Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson. I usually don't read this type of book but I read "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" because of all the talk about it and was instantly hooked. Too bad he only wrote these 3 before he passed away.
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To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Atticus Finch: Easily the most heroic, admirable character that I've ever come across in reading. And Boo! My children know my love of Boo, thus their many nicknames!
The Giver - Read. I read this when I was in middle school and I didn't like it then. So, I thought, with the movie coming out, I'd give it another shot. Still leaves a bit to be desired, but the dystopian genre always makes me think.