Pleasant Surprises: Books That Exceeded Our Expectations

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Agosto 2022 (see all)
Descrizione
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
18,347 utenti
1,252 recensioni
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
Spiegazioni
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
1,152 utenti
85 recensioni
4.2
12 Members
kxn11, magneticvoyager, RBeffa, elkiedee, nancjones, ominogue, bookmuse56, Vegas_Fiber_Arts, saraLucilleIngram, pacificquest, VioletL, dandalf
Spiegazioni
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
19,002 utenti
888 recensioni
½ 4.3
5
4,595 utenti
339 recensioni
4
6
9,246 utenti
295 recensioni
4.1
7
5,388 utenti
406 recensioni
4
13 Members
timspalding, anglemark, erinclark, magneticvoyager, PitcherBooks, nagasravika.bodapati, kara.shamy, HeatherMoss, CKHarwood, Vegas_Fiber_Arts, saraLucilleIngram, pacificquest, moc2902
Spiegazioni
anglemark: I don't like zombie stories. Color me surprised at how good this book was!
8
16,616 utenti
444 recensioni
½ 4.3
9
43,411 utenti
1,752 recensioni
4
11 Members
pgmcc, lahochstetler, knerd.knitter, deldevries, perennialreader, JuliaMaria, nagasravika.bodapati, Dammie, HH_Library, finnleyjames, ConantheLibrarianJr,EMS_24 ,Thelamon1
Spiegazioni
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!
11
70,551 utenti
1,312 recensioni
½ 3.5
12
17,283 utenti
911 recensioni
4
13
25,763 utenti
436 recensioni
½ 4.3
14
9,259 utenti
523 recensioni
½ 4.4
8 Members
raidergirl3, CDVicarage, LDVoorberg, CarltonC, nagasravika.bodapati, Yarnucopia, steller0707, HH_Library
Spiegazioni
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
3,157 utenti
94 recensioni
½ 3.6
8 Members
RBeffa, Porua, elkiedee, Smits, kara.shamy, Vegas_Fiber_Arts, Xotomix, RMiller30
Spiegazioni
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
12,883 utenti
338 recensioni
4.1
17
17,848 utenti
331 recensioni
4.2
18
43,794 utenti
1,013 recensioni
3.9
19
41,425 utenti
1,051 recensioni
½ 4.3
20
9,766 utenti
204 recensioni
4
21
12,646 utenti
481 recensioni
½ 4.3
6 Members
CarltonC, vwinsloe, kara.shamy, nyowh, Algernon11, dandalf
Spiegazioni
CarltonC: Wowed by the imaginative rewriting of the epic from a different perspective and in such readable prose.
22
27,111 utenti
779 recensioni
3.9
7 Members
CDVicarage, amanda4242, Vegas_Fiber_Arts, ManWithAnAgenda, Boand, steller0707, RMiller30,Thelamon1
Spiegazioni
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
2,696 utenti
174 recensioni
½ 4.3
24
53,049 utenti
1,300 recensioni
4.2
25
7,790 utenti
657 recensioni
3.8
6 Members
raidergirl3, terran, LDVoorberg, PitcherBooks, kara.shamy, Boand,EMS_24
Spiegazioni
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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6,772 utenti
287 recensioni
4.1
27
1,056 utenti
73 recensioni
4
5 Members
3togetready, bookmuse56, rmarcin, saraLucilleIngram, HH_Library
Spiegazioni
bookmuse56: Just a wonderful read that I finished in one sitting!
28
19,574 utenti
1,249 recensioni
4.2
29
3,458 utenti
252 recensioni
3.8
30
5,674 utenti
281 recensioni
½ 4.3
31
9,111 utenti
191 recensioni
4
4 Members
hipdeep, RBeffa, elkiedee, saraLucilleIngram
Spiegazioni
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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5,847 utenti
110 recensioni
4.1
33
13,955 utenti
351 recensioni
4.2
34
3,097 utenti
198 recensioni
3.8
35
50,661 utenti
452 recensioni
½ 4.5
36
2,798 utenti
173 recensioni
½ 4.3
3 Members
anglemark, saraLucilleIngram, Tosta
Spiegazioni
anglemark: A nice surprise after the boring feelgood The long way to a small, angry planet
37
107,875 utenti
989 recensioni
½ 4.4
38
2,959 utenti
88 recensioni
½ 4.3
39
20,577 utenti
798 recensioni
4.2
40
5,293 utenti
152 recensioni
4.2
3 Members
kxn11, dewasus1, CarltonC
Spiegazioni
CarltonC: So much more than I expected, funny and perceptive.
41
5,885 utenti
338 recensioni
3.9
4 Members
Localhostess, kara.shamy, BornAnalog, steller0707
Spiegazioni
BornAnalog: One of the few books that everyone talked up to me, and then it actually delivered. And then some.
42
4,900 utenti
63 recensioni
½ 4.3
43
5,585 utenti
362 recensioni
4.1
44
17,595 utenti
153 recensioni
4.1
3 Members
hipdeep, SF_fan_mae, msemmag
Spiegazioni
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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20,578 utenti
559 recensioni
4.1
46
26,429 utenti
502 recensioni
4.2
3 Members
lahochstetler, Patricia.Ralston, elahrairah
Spiegazioni
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
3,929 utenti
203 recensioni
4.2
3 Members
anglemark, sundancer, conhauf
Spiegazioni
anglemark: I didn't like the Temeraire books at all, but this one was great!
48
5,752 utenti
265 recensioni
4
49
548 utenti
24 recensioni
3.9
50
1,157 utenti
28 recensioni
4
51
4,417 utenti
93 recensioni
3.8
52
874 utenti
15 recensioni
½ 3.7
3 Members
Localhostess, Boand, conhauf
Spiegazioni
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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35,775 utenti
630 recensioni
4
54
3,501 utenti
196 recensioni
3.9
3 Members
perennialreader, bogopea, kara.shamy
Spiegazioni
perennialreader: I did not like Eat, Pray, Love but someone recommended this one and I actually like it.
55
7,402 utenti
163 recensioni
3.8
56
4,087 utenti
226 recensioni
4.2
57
1,659 utenti
81 recensioni
½ 3.6
58
39,662 utenti
1,273 recensioni
4.1
3 Members
kleo, cherpy, ErinBraam
59
993 utenti
70 recensioni
4.2
2 Members
elorin, rmarcin
60
664 utenti
19 recensioni
½ 3.7
61
12,518 utenti
190 recensioni
4
62
204 utenti
47 recensioni
½ 3.6
2 Members
hipdeep, conhauf
Spiegazioni
hipdeep: Took a flyer on this one through Early Reviewers. It blew my mind as an introduction to leisure studies.
63
7,841 utenti
298 recensioni
4.2
64
13,028 utenti
289 recensioni
4
3 Members
Boand, steller0707, conhauf
Spiegazioni
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
7,490 utenti
245 recensioni
4.1
3 Members
Minthe, Cecrow, conhauf
66
19,182 utenti
403 recensioni
4.1
67
247 utenti
22 recensioni
4
2 Members
nancjones, AbigailAdams26
Spiegazioni
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 utenti
2 recensioni
½ 4.7
2 Members
AbigailAdams26, alderwand
Spiegazioni
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
3,823 utenti
101 recensioni
4
70
4,518 utenti
254 recensioni
4.1
2 Members
edparks, conhauf
71
2,943 utenti
63 recensioni
½ 3.4
72
2,734 utenti
104 recensioni
3.8
73
2,958 utenti
41 recensioni
4.1
2 Members
elkiedee, ManWithAnAgenda
Spiegazioni
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
8,770 utenti
119 recensioni
3.8
2 Members
JalenV, ManWithAnAgenda
Spiegazioni
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 utenti
5
76
5,692 utenti
93 recensioni
3.8
2 Members
Cecrow, alderwand
77
774 utenti
24 recensioni
3.8
78
96 utenti
2 recensioni
4
2 Members
BornAnalog, alderwand
Spiegazioni
BornAnalog: Read this argument for an ethics-driven technology sector. . .and then contemplate how far that is from our current reality.
79
1,020 utenti
59 recensioni
½ 4.3
2 Members
Micheller7, Ann_R
80
1,388 utenti
92 recensioni
3.8
2 Members
JuliaMaria, nyowh
Spiegazioni
JuliaMaria: Geschichten mit Tieren als Hauptprotakonisten interessieren mich normalerweise weniger, deshalb war ich positiv über die philosophische Tiefe des Romans überrascht.
81
43,047 utenti
714 recensioni
3.8
82
1,084 utenti
3 recensioni
½ 4.3
2 Members
cpg, Yarnucopia
Spiegazioni
cpg: Surprisingly successful devotional work.
83
5,605 utenti
194 recensioni
4.1
84
1,537 utenti
95 recensioni
4.1
2 Members
vwinsloe, Ann_R
85
491 utenti
8 recensioni
½ 3.6
2 Members
Cecrow, TechThing
86
2,155 utenti
65 recensioni
3.9
87
3,966 utenti
201 recensioni
½ 3.7
88
1,259 utenti
43 recensioni
4.2
2 Members
CarltonC, nyowh
Spiegazioni
CarltonC: I didn’t expect to be so engaged by this story, who for all his faults, comes across as very human.
89
72,694 utenti
1,176 recensioni
3.8
2 Members
hipdeep, cbl_tn
Spiegazioni
hipdeep: I have a vague memory of reading this in high school, but revisiting it as an adult was far more satisfying.
90
10,873 utenti
251 recensioni
4
91
11,866 utenti
836 recensioni
4.1
92
14,155 utenti
317 recensioni
4.2
93
3,448 utenti
172 recensioni
4.1
94
2,010 utenti
110 recensioni
½ 4.3
95
1,274 utenti
21 recensioni
½ 3.6
96
5,059 utenti
145 recensioni
4.1
97
9,956 utenti
186 recensioni
4
2 Members
hipdeep, Cecrow
Spiegazioni
hipdeep: I didn't love Steinbeck in high school English class. I wish they'd taught this one.
98
4,469 utenti
234 recensioni
4.2
2 Members
Micheller7, sturlington
Spiegazioni
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
1,815 utenti
62 recensioni
½ 3.4
100
5,487 utenti
183 recensioni
½ 4.3