Today I’m thrilled to have awesome book blogger Sam who blogs over at https://cluesandreviews.wordpress.com/ take part in #TopFiveThursday. I follow Sam’s blog religiously as I just love her reviews, Sam mostly reviews mystery, thriller and suspense novels and if you haven’t checked out her blog yet, you really should. Sam also posts some very original photos of each book she reviews which I really enjoy seeing and definitely make her blog standout. Sam also runs a regular and very popular post Behind the book blogger.
Top 5 books you read in 2016?
Baby Doll by Hollie Overton
The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone
Brother by Ania Ahlborn
You by Caroline Kepnes
The Girl Before by Rena Olsen
Top 5 Authors you think everyone should read?
Top 5 books you want to read in 2017?
The Walls by Hollie Overton
The Fourth Monkey by J.D Barker
Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica
Roses of May by Dot Hutchison
I Know A Secret by Tess Gerritsen
Top 5 Blogging Tips you would give to new bloggers?
I am by no means a blogging expert, but in the short time I have been blogging, this is the advice that I have been given and it has made all the difference.
It’s Okay to Say No: if you aren’t loving the sound of a book or you’ve started a book and it isn’t what you are into, you can say so. Put it in your DNF pile and move on! Note that this one is tricky, and I struggle to follow this advice myself, but it really is helpful!
Interact with Other Bloggers: Comment on others people’s blogs and connect with bloggers on social media. And, once you find those bloggers that connect with and have things in common with, keep in touch! Those people become your sounding board and the ones to run ideas off of. They help share tips and motivate you.
Don’t Worry: if you want a book to review, ask for it. What’s the worst someone can say? No? Who cares?! People say no to me all the time, but sometimes people say yes. And that’s awesome.
Find An Organization Tool That Works for You (and Follow It!): You’ll need to keep yourself organized with publication dates and blog tours, find something that works for you and use it. There is nothing worse than feeling like you are drowning in your books and have no idea what to post or what to read next. Some people use lists, some use planners, some use a TBR jar.
Have Fun: In the end, the stats don’t matter and the review copies are a nice perk, but really, you are doing it because you love books. So have fun. ☺
Top 5 Book Blogs you follow?
Janel at Keeper of Pages https://keeperofpages.wordpress.com/
Chandra at Where the Reader Grows http://www.wherethereadergrows.com/
Danielle at The Blonde Likes Books https://theblondelikesbooks.wordpress.com/
Chelsea at The Suspense Is Thrilling Me https://thesuspenseisthrillingme.com/
Amy at Novel Gossip https://novelgossip.com/
Hi! I’m Sam: book junkie, dog lover, blog stalker and makeup enthusiast. Residing in Ontario, Canada, with my book buddy, Ellie, I teach by day and blog by night. Although I would never discriminate, mystery, thriller and suspense novels fill my TBR list; dabbling in some books in the horror genre and occasionally some romance, I spend most of my time reading too much books and talking about celebrities like I know them.