Hello and welcome to damppebbles. Happy December! I can’t quite understand where this year has gone. I mean, HOW is it December already?! Not only is it the 1st of December it’s also day 29 of #R3COMM3ND3D2021 and I have another two and a half weeks of bookish delights still to share with you. Don’t forget though, if you’re keen to take part in #R3COMM3ND3D2021 you need to fill in the form at the bottom of this post BEFORE midday today (that’s UK time, GMT). Don’t delay, get your three books submitted before it’s too late!
Joining me today is a fabulous bookstagrammer who I heartily recommend you give a follow to, if you don’t already. It’s the brilliant Dee of chapter1.page1. I decided to put a little more effort into my booksta feed earlier this year (if you check it out you’ll wonder where the effort is, I can promise you 😂) so reached out for some advice. Dee immediately offered help and support and I am so grateful to have made that connection 🙏. Dee’s bookstagram feed is gorgeous. And Dave is the star of the show. Make sure you give them both 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 Dee recommends…
The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman by Julietta Henderson
I loved everything about it.
Dee’s Review of The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman
The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle by Matt Cain
It’s just so heartwarming.
Dee’s Review of The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle
The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward
The best thriller of 2021.
Dee’s Review of The Last House on Needless Street
Thanks so much, Dee. Three cracking choices. And this is the fourth time we’ve seen The Last House on Needless Street which puts it in the lead. The Last Thing to Burn by Will Dean is hot on its heels, with No Honour by Awais Khan and This is How We Are Human by Louise Beech close behind!
Book lover and bookstagrammer.
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)