Hello and welcome to damppebbles. It’s a brand new week – happy Monday one and all – and I’ve got so many fantastic books to share with you over the next seven days. If your TBR is not groaning with new additions by Sunday evening then I’ve not done my job properly 😂 Today I am delighted to welcome another fabulous reviewer to share the 2021 book love, it’s Emma of EmmabBooks. I love Emma’s blog so head on over and have a look around.
So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2021? 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 2021. To make things interesting there are a couple of teeny, tiny rules; 1) the book must have FIRST been published in 2021 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉
As this is the fifth year of #R3C, things are going to be a smidge different this year. There’s a scary deadline involved *shudder*. The #R3COMM3ND3D application form will only be open until midday (GMT) on Wednesday 1st December. If you would like to take part in #R3C this year (and I would LOVE you to!) then please get your three choices in sooner rather than later. Any posts scheduled for later in December will be brought forward and I will close the series early if I’m not able to fill all of the available dates. The form is at the bottom of this post if you fancy taking part.
Let’s find out which three books Emma recommends…
The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
This novel is a mixture of fiction and fact. I love the detail of how the First Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary came into being, which is intertwined with the stories of the lives of many woman of that time. I listened to this an an audiobook.
Emma’s Review of The Dictionary of Lost Words
Prisoner by Ross Greenwood
This is a gripping prison drama, with characters that seem very real, and a story that seemed all to likely to be true. The author was a prison officer himself, and his depictions of everyday life within the prison, the different characters that work and live there, and reasons behind the offenders being there are all fascinating and keep the story moving at a fast pace. A fantastic novel which opened my eyes to a different world.
Emma’s Review of Prisoner
This is How We Are Human by Louise Beech
Sebastian has autism, and Veronica (his mother) is there to help him through life. Isabelle has always been protected by her father, but he now needs her help. This is a powerful, unforgettable and deeply moving novel inspired by real lives. How do we know if we are making the right decisions for those we love? This novel reaches right into the heart of how we are human.
Emma’s Review of This is How We Are Human
Thanks so much for your recommendations, Emma. Three very different books but I love the sound of all three.
I’m Emma, and the photo I use of “myself” is actually of Charlie one of my cats, who is a lot better looking than me. I’m British by birth, and now live in Austria (lots of snow, no kangaroos). I’ve been writing reviews of books for 7 years, my favourite genres being thrillers, historical fiction and well anything I can learn something from, with a human bias, be it fiction or non-fiction.
👉 No #R3COMM3ND3D2021 post tomorrow as I have a review to share instead but #R3C will be back on Wednesday! 👈
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/pHinvKCHGP89wumn9)