The #damppebbles Top Ten (sort of!) of 2019 #amreading #amreviewing #amblogging #Bestof2019 #TopReadsof2019 #BookRecommendations #bookblogger

Hello dear book friends and welcome to one of my very favourite posts of the year! As it’s the last day of 2019 I wanted to share my top reads of the year with you before we welcome the New Year with open arms and raised glasses. It’s also a very good opportunity to thank you for your support this year. When I first started damppebbles nearly FOUR years ago I had no idea the impact it would have on my life. Reading has always been my passion but I’ve never really discussed books with other people (mainly because I didn’t know anyone who was as keen on reading and books as I was!). The book community welcomed me with open arms and I am truly grateful for that every day. Thank you for following my blog and being interested in my bookish thoughts. I expected maybe ten or so people to follow damppebbles (and I would have been incredibly happy with that) but to have over 120 x that many followers is just mind-blowing. Thank you, thank you and thank you again.

I will be taking a step back from blogging next year. I have been suffering from a small reading slump recently and it’s taking me a couple of weeks to read one book. That wouldn’t be so bad if I were then finding the time to review the book immediately afterwards. But I’m not. Currently, I have fourteen reviews to write and I can’t seem to find the time, the words or the drive to write them. So I’m removing the pressure and not giving myself any deadlines for the foreseeable future. I hope you understand. I do plan on returning but not for a few months.

If you’re a book blogger and part of the damppebbles blog tours family then fear not! I will be in touch with more glorious books for you soon. My blogging break will not affect DBT in the slightest and I plan to continue being your Fairy BookMother long into the future. If you’re a book blogger and you’re NOT part of damppebbles blog tours then here’s your chance to sign up! Plus if you sign up, follow me on Twitter and retweet this tweet then your name will be entered into the draw to win a small book haul worth £20 from Book Depository (giveaway is international but Book Depository must ship to you – ends 00:00 GMT 31st January 2020). If you tag four book blogger friends as well you’ll get a bonus entry. And don’t forget to have a peek at the damppebbles blog tours page over on the blog and see if anything takes your fancy.

Anyway, I digress. We’re here for my top books of the year post and not my Oscars acceptance speech, lol!

My top ten books of 2019 list is actually eleven books long but I’m hoping no one notices. Previously I’ve made it a strange rule to not include a book that’s due to be published in the following year. But I realise now that that’s just pure CRAZY. After all, I’m unlikely to go back two years to compile my ‘end of the year’ books list. So that stops right here, right now. What makes it even more iffy is that I haven’t written a review for the 2020 release I’m going to feature in this list yet. Yup – it’s one of the fourteen….

So in no particular order unless otherwise stated, here are my favourite reads of 2019…

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The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
Would I recommend this book?  Absolutely.  Without a moment’s hesitation.  It’s creepy and claustrophobic with a brilliant ending.  It’s a perfect example of the books I love to read.  A great page-turner of a book with intriguing characters, a fabulous remote setting and shedloads of suspicion and suspense.  More please! Highly recommended.
My Review of The Hunting Party

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The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
This book really is something quite special.  I was completely emotionally involved with it from start to finish and savoured every single word of The Good Daughter.  I didn’t want it to end and could have happily read another 500 pages or so.  There are so many brilliant moments within the story; young Charlotte’s palpable fear and indecision when the moment to escape comes – leaving her older sister to certain death, the wonderful twist fairly early on in the book that you just don’t see coming, the relationship between Charlotte and her father, when Lenore, Rusty’s secretary’s, story is revealed to the reader.  So many fantastic little touches that when added together make something truly magnificent.  It’s also very dark with a number of terrifying and upsetting scenes.
My Review of The Good Daughter

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Wilderness by B.E. Jones
I loved this book.  It’s the first book I’ve read by B.E. Jones but I can safely say that it won’t be the last.  Boy, can this author write a dark and dangerous character!  If you’re a regular visitor to the blog then you will know that I am a sucker for characters.  The plot and the setting (which are both brilliant in this novel, by the way)  can be ‘okay’ providing the characters stand tall and leap from the page.  I want living breathing people who make me feel something – that’s not asking too much, is it?  Wilderness is a cracking example of exactly how to write incredible, believable characters and also tick the all-important plot and setting boxes with confidence and flair!  I absolutely loved Liv.  I’m still not entirely sure I was supposed to love her as she’s very much a character on the edge.  But hey, I do like a dark undertone and it’s often the more complex creations who appeal to me more!
My Review of Wilderness

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The Whisper Man by Alex North
You need this book in your life.  It’s brilliantly creepy, edgy and chock full of surprises.  I was totally smitten from the moment I read the first page.  The characters are outstanding, the plot hooks you in in a matter of minutes and the writing is just sublime.  Not forgetting the seemingly-quaint yet overwhelmingly sinister setting of Featherbank.  This book has definitely left its mark on me.  I loved it and it’s going to take something extra special to knock it off the top spot.
My Review of The Whisper Man

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The Taking of Annie Thorne by C.J. Tudor
Would I recommend this book? Most definitely and I suggest if you haven’t read The Chalk Man you download that too.  I’m a huge fan of horror/crime crossover novels and this one is another to add to the favourites list.  Tudor’s writing is sublime and before you know it hours have passed and you’ve forgotten to pick the kids up from school (that didn’t happen…honest!).  Deliciously creepy, totally addictive and the type of book I want to read over and over again.  Don’t miss out on this exceptional book!
My Review of The Taking of Annie Thorne

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Bird Box by Josh Malerman
I devoured this book in a few short hours. I very occasionally say it doesn’t take me long to read a book (more often than not it takes me AGES as I’m a slow reader for a book blogger) but this is by far my quickest read in a long time. I could not put this book down and I flew through the pages like my life depended on it. I was mesmerised by Malorie’s incredible story and wanted to see what was going to happen but also savour my time with this courageous woman struggling through an unimaginable scenario. The publishers say this book will haunt you long after reading and they are so right. I’m traumatised by Bird Box and I love it! If you haven’t watched the film but you have a vague idea of the concept then you must read this book. I don’t think you truly ‘get it’ until you’re living it with Malorie and the children. Oh my gosh, it’s buried deep down in my soul. Absolutely superb!
My Review of Bird Box

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Blood Song (Roy & Castells #3) by Johana Gustawsson
I can’t quite put into words how special these books are and how talented Johana Gustawsson, and the translators (in this case David Warriner), are. Some writers tell you a story, while others take you on a journey and that’s exactly what Gustawsson does in her novels. There is always a historical element to her stories and it’s always something that will make you stop and think. In Blood Song the story jumps from Franco’s Spain in the 1930s to the present day with spine chilling effect. At times, I was wondering what the connection would be. How the past and the present would collide. Then all the perfectly placed pieces fall into place and it’s a beautiful, beautiful thing.
My Review of Blood Song

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Soon by Lois Murphy
This is a truly captivating novel which drew me in from start to finish. The unease and the uncertainty the author creates is a joy to read and I savoured every single second of this book. I was right there at the heart of Nebulah with the characters as they realised the sun would set soon and they were rapidly running out of time… It’s a beautifully written piece of fiction where everything works perfectly; the place, the characters, the gripping plot and of course, the terrifying mist. I wanted to return to this book again and again to get my next Nebulah fix.
My Review of Soon

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The Last Widow (Will Trent #9) by Karin Slaughter
When you first start this book you have no idea what sort of ride you’re going to be taken on or even what to expect.  All I’ll say is get comfy and buckle your seatbelt as it’s gonna get bumpy! Sara and Will are thrown head first into the darkest reaches of humanity, layer upon layer of the worst humankind has to offer, which can make for uncomfortable reading at times.  The author builds the story in the most marvellous way and I was completely entranced by Slaughter’s writing and her characters, as well as frequently appalled too.
My Review of The Last Widow

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The Guest List by Lucy Foley
I haven’t actually written my review of The Guest List yet but after reading the brilliant The Hunting Party I was keen to get stuck into this one. Oh.My.Gosh! If you enjoyed The Hunting Party you are going to love The Guest List. Quite possibly the biggest book hangover I have ever had. Get it pre-ordered as it will be released in February 2020!

And my book of 2019 is…

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Black Summer (Washington Poe #2) by M.W. Craven
Oh.My.Goodness.  I have been waiting some time (…a year, maybe?) for this second Washington Poe novel and it was absolutely outstanding!  I would even go as far as saying it’s better than the brilliant The Puppet Show, which is no mean feat!  I couldn’t put it down, nor did I want to.  Every spare moment, no matter how small, was dedicated to reading this utterly marvellous book.  I am addicted to Tilly and Poe.  You’d be crazy to not get yourself a copy of this book, which can be read as a standalone, but why would you buy just one when you can also immerse yourself in the superb The Puppet Show as well!
My Review of Black Summer

So many absolutely outstanding books. If you’re a crime or horror fan then I heartily recommend you add all of these cracking titles to your TBR. I’ve had an incredible bookish year and I cannot thank the brilliant authors and publishers enough. I’ve read so many standout novels this year that it’s been tough to whittle it down. I cannot wait to see what 2020 brings.

I couldn’t sign off without sharing my favourite bookish photo of 2019 which was taken at Harrogate and features my #blogbestie, Jo of My Chestnut Reading Tree along with superstar authors Peter Swanson and M.W. Craven. I love this photo and it always makes me smile.

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Have an incredible New Year, bookish lovelies, and I will see you on the other side. I’ll be sharing my #R3COMM3ND3D2019 After-Show Party post in the next week or so, so keep an eye out for that. I’m really looking forward to revealing the most recommended book of 2019 as chosen by 57 book bloggers and authors. Wishing you a New Year filled with everything you could hope for. Lots of love, Emma @damppebbles x

 

 

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Eva (@noveldeelights) #NovelDeelights #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Happy Monday! I think it’s Monday anyway. I’m going to run with it until told otherwise, lol! In truth, it could be ANY day of the week post-Christmas. I hope you had a good weekend and that you have exciting plans in store for the week ahead. Today is a little special for me. Today is the last #R3COMM3ND3D post of 2019. It’s been an absolute joy to share the top book picks of 56 book bloggers and authors with you every day since 1st November. A joy and utterly exhausting. But worth it. Well worth it. Today’s #R3COMM3ND3D2019 is the fifty-seventh post and I’ve saved one of the best until last…

I’ve also saved her until last because a) she told me back in November that it was too early to be thinking about top reads of the year and b) because once this blogger submits her #R3COMM3ND3D three to me she has been known to change her mind. More than once…. Joining me on the final #R3COMM3ND3D is the fabulous Eva of Novel Deelights. Eva is a brilliant blogger and if you don’t already follow her blog then that must change. You won’t regret it!

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. 😉

Here are the three books Eva recommends…

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The Whisper Man by Alex North
The Whisper Man is the kind of book any crime thriller fan dreams of. It made my skin crawl, it’s sometimes heartbreaking, it’s dark and twisty and just mind-blowingly fabulous!
Eva’s Review of The Whisper Man

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The Taking of Annie Thorne by C.J. Tudor
Whatever “it” is, C.J. Tudor has it in abundance and then some. There’s something about the way she writes that has me captivated from the very first word. It almost feels like being under a spell and I’ll gladly let her guide me wherever it is she wants to take me. I’m a fan, what more can I say?
Eva’s Review of The Taking of Annie Thorne

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The Sleepwalker (Aiden Watts #3) by Joseph Knox
This series is one I’ve been with from the beginning. In fact, Sirens was the book that first made me start thinking about blogging because I needed a place to shout about its awesomeness. Since then, Joseph Knox has been raising the bar, with each book being even stronger than the previous one. Like its predecessors, The Sleepwalker is masterfully plotted, immensely dark, extremely gritty and completely engrossing from start to finish. This series quite frankly NEEDS to be on any crime fiction fan’s bookshelf.
Eva’s Review of The Sleepwalker

Thanks so much, Eva. Brilliant choices and two of my favourite books published this year. The other one, I am ashamed to admit, I haven’t gotten around to reading yet *hangs head in shame*.

If Eva has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books she recommends, please see the following links:

The Whisper Man by Alex North
The Taking of Annie Thorne by C.J. Tudor
The Sleepwalker by Joseph Knox

About Eva:
My name is Eva and I’m a bookaholic. I also really like white wine and boots. Not necessarily in that order.

Eva’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Novel Deelights | Twitter @noveldeelights | Facebook | Instagram @noveldeelights |

So that’s it for another year! Thank you so much for either taking part or for your support in a myriad of other ways. Thanks for the comments, the shares, the likes and the retweets. YOU make #R3COMM3ND3D special ❤️. I hope you’ve found a book (or five!) to add to your TBR.

#R3COMM3ND3D will return next year in the form of #R3COMM3ND3D2020 so start making a note of any cracking 2020 releases now and keep an eye out for the sign-up form from June onwards.

I’m off for a loooooooooong lie down now but I’ll be back tomorrow with my top ten(ish) books of the year. I’ll also be posting a #R3COMM3ND3D2019 After-Show Party post in early January where I will reveal the one (SINGLE, UNO, SOLITARY, SOLE) winner. If you were around for 2018s reveal you may remember that we had SIX winners but only one book has taken the crown this year! What will it be….? I can’t wait to share the result with you (along with all of those beautiful covers!).

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Joy Kluver (@JoyKluver) #JoyKluver #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello book friends and welcome to the penultimate #R3COMM3ND3D2019! Today I am delighted to welcome a fabulous book blogger to share three of their favourite 2019 book releases with us – the fantastic Joy Kluver who blogs over at Joy Kluver. Today is not only four days after Christmas, not only is it the last Sunday of 2019, it’s also Joy’s BIRTHDAY! Happy birthday, Joy. I hope you have a wonderful day. Give Joy’s blog a follow if you don’t already – you won’t regret it!

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. 😉

Here are the three books Joy recommends…

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Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech
This book took my breath away. Told in various viewpoints and timelines, the radio station scenes had me totally gripped as we counted down to the end of the story.
Joy’s Review of Call Me Star Girl

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Blood Song (Roy & Castells #3) by Johana Gustawsson
This is such an emotive story. Johana’s portrayal of the treatment of Republican women and children during Franco’s reign is devastating but she restores dignity to those who suffered.
Joy’s Review of Blood Song

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The Neighbour by Fiona Cummins
Fiona has been runner-up in my top ten reads for the last two years. But this year The Neighbour hits the top. Told through various viewpoints, this creepy and complex story is just extraordinary.
Joy’s Review of The Neighbour

Excellent choices, thanks Joy. I adored Blood Song and I cannot wait to read your other two recommendations soon.

If Joy has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books she recommends, please see the following links:

Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech
Blood Song by Johana Gustawsson
The Neighbour by Fiona Cummins

About Joy:
Escaping the madness of motherhood through reading and writing crime novels.

Joy’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| Joy Kluver | Twitter @JoyKluver |

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 is now closed. Fifty-seven brilliant book bloggers and authors have shared three of their favourite 2019 books with us (posts will be running until 30th December). I hope you’ve found a book (or five!) to add to your TBR. #R3COMM3ND3D will return next year in the form of #R3COMM3ND3D2020 so start making a note of any cracking 2020 releases now and keep an eye out for the sign-up form from June onwards. Thank so much to everyone who has taken part, shared, retweeted and generally supported the feature. YOU make it something special ❤️

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Read and Rated (@ReadandRated) #ReadandRated #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello and happy Saturday! Or are you like me and you’ve totally lost track of what day of the week it is?! I hope you have a relaxing book-filled weekend and of course, it’s the last weekend of 2019! Today also marks the fifty-fifth #R3COMM3ND3D2019 post of the year and I only have two posts to share after today.

I am delighted to welcome another brilliant blogger to share their three #R3COMM3ND3D2019 picks with us today. I discovered the awesome Read and Rated earlier this year and it’s quickly become one of my favourite blogs. If you don’t follow already then head on over and say hello!

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. 😉

Here are the three books Read and Rated recommends we read…

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The Perfect Betrayal by Lauren North
Such a sensitive portrayal of grief, so cleverly written and a well constructed story – like watching a car crash unfold in slow motion!
Read and Rated’s Review of The Perfect Betrayal

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Closer Than Blood (Gareth Bell Thriller #2) by Paul Grzegorzek
I was blown away when I read this – I felt a real buzz of excitement, similar to when I first discovered Simon Kernick. I have great hopes for Paul Grzegorzek.
Read and Rated’s Review of Closer Than Blood

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A Litter of Bones (DCI Logan Crime Thriller #1) by JD Kirk
Absolutely loved this debut novel, it was superb and if I didn’t know better I would have assumed it was a Stuart MacBride book! So if you are a fan of Mr MacBride then I expect you will love A Litter of Bones.
Read and Rated’s Review of A Litter of Bones

Thanks so much! I love the sound of these three books so they are all going on the wishlist.

If Read and Rated have managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books they recommend, please see the following links:

The Perfect Betrayal by Lauren North
Closer Than Blood by Paul Grzegorzek
A Litter of Bones by JD Kirk

About Read and Rated:
Read and Rated – where all good books come to be reviewed! Crime and psychological thrillers are my favourite. I am an irrational dreamer, a lazy romantic and can often be found talking to animals. Book reviews at http://Readandrated.com #bookblogger #amreading #bookreview #netgalley #OU Law student

Read and Rated’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Read and RatedTwitter @ReadandRatedFacebookTwitter @CoffeeCurls |

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 is now closed. Fifty-seven brilliant book bloggers and authors have shared three of their favourite 2019 books with us (posts will be running until 30th December). I hope you’ve found a book (or five!) to add to your TBR. #R3COMM3ND3D will return next year in the form of #R3COMM3ND3D2020 so start making a note of any cracking 2020 releases now and keep an eye out for the sign-up form from June onwards. Thank so much to everyone who has taken part, shared, retweeted and generally supported the feature. YOU make it something special ❤️

 

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Sue Purbrick (@Suidi_books) #SuidisBookReviews #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello book fans. It’s so good to see you – I’ve missed you. How was your Christmas? I hope the holidays are turning out to be everything you hoped they would be. Did you get any books? Of course you did! We’re into the final few days of #R3COMM3ND3D2019 now with only three posts left after today. Currently, we have two books vying for the top spot with three votes each. I can’t wait to see which books come out on top!

Today, for the fifty-fourth #R3COMM3ND3D2019 of the year, I am delighted to welcome brilliant blogger, Sue Purbrick. Sue blogs over at Suidi’s Book Reviews and if you don’t already follow her blog then I heartily recommend you change that RIGHT NOW. I can promise you won’t be sorry.

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. 😉

Here are the three books Sue recommends…

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Nothing Important Happened Today by Will Carver
Nothing Important Happened Today is a fascinating history of cults and serial killers. It’s also a treatise on the current ills of our society as well as modern-day fears and malaise. But above all it’s an excellent, amazingly sophisticated psychological thriller.
Sue’s Review of Nothing Important Happened Today

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Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce
A cracking good story that grabbed me right from its powerful opening and pulled me along on a glorious ride. Pacey and compelling.

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My Lovely Wife by Samatha Downing
Samantha Downing kept me totally hooked. She writes believable everyday characters who do unbelievably ghastly things. The book is twisty, nasty, dark, compelling and utterly riveting.
Sue’s Review of My Lovely Wife

Thanks so much, Sue. Two of your recommendations are on the TBR already (I cannot wait to read them but oh boy, I need to get over this reading slump first) and the other book I’ve read. Plus this is the fourth time My Lovely Wife has been chosen which puts it firmly in the lead at the moment…

If Sue has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books she recommends, please see the following links:

Nothing Important Happened Today by Will Carver
Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce
My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

About Sue:
I live in Johannesburg, South Africa, and am obsessed with books, cycling and travel. I’ve been blogging for about three years now, inspired by my membership of THE Book Club (TBC), the wonderful, amazing Facebook book club made up of a bunch of crazy, hugely interactive readers and authors who share their recommendations, humour and obsessions. I work full-time so my blogging is irregular at best and I have huge admiration for my fellow bloggers whose amazing reviews grace my inbox every single day, sometimes more than once.

Sue’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| Suidi’s Book Reviews | Twitter @Suidi_books |

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 is now closed. Fifty-seven brilliant book bloggers and authors have shared three of their favourite 2019 books with us (posts will be running until 30th December). I hope you’ve found a book (or five!) to add to your TBR. #R3COMM3ND3D will return next year in the form of #R3COMM3ND3D2020 so start making a note of any cracking 2020 releases now and keep an eye out for the sign-up form from June onwards. Thanks so much to everyone who has taken part, shared, retweeted, commented and generally supported the feature. YOU make it something special ❤️

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Julie Morris (@book_problem) #ALittleBookProblem #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello and welcome to the last #R3COMM3ND3D2019 post before Christmas. As in previous years, #R3COMM3ND3D and I will be taking a short break over the next three days, only to return on the 27th with even more brilliant book recommendations. As this is my last post before Christmas I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. I hope your festive break is exactly what you want it to be. I also hope you get to spend some quality time with a good book too 😉.

Today I am delighted to welcome a brilliant blogger to share three of her favourite books from 2019 with us. The warmest of welcomes to the very lovely Julie Morris of A Little Book Problem. Julie’s blog is a treasure trove of beautiful books and fantastic reviews. I strongly recommend that you give her blog a follow if you don’t already.

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.

Here are the three books Julie recommends…

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The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker by Jenni Keer
This book is just a gorgeous warm, cashmere hug of a book that will leave your heart filled with song and your eyes filled with tears. The story of a beautiful friendship between two unlikely souls who find each other just when they need each other. Happiness and joy in book form, I loved it.
Julie’s Review of The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker

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Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech
Intricately plotted, beautifully atmospheric, complex, thought-provoking, shocking, emotive – I’ve run out of adjectives to describe this taut, psychological thriller by Louise Beech. Multi-layered and nuanced, she raises the genre above and beyond what we’ve come to expect. This book is stunning.
Julie’s Review of Call Me Star Girl

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The Magic Carpet by Jessica Norrie
This is a book that hasn’t had as much exposure as it surely deserves and I really wanted to shine the spotlight on it again because it was so beautifully written, so moving and so very relevant to today’s society. It is one of those gems that just fall into your lap and you rejoice in having discovered it, and I really want it to reach a wider audience.
Julie’s Review of The Magic Carpet

Three excellent choices, thanks so much Julie. I have a signed copy of Call Me Star Girl waiting for me on my bookshelf and I cannot wait to read it!

If Julie has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books she recommends, please see the following links:

The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker by Jenni Keer
Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech
The Magic Carpet by Jessica Norrie

About Julie:
Writer. Blogger. Book hoarder. Mum. Ex-lawyer. Eternal optimist. Travel junkie. Plant killer. Owl lover.

Julie’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| A Little Book Problem | Twitter @book_problem | Facebook | Instagram @alittlebookproblem |

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 is now closed. Fifty-seven brilliant book bloggers and authors have shared three of their favourite 2019 books with us (posts will be running until 30th December). I hope you’ve found a book (or five!) to add to your TBR. #R3COMM3ND3D will return next year in the form of #R3COMM3ND3D2020 so start making a note of any cracking 2020 releases now and keep an eye out for the sign-up form from June onwards. Thanks so much to everyone who has taken part, shared, retweeted, commented and generally supported the feature. YOU make it something special ❤️

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Marnie Harrison (@once_book) #OnceUponaTimeBookBlog #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Happy Sunday, book friends. I hope you’re having a great weekend so far! Welcome to damppebbles today and to another fantastic day of sharing the book love. Today on #R3COMM3ND3D2019 I am delighted to welcome the brilliant Marnie Harrison of Once Upon a Time Book Blog. Marnie is a reasonably new book blogger to me but I adore her reviews. Her passion for the written word shines through. Go and check out her blog and make sure you subscribe to her posts whilst you’re there!

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. 😉

Here are Marnie’s three #R3COMM3ND3D2019 picks…

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See Them Run (Detective Clare Mackay #1) by Marion Todd
This is stunning debut and cracking read! I can not express enough how much I loved this book. If I had of been reading a physical copy of this book, I would of had a number of paper cuts as I couldn’t race through the pages quick enough! As it was, I kept skipping pages on my kindle in my haste to turn the page and had to slow down which was so hard to do. Marion took my hostage right from the start and did not let me go until the final word! I read this in one sitting as I had to know how it was gong to unfold and I was not disappointed. Not many books keep me up reading all night but there was no chance of me stopping with this one.
Marnie’s Review of See Them Run

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The Silent Victim (A Jessie Tucker Mystery #1) by Dana Perry
I absolutely loved this book. It completely blew my mind and I have not been able to stop thinking about it since I finished reading it! There are so many adjectives to describe this book but here are some that describe it best. It is action packed, addictive, brilliant, captivating, compelling, dangerous, dark, gripping, intense, riveting, spine tingling, terrifying and twisted! I could just keep going and going! I devoured this in one sitting as I could not tear myself away from it. What a magnificent start to a new series. I need the next book stat!
Marnie’s Review of The Silent Victim

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The Lies We Hide by S.E. Lynes
Known for her work in the psychological thriller genre, The Lies We Tell is new territory for Susie and she definitely nails it and smashes it out of the park! There are not too many books that get under my skin and stay with me long after I have finished them, but this book will be forever engrained in my memory and I will always be shouting it from the rooftops that you need to read this book when I’m asked for a recommendation on what to read! *Warning* Make sure you have the tissues handy though when reading this as you will need them!
Marnie’s Review of The Lies We Hide

Thanks so much for your recommendations, Marnie. All three are going on the wish list. I love S.E. Lynes’ books so I can’t wait to read The Lies We Hide!

If Marnie has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books she recommends, please see the following links:

See Them Run by Marion Todd
The Silent Victim by Dana Perry
The Lies We Hide by S.E. Lynes

About Marnie:
I am a big lover of books, and I love to share my thoughts and opinions on what I read, so I thought it was about time that I created a book blog which I launched in February this year. Due to health issues I am unable to work or drive now so this blog has been my lifesaver and I really enjoy interacting with other bloggers and authors.

My favourite genres are thrillers, psychological thrillers, mysteries, cozy mysteries, crime and true crime.

Marnie’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| Once Upon a Time Book Blog | Twitter @once_book | Facebook | Instagram @marnie.onceuponatimebookblog_ |

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 is now closed. Fifty-seven brilliant book bloggers and authors have shared three of their favourite 2019 books with us (posts will be running until 30th December). I hope you’ve found a book (or five!) to add to your TBR. #R3COMM3ND3D will return next year in the form of #R3COMM3ND3D2020 so start making a note of any cracking 2020 releases now and keep an eye out for the sign-up form from June onwards. Thanks so much to everyone who has taken part, shared, retweeted, commented and generally supported the feature. YOU make it something special ❤️

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Davida Chazan (@ChocolateLady57) #TheChocolateLadysBookReviewBlog #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello and welcome to the blog today. Happy weekend to you! I hope you have some bookish plans in store. After today there are only SIX #R3COMM3ND3D2019 posts left to share. SIX! How can that be? Where have the last two months gone? I hope you’ve been taking notes as there will be a pop quiz on New Years day (only joking!).

One of the things I love the most about #R3COMM3ND3D2019 is discovering new-to-me authors and bloggers. Today is a brilliant example of just that as I am delighted to welcome Davida Chazan who blogs over at The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog. Go and have a good old look around Davida’s blog and give her a follow whilst you’re there!

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. 😉

Here are the three books Davida recommends…

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The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt by Andrea Bobotis
This debut novel is by far one of the most beautifully written books I’ve read in a VERY long time. The story is simply compelling and the characters are beautifully drawn. My favorite of 2019!
Davida’s Review of The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt

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The Last Train to London by Meg Waite Clayton
This book about Geertruida Wijsmuller, aka “Tante Truus” the woman who convinced the infamous Nazi Adolph Eichmann to allow hundreds of Jewish children to escape Vienna for London via the Netherlands is not only an important one to tell, but one which touched my family, friends, and colleagues personally. That was just the beginning of her bravery and what came to be known as the Kindertransport. This book should be required reading for everyone.
Davida’s Review of The Last Train to London

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Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Yes, this one was hyped a great deal this year, but it deserves it. Such an original way of story telling, it felt like I was reading about my own youth (I grew up in the 60s and 70s), and it felt so true. Plus, the ending will make you think about the book in a whole different light. What a wonderful piece of fiction!
Davida’s Review of Daisy Jones and The Six

Excellent choices, thank you Davida. I’m quite surprised that we haven’t seen Daisy Jones and The Six on #R3COMM3ND3D2019 before now. I know it was hugely popular when it was first released and who can resist that cover!

If Davida has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books she recommends, please see the following links:

The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt by Andrea Bobotis
The Last Train to London by Meg Waite Clayton
Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

About Davida:
I have been writing on-line content (reviews and articles of all kinds) since about 1998. In 2013, I began specializing in writing book reviews. I’m originally from Evanston, Illinois and moved to Israel at the tender age of 21. I started out living on a Kibbutz in the south, moved to a (then small) development town in the north, and I now live in Jerusalem. I am very happily married and have three wonderful children. I’m a published poet and aspiring author who likes to bake and make my own ice cream!

Davida’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog | Twitter @ChocolateLady57 | Facebook |

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 is now closed. Fifty-seven brilliant book bloggers and authors have shared three of their favourite 2019 books with us (posts will be running until 30th December). I hope you’ve found a book (or five!) to add to your TBR. #R3COMM3ND3D will return next year in the form of #R3COMM3ND3D2020 so start making a note of any cracking 2020 releases now and keep an eye out for the sign-up form from June onwards. Thanks so much to everyone who has taken part, shared, retweeted, commented and generally supported the feature. YOU make it something special ❤️

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Jacob Collins (@collinsjacob115) #HookedFromPageOne #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

It Friiiiiiiiiiiiiiidaaaaaaaaay! Phew. The weekend is almost here. Time for you to put your feet up and lose yourself in a good book. Or, if you’re anything like me, time to get those last few panic buys in before the big day, only to totally regret them immediately afterwards and wonder what the hell you were thinking…!

Today I am delighted to welcome another of my favourite book bloggers to damppebbles to share their three #R3COMM3ND3D2019 picks. I am delighted to be joined by the brilliant Jacob Collins of Hooked From Page One. If you don’t already follow Jacob’s blog then that has to change RIGHT NOW. Go on. Off you go. We can wait for you…

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. 😉

Here are Jacob’s three recommendations…

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Blood & Sugar by Laura Shepherd-Robinson
I’ve recently started reading some more historical fiction and I thought Laura-Shepherd-Robinson’s Blood & Sugar was such a strong debut. There is an absorbing mystery in this book set against the backdrop of a dark time in Britain and the world’s history, slave trade.
Jacob’s Review of Blood & Sugar

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Breakers by Doug Johnstone
This is a book that has really stayed with me this year. Doug Johnstone is a master storyteller. There were high levels of tension right throughout this book and I can remember holding my breath as I waited to find out what would happen next.
Jacob’s Review of Breakers

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Stone Cold Heart by Caz Frear
Caz Frear’s Detective Cat Kinsella series is fast becoming one of my favourites. Once I got to the end of this book I wanted to read the next straight away and the moment it’s out I will be bumping it right to the top of my TBR pile.
Jacob’s Review of Stone Cold Heart

Great choices, thanks Jacob. I’ve read Stone Cold Heart by Caz Frear and I couldn’t agree more with you! Good to see Blood & Sugar make it’s third #R3COMM3ND3D2019 appearance too, putting it in joint first place with one other book…

If Jacob has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books he recommends, please see the following links:

Blood & Sugar by Laura Shepherd-Robinson
Breakers by Doug Johnstone
Stone Cold Heart by Caz Frear

About Jacob:
I’m Jacob and I am in my early twenties. I have a real passion for crime fiction and I started my blog to recommend the very best crime novels that I want to shout about. I’ve been blogging now for three and a half years now and it’s something I don’t think I’ll ever grow tired of.

Jacob’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Hooked From Page OneTwitter @collinsjacob115 |

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). But hurry, there’s only ONE place left!

 

 

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #Reviewer Sonja van der Westhuizen (@sonjavanderwest) #WestsWords #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello and welcome to Thursday on damppebbles. Less than a week to go now until the big day. Are you perfectly in control? A picture of calm and Christmas poise? No, me neither 😂. I’m sure it will all turn out good in the end, right…..??

Today I am delighted to welcome the brilliant Sonja van der Westhuizen to the blog to share her three #R3COMM3ND3D2019 picks with us. Sonja has her own fantastic website over at West’s Words as well as contributing to one of my favourite crime fiction sites, the awesome Crime Fiction Lover. If you’re a crime fiction fan then you need to subscribe to both as otherwise, you’re missing out.

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. 😉

Here are Sonja’s three recommended reads…

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The Boy in the Headlights (Munch & Krüger #3) by Samuel Bjork
If you’re a Nordic Noir addict like I am, this will satisfy your craving for some dark, cold, twisted crime fiction. Bjork grips from the starts and delivers a satisfying story-line with a range of interesting characters.
Sonja’s Review of The Boy in the Headlights

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Blood Song (Roy & Castells #3) by Johana Gustawsson
Not only does Johana Gustawsson write a solid crime story, she weaves a horrid piece of Spain’s almost forgotten history into her novel without alienating her readers – on the contrary – this makes Blood Song so much more powerful.
Sonja’s Review of Blood Song

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The Dance of Death (Black Forest Investigations Series #3) by Oliver Bottini
As with many of 2019’s crime writers Bottini also addresses one of the major crisis the world is experiencing at the moment – that of immigrants and their lack of place in the world, as well as their struggles. He does this against the backdrop of an intriguing crime story.
Sonja’s Review of The Dance of Death

Thanks so much, Sonja. I’m adding two of your recommendations to my wish list and the other I have read and absolutely adore. People, if you haven’t read Johana Gustawsson’s Blood Song yet then make it your next read. One of my top books of the year!

If Sonja has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books she recommends, please see the following links:

The Boy in the Headlights by Samuel Bjork
Blood Song by Johana Gustawsson
The Dance of Death by Oliver Bottini

About Sonja:
Compulsive reader and reviewer for both print and online publications in South Africa and internationally. Running out of shelf space, yet keeps on buying Nordic Noir. Fuelled by coffee and travel.

Sonja’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| West’s Words | Twitter @sonjavanderwest | Instagram @westswords |

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). But hurry, there’s only ONE space left!