Hello dear bookish friend and welcome to day 22 of this year’s #R3COMM3ND3D. It’s Wednesday (the last Wednesday of November – where has the month gone?) and there’s a definite chill in the air here in the UK. Brrrr. Wrap up warm, grab a good book and get comfy. What’s that you say? You don’t have a good book on the go at the moment? Well, allow me and today’s #R3COMM3ND3D2021 guest to change that for you…
Today I am delighted to welcome brilliant blogger Veronika Jordan to damppebbles to talk all things #R3COMM3ND3D2021. Veronika blogs over at BookChatter@CookieBiscuit so pop over and say ‘hi’. Veronika’s blog is fantastic, I’m a huge fan. If you don’t already, make sure you give her a follow.
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 Veronika recommends…
The Beloved Girls by Harriet Evans
Another book that’s gone straight to my top books of the year. This book is so unique, amazing, heartfelt, sad and at times quite creepy. It revolves around the annual bee ceremony where the Hunter family and the whole community must follow the path to the old Chapel at Vanes to open the combs and taste the honey.
Veronika’s Review of The Beloved Girls
She Never Told Me About the Ocean by Elisabeth Sharp McKetta
She Never Told Me About the Ocean is a work of magical realism – I didn’t realise to what extent when I started it. There were touches of the mystical beauty I have only ever found in the books of Alice Hoffman (not so much Practical Magic which is the best known as it was made into a Hollywood film) but in others such as The World That We Knew, Faithful, Blackbird House and she is my favourite writer ever. This is the biggest compliment I could pay any author.
Veronika’s Review of She Never Told Me About the Ocean
Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone
Every once in a while you know you have read something special, something original, something so overwhelmingly beautiful and sad that you feel like your heart is breaking. Mirrorland is that something. Dark and unsettling, the more you read, the more you cannot imagine what the next chapter holds. It’s like holding your breath underwater, afraid to surface, yet more afraid to remain.
Veronika’s Review of Mirrorland
Thanks so much, Veronika. Three terrific sounding choices. One of which I’ve read and enjoyed.
About Veronika Jordan:
My name is Veronika Jordan. I live in the Cotswolds with my husband. I have two sons and three beautiful granddaughters. I am a book reviewer but I also write poetry and short stories and have published a book of short stories and a novella. I also paint a bit. The blog header was designed and painted by me.
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)