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.
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3.85 avg rating — 900,382 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 1,394,662 ratings
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4.30 avg rating — 1,958,635 ratings
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3.57 avg rating — 3,835,511 ratings
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4.61 avg rating — 1,801,490 ratings
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3.77 avg rating — 1,632,818 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 769,087 ratings
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4.33 avg rating — 845,909 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 1,273,073 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 872,619 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 224,935 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 1,065,578 ratings
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4.52 avg rating — 1,917,106 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 619,405 ratings
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4.52 avg rating — 1,819,684 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 1,979,115 ratings
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4.28 avg rating — 881,317 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 555,448 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 416,000 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 500,772 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 309,883 ratings
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4.44 avg rating — 1,399,303 ratings
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3.81 avg rating — 1,354,492 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 444,200 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 922,010 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 546,321 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 2,692,979 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 559,323 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 2,156,614 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 550,873 ratings
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3.50 avg rating — 1,185,305 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 1,840,503 ratings
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4.29 avg rating — 853,270 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 634,311 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 395,307 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 971,411 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 312,983 ratings
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3.77 avg rating — 204,614 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 603,866 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 433,852 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 508,866 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 565,410 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 346,676 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 360,638 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 288,677 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 1,368,029 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 2,154,016 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 443,654 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 1,210,140 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 100,605 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 154,248 ratings
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3.64 avg rating — 1,634,982 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 590,438 ratings
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4.55 avg rating — 428,762 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 1,486,995 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 196,709 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 766,799 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 257,740 ratings
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3.64 avg rating — 284,683 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 645,224 ratings
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3.80 avg rating — 986,839 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 242,889 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 318,109 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 253,834 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 1,146,789 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 1,331,004 ratings
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3.68 avg rating — 291,407 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 251,009 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 162,725 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 468,902 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 407,340 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 413 ratings
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3.52 avg rating — 522,927 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 439,469 ratings
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3.80 avg rating — 315,431 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 1,052,352 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 428 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 409,356 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 341,660 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 153,899 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 102,797 ratings
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3.80 avg rating — 150,573 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 1,932,367 ratings
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3.62 avg rating — 134,048 ratings
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3.79 avg rating — 2,072,966 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 1,327 ratings
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3.60 avg rating — 156,577 ratings
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3,768 books · 6,675 voters · list created July 29th, 2008 by Rob (votes) .
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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 Ðɑηηɑ (new)

Ðɑηηɑ 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 :-)


message 11: by Grace (new)

Grace Alenka wrote: "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."


I'd have to say I was the opposite. I heard so many great things about the Hunger Games and then I was really disappointed by the development of the plot and the characters. I feel like the story had a great concept but that the characters ruined it for me.


message 12: by Ashley (new)

Ashley hi everybody


message 13: by Cherryl (new)

Cherryl Chow I don't understand why this page shows that I've read 0 books on this list when I've read quite a few. I've voted on the books I've read.


message 14: by Booklovinglady (last edited Jun 08, 2015 09:56AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Cherryl wrote: "I don't understand why this page shows that I've read 0 books on this list when I've read quite a few. I've voted on the books I've read."

Did all the books you voted for show up as 'read' in this Listopia?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Were the ones you read in the top 100 of the list? I don't think it reports numbers for lower down.


message 16: by Booklovinglady (last edited Aug 15, 2015 06:15AM) (new)

Booklovinglady With some modern authors, like Tim Winton or Richard Flanagan, I've come to expect an excellent read, based upon previous experiences :-) I truly hope I won't be let down (haven't been so far) :-)


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