Roots I grew up without a television so, when the miniseries was aired and my teachers assigned my class to watch the show, I could not. I read the book instead although I didn't tell anyone because my not having a television meant less homework for me. Ha!
Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson Snow Crash was the book that made playing with computers sound cool, not just interesting. Some of the things it predicted seem dated, some of them came true. Either way it's really fun ride.