Today I’m thrilled to have the awesome Janel answer those pesky #TopFiveThursday questions. Janel’s blog http://keeperofpages.wordpress.com is one of my favourite’s as like me she’s a huge crime thriller reader. Janel’s reviews are always a pleasure to read, so if you haven’t already checked our her fab blog you might want to pop over and take a look, I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Top 5 books this year (so far)?
Method 15/33 by Shannon Kirk – I feel like the author wrote this book just for me, like she knew my likes and dislikes and created the perfect story. It’s an abduction story featuring a pregnant 16 year old, with the ability to take her thinking to the next level.
False Hearts by Laura Lam – A sci-fi crime thriller that I read in one sitting. Sci-fi is not one of my favoured genres but when you throw in some crime, it’s a hit! Dubbed as Orphan Black meets Inception, this book has it all: hover-cars, wall screens and the ability to infiltrate dreams.
The Doll Funeral by Kate Hamer – Kate’s writing is so dark yet so beautiful, she creates a compelling need in me to read on. The story grabbed hold of my heart and didn’t let go.
The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis – Another author with the ability to write dark yet beautifully. A literary debut with a great dystopian-mystery feel to it.
The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn – Norwegian crime fiction at its finest, this book is mesmorising.
Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?
Kate Hamer – To experience the dark, beautiful writing and feel the compulsion to read on.
Beth Lewis – For the same reason everyone needs to read a book by Kate Hamer – dark, beautiful, compelling.
M. J. Arlidge – Everyone needs to binge on the DI Helen Grace series.
Keigo Higashino – The King of Japanese crime fiction.
Ruth Ware – Particularly ‘The Woman in Cabin 10’, it’s a recent release but has traits of classic crime.
Top 5 books you want to read before the end of 2017?
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
The Exiled – Kati Hiekkapelto
You – Caroline Kepnes
Dark Matter – Blake Crouch
Top 5 blogging tips that you would give to new bloggers?
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, have fun, you don’t have to post every day to get followers, do as much or as little as you can manage. Enjoy it!
Blogging is not a competition, don’t compare stats and feel like you’re not good enough if others have better stats that you – you’ll go crazy!
Join Netgalley, it’s a great resource for books. And don’t feel disheartened if you ask publishers for books and they don’t get back to you/ignore you; they are inundated with requests – it’s not personal.
Follow and interact with other blogs! No one care if you’ve got a million followers and are only following 5 blogs – take the time (as often as you can) to comment on and share others posts. Why should people interact with you if you don’t interact with others?
If you like a book, great, if you don’t, that’s okay too. Differing opinions on a book are great and generate great discussion. Be honest in your reviews. Be yourself – everyone else is taken.
Top 5 book blogs you follow?
Sam @ Clues and Reviews – https://cluesandreviews.wordpress.com/
Renee @ It’s Book Talk – https://itsbooktalk.com/
Kate @ Bibliophile Bookclub – https://bibliophilebookclub.com/
Annie @ The Misstery – https://themisstery.com/
Jo @ Jo’s Book Blog – https://josbookblog.co.uk/
I’m fairly new to blogging myself, I started my blog in August and I’m having so much fun. I’ve met so many great people, the book community is amazing! I live in England with my young son. I’ve recently returned to university to study for a degree in Mental Health Nursing, I hope to combine that with my degree in Criminology and study serial killers. I’m not reading all these crime books for no reason 😉
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A huge thank you to Janel for participating in #TopFiveThursday, it’s very much appreciated 😘