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What’s on your bookshelf? With #BookBlogger Jen at jenmedsbookreviews @JenMedBkReviews


Whohoo it’s Wednesday so not only is it #HumpDay but it’s also time to have a peek around another book bloggers  bookshelves. Today I’m thrilled to welcome one of my very favourite bloggers on the planet Jen who blogs over at jenmedsbookreviews.com. If you haven’t checked out Jen’s  blog yet it’s a MUST, especially if you are a lover of crime thrillers. Now over to Jen……….

How many bookcases do you have?

7 of varying heights dotted around the house. That’s not including my massive Kindle bookshelf. But I need more. I’m double stacking now …


Approximately how many books are on your book case?

Each one? Or total …? 450+ unsigned and 300+ signed. The 700 unread (1269 total) on kindle don’t count right? (Eek)

What genre does your bookcase mainly comprise of?


Crime, crime and more crime. Anything that comes under that generally unspecific genre heading so mystery, thriller, action, procedural, psychological etc. There are some rom coms and a few humour books, maybe a couple of dozen reference books which I haven’t counted here, but they are all well hidden and surrounded by murder etc.

Which book on your bookcase are you desperate to read?

Right now? Physical book wise it’s a tie between The Art of Dying by Ambrose Parry and Nine Elms by Robert Bryndza. E-book wise, probably Mark Hill’s The Bad Place, closely followed by End Game by Daniel Cole


Which book has been sat on your bookcase the longest?

and you haven’t yet got around to reading? Probably The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo. I had all good intentions when I bought the book as a teenager until I realised that life, much like my good self, is far too short. So I cheated and watched the Disney cartoon instead. That’s kind of the same thing right?


Which books are you desperate to add to your bookcase over the next few months?

So, so many. I have pre-orders which take me up to December 2020 … Aside from the ARCs I already have and will be converting to kindle copies when released, I’m looking forward toThe Family by Louise Jensen, Poison Ink by Alison Belsham (I need a signed copy to go with The Tattoo Thief, obvs) and Dead Wrong by Noelle Holten. Really looking forward to seeing where she is taking the series. Other than that I’m trying not to take life too seriously and playing it by ear and by recommendation. Aside from the 30 pre-orders I have in

If you could only keep one book from your bookcase, which one would you choose? And why?

Just one? Really? The complete works of someone who has written a hell of a lot of books? No? Okay then. The Sun Also Risesby Ernest Hemingway. This was one of few the books I read at school which really stuck with me because of the imagery (even if the bull fighting is barbaric), the conflict and the complexity of the relationship between Brett and Jake. The writing style is superb, sparse and yet expansive at the same time, creating such a vivid setting and all engaging characters. Plus he sparked my love for American literature (which led to a rather useless American Studies degree …) I think the book has one of the finest closing segments in any book, where Brett and Jake finally give up on any chance of being together. It encapsulates the whole essence of the book – the dreamer v the realist.

“Oh, Jake,” Brett said, “we could have had such a damned good time together.”

Ahead was a mounted policeman in khaki directing traffic. He raised his baton. The car slowed suddenly pressing Brett against me.

“Yes,” I said. “Isn’t it pretty to think so?”

Plus he’s a fellow cancerian so he can’t be all bad.


Last question if you could have one author come to your house to borrow a book who would it be and why?

Cripes. Not sure I’d like that. Would I have to vaccum? If they need to be breathing then possibly Stephen King. One, because he was such an influence on my childhood reading habits and, two, because I’d love to know what he really thinks of some of the books he’s been quoted on 😉 Of all time and not currently breathing (though I’d prefer we could rewind to a time when they) then Ernest Hemingway. I just think he would be fascinating to talk to with the life that he led, and again, a big influence on me as a reader in my formative years. And I’d love to know what he would make of the modern publishing world.

About Jen

I am a nearly mid-forties recovering Transport Manager. I now live a much less stressful life managing contracts for an Engineering company, which gives me a lot more time to read and attend book events. Bliss. I am very much ruled by my two moggies Luna and Rory and what they say (meow) goes.

I started blogging in 2016 after having attended CrimeFest in Bristol and foolishly thinking that I might be able to give this blogging malarkey a go. Three years on and I haven’t been called out as a fraud yet so must be doing something right. When not reading I can be found out walking (pretending to get fit), listening to music or heading off to the theatre. Failing that, find yourself a Crime Literature Festival and I may well be lurking there somewhere …

Blog: jenmedsbookreviews.com

Twitter: JenMedBkReviews

Facebook: Jen Med’s Book Reviews

Instagram: The Rambling Reviewer

My thanks to Jen for taking part in What’s on your bookshelf ? and for the photos from her personal collection.

If you are a book blogger and would like to take part in this feature, the more the merrier as I’m hoping to make it a long running feature. Please email me at thebookreviewcafe.mail.com.


What’s on your bookshelf ? With #BookBlogger Joanne at Portobellobookblog @portybelle



Whohoo time for another book blogger to take part in What’s On Your BookShelf ? Today it’s Joanne’s turn, she blogs over at https://portobellobookblog.com/  and I would highly recommended you check out Joanne’s blog if you haven’t already. So without further ado shall we have a nosy around Joanne’s bookcases?

Hi Joanne How many bookcases do you have?

We had a big clear out a couple of years back when we rearranged and redecorated our bedroom. We got rid of two huge bookcases. Despite this, I reckon there are at least eight bookcases I around the house – and I may just have ordered another this evening. But to be fair, it’s to replace a very cheap one! 

Approximately how many books are on your book case?

Oh dear, I’m frightened to count! I just had a wander round and at a rough guess, I’d say there ae around 500 books on the book cases. And if the piles of books beside the bed and in my wardrobe are to be counted too, you can probably add another 50 at least!

What genre does your bookcase mainly comprise of?

I’d say mine consist mostly of contemporary fiction although there are a lot of political, spy or war related thrillers which my husband likes.


Which book on your bookcase are you desperate to read?

I have quite a few coming up I am very keen to read but there are others I’m committed to first. Not that I don’t want to read the ones I’m committed to or I wouldn’t have agreed to review them. I am really looking forward to reading The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing by Mary Paulson-Ellis, The Photographer of the Lost by Caroline Scott and Dead Stock by Rachel Ward.

Which book has been sat on your bookcase the longest and you haven’t yet got around to reading?

There are a lot I haven’t read but one which has been there a while is South by Ernest Shackleton. I think he is a fascinating man and loved the tv miniseries about his epic adventure starring Kenneth Branagh. Quite like Shackleton whisky but that’s another story entirely! One day, I’ll get around to reading the book.


Which books are you desperate to add to your bookcase over the next few months?

Miranda Dickenson’s The Day We Meet Again, Cecelia Ahern’s Postscript and Jojo Moyes’ The Giver of Stars.

If you could only keep one book from your bookcase, which one would you choose? And why?

Oh that’s a really hard and quite cruel question actually! I think I’d choose Sebastian Faulks Birdsong which is what I usually say is my favourite book if pushed. I think it is a vivid evocation of the horrors of the First World War with a beautiful, passionate love story at its heart. Difficult to mix the two but I think the author manages it with this novel. I read it at a time when I was researching my family history including a great uncle who died in the First World War and a lot of the places where I know he was fighting are settings in this book. I had also been to visit the area so could easily imagine where the characters were.


Last question if you could have one author come to your house to borrow a book who would it be and why?

I’d like to invite Patrick Gale as I absolutely adore his books. I’d love to have a chat with him as I’ve heard him a couple of times at book festival events and even got to meet him last year at the Edinburgh book festival. He is fascinating to listen to.

About Joanne


I can’t remember not being a reader and always have at least one book on the go. I started my blog, Portobello Book Blog, in April 2015 to share my love of the books I was reading and it’s been great fun. I’m a busy wife and mum to two lovely girls, an avid book reader of course, a nature watcher, a keen cook and baker, always on the go and I love living by the sea.

Blog – https://www.portobellobookblog.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/portobellobookblog/

Twitter and Instagram – @portybelle

My thanks to Joanne for taking part in What’s on your bookshelf ? and for the photos from her personal collection.

If you are a book blogger and would like to take part in this feature, the more the merrier as I’m hoping to make it a long running feature. Please email me at thebookreviewcafe.mail.com

Thank you 

#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Katie at Katie’s Book Cave @katiejones88

Today I’m thrilled to welcome book blogger Katie who blogs over at Katiesbookcave It’s Katie’s turn to answer those pesky #TopFiveThursday questions.
Katie reviews a wide range of genres on her blog  including varied –  psychological thrillers, chick lit, romance, some fantasy, and historical fiction. If you haven’t already checked out her blog it’s definitely worth a look, and I’m sure after reading some of her reviews you will find even more books to add to the huge TBR pile, sorry not sorry 😂
Top five books you’ve read so far this year?
1. Beneath an Indian Sky – Renita D’Silva
2. White is the Coldest Colour – John Nicholl
3. We Were the Salt of the Sea – Roxanne Bouchard
4. The Holiday Cottage by the Sea – Holly Martin
5. Nothing Bad Happens Here – Nikki Crutchley
Wow that was hard!


Top five authors you think everyone should read? 

1. John Nicholl
2. Renita D’Silva
3. Emma Tallon
4. Harriet Evans
5. Tasmina Perry
Top five books you want to read before the year is out?
1. You Were Made for This – Michelle Sacks
2. The Craftsman – Sharon Bolton
3. The Tall Man – Phoebe Locke
4. The Date – Louise Jenson
5. The Secret – KL Slater


 Top five tips you would give to new book bloggers?

1. Don’t be afraid to say no – don’t say yes to every book request that comes your way. I only agree to ones I would have bought myself if I wasn’t blogging.
2. Make sure you leave enough time to read and draft your post before you publish it. This is especially true for blog tours and blitzes.
3. If you’re struggling with a book – talk to the publisher or tour host, they will understand that not everyone will love the book. Although that leads on to my next tip…
4. Only review books you have an inclining that you will enjoy. Yes it’s good to try new authors and genres but if you absolutely hate sci-fi for example, don’t agree to review a sci-fi book.
5. Make friends, your fellow bloggers love new faces to speak to and have new recommendations. Everyone is so friendly so don’t be afraid to like and share other people’s blogs. You’re not in competition with each other!
Top five blogs you follow?
Who is Katie? Can you tell us a bit about yourself? 
I’m Katie, I’m 29 and by day I’m a support worker for adults with learning disabilities but my night I’m a bookworm/book blogger! I live in Nottinghamshire so don’t be afraid to say hi if you see me around!
I’ve always loved to read and I was always envious of people’s book blogs. Luckily my partner helped set mine up in January 2018 and I’m so glad he helped me! The past 6 months have been amazing and I have loved every second of being a blogger, especially since my blog was nominated in the best newcomer category at this years Bloggers Bash (thank you everyone!)
When I’m not reading, you’ll find me travelling, in bookstores, drinking wine, watching Netflix and generally being outside in nature.
Social media:
Twitter: @katiejones88
Instagram: @katiesbookcavereviews
My blog:
Katie’s Book Cave
My thanks to Katie for taking part in #TopFiveThursday

#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Janet Lambert at beadyjansbooks @Beadyjan


Today I’m thrilled to bring back #TopFiveThursday, I loved running this feature and learning more about my fellow book bloggers. So I decided to revive it after I had such a positive and overwhelming response from the Book Blogger community. I hope you enjoy reading these posts as much as I do.

A warm welcome to the lovely Janet Lambert who is the first to share her #TopFiveThursday with me. Jan blogs over at https://beadyjansbooks.blogspot.co.uk/.

I you haven’t checked out Jan’s awesome blog yet you should, She reviews mostly literary, historical fiction and psychological thrillers. Enough from me here’s Jan’s #TopFiveThursday……..


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

Oh there have been some great ones already But depending when this is published I will probably have discovered even more by then.

The Storykeeper – Anna Mazzola a haunting historical mystery set amidst the myths and legends on the Isle of Skye

Salt Creek – Lucy Treloar a wonderful and haunting tale of a family settling in remote Australia

Walls of silence- Ruth Wade an enigmatic historical mystery with a real gut punch of a twist

The Old You – Louise Voss a tense and twisty Domestic Noir thriller, Home

Home- Amanda Berriman a wonderful book narrated by 4 year old Jesika.

Top five authors you think everyone should read?

Sarah Waters

Karen Maitland

Joanna Cannon

Michel Faber

and last but not least Barbara Copperthwaite who writes the twisty thrillers I’d have written if I was clever enough.

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

I’m longing to get hold of:

Once upon a river by Diane Setterfield who wrote the thirteenth tale. The Corset by Laura Purcell, Author of the Silent Companions which was great, and already on my tbr and clamouring to be read soon is the new book by Medieval marvel Karen Maitland – A Gathering of Ghosts.

I must find the time to start reading The Collector by Fiona Cummins which is the sequel to rattle which was an amazing book and I’m very eagerly awaiting publication of the forthcoming book the Seven Sisters by Neil Gaiman which I understand is a companion to the wonderful Neverwhere.

**note some cover images not available yet**

Top five tips you would give to new bloggers? 

Don’t do it if you’re just “in it for the freebies” Nuff said.

Don’t be frightened to be very choosy about what you read and review, a discerning blogger is far more credible than one who accepts any random title regardless of whether they relate to it in any way.

Give Indie publishers and debut authors a chance it’s a great way to support and discover new talent

Use social media diligently and regularly to connect and interact with fellow book lovers

Just go for it!

Top five blogs you follow?

This is difficult as there are so many I follow I can barely eep up with them all. First and foremost are the blogs of 2 of my oldest (well they’re not old they’re younger than me) blogging friends whose help and encouragement set me on the way to Blogland and whose support helps keep me there


http://randomthingsthroughmyletterbox.blogspot.co.uk/ Others include 




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


I was an only child, taught to read at the age of 3 by my Mum (to keep me occupied and out of her hair). When I left school I worked as a library assistant for 6 years, then went on to work at WH Smiths wholesale as a bookseller then as an Area Book sales Rep for Heinemann library selling books to school libraries.  I now work part time, sadly, no longer working with books, as a spinal condition means I have difficulty bending and lifting, so I have more time to indulge my passions of reading (of course), beading and sewing. I loathe cold weather and we have recently bought our own little place in the sun, a static holiday home on a small holiday park near Malaga, which is the perfect retreat for reading and writing blog posts and I’ve started a little blog about this too which can be seen at http://casamiamalaga.blogspot.co.uk/

Social media links:

This is my book blog where I post reviews of books I’ve enjoyed and the occasional blog tour I take part in.  https://beadyjansbooks.blogspot.co.uk   On Twitter I am @Beadyjan and my Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/beadyjansbooks/

My thanks to Jan for her post and for being part of #TopFiveThursday.