Hello my bookish friends and welcome to another cracking day of #R3COMM3ND3D2020. Today I am delighted to welcome a blogger I discovered earlier this year. It’s the very lovely Veronika Jordan of Cookiebiscuit’s blog. I am such a huge fan of Veronika’s blog and reviews. If you don’t already subscribe then that must change! You won’t regret it.
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 the three books Veronika chose…
The Miseducation of Evie Epworth by Matson Taylor
For someone like me who grew up in the sixties (though I am quite a bit younger than Evie) I found this book absolutely hilarious. Laugh out loud at times. The characters are richly drawn often to the point of caricature, but not enough to be unbelievable. And some of Evie’s ‘misadventures’ will have you crying with laughter. But one of the stand-out things for me about the book is how the author has managed to capture perfectly the ‘playful’ (his word) voice of a 16 year old girl in the sixties.
Veronika’s Review of The Miseducation of Evie Epworth
Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce
This story will stay with me for a very long time. It’s warm and funny and sad and evokes every emotion you can think of. I loved it.
Veronika’s Review of Miss Benson’s Beetle
When the Music Stops by Joe Heap
Every now and again I come across a book that is so unique, so different, that I am left reeling. When the Music Stops is one of those books. Towards the end I was totally overwhelmed and had to take a break or I would have started crying and not been able to stop. Even writing the review made me cry. It is rare for a story to have such a profound effect on me and make me feels so happy and sad at the same time. This is one book I will definitely read again (and I almost never do that).
Veronika’s Review of When the Music Stops
Wonderful choices, thank you Veronika. That’s the second time The Miseducation of Evie Epworth has been chosen (and twice in two days!) so that makes it the joint leader with She Lies Close by Sharon Doering. Woohoo, the race is on!
If Veronika has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books recommended above, please see the following links:
My name is Veronika Jordan. I live in the Cotswolds with my husband and an elderly Jack Russell named Pancake. I have two sons and three beautiful granddaughters. I write poetry and short stories and have published a book of short stories and a novella. I also paint a bit which seems to take up much of my free time. I am also an avid book reviewer as you can see from my recent posts. I review on Goodreads, Amazon, NetGalley and here on my blog. I hope you enjoy my reviews.
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)