The White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey
Dragons are an important part of the fantasy genre. After all, what would knights, paladins, and hobbits do without dragons to slay? But, not all dragons live to burn down villages and eat virgins. Don't believe me? Look no further than Anne McCaffrey and her Dragonriders of Pern series.
Ms. McCaffrey (the original Mother of Dragons) has passed away, but her son, Todd, continues the legacy. We're talking about a series of over 25 novels and short story collections where some of the main characters are dragons. And, I'm telling you, these are good stories.
The dragons in the Dragonriders of Pern series are beautiful and intelligent and they allow humans to ride them. I really can't remember when I started this series, but it was probably sometime in the 70's. I have new books from the series that I'm looking forward to reading, making it hands-down the series I've been reading the longest.