#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Claire aka Brizzlelassbooks

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Today I’m thrilled to have fellow book blogger Claire who blogs over at http://brizzlelassbooks.com answer those dreaded #TopFiveThursday questions. Claire’s reviews focus mainly on Fantasy and Romance and although I don’t normally read books in these genres I still love reading Claire’s reviews. If you haven’t already found Claire’s blog trust me it’s well worth visit  and amazingly she posts new content most days.

Top 5 books you read in 2016?

The Copper Cat Trilogy by Jen Williams – a bit of a cheat as it’s a trilogy but it totally blew my mind, Jen Williams created a cast of characters that were so vivid and not always likeable but had everything I wanted from my fantasy characters I was in awe. I don’t think I’ve ever read just under 2000 pages so quickly before!

Chasing Embers by James Bennett – This was a solid urban fantasy with a very reluctant hero in the form of a dragon who I well and truly fell in love with, which anyone who knows me will not be surprised about as I’m completely obsessed with dragons!

Caraval by Stephanie Garber – This is one of the most unexpected and magical books I have ever read. It is unique and special. it’s going to be huge and will be one I’ll read again and again.

Poison City by Paul Crilley – An urban fantasy set in South Africa, with an alcoholic talking dog, this absolutely had to be included. It’s part crime novel, if you count that the crime is solving a supernatural murder involving vampires and demons. This book whilst having a very serious side is also an absolute hoot.

The Summer Goddess by Joanne Hall – This is a high fantasy novel, it has a heroine who just gets no luck at all, despite that she pushes on and fights her backside off to find a solution for her people which is what set her on this road to bad luck. Unlike a lot of novels where everything seems to go ok with a few blips this one is just the worst possible outcome at every turn and it’s painful to read but that’s what makes it so good.

Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?

Jen Williams

Robin Hobb

Anne Rice

Margaret Atwood

Joanne Harris

Top 5 books you want to read in 2017?

Skull Sworn by Brian Staveley

A Gathering of Ravens by Scott Oden

Raising Fire by James Bennett

Blood Upon the Sand by Bradley Beaulieu

Way Down Dark by J P Smythe

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

Don’t overcomplicate it, especially at first

Choose the books you like and will enjoy, don’t get sucked into reading things just because they are available, it’s easy to feel obliged and start feeling really overwhelmed.

Enjoy the community, book bloggers are some of the nicest and friendliest out there

Enjoy yourself.

If it becomes a chore take a break.

Top 5 book blogs you follow?

MyChestnutReadingTree – https://mychestnutreadingtree.wordpress.com/

Between The Lines – https://betweenthelinesbookblog.com/

Ali The Dragon Slayer – http://cancersuckscouk.ipage.com/

Rather Too Fond of Books – https://rathertoofondofbooks.com/

By Hook or By Book – https://cadburypom.wordpress.com/

IMG_1637.JPGClaire blogs about Fantasy and Romance books at BrizzleLass Books. In a previous life she was a marketing and social media consultant but is now a mental health volunteer at a local charity in a bid to change career paths and work in the sector. Claire is a huge geek and if she isn’t neck deep in a book can be found watching something involving dragons or vikings on TV, listening to heavy metal, or playing something involving swords or magic on the playstation.

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Links:     Twitter      Goodreads     Instagram     Facebook     Google +

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

**Weekly Wrap Up**

 

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This week I’ve managed to read three books, ok two plus a novella but it’s still a 100% better than last week. Stepping away from social media for a day really helped and in fact it worked so well I’m going to make it a regular event. Thanks to awesome book blogger Renee over at http://itsbooktalk.com who came up with the tag #StepawayTuesday, I will not go near social media on a Tuesday.

Personally I found it worked for me as I really do spend to many hours trawling social media when I could be reading. I did miss reading fellow bloggers awesome reviews, and yes it meant that I missed the most exciting news of the year Last Breath by Robert Bryndza was up on NetGalley shocker! But on the plus side I now have three reviews for the books I’ve read this week.

Books I’ve read this week

Bully Boy Blue by John Nicholl

Last Breath by Robert Bryndza

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

 

ARC’s I’ve received this week

One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

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Book description

Five students go to detention. Only four leave alive.

On Thursday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the bad boy, is already on probation for dealing. Cooper, the jock, is the all-star baseball pitcher. And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app. Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investi­gators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Thursday, he died. But on Friday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they just the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

Last Breath by Robert Bryndza

I’m so excited to read the next book in the Erika Foster series, anyone who follows my blog will know I’m a huge fan of Robert and have been known to go a bit overboard with my reviews for this awesome series 🙈

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Book description

He’s your perfect date. You’re his next victim.

When the tortured body of a young woman is found in a dumpster, her eyes swollen shut and her clothes soaked with blood, Detective Erika Foster is one of the first at the crime scene. The trouble is, this time, it’s not her case.

While she fights to secure her place on the investigation team, Erika can’t help but get involved and quickly finds a link to the unsolved murder of a woman four months earlier. Dumped in a similar location, both women have identical wounds – a fatal incision to their femoral artery.

Stalking his victims online, the killer is preying on young pretty women using a fake identity. How will Erika catch a murderer who doesn’t seem to exist?

Then another girl is abducted while waiting for a date. Erika and her team must get to her before she becomes another dead victim, and, come face to face with a terrifyingly sadistic individual.

Other news from the book review café

I was so excited (an understatement) to see my quote included on the book jacket for my favourite author on the planet Robert Bryndza’s The Girl In The Ice, yes it’s in Spanish and No I can’t translate it so if you can help please feel free to leave me a comment in this post 😂

Last week on the book review café

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/03/13/rupture-by-ragnar-jonasson-bookreview-orendabooks-ragnarjo/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/03/16/topfivethursday-with-bookblogger-renee-aka-itsbooktalk/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/03/17/topfive-with-the-book-review-cafe-crimethrillers-standalones/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/03/18/blog-tour-six-stories-by-matt-wesolowski-bookreview-concretekraken-orendabooks/

Next week on the book review café

It’s a surprise! or what I really mean is I’m still working out which reviews to schedule next week😂😂

 

 

#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Renee aka Itsbooktalk

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Today I’m thrilled to have the awesome Renee from http://itsbooktalk.com answer my #TopFiveThursday questions. Renee’s blog is one I follow religiously, she reviews most genres so her blogs got something for every type of reader. I love her honest and to the point reviews. If you haven’t come across Renee’s blog already, why not pop over and take a look at some of her fab reviews you won’t be disappointed I promise.

Top 5 Books you read in 2016?

It’s really hard to narrow it down to just 5 but I’ll give it a go.

Daisy In Chains by Sharon Bolton

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

I Found You by Lisa Jewell ( read in 2016 but being published April 25, 2017)

The Trespasser by Tana French

The River at Night by Erica Ferencik

Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?

Sharon Bolton

Dennis Lehane

John Hart

David Nicholls

Lisa Gardner

Each of these authors brings to the table consistently engaging storytelling, realistic multi-dimensional characters and plots that will leave you staying up late to finish one more chapter. These are my auto buy authors, I don’t even need to read a synopsis, I’m reading whatever they publish!

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

Since We Fell By Dennis Lehane

Round Midnight by Laura McBride

Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton

Sirens by Joseph Knox

The Green Mile By Stephen King

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

Well I’m pretty new so I don’t know how much advice I can give yet but here are some of the strategies I try to follow:

Become comfortable with social media, especially Twitter

Write honest reviews. If you have a critique of a book, be very mindful that the author is often reading what you’re writing so be respectful yet constructive in your feedback

Don’t compare your blog to others, everyone has their own unique style and way of writing so find yours

Make your blog visually appealing by not cluttering it up with too many widgets

Engage in the blogging community by reading and commenting on others blogs. This has been the BEST part of blogging for me, I’ve met some truly amazing book lovers and there’s always someone willing to chat about books

Top 5 blogs you follow?

There are so many wonderful blogs that I try to read daily but these are ones I never miss visiting

Amy at https://novelgossip.com

Janel at https://keeperofpages.wordpress.com

Annie at https://themisstery.com

Sam at https://cluesandreviews.wordpress.com

Chelsea at https://thesuspenseisthrillingme.com

img_1615I’m Renee. Wife and mom to two teenage boys which never gets boring. I’ve been passionate about reading since I was very young .Back then I carried a book everywhere, today I carry my Kindle everywhere so my hundreds of books go where I go.

Reading is not my only obsession when it comes to books though, I also love talking about what I’ve read and loved, what I want to read, favorite authors and debut authors…all things books!

I started my blog as a way of reviewing and recommending books all in one spot. Among my friends, I seem to have become the go to person for book recommendations for the past several years which led me to starting my own book club…5 1/2 years later and we’re still going strong with monthly books and wine!:).

I thought it would be fun to put my reviews and recommendations in one place for all my friends to check out and at the same time interact with other book loving people out in the blogosphere.

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Links: Blog     Twitter     Instagram      I’m also on goodreads under the email itsbboktalk@gmail.com

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My thanks to Renee and all you other awesome  bloggers for taking time out of your busy schedules to answer #TopFiveThursday, without you all this feature would have never took off.

#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Jessica aka JessicasReadingRoom

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Welcome to another #TopFiveThursday post, today I’m delighted to have book blogger Jessica answer those pesky five question. In case you don’t know Jessica blogs over at http://jessicasreadingroom.com, her blog features a wide range of books, in Jessica’s words “I don’t read one particular genre. If I am interested in it I will read it, and I will read most genres”. I love Jessica’s reviews there short and concise (not like my own ramblings😂) so if you haven’t already checked out Jessica’s blog pop over and take a look.

Top 5 books you read in 2016?

My Girl- Jack Jordan
Me Before You- Jojo Moyes
Still Missing- Chevy Stevens
The Weight of Silence- Heather Gudenkauf
These Things Hidden- Heather Gudenkauf

Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?

Heather Gudenkauf (She is my favorite author)
Chevy Stevens
Jack Jordan
Shandy Kurth
Suzanne Redfearn

Top 5 books you want to read in 2017?
In no particular order:

Never Let You Go- Chevy Stevens
Not a Sound- Heather Gudenkauf
Behind Her Eyes- Sarah Pinborough
Just a Normal Tuesday- Kim Turrisi
The Method/Method 15/33- Shannon Kirk


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

Network! ‘Meet’ other bloggers- they can be so helpful with teaching you things you don’t know and are such nice people. They can also help you to go in a direction you might need/want your blog to go. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Get a Twitter account- it really does help with networking.

If you use NetGalley, don’t go ‘request crazy’! You may end up with too many books needed to be reviewed at the same time. I don’t think I went too request crazy, but I am working on catching up on books to be reviewed. Be selective with your NetGalley choices, make sure it is a book you really will want to read.

Don’t get frustrated with the number of followers you have on your blog. I started to feel that I wasn’t really ‘getting out there’ as I don’t have many followers, but some other bloggers helped me to feel better about my blog and remember that I started it for ‘me’ first! Your ‘numbers’ will grow, it can just take time. Until then HAVE FUN with what you are doing.

Open comments up on your blog. I didn’t have that on my blog at first and I have since opened it up. I like getting the feedback I have been getting since I opened the comments on my posts.

Don’t do too much at once. Some can get overwhelmed with to many books to review/ interviews/blog tours/etc, that it takes away from the fun of doing a blog in the first place. Isn’t that why we started our blogs? Because we love reading and have fun doing this!

Top 5 book blogs you follow?

The Suspense is Thrilling Me: https://thesuspenseisthrillingme.com/

The Geeky Bibliophile: https://thegeekybibliophile.wordpress.com/

Lauren’s Book Addiction: https://laurensbookaddiction.wordpress.com/

Between the Pages Book Club: https://gemmasbookreviews.wordpress.com/

Pufflehuffle Kitteh Reads: https://kittyprydeisshadowcat.wordpress.com/

IMG_1577.JPGI am from Georgia. I am a mommy to twin rescue cats (Sage and Curry), I’ve been married for 4 years on March 16th. I am an admin on the Bookies page (link will be below). I began my blog mid-July 2016, so I am still a ‘baby blogger’ in many ways. I started my blog for me first.

I am having so much fun with it, learning new things, reading books I might not normally have read or known about, and have ‘met’ some great people! So far the ‘book blogging’ community has been so welcoming! I don’t stick to a particular genre for my blog as my reading interests are diverse. Basically, if it sounds interesting to me I will read it! I do read a lot of suspense/thrillers, and YA.

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Links:       Blog     Goodreads      Google+

Bookies FB Page (my posts end with JPJ- that is how you know it is me posting!)

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Twitter: @JessReadingRoom

My thanks to Jessica for taking part in #TopFiveThursday. 

**Weekly Wrap Up** & #Giveaway

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Well I’ve done myself proud this week and read five books, now don’t get excited I haven’t managed to work my reading around working full time. As usual life is never simple and I’ve spent the week in agony thanks to the muscles in my neck going in to spasm, three types of pain killers later and I’m still in agony, consequently  two weeks in to a new job I’m off work, I feel awful that this has happened and it couldn’t have come at a worse time.

I’ve read some amazing books this week and they certainly helped to take my mind of the pain…

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

The Promise by Casey Kelleher

Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

Rupture by Ragnar Jónasson

The Caller by Chris Carter

Books I bought this week

I only bought one book this week

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Book description

After a tough week, Tanya Kaitlin is looking forward to a relaxing night in, but as she steps out of her shower, she hears her phone ring. The video call request comes from her best friend, Karen Ward. Tanya takes the call and the nightmare begins.

Karen is gagged and bound to a chair in her own living room. If Tanya disconnects from the call, if she looks away from the camera, he will come after her next, the deep, raspy, demonic voice at the other end of the line promises her.

As Hunter and Garcia investigate the threats, they are thrown into a rollercoaster of evil, chasing a predator who scouts the streets and social media networks for victims, taunting them with secret messages and feeding on their fear.

Book post

Only two books in the post this week,although I’m not complaining, and I’m sure the postman is glad of the rest 😂 (Second book further down the post as it’s a duplicate)

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Book description

Reeling from the attempts on his life and that of his family, Police Inspector Robert Finlay returns to work to discover that any hope of a peaceful existence has been dashed. Assigned to investigate the Eastern European sex-slave industry just as a key witness is murdered. Finlay, along with his new partner Nina Brasov, finds himself facing a ruthless criminal gang, determined to keep control of the traffic of people into the UK.

On the home front, Finlay’s efforts to protect his wife and child may have been in vain, as an MI5 protection officer uncovers a covert secret service operation that threatens them all… Picking up where the bestselling Wicked Game left off, Deadly Game sees Matt Johnson’s damaged hero fighting on two fronts. Aided by new allies, he must not only protect his family but save a colleague from an unseen enemy … and a shocking fate.

ARC’s I received this week

I managed to stay away from NetGalley all week and then blow me down Bookouture released this little beauty, normally nothing can tear me away from my crime/psychological thrillers but Christie Barlow gets me every time.

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Book description

It’s Evie’s birthday and the start of a year she’ll never forget. An emotional story of love, friendship and grabbing life by the horns.

Evie’s job has always been her safe haven. As a librarian in the little town of Becton she loses herself in books – after all it’s far easier to read about other people’s problems than set about solving her own.

Then, one birthday, everything is turned upside down. A mysterious parcel containing a beautiful book with a poignant inscription arrives for Evie. It’s the beginning of a new chapter for Evie and she’s inspired to try and find her real mother.

Evie’s search leads her to meet handsome author Noah Jones. Charming and intelligent, Noah seems the perfect catch but what Evie doesn’t realise is that he is hiding something – a key to Evie’s past.

As Evie gets closer to Noah and discovering her mother, she must take a giant leap of faith. Can she embrace the new and make this her year of taking chances? And if she does, will she get her heart broken?

And then I got improved for this book which I can’t even remember requesting, I blame it on the pain med!

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Book description

When baby Oliver breaks his arm, no-one can (or will) say how it happened.

His mother is exhausted.

His father is angry.

His older sister is resentful.

And they all have something to hide.

Last week on the book review café

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/02/18/the-missing-ones-by-patricia-gibney-bookreview-trisha460-bookouture/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/02/20/rapid-fire-booktag/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/02/21/blog-tourporcelain-flesh-of-innocents-by-lee-cockburn-guestpost-lee_leecockburn-gilbster1000/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/02/23/topfivethursday-with-bookblogger-janel-aka-keeperofpages/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/02/24/top-five-friday-with-the-book-review-cafe-crimeseries/

Next week on the book review café

The Caller by Chris Carter- review

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel- review

My book of the month

#TopFiveThursday

Top Five Friday – psychological thrillers

Giveaway

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For some reason the publishers sent me a second copy of The People At Number 9, rather than it just sitting here if you would like to read and review it, please leave a comment in this post and I will get the hubby aka mr book review café to pick a random winner, sorry I can only post to the UK.

Other news from the book review café

After much deliberating and following a discussion on a FB book club star started by Sharon over at https://chapterinmylife.wordpress.com/ I’ve decided to do away with giving my reviews a ⭐ rating. I’ve been thinking of doing this for a while as they are ambiguous to say the least, 5 ⭐ for me maybe a 3 ⭐ read for you, so I’m just going to go with my reviews. I will be keeping my Gold Star Award, it’s given to a book I feel is particularly outstanding, a book that covers every aspect of what I look for in a good read.

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#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Janel aka KeeperOfPages

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Today I’m thrilled to have the awesome Janel answer those pesky #TopFiveThursday questions. Janel’s blog http://keeperofpages.wordpress.com is one of my favourite’s as like me she’s a huge crime thriller reader. Janel’s reviews are always a pleasure to read, so if you haven’t already checked our her fab blog you might want to pop over and take a look, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Top 5 books this year (so far)?

Method 15/33 by Shannon Kirk – I feel like the author wrote this book just for me, like she knew my likes and dislikes and created the perfect story. It’s an abduction story featuring a pregnant 16 year old, with the ability to take her thinking to the next level.

False Hearts by Laura Lam – A sci-fi crime thriller that I read in one sitting. Sci-fi is not one of my favoured genres but when you throw in some crime, it’s a hit! Dubbed as Orphan Black meets Inception, this book has it all: hover-cars, wall screens and the ability to infiltrate dreams.

The Doll Funeral by Kate Hamer – Kate’s writing is so dark yet so beautiful, she creates a compelling need in me to read on. The story grabbed hold of my heart and didn’t let go.

The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis – Another author with the ability to write dark yet beautifully. A literary debut with a great dystopian-mystery feel to it.

The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn – Norwegian crime fiction at its finest, this book is mesmorising.

Top 5 authors you think everyone should read? 

Kate Hamer – To experience the dark, beautiful writing and feel the compulsion to read on.

Beth Lewis – For the same reason everyone needs to read a book by Kate Hamer – dark, beautiful, compelling.

M. J. Arlidge – Everyone needs to binge on the DI Helen Grace series.

Keigo Higashino – The King of Japanese crime fiction.

Ruth Ware – Particularly ‘The Woman in Cabin 10’, it’s a recent release but has traits of classic crime.

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

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

The Exiled – Kati Hiekkapelto

You – Caroline Kepnes

Dark Matter – Blake Crouch

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

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, have fun, you don’t have to post every day to get followers, do as much or as little as you can manage. Enjoy it!

Blogging is not a competition, don’t compare stats and feel like you’re not good enough if others have better stats that you – you’ll go crazy!

Join Netgalley, it’s a great resource for books. And don’t feel disheartened if you ask publishers for books and they don’t get back to you/ignore you; they are inundated with requests – it’s not personal.

Follow and interact with other blogs! No one care if you’ve got a million followers and are only following 5 blogs – take the time (as often as you can) to comment on and share others posts. Why should people interact with you if you don’t interact with others?

If you like a book, great, if you don’t, that’s okay too. Differing opinions on a book are great and generate great discussion. Be honest in your reviews. Be yourself – everyone else is taken.

Top 5 book blogs you follow?

Sam @ Clues and Reviews – https://cluesandreviews.wordpress.com/

Renee @ It’s Book Talk – https://itsbooktalk.com/

Kate @ Bibliophile Bookclub – https://bibliophilebookclub.com/

Annie @ The Misstery – https://themisstery.com/

Jo @ Jo’s Book Blog – https://josbookblog.co.uk/

img_1522I’m fairly new to blogging myself, I started my blog in August and I’m having so much fun. I’ve met so many great people, the book community is amazing! I live in England with my young son. I’ve recently returned to university to study for a degree in Mental Health Nursing, I hope to combine that with my degree in Criminology and study serial killers. I’m not reading all these crime books for no reason 😉

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Social Media Links

www.keeperofpages.wordpress.com

www.twitter.com/keeperofpages

www.goodreads.com/keeperofpages

www.instagram.com/reads.crime

A huge thank you to Janel for participating in #TopFiveThursday, it’s very much appreciated 😘

#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Amy aka novelgossip

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Today I’m thrilled to have the awesome Amy who blogs over at http://novelgossip.com answer those #TopFiveThurday dreaded questions. Amy’s blog is one of those that I read religiously she reviews a wide range of books and her reviews are full of passion and honesty. So if you haven’t already checked out Amy’s blog already I would recommend you take a look.

Top 5 books you read in 2016?

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
My Girl Jack Jordan
Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton
Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
(This was quite hard, I randomly picked these I could’ve added about 50 more 😂)

Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?

Karin Slaughter
Harlan Coben
Kristan Higgins
Gillian Flynn
Chelsea Cain

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

Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica
The Good Widow by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
He Said She Said by Erin Kelly
Into The Water by Paula Hawkins
Ragdoll by Daniel Cole

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

I’m new myself so I don’t know how much I can offer, but I’ll do my best!

Don’t focus too much on the numbers/stats! Yes, it’s fun to gain followers and watch your audience grow but it’s not the end all and be all of blogging.

Don’t go crazy on NetGalley. Seriously. When I first started there I requested everything thinking I wouldn’t get approved for much. Then I did. Digging yourself out of a hole is not fun. It’s stressful and trying to read three books that all should be reviewed on the same day never works out. Ask me how I know…

Get involved in the book blogging community! It’s fun and a great way to get your name out there, plus you’ll make some new friends and book people are the best kind of people. My favorite platform is Twitter and if you get out there and follow other book bloggers, they’ll probably follow you right back. Share their posts and most likely they’ll return the favor.

Don’t stop there, take the time to actually check in with the blogs you follow and read their posts. Leave comments and interact. It makes a difference, I promise.

Don’t buy into the so called rule that says you shouldn’t request physical ARCs until you’ve been blogging for six months and have at least 500 followers. Who made that one up anyway? I started emailing publishers/publicists almost immediately after starting my blog. I wrote brief, yet detailed emails selling myself and my blog. Tell them why you want the book and what you can do to help promote it. Sure, you may never hear back, or you may get a reply saying, thanks but no thanks. But who really cares? Someone will eventually say yes. Sometimes I don’t hear a thing and then I get surprise bookmail!

Have fun! I doubt any of us started book blogging thinking, gee this is gonna suck and I’ll be totally stressed out. We all started because we love books and authors and if it’s not fun anymore take a break.

Top 5 book blogs you follow?

This is so hard for me to pick, I love so many book blogs! Sigh.

Chelsea at https://thesuspenseisthrillingme.com

Annie at https://themisstery.com

Jill at https://rantandraveaboutbooks.com

Kate at https://bibliophilebookclub.com

Sarah at https://bytheletterbookreviews.com

img_1476I’m Amy and I’m a wife and mom to three little monkeys, two girls who are eight and five and a boy who is two. I’ve always been passionate about reading and a few months ago, with my husbands support and encouragement, I decided to start my blog.

Besides reading, I’m a reality TV junkie, the trashier the better! 😳😂 I even still watch soap operas, the Young and the Restless if you’re wondering. I know, I know, my DVR is positively shameful. I like wine and think I’m a bit of a foodie and my dream way to spend my day is on the beach, with a good drink and a book. Cliche, but true! (I feel like I’m setting up a online dating profile 😂)

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Links:  Blog     Facebook      Twitter     Instagram      Goodreads

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