I enjoyed Kent Haruf's Eventide so much, that I decided to read The Tie That Binds -- the only other Haruf book I hadn't yet read. I'm sad to say that I've now read all 4 of his novels, and I'm left wanting more from this amazing author.
This is his first novel, and I feel the style is not as refined in his later works -- not quite as spare and frugal with words. Yet he managed to suck me into the lives of these characters just the same. I can't recommend this novel, or any of his others for that matter, highly enough.
And now for a change of pace -- how about a little YA Sci-Fi, or rather post-apocalyptic thriller -- Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games. Not a difficult read by any means, I found this book to be fast-paced and quite enjoyable (in a brutal sort of way). In some respects, the book reminded me a bit of certain Margaret Atwood novels.