#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
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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 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. 

#TopFiveThurday with #BookBlogger Kate aka TheQuietKnitter @murronsmama

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Today I’m thrilled to have the lovely Kate who blogs over at https://thequietknitterer.wordpress.com/ answer those pesky #TopFiveThursday questions. Kate reviews a wide range of books on her blog, and her reviews are fabulous to read,  honest and to the point (unlike my own ramblings😂😂). Kate has also been nominated for the hidden gem book blog in the Annual Bloggers Bash 2017 Awards, so good luck to Kate 🍀

Top 5 books this year (so far)?

Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza

Death of a Nobody by Derek Farrell

A Man With One of Those Faces by Caimh McDonnell

In The Cold Dark Ground by Stuart MacBride

Dance with the Dead by James Nally

There seems to be a theme with dead bodies here……..


Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?

Robert Bryndza (Erika Foster Series)

Stuart MacBride (Logan McRae Series)

Caroline Mitchell

Angela Marsons (Kim Stone Series)

Ian Rankin (Rebus series)

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

Ragdoll by Daniel Cole

The Dry by Jane Harper

Mischling by Affinity Konar

The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Undertow

Watch Me by Angela Clarke

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

Never be afraid to ask for help, there’s always someone happy to help and the blogging community is made up of some of the nicest people – if they can’t help they will find someone who can.

Don’t fall into the trap of trying to read EVERYTHING, stick to what you like and what interests you.

Never be afraid to say you didn’t like a book, publishers will appreciate all feedback so long as it’s constructive. Say why you didn’t like the book, point out what didn’t work for you and what did.

Have fun, blogging shouldn’t be a chore. If it becomes stressful/hard etc step back, look at what’s bothering you and see what you can do to change that.

Join in the chatter, whether it’s the random chatter on social media about a book or begging a copy of a book from a publisher or a community chat. It’s the best way to make friends in the blogging community and most of them are so lovely – virtual hugs and chocolate are pretty much available 24/7!

Top 5 book blogs you follow? 

Annie – themisstery.com

Emma – https://damppebbles.com/

Jo – http:// mychestnutreadingtree.wordpress.com

Noelle – https://www.crimebookjunkie.co.uk

John – https://thelastwordbookreview.wordpress.com/

Quite possibly one of the hardest lists to do!

IMG_2085My name is Kate, and I turned 30 this year. I’m mum to 1 human child of the toddling variety and 2 canines (a border collie and a border collie x). I’ve had a fascination with books for as long as I can remember and most of my spare time is spent either reading or knitting. I mainly read crime fiction and thrillers but I do have a tendency to pick something completely different when the mood takes me.

You can find my reviews at https://thequietknitterer.wordpress.com/ and I’m on Twitter as @murronsmama

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

#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Donna aka Chocolatenwaffles

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Today I’m absolutely thrilled to have the very awesome Donna who blogs over at https://chocolatenwaffles.com/ answer my #TopFiveThursday pesky questions. If you haven’t already checked out Donna’s blog she reviews a wide range of books, and I love reading her reviews, her passion and love for books shines through.

Donna also shares her thoughts on her own mental health issues  on her blog which can’t be easy, they are honest and written with passion, she offers hope to others in similar situations, Donna really is a very special lady and another favourite blogger of mine.

Top 5 books you read in 2016? 

A Suitable Lie ​By Michael J Malone

The Dali Deception by Adam Maxwell

The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

Furiously Happy by Caitlin Moran

The Ice Twins by S. K Tremayne

Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?

Louise Jensen

Chris Brookmyre

Louise Beech

K.L. Slater

Johana Gustawsson

Top 5 books you want to read in 2017?

​Mor by Johana Gustawsson

The Cutaway by Christina Kovac

A House of Spines by Michael J. Malone

Everything But The Truth by Gillian McAllister

Maria in the Moon by Louise Beech​

Amazingly three of these books are on my own “books I want to read  in 2017 list” great taste Donna 

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

​Never lose your unique voice for stats, it is not worth it. Your personality is what makes your blog unique and what makes people come back. Let the numbers grow on their own, and just have a great time being yourself and talking about your passion.

Don’t hesitate to ask other bloggers tips or discuss issues you have with your platform or reviews, the blogging community is friendly and there will always be someone out there to help.

Remember to read for yourself. It is fun to receive books to review, but don’t let reading become a chore because you want to please publishers or post a lot to satisfy your readers. Read at your own pace.​

Be kind. Everyone has an opinion, and all we want is to discuss and share the love. It is okay to disagree, but stay kind and friendly.

Never force a post or a blog-hopping session. If you don’t feel like blogging, then don’t. It’ll come back. No one is gonna come after you to accuse you of not having shared or commented on a post. We are all aware we have lives outside of the blogosphere.
Nothing too original, but things to stick by!

Top 5 book blogs you follow? 

​Abbie at  http:// bloominbrilliantbooks.com

Diana at  http:// ahavenforbooklovers.wordpress. com

Kaisha at http:// thewritinggarnet.wordpress.com

Kate at  http://thequietknitterer.wordpress. com

Inge at http:// thebelgianreviewer.wordpress. com

And so many more!!! ​

IMG_2009Who is Donna ? That’s a very good questions, she’s not sure to have the answer to this but she can tell you she is an enthusiastic ginger with a love for books, dogs, and adding touches of Rum in every recipe she makes.

One thing is for sure, she never expected her little blog to go this far (or to still exist, for that matter.) But she made the most amazing friends and keeps getting fantastic reading experiences, meaning she has no intention to stop rambling and loitering around the blogosphere ! She is a bit of a Grammar Terror, and her heart breaks every time she sees « your » instead of « you’re ». People who say she’s shy don’t know her online, where she loves squandering hours on Twitter and Facebook, although she​ ​is not so comfortable with the latter.

Donna is open about her mental health issues and is always around if anyone needs to vent, rant, or just talk. You must have realized by now, there is a lot to say about Donna (and her weird third-person bio) and she’s hoping to get to know herself, others, and the world more, through books preferably !

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Links:

Blog : https:// chocolatenwaffles.com/

Facebook Page​​: ​https://www.facebook.com/ chocolatenwaffles/

Goodreads profile :​ https://www.goodreads.com/ chocolatenwaffles

Twitter : @choconwaffles

Email : chocolatenwaffles@gmail.com

My thanks to Donna for taking the time to answer my #TopFiveThursday questions, it’s much appreciated. 

**Weekly Wrap Up**

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

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

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

Books I’ve read this week

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

ARC’s I received this week

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Book description

A happy child.

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

A loving mother.

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

A family built on a lie.

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

One thing is clear: Jen has been found.

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

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

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Book description

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

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Book description

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Book Post I received this week

Twist Of The Knife by Becky Masterman

The Friend by Dorothy Koomson

The Killing Grounds by Jack Ford

Last week on the book review café

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

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

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

Next week on the book review café

He Said She Said by Erin Kelly #Review

The Night Visitor by Lucy Atkins #Review

#TopFiveThursday with another awesome book blogger

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

Other news from the book review café

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

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

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

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

#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Jen Lucas aka jenmedsbookreviews

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Today I’m ecstatic to have the fabulous Jen Lucas answer those pesky #TopFiveThursday questions. Jen is one of my favourite bloggers on the planet,  this lady reads more books than anyone I know, despite spending long hours travelling she still manages to read and review a huge amount of books and keep her sense of humour. She puts my own reading habits to shame.

Jen blogs over at https://jenmedsbookreviews.com/ and I just love reading her reviews, she is certainly passionate about the books she reads, she is also supportive of other bloggers. I just love Jen and her awesome blog in case you hadn’t already guessed 🙈, so if you haven’t checked it out yet why not pop over and take a look I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

Top 5 books you read in 2016?

Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker
Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb
The Bird Tribunal – Agnes Ravatn
The Darkest Secret – Alex Marwood
Epiphany Jones – Michael Grothaus

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

Dead Souls – Angie Marsons
Behind Her Eyes – Sarah Pinborough
Rattle – Fiona Cummins
Ragdoll – Daniel Cole
Be My Killer – Richard Parker (am I ok to use one that isn’t out yet?) Yes I will let you have this one seeing as it’s you 🙈

Top 5 authors you think everyone should read? 

John Connolly
Stuart MacBride
James Oswald
Angela Marsons
Ragnar Jonasson

Top 5 books you want to read in 2017?

A Game Of Ghosts – John Connolly – sat waiting on my kindle
Exquisite – Sarah Stovell
White Out – Ragnar Jonasson
Liar – KL Slater
Insidious Intent – Val McDermid

**No cover available for Insidious Intent – Val McDermid**

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

Learn to say no – no one thinks any the worse of you for it and it will help to protect your sanity.

Use social media wisely. Have a twitter and probably facebook page, maybe even Instagram, but don’t be a slave to it. Don’t be afraid to step away or feel obliged to thank every individual everyday. It will drive you insane trying and the busier and more popular you get, the harder it becomes to keep up.

Only do what you want. Don’t practice keeping up with the Joneses. This is your blog so choose how you want it to look, what you want to include i.e. features, author Q&A, blog tours, but don’t feel pressured to be like everyone else or worry about their stats. You will be better for just being yourself, letting your passion for the books shine through and reading at your own pace. We all do it differently and that is just perfect.

Join a few groups of Facebook just to start to interact with other bloggers and authors. We’re not all that scary when you get to know us and we can be a mine of information and useful contacts. And if you can, get out to a few author events as they are a great way of getting to me other bloggers and learn about the community in general.

Beware the oh so tempting and evil request button on Netgalley. By all means take a few read now if you want to build up your review profile to get a better chance of ebing accepted for arcs but it is all to easy to request loads in the hope of just getting one and then end up with a seemingly insurmountable pile of books to review. There is nothing worse than chasing that ever elusive 80% for setting the stress levels to max.

Top 5 book blogs you follow?

Argh…

Sharon at https://chapterinmylife.wordpress.com 

Abbie at http://www.bloominbrilliantbooks.co

Dee over at https://noveldeelights.com

Linda Hill at https://lindasbookbag.com

Kate at https://thequietknitterer.wordpress.com/

And dozens more.

IMG_1950 I am a 40 something year old Transport Manager, born and bred in the Midlands who reads for fun and sanity. Having been inspired to try blogging after attending Crime Fest last year, I have been blogging for about a year now, give or take. I still consider myself to be a newbie and an amateur but I’m starting to find my feet. When I’m not travelling the country for work listening to audiobooks, I can be found at home, curled up with my 14 year old LabX Kaycee and cats Mars and Luna(tic), and if I’m not there I’m probably at the Theatre. I love all things crime and horror fiction but have been known to also dabble in the occasional weepy, if only to prove I’m softer than I look.

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