After reading The Hobbit and LOTR, I decided to give The Silmarillion a try. It's good to ignore what others think, sometimes. I was told the Harry Potter books were a copy of LOTR, which IS ABSOLUTELY WRONG, and I was told The Silmarillion was boring. It's not. It reminded me a lot of the Metamorphoses written by Ovid but better because this book is not boring at all.
Related entry: my review for The Silmarillion, in Spanish
It was this book or Twilight, because I wasn't sure which book I'd choose