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#TopFiveThursday With #BookBlogger Dee aka noveldeelights @BookaholicDee

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Today I’m thrilled to have the very awesome Dee who blogs over at https://noveldeelights.com answer those pesky #TopFiveThursday questions. I love Dee mostly due to the banter we have when I only manage to read one book a week, she certainly spurs me on with her (un) helpful tounge in cheek comments 😂😂. Dee reads and reviews a wide genre of books and I love reading her reviews, she was nominated in the Annual Book Blogger Awards 2017 for the best newcomer category, so you see I’m not the only one who thinks Dee’s blog is awesome.

As you will see from Dee’s answers she’s pretty much changed the rules and definitely can’t count 😂🙈

Top 5 books you read in 2016?

* A Mother’s Confession by Kelly Rimmer
* The Secret Wife by Gill Paul
* Untouchable by Sybil Hodge
* Tell Me No Lies by Lisa Hall
* If I Should Die by Matthew Frank

Top 5 books you’ve read this year so far? 

* Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson
* The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
* The Lonely Life of Biddy Weir by Lesley Allen
* A Dark So Deadly by Stuart MacBride
* The Abattoir of Dreams by Mark Tilbury

Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?

* Karin Slaughter
* Stuart MacBride
* Sharon Bolton
* Sarah Hilary
* Michael Wood

Top 5 books you want to read in 2017?

* The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
* Now We Are Dead by Stuart MacBride (listed on Goodreads but no cover yet)
* After I’ve Gone by Linda Green
* The Foster Child by Jenny Blackhurst
* Exquisite by Sarah Stovell

Top 5 blogging tips you would give to new bloggers?

Ha! I feel I’m too new myself to be handing out any tips so I’ll share the tips I was given.

* First and foremost, have fun! This is a hobby and not a job. When things get too much, take a step back. Do what’s right for you. Always!

* Don’t compare yourself to other bloggers. Be yourself and try to find your own voice when writing a review. Still trying to figure that out myself but I’m slowly getting there. I think.

* It’s been said before and it will be said again : beware the pitfalls of Netgalley! Only hit that “request” button if you’re really, really sure because before you know it, you’ll be completely overwhelmed and stressed out and it’s not worth it.

* Learn to say no. I haven’t quite mastered that one myself. It’s hard! But you don’t have to accept every request that’s sent your way. You don’t have to join every blog tour. You must definitely never feel guilty. Remember : hobby, fun!

* Try to interact with other bloggers. Leave a comment on blogs. Join a Facebook group. Or two, three. Join Twitter, Instagram, we’re everywhere! This is one amazing community, full of incredibly supportive people and they will welcome you!

Top five blogs you follow? (Or in Dee’s case 13)

Oh, good grief.

Cleo @ https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com

Karen @ http://www.myreadingcorner.co.uk

Emma @ https://damppebbles.com

Renee @ https://itsbooktalk.com

Mairead @ https://swirlandthread.com

Jen @ https://jenmedsbookreviews.com/

Top 5 book blogs you follow? (no I’m not cheating)

Donna @ https://chocolatenwaffles.com

Janel @ https://keeperofpages.com

Laura @ https://snazzybooks.com

Kate @ https://thequietknitter.com

Noelle @ https://crimebookjunkie.co.uk

Abbie @ http://www.bloominbrilliantbooks.com 

Kate @ https://bibliomaniacuk.blogspot.

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I’m Dee, mid-40’s, reader, blogger and dreamer. I live in Belgium with my husband and a 13 year old Maltese called Yoshi. I am retired (sounds so much better than kept woman) and regularly ignore household chores in favour of reading a book. I dream of living in Tuscany one day, preferably in the middle of a vineyard. I do so like my white wine.

I initially considered starting a blog because I wanted to share my favourite books of 2016 and didn’t have enough twitter characters. 😂 But it still took me a good two months to get going as I’m a horrible procrastinator. I liked the idea of having all my thoughts about books in the same place and Goodreads wasn’t really giving me what I was looking for.

Since I started blogging, I’ve discovered that glorious feeling when someone picks up a book based on something I’ve said and actually enjoys it. It’s better than chocolate. I’ve “met” some fabulous people already and have read books I may have ignored if it hadn’t been for other blogger’s reviews. I love chatting about books. Just last week, someone contacted me to talk about Alice Feeney’s Sometimes I Lie and it was the most amazing back and forth.

It’s been a wonderful ride so far and I’m having such fun.

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Links:

Blog : https://noveldeelights.com

Twitter : https://twitter.com/BookaholicDee

Goodreads : https://www.goodreads.com/bookaholicDee

Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/noveldeelights/

Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/noveldeelights/

My thanks to Dee for taking time out of her busy schedule to answer my #TopFiveThursday questions. 

#TopFiveThurday with #BookBlogger Kate aka TheQuietKnitter @murronsmama

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Today I’m thrilled to have the lovely Kate who blogs over at https://thequietknitterer.wordpress.com/ answer those pesky #TopFiveThursday questions. Kate reviews a wide range of books on her blog, and her reviews are fabulous to read,  honest and to the point (unlike my own ramblings😂😂). Kate has also been nominated for the hidden gem book blog in the Annual Bloggers Bash 2017 Awards, so good luck to Kate 🍀

Top 5 books this year (so far)?

Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza

Death of a Nobody by Derek Farrell

A Man With One of Those Faces by Caimh McDonnell

In The Cold Dark Ground by Stuart MacBride

Dance with the Dead by James Nally

There seems to be a theme with dead bodies here……..


Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?

Robert Bryndza (Erika Foster Series)

Stuart MacBride (Logan McRae Series)

Caroline Mitchell

Angela Marsons (Kim Stone Series)

Ian Rankin (Rebus series)

Top 5 books you want to read before the end of 2017?

Ragdoll by Daniel Cole

The Dry by Jane Harper

Mischling by Affinity Konar

The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Undertow

Watch Me by Angela Clarke

Top 5 blogging tips that you would give to new bloggers?

Never be afraid to ask for help, there’s always someone happy to help and the blogging community is made up of some of the nicest people – if they can’t help they will find someone who can.

Don’t fall into the trap of trying to read EVERYTHING, stick to what you like and what interests you.

Never be afraid to say you didn’t like a book, publishers will appreciate all feedback so long as it’s constructive. Say why you didn’t like the book, point out what didn’t work for you and what did.

Have fun, blogging shouldn’t be a chore. If it becomes stressful/hard etc step back, look at what’s bothering you and see what you can do to change that.

Join in the chatter, whether it’s the random chatter on social media about a book or begging a copy of a book from a publisher or a community chat. It’s the best way to make friends in the blogging community and most of them are so lovely – virtual hugs and chocolate are pretty much available 24/7!

Top 5 book blogs you follow? 

Annie – themisstery.com

Emma – https://damppebbles.com/

Jo – http:// mychestnutreadingtree.wordpress.com

Noelle – https://www.crimebookjunkie.co.uk

John – https://thelastwordbookreview.wordpress.com/

Quite possibly one of the hardest lists to do!

IMG_2085My name is Kate, and I turned 30 this year. I’m mum to 1 human child of the toddling variety and 2 canines (a border collie and a border collie x). I’ve had a fascination with books for as long as I can remember and most of my spare time is spent either reading or knitting. I mainly read crime fiction and thrillers but I do have a tendency to pick something completely different when the mood takes me.

You can find my reviews at https://thequietknitterer.wordpress.com/ and I’m on Twitter as @murronsmama

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My thanks to Kate for taking time out of her busy schedule to answer my #TopFiveThursday

#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Donna aka Chocolatenwaffles

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Today I’m absolutely thrilled to have the very awesome Donna who blogs over at https://chocolatenwaffles.com/ answer my #TopFiveThursday pesky questions. If you haven’t already checked out Donna’s blog she reviews a wide range of books, and I love reading her reviews, her passion and love for books shines through.

Donna also shares her thoughts on her own mental health issues  on her blog which can’t be easy, they are honest and written with passion, she offers hope to others in similar situations, Donna really is a very special lady and another favourite blogger of mine.

Top 5 books you read in 2016? 

A Suitable Lie ​By Michael J Malone

The Dali Deception by Adam Maxwell

The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

Furiously Happy by Caitlin Moran

The Ice Twins by S. K Tremayne

Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?

Louise Jensen

Chris Brookmyre

Louise Beech

K.L. Slater

Johana Gustawsson

Top 5 books you want to read in 2017?

​Mor by Johana Gustawsson

The Cutaway by Christina Kovac

A House of Spines by Michael J. Malone

Everything But The Truth by Gillian McAllister

Maria in the Moon by Louise Beech​

Amazingly three of these books are on my own “books I want to read  in 2017 list” great taste Donna 

Top 5 blogging tips that you would give to new bloggers?

​Never lose your unique voice for stats, it is not worth it. Your personality is what makes your blog unique and what makes people come back. Let the numbers grow on their own, and just have a great time being yourself and talking about your passion.

Don’t hesitate to ask other bloggers tips or discuss issues you have with your platform or reviews, the blogging community is friendly and there will always be someone out there to help.

Remember to read for yourself. It is fun to receive books to review, but don’t let reading become a chore because you want to please publishers or post a lot to satisfy your readers. Read at your own pace.​

Be kind. Everyone has an opinion, and all we want is to discuss and share the love. It is okay to disagree, but stay kind and friendly.

Never force a post or a blog-hopping session. If you don’t feel like blogging, then don’t. It’ll come back. No one is gonna come after you to accuse you of not having shared or commented on a post. We are all aware we have lives outside of the blogosphere.
Nothing too original, but things to stick by!

Top 5 book blogs you follow? 

​Abbie at  http:// bloominbrilliantbooks.com

Diana at  http:// ahavenforbooklovers.wordpress. com

Kaisha at http:// thewritinggarnet.wordpress.com

Kate at  http://thequietknitterer.wordpress. com

Inge at http:// thebelgianreviewer.wordpress. com

And so many more!!! ​

IMG_2009Who is Donna ? That’s a very good questions, she’s not sure to have the answer to this but she can tell you she is an enthusiastic ginger with a love for books, dogs, and adding touches of Rum in every recipe she makes.

One thing is for sure, she never expected her little blog to go this far (or to still exist, for that matter.) But she made the most amazing friends and keeps getting fantastic reading experiences, meaning she has no intention to stop rambling and loitering around the blogosphere ! She is a bit of a Grammar Terror, and her heart breaks every time she sees « your » instead of « you’re ». People who say she’s shy don’t know her online, where she loves squandering hours on Twitter and Facebook, although she​ ​is not so comfortable with the latter.

Donna is open about her mental health issues and is always around if anyone needs to vent, rant, or just talk. You must have realized by now, there is a lot to say about Donna (and her weird third-person bio) and she’s hoping to get to know herself, others, and the world more, through books preferably !

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Links:

Blog : https:// chocolatenwaffles.com/

Facebook Page​​: ​https://www.facebook.com/ chocolatenwaffles/

Goodreads profile :​ https://www.goodreads.com/ chocolatenwaffles

Twitter : @choconwaffles

Email : chocolatenwaffles@gmail.com

My thanks to Donna for taking the time to answer my #TopFiveThursday questions, it’s much appreciated. 

#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Jen Lucas aka jenmedsbookreviews

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Today I’m ecstatic to have the fabulous Jen Lucas answer those pesky #TopFiveThursday questions. Jen is one of my favourite bloggers on the planet,  this lady reads more books than anyone I know, despite spending long hours travelling she still manages to read and review a huge amount of books and keep her sense of humour. She puts my own reading habits to shame.

Jen blogs over at https://jenmedsbookreviews.com/ and I just love reading her reviews, she is certainly passionate about the books she reads, she is also supportive of other bloggers. I just love Jen and her awesome blog in case you hadn’t already guessed 🙈, so if you haven’t checked it out yet why not pop over and take a look I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

Top 5 books you read in 2016?

Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker
Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb
The Bird Tribunal – Agnes Ravatn
The Darkest Secret – Alex Marwood
Epiphany Jones – Michael Grothaus

Top five books you’ve read this year so far?

Dead Souls – Angie Marsons
Behind Her Eyes – Sarah Pinborough
Rattle – Fiona Cummins
Ragdoll – Daniel Cole
Be My Killer – Richard Parker (am I ok to use one that isn’t out yet?) Yes I will let you have this one seeing as it’s you 🙈

Top 5 authors you think everyone should read? 

John Connolly
Stuart MacBride
James Oswald
Angela Marsons
Ragnar Jonasson

Top 5 books you want to read in 2017?

A Game Of Ghosts – John Connolly – sat waiting on my kindle
Exquisite – Sarah Stovell
White Out – Ragnar Jonasson
Liar – KL Slater
Insidious Intent – Val McDermid

**No cover available for Insidious Intent – Val McDermid**

Top 5 blogging tips that you would give to new bloggers?

Learn to say no – no one thinks any the worse of you for it and it will help to protect your sanity.

Use social media wisely. Have a twitter and probably facebook page, maybe even Instagram, but don’t be a slave to it. Don’t be afraid to step away or feel obliged to thank every individual everyday. It will drive you insane trying and the busier and more popular you get, the harder it becomes to keep up.

Only do what you want. Don’t practice keeping up with the Joneses. This is your blog so choose how you want it to look, what you want to include i.e. features, author Q&A, blog tours, but don’t feel pressured to be like everyone else or worry about their stats. You will be better for just being yourself, letting your passion for the books shine through and reading at your own pace. We all do it differently and that is just perfect.

Join a few groups of Facebook just to start to interact with other bloggers and authors. We’re not all that scary when you get to know us and we can be a mine of information and useful contacts. And if you can, get out to a few author events as they are a great way of getting to me other bloggers and learn about the community in general.

Beware the oh so tempting and evil request button on Netgalley. By all means take a few read now if you want to build up your review profile to get a better chance of ebing accepted for arcs but it is all to easy to request loads in the hope of just getting one and then end up with a seemingly insurmountable pile of books to review. There is nothing worse than chasing that ever elusive 80% for setting the stress levels to max.

Top 5 book blogs you follow?

Argh…

Sharon at https://chapterinmylife.wordpress.com 

Abbie at http://www.bloominbrilliantbooks.co

Dee over at https://noveldeelights.com

Linda Hill at https://lindasbookbag.com

Kate at https://thequietknitterer.wordpress.com/

And dozens more.

IMG_1950 I am a 40 something year old Transport Manager, born and bred in the Midlands who reads for fun and sanity. Having been inspired to try blogging after attending Crime Fest last year, I have been blogging for about a year now, give or take. I still consider myself to be a newbie and an amateur but I’m starting to find my feet. When I’m not travelling the country for work listening to audiobooks, I can be found at home, curled up with my 14 year old LabX Kaycee and cats Mars and Luna(tic), and if I’m not there I’m probably at the Theatre. I love all things crime and horror fiction but have been known to also dabble in the occasional weepy, if only to prove I’m softer than I look.

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**Mystery Blogger Award**

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I was nominated for this award by the lovely laura over at https://snazzybooks.com/ thanks so much for the nomination Laura, and go check out her blog if you haven’t already!

What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion. Okoto Enigma

The rules by Okoto Enigma are:
1. Put the award logo/image in your post.
2. List all the rules.
3. Thank whoever nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
4. Tell your readers three things about yourself.
5. Nominate 10-20 people and notify them
6. Link back to the creator of the award.
7. Ask nominees any 5 questions of your choice, with a weird or funny question.
8. Share the link to your best/favourite post of yours.

THREE THINGS ABOUT ME

1  I suffered a mini stroke at 48, it was the most frightening day of my life I struggled to get my words out and I couldn’t remember the names of everyday objects. Fortunately I made a full recovery after three months, but I will never forget how terrified  and frustrated I felt when I wasn’t able to communicate my thoughts with others, funny enough I didn’t forget how to swear and most of my sentences had lots of f&!ks in them 😂😂😂

2  I’ve lived in a small village just outside of Bristol my whole life. No book shops, coffee shops or a decent supermarket, and everyone knows everyone’s business! But I wouldn’t have it any other way. I live on the banks of the river Avon, our village is steeped in history where smuggling was a regular occurrence and the village was considered to be a “Den of inquity” where savages lived!

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3 I grew up in the grounds of a hospital. We lived in a “hospital house” my parents both worked for the NHS my mum as a nurse and my dad as a manager overseeing the hospital. I started mental health nursing at 18 and spent 33 years nursing. So my whole life has been pretty much based around nursing, hospitals and the workings of one.

My most popular post

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I’m not sure why or how but my Author Interview with B A Paris author of Behind Closed Doors continues to get hits most days,  long after I originally posted it, it’s still the most popular post on my blog and the most looked at post.
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/02/11/author-interview-behind-closed-doors-by-b-a-paris/

My answers to Laura’s questions

1 What’s your favourite genre to read from?

Crime, crime and more crime I’ve always loved reading books In this genre.  I try and read a book of a different genre every now and then to mix it up a bit, but I soon find myself back reading crime books, fact or fiction, and there are so many fabulous crime books to read I’m spoilt for choice 😂

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2 If you had to pick only one favourite publisher to read from for the rest of your life, which would it be? (This is tricky, I know!)

Without hesitation Orenda Books, they have some amazing books and authors. I love the original plots, the writing, the covers, I could go on and on here.

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3 Is there anything about a book that instantly puts you off?

Usually the book description if I don’t like the sound of a book, it puts me off reading it.

4 How do you decide what to read next? Do you go by publication dates or just what you fancy – or a bit of both?

I read the books that I need to read for blog tours in date order, and then I alternate between a NetGalley read and a TBR book. I try not to stress about publication day reviews I’m more than happy to post reviews after publication day.

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5 What do you do if you’ve accepted a book for review and you really don’t like it? Would you still publish the review?

If I really didn’t like I book I wouldn’t post a review, I think I’ve been very lucky though and normally only review books I know I’m going to enjoy, so I’ve never had this problem YET!

I nominate

Danielle at http://booksvertigoandtea.com

Clair B at http://www.havebookswillread.com

Jen at https://jenmedsbookreviews.com/

Renee at http://itsbooktalk.com

Nikola at https://breathingthroughpages.wordpress.com

El at http://elsbookworldblog.wordpress.com

Dee at http://www.noveldeelights.com

Kate at https://thequietknitterer.wordpress.com/

Claire at http://brizzlelassbooks.com

Emma at http://damppebbles.com

I know how busy everyone is so don’t feel you have to participate just because I nominated you, and if you want to take part and I haven’t nominated you consider yourself nominated. 😀

MY QUESTIONS FOR THE NOMINEES

1  If you could meet one author who would it be? And why?

2  If you could only ever read three books in your life time, which books would you choose?

3  What makes a good read for you?

4  How many books do you have on your TBR pile? I want the whole truth and nothing but the truth to this question😂 (I’m hoping the answer will make me feel better about my own TBR pile)

5  How many books do you read in a typical month?

 

#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Sam @cluesandreviews

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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?

Ania Ahlborn
Tess Gerritsen
Peter Swanson
Clare Mackintosh
Jodi Picoult

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/

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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.

Twitter      Instagram     Facebook     Goodreads     Blog 

My thanks to Sam for taking time out of her busy schedule to take part in #TopFiveThursday

#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Rachel Aka Chillers Killers And Thrillers @emms_rachel

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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

Sarah Hilary

Sharon Bolton

Agatha Christie

Claire McGowan

Ragnar Jonasson

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/

Joanne at https://mychestnutreadingtree.wordpress.com/

Joy Kulver at https://joykluver.wordpress.com/

IMG_1691My 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.

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Links: http://chillerskillersandthrillers.wordpress.com

Twitter: @emms_rachel

My thanks to Rachel for taking time out of her busy schedule to take part in #TopFiveThursday