Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
I've never been one for adventure/ science fiction books, and despite the critical acclaim for the books of Jules Verne (and H.G. Wells for that matter) I've never read any of these stories. I decided to ignore my preconceptions of these books a few nights ago- and it turned out that they were instead misconceptions! I really enjoyed this story, and I thought the translation was very well done. This adventure kept me on the edge of my seat (well, bed) for three nights until I finished it, and I was left longing for more. Luckily Verne has many more titles that I have yet to read, and though I plan to proceed through my list alphabetically, I'll be looking forward to his other works.