Pleasant Surprises: Books That Exceeded Our Expectations

Description
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.
Membres
129 membres participants
2
1,063 membres
81 critiques
4.1
13 utilisateurs
kxn11, magneticvoyager, RBeffa, elkiedee, nancjones, ominogue, sturmer, bookmuse56, Vegas_Fiber_Arts, saraLucilleIngram, pacificquest, VioletL, dandalf
Explications
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.
3
16,309 membres
1,184 critiques
½ 4.3
15 utilisateurs
timspalding, raidergirl3, perennialreader, Localhostess, nancjones, nagasravika.bodapati, bookmuse56, CKHarwood, larocco, Vegas_Fiber_Arts, saraLucilleIngram, ErinBraam, VioletL, ConantheLibrarianJr, dandalf
Explications
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.
4
4,269 membres
329 critiques
4
5
16,384 membres
820 critiques
½ 4.3
6
4,832 membres
379 critiques
4
13 utilisateurs
timspalding, anglemark, erinclark, magneticvoyager, PitcherBooks, nagasravika.bodapati, kara.shamy, HeatherMoss, CKHarwood, Vegas_Fiber_Arts, saraLucilleIngram, pacificquest, moc2902
Explications
anglemark: I don't like zombie stories. Color me surprised at how good this book was!
7
8,857 membres
287 critiques
4.1
8
15,582 membres
425 critiques
½ 4.3
9
23,784 membres
401 critiques
½ 4.3
10
3,923 membres
211 critiques
4
11
41,144 membres
1,709 critiques
4
9 utilisateurs
pgmcc, knerd.knitter, deldevries, perennialreader, JuliaMaria, nagasravika.bodapati, Dammie, finnleyjames, ConantheLibrarianJr,EMS_24 ,Thelamon1
Explications
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!
12
3,082 membres
92 critiques
½ 3.6
8 utilisateurs
RBeffa, Porua, elkiedee, Smits, kara.shamy, Vegas_Fiber_Arts, Xotomix, RMiller30
Explications
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.
13
42,042 membres
990 critiques
3.9
14
68,043 membres
1,282 critiques
½ 3.5
15
12,203 membres
328 critiques
4.1
16
16,800 membres
317 critiques
4.2
17
7,883 membres
477 critiques
½ 4.4
7 utilisateurs
raidergirl3, CDVicarage, LDVoorberg, CarltonC, nagasravika.bodapati, Yarnucopia, steller0707
Explications
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.
18
16,606 membres
896 critiques
4
19
39,241 membres
1,024 critiques
½ 4.3
20
1,148 membres
77 critiques
½ 4.3
21
9,643 membres
414 critiques
½ 4.3
6 utilisateurs
CarltonC, vwinsloe, kara.shamy, nyowh, Algernon11, dandalf
Explications
CarltonC: Wowed by the imaginative rewriting of the epic from a different perspective and in such readable prose.
22
26,056 membres
754 critiques
3.9
7 utilisateurs
CDVicarage, amanda4242, Vegas_Fiber_Arts, ManWithAnAgenda, Boand, steller0707, RMiller30,Thelamon1
Explications
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
9,309 membres
192 critiques
4
24
7,441 membres
641 critiques
3.8
6 utilisateurs
raidergirl3, terran, LDVoorberg, PitcherBooks, kara.shamy, Boand,EMS_24
Explications
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.
25
6,467 membres
281 critiques
4.1
26
50,244 membres
1,275 critiques
4.2
27
2,917 membres
230 critiques
3.8
28
4,986 membres
260 critiques
½ 4.3
29
5,385 membres
257 critiques
4
30
8,661 membres
178 critiques
4
4 utilisateurs
hipdeep, RBeffa, elkiedee, saraLucilleIngram
Explications
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.
31
814 membres
63 critiques
4
4 utilisateurs
3togetready, bookmuse56, rmarcin, saraLucilleIngram
Explications
bookmuse56: Just a wonderful read that I finished in one sitting!
32
18,526 membres
1,213 critiques
4.2
33
5,626 membres
106 critiques
4.1
35
821 membres
15 critiques
½ 3.7
4 utilisateurs
Localhostess, sturmer, Boand, conhauf
Explications
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.
36
3,234 membres
193 critiques
3.9
4 utilisateurs
perennialreader, bogopea, sturmer, kara.shamy
Explications
perennialreader: I did not like Eat, Pray, Love but someone recommended this one and I actually like it.
37
2,440 membres
160 critiques
3.8
38
3,447 membres
214 critiques
4.2
4 utilisateurs
sturmer, Jjean7, VioletL, RMiller30
39
48,306 membres
449 critiques
½ 4.5
40
2,308 membres
153 critiques
½ 4.3
3 utilisateurs
anglemark, saraLucilleIngram, Tosta
Explications
anglemark: A nice surprise after the boring feelgood The long way to a small, angry planet
41
100,686 membres
951 critiques
½ 4.4
42
2,814 membres
88 critiques
½ 4.3
43
19,518 membres
779 critiques
4.2
44
4,986 membres
147 critiques
4.2
3 utilisateurs
kxn11, dewasus1, CarltonC
Explications
CarltonC: So much more than I expected, funny and perceptive.
45
5,257 membres
309 critiques
4
4 utilisateurs
Localhostess, kara.shamy, BornAnalog, steller0707
Explications
BornAnalog: One of the few books that everyone talked up to me, and then it actually delivered. And then some.
46
4,630 membres
60 critiques
½ 4.3
3 utilisateurs
aprille, ahef1963, maewharton
47
4,617 membres
323 critiques
4.1
48
3,357 membres
181 critiques
4.2
3 utilisateurs
anglemark, sundancer, conhauf
Explications
anglemark: I didn't like the Temeraire books at all, but this one was great!
49
4,064 membres
239 critiques
4.1
3 utilisateurs
edparks, sturmer, conhauf
50
414 membres
22 critiques
3.9
51
1,105 membres
27 critiques
4
3 utilisateurs
gypsysmom, noveltea, -Pia-
52
8,291 membres
115 critiques
3.8
3 utilisateurs
sturmer, JalenV, ManWithAnAgenda
Explications
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.
53
4,137 membres
91 critiques
3.8
54
32,575 membres
579 critiques
4
3 utilisateurs
Minthe, CKHarwood, Yuki-Onna
55
7,166 membres
161 critiques
½ 3.7
3 utilisateurs
CDVicarage, Cecrow, dougb56586
56
1,172 membres
68 critiques
½ 3.6
57
38,573 membres
1,256 critiques
4.1
3 utilisateurs
kleo, cherpy, ErinBraam
58
766 membres
61 critiques
4.2
2 utilisateurs
elorin, rmarcin
59
567 membres
17 critiques
½ 3.7
3 utilisateurs
3togetready, terran, kxn11
60
11,860 membres
176 critiques
4
3 utilisateurs
Localhostess, Dilara86, msemmag
61
193 membres
47 critiques
½ 3.6
2 utilisateurs
hipdeep, conhauf
Explications
hipdeep: Took a flyer on this one through Early Reviewers. It blew my mind as an introduction to leisure studies.
62
7,087 membres
285 critiques
4.2
3 utilisateurs
steller0707, nyowh, VioletL
63
12,494 membres
282 critiques
4
3 utilisateurs
Boand, steller0707, conhauf
Explications
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.
64
6,992 membres
234 critiques
4.1
3 utilisateurs
Minthe, Cecrow, conhauf
65
17,902 membres
385 critiques
4.1
2 utilisateurs
Bethlehem_PL_NH, gypsysmom
66
237 membres
19 critiques
4
2 utilisateurs
nancjones, AbigailAdams26
Explications
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!
67
20 membres
2 critiques
½ 4.7
2 utilisateurs
AbigailAdams26, alderwand
Explications
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.
68
25,370 membres
495 critiques
4.2
2 utilisateurs
Patricia.Ralston, elahrairah
Explications
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.
69
3,525 membres
93 critiques
4
2 utilisateurs
cbl_tn, Patricia.Ralston
70
18,480 membres
514 critiques
4.1
71
2,777 membres
60 critiques
½ 3.4
72
2,418 membres
91 critiques
3.8
2 utilisateurs
terriks, Patricia.Ralston
73
2,706 membres
40 critiques
4.1
2 utilisateurs
elkiedee, ManWithAnAgenda
Explications
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 membres
5
2 utilisateurs
Michael.Rimmer, alderwand
75
5,421 membres
90 critiques
3.8
2 utilisateurs
Cecrow, alderwand
76
718 membres
22 critiques
3.8
2 utilisateurs
dewasus1, barefootsong
77
80 membres
2 critiques
4.1
2 utilisateurs
BornAnalog, alderwand
Explications
BornAnalog: Read this argument for an ethics-driven technology sector. . .and then contemplate how far that is from our current reality.
78
647 membres
47 critiques
4.2
2 utilisateurs
Micheller7, Ann_R
79
1,180 membres
82 critiques
3.8
2 utilisateurs
JuliaMaria, nyowh
Explications
JuliaMaria: Geschichten mit Tieren als Hauptprotakonisten interessieren mich normalerweise weniger, deshalb war ich positiv über die philosophische Tiefe des Romans überrascht.
80
39,334 membres
673 critiques
3.8
2 utilisateurs
aprille, Patricia.Ralston
81
16,184 membres
150 critiques
4.1
2 utilisateurs
hipdeep, msemmag
Explications
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
1,006 membres
3 critiques
½ 4.3
2 utilisateurs
cpg, Yarnucopia
Explications
cpg: Surprisingly successful devotional work.
83
2 utilisateurs
raidergirl3, barefootsong
84
1,168 membres
77 critiques
4.1
2 utilisateurs
vwinsloe, Ann_R
85
462 membres
7 critiques
½ 3.6
2 utilisateurs
Cecrow, TechThing
86
2,027 membres
65 critiques
3.9
2 utilisateurs
Cecrow, Localhostess
87
3,375 membres
189 critiques
½ 3.7
2 utilisateurs
noveltea, BornAnalog
88
1,006 membres
36 critiques
4.2
2 utilisateurs
CarltonC, nyowh
Explications
CarltonC: I didn’t expect to be so engaged by this story, who for all his faults, comes across as very human.
89
10,276 membres
244 critiques
4
2 utilisateurs
CDVicarage, darsaster
90
10,468 membres
793 critiques
4.1
91
13,615 membres
306 critiques
4.2
2 utilisateurs
MaryKay1822, ahef1963
92
2,601 membres
136 critiques
4.1
2 utilisateurs
terran, Bethlehem_PL_NH
93
1,687 membres
98 critiques
½ 4.3
94
1,160 membres
21 critiques
½ 3.6
2 utilisateurs
TechThing, alderwand
95
4,792 membres
137 critiques
4.1
2 utilisateurs
TechThing, ManWithAnAgenda
96
9,419 membres
182 critiques
4
2 utilisateurs
hipdeep, Cecrow
Explications
hipdeep: I didn't love Steinbeck in high school English class. I wish they'd taught this one.
97
3,472 membres
193 critiques
4.2
2 utilisateurs
Micheller7, sturlington
Explications
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.
98
1,689 membres
56 critiques
½ 3.4
2 utilisateurs
aprille, perennialreader
99
5,277 membres
178 critiques
½ 4.3
2 utilisateurs
cbl_tn, perennialreader
100
11,349 membres
578 critiques
½ 4.4
2 utilisateurs
MaryKay1822, KarlN