#R3COMM3ND3D2021 with #BookBlogger Joanne (@portybelle) #PortobelloBookBlog #BookRecommendations #publishedin2021 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Happy Monday book fans and welcome to day 13 of #R3COMM3ND3D2021. We’re now fully in the swing of this year’s #R3C and I have so many beautiful books still to share with you. If you would like to join the bookish party then fret not, there is still a number of spaces up for grabs. Just make sure you complete the form below before 1st December.

Today I am delighted to welcome another brilliant book blogger to share three of their favourite 2021 releases with us, it’s Joanne from Portobello Book Blog. Joanne’s blog is beautiful and I’m a huge fan. If you don’t already subscribe then make sure you change that now. We can wait…

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 πŸ˜‰

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 Joanne recommends…

Of Stone and Sky by Merryn Glover
I thought this book was outstanding. It was beautifully written and such a compelling story. Set in the Cairngorm mountains of Scotland, it explores the disappearance of a shepherd and the events leading up to this. I couldn’t put this book down and chose it for my book group to read too!
Joanne’s Review of Of Stone and Sky

The Fair Botanists by Sara Sheridan
This book is a must for anyone who enjoys historical fiction with strong female protagonists. It’s set in Edinburgh around the time the Botanic Garden is being moved to its current location at Inverleith. I loved the way the author wove historical facts and real people into her story.
Joanne’s Review of The Fair Botanists

Emily Noble’s Disgrace by Mary Paulson-Ellis
Continuing the Scottish theme with my choices and bringing it very close to home as it’s set in Portobello. This is the third book by Mary Paulson-Ellis which focuses on people who are involved with those who die with no known relatives. Emily is the police officer investigating a missing person case stretching back over 20 years. Mary Paulson-Ellis is a brilliant writer with such attention to detail. This is an intriguing and compelling read.
Joanne’s Review of Emily Noble’s Disgrace

Three gorgeous looking and sounding books, thanks Joanne. I could easily gaze upon these three covers all day long! I also love that you’ve chosen books set in Scotland.

About Joanne:
I live in Portobello, which is Edinburgh’s seaside. I’ve been blogging for over six years and this has led to many connections and friendships in the real world as well as the online bookish community. I’ve been lucky enough to have the opportunity to read and review loads of brilliant books. I’m married and mum to two grown-up daughters. When I’m not reading, I enjoy walking, baking and meeting up with friends.

Joanne’s Blog and Social Media Links:
|Β Portobello Book Blog |Β Twitter @portybelle |Β Facebook |Β Instagram @portybelle |

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)

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