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#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Jo at Josbookblog @tiny_ickle_jo

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It’s Thursday which means it’s time to share another #TopFiveThursday post with you all. Firstly I would like to say a huge thank you to all you awesome book bloggers who shares these posts, it means a lot to me and I’m sure the bloggers taking part appreciate all the shares and retweet’s.

Today I’m thrilled to welcome Jo to the book review café to share her #TopFiveThursday. Jo blogs over at the awesome https://josbookblog.co.uk/ if you haven’t checked out Jo’s blog I would recommend you do, her reviews cover an array of different books so if you are looking for your next read pop over and take a look. Anyway without further ado here’s Jo’s #TopFiveThursday……

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

I’ve selected by top five books that I’ve read and that have been published this year, but I have to say, even though it’s only May, there have been some excellent books published so far this year and narrowing it down to five was extremely difficult:

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The Darkness by Ragnar Jonasson

The Memory Chamber by Holly Cave

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

The Lido by Libby Page

 

 Top five authors you think everyone should read?

This is difficult – people have such different tastes, so I’ve just plumped for a few of my favourites!

David Mitchell (not ½ of Mitchell and Webb!)

Margaret Atwood

Terry Pratchett

Jeffery Deaver

Jasper Fforde

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

Another tough one as there are several that I’m desperate to get hold of!

Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel

Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough

Early Riser by Jasper Fforde

Vengeful by V. E. Schwab

 Melmoth by Sarah Perry

 

Top five tips you would give to new bloggers?

Don’t worry about posting something every day, or with a certain frequency – if you have time, great.  If not, it doesn’t matter.  Most of us do this as a hobby around real life, and we’re all trying to fit blogging in against the multitude of demands on our time

Do it your way – we’re all different, and we all blog differently – experiment, find a style that works for you – if something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t

Don’t compare yourself to other blogs in terms of stats / followers etc.  It takes time to build up a blog – give it time to grow and develop

Be nice.  This might be in writing a review (constructive feedback is fine) or in interacting with the blogging / publishing community

Enjoy it!  As I said before, blogging is a hobby for most of us, so try not to let it add more stress into your life.  And if you need a break, take one – we’ve all done it!

Top five blogs you follow?

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

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I’m Jo, and I’ve been blogging for around 3 years now.  Honestly, I’ve no idea where the time has gone!

I’ve been an avid reader since I was a child, and have always had an inclination towards darker tales.  This started with a fascination for fairy tales when I was younger, and has developed into a love for post-apocalyptic / dystopian fiction now that I’m older – something that started when I read 1984 and Brave New World at A-level.

I also read a lot of crime, thrillers, literary fiction, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, horror… honestly, I’ll give most things a go!

Social media links

You can find me on Twitter @tiny_ickle_jo and I have joined Instagram (josbookblog), although I’ve never really managed to get into it.

You can find my blog at https://josbookblog.co.uk/

My thanks to Jo for taking part in #TopFiveThursday and for her fabulous post.

#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Janet Lambert at beadyjansbooks @Beadyjan

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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……..

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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.

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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

https://beinganne.com/and

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

https://rathertoofondofbooks.com/   

http://shortbookandscribes.uk/   

https://lovebooksreadbooks.wordpress.com

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

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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.

#BookBloggers wanted for #TopFiveThursday

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I ran a popular feature Way back in 2016 called #TopFiveThursday which is all about book bloggers. I’m thinking of bringing it back, as there are so many new or shy bloggers who haven’t been featured. So I was wondering if there were any bloggers who would like to take part?

Here’s a link so you can see what it’s about.   https://thebookreviewcafe.com/topfivethursday-bookblogger-index/

If you are interested please let me know either by contacting me via the contact form on my home page or DM me on Twitter I can be found at @reviewcafe

Many thanks Lorraine

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#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Nicki at Secretlibary @Nicki_Mags

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

Top 5 books you read in 2016?

Only 5?

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

Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?

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

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

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

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

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

Top 5 books you want to read in 2017?

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

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

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

Join in with the community by following, commenting and sharing

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

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

Post regularly or people will forget who you are

Top 5 book blogs you follow?

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

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

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you can follow Nicki at……..

 

https://thesecretlibrarysite. wordpress.com/

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

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https://twitter.com/Nicki_Mags

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

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

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#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Jacob at jacobreviewsbooks @collinsjacob115

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

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

Top 5 books you read in 2016?

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

 

Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?

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

Top 5 books you want to read in 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top 5 book blogs you follow

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

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

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

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

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

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

Follow links:

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

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

#TopFiveThursday With #BookBlogger Steph aka Stephbookblog @sjroth21

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

Top 5 books you read in 2016?

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

Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?

Louise Beech
Eva Dolan
Stephen King
Claire McGowan
Peter James

Top 5 books you want to read in 2017?

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

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

Enjoy It

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

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

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

Use the hashtag.

Top 5 book blogs you follow?

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

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

Emma at http://damppebbles.com/

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

Kate at https://bibliophilebookclub.com/

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

https://stephsbookblog.com/

Twitter: @sjroth21

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

 

#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Katherine Sunderland aka Bibliomaniacuk @KatherineSunde3

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

Top 5 books you read in 2016?

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

Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?

Really? Just 5??? So mean….. !!

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

Top 5 books you want to read in 2017?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top 5 book blogs you follow?

Cleo at http://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com

Linda at http://www.lindasbookbag.com

Mairead at http://swirlandthread.com

Kaisha at https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.com

Emma at http://damppebbles.com

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

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

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

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

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

You can follow me on:

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

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

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https://www.instagram.com/bibliomaniacuk1

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