One may as well begin with Jerome's emails to his father.
-- On Beauty by Zadie Smith.
This book won the Orange Prize in 2006 and has been waiting for me on my iPod since about then.
I knew absolutely nothing about the book before I started it -- I hadn't read the cover or anything about it, except that it had one the prize. Sometimes I like jumping into a book like that with absolutely no expectations.
I am halfway through the audio version and enjoying it very much. Whatever I may have guessed the book to be about, I did not expect it to be an Ivory Tower novel and family drama. Pleasant surprise, since a novel of academia crossed with an Aga Saga is a genre made for me.