It is my pleasure to welcome one of the loveliest people in the booky world to damppebbles today, the lovely Anne Williams of Being Anne…. Anne’s blog was one of the first I followed when I started damppebbles all those years ago (OK, only two years!) and I’ve been a huge fan ever since. Anne has kindly agreed to share her #R3COMM3ND3D2017 reads with us today.
#R3COMM3ND3D2017 is an opportunity for authors and book bloggers to share three must-read titles with the rest of us. The only stipulation being, the books must have been published this year – in 2017.
Here are Anne’s choices…
Not Thomas by Sara Gethin
If you’d told me that I’d sit, totally rapt, reading a book written in the voice of a five year old child, seeing a dreadful world of drug culture, violence and neglect through his eyes and from his unique perspective – well, I really wouldn’t have believed you. This book was just stunning. Read my full review here: http://wp.me/p7NhnN-Ms
Snow Sisters by Carol Lovekin
And another stunner? The most exquisite writing – imagery, descriptions, detail drawn from nature, all breath-taking in their beauty. There’s magic woven into this book too – it’s there in the narrative, but it’s also there in the writing. Read my full review here: http://wp.me/p7NhnN-SC
ZENKA by Alison Brodie
From the sublime to… the totally unexpected! A wildcard for my third choice – a Hungarian pole dancer, gangland crime and a totally preposterous story, told with warmth, humour, and tremendous panache. I never thought I’d like this book in a month of Sundays – but I absolutely loved it. Read my full review here: http://wp.me/p7NhnN-Ww
Thank you so much, Anne. All brilliant choices and I’ve had my eye on ‘ZENKA’ for a while now. Keep seeing some truly great reviews.
If Anne has managed to tempt you or if you would like to find out more about the books she recommends, please see the following amazon.co.uk links:
My name is Anne (as you’ve probably guessed…) and I live in the beautiful market town of Wetherby in West Yorkshire. I haven’t always lived here though – I’m originally from a village near Bangor in North Wales. I worked as a civil servant (DWP) for more years than I care to remember, in my later years working in project and change management, and in marketing and communications. But I’m now 62 years of age, retired for the last three years, and – although I care for my 92 year old mum some of the time – can spend my time doing all the things I most enjoy. My first passion has always been reading – I now enjoy spending much of my time doing just that, writing about books on Being Anne, and discussing them with blogging and reading friends. The blog is now nearly five years old – transferred last year to the WordPress platform, from Blogger, where it had over 220,000 views. I was so thrilled to win the Best Pal Blog Award at the 2016 Annual Bloggers’ Bash – and I was thoroughly delighted to win it for a second time in 2017. I also really enjoy doing a monthly book review slot on local community radio, and run the local U3A Book Group. I travel regularly to book related events – and am lucky to be invited to some of the best launches and parties. My second passion is travel – I live for my holidays, usually long haul, and really love to visit places where other people might not have been.
Anne’s Blog and Social Media Links:
No #R3COMM3ND3D2017 for the next couple of days because it’s Christmas, yay! But make sure you check in again on 27th December when I will be welcoming Emma Littlefield of One Reader’s Thoughts to damppebbles. Have a wonderful Christmas; full of friends, family and books and I’ll see you on 27th December. ❤🎄