Today I’m thrilled to have one of my favourite book bloggers on the planet answer those pesky #TopFiveThursday questions. Danielle blogs over at http://booksvertigoandtea.com where she reviews mostly fantasy, fairytales and horror and although they aren’t genres I read I do love reading her reviews as they make for an interesting read, and her sense of humour shines through, despite the numerous problems she has with her health she still manages to blog and support other bloggers, Danielle is certainly one awesome lady.
Top 5 books you read in 2016?
In no specific order, my favorites were:
Rooms by Lauren Oliver
Wolf Road by Beth Lewis
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?
Top 5 books you want to read in 2017?
I do not keep a TBR any longer, so this is a tough one. A few I hope to finally make time for would include:
The Winds of Winter (If GRRM decides to grace us with this title finally???)
The Lies of Locke lamora by Scott Lynch (currently in progress)
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Top 5 blogging tips that you would give to new bloggers?
Keep your blogging material centered upon what you enjoy the most. Avoid posting topics or reviews simply because you feel that this is what others want to see. You will enjoy your time blogging and provide some of your best content when it is focused upon things you truly want to discuss and are passionate about.
Get involved with the community. Bloggers are incredibly supportive and will always willingly answer questions you may have and help connect you with others.
Do not set unrealistic goals! It is not necessary to post every single day and missing a post is okay. It is also okay to say no to requests from authors and others. We all have a life outside of the blogosphere. Do not turn this into a chore or you will find yourself unable to enjoy it.
Include an about me page that represents you well and do not be afraid to add personal touches to your site. This will help followers feel more connected with you!
Write things down! I do not know how many times during a book or elsewhere, I have a great thought and then struggle to recall it later. I also tend to feel overwhelmed when I am not organized. Writing things down and keeping a planner can make your life as a blogger much easier and enjoyable. Find a system that works for you and utilize it.
Top 5 book blogs you follow?
*This is a really difficult question because I have quite a few bloggers I follow on a daily basis, so I have chosen the first 5 to come up in my browser 😉
Amy at https://novelgossip.com
Gretchen at https://chicnerdreads.wordpress.com/
Debby at https://alwaysbooking.wordpress.com/
I like to describe myself as a young woman in her 30 somethings, who happens to be immature in the best ways 😉 Above all and else though, I am a mother of two children, that I often enjoy making fun of and embarrassing. After discovering a brain lesion 2 years ago and suffering continuous headaches and bouts of vertigo, I began to shift gears in life. I have slowly learned to do more for me and mine and take some things a little less serious (a work always in progress).
During this journey I finally started attempting a few things I had always shied away from, including my aptly named blog: Books, Vertigo, and Tea. It was a great decision that has brought a ton of wonderful people into my life. I enjoy blogging with a passion and truly welcome the opportunity to interact with and get to know other bloggers. My preferred reading genres are fantasy, fairytales and horror, although I really read a bit of almost everything. I can also be caught gaming, baking and watching tons of animation when I am not playing with the kids or reading.
My thanks to Danielle for taking time out of her busy schedule to answer #TopFiveThursday.