The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway
His writing style just pulled me in! I was reading it during my first East Coast snowstorm, but I could feel the salt of the sea spray and fatigue in my arms like I was holding the marlin with my own hands! I could not put the book down until I finished, and it ignited my passion for reading that had been completely depleted with the intense amount of required reading during college. So thank you, Ernest! —Kristin Gebhardt
To buy: $12, amazon.com.