Six For Sunday | Authors Who Have Surprised Me

Today’s Six for Sunday is all about authors who have surprised me. Immediately, I could think of so many! I love picking up books with no expectations, so I feel like I’m blown away more often than not.

Let’s get into it!


1. Laini Taylor

Laini Taylor is who this whole post was inspired by. I had the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy on my bookshelf for a while and when I finally picked up the first book is was SO impressed with the world, the characters, and the relationships that Taylor built for that world. Then entered, Strange the Dreamer… which again blew me away! I will be a Laini Taylor stan and she is my #1 auto-buy author.

2. Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas is one of the sole reasons I got into fantasy novels. Eden and Jenn recommended the Throne of Glass books to me about 4 years ago and they changed my outlook on fantasy novels.

3. Pierce Brown

Just like SJM, Pierce Brown changed my outlook on sci-fi novels. I was always super intimidated by sci-fi as a whole and Brown made it so easily accessible for me. I will forever love his writing style and will cherish the Red Rising series.

*Brown also played a huge role in my fiance’s proposal to me, which helps a lot…

4. Renee Ahdieh

Ahdieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn was also a huge surprise for me. I didn’t really have any expectations going into the novels, but Ahdieh’s story telling in that book made that series one of my all-time favorites.

5. Francesca Zappia

Eden really pushed Eliza and Her Monsters after reading it and I’m so glad she did. It’s not that I don’t believe Eden when she says a book is amazing, but I have to experience it for myself. And Eliza was AMAZING. Zappia really connects the characters to the readers and it has been one of my top books for a while now, I can’t wait to get more of her.

6. Holly Black

Holly Black has been a staple in the YA and children’s book communities for a while now, but a fairly new author to me. I read her book The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and it was the first vampire book that I have actually enjoyed in a while. The Cruel Prince came out and renewed my love of the fae variety.


I love being pleasantly surprised by authors, who is on your list?

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10 thoughts on “Six For Sunday | Authors Who Have Surprised Me

  1. Totally agree! Sarah J Maas was one of the authors who kept me invested in YA for the few years when I was barely reading for leisure , and Renee Ahdieh was one of the authors who renewed my love for the genre.

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  2. Sarah J Maas also awakened my love for fantasy because before her books all I read was YA contemporary and dystopian. I was pleasantly surprised by Celeste Ng this year and she is now an auto-buy author for me!

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