#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Paul Cheney (@halfmanhalfb00k) #HalfManHalfBook #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Happy December! The warmest of welcomes to the blog today and to day thirty-one of #R3COMM3ND3D2019. I am loving the recommendations we’ve had so far and I can’t wait to see which other books get a mention before the feature finishes on 30th December. At the moment two books are tied in first place. They are The Binding by Bridget Collins and Blood and Sugar by Laura Shepherd-Robinson. I wonder if it will stay that way…

Today I am delighted to welcome another brilliant book blogger to share their three #R3COMM3ND3D2019 picks with us – the brilliant Paul Cheney of Halfman, Halfbook. I love Paul’s blog because he tends to read a lot of non-fiction and his reviews are so well-written and always interesting. I’m looking forward to seeing which three books Paul has chosen for us today!

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 Paul recommends…


Surfacing by Kathleen Jamie
She is one of the best writers out there period. She has a way of conjuring words that I haven’t experienced with any other author. Fantastic book.
Paul’s Review of Surfacing

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Ring the Hill by Tom Cox
Tom Cox is using crowdfunding to enable him to write about any subject he wants to. This book is a loose sequel to 21st Century Yokel and is about the pleasure of climbing hills. And hares too.
Paul’s Review of Ring the Hill


Underland by Robert Macfarlane
Robert Macfarlane is a tour de force in natural history, landscape and travel writing and this is his best so far.
Paul’s Review of Underland

Thanks so much, Paul. Great choices. All three books look very interesting.

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

Surfacing by Kathleen Jamie
Ring the Hill by Tom Cox
Underland by Robert Macfarlane

About Paul:
I have always loved all things about reading and books, and cannot walk past a bookshop or library without popping in; just to look, you understand.

I read all types and genres of books, but my real passion is for non-fiction, in particular travel, natural history, history and science. I also love science fiction and fantasy and try to read some contemporary fiction along the way too.

I have been writing for NB Magazine as a non-fiction reviewer for over three years now.

Paul’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Halfman, HalfbookTwitter @halfmanhalfb00k |

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)




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