My tastes in books have changed over the last few decades, moving away from an almost strictly fantasy/sci-fi bent towards something more diverse (non-fiction, primarily…I love history, but I also have a soft spot for manga/graphic novels).
The book that started it all was Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey. My book-loving, librarian of a mother was distraught that I screamed and threw tantrums when she took me to our local library. For whatever reason, she settled on the above book as a possible gateway drug and handed it to me when I was around nine years old. I was hooked from the moment I finished the first chapter and have been reading voraciously ever since.
Some of the books span the categories as I’ve defined them. There are still books I jump into more than two decades after I first read them. I’ve read every book listed here more than once. Some so many times that I’ve lost count.
Favorites in Childhood (elementary-middle school)
This category is huge. I had a pool of between 100-200 books that I regularly read over and over and over….
Favorites as a teenager (middle school-high school)
Pretty much all of these books are the first books of a series/trilogy. With the exception of Crystal Singer and Killashandra, I’ve only listed the first book.