The Color of Magic, by Terry Pratchett
I know, I know, another Pratchett book...I can't help myself, they're fun! This one is actually his first foray into Discworld, the universe about which Pratchett has written oodles and oodles of books. It's funny, it's cute, it's ever so British, and at certain moments it's even a little bit touching. Silliness aside, Pratchett is a talented writer, and though I read his books mostly for the humor, it's the quiet moments of beauty that make them special.