Today I’m thrilled to have the lovely Nicola answer the dreaded #TopFiveThursday. Nicola’s awesome blog http://www.shortbookandscribes.uk Features a mixture of reviews and articles, Nicola posts a Seven Day Spotlight post every Sunday. I would recommend you check out Nicola’s blog if you haven’t already I love reading her reviews on a wide range of books.
Top 5 books of 2016?
Very hard to choose just five but these are some of the ones that stand out for me.
Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton – I thought this was a fantastic thriller with a very charismatic man at the centre of it, Hamish Wolfe.
The Museum of You by Carys Bray – a fabulous, endearing story with a wonderful main character in 12 year old Clover Quinn.
The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan – this was a book where I wanted to savour every word and I thought the depth of feeling was exquisite.
The Silence Between Breaths by Cath Staincliffe – An author who can do no wrong for me. I love her work and this was a real ‘what if?’ book.
The Mountain in My Shoe by Louise Beech – a beautifully written, complex story of love and loss.
Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?
Linda Gillard – she writes tender, moving and unique stories. I visited the Isle of Skye purely because of her book, Star Gazing, which is set mostly on the island and it’s probably still my favourite of her books.
Julia Stuart – a very quirky writer. I’ve read two of her books: Balthazar Jones and the Tower of London Zoo and The Last Pearl Fisher of Scotland and they’re just so lovely. I’m looking forward to reading her other books.
Kay Langdale – I recently read her latest book, The Comfort of Others and I think she is a beautiful and insightful writer.
John Boyne – I’ve never read a book by him that I haven’t loved. Each one is so different to the previous one.
Belinda Bauer – she has a wonderful turn of phrase and her writing is dark but, at times, comedic. I think she’s a fantastic writer.
Top 5 books I want to read in 2017?
The Stolen Child by Sanjida Kay – I loved Bone by Bone by this author so am really keen to see what she has come up with for her second book.
Sealskin by Su Bristow – I’m on the blog tour for this one (my first tour!) and it sounds like such a lovely read.
He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly – I’ve only read one other book by Erin Kelly but I enjoyed it a lot and I’m hearing lots of good things about this one.
Let the Dead Speak by Jane Casey – this is book 7 in the Maeve Kerrigan series. I thinkit’s one of the best crime procedural series I have read, featuring one of my all-time favourite characters in DI Josh Derwent. He’s chauvinistic and sexist but he is just fantastic.
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins – I’m really looking forward to seeing how she follows The Girl on the Train.
**no image available for The Stolen Child by Sanjida Kay**
Top 5 blogging tips that you would give to new bloggers?
I’ve only just started so am hardly qualified to give advice but I would say:
Take the advice of established bloggers. They’ve got a lot of experience and have been where you are.Don’t be greedy with review books as you will never get round to them all (I haven’t managed to follow this advice myself, mind).
Use social media but try not to let it take over your life. Use it to promote your blog posts and interact with authors and readers, but also to promote other bloggers and they will do the same for you.
Post as regularly as you can – from the point of view of somebody who reads other people’s blogs, it’s nice to have a reasonable influx of new things to read.
Enjoy it – reading should never become a chore.
Top 5 book blogs you follow?
I have found some lovely blogs since I started blogging myself, as the blogging community are extremely friendly and supportive but these are some of the ones I used to read before I set up my own and discovered a whole new set of lovely blogs that I want to read.
Jill’s Book Cafe – https://jillsbookcafe.wordpress.com/
Random Things Through my Letterbox – http://randomthingsthroughmyletterbox.blogspot.co.uk/
Being Anne – http://beinganne.com/
Random Jottings – http://randomjottings.typepad.com/
I’m Nicola and I’m 41. I work as a part time Church Administrator and live with my partner andour little boy, Daniel, who is almost three. As you may imagine, I love reading and have a huge TBR pile. I also love baking cakes and I was once lucky enough to win a competition run by Jo Wheatley, winner of the second Great British Bake Off. My Halloween cupcakes gotme a free place on one of her masterclasses.
My thanks to Nicola for taking the time to answer #TopFiveThursday.