Discussion: Book recommendations

I’ve finally thought of a discussion for this week. I apologize that it’s a bit late. 
I had a friend ask me what fantasy book she should read if she’s never read fantasy before. I honestly had no idea what to say to her, so I asked Twitter and got some great suggestions I threw her direction. Of course this got my brain pumping, so I thought I’d ask my blog readers the same question to see what you guys thought.
So, what fantasy book would you have someone read who has never read fantasy before.
And, to shake it up a bit – What book would you have someone read who has never read science fiction before? 
— In other news, I started a Facebook page for this blog. There isn’t anything there yet (I’m still working on it). If you want to follow me over on Facebook, you can find me here. Eventually I’ll be like the cool kids and have a nifty button on the side of my page you can click on to take you there. For now, the link will have to work. —