#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Nicki at Secretlibary @Nicki_Mags

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Today I’m thrilled to have book blogger  Nicki answer those pesky #TopFiveThursday questions. Nikki blogs over at the awesome https://thesecretlibrarysite.wordpress.com/. I love Nikki’s blog as she reviews a wide range of books, so I’m always finding books I haven’t considered reading,  added to my overwhelming TBR pile. I also love her profile photo so different and highly original, it always puts a smile on my face. You can check it out further down the post.

Top 5 books you read in 2016?

Only 5?

Touch by Claire North
I Found You by Lisa Jewell
Breaking Dead by Corrie Jackson
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
A Mother’s Confession by Kelly Rimmer

Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?

Lisa Jewell I’ve enjoyed her books for years and they’re getting better, if that’s possible?

Eva Dolan is seriously underrated in the crime genre and should have lots more exposure for her Zigic & Ferreira series

Margaret James is a new author I’ve recently discovered on Twitter and also deserves more readers for her wonderful Charton Minster series.

Lucretia Grindle is another author who doesn’t get much recognition.

Nicky Pellegrino is another author I’d recommend for her women’s fiction set in Italy and the UK. They’re perfect books if you’re in need of a comfort read with sunshine and mouth watering descriptions of Italian food. 😊

Top 5 books you want to read in 2017?

The Lighterman (Charles Holbourne #3) by Simon Michael
Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
The Returning Tide by Liz Fenwick
The Sewing machine by Natalie Fergie
Girl in Red Velvet by Margaret James

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

Do it for yourself and then there’s less pressure on you

Join in with the community by following, commenting and sharing

Go easy on NetGalley I made this mistake and have now gone off ebooks but still need to read and review them :/

Set up social media accounts for your blog, it’s great fun

Post regularly or people will forget who you are

Top 5 book blogs you follow?

Dannielle at http://booksvertigoandtea.com
Inge at http://thebelgianreviewer.wordpress.com
Zuky at https://bookbum.co.uk
Yvo at https://melovebooks.wordpress.com
Drew at http://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress.com

IMG_2620.JPGI’m Nicki a 40 something wife and mother to a 16 year old son. I live on the beautiful island of Jersey where we only have a Waterstones bookshop and a WHSmith to buy books from. Fortunately we have a fantastic library service over here and all the charity shops sell second hand books too. Twice a year the local guide Dogs for the Blind charity have their second hand book sales which raise thousands of pounds each time. I’m also a member of postcrossings a site where you send and receive postcards to random strangers around the world.

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you can follow Nicki at……..

 

https://thesecretlibrarysite. wordpress.com/

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https://www.facebook.com/ SecretLibraryBlog/

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https://twitter.com/Nicki_Mags

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I’m sorry to say but #TopFiveThursday is coming to an end, I’m running out of bloggers to feature. I can’t believe how well this feature took off, it’s been running for over a year now, and always receives so many positive comments. From my point of view I’ve loved doing these posts I’m always amazed by the varied books and authors that bloggers suggest, we all have such different tastes, which make ever book blogger unique.

I’ve also had numerous messages from new bloggers who have find the tips for new bloggers enormously helpful. I know I’m waffling here but I have to say a huge and heartfelt THANK YOU to all the bloggers who took part, for the likes and shares and for sharing your love of books with me, as Tina Turner once sang “you’re simply the best” x 

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#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Jacob at jacobreviewsbooks @collinsjacob115

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Today I’m thrilled to have Book Blogger Jacob answer my #TopFiveThursday questions. I have been running this feature for over a year now and it’s been dominated by mostly female bloggers, I think the men who blog must either hate this feature or they are very shy 😂😂

Jacob blogs over at http://jacob-reviews-books.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1  Jacob mainly reviews crime and psychological thriller novels, but again he’s another bloggers whose reviews I always enjoy reading,  and who knows one day I might be writing a review for Jacob’s book as he is writing a crime thriller. If you haven’t already checked out Jacob’s blog it’s one I would highly recommend, so don’t forget to click on the link to his blog I can guarantee you will find plenty of books to add to your TBR pile.

Top 5 books you read in 2016?

Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker
Watching Edie by Camilla Way
Two O’clock Boy by Mark Hill

 

Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?

Erin Kelly
Sarah Hilary
Angela Marsons
Jane Casey
M. J. Arlidge

Top 5 books you want to read in 2017

Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner
My Sisters Bones by Nuala Ellwood
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
Wrong Place by Michelle Davies

Top 5 blogging tips that you would give to new bloggers?
I think it’s important to give honest reviews when you a providing feedback for a book that you have read, it can be easy to always say that a book is great but in my experience, constructive criticism is always appreciated.

I also think that it is important to join social media. If you have a Twitter or Facebook account for your blog it is a great way of connecting with different bloggers, authors and publishers. The blogging community is really friendly and it is a great community to be part of.

Try not to take too much on at once. When I first joined up with Netgalley I found it impossible to ignore the tempting request button whenever a new promotion email popped up in my inbox. I have started to feel the pressure because of this.

It’s a good idea to keep to a schedule when you are preparing your blog posts, especially for books that haven’t been published yet and if you are taking part in any blog tours. This will help you to prioritise what you have to read.

And most importantly enjoy it; there is nothing more satisfying when someone has bought a book based on your recommendation that is, for me, the main joy of book blogging.

Top 5 book blogs you follow

Off-the-Shelf Books http://off-the-shelfbooks.blogspot.co.uk/

Joy Kluver
https://joykluver.wordpress.com/

My Chestnut Reading Tree
https://mychestnutreadingtree.wordpress.com/

Cleopatra Loves Books
https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/

Jen Med’s Book Reviews
https://jenmedsbookreviews.com/

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My name is Jacob, I am 21 and I have been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. I have always wanted to be an author and I am currently working on my own crime novel, I started writing when I was eleven. Recently I have discovered a true passion for crime and thriller novels, it is a genre that I don’t think will ever have its day as writers are always coming up with ingenious new storylines and twists.
I set up my book blog in June 2016, I review crime and psychological thriller novels. I also take part in blog tours and occasionally hosts book giveaways.

Follow links:

Blog: http://jacob-reviews-books.blogspot.co.uk/
Twitter: @collinsjacob115
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hookedfrompage1/?ref=bookmarks

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My thanks to Jacob for agreeing to take time out of his busy schedule to answer #TopFiveThursday.

#TopFiveThursday With #BookBlogger Steph aka Stephbookblog @sjroth21

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After an unfortunate “cock up” on my part I’m thrilled to finally feature fabulous book blogger Steph on my #TopFiveThursday. Steph blogs over at https://stephbookblog.wordpress.com/ and reads and reviews a wide range of books, and I always find another book to add to my TBR pile when I read Steph’s reviews. If you haven’t already Visited Steph’s blog, I would highly recommend you pop over there and take a look, you won’t be sorry.

Top 5 books you read in 2016?

The Finding Of Martha Lost by Caroline Wallace
No Man’s Land by Simon Tolkien
The Last Night by Cesca Major
In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings
The Mountain in My Shoe by Louise Beech

Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?

Louise Beech
Eva Dolan
Stephen King
Claire McGowan
Peter James

Top 5 books you want to read in 2017?

The Child by Fiona Barton
The Upstairs Room by Kate Murray Brown
Shelter by Sarah Franklin
Did You See Melody? by Sophie Hannah
The Companion by Sarah Dunnakey

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

Enjoy It

Don’t worry about posting something each day, it’s a hobby, not a job.

Don’t feel guilty if you don’t have the time to share or thank everybody who shares your posts. It’s time consuming. I try to do it but there will always be somebody I miss.

Don’t promise to do something that you won’t have the time to do.

Use the hashtag.

Top 5 book blogs you follow?

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

Anne at http://randomthingsthroughmyletterbox.blogspot.co.uk/

Emma at http://damppebbles.com/

Victoria at http://off-the-shelfbooks.blogspot.co.uk/

Kate at https://bibliophilebookclub.com/

IMG_2453 I have been blogging now for about two years. I’ve always enjoyed reading and started off cataloging and reviewing on goodreads. With help from my husband I eventually set up my
blog.
I live with my husband and a daft budgie in Lancashire and work in retail part time. When I’m not reading I love to walk and occasionally look for geocaches. I also enjoy bird watching, mainly in the garden.

https://stephsbookblog.com/

Twitter: @sjroth21

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My thanks to Steph for taking the time to answer #TopFiveThursday and for being so kind and understanding when I messed up on the original post 😘😘

 

#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Katherine Sunderland aka Bibliomaniacuk @KatherineSunde3

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Today I’m thrilled to have awesome #BookBlogger Katherine answer those pesky #TopFiveThursday questions. Katherine blogs over at https://bibliomaniacuk.blogspot.co.uk and I just love Katherine’s blog and reviews they are always full of heart and passion. I always look out for her latest reviews as they are such a pleasure to read.  In 2017 Katherine launched a virtual Bibliomaniac’s Book Club which is a monthly blog post. If you haven’t checked out Katherine’s blog you really should and I’m sure you will love it as much as I do.

Top 5 books you read in 2016?

Carys Bray – The Museum of You
Caroline Wallace – The Finding of Martha Lost
Claire Fuller – Swimming Lessons
Claire King – The Night Rainbow
Nuala Ellwood – My Sister’s Bones

Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?

Really? Just 5??? So mean….. !!

Leslie Allen – The Lonely Life of Biddy Weir
C L Taylor – The Escape (or any of hers!)
Daphne Du Maurier – Rebecca / My Cousin Rachel
Wilkie Collins – The Woman in White
John Steinbeck – Of Mice and Men / East of Eden

Top 5 books you want to read in 2017?

Isabel Ashdown – Little Sister
Eloise Harper – The Binding Song
Angela Clarke –Trust Me
Chris Whitaker – All the Wicked Girls
Sam Carrington – Bad Sister

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

Keep a separate diary with the dates of blog tours, publication dates of any arcs you’re reading and anything else to do with your blog – this will also help you manage your TBR pile (or not!!)

If you use Twitter, add a ‘pinned tweet’ with your latest blog post and– it’s a great way for people to return a retweet and for you to promote a particular post

Try to ignore statistics about followers and views– they are fickle and distracting

Ask to join some of the book blogger Facebook pages – they are such a source of inspiration, support, friendship and a fountain of knowledge to all those questions we all have!

Always be respectful about the books you review even when it’s not your cup of tea. Someone has poured their heart and soul into those pages and writing a novel is so much harder than it looks!

Top 5 book blogs you follow?

Cleo at http://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com

Linda at http://www.lindasbookbag.com

Mairead at http://swirlandthread.com

Kaisha at https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.com

Emma at http://damppebbles.com

IMG_2399My name is Katherine Sunderland and I am a bibliomaniac! I love books – reading them, reviewing them and talking about them!

In January 2016 I started my blog, https://bibliomaniacuk.blogspot.co.uk where I share my book reviews, guest posts, author interviews and blog tour posts.

I run Bibliomaniac events in a lovely pub in the town where I live. Authors come along and chat about their books; people have a chance to buy the books, enjoy a drink, win prizes in a raffle and mingle with the authors.

In 2017 I launched a virtual Bibliomaniac’s Book Club which is a monthly blog post with a paperweight choice and a paperlight choice depending on the kind of thing your group is looking for. I provide questions, discussion topics and lots of other things to help kick start any book group’s book chat.

I now have a website too https://www.bibliomaniacuk.co.uk so you can catch up with a weekly update of my current reads, buy tickets for my events and catch up with any interviews or blog tour posts you may have missed!

You can follow me on:

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https://twitter.com/katherinesunde3?lang=en

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https://www.facebook.com/katherine.sunderland.14

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https://www.instagram.com/bibliomaniacuk1

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#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Tracy Fenton aka compulsivereaders @Tr4cyF3nt0n

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Today I’m thrilled to have Tracy Fenton pop by the book review café to answer those dreaded #TopFiveThursday questions. Tracy blogs over at http://www.compulsivereaders.co.uk although her blog is fairly new there isn’t much that Tracy doesn’t know about books she’s the founder of The Book Club on Facebook which has over 7,000 members including authors. 

Tracy mostly reviews crime and psychological thrillers, her reviews are short and to the point (you won’t find any ramblings here, unlike my own reviews😂😂)  Tracy also runs a popular feature called Behind The Blogger so I would definitely recommend you take a look at her blog.

Top 5 books you read in 2016?

Behind Her Eyes – Sarah Pinborough
Her Husband’s Lover – Julia Crouch
Nina is Not OK – Shappi Khorsandi
Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult
A Mother’s Confession – Kelly Rimmer

Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?

Tammy Cohen
Louise Beech
John Marrs
Rowan Coleman
Charity Norman

Top 5 books you want to read in 2017?

See What I Have Done – Sarah Schmidt
The Power – Naomi Alderman
The Fact of a Body – Alexandra Marzano-Lesnevich
The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
Skin Deep – Liz Nugent

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

Never ever give away spoilers in your review.

Always be honest in your reviews.

Don’t be afraid to say NO to an author or publisher if you can’t read the book or don’t fancy it.

Do it for yourself, and enjoy it. If it gets too much or you stop enjoying it or feel under pressure take a step back.

Keep your blog fresh and original and make it fun for your followers.

Top 5 book blogs you follow?

Joanne at https://mychestnutreadingtree.wordpress.com

Sharon at https://chapterinmylife.wordpress.com/

Gemma at https://gemmasbookreviews.wordpress.com/

Sarah at https://bytheletterbookreviews.wordpress.com/

Kristopher at http://bolobooks.com/

IMG_2230I live in Bushey, Hertfordshire with my husband Jason (patience of a saint and non-reader), my 2 boys Jack and Ben (aged 17 and 14) and my 11 year old diabetic bichon Charlie. I have a full time job working with hubby running our Office Furniture & Commercial Design company, Plan-It Interiors.

I have always been an avid reader, during my teens I read mainly chick-lit and rom-com and once married started reading true crime and police procedural books. In my late 30’s I started reading psychological thrillers and now I am addicted to them.

There is nothing more rewarding than recommending a book to someone and they love it as much as I do.

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

#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger #GuestReviewer at crimebookjunkie @claireKreads

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Today on #TopFiveThursday I have awesome book blogger Claire Knight. In case you didn’t know, Claire guest reviews over at the fabulous https://www.crimebookjunkie.co.uk. I never think of Claire as a guest reviewer to me she’s a book blogger, Claire’s also an important and much loved part of the blogger community.

Claire mostly reads and reviews crime and psychological thrillers and I love reading her honest reviews. I’m sure you already follow her and the lovely Noelle over at crimebookjunkie whose #TopFivePost you can read here in case you missed it. #TopFiveThursday with crimebookjunkie

Top 5 books you read in 2016?

So so hard!!! Apologies for anyone I missed, I read some fantabulous books in 2016….

My Girl by Jack Jordan
The first three Erika Foster books by Robert Bryndza – I read all three last year and it’s hard to pick one!
I Know Your Secret by Graham Smith
In The Shadows by Tara Lyons
The Beautiful Dead by Belinda Bauer

Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?
Another toughie as there are loads out there!!

Graham Smith
Robert Bryndza
Mel Comley
Mel Sherratt in both her guises
Mark Edwards (the real one who works with Louise Voss, not the other one)

Top 5 books you want to read in 2017?

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips
The Pinocchio Brief by Abi Silver
Give Me The Child by Mel McGrath
Friend Request by Laura Marshall
Past Echoes by Graham Smith – I won a prize to be a character so I can’t wait to see what happens to me!!

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

Don’t be afraid to say no. I’ve learnt the hard way and I still find it hard to say no to certain people, books or publishers…

Less is more with Netgalley. Don’t go mad when you first join. Build up your review percentage and try to maintain it.

If you don’t enjoy a book, there is nothing wrong with putting it down and starting something new. There are too many other books out there to be read!

Embrace the blogging community, we don’t bite and we’re all supportive of each other!

Be honest with your reviews, they’re your reviews, your opinion, no one else’s.

Top 5 book blogs you follow?

Other than the fabulous #blogsquad (Bibliophilebookclub, ChellesBookReviews, relaxandreadreviews, bytheletterbookreviews and Bestcrimebooksandmore)

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

Donna at  https://chocolatenwaffles.com/

Emma at  https://damppebbles.com/

Jen at  https://jenmedsbookreviews.com/

Sharon at  https://chapterinmylife.wordpress.com/

IMG_2231I’ve loved books as long as I can remember. Other than the slight detour into chick lit in my 20s, I’ve mainly read crime fiction starting with the Enid Blyton classics of the Famous Five and the Secret Seven.

I’ve been guest reviewing for Noelle and Crimebookjunkie for a year and a half (ish) and this opportunity has introduced me to so many fantastic authors. I fit my reading in around my work life in a specialised department of a pensions administration company and home which I share with my husband and two gorgeous little boys (I’m not biased at all).

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#TopFiveThursday With #BookBlogger Dee aka noveldeelights @BookaholicDee

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

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

Top 5 books you read in 2016?

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

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

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

Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?

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

Top 5 books you want to read in 2017?

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

Top 5 blogging tips you would give to new bloggers?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oh, good grief.

Cleo @ https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com

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

Emma @ https://damppebbles.com

Renee @ https://itsbooktalk.com

Mairead @ https://swirlandthread.com

Jen @ https://jenmedsbookreviews.com/

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

Donna @ https://chocolatenwaffles.com

Janel @ https://keeperofpages.com

Laura @ https://snazzybooks.com

Kate @ https://thequietknitter.com

Noelle @ https://crimebookjunkie.co.uk

Abbie @ http://www.bloominbrilliantbooks.com 

Kate @ https://bibliomaniacuk.blogspot.

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

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

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

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

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Links:

Blog : https://noveldeelights.com

Twitter : https://twitter.com/BookaholicDee

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

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

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

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