Today I’m thrilled to have the awesome Rachel Emms answer my #TopFiveThursday questions Rachel blogs over at http://chillerskillersandthrillers.wordpress.com, as you may have guessed from the title of her blog, Rachel mostly reviews crime/psychological and thrillers. If you haven’t already checked out Rachel’s blog it’s one that I would highly recommend you take a look at.
Top 5 books this year (so far)?
Quieter Than Killing by Sarah Hilary
The One by John Marrs
Everything But The Truth by Gillian McAllister
Desperation Road by Michael Farris Smith
Rupture by Ragnar Jonasson
Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?
I have so many authors I really enjoy but my top five would be
Top 5 books you want to read in 2017?
I have so many books on my to be read pile I want to read, and a lot of new ones I have heard about, but if I have to narrow it down it would be
Rattle by Fiona Cummings
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinsborough
Blood Sisters by Jane Corry
Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips
The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star by Vaseem Khan
Top 5 blogging tips that you would give to new bloggers?
I don’t feel very qualified to answer this question as I have only been blogging for just over a year but some tips I have picked up along the way include;
Have a Twitter profile as it’s a great place to connect with fellow bloggers, authors, publicists and readers alike. It is also a place to share both your own blog posts and to share other book blogger posts as well which is just as important.
Don’t take too much on. It is very easy to say yes to nearly everything when you first start, including requesting lots of books all at once on net galley which is a mistake I did very early on, but then you can become very overwhelmed very quickly. It is okay to say you cannot commit at this time but would be interested to review something in the future and you can turn down things. You are only human and cannot do everything at once.
There are no rules to how many times you need to post a week. You can blog however much or as little as you want as long as you keep it regular. If you need help or would like some advice do ask fellow book bloggers. We are a very friendly community and someone is always willing to help or point you in the right direction.
Plan or schedule your blog posts so you know when you have time to fit in things like a blog tour or that additional book review you would love to do. I write down any blog tours or anything I have committed to in a diary which I find helps and use the scheduler option on WordPress (one of the many blogging platforms).
Most of all don’t forget to enjoy it! It will really come across on your blog and will encourage others to read. When it is starting to feel more like a chore than take a blogging break (which is definitely allowed) and then you can come back refreshed and revived to read and review the many exciting books that are out there.
Top 5 book blogs you follow?
There are so many fab book blogs it is very hard to choose as I love you all!
Some of my favourites include –
Crimethrillergirl at https://crimethrillergirl.com/
Abby at http://crimebythebook.com/
Kate at https://bibliophilebookclub.com/
Joy Kulver at https://joykluver.wordpress.com/
My name is Rachel and I’m a 27 year old bookworm who has always wanted to be an author. I have always been an avid reader for as long as I can remember spending my childhood with my head stuck in the pages of a novel which has never changed. I think storytelling is a powerful thing and something I’d love to do, so I decided a year ago to do something about it.
I am currently studying an MA in Creative Writing specialising in Crime Thriller Novels at City University which I am really enjoying. When I am not writing I am watching and reading all things crime related. For me reading is a type of escapism which transports me into another world with characters who I like, hate or generally get frustrated at.
My thanks to Rachel for taking time out of her busy schedule to take part in #TopFiveThursday