Confession I have never read Tolkien. And this is my version of best/books I can remember I liked
  1. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett
  2. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
    If you have never seen the original movies if you can you should try to watching them. People in beaver suits, that is all I will say.
  3. Mort by Terry Pratchett
    Also any of the Discworld books
  4. The Eyes of Kid Midas by Neal Schusterman
  5. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
    The Golden Compass was published before 1997