Today I’m thrilled to have the awesome Amy who blogs over at http://novelgossip.com answer those #TopFiveThurday dreaded questions. Amy’s blog is one of those that I read religiously she reviews a wide range of books and her reviews are full of passion and honesty. So if you haven’t already checked out Amy’s blog already I would recommend you take a look.
Top 5 books you read in 2016?
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
My Girl Jack Jordan
Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton
Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
(This was quite hard, I randomly picked these I could’ve added about 50 more 😂)
Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?
Top 5 books you want to read before the end of 2017?
Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica
The Good Widow by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
He Said She Said by Erin Kelly
Into The Water by Paula Hawkins
Ragdoll by Daniel Cole
**no image**available for Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica
Top 5 blogging tips that you would give to new bloggers?
I’m new myself so I don’t know how much I can offer, but I’ll do my best!
Don’t focus too much on the numbers/stats! Yes, it’s fun to gain followers and watch your audience grow but it’s not the end all and be all of blogging.
Don’t go crazy on NetGalley. Seriously. When I first started there I requested everything thinking I wouldn’t get approved for much. Then I did. Digging yourself out of a hole is not fun. It’s stressful and trying to read three books that all should be reviewed on the same day never works out. Ask me how I know…
Get involved in the book blogging community! It’s fun and a great way to get your name out there, plus you’ll make some new friends and book people are the best kind of people. My favorite platform is Twitter and if you get out there and follow other book bloggers, they’ll probably follow you right back. Share their posts and most likely they’ll return the favor.
Don’t stop there, take the time to actually check in with the blogs you follow and read their posts. Leave comments and interact. It makes a difference, I promise.
Don’t buy into the so called rule that says you shouldn’t request physical ARCs until you’ve been blogging for six months and have at least 500 followers. Who made that one up anyway? I started emailing publishers/publicists almost immediately after starting my blog. I wrote brief, yet detailed emails selling myself and my blog. Tell them why you want the book and what you can do to help promote it. Sure, you may never hear back, or you may get a reply saying, thanks but no thanks. But who really cares? Someone will eventually say yes. Sometimes I don’t hear a thing and then I get surprise bookmail!
Have fun! I doubt any of us started book blogging thinking, gee this is gonna suck and I’ll be totally stressed out. We all started because we love books and authors and if it’s not fun anymore take a break.
Top 5 book blogs you follow?
This is so hard for me to pick, I love so many book blogs! Sigh.
Chelsea at https://thesuspenseisthrillingme.com
Annie at https://themisstery.com
Kate at https://bibliophilebookclub.com
Sarah at https://bytheletterbookreviews.com
I’m Amy and I’m a wife and mom to three little monkeys, two girls who are eight and five and a boy who is two. I’ve always been passionate about reading and a few months ago, with my husbands support and encouragement, I decided to start my blog.
Besides reading, I’m a reality TV junkie, the trashier the better! 😳😂 I even still watch soap operas, the Young and the Restless if you’re wondering. I know, I know, my DVR is positively shameful. I like wine and think I’m a bit of a foodie and my dream way to spend my day is on the beach, with a good drink and a book. Cliche, but true! (I feel like I’m setting up a online dating profile 😂)
My thanks to Amy for taking time out of her busy schedule to answer my #TopFiveThursday questions 😘