In middle school I enjoyed reading a lot of teen and young adult fiction. The book that made reading a much loved activity for me was Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman. The book is set in a parallel universe and features the journey of a young girl in search of her best friend. It had all the adventure and magic for me to enjoy reading.
It is very difficult to pick out one favorite book, but a recent book that has made a change to my point of view about the world is called the An Era of Darkness by Shashi Tharoor. The book talks about the British Empire in India its lingering effects on the politics, international relations and the attitude of Indians today towards their country and the world.