Today I’m thrilled to have Linda Hill answer my #TopFiveThursday post. Linda blogs over at http://www.lindasbookbag.com, this was one of the first blogs I followed. There are few bloggers who I see as the “matriarchs” of the book blogging community and Linda is one of them, not only does she write the most fabulous reviews but she is also great at giving advice to fellow bloggers.
Linda won the best book review blogger award in 2016 and it was certainly well deserved, she reviews an eclectic collections of books and I would highly recommend you check out her blog, although I’m sure you already have.
Top 5 books this year so far?
At the time of writing this it’s still only January and I’ve already read some stunning books.
One that I think might well slip under the radar but is fabulous is Guinevere Glasfurd’s The Words in My Hands which is based on the real life relationship between Descartes and a servant girl and hich explores love, literacy and feminism in a beautifully written way.
You can read Linda’s review here………..https://lindasbookbag.com/2017/01/04/the-words-in-my-hand-by-guinevere-glasfurd/
I’ve also loved A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart about a boy on the autistic spectrum. It is such a realistic and moving portrait of family struggles.
You can read Linda’s review here………..https://lindasbookbag.com/2017/01/20/a-boy-made-of-blocks-by-keith-stuart/
And also about a boy on the autistic spectrum but very different to A Boy Made of Blocks is Relativity by Antonia Hayes which links physics to relationships so beautifully.
You can read Linda’s review here………..https://lindasbookbag.com/2017/01/20/relativity-by-antonia-hayes/
I’ve also adored Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller that is just glorious as it explores what makes a family with the theme of water woven expertly throughout.
I’m going to cheat and include my favourite book from 2016 which was Fionnuala Kearney’s The Day I Lost You which happened to be an emotional read at the time I was feeling very emotional so that it really resonated with me.
You can read Linda’s review here………..https://lindasbookbag.com/2016/07/15/the-day-i-lost-you-by-fionnuala-kearney/
Top 5 authors everyone should read?
Oh goodness Lorraine. Your questions are impossible. It depends on who I’ve just read as they can quickly become my latest suggestion.
I’d go for Thomas Hardy in the classics as it was Tess of the D’Urbervilles that made me want to read English at university and shaped my whole life.
I’d also say John Donne as I think his poetry is sensational. The Flea is my favourite all time poem.
I still think everyone should read my book of the year from last year, Jakob’s Colours by Lindsay Hawdon
You can read Linda’s review here………..https://lindasbookbag.com/2015/04/18/jakobs-colours-by-lindsay-hawdon/
I’ve loved everything I’ve ever read by Amanda Prowse in women’s fiction and Liz Nugent writes cracking psychological thrillers, but there are so many fabulous authors out there I can’t just pick 5.
Top 5 books you want to read before the end of 2017?
My TBR is huge with well over 750 books awaiting reading but five that are looking at me with great accusation are:
A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale
This Must Be The Place by Maggie O’Farrell
The Mountain in My Shoe by Louise Beech
In Her Wake by Amanda by Amanda Jennings
Before the Rains by Dinah Jefferies
Top 5 blogging tips that you would give to new bloggers?
1. Be prepared for this to take over your life.
2. Move or extend your home – you’re going to need a LOT more space than you have currently.
3. Be prepared to say no, even when you really want to accept a book as it’s impossible to read everything.
4. Link up with other bloggers online and in real life – they are all amazing.
5. Be organised as it’s hard to keep up with blog tours, review dates and releases.
Top 5 book blogs you follow?
I follow several really closely but ones that have similar tastes to mine or I have been following from the time I first started blogging are:
Anne’s at Being Anne http://beinganne.com/
Joanne’s at PortobelloBookBlog https://portobellobookblog.com/
Katherine’s at Bibliomaniac http://bibliomaniacuk.blogspot.co.uk/
Karen’s at My Reading Corner http://www.myreadingcorner.co.uk/
Jo’s at Jaffa Reads Too http://jaffareadstoo.blogspot.co.uk
I’m a middle aged blogger who loves to read, garden and travel and as well as being addicted to notebooks, I can usually be found within a few feet of chocolate. I adore cats, walking and gardening too. I used to be an English teacher, an educational inspector and a consultant until my husband and I decided to retire ourselves and have some fun. I can be found on Twitter @Lindahill50Hill and my blog www.lindasbookbag.com
My thanks to Linda for taking part in #TopFiveThursday, if you are a book blogger and would like to take part please leave a comment on this post or contact me via my blog home page.