You get three votes on the poll up there, it should be anonymous, and you can change them around as much as you like. I ran out of room, too, so it looks like we can't have more than ten things up at a time. I didn't put up all the Discworld, because 10 options is the limit and it's still half the poll. I hope I chose okay ones, I figured Tiffany Aching stands alone mostly and is better than Amazing Maurice (good though that it), Pyramids is good but lesser recommended as a jumping-in spot, and then we have two of the series books as well, from different points in time. I did my best (though I did also add a book to the list that we hadn't mentioned because I found out that the pdf is free online and it's amazing). Here's a super-brief pitch for all of the books, with hopefully minimal spoilers: The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus Trilogy #1) -- The story of a boy that is going to be a wizard soon, in a not-quite-our world where wizardry consists of summoning and binding demons. So, of course, the boy does this. Haven't read since I was a kid, but remember it being funny and clever with some very interesting worldbuilding to go with. Ringworld (Known Space) -- A bunch of explorers find a massive structure out at the edges of explored space, which is unsettling because who built it? The team they send to investigate has some trouble, gets stranded, and has to make the trek to try and escape. Hugely famous sci-fi book, inspiration for Halo (the structure, at least). The Invasion (Animorphs #1) -- Teenagers walking home one night are in the right/wrong place at the right/wrong time and witness the crash-landing of an alien spaceship. They befriend the alien, get the ability to turn into animals at will, and find out that another species of brain-slug type aliens is trying to take over the world and must be stopped. The Golden Compass/Northern Lights (His Dark Materials #1) -- Daemons! In the parallel universe where they exist, a young girl's friend is kidnapped, so she sets out on a quest to find him (and her uncle) as soon as she can. Monstrous Regiment (Discworld Standalone) -- A young girl sets out to join the army in place of her brother, because he's not going to survive if she doesn't. So she dresses up like a boy and goes to join up, learning a whole heck of a lot about how differently people treat you when you wear different clothing. Lots of musing on gender and gender roles, obviously. Small Gods (Discworld Standalone) -- A god is stranded on earth in the body of a turtle because no one actually believes in him anymore despite the massive, sprawling religion that has been built up around him. He tries to rectify this, because turtles are not rated for long-term desert life, and he wants to be a proper god again. Lots of talk about religion, a much better (kinder and truer) parody than most. The Wee Free Men (Discworld, Tiffany Aching #1) -- Tiffany Aching sees the world very differently from most people. This is because she is, or will be, a witch. This is slightly awkward due to local superstitions about witches. When her brother gets kidnapped by the Queen of Faeries, though, she's got to witch up and try to rescue him. For young adults, but don't let that put you off. Mort (Discworld, Death #1) -- Mort doesn't have a lot of direction in life. Death wants an apprentice to pass his work onto, not that he needs one, but it might let him take a vacation. Mort steps in and, later, up as the human and anthropomorphic personification begin to learn quite a bit about how the other works. Going Postal (Discworld, Moist #1) -- Moist von Lipwig is a crook and a conman and, most pressingly, a convict. His life is spared at the last moment only so that he can be given the unenviable task of refurbishing the city's long-decrepit Post Office, despite the telegram-esque Clacks system which has been making it ever more obsolete. If he fails, the hangman is waiting. One of the newer Discworld books, or at least on that end of things, so there might be a few more spoilers -- though I don't think too many, or ones that are too important, really. The Man Who Folded Himself -- Probably the best time travel story I've ever read. A man receives a gift from his uncle, a belt that allows him to mess around with time. He proceeds to do so, which leads to the interesting situation where the person he interacts with most becomes, well, himself -- with all the good and bad that entails. Not entirely safe for work, but really good, I think, and by the guy that did 'Trouble with Tribbles' and other excellent Trek stuff. So. There are the ten foretold tales for reading. Vote awaaaay! EDIT: You don't need to post in order to vote, and you can totally post here and argue why one book is especially an especially good choice (just please avoid spoilers, or use the spoiler tags properly) whether you've voted or not. That's why I left the votes changeable, so good discussion could sway people around, no need to hold off on voting.