Hello bookish friends and welcome to Thursday on damppebbles which also happens to be day 9 of #R3COMM3ND3D2021. We’re motoring through the month, nearly at the half way point and the bookish delights featured so far have had my bank account groaning in deep concern. And today is going to be no different as I am delighted to welcome one of my favourite bloggers to damppebbles to share their three #R3COMM3ND3D2021 picks, it’s Kate of The Quick and the Read. Kate’s blog is gorgeous and well worth subscribing to if you don’t already.
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 Kate has selected for us…
Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe
Who would have thought that a non-fiction book about an American drugs scandal would be one of my top books of 2021? Not me, that’s for sure! However, this is an absolutely shocking eye-opener of a book and I could not stop reading. What starts as a biography of the wealthy philanthropic family, the Sacklers, soon descends into a tale of addiction and corruption running through American society. It’s utterly compelling and fascinating about the roots of the drug Oxycontin and the way it has impacted the US – and raises some very awkward questions about the Sackler’s charitable donations of money from very dubious sources.
Kate’s Review of Empire of Pain
Mary Jane: A Novel by Jessica Anya Blau
This is basically the best summer of your life squeezed into a book. There is music, love, sunshine, coming of age and bucketloads of nostalgia – even if you weren’t around to witness the 1970s for yourself (as I wasn’t). This is one of those books that you never want to end, just like the sun-dappled, fun-filled and seemingly infinite days of childhood summers in rose-tinted memories. Essentially, this is escapism and pure joy in a book-shaped package.
Kate’s Review of Mary Jane
My Mess is a Bit of a Life by Georgia Pritchett
I am on a constant search for funny books. And I mean proper laugh-out-loud funny – the kind that have people looking at you strangely on the bus or make you want to read bits aloud, if only you can get the words out without giggling. This is one of those books and yet it is also so beautifully written. Pritchett (a brilliant comedy writer for TV) is basically discussing her life-long battle with anxiety but there is pitch-perfect humour and it is just so relatable. Yes, there is sadness and tragedy too, but it is definitely also the funniest and most charming book I’ve read this year.
Kate’s Review of My Mess is a Bit of a Life
Three super choices, thanks Kate. I think My Mess is a Bit of a Life wins ‘title of the year’, hands down! I’ll be adding these to my groaning wish list.
About Kate – The Quick and the Read:
Life-long book obsessive, plus also English teacher and mum. Have now spent a year in the book blogging community and on book Twitter and couldn’t be happier!
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)