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#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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#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/