Pleasant Surprises: Books That Exceeded Our Expectations

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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.
2
18,378 medlemmar
1,243 recensioner
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
Förklaringar
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.
3
1,158 medlemmar
85 recensioner
4.2
12 Members
kxn11, magneticvoyager, RBeffa, elkiedee, nancjones, ominogue, bookmuse56, Vegas_Fiber_Arts, saraLucilleIngram, pacificquest, VioletL, dandalf
Förklaringar
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.
4
19,068 medlemmar
882 recensioner
½ 4.3
5
4,623 medlemmar
340 recensioner
4
6
9,264 medlemmar
297 recensioner
4.1
7
5,384 medlemmar
400 recensioner
4
13 Members
timspalding, anglemark, erinclark, magneticvoyager, PitcherBooks, nagasravika.bodapati, kara.shamy, HeatherMoss, CKHarwood, Vegas_Fiber_Arts, saraLucilleIngram, pacificquest, moc2902
Förklaringar
anglemark: I don't like zombie stories. Color me surprised at how good this book was!
8
16,667 medlemmar
445 recensioner
½ 4.3
9
43,416 medlemmar
1,746 recensioner
4
11 Members
pgmcc, lahochstetler, knerd.knitter, deldevries, perennialreader, JuliaMaria, nagasravika.bodapati, Dammie, HH_Library, finnleyjames, ConantheLibrarianJr,EMS_24 ,Thelamon1
Förklaringar
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!
10
4,600 medlemmar
227 recensioner
4
11
70,628 medlemmar
1,311 recensioner
½ 3.5
12
17,305 medlemmar
911 recensioner
4
13
25,815 medlemmar
428 recensioner
½ 4.3
14
9,334 medlemmar
519 recensioner
½ 4.4
8 Members
raidergirl3, CDVicarage, LDVoorberg, CarltonC, nagasravika.bodapati, Yarnucopia, steller0707, HH_Library
Förklaringar
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.
15
3,163 medlemmar
94 recensioner
½ 3.6
8 Members
RBeffa, Porua, elkiedee, Smits, kara.shamy, Vegas_Fiber_Arts, Xotomix, RMiller30
Förklaringar
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.
16
12,918 medlemmar
338 recensioner
4.1
17
17,890 medlemmar
330 recensioner
4.2
18
43,859 medlemmar
1,011 recensioner
3.9
19
41,436 medlemmar
1,050 recensioner
½ 4.3
20
9,789 medlemmar
205 recensioner
4
21
12,736 medlemmar
474 recensioner
½ 4.3
6 Members
CarltonC, vwinsloe, kara.shamy, nyowh, Algernon11, dandalf
Förklaringar
CarltonC: Wowed by the imaginative rewriting of the epic from a different perspective and in such readable prose.
22
27,143 medlemmar
776 recensioner
3.9
7 Members
CDVicarage, amanda4242, Vegas_Fiber_Arts, ManWithAnAgenda, Boand, steller0707, RMiller30,Thelamon1
Förklaringar
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.
23
2,751 medlemmar
169 recensioner
½ 4.3
24
53,109 medlemmar
1,302 recensioner
4.2
25
7,800 medlemmar
656 recensioner
3.8
6 Members
raidergirl3, terran, LDVoorberg, PitcherBooks, kara.shamy, Boand,EMS_24
Förklaringar
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.
26
6,773 medlemmar
285 recensioner
4.1
27
1,062 medlemmar
73 recensioner
4
5 Members
3togetready, bookmuse56, rmarcin, saraLucilleIngram, HH_Library
Förklaringar
bookmuse56: Just a wonderful read that I finished in one sitting!
28
19,617 medlemmar
1,249 recensioner
4.2
29
3,460 medlemmar
248 recensioner
3.8
30
5,696 medlemmar
280 recensioner
½ 4.3
31
9,130 medlemmar
190 recensioner
4
4 Members
hipdeep, RBeffa, elkiedee, saraLucilleIngram
Förklaringar
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.
32
5,849 medlemmar
111 recensioner
4.1
33
13,976 medlemmar
352 recensioner
4.2
34
3,121 medlemmar
194 recensioner
3.8
35
50,730 medlemmar
451 recensioner
½ 4.5
36
2,805 medlemmar
172 recensioner
½ 4.3
3 Members
anglemark, saraLucilleIngram, Tosta
Förklaringar
anglemark: A nice surprise after the boring feelgood The long way to a small, angry planet
37
108,083 medlemmar
979 recensioner
½ 4.4
38
2,964 medlemmar
89 recensioner
½ 4.3
39
20,609 medlemmar
798 recensioner
4.2
40
5,305 medlemmar
152 recensioner
4.2
3 Members
kxn11, dewasus1, CarltonC
Förklaringar
CarltonC: So much more than I expected, funny and perceptive.
41
5,907 medlemmar
340 recensioner
3.9
4 Members
Localhostess, kara.shamy, BornAnalog, steller0707
Förklaringar
BornAnalog: One of the few books that everyone talked up to me, and then it actually delivered. And then some.
42
4,914 medlemmar
62 recensioner
½ 4.3
43
5,610 medlemmar
360 recensioner
4.1
44
17,611 medlemmar
153 recensioner
4.1
3 Members
hipdeep, SF_fan_mae, msemmag
Förklaringar
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.
45
20,641 medlemmar
549 recensioner
4.1
46
26,475 medlemmar
503 recensioner
4.2
3 Members
lahochstetler, Patricia.Ralston, elahrairah
Förklaringar
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.
47
3,943 medlemmar
197 recensioner
4.2
3 Members
anglemark, sundancer, conhauf
Förklaringar
anglemark: I didn't like the Temeraire books at all, but this one was great!
48
5,758 medlemmar
265 recensioner
4
49
551 medlemmar
23 recensioner
3.9
50
1,158 medlemmar
28 recensioner
4
51
4,420 medlemmar
93 recensioner
3.8
52
876 medlemmar
15 recensioner
½ 3.7
3 Members
Localhostess, Boand, conhauf
Förklaringar
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.
53
35,877 medlemmar
611 recensioner
4
54
3,507 medlemmar
196 recensioner
3.9
3 Members
perennialreader, bogopea, kara.shamy
Förklaringar
perennialreader: I did not like Eat, Pray, Love but someone recommended this one and I actually like it.
55
7,404 medlemmar
163 recensioner
3.8
56
4,114 medlemmar
225 recensioner
4.2
57
1,678 medlemmar
80 recensioner
½ 3.6
58
39,692 medlemmar
1,271 recensioner
4.1
3 Members
kleo, cherpy, ErinBraam
59
1,002 medlemmar
67 recensioner
4.2
2 Members
elorin, rmarcin
60
669 medlemmar
19 recensioner
½ 3.7
61
12,536 medlemmar
189 recensioner
4
62
204 medlemmar
47 recensioner
½ 3.6
2 Members
hipdeep, conhauf
Förklaringar
hipdeep: Took a flyer on this one through Early Reviewers. It blew my mind as an introduction to leisure studies.
63
7,866 medlemmar
295 recensioner
4.2
64
13,051 medlemmar
291 recensioner
4
3 Members
Boand, steller0707, conhauf
Förklaringar
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.
65
7,511 medlemmar
244 recensioner
4.1
3 Members
Minthe, Cecrow, conhauf
66
19,204 medlemmar
400 recensioner
4.1
67
247 medlemmar
22 recensioner
4
2 Members
nancjones, AbigailAdams26
Förklaringar
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!
68
22 medlemmar
2 recensioner
½ 4.7
2 Members
AbigailAdams26, alderwand
Förklaringar
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.
69
3,836 medlemmar
100 recensioner
4
70
4,536 medlemmar
254 recensioner
4.1
2 Members
edparks, conhauf
71
2,952 medlemmar
63 recensioner
½ 3.4
72
2,747 medlemmar
104 recensioner
3.8
73
2,959 medlemmar
41 recensioner
4.1
2 Members
elkiedee, ManWithAnAgenda
Förklaringar
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.
74
8,784 medlemmar
119 recensioner
3.8
2 Members
JalenV, ManWithAnAgenda
Förklaringar
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.
75
8 medlemmar
5
76
5,698 medlemmar
93 recensioner
3.8
2 Members
Cecrow, alderwand
77
780 medlemmar
24 recensioner
3.8
78
97 medlemmar
2 recensioner
4
2 Members
BornAnalog, alderwand
Förklaringar
BornAnalog: Read this argument for an ethics-driven technology sector. . .and then contemplate how far that is from our current reality.
79
1,025 medlemmar
60 recensioner
½ 4.3
2 Members
Micheller7, Ann_R
80
1,374 medlemmar
90 recensioner
3.8
2 Members
JuliaMaria, nyowh
Förklaringar
JuliaMaria: Geschichten mit Tieren als Hauptprotakonisten interessieren mich normalerweise weniger, deshalb war ich positiv über die philosophische Tiefe des Romans überrascht.
81
43,122 medlemmar
710 recensioner
3.8
82
1,088 medlemmar
3 recensioner
½ 4.3
2 Members
cpg, Yarnucopia
Förklaringar
cpg: Surprisingly successful devotional work.
83
5,633 medlemmar
193 recensioner
4.1
84
1,554 medlemmar
91 recensioner
4.1
2 Members
vwinsloe, Ann_R
85
490 medlemmar
8 recensioner
½ 3.6
2 Members
Cecrow, TechThing
86
2,158 medlemmar
65 recensioner
3.9
87
3,983 medlemmar
201 recensioner
½ 3.7
88
1,267 medlemmar
43 recensioner
4.2
2 Members
CarltonC, nyowh
Förklaringar
CarltonC: I didn’t expect to be so engaged by this story, who for all his faults, comes across as very human.
89
72,799 medlemmar
1,162 recensioner
3.8
2 Members
hipdeep, cbl_tn
Förklaringar
hipdeep: I have a vague memory of reading this in high school, but revisiting it as an adult was far more satisfying.
90
10,878 medlemmar
248 recensioner
4
91
11,917 medlemmar
831 recensioner
4.1
92
14,181 medlemmar
316 recensioner
4.2
93
3,465 medlemmar
173 recensioner
4.1
94
2,024 medlemmar
110 recensioner
½ 4.3
95
1,277 medlemmar
21 recensioner
½ 3.6
96
5,062 medlemmar
145 recensioner
4.1
97
9,972 medlemmar
184 recensioner
4
2 Members
hipdeep, Cecrow
Förklaringar
hipdeep: I didn't love Steinbeck in high school English class. I wish they'd taught this one.
98
4,504 medlemmar
231 recensioner
4.2
2 Members
Micheller7, sturlington
Förklaringar
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
1,823 medlemmar
61 recensioner
½ 3.4
100
5,491 medlemmar
183 recensioner
½ 4.3