The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
The Hobbit is a light adventure story that is a very relaxing read. The story follows Bilbo Baggins on an unwanted adventure through many perils with a variety of mythical creatures, both allies and enemies. While the recent film trilogy made me believe that it would be a heavy, detailed account, I was surprised by how deftly Tolkien relates the epic quest without weighing down the plot. I found the book enjoyable, well-written, and comforting.