The first author to have a significant impact on me was George Orwell. Naturally, the first two books I had read from him were "Animal Farm" and "1984" while I was in junior high school. I loved "1984" so much that I wanted to read his other books. "Down and Out in Paris and London", "Keep The Aspidistra Flying", "Coming Up for Air", these novels opened up new windows for me, lead me to so many greater things. I also loved his non-fiction work, "Homage to Catalonia", "The Road to Wigan Pier", and his essays, particularly "Politics and The English Language" which offered these tips for writers:
If you only read his two most well known books, I would highly recommend that you read the others. Not only are they educational but are superbly written. To me, hands down, one of the best writers of all time.