The first books I can remember reading and loving were the Hardy Boys books. You could always find them at yard sales and used book stores in those hardback blue covers. Mystery of the Desert Giant was my favorite....maybe it was the first one I purchased at a yard sale. My mother would encourage me to read the classics and I loved Treasure Island about the same time I was ripping through Hardy Boys books. I am a firm believer that reading educates in a great way.