22. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin
Thanks to Laura for getting me to read this! It is great! I can't wait to read the rest of the series. For some reason, I didn't read Le Guin for many years, although I have always known of her. I think I tried the Earthsea books when I was pretty young, and the writing was too dense for me. However, I now find the writing very lush and beautiful, and the story is amazing. I read another Le Guin book last year, and loved it as well, so I will definitely explore more of this author's works.
Also, she is the daughter of famous anthropologist Alfred Kroeber. How cool is that?