Today I’m am absolutely thrilled and honoured to have the fabulous Anne Cater take part in #TopFiveThursday. Anne blogs over at http://randomthingsthroughmyletterbox.blogspot.com/ Anne only reviews books that come “through her letter box”, or books she’s bought herself. I always get book envy when I see all the fabulous Book Post Anne receives (and I’m glad I’m not her postman). Anne is another lady I consider to be a matriarch of the blogging community and woe betide if you upset a blogger, Anne is very protective of all bloggers. Anne also founded Book Connectors on FaceBook a fab place for authors and bloggers alike. If you haven’t checked out Anne’s blog yet, where have you been? Anne reviews a wide range of books and I love her very honest and frank reviews and her book post of course 😂😂
Top 5 books you’ve read this year (so far)?
This is so difficult, 2016 has been an outstanding year of reading so far, and I could easily name 10 favourites already, but here goes for my top FIVE so far:
In Her Wake by Amanada Jennings
The Finding of Martha Lost by Caroline Wallace
This Must Be The Place by Maggie O Farrell
Never Alone by Elizabeth Haynes
The Last Photograph by Emma Chapman
Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?
Another fiercely difficult question, we all have such different taste. These are the author who for me, are a must-read
Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Maggie O Farrell
Top 5 books you want to read before the end of 2016?
Ragdoll by Daniel Cole
Sirens by Joseph Knox
Rattle by Fiona Cummins
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
The Shadow Sister by Lucinda Riley
Top 5 blogging tips that you would give to new bloggers?
Enjoy yourself. If or when blogging becomes a chore, or you begin to dread doing it, or it causes anxiety or worry – just stop. Take a breather, think about why you blog and then look at what you can do to bring back the fun.
Realise that you WILL be approached by authors and/or publishers whose books are not to your taste. Realise that authors and publishers are used to being turned down, they will understand. Realise that you don’t have to accept everything that you are offered.
Don’t re-tell the story. NEVER include a spoiler. Don’t be rude. If you are critical, do it constructively.
Connect with other bloggers, whether on Twitter or Facebook, or in person. Join Facebook groups, talk to people. RT their blogs.
Every now and again, take a look over the past few months of your blog, with a fresh eye. Are you still doing what you set out to do? Are you talking about the books that you love, or that you feel that you ought to talk about, maybe because the author was lovely and sent you a nice email, or because everyone else seems to be promoting that book/author. It’s not a business, although blogs probably do help sales, you are not a shop, you don’t have to sell something that you wouldn’t dream of reading yourself – think about it,
Top 5 book blogs you follow?
Tina at TripFiction http://www.tripfiction.com/
Susan at The Book Trail http://www.thebooktrail.com/
Jackie at Never Imitate https://neverimitate.wordpress.com/
Janet at From First Page to Last https://fromfirstpagetolast.wordpress.com/
Joy at JoyIsabella https://joyisabella.com/
I’m Anne, I’m very nearly 50 (ouch) and I live in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire with my husband Martin and our two cats; Costa and Nero.
I’ve always been an avid reader, I don’t remember ever not having a book on the go. My Irish granny used to chase me outside to play, telling me off for sitting with my head in a book.
I’ve been blogging at Random Things Through My Letterbox since March 2011.
I read most genres except for sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal romance and erotic fiction.
Book Connectors on FB Twitter: @annecater
Book Connectors on Twitter@Book_Connectors
A huge thank you to Anne for taking time out of her hectic schedule to take part in #TopFiveThursday 😘😘