Hello my bookish friends. Welcome to Thursday and to day fourteen of #R3COMM3ND3D2019. I think we’re doing alright. We’re still here, still sharing the book love, still adding to our terrifying TBRs… I am delighted to welcome the fabulous HC Newton who blogs over at The Irresponsible Reader to share his three #R3COMM3ND3D2019 picks with us today. If you don’t follow HC’s blog then that has to change! Click the link above and then click the subscribe button.
So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2019? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors and book bloggers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2019. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2019 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉.
Let’s find out which three books HC thinks we all need to read…
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
This charming book about a charming book nerd has got to warm the cockles of every reader out there. You’ll identify with Nina (and wish you had her life and reading nook), you’ll be won over by the sweet story, and the atypical narrative voice will be one of your favorite characters of the year.
HC’s Review of The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
Who Killed The Fonz? by James Boice
This is one for readers of a certain age. Richard Cunningham’s film career is in jeopardy when he receives the news that Arthur Fonzarelli has died. In shock, Richard returns home for the funeral and to reunite with some old friends. He soon finds himself trying to solve Fonzie’s murder. I didn’t expect to be as impressed with this as I was. Yeah, it’s fan fiction, but when it’s this good, who cares? It’s a big nostalgia trip (but so was Happy Days). I love that someone had this idea!
HC’s Review of Who Killed The Fonz?
Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen
A secret agent for a time Agency gets stranded in the 21st century long enough that he puts down roots — gets married, gets a career, has a daughter. When she’s a teen her dad is “rescued” by his agency and taken back to the future where he promptly begins breaking every regulation to stay involved with his daughter, and eventually to save her life. What makes this one special is the father-daughter dynamic and relationship. It’s not what you usually see in Time Travel/SF stories, but Chen knocks this one out of the park.
HC’s Review of Here and Now and Then
Thanks so much, HC. Great choices and a couple of additions to the wishlist for me (particularly Who Killed The Fonz? [yes, I am – sort of – one of the readers of a certain age you mentioned. Sort of]).
If HC has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books he recommends, please see the following links:
Just some guy who’s book hobby has really gotten out of hand.
If you’re a book blogger or an author and you have three books published this year which you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/PE483qCyrKEgV5Uq6)