Pleasant Surprises: Books That Exceeded Our Expectations

Descripción
Our List of the Month this August is devoted to those pleasant surprises that come into our reading lives—books that exceeded our expectations, and ending up providing far more enjoyment than we thought they would. Each participant may vote on ten titles.
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18,119 miembros
1,240 reseñas
½ 4.3
17 Members
timspalding, raidergirl3, perennialreader, Localhostess, nancjones, nagasravika.bodapati, bookmuse56, CKHarwood, larocco, Vegas_Fiber_Arts, saraLucilleIngram, ErinBraam, HH_Library, VioletL, ConantheLibrarianJr, dandalf, Craftybilda
Explicaciones
perennialreader: I don't read much in the way of Science Fiction but read a review and thought I would give it a try.
bookmuse56: I could not put down this book and it felt so real to me and I kept wondering what I would in the various situations.
ConantheLibrarianJr: Great "hard" Science Fiction. The book reminded me that if you are marooned on Mars, humor is your most important survival skill.
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1,137 miembros
84 reseñas
4.1
12 Members
kxn11, magneticvoyager, RBeffa, elkiedee, nancjones, ominogue, bookmuse56, Vegas_Fiber_Arts, saraLucilleIngram, pacificquest, VioletL, dandalf
Explicaciones
elkiedee: I had no particular expectations of this book but picked it up because it was shortlisted for an award and it was excellent.
bookmuse56: I fell in with the writing, the time period, and the characters - perfect for armchair travelers.
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18,786 miembros
880 reseñas
½ 4.3
5
4,539 miembros
338 reseñas
4
6
9,190 miembros
294 reseñas
4.1
7
5,306 miembros
399 reseñas
4
13 Members
timspalding, anglemark, erinclark, magneticvoyager, PitcherBooks, nagasravika.bodapati, kara.shamy, HeatherMoss, CKHarwood, Vegas_Fiber_Arts, saraLucilleIngram, pacificquest, moc2902
Explicaciones
anglemark: I don't like zombie stories. Color me surprised at how good this book was!
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16,507 miembros
442 reseñas
½ 4.3
9
43,159 miembros
1,748 reseñas
4
10 Members
pgmcc, knerd.knitter, deldevries, perennialreader, JuliaMaria, nagasravika.bodapati, Dammie, HH_Library, finnleyjames, ConantheLibrarianJr,EMS_24 ,Thelamon1
Explicaciones
EMS_24 : It's all about expectations and what you like in a book
perennialreader: Not my kind of book at all, but I took a chance and have read the whole series, even the ones by David Lagercrantz. Just love the Lisbeth Salander character.
JuliaMaria: Ich habe die Serie erst gelesen als der Hype vorbei war - und war dann traurig, dass ich sie nicht doch früher schon für mich entdeckt hatte.
ConantheLibrarianJr: Powerful. What Solander goes thru is horrific, but she proves she is more than just a heroine. She is a survivor!
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70,222 miembros
1,306 reseñas
½ 3.5
12
25,486 miembros
433 reseñas
½ 4.3
13
9,068 miembros
513 reseñas
½ 4.4
8 Members
raidergirl3, CDVicarage, LDVoorberg, CarltonC, nagasravika.bodapati, Yarnucopia, steller0707, HH_Library
Explicaciones
LDVoorberg: A long book set in Russia?! I kept expecting tragedy upon tragedy but I got the enjoyable, daily happenings of a gentleman in a hotel!
CarltonC: I didn’t expect that I would find this as unexpected, seemingly short and warm hearted as it is.
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3,152 miembros
93 reseñas
½ 3.6
8 Members
RBeffa, Porua, elkiedee, Smits, kara.shamy, Vegas_Fiber_Arts, Xotomix, RMiller30
Explicaciones
Porua: I rarely read books I know nothing of, from authors I know nothing of. Both were true for this book and yet I not only read and enjoyed it, I actually bought a print copy of it.
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12,792 miembros
336 reseñas
4.1
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17,701 miembros
330 reseñas
4.2
17
17,185 miembros
910 reseñas
4
18
43,562 miembros
1,013 reseñas
3.9
19
41,082 miembros
1,045 reseñas
½ 4.3
20
9,694 miembros
201 reseñas
4
21
12,382 miembros
477 reseñas
½ 4.3
6 Members
CarltonC, vwinsloe, kara.shamy, nyowh, Algernon11, dandalf
Explicaciones
CarltonC: Wowed by the imaginative rewriting of the epic from a different perspective and in such readable prose.
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26,962 miembros
772 reseñas
3.9
7 Members
CDVicarage, amanda4242, Vegas_Fiber_Arts, ManWithAnAgenda, Boand, steller0707, RMiller30,Thelamon1
Explicaciones
Boand: Original tales of magic, madness and mystery set in the early C19th. Clarke constructs a fantasy world like no other where customs and fey characters collide. Endless fun and brilliant imaginative twists make this a book to cherish.
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2,481 miembros
161 reseñas
½ 4.3
24
52,762 miembros
1,300 reseñas
4.2
25
7,739 miembros
654 reseñas
3.8
6 Members
raidergirl3, terran, LDVoorberg, PitcherBooks, kara.shamy, Boand,EMS_24
Explicaciones
LDVoorberg: You must listen to the audiobook: the narrator makes the series amazing.
Boand: Another recommendation of a whodunnit led me to the first of this quirky series and sealed it as one of my all time favourites. What’s not to love about a pesky teenage girl who beats the grownups at their own games, negotiates troublesome sisters and adores her father while they all mourn her mother and saves Britain from evil masterminds.
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6,747 miembros
287 reseñas
4.1
27
1,025 miembros
73 reseñas
4
5 Members
3togetready, bookmuse56, rmarcin, saraLucilleIngram, HH_Library
Explicaciones
bookmuse56: Just a wonderful read that I finished in one sitting!
28
19,365 miembros
1,246 reseñas
4.2
29
3,376 miembros
250 reseñas
3.8
30
5,574 miembros
276 reseñas
½ 4.3
31
9,051 miembros
191 reseñas
4
4 Members
hipdeep, RBeffa, elkiedee, saraLucilleIngram
Explicaciones
hipdeep: My only other experience of Hemingway was The Old Man And The Sea, which bored me to tears. But these autobiographical vignettes were captivating.
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5,820 miembros
108 reseñas
4.1
33
13,910 miembros
351 reseñas
4.2
34
3,011 miembros
194 reseñas
3.8
35
50,338 miembros
450 reseñas
½ 4.5
36
2,793 miembros
168 reseñas
½ 4.3
3 Members
anglemark, saraLucilleIngram, Tosta
Explicaciones
anglemark: A nice surprise after the boring feelgood The long way to a small, angry planet
37
106,997 miembros
984 reseñas
½ 4.4
38
2,942 miembros
88 reseñas
½ 4.3
39
20,562 miembros
794 reseñas
4.2
40
5,252 miembros
150 reseñas
4.2
3 Members
kxn11, dewasus1, CarltonC
Explicaciones
CarltonC: So much more than I expected, funny and perceptive.
41
5,780 miembros
333 reseñas
3.9
4 Members
Localhostess, kara.shamy, BornAnalog, steller0707
Explicaciones
BornAnalog: One of the few books that everyone talked up to me, and then it actually delivered. And then some.
42
4,860 miembros
62 reseñas
½ 4.3
43
5,465 miembros
360 reseñas
4.1
44
3,833 miembros
200 reseñas
4.2
3 Members
anglemark, sundancer, conhauf
Explicaciones
anglemark: I didn't like the Temeraire books at all, but this one was great!
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5,691 miembros
263 reseñas
4
46
536 miembros
24 reseñas
3.9
47
1,151 miembros
28 reseñas
4
48
4,376 miembros
92 reseñas
3.8
49
867 miembros
15 reseñas
½ 3.7
3 Members
Localhostess, Boand, conhauf
Explicaciones
Boand: As a Londoner born and bred the Thames is part of my heritage and consciousness. Ackroyd weaves a wonderful historical journey covering millennia as well as miles as he follows the river from source to sea. It’s a really fascinating and captivating book which was a joy to read. For those who are interested there is also an accompanying TV series with highlights from the book and wonderful camera work.
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35,371 miembros
624 reseñas
4
51
3,469 miembros
196 reseñas
3.9
3 Members
perennialreader, bogopea, kara.shamy
Explicaciones
perennialreader: I did not like Eat, Pray, Love but someone recommended this one and I actually like it.
52
7,369 miembros
163 reseñas
3.8
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3,987 miembros
226 reseñas
4.2
54
1,585 miembros
81 reseñas
½ 3.6
55
39,448 miembros
1,271 reseñas
4.1
3 Members
kleo, cherpy, ErinBraam
56
971 miembros
70 reseñas
4.2
2 Members
elorin, rmarcin
57
651 miembros
19 reseñas
½ 3.7
58
12,477 miembros
189 reseñas
4
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203 miembros
47 reseñas
½ 3.6
2 Members
hipdeep, conhauf
Explicaciones
hipdeep: Took a flyer on this one through Early Reviewers. It blew my mind as an introduction to leisure studies.
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7,702 miembros
296 reseñas
4.2
61
12,951 miembros
288 reseñas
4
3 Members
Boand, steller0707, conhauf
Explicaciones
Boand: A book that has a split dual timeline and an irresistible story of star crossed lovers. Byatt’s writing intrigues and compels across different centuries and compares how social mores shape our lives bringing joy, heartache and sorrow.
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7,411 miembros
245 reseñas
4.1
3 Members
Minthe, Cecrow, conhauf
63
19,046 miembros
403 reseñas
4.1
64
246 miembros
22 reseñas
4
2 Members
nancjones, AbigailAdams26
Explicaciones
AbigailAdams26: I had no fixed ideas going into this book, and certainly did not expect it to be one of the best middle-grade novels I have ever read!
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22 miembros
2 reseñas
½ 4.7
2 Members
AbigailAdams26, alderwand
Explicaciones
AbigailAdams26: I expected to enjoy the artwork here, being an admirer of the illustrator (Frances Tyrrell), but I was surprised to find the story itself so beautifully-written and immensely poignant.
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26,252 miembros
501 reseñas
4.2
2 Members
Patricia.Ralston, elahrairah
Explicaciones
elahrairah: My girlfriend said I should read this. It didn't look like the sort of book I would even consider but I did and it was brilliant. It made me realise that there was whole swathes of literature that I was missing out on because of my preconceived notions of what markets were being aimed for by covers, and that I had subconsciously coded whole swathes of literature as aimed at female audiences and ignored it. This was a bit of a shock, because I thought that I was an indiscriminate reader. It is always painful to learn things about yourself that you don't want to be true. I hope that I no longer ignore books that are marketed in a feminine way, and I make an effort to remember this whenever I am considering buying or reading a book. The novel is incredible, by the way.
67
3,786 miembros
100 reseñas
4
68
4,422 miembros
252 reseñas
4.1
2 Members
edparks, conhauf
69
20,295 miembros
556 reseñas
4.1
70
2,916 miembros
62 reseñas
½ 3.4
71
2,701 miembros
102 reseñas
3.8
72
2,922 miembros
41 reseñas
4.1
2 Members
elkiedee, ManWithAnAgenda
Explicaciones
elkiedee: Read by mistake from the library when I was 14 and I think I thought it was something different, but I really loved this.
73
8,700 miembros
119 reseñas
3.8
2 Members
JalenV, ManWithAnAgenda
Explicaciones
JalenV: I picked it because it was a classic, but the characters and their stories were much more interesting than I expected. BTW The Wheat and the Tares chapter is old name for the parable of the Wheat and the Weeds.
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8 miembros
5
75
5,659 miembros
92 reseñas
3.8
2 Members
Cecrow, alderwand
76
764 miembros
23 reseñas
3.8
77
94 miembros
2 reseñas
4
2 Members
BornAnalog, alderwand
Explicaciones
BornAnalog: Read this argument for an ethics-driven technology sector. . .and then contemplate how far that is from our current reality.
78
956 miembros
56 reseñas
½ 4.3
2 Members
Micheller7, Ann_R
79
1,345 miembros
89 reseñas
3.8
2 Members
JuliaMaria, nyowh
Explicaciones
JuliaMaria: Geschichten mit Tieren als Hauptprotakonisten interessieren mich normalerweise weniger, deshalb war ich positiv über die philosophische Tiefe des Romans überrascht.
80
42,580 miembros
709 reseñas
3.8
81
17,372 miembros
153 reseñas
4.1
2 Members
hipdeep, msemmag
Explicaciones
hipdeep: Came for the theology, stayed for the clever use of language.
msemmag: Look, I didn't go into this book expecting C. S. Lewis to be funny. But goddamnit, he is in this. I don't agree with a lot of what he espouses, but fuck this was enjoyable to read.
82
1,075 miembros
3 reseñas
½ 4.3
2 Members
cpg, Yarnucopia
Explicaciones
cpg: Surprisingly successful devotional work.
83
5,505 miembros
191 reseñas
4.1
84
1,483 miembros
92 reseñas
4.1
2 Members
vwinsloe, Ann_R
85
481 miembros
7 reseñas
½ 3.5
2 Members
Cecrow, TechThing
86
2,135 miembros
65 reseñas
3.9
87
3,851 miembros
199 reseñas
½ 3.7
88
1,235 miembros
41 reseñas
4.2
2 Members
CarltonC, nyowh
Explicaciones
CarltonC: I didn’t expect to be so engaged by this story, who for all his faults, comes across as very human.
89
72,066 miembros
1,166 reseñas
3.8
2 Members
hipdeep, cbl_tn
Explicaciones
hipdeep: I have a vague memory of reading this in high school, but revisiting it as an adult was far more satisfying.
90
10,812 miembros
251 reseñas
4
91
11,649 miembros
830 reseñas
4.1
92
14,066 miembros
313 reseñas
4.2
93
3,346 miembros
169 reseñas
4.1
94
1,978 miembros
110 reseñas
½ 4.3
95
1,253 miembros
21 reseñas
½ 3.6
96
5,028 miembros
143 reseñas
4.1
97
9,889 miembros
186 reseñas
4
2 Members
hipdeep, Cecrow
Explicaciones
hipdeep: I didn't love Steinbeck in high school English class. I wish they'd taught this one.
98
4,359 miembros
228 reseñas
4.2
2 Members
Micheller7, sturlington
Explicaciones
sturlington: I thought this was a book about Shakespeare, but it was so much more than that--such a moving depiction of motherhood and grief.
99
1,790 miembros
61 reseñas
½ 3.4
100
5,455 miembros
182 reseñas
½ 4.3