I bought my first book with my own money when I was six at the Sage store (It was an early Costco type membership store.) on the Gulf Freeway in Houston. It was Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire. Since it is still in print I must know how to choose them.
In about the fourth Grade I was the first person to get to read a Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle from our school Library. I still love it.
On Vacation in the summer following the fifth grade I read Tolkien’s Hobbit and couldn’t wait to get my hands on the trilogy. I spent way too much time in middle school reading and rereading The Lord of The Rings. (Okay maybe in High School also.)
For Middle School and High School we had a fairly standard classical list of required reading. Among those I remember:
Turn Of the Screw
The Scarlet Letter
Red Badge of Courage
Of Mice and Men
Lost Horizons (This is still a favorite for a late night read.)
Other Favorites that also made great movies include:
Hunchback of Notre Dame
Count of Monte Cristo
Man in the Iron Mask
The Scarlet Pimpernel