The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
While I certainly liked this book better than the main books from Lord of the Rings, I wouldn't say I am in love with it. Bilbo is somewhat of a cuddly character in his perpetual confusion and general being swept along-ness. It is certainly a different feel than the character we briefly see in Lord of the Rings.
The whole adventure feels quite lighthearted without much doom and gloom or portents floating around. There is still perhaps a bit too much description of natural features, but hey lots of people love that stuff even if I find it ho-hum.