BEST LONNNNNNGGGG READ
Well duh. This one was an easy choice. The Lord of the Rings. The original and the best. I loved it as a teenager, and I love it today.
And this story (probably apocryphal) about Tolkien reading the book to his friends just completely cracks me up.
"Reportedly, during a meeting of the Inklings, the Oxford dons' book club whose members included Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, Tolkien read passages from his manuscript for The Lord of the Rings.
Tolkien was a terrible public speaker and reader, mumbling and droning, and his fellow English teacher, Hugo Dyson, promptly fell asleep. When he woke up and heard what was still going on, Dyson exclaimed, "Oh no, not another fucking elf." Thereafter, Tolkien limited his readings to those meetings of the Inklings when Dyson wasn't present."