Hello and a very warm welcome to damppebbles. It’s Monday, the start of a brand-new week with brand new bookish opportunities! It’s also, sadly, the last week of #R3COMM3ND3D2022. Posts will be running on the blog until Wednesday this week and shortly after that (or a few weeks, or never, if past #R3Cs are anything to go by!) I’ll host the online after-show party. Which sounds all fancy and grand but is really only a blog post 😂 We’ll officially crown the winner (or winners) and it’s a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has taken part, so it is quite special.
Joining me to share the #R3COMM3ND3D2022 book love today is a brilliant blogger and someone you must follow. It’s the fabulous Sue Bavey of Sue’s Musings! Sue’s blog is essential reading for all bookworms, and Sue’s reading tastes are many and varied so there’s lots to look and choose from. Personally, I’m a fan of Sue’s fantasy reviews as it’s a genre that’s always intrigued me. And I can’t not mention Sue’s own book which was published last year. More info below!
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 😉
Here are the three books Sue recommends…
The Children of Gods and Fighting Men by Shauna Lawless
This book is an amazingly well-researched historical fantasy with elements of Irish Mythology. Two very different strong female characters on opposing sides, one side which has interesting magic. It’s difficult to believe this is a debut!
Sue’s Review of The Children of Gods and Fighting Men
Beneath a Copper Sky by Valerie Poore
This book is an historical fiction novel which reads like the author’s love letter to South Africa. It transported me to South Africa and was educational about rural life during apartheid. Filled with tiny observational details and an added mystery. Beneath a Copper Sky was a highly enjoyable read with knowledgeable commentary on both the social and political aspects of living with Apartheid during this time period.
Sue’s Review of Beneath a Copper Sky
Legacy Witches by Cass Kay
A perfectly spooky story for October. Legacy Witches is a fun, yet dark story of murderous witches, set in Salem, Massachusetts. Salem is filled with witch-related tourist attractions, but the legacy witches of the title are part of a hidden world – away from the tourism – that reaches back through history to the Salem Witch trials. This book is a murder mystery with magic, action, interesting characters and a likeable strong female main character.
Sue’s Review of Legacy Witches
Thank you so much, Sue. I love the sound of all three of your picks, and I’m pretty taken with those covers too!
About Lucky Jack (1894-2000):
“One of the perils of being a sniper during the First World War was the likelihood of a grenade going off right next to you and burying you alive”.
Meet Jack Rogers. Born in 1894, he once locked eyes with Queen Victoria and was one of the first travellers on London’s ‘Tube’. An early car owner, he had many escapades on his days out to Brighton, including a time when his brakes failed and he had to drive through central London without them!
His skills as an entertainer earned him popularity throughout his life, and kept him out of the deadly mines while a prisoner during the First World War. At the tender age of 103 Jack earned the title of ‘The World’s Oldest Columnist’ as he began dictating his life’s exploits to a reporter from the local newspaper.
A PREMIER Readers’ Award winner
Feed My Reads non-fiction book of the year 2022
About Sue Bavey:
English Mum, living in Massachusetts USA. BBNYA2022 panelist. Member #RBRT. Reviewer and SPFBO8 judge for http://booknest.eu. Author of Lucky Jack (1894-2000). Beta reader and book blogger.
Sadly submissions for #R3COMM3D3D2022 are now closed. Shortly after the last post I will be inviting you to attend the virtual after-show party, which should be fun. We’ll get to gaze upon the marvellous and majestic beauty of 2022’s books and also crown 2022’s winner, if we have one (they’re all winners, right?). Until then stay tuned as we have lots more bookish gorgeousness heading your way throughout November.