#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. 

**Weekly Wrap Up**

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Well another week over and done with,  and I’m thrilled to report I’ve read two books this week (yes you’ve read that right!) and I’ve actually started on my third. I would like to thank fellow blogger Dee over at http://www.noveldeelights.com who has shown great sympathy for my plight, NOT! For some reason my reading slump has caused her a great deal of merriment, I wonder if that’s because I was about to rename my blog “the one book review café” 😂😂

Just in case anyone thinks I’m worried about the amount of books I’m reading I’m not. It doesn’t matter if I read one book or ten in a week, it’s still a book read. I must admit cutting back on blog tours has given me a sense of freedom, it’s liberating to pick up a book I want to read rather than having to read. I’ve actually turned down 15 blog tours this week for May,  June and July but I’m determined to give myself a break from them.

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I’ve also lost my fellow guest reviewer Jo who has finally decided to set up her own blog over at http://overtherainbowbookblog.wordpress.com, please check out her blog and give her a follow. I wish Jo all the best with her blog and would like to take this opportunity to thank her for the reviews she’s allowed me to share, the lovely Dee has offered to help out on the weeks I can only manage to read one book a week 😂😂

Books I’ve read this week

I just started reading Exquisite by Sarah Stovell and I’m already hooked. I also read He Said She Said and The Night Visitor, I loved one of these two books,  and the other one I struggled with on so many levels. To find out which one it was you can check out my reviews for both books next week.

ARC’s I received this week

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Book description

A happy child.

Every parent knows the world can be scary. Lawyer Jen Sutton knows it better than most. And she’ll go to any length to protect her son from what – and who – lies outside their front door.

A loving mother.

Some might say she’s being over-protective. But isn’t it a mother’s duty to protect her child from harm?

A family built on a lie.

Jen has kept her secrets safe. Until the postcard arrives, signed by the one person she hoped would never catch up with her… and her new case begins to feel a little too close to home.

One thing is clear: Jen has been found.

Now, she faces a choice. Run, and lose everything? Or fight – and risk her son discovering the truth.

Don’t Say a Word is the electrifying new psychological thriller from AL Bird – perfect for fans of CL Taylor and Sue Fortin.

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Book description

One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.

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Book description

Seven year old Tony has two choices: to live or to die.

Tony Bruno just wants to fit in, but the bullies at his school are cruel and relentless. At home, he leans on his mother Teresa for strength and comfort, but she’s no match for his father, Carmen. His father, a fighter and bully himself, hates Tony. He is embarrassed by the child for not fighting back and wishes that Tony was never born.

Then as a teen, in one act of blind courage, Tony fights back shifting the balance of power with his peers. Even after Tony sets things straight with the neighborhood boys, his father continues to terrorize him.

At school, Tony is now respected by his classmates. One day he stands up for a bullied kid named, Salvatore, and the boys become friends. One night, Salvatore commits a horrific crime and Tony suffers the consequences of his friends’ actions. Tony’s punishment changes the course of his life.

All alone and nowhere to call home, Tony sets out to find the life he longs for, one filled with love and acceptance. But nothing comes easily for him, and he is forced to draw upon strength from deep within to survive.

From the dark world he lives in, Tony does unimaginable things to leave his unwanted life behind.

Mean Little People is a haunting story of one bullied child deprived of love and taunted by corrupt individuals along his journey. Tony’s story will make you question the balance between good and evil.

Book Post I received this week

Twist Of The Knife by Becky Masterman

The Friend by Dorothy Koomson

The Killing Grounds by Jack Ford

Last week on the book review café

**Blog tour** Not Your Average Nurse by Maggie Groff #Bookreview #Guestpost
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/05/19/blog-tour-not-your-average-nurse-by-maggie-groff-bookreview-guestpost-transworldbooks-rosiemargesson/

#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Jen Lucas aka jenmedsbookreviews
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/05/18/topfivethursday-with-bookblogger-jen-lucas-aka-jenmedsbookreviews/

Sweet Pea by C J Skuse #Bookreview #Guestreview by @JoannaLouisePar
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/05/15/sweet-pea-by-c-j-skuse-bookreview-guestreview-by-joannalouisepar-hqstories/

Next week on the book review café

He Said She Said by Erin Kelly #Review

The Night Visitor by Lucy Atkins #Review

#TopFiveThursday with another awesome book blogger

**Blog tour**  Reconciliation For The Dead by Paul E. Hardisty #GuestPost

Other news from the book review café

IMG_1980I’m thrilled to have been nominated for the Best Book Blogger Award in the 2017 ANNUAL BLOGGERS BASH AWARDS, and if you happen to be reading this and nominated me “thank you”😘😘. I can honestly say “hand on heart” I really don’t expect to win, have you seen who I’m up against? Some truly awesome bloggers/blogs, but it’s given me such a huge boost to be nominated.

I also think there are some hugely awesome book bloggers out there who aren’t up for the awards but should be, they put their heart and souls into their blog and probably lots of tears too (if there anything like me), although these awards are great I do feel they can have a negative effect on bloggers who don’t get the recognisation they so deserve and make them question why that are blogging. A word from the wise (it happens once in a blue moon😂)to these bloggers, keep doing what you are doing, share your love of the books you love and most of all carry on with your awesome blogs, awards aren’t everything, when I first started blogging I never got nominated for anything.

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If you would like to vote for your favourite blogger I’ve included the links, there are numerous different categories to choose from and if I could I would vote for everyone of them.

http://sachablack.co.uk/2017/05/18/2017-annual-bloggers-bash-awards-voting-open-bloggersbash-bloggersbash/

#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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**Weekly Wrap Up**

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Well here we are again another Sunday Weekly Wrap Up Post, and here’s where I share how many books I’ve read this week, yet again it’s been a dismal week, so let’s get it over with……once again I have only managed to read one book. I can’t even blame social media this week, if I’m honest after spending 8.5 hours staring at a computer screen by the time I get home my eyes are to tired to read (oh woe is me🙈).

I’m really not sure what the answer is, but it’s going to be a pretty darn boring week on my blog as all the reviews I have are for blog tours. Hopefully I will get back on track once I’m reading some of the books on my TBR pile, and if not I might have to change this blog to something completely different, perhaps a blog about books,  but without the reviews 😂😂

I must say a huge thank you to guest reviewer Jo for sending me her fabulous review of Sweetpea, which I will be posting this week. It actually means with Jo’s post and a blog tour review I may just manage to keep my blog ticking over!

The one Book I read this week!

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This is the first book I’ve read by Conrad Jones, but it certainly won’t be my last. I absolutely loved this gritty read, but  unfortunately I can’t share my review until the blog tour on Monday 29th May 

What I’m reading now

He Said She Said by Erin Kelly

The Night Visitor by Lucy Atkins

ARC’s I received this week

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Book description

How far would you go to protect your family?

Single dad Ben is doing his best to raise his children alone, with the help of his devoted mother Judi. Life isn’t easy, but Judi’s family means everything to her and together, they manage.

Then Ben meets Amber. Everyone thinks this is a perfect match for Ben but Judi isn’t sure … there’s just something about Amber that doesn’t add up.

Ben can’t see why his mother dislikes his new girlfriend. And Amber doesn’t want Judi anywhere near her new family. Amber just wants Ben and the children.

The further Judi delves into Amber’s personal life, the closer she gets to shocking secrets that could change everything. And Judi must make a decision that could lead to the most disastrous consequences.

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Book description

PI Varg Veum fights for his reputation, his freedom and his life, when child pornography is found on his computer and he is arrested and jailed. Worse still, his memory is a blank…

Reeling from the death of his great love, Karin, Varg Veum’s life has descended into a self-destructive spiral of alcohol, lust, grief and blackouts.

When traces of child pornography are found on his computer, he’s accused of being part of a paedophile ring and thrown into a prison cell. There, he struggles to sift through his past to work out who is responsible for planting the material… and who is seeking the ultimate revenge.

When a chance to escape presents itself, Varg finds himself on the run in his hometown of Bergen. With the clock ticking and the police on his tail, Varg takes on his hardest – and most personal – case yet

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Book description

When the body of a Bushman is discovered near the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the death is written off as an accident. But all is not as it seems. An autopsy reveals that, although he’s clearly very old, his internal organs are puzzlingly young. What’s more, an old bullet is lodged in one of his muscles … but where is the entry wound? When the body is stolen from the morgue and a local witch doctor is reported missing, Detective ‘Kubu’ Bengu gets involved. But did the witch doctor take the body to use as part of a ritual? Or was it the American anthropologist who’d befriended the old Bushman?

As Kubu and his brilliant young colleague, Detective Samantha Khama, follow the twisting trail through a confusion of rhino-horn smugglers, foreign gangsters and drugs manufacturers, the wider and more dangerous the case seems to grow. A fresh, new slice of ‘Sunshine Noir’, Dying to Live is a classic tale of greed, corruption and ruthless thuggery, set in one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, and featuring one of crime fiction’s most endearing and humane heroes.

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Book description

DI Duncan Waddell has big problems. He’s borderline diabetic. The paperwork is piling up faster than the underwear at a porn shoot.

Now his best pal DC Stevie Campbell, who’s in a coma after being attacked by a suspect, has started to talk to him. Trouble is, only Waddell can hear him.

The last thing he needs is the country’s biggest case to land on his lap.

Three women have gone missing in the city he used to love, but is fast coming to despise, victims of the GLASGOW GRABBER, as their assailant has been dubbed by local hack and all round thorn in Waddell’s backside, Catriona Hastie.

Shelley Craig is the latest victim, snatched as she and her boyfriend took a shortcut through Glasgow city centre.

And she’ll do anything to make it home.

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Book description

Lesley Welsh sadly passed away in April but Bookouture are extremely honoured to be publishing The Serial Killer’s Daughter on 14th June.

Charmer, liar, father… Killer.

Suzanne’s life changes forever the day she receives a visit from Rose Anderson, the woman who has been living with her estranged father, Don.

Don is dead, but Rose wants Suzanne to have his possessions – including a series of intimate diaries and a mysterious collection of photographs of women.

To Suzanne’s shock, one of the photos is of her friend Sophie, who died ten years ago in an unexplained and devastating fire.

But Don only met Sophie once, on an unsettling visit he paid Suzanne just days before Sophie’s death… So why did he have a picture of her?

Unable to let Sophie’s memory alone, Suzanne begins to dig into her father’s life. What horrors is she about to unearth in his journals? And who is it that’s out there, watching her every move?

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Book description

Ben Whittle’s father, a private investigator, has been taken captive by a cult whilst investigating the case of a missing girl. When Ben receives a desperate call from his father asking for help he is drawn into a dark underground world.

As Ben retraces the last known steps of the missing girl he discovers his only option left is to join the cult and rescue his father from the inside.

The leader of the cult, Edward Ebb, is a psychopathic egocentric who uses his position to control his small group of followers in The Sons and Daughters of Salvation. When he initiates Ben into the group it soon becomes apparent how sick and twisted Ebb is.

Ben must find his father and the missing girl, but the odds are stacked against him and time is running out.

Can Ben rescue his father and the girl and escape with his life?
And what is the gruesome secret concealed in the Revelation Room?

The Revelation Room is the first in a new series of psychological mystery thrillers.

As everyone who follows my blog by now will know I’m a huge fan of author Robert Bryndza, so you can imagine how excited I was to receive a signed copy of Last Breath and chocolate, and I’m sorry but I just have to share the photos

 Last week on the book review café

#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Danielle @BooksVertigoTea | The Book Review Café
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/05/11/topfivethursday-with-bookblogger-danielle-booksvertigotea/

**Blog tour** Child Taken by Darren Young #BookReview @DARRENYOUNGBOOK @REDDOORBOOKS | The Book Review Café
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/05/12/blog-tour-child-taken-by-darren-young-bookreview-darrenyoungbook-reddoorbooks/

**Mystery Blogger Award** | The Book Review Café
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/05/08/mystery-blogger-award/

Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens #BookReview | The Book Review Café
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/05/10/never-let-you-go-by-chevy-stevens-bookreview/

Next week on the book review café

Sweet Pea by C J Skuse #Guest review from Jo

#TopFiveThursday with a super duper awesome blogger

*Blog tour* Not Your Average Nurse by Maggie Groff #Review

and for the rest of the week I will be trying to catch up on some reading, so if you hear so much as a squeak from me on social media please feel free to give me a telling off 😂

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#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Danielle @BooksVertigoTea

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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?

Charles Dickens
JRR Tolkien
Terry Pratchett
CS Lewis
George Orwell

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 😉

Drew at https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress.com/

Amy at https://novelgossip.com

Lilly at https://lairofbooksblog.wordpress.com/

Gretchen at https://chicnerdreads.wordpress.com/
Debby at https://alwaysbooking.wordpress.com/
IMG_1872I 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.

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

**Weekly Wrap Up**

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I’ve managed to read one book this week, shocking I know (holds head in shame) my usual problem ………

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Need I say anymore!!!

I have two more blog tour books to read and then I’m going to spend the next few months catching up on books from my TBR pile that I’m desperate to get to. I really need to read some books to review for my blog, as all the books I’ve read recently are for blog tours so I can’t share them just yet.

Personally I feel I’ve constantly been reading books for blog tours (my own fault for agreeing to so many) over the last couple of months, and it’s slightly spoilt my enjoyment of reading, don’t get me wrong I’ve read some really amazing books, but it would be nice to pick up a book that doesn’t have to be read by a certain date.

What I’m reading next

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I’m really looking forward to reading The Night Visitor by Lucy Atkins. 

ARC I received this week

I have been really good and only requested one book on NetGalley, and it’s one I’m desperate to read so I’m one happy bunny 🐰

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Book description

Se7en meets The Silence of the Lambs in this dark and twisting novel from the author Jeffery Deaver called, “A talented writer with a delightfully devious mind.”

For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one which proves he has taken another victim who may still be alive.

As the lead investigator on the 4MK task force, Detective Sam Porter knows even in death, the killer is far from finished. When he discovers a personal diary in the jacket pocket of the body, Porter finds himself caught up in the mind of a psychopath, unraveling a twisted history in hopes of finding one last girl, all while struggling with personal demons of his own.

With only a handful of clues, the elusive killer’s identity remains a mystery. Time is running out and the Four Monkey Killer taunts from beyond the grave in this masterfully written fast-paced thriller.

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Book description

An electrifying novel about the primal and unyielding bond between a mother and her son, and the lengths she’ll go to protect him.

The zoo is nearly empty as Joan and her four-year-old son soak up the last few moments of playtime. They are happy, and the day has been close to perfect. But what Joan sees as she hustles her son toward the exit gate minutes before closing time sends her sprinting back into the zoo, her child in her arms. And for the next three hours–the entire scope of the novel–she keeps on running.

Suddenly, mother and son are as trapped as the animals. Joan’s intimate knowledge of this place that filled early motherhood with happy diversions–the hidden pathways and under-renovation exhibits, the best spots on the carousel and overstocked snack machines–is all that keeps them a step ahead of danger.

Books I bought this week

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Book description

On a remote Highland mountain, the body of Elaine Buxton is burning. All that will be left to identify the respected lawyer are her teeth and a fragment of clothing.

In the concealed back room of a house in Edinburgh, the real Elaine Buxton screams into the darkness

Detective Inspector Luc Callanach has barely set foot in his new office when Elaine’s missing persons case is escalated to a murder investigation. Having left behind a promising career at Interpol, he’s eager to prove himself to his new team. But Edinburgh, he discovers, is a long way from Lyon, and Elaine’s killer has covered his tracks with meticulous care.

It’s not long before another successful woman is abducted from her doorstep, and Callanach finds himself in a race against the clock. Or so he believes The real fate of the women will prove more twisted than he could have ever imagined.

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Book description

From a bold new voice in international crime fiction, a chilling debut in which two detectives must hunt down a vengeful killer–and uncover the secret that ties each of them to the crime

A six-year-old girl is found in the Norwegian countryside, hanging lifeless from a tree with a jump rope around her neck. She is dressed in strange doll’s clothes. Around her neck is an airline tag that says “I’m traveling alone.”

A special homicide unit in Oslo re-opens with veteran police investigator Holger Munch at the helm. Holger’s first step is to persuade the brilliant but haunted investigator Mia Krüger to come back to the squad–she’s been living on an isolated island, overcome by memories of her past. When Mia views a photograph of the crime scene and spots the number “1” carved into the dead girl’s fingernail, she knows this is only the beginning. She’ll soon discover that six years earlier, an infant girl was abducted from a nearby maternity ward. The baby was never found. Could this new killer have something to do with the missing child, or with the reclusive Christian sect hidden in the nearby woods?

Mia returns to duty to track down a revenge-driven and ruthlessly intelligent killer. But when Munch’s own six-year-old granddaughter goes missing, Mia realizes that the killer’s sinister game is personal, and I’m Traveling Alone races to an explosive–and shocking–conclusion.

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Book description

Zoe Whittaker is living a charmed life. She is the beautiful young wife to handsome, charming Wall Street tycoon Henry Whittaker. She is a member of Manhattan’s social elite. She is on the board of one of the city’s most prestigious philanthropic organizations. She has a perfect Tribeca penthouse in the city and a gorgeous lake house in the country. The finest wine, the most up-to-date fashion, and the most luxurious vacations are all at her fingertips.

What no one knows is that five years ago, Zoe’s life was in danger. Back then, Zoe wasn’t Zoe at all. Now her secrets are coming back to haunt her. As the past and present collide, Zoe must decide who she can trust before she—whoever she is—vanishes completely.

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Book description

Following on from the bestselling The Seven Sisters and The Storm Sister, The Shadow Sister is the third book in Lucinda Riley’s spellbinding series, loosely based on the mythology of the Seven Sisters star cluster.

Star D’Aplièse is at a crossroads in her life after the sudden death of her beloved father – the elusive billionaire, named Pa Salt by his six daughters, all adopted by him from the four corners of the world. He has left each of them a clue to their true heritage, but Star – the most enigmatic of the sisters – is hesitant to step out of the safety of the close relationship she shares with her sister CeCe. In desperation, she decides to follow the first clue she has been left, which leads her to an antiquarian bookshop in London, and the start of a whole new world . . .

A hundred years earlier, headstrong and independent Flora MacNichol vows she will never marry. She is happy and secure in her home in the Lake District, living close to her idol, Beatrix Potter, when machinations outside of her control lead her to London, and the home of one of Edwardian society’s most notorious players, Alice Keppel. Flora is pulled between passionate love and duty to her family, but finds herself a pawn in a game – the rules of which are only known to others, until a meeting with a mysterious gentleman unveils the answers that Flora has been searching for her whole life . . .

As Star learns more of Flora’s incredible journey, she too goes on a voyage of discovery, finally stepping out of the shadow of her sister and opening herself up to the possibility of love.

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 Book description

Who do you believe?

In the hushed aftermath of a total eclipse, Laura witnesses a brutal attack.

She and her boyfriend Kit call the police, and in that moment, it is not only the victim’s life that is changed forever.

Fifteen years on, Laura and Kit live in fear.

And while Laura knows she was right to speak out, the events that follow have taught her that you can never see the whole picture: something – and someone – is always in the dark…

Last week on the book review café

My book of the month

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/05/01/my-book-of-the-month-april-2017/

The One Man by Andrew Gross #Review

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/05/02/the-one-man-by-andrew-gross-bookreview/

Cover reveal The Detriment by David Videcette 

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/05/02/coverreveal-the-detriment-by-david-videcette-davidvidecette-thedetriment/

Their Lost Daughters by Joy Ellis

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/05/03/their-lost-daughters-by-joy-ellis-bookreview/

#TopFiveThursday with Sam aka cluesandreviews

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/05/04/topfivethursday-with-bookblogger-sam-cluesandreviews/

Dead To Me by Lesley Pearse #Review 

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/05/04/dead-to-me-by-lesley-pearce-bookreview-lesleypearce-michaeljbooks-lovelesley/

Block 46 by Johana Gustwasson 

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/05/06/blog-tour-block-46-by-johana-gustawasson-bookreview-orendabooks-jogustawasson/

Next week on the book review café

Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens #Review

**Blog tour** child Taken by Darren Young #Review

#TopFiveThursday with another awesome blogger

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And lastly I hope you don’t mind me sharing this but the book review café has hit 8,000 + followers, that’s across my blog, FB and Twitter  I’m not sure how or why I’ve gained so many followers, but I must admit I’m thrilled to bits as when I started up my blog I never really thought anyone would actually follow me.

So I would like to say a big thank you to followers old and new for following me. To fellow bloggers who constantly share and comment on my posts you guys rock. I shall be hosting a giveaway at some point to celebrate the occasion, so keep your eyes peeled.

 

 

#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/

IMG_1783About Sam

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.

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