BOOKS THAT EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS
Vanity Fair by Wiliam Makepeace Thackery - You'd be surprised to know how much I was dreading this book, but thanks to a read-along with friends and a print/audio combination, I (almost) loved it!
The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine - Modern retellings of classics don't often appeal to me, but this take-off on Sense and Sensibility was excellent... a perfect summer read.
This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz - Loosely connected short stories with more f-bombs than I've ever encountered in a single book...still can't believe I loved it.
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barberry - I'm not a huge fan of philosophy and thought this might be too much. The audio version was outstanding.
The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus by Sonya Sones - A novel told in verse? This coming-of-middle-age story is not to be missed!
BOOKS THAT FELL SHORT OF EXPECTATIONS
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde - I was expecting light and humorous, but got dark and heavy.
Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow - Beloved by many, it just didn't do much for me.
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger - Entertaining, but it's certainly not The Time Traveler's Wife.
Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay - The historical story was excellent, but the present day drama drove me nuts.
The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka - I really liked her previous novel, but the repetitiveness of this one bothered me. I'm in a very small minority here.
Have any read anything recently that differed from your expectations?
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