Pleasant Surprises: Books That Exceeded Our Expectations

Descrição
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 membros
1,240 críticas
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
Explicações
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 membros
84 críticas
4.1
12 Members
kxn11, magneticvoyager, RBeffa, elkiedee, nancjones, ominogue, bookmuse56, Vegas_Fiber_Arts, saraLucilleIngram, pacificquest, VioletL, dandalf
Explicações
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 membros
880 críticas
½ 4.3
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4,539 membros
338 críticas
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9,190 membros
294 críticas
4.1
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5,306 membros
399 críticas
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13 Members
timspalding, anglemark, erinclark, magneticvoyager, PitcherBooks, nagasravika.bodapati, kara.shamy, HeatherMoss, CKHarwood, Vegas_Fiber_Arts, saraLucilleIngram, pacificquest, moc2902
Explicações
anglemark: I don't like zombie stories. Color me surprised at how good this book was!
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16,507 membros
442 críticas
½ 4.3
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43,159 membros
1,748 críticas
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10 Members
pgmcc, knerd.knitter, deldevries, perennialreader, JuliaMaria, nagasravika.bodapati, Dammie, HH_Library, finnleyjames, ConantheLibrarianJr,EMS_24 ,Thelamon1
Explicações
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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4,459 membros
225 críticas
4
11
70,222 membros
1,306 críticas
½ 3.5
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25,486 membros
433 críticas
½ 4.3
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9,068 membros
513 críticas
½ 4.4
8 Members
raidergirl3, CDVicarage, LDVoorberg, CarltonC, nagasravika.bodapati, Yarnucopia, steller0707, HH_Library
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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 membros
93 críticas
½ 3.6
8 Members
RBeffa, Porua, elkiedee, Smits, kara.shamy, Vegas_Fiber_Arts, Xotomix, RMiller30
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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 membros
336 críticas
4.1
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17,701 membros
330 críticas
4.2
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17,185 membros
910 críticas
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43,562 membros
1,013 críticas
3.9
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41,082 membros
1,045 críticas
½ 4.3
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9,694 membros
201 críticas
4
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12,382 membros
477 críticas
½ 4.3
6 Members
CarltonC, vwinsloe, kara.shamy, nyowh, Algernon11, dandalf
Explicações
CarltonC: Wowed by the imaginative rewriting of the epic from a different perspective and in such readable prose.
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26,962 membros
772 críticas
3.9
7 Members
CDVicarage, amanda4242, Vegas_Fiber_Arts, ManWithAnAgenda, Boand, steller0707, RMiller30,Thelamon1
Explicações
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 membros
161 críticas
½ 4.3
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52,762 membros
1,300 críticas
4.2
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7,739 membros
654 críticas
3.8
6 Members
raidergirl3, terran, LDVoorberg, PitcherBooks, kara.shamy, Boand,EMS_24
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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 membros
287 críticas
4.1
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1,025 membros
73 críticas
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5 Members
3togetready, bookmuse56, rmarcin, saraLucilleIngram, HH_Library
Explicações
bookmuse56: Just a wonderful read that I finished in one sitting!
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19,365 membros
1,246 críticas
4.2
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3,376 membros
250 críticas
3.8
30
5,574 membros
276 críticas
½ 4.3
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9,051 membros
191 críticas
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4 Members
hipdeep, RBeffa, elkiedee, saraLucilleIngram
Explicações
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 membros
108 críticas
4.1
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13,910 membros
351 críticas
4.2
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3,010 membros
194 críticas
3.8
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50,338 membros
450 críticas
½ 4.5
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2,793 membros
168 críticas
½ 4.3
3 Members
anglemark, saraLucilleIngram, Tosta
Explicações
anglemark: A nice surprise after the boring feelgood The long way to a small, angry planet
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106,997 membros
984 críticas
½ 4.4
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2,942 membros
88 críticas
½ 4.3
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20,562 membros
794 críticas
4.2
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5,252 membros
150 críticas
4.2
3 Members
kxn11, dewasus1, CarltonC
Explicações
CarltonC: So much more than I expected, funny and perceptive.
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5,780 membros
333 críticas
3.9
4 Members
Localhostess, kara.shamy, BornAnalog, steller0707
Explicações
BornAnalog: One of the few books that everyone talked up to me, and then it actually delivered. And then some.
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4,860 membros
62 críticas
½ 4.3
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5,465 membros
360 críticas
4.1
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3,833 membros
200 críticas
4.2
3 Members
anglemark, sundancer, conhauf
Explicações
anglemark: I didn't like the Temeraire books at all, but this one was great!
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5,691 membros
263 críticas
4
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536 membros
24 críticas
3.9
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1,151 membros
28 críticas
4
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4,376 membros
92 críticas
3.8
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867 membros
15 críticas
½ 3.7
3 Members
Localhostess, Boand, conhauf
Explicações
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 membros
624 críticas
4
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3,469 membros
196 críticas
3.9
3 Members
perennialreader, bogopea, kara.shamy
Explicações
perennialreader: I did not like Eat, Pray, Love but someone recommended this one and I actually like it.
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7,369 membros
163 críticas
3.8
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3,987 membros
226 críticas
4.2
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1,585 membros
81 críticas
½ 3.6
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39,448 membros
1,271 críticas
4.1
3 Members
kleo, cherpy, ErinBraam
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971 membros
70 críticas
4.2
2 Members
elorin, rmarcin
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651 membros
19 críticas
½ 3.7
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12,477 membros
189 críticas
4
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203 membros
47 críticas
½ 3.6
2 Members
hipdeep, conhauf
Explicações
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 membros
296 críticas
4.2
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12,951 membros
288 críticas
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3 Members
Boand, steller0707, conhauf
Explicações
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 membros
245 críticas
4.1
3 Members
Minthe, Cecrow, conhauf
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19,046 membros
403 críticas
4.1
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246 membros
22 críticas
4
2 Members
nancjones, AbigailAdams26
Explicações
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 membros
2 críticas
½ 4.7
2 Members
AbigailAdams26, alderwand
Explicações
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 membros
501 críticas
4.2
2 Members
Patricia.Ralston, elahrairah
Explicações
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.
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3,786 membros
100 críticas
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4,422 membros
252 críticas
4.1
2 Members
edparks, conhauf
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20,295 membros
556 críticas
4.1
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2,916 membros
62 críticas
½ 3.4
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2,701 membros
102 críticas
3.8
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2,922 membros
41 críticas
4.1
2 Members
elkiedee, ManWithAnAgenda
Explicações
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.
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8,700 membros
119 críticas
3.8
2 Members
JalenV, ManWithAnAgenda
Explicações
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 membros
5
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5,659 membros
92 críticas
3.8
2 Members
Cecrow, alderwand
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764 membros
23 críticas
3.8
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94 membros
2 críticas
4
2 Members
BornAnalog, alderwand
Explicações
BornAnalog: Read this argument for an ethics-driven technology sector. . .and then contemplate how far that is from our current reality.
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956 membros
56 críticas
½ 4.3
2 Members
Micheller7, Ann_R
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1,345 membros
89 críticas
3.8
2 Members
JuliaMaria, nyowh
Explicações
JuliaMaria: Geschichten mit Tieren als Hauptprotakonisten interessieren mich normalerweise weniger, deshalb war ich positiv über die philosophische Tiefe des Romans überrascht.
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42,580 membros
709 críticas
3.8
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17,372 membros
153 críticas
4.1
2 Members
hipdeep, msemmag
Explicações
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.
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1,075 membros
3 críticas
½ 4.3
2 Members
cpg, Yarnucopia
Explicações
cpg: Surprisingly successful devotional work.
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5,505 membros
191 críticas
4.1
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1,483 membros
92 críticas
4.1
2 Members
vwinsloe, Ann_R
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481 membros
7 críticas
½ 3.5
2 Members
Cecrow, TechThing
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2,135 membros
65 críticas
3.9
87
3,851 membros
199 críticas
½ 3.7
88
1,235 membros
41 críticas
4.2
2 Members
CarltonC, nyowh
Explicações
CarltonC: I didn’t expect to be so engaged by this story, who for all his faults, comes across as very human.
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72,066 membros
1,166 críticas
3.8
2 Members
hipdeep, cbl_tn
Explicações
hipdeep: I have a vague memory of reading this in high school, but revisiting it as an adult was far more satisfying.
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10,812 membros
251 críticas
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11,649 membros
830 críticas
4.1
92
14,066 membros
313 críticas
4.2
93
3,346 membros
169 críticas
4.1
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1,978 membros
110 críticas
½ 4.3
95
1,253 membros
21 críticas
½ 3.6
96
5,028 membros
143 críticas
4.1
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9,889 membros
186 críticas
4
2 Members
hipdeep, Cecrow
Explicações
hipdeep: I didn't love Steinbeck in high school English class. I wish they'd taught this one.
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4,359 membros
228 críticas
4.2
2 Members
Micheller7, sturlington
Explicações
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.
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1,790 membros
61 críticas
½ 3.4
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5,455 membros
182 críticas
½ 4.3