Hello and welcome to damppebbles. I hope your week has been full of books so far! Today I’m delighted to welcome another fantastic book blogger to share their three 2020 book recommendations, it’s the lovely Jo of Jo’s Book Blog. I love Jo’s blog and her reviews are brilliant. In fact, Jo is responsible for a number of my own book purchases – including one from her #R3COMM3ND3D2019 picks! Make sure you subscribe if you don’t already.
So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2020? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers and bookstagrammers 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 2020. 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 2020 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes. 😉
Here are Jo’s three #R3COMM3ND3D2020 books…
Coming Up For Air by Sarah Leipciger
I was blown away by this moving novel which shows three intertwined lives across the ages. Partly inspired by true events, it’s a fascinating and beautifully told tale.
Jo’s Review of Coming Up For Air
How Much of these Hills is Gold by C Pam Zhang
This is a fantastic novel that I read in two sittings. It features an element of American history that doesn’t get much airtime and is a beautifully told tale of two siblings which touches upon themes of gender and identity.
Jo’s Review of How Much of these Hills is Gold
Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica
Part dystopian, part horror, this is fantastically dark little novel with a chilling “what if” at its core. I loved every page.
Jo’s Review of Tender is the Flesh
Some wonderful choices, Jo. Thank you. I wholeheartedly agree about Tender is the Flesh. Quite an astonishing novel which I also loved.
If Jo has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books recommended above, please see the following links:
About Jo B:
I’ve been an avid reader since I was a child, and have always had an inclination towards darker stories – as a friend once pointed out, if I describe a book as bleak then I probably really enjoyed it.
This started as a fascination with fairy tales and myths when I was younger, and has developed into a love for post-apocalyptic / dystopian fiction now that I’m older – something that started when I read 1984 and Brave New World at A-level.
I also read a lot of crime, thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, horror… honestly, I’ll give most things a go!
If you’re a book blogger, bookstagrammer 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/kHTQeQdiUNZTsW4d6)