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…
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
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
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:
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!
#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 ❤️