I'm a huge fantasy fan and I think The Hobbit was the first fantasy book I ever read at the young age of 10 years old. I fell in love with Middle Earth and all of its mysteries and I honestly haven't looked back. Next came Lord of the Rings, which I can hold my hands up and say I haven't yet read :( I've got through book one but found it all so intense I just couldn't manage to get through the rest YET ;) What's strange is that I found The Hobbit SO easy to read, I devoured the whole book in no time.
I'm also a complete hopeless romantic, so it sort of goes without saying that I'm going to pick a classic. I remember studying this book for GCSE English Literature - we read the book, dissected it into tiny pieces, watched the film (the awesome BBC one with Colin Firth not the poop Hollywood version!), lived and breathed the story. Not surprisingly everyone in class came out absolutely hating it, but not me! I was in LOVE with the story, I can still recite the parts of the movie that match the book word for word (how sad!)