The Fellowship of the Ring  - J.R.R. Tolkien This was a required reading for a Fantastic Literature course, it was used for my final paper. That being said, though I enjoyed the book very much the fact that I was required to read it and rushed to read it made it less enjoyable than I would have wanted it.
I did have trouble getting through the final two chapters, as I felt bored and incredibly tired (which happens when you pull an all nighter to finish a book)
The characters in this novel were great, my favourites would have to be Tom Bombadil (still sad he wasn't in the film) and Sam. I felt that the relationships between all of the characters were very well written, the imagery and the scenery were absolutely amazing. I am really looking forward to the rest of the novels in the series and also some other stories by J.R.R. Tolkien