Books that Exceeded your Expectations
These are books that you were pleasantly surprised by. They could be classics that you really loved, or more recent fiction that just caught you off guard by how good it was.
1 The Hunger Games (The Hunge...
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4.41 of 5 stars 4.41 avg rating — 2,689,056 ratings
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2 The Kite Runner
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 1,194,365 ratings
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3 The Book Thief
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4.37 of 5 stars 4.37 avg rating — 594,831 ratings
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4 Water for Elephants
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 860,449 ratings
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5 Harry Potter and the Sorcer...
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 2,617,750 ratings
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6 The Time Traveler's Wife
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 871,897 ratings
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7 The Help
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 1,027,167 ratings
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8 The Girl with the Dragon Ta...
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 1,133,884 ratings
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9 The Curious Incident of the...
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 592,235 ratings
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10 To Kill a Mockingbird
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 1,964,985 ratings
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11 Memoirs of a Geisha
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 992,687 ratings
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12 Pride and Prejudice
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 1,304,546 ratings
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13 Twilight (Twilight, #1)
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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 2,391,185 ratings
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14 Catching Fire (The Hunger G...
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 1,354,101 ratings
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15 The Lovely Bones
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 1,126,955 ratings
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16 The Host (The Host, #1)
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 550,331 ratings
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17 Harry Potter and the Deathl...
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4.57 of 5 stars 4.57 avg rating — 1,186,608 ratings
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18 A Thousand Splendid Suns
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 527,962 ratings
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19 Jane Eyre
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 853,975 ratings
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20 My Sister's Keeper
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 602,203 ratings
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21 The Thirteenth Tale
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 160,888 ratings
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22 Life of Pi
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 735,761 ratings
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23 The Glass Castle
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 430,469 ratings
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24 Harry Potter and the Prison...
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4.46 of 5 stars 4.46 avg rating — 1,230,306 ratings
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25 Middlesex
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 377,548 ratings
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26 The Shadow of the Wind (The...
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 192,235 ratings
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27 The Poisonwood Bible
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 429,882 ratings
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28 Harry Potter and the Goblet...
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4.46 of 5 stars 4.46 avg rating — 1,192,723 ratings
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29 1984
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 1,257,101 ratings
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30 The Guernsey Literary and P...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 286,847 ratings
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31 Gone with the Wind
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 610,199 ratings
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32 The Red Tent
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 316,630 ratings
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33 The Alchemist
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 813,450 ratings
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34 The Secret Life of Bees
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 714,864 ratings
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35 The Road
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 377,189 ratings
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36 A Game of Thrones (A Song o...
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 736,600 ratings
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37 Outlander (Outlander, #1)
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 268,879 ratings
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38 Eat, Pray, Love
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3.43 of 5 stars 3.43 avg rating — 809,182 ratings
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39 Les Misérables
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 406,020 ratings
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40 The Great Gatsby
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 1,680,519 ratings
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41 The Girl Who Played with Fi...
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 423,950 ratings
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42 Extremely Loud and Incredib...
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 216,035 ratings
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43 The Historian
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 150,313 ratings
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44 Wuthering Heights
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 638,775 ratings
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45 The Bell Jar
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 286,810 ratings
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46 Ender's Game (The Ender Qui...
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 599,160 ratings
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47 The Color Purple
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 285,102 ratings
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48 Lolita
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 355,604 ratings
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49 The Handmaid's Tale
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 341,415 ratings
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50 The Hobbit
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 1,516,840 ratings
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51 Atonement
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 257,765 ratings
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52 Mockingjay (The Hunger Game...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 1,235,833 ratings
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53 One Hundred Years of Solitude
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 403,759 ratings
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54 Graceling (Graceling Realm,...
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 186,446 ratings
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55 His Dark Materials (His Dar...
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 74,449 ratings
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56 The Forgotten Garden
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 102,935 ratings
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57 The Art of Racing in the Rain
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 225,731 ratings
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58 Bel Canto
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 143,097 ratings
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59 Vampire Academy (Vampire Ac...
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 271,701 ratings
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60 Three Cups of Tea: One Man'...
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 205,731 ratings
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61 City of Bones (The Mortal I...
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 635,484 ratings
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62 The Pact
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 170,728 ratings
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63 The Shack: Where Tragedy Co...
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 265,567 ratings
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64 Lord of the Flies
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 1,180,634 ratings
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65 All Quiet on the Western Front
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 154,438 ratings
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66 A Great and Terrible Beauty...
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 142,835 ratings
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67 The Name of the Wind (The K...
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4.56 of 5 stars 4.56 avg rating — 188,783 ratings
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68 The Last Lecture
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 162,031 ratings
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69 Of Mice and Men
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 1,020,279 ratings
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70 Sense And Sensibility
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 553,877 ratings
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71 The Count of Monte Cristo
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 423,584 ratings
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72 I Know This Much Is True
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 189,690 ratings
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73 The Lightning Thief (Percy ...
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 725,494 ratings
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74 The Fountainhead
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 187,425 ratings
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75 Love in the Time of Cholera
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 228,193 ratings
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76 The Adventures of Huckleber...
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 796,259 ratings
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77 To Live and Drink in L.A.
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 314 ratings
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78 The Prince of Tides
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 110,099 ratings
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79 Atlas Shrugged
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 201,263 ratings
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80 The Princess Bride
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 433,235 ratings
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81 Fahrenheit 451
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 733,172 ratings
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82 The Stranger
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 283,593 ratings
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83 Wicked: The Life and Times ...
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3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 388,758 ratings
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84 Divergent (Divergent, #1)
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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 949,741 ratings
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85 Siddhartha
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 252,660 ratings
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86 House of Sand and Fog
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 68,877 ratings
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87 Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 97,925 ratings
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88 After Forever Ends
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 847 ratings
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89 Never Let Me Go
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 198,120 ratings
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90 The Amazing Adventures of K...
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 112,514 ratings
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91 Brave New World
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 712,710 ratings
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92 The Devil in the White City...
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 227,970 ratings
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93 Angela's Ashes (Frank McCou...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 302,325 ratings
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94 Dead Until Dark (Sookie Sta...
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 337,420 ratings
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95 Secrets of the Realm
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4.47 of 5 stars 4.47 avg rating — 140 ratings
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96 Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) ...
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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 140,821 ratings
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97 The Awakening
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 89,642 ratings
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98 The Giver (The Giver #1)
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 807,322 ratings
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99 The Elephant Tree
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 4,947 ratings
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100 Empire Falls
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 66,528 ratings
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Comments (showing 1-10 of 10) (10 new)

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message 1: by Ale and Vicki (new)

Ale and Vicki Why Twilight? That was a let down..


message 2: by Aurora (new)

Aurora The Hunger Games. I thought it looked dumb when I read the description, but once I started the book I couldn't put it down...


message 3: by Alenka (new)

Alenka Unk Aurora wrote: "The Hunger Games. I thought it looked dumb when I read the description, but once I started the book I couldn't put it down..."

Same here.


message 4: by Breanne (new)

Breanne The Tiger series definitely fit in this list :)


message 5: by M (new)

M I have to admit, not many books exceeded my expectations. In fact, I was very dissapointed of a great amount of the books considered to be "amazing", such as The Time Traveler's Wife, The Shadow of the Wind, Pride and Prejudice, Twilight and Eat, Pray, Love - all of them really really bad, in my opinion ><


message 6: by Valerie (new)

Valerie Bempong Ale and Vicki wrote: "Why Twilight? That was a let down.."

Despair not! That simply means expectations were piss poor to begin with. :)


message 7: by Jen (new)

Jen Ale and Vicki wrote: "Why Twilight? That was a let down.."

This was the first book I read since high school, and it just drew me in and reminded me how much I love and miss reading. For that reason it will always be one of my favorites.


message 8: by Grace (new)

Grace Hamilton I must admit I do love a good romance and Twilight is certainly one, the thing I do like however is not the vampire or werewolf aspect but the differences I discover on each reading. The movies tie in very well with the written word and I personally have never been disappointed by either. The supernatural just makes the story different but the ability to make a FF of the characters shows how the general writing public adores the presentation of those personalities.


message 9: by [deleted user] (new)

Great list! Awesome books!


message 10: by Booklovinglady (last edited Mar 30, 2013 05:59AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Several titles in this list made me wonder whether some voters also voted on books that lived up to their expectations, instead of just voting for books that exceeded their expectations...

And yes, I only voted for books that exceeded my expectations, not the ones that lived up to it :-) Some authors I expect exceptional books from, like Jane Austen, George Eliot, Margarat Atwood, Thomas Hardy, and so on, and I've have never been disappointed so far. But their books do not exceed my expectations, as I already expected a lot of them before I started.

@Hercina
You are not the only one with doubts about this list :-)


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