"What book (or books) from your childhood do you think about most often? That had the most effect on your life?"
Definitely The Giver. That book defined an entire genre love (dystopian fiction) for me. I consider that book my Harry Potter (and Jonas, Asher and Fiona were my golden trio - sorry to Harry, Ron and Hermione). I read Brave New World because of this book, I read Daughters of the North because of this book, I read 1984 and Animal Farm and Anthem and Jennifer Government because of this book. I took a utopian sociology class because of this book. The book defined a lot of things for me and I can't imagine what my life would have been like if I hadn't taken a chance all the way back in the fourth grade to give this book a shot.
But we won't be discussing the movie. Nope. Not unless you want to send me to Rant City.