I read the Tibetan Book of the Dead after my ex-bf died in 2006.
It actually rekindled my interest in Buddhism. However, it has a lot of cultural elements (as one can tell by its title, really
) that I found pretty alien. In a way, I found it a very interesting book to re-engage with Buddhism but it also led to an early conclusion that Tibetan Buddhism isn't "my way".
Which then sort of got me onto the search for alternatives, by which I ended up, quite satisfactorily imo, with Theravada
So, it's not a bad book for beginners if you want to get some general feel of what you can relate to and what not. You can always take it from there