Hello dear bookish friends and welcome to day 8 of #R3COMM3ND3D2021. So far twenty books have been chosen with The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward receiving two votes so far, and we’re only a week and half in! I wonder if TLHoNS will hold onto its lead until the end of the feature!
Today I am pleased to welcome a brilliant blogger to damppebbles, it’s Shinjini from Modern Gypsy. Shinjini’s blog features not only books but art, tarot and lifestyle posts as well. It’s a goldmine of delights for the heart and soul so if you don’t already follow Modern Gypsy, head on over there now and hit the subscribe button.
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.
Here are the three books Modern Gypsy chose…
The Adjacent Possible by Nancy Hillis
If you’re an artist with a nerdy bent of mind, you will really enjoy this book! Nancy Hillis combines groundbreaking research in biology and physics and applies it to the painting process. Through each of the chapters, she shows how each move that you make in your painting opens multiple pathways that simply didn’t exist before you made your mark…your move…on the canvas. Especially interesting if you are an intuitive or abstract painter.
Four Thousand Weeks: Time and How to Use It by Oliver Burkeman
Four Thousand Weeks is a fascinating book about productivity. But unlike most productivity books, Burkeman doesn’t focus on getting things done, optimizing systems, or building efficiency. Instead, this book is a manifesto against these things — against hustle culture — and a call-to-arms to reclaim leisure, to construct a meaningful life by accepting the brevity of our lives and choosing to focus our time and attention on a few things well. I especially liked the insights he drew from both ancient and contemporary philosophers, psychologists and spiritual teachers, weaving that in to craft a practical and profound takedown of hustle culture. (Note: I haven’t reviewed the book, but I did write an article based on some of the ideas from this — and other — books. I’ve added the link below.)
Modern Gypsy’s article based on some of the ideas from the book
The Conjurer by Luanne G. Smith
And now, for something completely different! The Conjurer is the third book in the delightful Vine Witch trilogy. Elena Boureanu, the vine witch of Château Renard teams up with her friend Yvette Lenoir, the glamourist, to help their friend Sidra. The jinni has been accused of murdering her husband, but she’s determined to prove her innocence — in the process, risking not just her freedom, but also her life. If you like fantasy fiction or are just looking for a delightful piece of escapist fiction, you will love this book! (You could read it as a stand-alone book, but the entire trilogy is absolutely delightful!)
Three fascinating choices, thank you Shinjini. I’m eyeing up your second choice already. Sounds like a helpful, insightful book which I’m sure many of us could use.
About Modern Gypsy:
Shinjini, a.k.a. Modern Gypsy, is an artist, tarot reader, writer, and podcaster based in India. Her days are spent knee-deep in the creative process – painting, writing, reading, thinking, and dreaming. She’s been told that her podcast, Art with Soul Podcast, is like “having a creative coach and artist friend in your earbuds”, and that delights her no end. When she isn’t busy on one of the many creative or writing projects she has on the go, she can be found with her nose buried in a book. She runs a successful reading challenge called the Book Bingo, which will be back for its third edition this year.
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)