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Exceeded Expectations: 100 Books That Were Better Than Todd Thought They Were Going to Be

Some of these I thought would be good, and they turned out to be absolutely brilliant. Some I thought were going to be fairly awful, and they turned out to be good. Anyone else want to post one of these lists? I think it would be fun (and interesting) to get TBRs from other people's "exceeded expectations" lists. H/T to Korrick for the original "exceeded expectations" list. Happy reading!
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Rebecca (Daphne Du Maurier)
Rebecca (Daphne Du Maurier)
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Atonement (Ian McEwan)
Atonement (Ian McEwan)
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (John Le Carré)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (John Le Carré)
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The Reivers (William Faulkner)
The Reivers (William Faulkner)
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My Life in France (Julia Child)
My Life in France (Julia Child)
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A Universe From Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing
A Universe From Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing
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She's Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
She's Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Stieg Larsson)
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Stieg Larsson)
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Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age (Sanjay Gupta, MD)
Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age (Sanjay Gupta, MD)
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How Democracies Die (Steven Levitsky & Daniel Ziblatt)
How Democracies Die (Steven Levitsky & Daniel Ziblatt)
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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Anne Brontë)
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Anne Brontë)
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Homage to Catalonia (George Orwell)
Homage to Catalonia (George Orwell)
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The Dutch House (Ann Patchett)
The Dutch House (Ann Patchett)
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Bel-Ami (Guy De Maupassant)
Bel-Ami (Guy De Maupassant)
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Still Life With Meredith (Ann Lewinson)
Still Life With Meredith (Ann Lewinson)
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The Crying of Lot 49 (Thomas Pynchon)
The Crying of Lot 49 (Thomas Pynchon)
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The Waves (Virginia Woolf)
The Waves (Virginia Woolf)
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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Mary Ann Shaffer)
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Mary Ann Shaffer)
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If on a Winter's Night a Traveler (Italo Calvino)
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler (Italo Calvino)
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Madame Bovary (Gustave Flaubert)
Madame Bovary (Gustave Flaubert)
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Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? (Mark Fisher)
Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? (Mark Fisher)
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The Namesake (Jhumpa Lahiri)
The Namesake (Jhumpa Lahiri)
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Barry Lyndon (William Thackeray)
Barry Lyndon (William Thackeray)
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Nada (Carmen Laforet)
Nada (Carmen Laforet)
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Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism (Amanda Montell)
Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism (Amanda Montell)
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So You Don't Get Lost in the Neighborhood (Patrick Modiano)
So You Don't Get Lost in the Neighborhood (Patrick Modiano)
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Ways of Seeing (John Berger)
Ways of Seeing (John Berger)
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Spam-Ku (John Nagamichi Cho)
Spam-Ku (John Nagamichi Cho)
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Tehanu (Ursula K. Le Guin)
Tehanu (Ursula K. Le Guin)
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The High King (Lloyd Alexander)
The High King (Lloyd Alexander)
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A Children's Bible (Lydia Millet)
A Children's Bible (Lydia Millet)
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Say Nothing (Patrick Radden Keefe)
Say Nothing (Patrick Radden Keefe)
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Salad Anniversary (Machi Tawara)
Salad Anniversary (Machi Tawara)
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The Looking Glass War (John Le Carré)
The Looking Glass War (John Le Carré)
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Bel Canto (Ann Patchett)
Bel Canto (Ann Patchett)
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The Gay Science (Friedrich Nietzsche)
The Gay Science (Friedrich Nietzsche)
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I Capture the Castle (Dodie Smith)
I Capture the Castle (Dodie Smith)
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Love Poems (Pablo Neruda)
Love Poems (Pablo Neruda)
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The Complete Poems of Hart Crane (Hart Crane)
The Complete Poems of Hart Crane (Hart Crane)
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The Problems of Philosophy (Bertrand Russell)
The Problems of Philosophy (Bertrand Russell)
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