Hello and welcome to damppebbles on this, the first Saturday of November 2022. Not only is it the first Saturday of 2022, it’s also day five of #R3COMM3ND3D2022 (as well as being Guy Fawkes Night here in the UK, which I’ll quickly gloss over 😂). Joining me to share the book love today is the fabulous Yvonne – Me and My Books. I heartily recommend Yvonne’s blog so please make sure you subscribe if you don’t already. I can guarantee you won’t be sorry!
So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2022? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers, reviewers 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 2022. To make things interesting there are a couple of teeny, tiny rules; 1) the book must have FIRST been published in 2022 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉
This is the sixth year of #R3C so things are going to be a smidge different this year. Like last year, there’s a scary deadline involved *shudder*. Unlike last year’s form which closed in December, this year’s form will close A LOT EARLIER. The #R3COMM3ND3D application form will only be open until midday (GMT) on Thursday 10th November. 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 November 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 Yvonne recommends…
The Darkest Sin (Cesare Aldo Series #2) by D.V. Bishop
This is the 2nd book in the Cesare Aldo series, I am addicted already. A historic fiction crime series set in Florence 1537. There are two investigations, one is a missing man the other a body discovered inside a monastery. These books are brilliant and the second goes into more detail about Aldo. The storyline is complex but there are no issues following it. Atmospheric, dangerous and totally addictive and I cannot wait until the 3rd book is out next year.
Yvonne’s Review of The Darkest Sin
Tick Tock by Simon Mayo
This was such a gripping story that had me addicted. A simple ticking that could be tinnitus but is actually something far worse. If your ears are ticking, then you have caught this deadly plague and you can infect others. I loved the tense drama in this novel and with Covid still going on it was easy to sense the dilemmas and the paranoia. Loved this book.
Yvonne’s Review of Tick Tock
The Empire by Michael Ball
This is a brilliant debut from someone who knows the workings of a theatre. The author has brought the vaudeville days back to life in this 1920s story. A bit of mystery, some rivalries, a dash of romance and all in all an addictive tale.
Yvonne’s Review of The Empire
Thank you so much for taking part in #R3COMM3ND3D this year, Yvonne. Three fantastic choices with three gorgeous covers!
About Yvonne – Me and My Books:
I am a book reader and I share my thoughts on my Blog. As well as reading I adore gardening, what is better than taking a break from the weeding to sit back in the sun and read a chapter or more! Photos of my plants and garden regularly pop into my weekly round-up posts.
If you’re a book blogger, bookstagrammer, reviewer 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/CNhNp5GRcr4XVedh8)