Hello bookish pals and welcome to Wednesday on damppebbles, which is also day 15 of #R3COMM3ND3D2021. Today I am delighted to welcome one of my favourite bloggers to share the book love with us, it’s Emily Quinn of A Quintillion Words. Emily’s reviews are a thing of beauty. No one else I know writes a review like Emily does. They’re so well thought out, giving the reader a real feel for what to expect from the book. If you’re looking for a new blogger to follow then Emily is definitely your woman. You can thank me later!
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 Emily’s three #R3COMM3ND3D2021 picks…
Call Me Mummy by Tina Baker
Reading this book, I was sometimes questioning my own sanity because I LOVED just how dark and disturbing things were (who even am I?!) Prepare to be shocked, even repulsed by certain people and actions! However, without all these dark details, the story wouldn’t be as gripping and thrilling as it was. Though tough to stomach this story line, it’s a book written with incredible talent and passion, with a unique tone and fantastic character development. It’s impossible not to place yourself in the shoes of the characters and feel every emotion so deeply with those who suffer the most. An unforgettable, thought-provoking story with everything you’d want in a great thriller. One of the best I’ve read!
Emily’s Review of Call Me Mummy
The Lesson by Lisa Bradley
I could write about this book forever and a day and still have amazing things to say about it! It’s such a rare treat when an author does everything right, and this book is such a prime example of that. I honestly believe this is one of the best books I’ve read, and I rarely say that! Lisa is an incredible author who knows exactly the kind of book I want to read and delivers every single time. I spent days daydreaming at work, nights laying in bed thinking about these characters, their motives, their secrets, their lies… The whole experience knocked me off balance, and very few authors manage to give me such an unexplainable feeling of awe when I finish a book – Lisa managed it with her debut and this feeling was twice as strong with her follow up. The Lesson has quickly become one of my favourite books of all time, and it’ll stick with me forever!
Emily’s Review of The Lesson
First Day of My Life by Lisa Williamson
My god, if I think about this book too much, I feel like I’m going to cry (I’ll never listen to Bright Eyes’ First Day Of My Life the same ever again!) This story had a profound impact on me for a YA story which was completely unexpected, and it is genuinely one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. Each of the three main characters are fantastic, and have been created with immense care and passion. The love for these three just radiates from each page, and you can tell the author has put her heart and soul into each one of them. This combined with a solid plot full of twists and turns made this book award-worthy.
Emily’s Review of First Day of My Life
Three fantastic choices, thank you Emily. I’ve read Call Me Mummy and completely agree with you – it’s amazing! Everyone should read it. Your other two choices are going straight on the wish list. Thanks so much for sharing.
About Emily Quinn:
Emily is a book reviewer who loves to support the indie author community. When she’s not reading, she *tries* to find the time to write herself, but is often distracted by her energetic Golden Retriever pup or by playing video games!
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)