Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Surprised Me

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. For the list of past topics and future schedule, click here.

Books That Surprised Me

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

The Surprise: ALL the feels!

Awe. Magic. Treachery. Friendship. Love. Strength. Courage. ALL the things!


Five Days, Five Kisses by Angela Carling

The Surprise: Whaaaaat?!

Mom and Grandma are in on it!!


The Bloody Jack series by L.A. Meyer

The Surprise: GOOD

Jacky kept up the ruse for quite a while!

Surprise #2: She becomes the British Navy’s most wanted pirate.


Saturdays at Sweeney’s by Ashley Farley

The Surprise: BAD

Faith never breathed a word about what she knew. It could have saved A LOT of destruction. Seriously, don’t try to be noble.


Christmas at Seashell Cottage by Donna Alward

The Surprise: Unexpected

The real and raw focus on mental health, particularly soldiers and PTSD, was unexpected from this cheery Christmas color.


Wild Bells to the Wild Sky by Laurie McBain

The Surprise: Shocking!

Who knew the story Lily and her two younger siblings grew up learning as just a bedtime story was actually true? About real people?! A plot to kill the queen! And they reveal the story to all in a puppet show…


Chocolate Kisses and Love Filled Wishes by Linda West

The Surprise: BAD

Where’s the rest of the book!?!



The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer

The Surprise: SHOCK!

The end. Just…what?!?! My entire conception of fairy tales, princesses, and villains is turned on its ear! I don’t know what to believe anymore!


Blue Like Elvis by Diane Moody

The Surprise: SHOCK!

What a twist! The mystery sightings of Elvis around town were what kept me hanging on, but the ending just blew things out of the park! Now wonder Shelby puked all over the place at the end.


Do you have any books that have surprised you in one way or another?

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