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#TopFiveThusday with #BookBlogger Lynne at fictionophile @fictionophile

Today I’m thrilled to welcome Lynne to the book review café whose agreed to share her #TopFiveThursday. Lynne blogs over at Fictionophile And her site is a treasure trove for anyone who loves books, not only does she review a wealth of books but she also runs regular book features such as cover love and Wednesday’s Word. If you haven’t checked out Lynne’s blog it’s a must.


Top 5 books read so far this year: (with links to my reviews)

Persons unknown” by Susie Steiner

Then she was gone” by Lisa Jewell

Beartown” by Fredrik Backman

Possible world” by Liese O’Halloran Schwarz

Dark game” by Rachel Lynch

Top five authors you think everyone should read?

Ruth Rendell

Fredrik Backman

Sharon Bolton

Peter May

Rachel Joyce

Top 5 books you want to read before this year is out?

“The Craftsman” by Sharon Bolton

“Salt Lane” by William Shaw

“The dry” by Jane Harper

“Us against you” by Fredrik Backman

“Snap” by Belinda Bauer

Top 5 tips I would give to new bloggers?

Write a review policy.  State up front what you will/will not review along with your preferred genres and reading format.

If you over-commit yourself it will seems like ‘work’. Learn to say NO – if you don’t you’ll get overwhelmed.

Support other bloggers, if you do you’ll be rewarded in spades

Always be considerate and fair when posting reviews.  You can let the world know a book is not for you without insulting the author or other reader’s choices.

You don’t HAVE to participate in every ‘tag’ or ‘meme’ that comes along.  It is YOUR blog, so do only the ones that really appeal to you.

Top 5 blogs you follow?   (I found this one really difficult as I follow a lot of wonderful book blogs)

Cleo’s Cleopatra loves books

Juliet’s Bookliterati Book Reviews

Jen’s Jen Med’s book reviews

Jo’s My Chestnut Reading Tree

Emma’s Damppebbles

A little about Lynne


Before retirement I was the fiction cataloguer for Halifax Public Libraries in Nova Scotia, Canada.  So many wonderful books passed my desk that everyday felt a little bit like Christmas morning.

Since retirement, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband, enjoying a glass of wine with my friends, gardening, watching British television drama, doing word games, crocheting, and jigsaw puzzles.  Our summers are spent at our seaside cottage on the Northumberland Strait of Nova Scotia.  I love to read, and my favorite genre is mystery fiction. I also have a deep appreciation for classic literature and literary fiction.

I have been married for over 41 years and I am the proud mother of two adult children.

My thanks to Lynne for taking part in #TopFiveThursday its much appreciated and a HUGE thank you to all the bloggers who have taken part, without them this popular post wouldn’t have got off the ground. If you’ve missed any of the posts they can be found here….. #TopFiveThursday index.

All good things must come to an end and this is my last ever #TopFiveThursday post. I’m hoping to start a new feature early next year if I can come up with something original, (you might have a long wait 😂🙈).


#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger #Author Bernadette Maycock @BRMaycock.

Today I’m thrilled to welcome Bernadette Maycock to the book review café and answer those pesky #TopFiveThursday questions. Not only is Bernadette a first class blogger over at https://brmaycock.wordpress.com but she’s also the author of It Started With A SnubAnd her latest book Snow dayIs published now and sounds the perfect read for this time of year . If you haven’t checked out Bernadette’s blog it’s definitely worth checking it out.


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

Mine by Suzi Fox

Anything You do Say by Gillian McCallister

Exquisite by Sarah Stovell

My Sisters and Me by Lisa Dickensen

No Safe Place by Patricia Gibney

Top five authors you think everyone should read? 

Patricia Gibney

Kathryn Croft

Andrea Mara

Fiona Gibson

Hannah Ellis

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

Loads up Kindle for fun hour of figuring what I want to read in the next two months … 

Okay, I’m back!

Summer at the old boathouse by Hannah Ellis

Patricia Gibney-Tell Nobody

Coco Pinchard box set by Robert Bryndza (some are re-reads so that’ll tell you how good they are!)

The Cornish Village School-Second Chances by Kitty Wilson

Jenny Morton Potts-Hiding

Top five tips you would give to new bloggers?

Try and have at least part of  a small number of blog posts prepared at a time, there is nothing worse than a blank page when you’re under pressure

List, lists, lists- if you always write down what you have to do you will never end up flustered! 

If you have a bit of time free go looking for some fun memes for your blog, there’s some great ones out there!

Don’t get too worried about what other people are doing, just put your head down, work hard and enjoy!

Remember that you’re blogging for fun!

Top five blogs you follow? 

This is so hard … (note from Berni: at the end of this post I have written and rewritten this list probably 5 times as there are way too many blogs to choose from!)

Rather Too Fond Of Books

The Writing Garnet

By The Letter Book Reviews

Linda’s book bag

Art and Soul 

About Bernadette


Bernadette Maycock (writing as B. R. Maycock) participates in a closed Facebook group called Image, Write, Inspire (IWI), led by the award-winning author Carmel Harrington (Beyond Grace’s Rainbow, The Life You Left) Bernadette has just started a book review blog (https://brmaycock.wordpress.com/) that is in complete infancy, reviewing books that are ‘the lighter side of heavy TBR lists,’ in particular chick lit (her first love!) and women’s fiction.

She lives in Co. Westmeath, Ireland with her brilliantly out there husband, Keith, and four amazing children- Paul, Conor, Aidan and Brian. She can be found on twitter most days as @brmaycock.

Here’’s the book description of Bernadette’s latest book Snowday and I just love the cover.

Book description


Sometimes hot cocoa just isn’t enough to keep you warm in the snow…

Eloise is too busy juggling the chaos of three kids, an ever present ex-husband and a demanding boss to even remember the last time dating crossed her mind.

But as soft snow falls silently all around, romance twinkles with the flakes.

After being single for so long, Eloise suddenly has a lot of choices. Too many choices. Will anyone be worthy of melting the guard around her heart to let love in?

A fun-filled, festive read for fans of Christie Barlow, Fiona Gibson and Colleen Coleman

Buying links:   Amazon UK 🇬🇧       Amazon US 🇺🇸

My thanks to Bernadette for taking time out of her busy schedule to answer my #TopFiveThursday questions, it’s much appreciated.

#TopFive Thursday with #BookBlogger Nikola at Breathing Through Pages @brthroughpages

Today I’m thrilled to welcome fellow book blogger Nikola who blogs over at Breathingthroughpages  to the book review café, and I think he deserves a big round of applause as he’s only the second male to take part in this feature 👏🏻👏🏻. If you haven’t checked out Nikola’s blog yet, you really should, he reviews a wide range of books so you will find plenty to tempt you. So without further ado here’s Nikola’s #TopFiveThursday


First of all I would like to thank you Lorraine for including me and allowing me the opportunity to be featured on your wonderful book blog!

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

The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara

“THOIB is such a fantastic book about transgender kids as well as the ball scene in the ‘80s. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to get educated/familiar with the LGBTQ+ scene but also people who love books about friendship and life.”

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

“I think that this book needs no introduction nor explanation. We’ve all heard about The Heart’s Invisible Furies and it’s such a fantastic book filled with joy, loss and heart.”

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

“The Immortalists is a story about four siblings who go to a fortune-teller to find out the date of their deaths.. if that doesn’t suck you right in I don’t know what will! Benjamin writes so well and makes you care for the characters in a way you won’t imagine.”

The Only Girl in the World: A Memoir by Maude Julien

“Maude Julien’s The Only Girl in the World memoir is so mesmerising, amazing, brilliant. I can’t recommend it enough. You will get lost in this memoir and be shocked by it. Seriously, read it!”

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

“Educated by Tara Westover is a memoir you will LOVE, it’s filled with struggles of a girl born in a place where she is constrained from her dreams but finds a way to achieve them and eventually rise to her fullest self.”


Top five authors you think everyone should read?

Donna Tartt  – Whenever someone asks me for recommendations I always say Tartt. Her writing is amazing and beautiful. Her stories mysterious, fascinating and interesting. If you’re new to her I suggest you start The Secret History.

Hanya Yanagihara  – I’ve read Yanagihara’s A Little Life a few years ago and it has stayed with me still. I bought myself a copy of her first book The People in the Trees which I intend to read soon. I think that ALL is an excellent exploration of one’s psychology. If you like following stories that span decades, this is the one for you.

Sylvia Plath – Yes, I know that she’s a poet but she also wrote The Bell Jar which is a semi-autobiographical novel which follows a troubled woman named Esther who slowly loses her mind. Plath as such a fascinating person and her poems as well as The Bell Jar are something I come back to often. I think that everyone should read Plath at least once and even if you don’t get her, you will get an understanding of people who get melancholic from time to time because her words resonate with many.

Jennie Melamed – A recent addition to my favourite authors has to be Melamed because ever since I read her debut Gather the Daughters I can’t stop thinking about it. It’s such an amazing dystopian book set on an island where nothing is what it seems. Her writing is gorgeous and she delves into the darkest things which I adore reading.

Celeste Ng – Ng is a miracle of our time. Both Everything You Never Told Me and Little Fires Everywhere are filled with such gorgeous writing from Ng as well as wonderful stories which are relevent these days. If you haven’t read Ng I recommend you start with her debut.

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

The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker – This book was published last year and I got a digital copy of it which I cannot wait to read and will make sure to read it by the end of the year because it’s such a brilliant sounding one.

Enigma Variations by André Aciman – Aciman is one of my favourites ever since I read Call Me by your Name which is a book I adored. I am definitely putting this one VERY high on my TBR. The paperback is out in October.

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai – I am absolutely making sure that TBG is going to be read by the end of this year. I love the sound of this book and that it deals with HIV as well as it being set in Chicago. This book is already out and has been getting great praise.

 A Different Drummer by William Melvin Kelley – I have received a proof of this book by the publisher and seeing all the excitement around it makes me want to read it. This book sounds very important and I love reading books that will teach me new things and introduce a new perspective. 

 The Syndicate by Guy Bolton – If you read the synopsis of it you’ll know why I want to read it. 1940’s, Las Vegas, Mystery – I mean! It sounds completely brilliant like everything Oneworld Publications bring into the world

There are so many more but I had to choose five. I would definitely add 20 more books if I could!.


Top five tips you would give to new bloggers?

Mental health – One of the most important things is: IT’S YOUR BLOG. If you don’t feel like posting or haven’t had time to read/post IT’S OKAY. No one is making you or pressuring you to publish a post every single day. It’s okay to take a break once in a while and figure yourself out or take mental health days to relax and do something that you really really enjoy.

ARCs – I know, I know it’s so hard resisting them but you don’t want to end up with 40+ books on your TBR and chaos in your mind. I always choose my books wisely and that’s what you should do. Pick books that you think you’ll enjoy and don’t go on sprees where you request every book on NetGalley, Edelweiss or emailing publicists.

Do your own thing – There are no rules to book blogging: you can post about your trip to Italy for example or your pets. It’s your blog as I’ve mentioned which means you control what you post. 

Don’t stress over views/statistics – It’s never good to stare at your Stats page on WordPress (or other platform) because it will bring you down. A post didn’t get the recognition you wanted , so what! What’s important is that even if it had 5 comments or 20 views it still got the attention of people who are interested in it.

Socialize with other bloggers – It’s always good to make a Twitter or an Instagram account where you can share photos of your books or book love. You can also comment on other bloggers posts! We don’t bite and we love online-meeting new book bloggers and reading their reviews/seeing what books they like. There are many book bloggers who are so great and who will help you out, so don’t shy away from reaching out to them.

Top five blogs you follow? 

There are so many book blogs that I love visiting and get excited when they post something. I do apologize but I will name more than five:

Inge – The Belgian Reviewer

Abby – Crime by the Book

Danielle – Books, Vertigo & Tea

Lashaan and Trang – Bookidote

Amy – Novelgossip

Annie – TheMisstery

Renee – ItsBookTalk

Misti – Mistimoobookreviews

Chelsea – The Suspense is Thrilling Me

Stuart – Always Trust in Books

Diana – A Haven for Book Lovers

Ann – Lit.Wit.Wine & Dine.

Yvo – It’s All About Books

+ many more.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?


My name is Nikola and I am a twenty-one year old guy from Central Europe. I enjoy reading books and mostly read them in English even though you’ll ocassionally find me reading a book in my language. I love books and own a big collection of them. I love reading adult fiction, mental health books, memoirs, non-fiction, dystopian and crime and thriller books. I study Social work at University and juggle both school work and reading.

Social media links

Twitter – https://twitter.com/brthroughpages

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

GoodReads – https://www.goodreads.com/breathingthroughpages

Breathing Through Pages is a book blog created by two people – Nikola and Elizabeth – nowadays Nikola is mostly active on it and posts reviews of books he enjoys reading. BTP was created with the idea of sharing book love and advancing writing skills of the creators, as well as meeting book bloggers with similar interests.

Book blog – https://breathingthroughpages.wordpress.com/

My thanks to Nikola for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer my #TopFiveThursday questions, it’s much appreciated.

#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Mary at Liveanddeadly @Bethsy



Today I’m thrilled to have the awesome Mary answer those pesky #TopFiveThursday questions. Mary blogs over at Liveanddeadly is one of my favourite’s as like me she’s a huge crime thriller reader. Mary’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 five books you’ve read so far this year?

Only 5? That’s really hard. So:

Anatomy of a Scandal, Sarah Vaughan

Come and Find Me, Sarah Hilary

MidWinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty

This is How it Ends by Eva Dolan

Seventeen by Hideo Yokoyama

but that leaves out all the  Orenda books I want to squeeze in, especially Keeper by Jo Gustawsson and We Were the Salt of the Sea by Roxanne Bouchard

Top five authors you think everyone should read?

Sarah Hilary

Sabine Durrant

Eva Dolan

Jo Gustawsson

Craig Robertson (can I sneak in Sandrone Dazieri, too?) yes as you asked so nicely. 

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

Insidious Intent by Val McDermid

The Tattoo Thief by Alison Belsham

The Quaker by Liam McIlvanney

The Way of All Flesh by Ambrose Parry

Transcription by Kate Atkinson

Top five tips you would give to new bloggers? 

Be true to yourself and blog for you and your readers.

Blog about what you like to read.

Do it at your own pace and enjoy it.

Do not stress about getting or not getting books.

Do engage on social media – there’s a fabulous blogging community out there.

Top five blogs you follow? 

Abby at http://crimebythebook.com/

Jen at https://jenmedsbookreviews.com/

Victoria at http://off-the-shelfbooks.blogspot.com

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

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

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?


I hate pics of me but I like this one with the lovely Gunnar Staalesen

Way older than I think I am. Used to work as Head of Comms for England at the BBC, before that Equity the Actors Union and the Scottish TUC. Now I do the odd bit of freelance work and spend the rest of my time reading and attending book festivals when I can afford it.

Social media links:

Twitter: @bethsy

Facebook: @Live and Deadly

Instagram: bethsy

Website: Live and Deadly at https://liveanddeadly.net


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

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


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

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

Past Echoes by Graham Smith

The Fourth Monkey by JD Barker

The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton 

Beneath The Surface by Sibel Hodge

The Aladdin Trial by Abi Silver

 Top five authors you think everyone should read?

Louise Beech

Rob Sinclair

Caroline Mitchell

Sheryl Browne

M.W. Craven

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

Sleeper 13 by Rob Sinclair

The Puppet Show by M.W. Craven

Hush Hush by Mel Sherratt

Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh

The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton

 Top five tips you would give to new bloggers?

Don’t be afraid to say no

Make sure you have a review policy

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

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

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

 Top five blogs you follow? 

I’ve picked five different ones 






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


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

Social media links

Twitter – @clairekreads

Facebook – A Knight’s Reads @aknightsreads

My thanks to Claire for taking part in #TopFiveThursday 

#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger 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 Lorna at ontheshelfreviews @ljwrites85


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


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

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

The Fear by CL Taylor

 Never Rest by Jon Richter

Doll Face by Dylan H Jones

The Sherlock Effect by Raymond Kay Lyon

Ballad For A Mad Girl by Vicki Wakefield



Top five authors you think everyone should read?

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Chalk Man by CL Taylor

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The Girl In The Ice by Robert Bryndza

Ritual by Adam Nevill

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell



Top five tips you would give to new bloggers?

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

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

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

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

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

And lastly enjoy it!

Top five blogs you follow?

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

Jill – https://booksnall.blog/

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

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

Sarah – http://bytheletterbookreviews.com/

Abby – http://annebonnybookreviews.com/

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


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

Social media links

Twitter: @ljwrites85

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

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

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

Your blog details and link

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

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