Today on #TopFiveThursday I have awesome book blogger Claire Knight. In case you didn’t know, Claire guest reviews over at the fabulous https://www.crimebookjunkie.co.uk. I never think of Claire as a guest reviewer to me she’s a book blogger, Claire’s also an important and much loved part of the blogger community.
Claire mostly reads and reviews crime and psychological thrillers and I love reading her honest reviews. I’m sure you already follow her and the lovely Noelle over at crimebookjunkie whose #TopFivePost you can read here in case you missed it. #TopFiveThursday with crimebookjunkie
Top 5 books you read in 2016?
So so hard!!! Apologies for anyone I missed, I read some fantabulous books in 2016….
My Girl by Jack Jordan
The first three Erika Foster books by Robert Bryndza – I read all three last year and it’s hard to pick one!
I Know Your Secret by Graham Smith
In The Shadows by Tara Lyons
The Beautiful Dead by Belinda Bauer
Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?
Another toughie as there are loads out there!!
Mel Sherratt in both her guises
Mark Edwards (the real one who works with Louise Voss, not the other one)
Top 5 books you want to read in 2017?
Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips
The Pinocchio Brief by Abi Silver
Give Me The Child by Mel McGrath
Friend Request by Laura Marshall
Past Echoes by Graham Smith – I won a prize to be a character so I can’t wait to see what happens to me!!
No photo available for Past Echoes by Graham Smith
Top 5 blogging tips that you would give to new bloggers?
Don’t be afraid to say no. I’ve learnt the hard way and I still find it hard to say no to certain people, books or publishers…
Less is more with Netgalley. Don’t go mad when you first join. Build up your review percentage and try to maintain it.
If you don’t enjoy a book, there is nothing wrong with putting it down and starting something new. There are too many other books out there to be read!
Embrace the blogging community, we don’t bite and we’re all supportive of each other!
Be honest with your reviews, they’re your reviews, your opinion, no one else’s.
Top 5 book blogs you follow?
Other than the fabulous #blogsquad (Bibliophilebookclub, ChellesBookReviews, relaxandreadreviews, bytheletterbookreviews and Bestcrimebooksandmore)
Donna at https://chocolatenwaffles.com/
Emma at https://damppebbles.com/
Sharon at https://chapterinmylife.wordpress.com/
I’ve loved books as long as I can remember. Other than the slight detour into chick lit in my 20s, I’ve mainly read crime fiction starting with the Enid Blyton classics of the Famous Five and the Secret Seven.
I’ve been guest reviewing for Noelle and Crimebookjunkie for a year and a half (ish) and this opportunity has introduced me to so many fantastic authors. I fit my reading in around my work life in a specialised department of a pensions administration company and home which I share with my husband and two gorgeous little boys (I’m not biased at all).