Buddhism almost more than any other religion can be whatever you want it to be. Want someone to pray to, who'll intercede on your behalf in worldly affairs? Many people especially in the countries where Buddhism is most widely practised treat it like this. On the other hand, are you looking for a philosophy which offers you happiness without requiring you to accept a bunch of religious dogma? Again buddhism can be treated like this and often is in countries with the most minimal Buddhist tradition.
Personally I had always been drawn to other cultures, particularly those of Asia. Buddhism was something for a long time I knew I wanted to learn more about, and when finally I started getting into Tibetan Buddhism after reading some strange books by Lobsang Rampa. It wasn't long after this that I read the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche, and I think it was on the second reading of this, and reading What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula that I finally found the wisdom in Buddhism that I have tried to integrate into my life. Making the mind straight as the fletcher does the arrow, being one's own refuge, seeing things as they are rather than how we wish them to be and living at peace within the moment.
Despite having among other things read many books, been the Vice President of my university Buddhist Society, been to temples, spoken with monks, been to see the Dalai Lama, worn a ring with the Buddha on it for many years, I would never call myself a Buddhist and I wouldn't encourage others to become Buddhists. I do encourage you to look deeply at Buddhism, but it should be your servant rather than your master. If you are careful, within it is a view of the world that honours peacefulness and kindness, that is grounded in the scientific method, and encourages us to look within ourselves, to see our desires as subservient to the ethics of the mind from which they spring.