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Markd9528's Reads That Were Pleasant Surprises

These are books that I enjoyed much more than I anticipated. Needless to say I recommend them.
Below are some of the reasons (with examples):
I didn't know what to expect (Age of Innocence, The Grammarians, Washington Square)
I had been forewarned that the book was heavy going, when it didn't turn out to be so (Moby-Dick, The Tin Drum, The Scarlet Letter)
A previous book by the same author was disappointing (Breakfast of Champions, Cat's Cradle, Galapagos after Slaughterhouse Five)
Not run-of -the-mill for that genre (Shel Silverstein's works, Harold and the Purple Crayon, The Phantom Tollbooth)
Far more humorous than anticipated, probably the most common reason (Lolita, Northanger Abbey, Candide)
Moving and insightful (Silas Marner, Old Man Goriot, Cloudstreet)
Gave insight into other parts of the world and/or historical periods (1914, Things Fall Apart, Every Day is For the Thief, A Fine Balance)
A savage parody of academic life and intellectuals (Stoner, Pnin, Clouds).
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1914 (Jean Echenoz)
1914 (Jean Echenoz)
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The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
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An American Marriage (Tayari Jones)
An American Marriage (Tayari Jones)
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Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
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Around the World in Eighty Days (Jules Verne)
Around the World in Eighty Days (Jules Verne)
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The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
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Breakfast of Champions (Kurt Vonnegut)
Breakfast of Champions (Kurt Vonnegut)
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The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Thornton Wilder)
The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Thornton Wilder)
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Candide (Voltaire)
Candide (Voltaire)
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Cat's Cradle (Kurt Vonnegut)
Cat's Cradle (Kurt Vonnegut)
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Charlotte's Web (E.B. White)
Charlotte's Web (E.B. White)
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Chronicle of a Death Foretold (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
Chronicle of a Death Foretold (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
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Clouds (Aristophanes)
Clouds (Aristophanes)
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Cloudstreet (Tim Winton)
Cloudstreet (Tim Winton)
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A Cool Million (Nathanael West)
A Cool Million (Nathanael West)
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Crome Yellow (Aldous Huxley)
Crome Yellow (Aldous Huxley)
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The Crucible (Arthur Miller)
The Crucible (Arthur Miller)
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Daisy Miller (Henry James)
Daisy Miller (Henry James)
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Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (Anne Tyler)
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (Anne Tyler)
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Disappearing Earth (Julia Phillips)
Disappearing Earth (Julia Phillips)
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The Double Helix (James Watson)
The Double Helix (James Watson)
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Every Day Is for the Thief (Teju Cole)
Every Day Is for the Thief (Teju Cole)
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A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
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Frankenstein
Frankenstein
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Galapagos (Kurt Vonnegut)
Galapagos (Kurt Vonnegut)
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Gilgamesh (Tr. Stephen Mitchell)
Gilgamesh (Tr. Stephen Mitchell)
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The Grammarians (Cathleen Schine)
The Grammarians (Cathleen Schine)
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Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
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Harold and the Purple Crayon (Crockett Johnson)
Harold and the Purple Crayon (Crockett Johnson)
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A High Wind in Jamaica (Richard Hughes)
A High Wind in Jamaica (Richard Hughes)
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
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The Iliad (Homer)
The Iliad (Homer)
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The Invisible Man (H.G. Wells)
The Invisible Man (H.G. Wells)
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Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back (Shel Silverstein)
Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back (Shel Silverstein)
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Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
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Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book (Walker Percy)
Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book (Walker Percy)
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Loving Sabotage (Amelie Nothomb)
Loving Sabotage (Amelie Nothomb)
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The Member of the Wedding
The Member of the Wedding
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Metamorphoses (Ovid)
Metamorphoses (Ovid)
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The Meursault Investigation (Kamel Daoud)
The Meursault Investigation (Kamel Daoud)
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