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#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Claire at A Knights Reads @clairekreads

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Today I’m over the moon to have the simply awesome Claire take part in #TopFiveThursday. Claire has recently started her own book blog Aknightsreads but before that She was a guest reviewer on the fabulous Crimebookjunkie. I’m sure you are already following Claire’s blog and her fab reviews, and if not, why not? It’s a site I would highly recommend if you are looking for new books to read. So without further ado here’s the lovely Claire’s #TopFiveThursday…..8C8B109A-8EEF-40CB-8C60-95CD8603E424

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

Past Echoes by Graham Smith

The Fourth Monkey by JD Barker

The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton 

Beneath The Surface by Sibel Hodge

The Aladdin Trial by Abi Silver

 Top five authors you think everyone should read?

Louise Beech

Rob Sinclair

Caroline Mitchell

Sheryl Browne

M.W. Craven

Top five books you want to read before the year is out?

Sleeper 13 by Rob Sinclair

The Puppet Show by M.W. Craven

Hush Hush by Mel Sherratt

Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh

The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton

 Top five tips you would give to new bloggers?

Don’t be afraid to say no

Make sure you have a review policy

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Embrace the book blogging community, we’re a friendly and supportive bunch

Blogging is not a competition – it’s all about the #booklove

 Top five blogs you follow? 

I’ve picked five different ones 

https://booksfromdusktilldawn.blog/blog/ 

https://noveldeelights.com/

https://thequietknitterer.wordpress.com/

https://tracyshephard.wordpress.com/

https://hookedfrompageoneblog.wordpress.com/

Who is Claire? Can you tell us a little about yourself?

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I’m Claire and I’m a book addict.  I’ve loved reading for as long as I can remember.  I’ve been properly blogging since the beginning of February 2018 and before that I was guest reviewer on the fantastic Crimebookjunkie Book Blog. I live just outside Leeds with my two sons and hubby.  I work in the rather enthralling world of pensions and to calm myself down from all that excitement, I spend my evenings reading crime fiction with the odd bit of something else thrown in for good measure.

Social media links

Twitter – @clairekreads

Facebook – A Knight’s Reads @aknightsreads

My thanks to Claire for taking part in #TopFiveThursday 

#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Lorna at ontheshelfreviews @ljwrites85

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Today I’m thrilled to welcome fellow book blogger Lorna aka LJ to the book review café.  Lorna blogs at Ontheshelfreviews and I  would urge you to take a look around her fabulous blog, if you haven’t already of course.  LJ mainly reviews mystery/thrillers, she’s also an unpublished writer and posts the odd short story in her blog. So without further ado I’m handy you over to LJ and her #TopFiveThursday post.

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

Oh, starting off with a tough one! It took me a while to whittle it down to just five:

The Fear by CL Taylor

 Never Rest by Jon Richter

Doll Face by Dylan H Jones

The Sherlock Effect by Raymond Kay Lyon

Ballad For A Mad Girl by Vicki Wakefield

 

 

Top five authors you think everyone should read?

Chelsea Cain – I’m always surprised when people haven’t heard of her, her Gretchen Lowell series is amazing.

JK Rowling – Harry Potter and now Cormoran Strike, need I say more?

Sharon Bolton – I’ve been a fan of hers since I discovered her in a local library (back when she was called SJ Bolton) and she is one of the best psychological thriller writers out there in my humble opinion.

Terry Pratchett – One of the only writers whose books make me laugh out loud.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – I had to get Sherlock Holmes in here somewhere lol!

Top five books you want to read before the year is out?

The Chalk Man by CL Taylor

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The Girl In The Ice by Robert Bryndza

Ritual by Adam Nevill

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

 

 

Top five tips you would give to new bloggers?

I’m fairly new myself so I’ll do my best with this one!

Try to keep to a schedule. I found this one out early on, if you post here there and everywhere I think people find it harder to find your posts.

It’s okay to say no. I have a terrible time saying no to people so I always end up taking on more stuff than I should. Recently I’ve learnt its not the end of the world if you say no to an author, there’s plenty of other bloggers out there!

Join Facebook or Twitter. Both have a fantastic community of bloggers that will make you feel like you’re not so alone.

Ignore the trolls. There’s be a huge hike in book blogger hate lately but don’t let them discourage you, your reviews are your opinions, if they don’t like that its their problem.

And lastly enjoy it!

Top five blogs you follow?

So this took me the longest to decide because I follow so many amazing bloggers, but here we go:

Jill – https://booksnall.blog/

Lauren – https://booksbeyondthestory.wordpress.com/

Kerrie – https://ilovedreadingthis.wordpress.com/

Sarah – http://bytheletterbookreviews.com/

Abby – http://annebonnybookreviews.com/

Who is LJ? Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

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My name is Lorna but most people call me LJ. I live in Liverpool with my son and partner. I became a book blogger to share my love of books and my blog On The Shelf Reviews has just hit the one year mark. I mainly review mystery/thrillers but the odd different genre does sneak in there occasionally! I’m also an unpublished writer (I post the odd short story on my blog too) and expert procrastinator.

Social media links

Twitter: @ljwrites85

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ljwrites85/?hl=en

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ljcassidy85

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/57968072-lj-on-the-shelf-reviews

Your blog details and link

On The Shelf Reviews – https://ontheshelfreviews.wordpress.com/

My thanks to LJ for taking part in #TopFiveThursday It’s much appreciated.

#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Beth at bibliobeth @bibliobeth1

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Today I’m thrilled to welcome awesome #BookBlogger Beth to the book review café. Before I share Beth’s #TopFiveThursday here’s a couple of reasons you should be following Beth’s blog if you aren’t already. Beth has been blogging for Five years, so she probably has one of the longest running blogs that I follow. Beth reads and reviews a wide genre of books so I’m always finding new authors and books to add to my reading pile (as if I need anymore 😂)

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

I’ve read some amazing books this year but the stand-out top five are (drum roll please!)

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (a re-read)

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

The Fireman by Joe Hill

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

Top five authors you think everyone should read?

Stephen King (I’m obsessed!)

Margaret Atwood

Sarah Perry

Eowyn Ivey

Sarah Hilary

Top five books you want to read before the year is out?

Oh gosh, there’s so many!

Melmoth – Sarah Perry

The Trauma Cleaner – Sarah Krasnostein

Block 46 – Johana Gustawsson

Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng

The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah

Top five tips you would give to new bloggers?

1.) Don’t stress about stats or followers.It’s not the be all and end all. I’ve found mine gradually increasing over the years so if you’re brand new and worrying about it – don’t! It will get better, I promise.2.) Use social media to your advantage. I post on a number of different places including WordPress, Twitter, Tumblr, Goodreads and my Facebook page.

3.) Interact with other bloggers. Comment on their posts or join in on conversations on Twitter. The blogging community is so wonderful, I’ve made some brilliant friends and you will be welcomed with open arms.

4.) If you’re not posting every day, don’t panic. Life gets in the way sometimes and it’s not always possible. Don’t beat yourself up about it and remember – your blog, your rules.

5.) Don’t look at other bloggers posts and think that your posts are awful in comparison. Everyone writes a review differently and as long as you’re being true to yourself and writing YOUR way, people will enjoy reading them.

Top five blogs you follow?

Can I please have six? I can’t choose five from these wonderful ladies! 😊 Ok just because you asked so nicely, but you actually only sent me five 😂😂🙈

Chrissi @ Chrissi Reads https://chrissireads.wordpress.com/

Janel @ Keeper Of Pages https://keeperofpages.wordpress.com/

Abby @ Anne Bonny Book Reviews https://annebonnybookreviews.com/

Eva @ Novel Deelights https://noveldeelights.com/about/

Steph @ Stephanie’s Novel Fiction https://stephsfictionandfamilylove.wordpress.com/

Who is Beth? Can you tell me a little about yourself?

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Hi, I’m Beth and I’m a (loud and proud) bookworm. I love reading anything and everything and am pretty much open to trying anything new although I do have a bit of a fear of “chick-lit.” I’ve loved reading all my life – my mum taught me to read before I went to kindergarten and I haven’t stopped since! I’ve gone through quite a few reading “stages” in my life. When I was younger, I loved Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton then I progressed as a young adult to devouring any Point Horror or Christopher Pike I could get my hands on but I also loved The Babysitters Club and Sweet Valley High. It was when I was a teenager that I first got introduced to Stephen King who is now one of my all-time favourite authors. The first book I read of his was IT and I’m not ashamed to say it scared the bejesus out of me! Then I went through a phase where all I would read was crime and thriller fiction, especially books by the wonderful Tess Gerritsen and Karin Slaughter, who remain firm favourites today. 

I’ve been blogging for five years now and I’m thoroughly enjoying meeting new people, going to literary events and finding gems of books that I wouldn’t normally pick up. Blogging has really expanded my horizons book wise and while I still love reading crime/thrillers I absolutely love contemporary and literary fiction and have a soft spot for YA fiction nurtured by one of my favourite people – my sister and fellow blogger Chrissi Reads. I use NetGalley and Book Bridgr like they were going out of fashion and love receiving books for review. (I think my postman hates me…) I have quite a relaxed review policy but it may take a while for me to get round to them due to my huge TBR list! Seriously, my bookshelves may collapse… but I love it.

Social media links

Twitter – @ bibliobeth1

Facebook– https://www.facebook.com/bibliobeth/?ref=bookmarks

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/bibliobeth/

Tumblr – https://bibliobethblog.tumblr.com/

My thanks to Beth for finding the time to participate in #TopFiveThursday, it’s much appreciated.

 

#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Yvonne at Me And My Books @yvonnembee

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Today I’m thrilled to have book blogger Yvonne pop by the book review café to share her #TopFiveThursday with me. Yvonne blogs over at https://vonnibee.wordpress.com/.  If you haven’t checked out Yvonne’s blog yet, it’s definitely one to take a look at, with a vast mix of book reviews I’m sure you will be adding books to your own TBR pile.

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Top Five Books you’ve read this year?

Johana Gustawsson – Keeper

Home at Honeysuckle Farm – Christie Barlow

Abel’s Revenge – Ross Greenwood

Hemlock Jones and the Angel of Death – Justin Carroll

Dear Mrs. Bird – A.J. Pearce

Oh please let me add more ☹ the book review café says no 😜

 

Top Five Authors  you think everyone should read?

I am going to change this slightly to the five authors books I would buy without reading the blurb 😊, for me this equates to the same thing that I think everyone should read.

Tony J Forder

Robert Crouch

David Lagercrantz

Philip Pulman

Tarn Richardson

I could easily add another 20-30 authors to this list, as well those from ,my first list.

Oh this is so hard to do, listing only five is so unfair. Can I do a top 50? 😊 Not a chance I’m afraid 😂

Top Five books you want to read before the year is out?

 Do you not realise I have over 500 books that I have and want to read lol

I am Pilgrim – Terry Hayes

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton

The rest of Ragnar Jonasson’s series ( I’ve only read Snowblind)

Bluebird, Bluebird  – Attica Locke ( I have had this on my shelf since last year and still haven’t got to it yet)

Sleeping Beauties – Stephen and Owen King (only just bought this one)

 

Top five tips you would give  to other bloggers?

Things I wish I knew when I started 😉

Don’t be afraid to engage with the blogging community. It took me a long time to find my confidence and when I finally started to connect with people I found a wonderful group of crazy book loving fanatics who made me feel very welcome. Have fun, have a laugh and enjoy.

Your blog is your chance to share your thoughts with other people. Be honest and constructive and if you didn’t like something in a book then then don’t be afraid to say why that was.

You are going to make mistakes, you will beat yourself up about it. But you know what, these things happen. They will happen again at some point. You will learn from your mistakes and there are always new ones to catch you out. Only a few days ago I wrongly attributed a tour organiser for a blog tour i was on, I was horrified and absolutely gutted, but the organiser was lovely and supportive. I changed what I could change as soon as she let me know. These things really do happen.

Don’t over commit and accept every book request that lands in your email box. Yes been there and have learnt that not all books are for me. If I have not enjoyed a book I always send an email back to the author with an apology that it didn’t work for me and wish them all the best.

Share carefully on Twitter.  Three times since starting my blog, I have found myself in Twitter jail. I am such a nice, kind and wonderful person’ ( yeah even I am laughing at this point)  and that I really to share book posts.

Top five blogs you follow?

Again I would love to add a whole load more than five, these are blogs that I look forward to reading each day. These bloggers read a good mix of books that are similar to ones I also like and I have found lots of new to me authors this way. These, along with many other and of course your own blog Lorraine, are responsible for my TBR mountain and YES I have bought books based on their reviews.

Eva at Novel Delights http://www.noveldeelights.com

Ronnie Turner http://ronnieturner.wordpress.com

Abby Slater http://annebonnybookreviews.com

Nicky https://thesecretlibrarysite.wordpress.com/

Emma at http://damppebbles.com

Who is Yvonne? Can you tell us a little about yourself?

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Up until the start of 2017 I had not really read mainstream or even newly released books. I had a couple of years reading classics, before that I would genre binge, horror, espionage, fantasy and after a while I would find them a little bit samey. I decided at the beginning of 2017 that I wanted something a bit more modern and up to date.  After a couple of months I discovered this fantastic world of blogging and book reviews, this was when Me and My Books was born. I have also discovered how behind I am on many series and new to me authors that have been publishing for many years. Blogging and tours are a brilliant way for me not to get stuck in one genre, I love to hop between many. That is when I have the time between working, gardening, art, studying, and photography in beautiful and sometimes sunny Cornwall.

A picture of me ermmm really does LOL here.  I admit to wanting to take a selfie with my two dogs Billy and Buster. That didn’t turn out too well so this is me 😊

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I am Yvonne ( Me and My Books)

https://vonnibee.wordpress.com

https://twitter.com/yvonnembee

https://www.facebook.com/meandmybooks24/

https://www.instagram.com/meandmybooks24/

My thanks to Yvonne for taking part in  #TopFiveThursday, it’s much appreciated. 

#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Jo at Josbookblog @tiny_ickle_jo

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It’s Thursday which means it’s time to share another #TopFiveThursday post with you all. Firstly I would like to say a huge thank you to all you awesome book bloggers who shares these posts, it means a lot to me and I’m sure the bloggers taking part appreciate all the shares and retweet’s.

Today I’m thrilled to welcome Jo to the book review café to share her #TopFiveThursday. Jo blogs over at the awesome https://josbookblog.co.uk/ if you haven’t checked out Jo’s blog I would recommend you do, her reviews cover an array of different books so if you are looking for your next read pop over and take a look. Anyway without further ado here’s Jo’s #TopFiveThursday……

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

I’ve selected by top five books that I’ve read and that have been published this year, but I have to say, even though it’s only May, there have been some excellent books published so far this year and narrowing it down to five was extremely difficult:

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The Darkness by Ragnar Jonasson

The Memory Chamber by Holly Cave

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

The Lido by Libby Page

 

 Top five authors you think everyone should read?

This is difficult – people have such different tastes, so I’ve just plumped for a few of my favourites!

David Mitchell (not ½ of Mitchell and Webb!)

Margaret Atwood

Terry Pratchett

Jeffery Deaver

Jasper Fforde

Top five books you want to read before the year is out?

Another tough one as there are several that I’m desperate to get hold of!

Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel

Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough

Early Riser by Jasper Fforde

Vengeful by V. E. Schwab

 Melmoth by Sarah Perry

 

Top five tips you would give to new bloggers?

Don’t worry about posting something every day, or with a certain frequency – if you have time, great.  If not, it doesn’t matter.  Most of us do this as a hobby around real life, and we’re all trying to fit blogging in against the multitude of demands on our time

Do it your way – we’re all different, and we all blog differently – experiment, find a style that works for you – if something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t

Don’t compare yourself to other blogs in terms of stats / followers etc.  It takes time to build up a blog – give it time to grow and develop

Be nice.  This might be in writing a review (constructive feedback is fine) or in interacting with the blogging / publishing community

Enjoy it!  As I said before, blogging is a hobby for most of us, so try not to let it add more stress into your life.  And if you need a break, take one – we’ve all done it!

Top five blogs you follow?

And lastly who is Jo? Can you tell us a bit about yourself?  

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I’m Jo, and I’ve been blogging for around 3 years now.  Honestly, I’ve no idea where the time has gone!

I’ve been an avid reader since I was a child, and have always had an inclination towards darker tales.  This started with a fascination for fairy tales when I was younger, and has developed into a love for post-apocalyptic / dystopian fiction now that I’m older – something that started when I read 1984 and Brave New World at A-level.

I also read a lot of crime, thrillers, literary fiction, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, horror… honestly, I’ll give most things a go!

Social media links

You can find me on Twitter @tiny_ickle_jo and I have joined Instagram (josbookblog), although I’ve never really managed to get into it.

You can find my blog at https://josbookblog.co.uk/

My thanks to Jo for taking part in #TopFiveThursday and for her fabulous post.

#BookBloggers wanted for #TopFiveThursday

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I ran a popular feature Way back in 2016 called #TopFiveThursday which is all about book bloggers. I’m thinking of bringing it back, as there are so many new or shy bloggers who haven’t been featured. So I was wondering if there were any bloggers who would like to take part?

Here’s a link so you can see what it’s about.   https://thebookreviewcafe.com/topfivethursday-bookblogger-index/

If you are interested please let me know either by contacting me via the contact form on my home page or DM me on Twitter I can be found at @reviewcafe

Many thanks Lorraine

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#Bookblogger news The London Book Fair launches UK Book Blog Awards @LondonBookFair

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Firstly apologises for the late share unfortunately I took the week off from blogging for personal reasons.

In case you’ve missed this I thought I would share some exciting book news with you. The London Book Fair is launching The UK Book Blog Awards so get nominating for your favourite #Bloggers #Bookstagrammer or #Booktuber now! This isn’t a plea for votes as there are so many amazing book bloggers out there who deserve this award that I haven’t got a hells chance of being included, but I would love to see some of my favourite book bloggers get nominated so make sure you vote. 

The London Book Fair launches inaugural
UK Book Blog Awards

The hunt to find the most influential
book bloggers, bookstagrammers and booktubers is on

London, 14 February 2017: The London Book Fair (LBF) is delighted to announce the launch of the first ever UK Book Blog Awards @ LBF – a new initiative designed to celebrate social media influencers and their important contribution to the book industry.

A new feature for LBF 2018, this will be the first time this community has been officially recognised and rewarded by the British publishing industry.

Bloggers, social media influencers, members of the publishing industry, and the general public are invited to nominate the best book blogs, bookstagrammers and booktubers across three categories:

· Book Blogger of the Year
· Bookstagrammer of the Year
· BookTuber of the Year

Once the shortlist has been revealed, a panel of judges will select one winner in each category, who will be honoured at a special awards ceremony at The London Book Fair. In addition, the Fair will introduce new seminars and networking events aimed at bringing the social media influencer community closer to the publishing world.

Jacks Thomas, Director at The London Book Fair commented: “Book bloggers are an increasingly important part of the book world. Their passion for authors, genres and books is integral in reaching new audiences. We’re really excited to be launching the inaugural UK Book Blog Awards @ LBF and recognising the crucial role social influencers play in the promotion of books.”

The awards are open to any blogger, YouTuber or Instagrammer that features books published in the UK and/or UK authors. To put forward a nomination, or to nominate your own blog/Instagram account/YouTube channel visit: www.londonbookfair.co.uk/UKBookBlogAwards

For further information please contact Edwina Boyd-Gibbins at Midas Public Relations on 0207 361 7860 edwina.boyd-gibbins@midaspr.co.uk

www.londonbookfair.co.uk

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