The cover of this one pretty much speaks for itself. Princeton Architectural Press has put together a pretty gorgeous collection of houses made o' dirt.
The Elegance of the Hedgehog, a philosophical novel with a subtle and wry humor, is one of the best-selling European novels of the last decade. I loved it. Check out this ridiculously impressive list of accolades.
For the Young Adult crowd, The Hunger Games is a dystopian cross between The Running Man and Survivor. (Not this Running Man and not this Survivor...) A bunch of kids from different provinces in a shattered future United States are put in an arena (a mountainside) on camera with random gear drops, and th e ultimate goal of being the last one left alive. The whole country watches as their province's contestants take each other down with violent force or deadly cunning.
Awfully friggin' screwed up actually, but a pretty fun read. The first of a trilogy.