S4S – Authors that surprised you

Hello! Happy Sunday all!

How are we all today? What is going on in your Sunday life? Engaging in a little #SixforSunday I hope!

Today’s prompt for #SixforSunday is:

Authors that surprised you

Now, I’m not entirely sure what I meant with this, so it’s interesting to see what everyone else is saying… I’ll give a little explanation for each on

  1. Deirdre Sullivan – her books are dark and tough going, but so incredibly brilliant! Not what I was expecting at all!
  2. Leigh Bardugo – man, I love her books so much. I wasn’t expecting to love them as much (despite the fact ALL MY FRIENDS said I’d love them!)
  3. Stewart Foster – his books are brilliantly meaningful and not just to kids, but to adults too. I love his books a lot.
  4. Sylvia Bishop – I fell for her writing within the first sentence of The Bookshop Girl and they continue to be wonderful as they go on.
  5. Alex Bell – she can write YA and MG and do both incredibly brilliantly, now there’s a skill to surprise me!
  6. Alice Oseman – a bit like Leigh Bardugo, everyone told me I’d enjoy the books, but I didn’t expect to be quite so blown away by Alice’s books as I always am.

And there we go! 6 authors who surprised me. I can’t wait to see everyone else’s answers to see how they’ve interpreted the prompt! 

Remember to share your post using the hashtag #SixforSunday and link up if you fancy it! Thanks for joining in and reading! 

See you next week for: Books people always tell you to read!

S x 

4 thoughts on “S4S – Authors that surprised you

  1. brindyw says:

    Not sure I can do #SixforSunday but her goes… I like authors whose books don’t go where you expect them to when you start reading, when you have a ‘I didn’t see that coming’ moment.

    1. Gavin Extence – The Mirror World of Melody Black’s first chapter makes you believe this is a murder mystery, so when it began to go down the mental health collapse of the main character it was a total shock. Once I got over that the writing was so accurate and took you along on her journey. An excellent read.

    2. Lisa Thompson – having enjoyed Goldfish Boy I decided to read The Light Jar. The book starts off with a domestic abuse situation that Nate and his mum escape, but then it takes such a turn when mum goes missing and leaves Nate alone. This story developed into a magical story of friendship with characters that really weren’t always what they seemed.

    3. C.J.Harter – Rowan’s Well. I met the author at an event and immediately liked her, she’s a really lovely, warm friendly lady and so I thought I’d check out her book, which she’d self-published. Wow, it is so not what I expected and I really wouldn’t want to live in her mind as this was a brilliant tale of a group of friends as they grew up, with such dark plot lines. I was very pleased when she changed the cover as initially the book reminded me more of an historical Poldark type story and it’s definitely not. Definitely worth a read.

    4. Agatha Christie – love her books, love Hercule Poirot and read them throughout my teens. What surprised me is how someone can write so many books, but keep coming up with different stories, plots and characters. How did she not start repeating plot lines?

    5. Cecelia Ahern – another of my favourite authors, I love how she sees an idea and weaves a wonderful story from it, helping someone cope after losing a loved one, a transplantee developing links to the donor, an agency of imaginary friends. For someone starting writing so young, her stories were so readable. I even liked the one most didn’t because it was written in a series of notes, letters and text.

    So, can I make it to 6?

    6. Keith Stuart – A Boy Made of Blocks is the ONLY book to bring tears of joy to my eyes while reading in a very long time. The moment towards the end of the book when Sam is called up on stage brought such a lump to my throat. Although fiction, this is a truly sensitive book about a family dealing with autism based on Keith’s experiences. As someone who can identify with a family member having such struggles, this was a truly heart warming story and would make a broader audience understand more about the impact of dealing with someone with autism. In a way, it also made me feel less guilty about some of the feelings I’ve had at times in the past.


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