Paula Zahn's Bookshelf
By J.R.R. Tolkien
Tolkien's novel was the first adventure-fantasy book I read. I was about 13 years old, and I couldn't believe that someone could have invented an entire world with all those details: the languages, colors, cultures, alliances and characters. For the first time in my life, I learned what it meant not to be able to put a book down. I loved Frodo, and remember desperately wanting him to succeed. The other thing I remember is that the journey the Fellowship took was really difficult, but I wanted to be part of a quest like that. The book made me use my imagination and dream of adventures of my own.