Pleasant Surprises: Books That Exceeded Our Expectations

List of the Month
elokuu 2022 (see all)
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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.
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tekijä: Andy Weir
18,520 jäsentä
1,246 arvostelua
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
Selitykset
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
tekijä: Tan Twan Eng
1,161 jäsentä
86 arvostelua
4.1
12 Members
kxn11, magneticvoyager, RBeffa, elkiedee, nancjones, ominogue, bookmuse56, Vegas_Fiber_Arts, saraLucilleIngram, pacificquest, VioletL, dandalf
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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
tekijä: Anthony Doerr
19,147 jäsentä
887 arvostelua
½ 4.3
5
tekijä: Eowyn Ivey
4,609 jäsentä
341 arvostelua
4
6
tekijä: Dodie Smith
9,292 jäsentä
298 arvostelua
4.1
7
tekijä: M. R. Carey
5,417 jäsentä
401 arvostelua
4
13 Members
timspalding, anglemark, erinclark, magneticvoyager, PitcherBooks, nagasravika.bodapati, kara.shamy, HeatherMoss, CKHarwood, Vegas_Fiber_Arts, saraLucilleIngram, pacificquest, moc2902
Selitykset
anglemark: I don't like zombie stories. Color me surprised at how good this book was!
8
tekijä: Betty Smith
16,732 jäsentä
445 arvostelua
½ 4.3
9
tekijä: Stieg Larsson
43,555 jäsentä
1,746 arvostelua
4
11 Members
pgmcc, lahochstetler, knerd.knitter, deldevries, perennialreader, JuliaMaria, nagasravika.bodapati, Dammie, HH_Library, finnleyjames, ConantheLibrarianJr,EMS_24 ,Thelamon1
Selitykset
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
4,640 jäsentä
227 arvostelua
4
11
tekijä: Dan Brown
70,762 jäsentä
1,314 arvostelua
½ 3.5
12
17,247 jäsentä
911 arvostelua
4
13
25,928 jäsentä
430 arvostelua
½ 4.3
14
tekijä: Amor Towles
9,414 jäsentä
523 arvostelua
½ 4.4
8 Members
raidergirl3, CDVicarage, LDVoorberg, CarltonC, nagasravika.bodapati, Yarnucopia, steller0707, HH_Library
Selitykset
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
3,166 jäsentä
94 arvostelua
½ 3.6
8 Members
RBeffa, Porua, elkiedee, Smits, kara.shamy, Vegas_Fiber_Arts, Xotomix, RMiller30
Selitykset
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
12,957 jäsentä
339 arvostelua
4.1
17
tekijä: George Eliot
17,959 jäsentä
330 arvostelua
4.2
18
tekijä: Yann Martel
43,947 jäsentä
1,012 arvostelua
3.9
19
41,525 jäsentä
1,052 arvostelua
½ 4.3
20
tekijä: Edith Wharton
9,822 jäsentä
206 arvostelua
4
21
12,941 jäsentä
477 arvostelua
½ 4.3
6 Members
CarltonC, vwinsloe, kara.shamy, nyowh, Algernon11, dandalf
Selitykset
CarltonC: Wowed by the imaginative rewriting of the epic from a different perspective and in such readable prose.
22
27,215 jäsentä
780 arvostelua
3.9
7 Members
CDVicarage, amanda4242, Vegas_Fiber_Arts, ManWithAnAgenda, Boand, steller0707, RMiller30,Thelamon1
Selitykset
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
2,854 jäsentä
175 arvostelua
4.2
24
53,271 jäsentä
1,305 arvostelua
4.2
25
tekijä: Alan Bradley
7,827 jäsentä
659 arvostelua
3.8
6 Members
raidergirl3, terran, LDVoorberg, PitcherBooks, kara.shamy, Boand,EMS_24
Selitykset
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
tekijä: Connie Willis
6,783 jäsentä
286 arvostelua
4.1
27
tekijä: S.A. Cosby
1,079 jäsentä
73 arvostelua
4
5 Members
3togetready, bookmuse56, rmarcin, saraLucilleIngram, HH_Library
Selitykset
bookmuse56: Just a wonderful read that I finished in one sitting!
28
19,515 jäsentä
1,250 arvostelua
4.2
29
3,511 jäsentä
249 arvostelua
3.8
30
tekijä: Yaa Gyasi
5,701 jäsentä
281 arvostelua
½ 4.3
31
9,163 jäsentä
192 arvostelua
4
4 Members
hipdeep, RBeffa, elkiedee, saraLucilleIngram
Selitykset
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
tekijä: Pat Conroy
5,863 jäsentä
111 arvostelua
4.1
33
14,025 jäsentä
352 arvostelua
4.2
34
tekijä: Sayaka Murata
3,173 jäsentä
198 arvostelua
3.8
35
50,857 jäsentä
453 arvostelua
½ 4.5
36
2,825 jäsentä
172 arvostelua
½ 4.3
3 Members
anglemark, saraLucilleIngram, Tosta
Selitykset
anglemark: A nice surprise after the boring feelgood The long way to a small, angry planet
37
tekijä: J. K. Rowling
108,471 jäsentä
987 arvostelua
½ 4.4
38
tekijä: Walter Moers
2,973 jäsentä
89 arvostelua
½ 4.3
39
20,658 jäsentä
798 arvostelua
4.2
40
5,324 jäsentä
152 arvostelua
4.2
3 Members
kxn11, dewasus1, CarltonC
Selitykset
CarltonC: So much more than I expected, funny and perceptive.
41
5,928 jäsentä
340 arvostelua
3.9
4 Members
Localhostess, kara.shamy, BornAnalog, steller0707
Selitykset
BornAnalog: One of the few books that everyone talked up to me, and then it actually delivered. And then some.
42
4,930 jäsentä
63 arvostelua
½ 4.3
43
5,644 jäsentä
362 arvostelua
4.1
44
tekijä: C. S. Lewis
17,698 jäsentä
153 arvostelua
4.1
3 Members
hipdeep, SF_fan_mae, msemmag
Selitykset
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
tekijä: Donna Tartt
20,717 jäsentä
553 arvostelua
4.1
46
26,550 jäsentä
503 arvostelua
4.2
3 Members
lahochstetler, Patricia.Ralston, elahrairah
Selitykset
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
tekijä: Naomi Novik
3,993 jäsentä
197 arvostelua
4.2
3 Members
anglemark, sundancer, conhauf
Selitykset
anglemark: I didn't like the Temeraire books at all, but this one was great!
48
5,796 jäsentä
265 arvostelua
4
49
559 jäsentä
23 arvostelua
3.9
50
tekijä: Thomas King
1,160 jäsentä
28 arvostelua
4
51
tekijä: Matthew Lewis
4,438 jäsentä
94 arvostelua
3.8
52
tekijä: Peter Ackroyd
877 jäsentä
15 arvostelua
½ 3.7
3 Members
Localhostess, Boand, conhauf
Selitykset
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
tekijä: Bram Stoker
36,032 jäsentä
614 arvostelua
4
54
3,515 jäsentä
197 arvostelua
3.9
3 Members
perennialreader, bogopea, kara.shamy
Selitykset
perennialreader: I did not like Eat, Pray, Love but someone recommended this one and I actually like it.
55
tekijä: Peter Høeg
7,420 jäsentä
164 arvostelua
3.8
56
4,163 jäsentä
226 arvostelua
4.2
57
1,684 jäsentä
80 arvostelua
½ 3.6
58
39,735 jäsentä
1,272 arvostelua
4.1
3 Members
kleo, cherpy, ErinBraam
59
tekijä: Robert Dugoni
1,017 jäsentä
67 arvostelua
4.2
2 Members
elorin, rmarcin
60
tekijä: Jojo Moyes
673 jäsentä
19 arvostelua
½ 3.7
61
12,564 jäsentä
190 arvostelua
4
62
204 jäsentä
47 arvostelua
½ 3.6
2 Members
hipdeep, conhauf
Selitykset
hipdeep: Took a flyer on this one through Early Reviewers. It blew my mind as an introduction to leisure studies.
63
7,951 jäsentä
296 arvostelua
4.2
64
tekijä: A.S. Byatt
13,063 jäsentä
292 arvostelua
4
3 Members
Boand, steller0707, conhauf
Selitykset
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
7,518 jäsentä
245 arvostelua
4.1
3 Members
Minthe, Cecrow, conhauf
66
19,250 jäsentä
400 arvostelua
4.1
67
247 jäsentä
22 arvostelua
4
2 Members
nancjones, AbigailAdams26
Selitykset
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 jäsentä
2 arvostelua
½ 4.7
2 Members
AbigailAdams26, alderwand
Selitykset
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
3,859 jäsentä
100 arvostelua
4
70
tekijä: Ruth Ozeki
4,570 jäsentä
254 arvostelua
4.1
2 Members
edparks, conhauf
71
tekijä: Ann Radcliffe
2,958 jäsentä
63 arvostelua
½ 3.4
72
tekijä: Nella Larsen
2,770 jäsentä
104 arvostelua
3.8
73
tekijä: James Baldwin
2,977 jäsentä
41 arvostelua
4.1
2 Members
elkiedee, ManWithAnAgenda
Selitykset
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
tekijä: George Eliot
8,801 jäsentä
119 arvostelua
3.8
2 Members
JalenV, ManWithAnAgenda
Selitykset
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 jäsentä
5
76
5,726 jäsentä
93 arvostelua
3.8
2 Members
Cecrow, alderwand
77
tekijä: Miss Read
784 jäsentä
24 arvostelua
3.8
78
tekijä: Mike Monteiro
98 jäsentä
2 arvostelua
4.1
2 Members
BornAnalog, alderwand
Selitykset
BornAnalog: Read this argument for an ethics-driven technology sector. . .and then contemplate how far that is from our current reality.
79
1,046 jäsentä
65 arvostelua
4.2
2 Members
Micheller7, Ann_R
80
tekijä: Sigrid Nunez
1,402 jäsentä
92 arvostelua
3.8
2 Members
JuliaMaria, nyowh
Selitykset
JuliaMaria: Geschichten mit Tieren als Hauptprotakonisten interessieren mich normalerweise weniger, deshalb war ich positiv über die philosophische Tiefe des Romans überrascht.
81
tekijä: Mary Shelley
43,338 jäsentä
713 arvostelua
3.8
82
1,092 jäsentä
3 arvostelua
½ 4.3
2 Members
cpg, Yarnucopia
Selitykset
cpg: Surprisingly successful devotional work.
83
5,661 jäsentä
193 arvostelua
4.1
84
tekijä: Hiro Arikawa
1,561 jäsentä
93 arvostelua
4.1
2 Members
vwinsloe, Ann_R
85
tekijä: Hans Bemmann
492 jäsentä
8 arvostelua
½ 3.6
2 Members
Cecrow, TechThing
86
2,165 jäsentä
65 arvostelua
3.9
87
4,024 jäsentä
202 arvostelua
½ 3.7
88
tekijä: Elton John
1,271 jäsentä
43 arvostelua
4.2
2 Members
CarltonC, nyowh
Selitykset
CarltonC: I didn’t expect to be so engaged by this story, who for all his faults, comes across as very human.
89
73,085 jäsentä
1,164 arvostelua
3.8
2 Members
hipdeep, cbl_tn
Selitykset
hipdeep: I have a vague memory of reading this in high school, but revisiting it as an adult was far more satisfying.
90
10,916 jäsentä
250 arvostelua
4
91
tekijä: Marissa Meyer
12,025 jäsentä
832 arvostelua
4.1
92
tekijä: Jon Krakauer
14,215 jäsentä
316 arvostelua
4.2
93
tekijä: Amor Towles
3,507 jäsentä
174 arvostelua
4.1
94
2,056 jäsentä
111 arvostelua
½ 4.3
95
1,282 jäsentä
21 arvostelua
½ 3.6
96
5,086 jäsentä
145 arvostelua
4.1
97
10,005 jäsentä
184 arvostelua
4
2 Members
hipdeep, Cecrow
Selitykset
hipdeep: I didn't love Steinbeck in high school English class. I wish they'd taught this one.
98
4,550 jäsentä
234 arvostelua
4.2
2 Members
Micheller7, sturlington
Selitykset
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
tekijä: Zane Grey
1,832 jäsentä
61 arvostelua
½ 3.4
100
5,508 jäsentä
184 arvostelua
½ 4.3