#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Claire aka Brizzlelassbooks

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

Top 5 books you read in 2016?

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

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

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

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

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

Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?

Jen Williams

Robin Hobb

Anne Rice

Margaret Atwood

Joanne Harris

Top 5 books you want to read in 2017?

Skull Sworn by Brian Staveley

A Gathering of Ravens by Scott Oden

Raising Fire by James Bennett

Blood Upon the Sand by Bradley Beaulieu

Way Down Dark by J P Smythe

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

Don’t overcomplicate it, especially at first

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

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

Enjoy yourself.

If it becomes a chore take a break.

Top 5 book blogs you follow?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Links:     Twitter      Goodreads     Instagram     Facebook     Google +

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

#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Renee aka Itsbooktalk

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

Top 5 Books you read in 2016?

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

Daisy In Chains by Sharon Bolton

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

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

The Trespasser by Tana French

The River at Night by Erica Ferencik

Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?

Sharon Bolton

Dennis Lehane

John Hart

David Nicholls

Lisa Gardner

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

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

Since We Fell By Dennis Lehane

Round Midnight by Laura McBride

Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton

Sirens by Joseph Knox

The Green Mile By Stephen King

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

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

Become comfortable with social media, especially Twitter

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

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

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

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

Top 5 blogs you follow?

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

Amy at https://novelgossip.com

Janel at https://keeperofpages.wordpress.com

Annie at https://themisstery.com

Sam at https://cluesandreviews.wordpress.com

Chelsea at https://thesuspenseisthrillingme.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Jessica aka JessicasReadingRoom

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

Top 5 books you read in 2016?

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

Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Top 5 book blogs you follow?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Links:       Blog     Goodreads      Google+

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

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Twitter: @JessReadingRoom

My thanks to Jessica for taking part in #TopFiveThursday. 

#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Janel aka KeeperOfPages

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

Top 5 books this year (so far)?

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

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

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

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

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

Top 5 authors you think everyone should read? 

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

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

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

Keigo Higashino – The King of Japanese crime fiction.

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

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

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

The Exiled – Kati Hiekkapelto

You – Caroline Kepnes

Dark Matter – Blake Crouch

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top 5 book blogs you follow?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Social Media Links

www.keeperofpages.wordpress.com

www.twitter.com/keeperofpages

www.goodreads.com/keeperofpages

www.instagram.com/reads.crime

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

#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Amy aka novelgossip

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

Top 5 books you read in 2016?

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

Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?

Karin Slaughter
Harlan Coben
Kristan Higgins
Gillian Flynn
Chelsea Cain

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top 5 book blogs you follow?

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

Chelsea at https://thesuspenseisthrillingme.com

Annie at https://themisstery.com

Jill at https://rantandraveaboutbooks.com

Kate at https://bibliophilebookclub.com

Sarah at https://bytheletterbookreviews.com

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

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

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Links:  Blog     Facebook      Twitter     Instagram      Goodreads

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

#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Nicola aka ShortBookAndScribe

 

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Today I’m thrilled to have the lovely Nicola answer the dreaded #TopFiveThursday. Nicola’s awesome blog http://www.shortbookandscribes.uk Features a mixture of reviews and articles, Nicola posts a Seven Day Spotlight post every Sunday. I would recommend you check out Nicola’s blog if you haven’t already I love reading her reviews on a wide range of books.

Top 5 books of 2016?

Very hard to choose just five but these are some of the ones that stand out for me.

Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton – I thought this was a fantastic thriller with a very charismatic man at the centre of it, Hamish Wolfe.

The Museum of You by Carys Bray – a fabulous, endearing story with a wonderful main character in 12 year old Clover Quinn.

The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan – this was a book where I wanted to savour every word and I thought the depth of feeling was exquisite.

The Silence Between Breaths by Cath Staincliffe – An author who can do no wrong for me. I love her work and this was a real ‘what if?’ book.

The Mountain in My Shoe by Louise Beech – a beautifully written, complex story of love and loss.

 

Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?

Linda Gillard – she writes tender, moving and unique stories. I visited the Isle of Skye purely because of her book, Star Gazing, which is set mostly on the island and it’s probably still my favourite of her books.

Julia Stuart – a very quirky writer. I’ve read two of her books: Balthazar Jones and the Tower of London Zoo and The Last Pearl Fisher of Scotland and they’re just so lovely. I’m looking forward to reading her other books.

Kay Langdale – I recently read her latest book, The Comfort of Others and I think she is a beautiful and insightful writer.

John Boyne – I’ve never read a book by him that I haven’t loved. Each one is so different to the previous one.

Belinda Bauer – she has a wonderful turn of phrase and her writing is dark but, at times, comedic. I think she’s a fantastic writer.

Top 5 books I want to read in 2017?

The Stolen Child by Sanjida Kay – I loved Bone by Bone by this author so am really keen to see what she has come up with for her second book.

Sealskin by Su Bristow – I’m on the blog tour for this one (my first tour!) and it sounds like such a lovely read.

He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly – I’ve only read one other book by Erin Kelly but I enjoyed it a lot and I’m hearing lots of good things about this one.

Let the Dead Speak by Jane Casey – this is book 7 in the Maeve Kerrigan series. I thinkit’s one of the best crime procedural series I have read, featuring one of my all-time favourite characters in DI Josh Derwent. He’s chauvinistic and sexist but he is just fantastic.

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins – I’m really looking forward to seeing how she follows The Girl on the Train.

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

I’ve only just started so am hardly qualified to give advice but I would say:

Take the advice of established bloggers. They’ve got a lot of experience and have been where you are.Don’t be greedy with review books as you will never get round to them all (I haven’t managed to follow this advice myself, mind).

Use social media but try not to let it take over your life. Use it to promote your blog posts and interact with authors and readers, but also to promote other bloggers and they will do the same for you.

Post as regularly as you can – from the point of view of somebody who reads other people’s blogs, it’s nice to have a reasonable influx of new things to read.

Enjoy it – reading should never become a chore.

Top 5 book blogs you follow?

I have found some lovely blogs since I started blogging myself, as the blogging community are extremely friendly and supportive but these are some of the ones I used to read before I set up my own and discovered a whole new set of lovely blogs that I want to read.

Jill’s Book Cafe – https://jillsbookcafe.wordpress.com/

Random Things Through my Letterbox – http://randomthingsthroughmyletterbox.blogspot.co.uk/

Being Anne – http://beinganne.com/

Annabookbel- http://annabookbel.net/

Random Jottings – http://randomjottings.typepad.com/

img_1426I’m Nicola and I’m 41. I work as a part time Church Administrator and live with my partner andour little boy, Daniel, who is almost three. As you may imagine, I love reading and have a huge TBR pile. I also love baking cakes and I was once lucky enough to win a competition run by Jo Wheatley, winner of the second Great British Bake Off. My Halloween cupcakes gotme a free place on one of her masterclasses.

 

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Links:

ShortBookAndScribes Blog        Facebook      Twitter

My thanks to Nicola for taking the time to answer #TopFiveThursday.

#TopFiveThusday with #BookBlogger Linda Hill Aka LindasBookBag

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Today I’m thrilled to have Linda Hill answer my #TopFiveThursday post. Linda blogs over at http://www.lindasbookbag.com, this was one of the first blogs I followed. There are few bloggers who I see as the “matriarchs” of the book blogging community and Linda is one of them, not only does she write the most fabulous reviews but she is also great at giving advice to fellow bloggers.

Linda won the best book review blogger award  in 2016 and it was certainly well deserved, she reviews an eclectic collections of books and I would highly recommend you check out her blog, although I’m sure you already have.

Top 5 books this year so far?

At the time of writing this it’s still only January and I’ve already read some stunning books.

One that I think might well slip under the radar but is fabulous is Guinevere Glasfurd’s The Words in My Hands which is based on the real life relationship between Descartes and a servant girl and hich explores love, literacy and feminism in a beautifully written way.

You can read Linda’s review here………..https://lindasbookbag.com/2017/01/04/the-words-in-my-hand-by-guinevere-glasfurd/

I’ve also loved A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart about a boy on the autistic spectrum. It is such a realistic and moving portrait of family struggles.

You can read Linda’s review here………..https://lindasbookbag.com/2017/01/20/a-boy-made-of-blocks-by-keith-stuart/

And also about a boy on the autistic spectrum but very different to A Boy Made of Blocks is Relativity by Antonia Hayes which links physics to relationships so beautifully.

You can read Linda’s review here………..https://lindasbookbag.com/2017/01/20/relativity-by-antonia-hayes/

I’ve also adored Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller that is just glorious as it explores what makes a family with the theme of water woven expertly throughout.

I’m going to cheat and include my favourite book from 2016 which was Fionnuala Kearney’s The Day I Lost You which happened to be an emotional read at the time I was feeling very emotional so that it really resonated with me.

You can read Linda’s review here………..https://lindasbookbag.com/2016/07/15/the-day-i-lost-you-by-fionnuala-kearney/

 

Top 5 authors everyone should read?

Oh goodness Lorraine. Your questions are impossible. It depends on who I’ve just read as they can quickly become my latest suggestion.

I’d go for Thomas Hardy in the classics as it was Tess of the D’Urbervilles that made me want to read English at university and shaped my whole life.

I’d also say John Donne as I think his poetry is sensational. The Flea is my favourite all time poem.

I still think everyone should read my book of the year from last year, Jakob’s Colours by Lindsay Hawdon

You can read Linda’s review here………..https://lindasbookbag.com/2015/04/18/jakobs-colours-by-lindsay-hawdon/

I’ve loved everything I’ve ever read by Amanda Prowse in women’s fiction and Liz Nugent writes cracking psychological thrillers, but there are so many fabulous authors out there I can’t just pick 5.

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

My TBR is huge with well over 750 books awaiting reading but five that are looking at me with great accusation are:

A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale
This Must Be The Place by Maggie O’Farrell
The Mountain in My Shoe by Louise Beech
In Her Wake by Amanda by Amanda Jennings
Before the Rains by Dinah Jefferies

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

1. Be prepared for this to take over your life.

2. Move or extend your home – you’re going to need a LOT more space than you have currently.

3. Be prepared to say no, even when you really want to accept a book as it’s impossible to read everything.

4. Link up with other bloggers online and in real life – they are all amazing.

5. Be organised as it’s hard to keep up with blog tours, review dates and releases.

Top 5 book blogs you follow?

I follow several really closely but ones that have similar tastes to mine or I have been following from the time I first started blogging are:

Anne’s at Being Anne http://beinganne.com/

Joanne’s at PortobelloBookBlog  https://portobellobookblog.com/

Katherine’s at Bibliomaniac http://bibliomaniacuk.blogspot.co.uk/

Karen’s at My Reading Corner http://www.myreadingcorner.co.uk/

Jo’s at Jaffa Reads Too http://jaffareadstoo.blogspot.co.uk

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I’m a middle aged blogger who loves to read, garden and travel and as well as being addicted to notebooks, I can usually be found within a few feet of chocolate. I adore cats, walking and gardening too. I used to be an English teacher, an educational inspector and a consultant until my husband and I decided to retire ourselves and have some fun. I can be found on Twitter @Lindahill50Hill and my blog www.lindasbookbag.com

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My thanks to Linda for taking part in #TopFiveThursday, if you are a book blogger and would like to take part please leave a comment on this post or contact me via my blog home page.