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.
1354 Notes from Underground
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 58,827 ratings
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1354 Touched with Fire: Manic-De...
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 2,734 ratings
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1354 The Knight of the Rose (Dar...
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 1,211 ratings
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1354 Aishiteruze Baby, Vol. 01
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 2,839 ratings
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1354 The Selected Works of T.S. ...
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 5,176 ratings
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1354 Walt Disney's Mother Goose
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 554 ratings
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1354 S.E. Hinton: the Collection...
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4.41 of 5 stars 4.41 avg rating — 371 ratings
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1354 Passing as Elias
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3.07 of 5 stars 3.07 avg rating — 58 ratings
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1354 Uncle Piper of Piper's Hill
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3.33 of 5 stars 3.33 avg rating — 3 ratings
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1354 Behind Closed Doors
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 46 ratings
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1354 The House
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3.35 of 5 stars 3.35 avg rating — 23 ratings
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1354 Search for the Strangler: M...
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 21 ratings
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1354 Bloodman
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 757 ratings
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1354 The Adamantine Palace (The ...
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3.36 of 5 stars 3.36 avg rating — 1,261 ratings
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1354 Corcitura
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 32 ratings
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1354 Our Children Are Watching: ...
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5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 5 ratings
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1354 Angel (Angel, #1)
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 21,615 ratings
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1354 Lydia Bailey
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 199 ratings
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1354 Blood Done Sign My Name: A ...
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 1,595 ratings
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1354 The Thunderbird Conspiracy:...
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 10 ratings
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1354 Need (Finding Anna, #2)
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 2,313 ratings
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1354 AMERICANA, Boiled Alive in ...
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5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 2 ratings
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1354 The Thousand Autumns of Jac...
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 26,814 ratings
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1354 Mírame y dispara (Mírame y ...
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 1,321 ratings
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1354 Spinward Fringe Broadcast 6...
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 1,017 ratings
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1354 Secrets of a Travel Ninja
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4.46 of 5 stars 4.46 avg rating — 13 ratings
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1354 Malevil
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 1,400 ratings
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1354 vN (The Machine Dynasty, #1)
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3.45 of 5 stars 3.45 avg rating — 1,281 ratings
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1354 The Millionaire Fastlane: C...
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4.42 of 5 stars 4.42 avg rating — 998 ratings
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1354 The World on Blood
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 298 ratings
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1354 Temptation (Temptation, #1)
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 1,196 ratings
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1354 Fate's Path (The Destiny Se...
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4.6 of 5 stars 4.60 avg rating — 20 ratings
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1354 Spiritus Mundi Book I: The ...
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 9 ratings
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1354 Virgile's Vineyard: A Year ...
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 28 ratings
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1354 Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 3,712 ratings
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1354 The Sojourn - Extensions
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5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 5 ratings
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1354 AyaMayA
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5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 2 ratings
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1354 Five Go to Mystery Moor (Fa...
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 4,456 ratings
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1354 The Robin Hood Trilogy
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 73 ratings
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1354 Pushing the Limits (Pushing...
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 65,617 ratings
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1354 The Caged Graves
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 1,061 ratings
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1354 The Bird with the Broken Wing
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 58 ratings
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1354 Captivating: Unveiling the ...
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 35,541 ratings
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1354 Crueltown: A Drew Steele Lo...
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1354 The War (Ultimate Power #2)
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5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 2 ratings
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1354 Stillwell: A Haunting on Lo...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 150 ratings
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1354 Foreigner (Foreigner, #1)
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 3,836 ratings
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1354 Finding Claire Fletcher
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 487 ratings
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1354 Hope through the Darkness
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5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 1 rating
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1354 Bones of Faerie (Bones of F...
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 5,461 ratings
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1354 Like Ice
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 16 ratings
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1354 The Sea of Monsters (Percy ...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 323,505 ratings
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1354 The Last Dance
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4.86 of 5 stars 4.86 avg rating — 7 ratings
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1354 Never Let Me Go...
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 640 ratings
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1354 Mockingbird
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 1,763 ratings
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1354 The Secret Lives of People:...
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1354 The Snow Child
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 46,510 ratings
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1354 Our Totally, Ridiculous, Ma...
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 127 ratings
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1354 High Fidelity
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 118,289 ratings
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1354 Writing a Kindle Book a Week
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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 24 ratings
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1354 Nothing Lasts Forever
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 574 ratings
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1354 Foxes & Wolves! A Kids Book...
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3.0 of 5 stars 3.00 avg rating — 1 rating
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1354 Presidential Trail
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 2 ratings
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1354 The Illusion of Separateness
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 1,319 ratings
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1354 Rules of Civility
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 50,530 ratings
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1354 Degenerate Diaries
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 26 ratings
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1354 Story of The Ghost: A Novel
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4.67 of 5 stars 4.67 avg rating — 12 ratings
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1354 Delicious Desires
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4.45 of 5 stars 4.45 avg rating — 69 ratings
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1354 Persuader (Jack Reacher, #7)
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 24,184 ratings
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1354 Lick the Razor
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 15 ratings
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1354 Post Office
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 42,313 ratings
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1354 Junky
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 30,037 ratings
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1354 Veronika Decides to Die
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 85,890 ratings
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1354 Renovating a Heart
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4.55 of 5 stars 4.55 avg rating — 33 ratings
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1354 Pretties (Uglies, #2)
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 150,273 ratings
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1354 Slumber (The Fade, #1)
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 3,765 ratings
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1354 Make It Happen, A Healthy, ...
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 64 ratings
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1354 Without Fail (Jack Reacher,...
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 36,216 ratings
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1354 আগুনপাখি
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 25 ratings
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1354 Last Light Falling (The Cov...
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4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 30 ratings
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1354 Step Across the Rubicon (Th...
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4.59 of 5 stars 4.59 avg rating — 39 ratings
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1354 Beneath the Bamboo: A Vietn...
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 11 ratings
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1483 Ekaterina
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 92 ratings
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1483 The Circle (Dan Lenson, #3)
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 145 ratings
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1483 The Space Vampires
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3.39 of 5 stars 3.39 avg rating — 320 ratings
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1483 The Happy Prince and Other ...
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 5,342 ratings
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1483 Pilgrim
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 2,048 ratings
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1483 Regeneration (Regeneration,...
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 12,726 ratings
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1483 Revenge of the Witch (The L...
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 18,951 ratings
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1483 Lives of the Monster Dogs
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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 1,266 ratings
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1483 Zen and the Art of Motorcyc...
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 105,020 ratings
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1483 Hide (Detective D.D. Warren...
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 14,724 ratings
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1483 Riddley Walker
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 3,856 ratings
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1483 Memory (Vorkosigan Saga, #10)
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4.41 of 5 stars 4.41 avg rating — 7,900 ratings
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1483 The Snakehead: An Epic Tale...
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 677 ratings
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1483 The Secrets of a Fire King
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3.4 of 5 stars 3.40 avg rating — 1,381 ratings
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1483 Friday
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 17,979 ratings
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1483 In Search of Zarathustra: A...
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 281 ratings
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1483 Empire
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 2,476 ratings
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1483 The Prophecy (The Watchers ...
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2,899 books · 5,688 voters · list created July 28th, 2008 by Rob (votes) .
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Comments (showing 1-11 of 11) (11 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 :-)


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.


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