Today I’m thrilled to bring back #TopFiveThursday, I loved running this feature and learning more about my fellow book bloggers. So I decided to revive it after I had such a positive and overwhelming response from the Book Blogger community. I hope you enjoy reading these posts as much as I do.
A warm welcome to the lovely Janet Lambert who is the first to share her #TopFiveThursday with me. Jan blogs over at https://beadyjansbooks.blogspot.co.uk/.
I you haven’t checked out Jan’s awesome blog yet you should, She reviews mostly literary, historical fiction and psychological thrillers. Enough from me here’s Jan’s #TopFiveThursday……..
Top five books you’ve read so far this year?
Oh there have been some great ones already But depending when this is published I will probably have discovered even more by then.
The Storykeeper – Anna Mazzola a haunting historical mystery set amidst the myths and legends on the Isle of Skye
Salt Creek – Lucy Treloar a wonderful and haunting tale of a family settling in remote Australia
Walls of silence- Ruth Wade an enigmatic historical mystery with a real gut punch of a twist
The Old You – Louise Voss a tense and twisty Domestic Noir thriller, Home
Home- Amanda Berriman a wonderful book narrated by 4 year old Jesika.
Top five authors you think everyone should read?
and last but not least Barbara Copperthwaite who writes the twisty thrillers I’d have written if I was clever enough.
Top five books you want to read before the year is out?
I’m longing to get hold of:
Once upon a river by Diane Setterfield who wrote the thirteenth tale. The Corset by Laura Purcell, Author of the Silent Companions which was great, and already on my tbr and clamouring to be read soon is the new book by Medieval marvel Karen Maitland – A Gathering of Ghosts.
I must find the time to start reading The Collector by Fiona Cummins which is the sequel to rattle which was an amazing book and I’m very eagerly awaiting publication of the forthcoming book the Seven Sisters by Neil Gaiman which I understand is a companion to the wonderful Neverwhere.
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Top five tips you would give to new bloggers?
Don’t do it if you’re just “in it for the freebies” Nuff said.
Don’t be frightened to be very choosy about what you read and review, a discerning blogger is far more credible than one who accepts any random title regardless of whether they relate to it in any way.
Give Indie publishers and debut authors a chance it’s a great way to support and discover new talent
Use social media diligently and regularly to connect and interact with fellow book lovers
Just go for it!
Top five blogs you follow?
This is difficult as there are so many I follow I can barely eep up with them all. First and foremost are the blogs of 2 of my oldest (well they’re not old they’re younger than me) blogging friends whose help and encouragement set me on the way to Blogland and whose support helps keep me there
http://randomthingsthroughmyletterbox.blogspot.co.uk/ Others include
And lastly who is Jan? Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I was an only child, taught to read at the age of 3 by my Mum (to keep me occupied and out of her hair). When I left school I worked as a library assistant for 6 years, then went on to work at WH Smiths wholesale as a bookseller then as an Area Book sales Rep for Heinemann library selling books to school libraries. I now work part time, sadly, no longer working with books, as a spinal condition means I have difficulty bending and lifting, so I have more time to indulge my passions of reading (of course), beading and sewing. I loathe cold weather and we have recently bought our own little place in the sun, a static holiday home on a small holiday park near Malaga, which is the perfect retreat for reading and writing blog posts and I’ve started a little blog about this too which can be seen at http://casamiamalaga.blogspot.co.uk/
Social media links:
This is my book blog where I post reviews of books I’ve enjoyed and the occasional blog tour I take part in. https://beadyjansbooks.blogspot.co.uk On Twitter I am @Beadyjan and my Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/beadyjansbooks/