Once again, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of the readers, subscribers and sharers of my blog (and my blog posts), my fellow book bloggers, the incredible publishing folk and the extremely talented authors who we readers hold in the highest regard, the happiest of New Years. May 2018 be your brightest, most productive and most sparkly year to date, and may we all look forward to the many wonderful literary tales you have in store for us!
2017 may now be a distant memory but I am delighted to confirm it is not the end of ##R3COMM3ND3D2017. I was overwhelmed with the number of bookish types wanting to take part in this feature – I had more replies than I had days available! So instead of doubling up on posts, here and there, I have decided (with the help of my blogger friends) to continue running #R3COMM3ND3D2017 until my blogiversary on 14th January. Which means another thirteen fabulous posts. Starting today with another of my favourite book blogs.
Today I am thrilled to welcome the fabulous Joy Kluver to damppebbles. Joy blogs over at Joy Kulver and has kindly agreed to share her #R3COMM3ND3D2017 reads with us today.
Without further ado, I’ll hand over to Joy…
Rattle by Fiona Cummins (DS Fitzroy #1)
This was published at the beginning of the year but I had the chance to read it last Christmas. I ‘rattled’ through it and ignored my family for a few days. As well as having one of the creepiest characters I’ve read in a long time, Fiona Cummins is fantastic at creating atmosphere. It’s hard to believe that it’s a debut novel.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
This isn’t really a crime genre book but there is a crime that takes place and that was a big hook for me. Initially, I found the ‘in head’ narrative a bit much but as Eleanor desperately tries to change her life, I found myself rooting for her. This book made me both laugh and cry.
Sealskin by Su Bristow
I love this book! I already knew about the legend of the Selkies (seals that become humans) so I was easily drawn into the story. Su Bristow conjures up the magic of the Scottish Isles with wonderful descriptions and authentic characters. If you’re looking for a book to whisk you away from your everyday life, then you can’t go wrong with Sealskin.
Many thanks for your excellent recommendations, Joy and for joining me today. I have ‘Rattle’ on the TBR and hope to get to it soon as I was lucky enough to pick up a copy of the sequel ‘The Collector’ at Harrogate in July.
If Joy has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books she recommends then please see the following amazon.co.uk links (these links ARE NOT affiliate links):
My Twitter bio reads – Escaping the madness of motherhood through writing crime novels! As well as blogging, I’m writing my own police procedural series featuring DI Bernie Noel. I love going to book events to meet up with other readers, bloggers and writers. I’m part of the First Monday Crime reviewing team and sometimes, I take my homemade cookies to First Monday.
Huge thanks to Joy for joining me today. Make sure you pop back to damppebbles tomorrow when I welcome Karla Forbes, author of the Nick Sullivan series, with her #R3COMM3ND3D2017 reads.