I read a lot when I was a kid but I didn't get obsessed with any book until I was 14 and read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It kind of opened my eyes to such intelligent writing I had never seen before. After that came many Terry Pratchett books and then I got John Green's books...
The Count Of Monte Cristo
My father used to read us the Redwall series by Brian Jacques. They were amazing, and there are now about 30 of them. They were my first real obsession, and I will still look back sometimes and relive my favorite scenes and characters. If I were to look back and pin point one series that was the biggest influence on my later writing and reading career it would be those books. I would recommend them to any parent looking to read decent fantasy books to their kids, girls or guys!
my brother loved those books. never got into them personally but i did dig on how he ...speciated through dialect as well as personality.
The CHERUB series, about kids who were in the foster system who were exceptional in some way or another and were recruited as child spies. It was awesome and I wanted to be a spy for years (still kinda do...)
Or the Monkee Joe books, which were actually pretty creepy and kept me up for hours cause I was afraid but the author visited my school and I instantly fell in love with how enthusiastic he was about books, thus leading me to read all of his within hours and just falling in love with them.
2nd Grade: Charlotte's Web. I'd beat me up too.
When I read everyone's replies I feel so old--most of those books weren't released until I was in high school or university.
Mine would have to be The Lord of the Rings. My parents read it to me before I could read, and I probably read it for myself in 1st or 2nd grade. Since then I've reread it at least once a year--I've read and reread the Silmarillion many times. I've read The Unfinished Tales and many of the other of Tolkien's work released by his son (including The Lays of Beleriand and The Children of Hurin).
I was lucky enough to take a class on Tolkien when I was in university as well :)
what sort of class did you take?
It was a literature class about Tolkien's work. We read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, of course, but also Smith of Wootton Major and Farmer Giles of Ham and discussed all of the above and related things (linguistics, mythology etc) . We also watched the movies and discussed them. We were able to choose what to do for a final project (essay or something else). I chose to paint a 2 1/2 ft by 4 ft scene from the Silmarillion.
It was a great class. I ended up taking 4 classes from the same professor--all great classes.
that must have been awesome. not that the religion class i took focusing on that aspect of his life and stories wasn't fantastic.
The other classes I took from that professor were World Mythology, Shakespeare and King Arthur :) He also taught a class on C.S. Lewis, but I wasn't able to take it.
It is interesting that you got hooked on TT--that was always my least favorite of the books. I didn't not like it, but I generally skipped the battle scenes. But now you've got me thinking, which one is my favorite... hmmm....