I enjoy the Belgariad series ( 5 books-Belgariad ) followed by the Mallorean ( also 5 booksMallorean and follows the Belgariad series) by David Eddings. Raymond E. Feist had a four book series Riftwar Saga- starts with Magician Apprentice.

For a more serious read, Ismael by Daniel Quinn and there is the The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff