#R3COMM3ND3D2020 with #BookBlogger Duncan (@ExoticCrimeFict) #ExoticFictionReader #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #publishedin2020

Hello bookish friends and welcome to Saturday on damppebbles. How are your Christmas preparations going  if you celebrate? Less than a week to go until the big day and I FINALLY mention Christmas 😂.

One of the things I love most about #R3COMM3ND3D is getting to meet new bloggers. Today I am delighted to welcome another fairly ‘new to me’ blogger to share their three #R3COMM3ND3D2020 picks with us, it’s Duncan of Exotic Fiction Reader. I’m a huge fan of translated crime fiction and I’ve already found some great recommendations over on Duncan’s blog.

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2020? 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 2020. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2020 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes. 😉

Here are Duncan’s three #R3COMM3ND3D picks…

The Coral Bride by Roxanne Bouchard
Set in the Gaspé Peninsula in Quebec, translated from the French by David Warriner, this is a rich and absorbing story of a Mexican detective investigating the disappearance of a fisher woman in a remote and tight-lipped community. Family feuds, misplaced loyalty and fabulous landscapes each play their part in a fabulous read.
Duncan’s Review of The Coral Bride

Summer of Reckoning by Marion Brunet
Translated by Karen Gregory, this is the story of two French sisters living in a small town near Avignon. A place where suspicion jealousy, resentment and racial prejudice lead to tragedy. The novel is so striking as Brunet accurately articulates human thought and interaction in all its inconsistencies in such a powerful and realistic way.
Duncan’s Review of Summer of Reckoning

Like Flies From Afar by K. Ferrari
One day in the life of Argentine mobster Luis Machi who discovers an unknown enemy had left him with a unsuspected problem that he urgently needs to dispose of. The prose, translated by Adrian Nathan West, is fast and unrelenting. It’s like a roller-coaster ride in Machi’s two hundred thousand dollar BMW, just don’t check in the boot!
Duncan’s Review of Like Flies From Afar

Thanks so much, Duncan. Three great picks which are going straight on the terrifying TBR!

If Duncan has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books recommended above, please see the following links:

The Coral Bride by Roxanne Bouchard
Summer of Reckoning by Marion Brunet
Like Flies From Afar by K. Ferrari

About Duncan:
A long term reader of fast paced thrillers, I gradually found myself less enthusiastic for predictable storylines and locations. Then I discovered there is another world out there as started to get my crime fix overseas. I am now a keen reader and reviewer in mainly translated crime and some literary fiction from around the world. The more exotic the location, the better, we can travel further in the literature we read.

Duncan’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Exotic Fiction ReaderTwitter @ExoticCrimeFictFacebook GroupBookshop.org |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2020 with #BookBlogger Eva (@noveldeelights) #NovelDeelights #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #publishedin2020

Hello and welcome to Friday on damppebbles. It’s day 48 of this year’s #R3COMM3ND3D and my TBR is bowing under the weight of all of the brilliant new books which have been added since 1st November. Joining me today is one of my favourite bookish people. It’s the absolutely fabulous Eva of Novel Deelights. Eva’s blog is a treasure trove of treats for us book lovers so if you don’t already subscribe to her posts, make sure you change that right away!

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2020? 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 2020. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2020 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes. 😉

Here are Eva’s three 2020 picks…

We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker
I wasn’t able to put it into words when I first read it and I’m still unable to now. Whitty is one of a kind and everyone needs to be sprinkled by his magic. (Does that sound wrong? 🤔)
[DP: Erm….. 😳]

I Am Dust by Louise Beech
One of the many joys in picking up a book by Louise Beech is that you never know what to expect. This extremely talented author criss-crosses and combines genres like no other. The one thing you CAN always count on is truly glorious and beautiful writing. And quite possibly the need for tissues at some point or other. I Am Dust left me speechless. I loved it. I don’t know what more I can say.
Eva’s Review of I Am Dust

Magpie Lane by Lucy Atkins
In the midst of all the craziness this year brought, it took a special kind of book to hold my attention. Magpie Lane managed that effortlessly. An atmospheric and brilliantly plotted character-driven psychological thriller that captivated me from start to finish.
Eva’s Review of Magpie Lane

Three fantastic choices, thanks Eva. We Begin at the End has now streaked ahead of everyone else and is in the lead with four votes. But this is the third time we’ve seen I Am Dust so watch out Chris! I am, of course, over the moon to see all of the love for We Begin at the End as, stop me if I’ve mentioned this before, it’s my book of the year without a doubt! It’s also worth mentioning that Louise Beech’s Call Me Star Girl was joint-second place winner alongside Blood and Sugar by Laura Shepherd-Robinson last year!

If Eva has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books recommended above, please see the following links:

We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker
I Am Dust by Louise Beech
Magpie Lane by Lucy Atkins

About Eva:
Eva, reader of books (occasionally), blogger of reviews (rarely), drinker of wine (often)

Eva’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Novel DeelightsTwitter @noveldeelightsInstagram @noveldeelights |

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#GuestReview: Cooking for Cannibals by Rich Leder (@richleder) @LaughRiotPress @cobaltdinosaur #CookingForCannibals #damppebbles

Fountain of youth? More like murderous medication!

Carrie Kromer pushes the boundaries of science, not her social life. The brilliant behavioral gerontologist’s idea of a good time is hanging out with her beloved lab rats and taking care of her elderly mother and the other eccentric old folks at the nursing home. So no one is more surprised than Carrie when she steals the lab’s top-secret, experimental medicine for aging in reverse.

Two-time ex-con Johnny Fairfax dreams of culinary greatness. But when his corrupt parole officer tries to drag him from the nursing home kitchen, the suddenly young-again residents spring to his defence and murder the guy—and then request Johnny cook them an evidence devouring dinner to satisfy their insatiable side-effect appetite.

As their unexpected mutual attraction gets hot, Carrie and Johnny find themselves caught up with the authorities who arrive to investigate the killing. But even more dangerous than the man-eating not-so-senior citizens could be the arrival of death-dealing pharmaceutical hitmen.

Can Carrie and Johnny find true love in all this bloody madness?

Cooking for Cannibals is a dark comic thriller with a heaping helping of romance. If you like fast-paced plots, unconventional characters, and humor that crosses the line, then you’ll have a feast with Rich Leder’s wild ride.”

Welcome to damppebbles. Ryan here again. I’m sure you have a favourite book in the “Gerontologist and Cook” genre and are fearing it is a saturated market (🤪). But read on, for this is a novel not be missed!  Cooking for Cannibals is fast paced, thought provoking, humorous and characterful, and will leave you scouring the book sites and book shops for more from Rich Leder.

Leder has created a comic novel the likes of which Carl Hiaasen would be proud of. Brilliantly characterised characters, larger than life miscreants, a situation that no matter how twisted it seems can always be wrung further, sucking helpless readers in to find out what is going to happen next.

Carrie and Johnny are two interesting lead characters. As the blurb explains, you wouldn’t expect to find that they know each other. So when the storyline throws them together, facing everyone and everything private pharma can throw at them, they make an interesting pairing!  If you had an age reversing drug rejuvenating the inhabitants of an old folks home and needed to keep it quiet, you would not want your main confident to be someone this different from you who you didn’t trust, but that’s exactly the situation Carrie and Johnny end up in.  I loved how well we got to know these two characters, their feelings, drives, doubts and thoughts on the various situations they found themselves in.  Something a standalone novel allows is that ability for an author to draw everything out of a character rather than having to save some secret backstory or character flaw for the next book.  Leder doesn’t just wring his characters out, he puts them through hell and back for the delectation and delight of the reader.

This is one of those rare books that I couldn’t put down. It delighted me every time I picked it up and it’s probably the only book I’ll ever read where I think the cannibals are in the right!  If you are looking for escapism after a rotten 2020. If you want to sit back and be entertained by a colourful cast on an incredible adventure, then this is your 2020 tonic!  A fantastic book from an author that I will happily return to.

I chose to read and review an eARC of Cooking for Cannibals. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.

Cooking for Cannibals by Rich Leder was published in the UK by Laugh Riot Press on 14th January 2021 and is available in digital format (please note, the following links are affiliate links which means I receive a small percentage of the purchase price at no extra cost to you): | amazon.co.ukamazon.com |

Rich Leder has been a working writer for more than three decades. His credits include 19 produced movies—television films for CBS, Lifetime, and Hallmark and feature films for Lionsgate, Paramount Pictures, Tri-Star Pictures, Longridge Productions, and Left Bank Films—and six novels for Laugh Riot Press.

He’s been the lead singer in a Detroit rock band, a restaurateur, a Little League coach, an indie film director, a literacy tutor, a magazine editor, a screenwriting coach, a wedding guru, a PTA board member, a commercial real estate agent, and a visiting artist for the UNCW Film Studies Department, among other things, all of which, it turns out, was grist for the mill.

He resides on the North Carolina coast with his awesome wife, Lulu, and is sustained by the visits home of their three fabulous children.

#R3COMM3ND3D2020 with #BookBlogger Sue (@SueBavey) #SuesMusings #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #publishedin2020

Hello and welcome to day 47 of #R3COMM3ND3D2020. There are a mere six dates still up for grabs on this year’s #R3COMM3ND3D. So if you’re a book blogger or a published author and would like to shout about three 2020 releases, please complete the form below.

Joining me today is a fairly ‘new to me’ blogger – it’s the fantastic Sue of Sue’s Musings. After you’ve found out which three books Sue recommends, why don’t you head on over to Sue’s blog and check it out!

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2020? 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 2020. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2020 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 has chosen…

The Visitor by Terry Tyler
This is a murder mystery whodunnit set in 2024 against the background of a Bat-flu epidemic. I found it very gripping and difficult to put down as I wanted to find out who the killer was.
Sue’s Review of The Visitor

Sentinel (Voyager #2) by Carl Rackman
This is the sequel to Voyager but works without reading the first book in the series. It is an action packed thriller with fast-paced action and excitement. There is also the added possibility of alien life coming to Earth.
Sue’s Review of Sentinel

Northern Wrath (Hanged God #1) by Thilde Kold Holdt
This debut novel is a Norse fantasy epic filled with exciting battles and interesting, well described characters, including giants, gods and dwarfs. There are also badass female characters, and plenty of Norse mythology.
Sue’s Review of Northern Wrath

Thanks so much, Sue. Three really intriguing choices!

If Sue has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books recommended above, please see the following links:

The Visitor by Terry Tyler
Sentinel by Carl Rackman
Northern Wrath by Thilde Kold Holdt

About Sue:
English woman, living in USA. Read and review most genres. Fan of alternative music and comedy.

Sue’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Sue’s MusingsTwitter @SueBavey |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2020 with #BookBlogger Frankie (@ChicksandRogues) #ChicksRoguesandScandals #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #publishedin2020

Hello bookish friends and happy Wednesday to you! I hope your day is full to the brim of bookish treats and if you’re without something to read at the moment, well, allow me to help you with that! Today I am delighted to welcome another absolutely fabulous book blogger to share the #R3COMM3ND3D2020 book love and hopefully add a couple of books to your burgeoning TBRs. Joining me today is the marvellous Frankie who blogs over at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals. I love Frankie’s blog and her reviews are fantastic so if you don’t already subscribe, hop over to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals and change that!

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2020? 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 2020. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2020 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes. 😉

Here are Frankie’s three books…

The Colour of Mermaids by Catherine Curzon & Eleanor Harkstead
How much do I love this book?! Let me count the ways….honestly, I’m already waxing lyrical….In one word, this book is perfect!! Absolutely and utterly heart-stopping, powerful and emotionally wrenching, intoxicatingly gripping, romantic and brilliantly thrilling; perfection!! I have always known that Catherine and Eleanor are masters of emotional and witty romance, but this one shows just how impressive their writing is. The way they tackled such deeply sensitive and somewhat taboo subjects such as; depression, mental health illness, drug abuse is impeccable.
Frankie’s Review of The Colour of Mermaids

The German Nurse by M. J. Hollows
I loved this book, it’s a powerful and emotional read from the start, I was completely taken with Jack and Johanna, they pulled at my heartstring with their beautiful love story, there were times I was in tears. This is all about survival, love and family and the contradicting feeling of duty, it’s the story of what a man would do to protect those he cares about most. Once Guernsey has occupied the people of the Island have to make choices to survive, Jack finds himself stuck between a rock and a hard place, he has a duty to do to protect his family and yet to do that he would put Johanna in danger. What is a man to do when everyone he cares about is the danger?
Frankie’s Review of The German Nurse

Where Butterflies Go by Debra Doxer
I am completely lost for words, I could use various platitudes such as ‘wow, stunning, breath-taking’ but to be perfectly honest there are no words that can fully do this gorgeous book justice. Nothing I can string together in form of a review will do justice to just how incredible and moving this book is, it feels wrong pinning a few overly used words to this beautiful book, this is incredibly special and a stunning tribute to those who were taken so brutally and a powerful testament to those who survived to share their stories with us all. Where Butterflies Go is a once in a lifetime book which everyone must read, it isn’t the easiest of reads at times, it’s emotional and haunting and will break the hardest of hearts, and there is hope and love and the pure unrelenting determination to survive. It will leave you feeling very emotional, I know that Meira and her family will stay with me for a long time.
Frankie’s Review of Where Butterflies Go

Three great sounding choices, thanks so much Frankie. Your wonderful enthusiasm for your three picks makes me want to read them all!

If Frankie has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books recommended above, please see the following links:

The Colour of Mermaids by Catherine Curzon & Eleanor Harkstead
The German Nurse by M. J. Hollows
Where Butterflies Go by Debra Doxer

About Frankie:
Proud Yorkshire Lass, who is fond of a good cuppa and overly enthused with biscuits. Full-time carer and owner of a demonic Patterdale Pup. Avid reader and enthusiastic reviewer of many genres.

Frankie’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| Chicks, Rogues and Scandals | Twitter @ChicksandRogues | Facebook | Instagram @chicksroguesandscandals |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2020 with #BookBlogger Shelleyrae (@bookdout) #BookdOut #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #publishedin2020

Hello and welcome to Tuesday on damppebbles. We’re currently – before I reveal the three books today’s #R3COMM3ND3D2020 guest has chosen – 124 unique book recommendations into this year’s feature and I’m loving every minute of it! We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker is in the lead at the moment with three votes but there are five other books snapping at Chris’ heels with two votes each!

Today I am delighted to welcome another fairly ‘new to me’ blogger to share the book love. It’s the fantastic Shelleyrae of Book’d Out. I popped over to Book’d Out for a quick nose around and fell in love with Shelleyrae’s aesthetic. I subscribed, of course, and I am looking forward to getting some brilliant book recommendations!

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2020? 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 2020. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2020 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes. 😉

Here are Shelleyrae’s three #R3COMM3ND3D2020 picks…

Code Name Hélène by Ariel Lawhon
Code Name Hélène by Ariel Lawhon is an exciting and absorbing novel of historical fiction based on the extraordinary wartime experiences of Australian-born, resistor/spy/agent, Nancy Wake. This is not just a story of adventure and romance, but also one of friendship, courage, tragedy, and hope.
Shelleyrae’s Review of Code Name Hélène

Consolation (Constable Hirsch Mysteries #3) by Garry Disher
Consolation is the third excellent, compelling crime novel by Garry Disher to feature Constable Paul Hirschhausen, a country copper in rural South Australia. There’s plenty of well timed action that drives the story at a fast pace but without sacrificing suspense, or emotion. The setting is recognisably Australian, Disher’s prose effortlessly evokes the environment, character, and residents of Tiverton and surrounds. The laconic dialogue and dry wit is familiar and authentic. This is one of my favourite crime fiction series which begins with Bitter Wash Road (Hell To Pay in the US) and Peace.
Shelleyrae’s Review of Consolation
[Now, you know I’m a stickler for the rules of #R3COMM3ND3D but how do you fancy a little bit of controversy?! This book – Consolation – isn’t actually published here in the UK until next June. However, it was published this year in Australia, which is where Shelleyrae is from. So on this occasion, and because I’m now stupidly excited about reading this book and it sounds to be everything I love at the moment, I’m allowing it. BUT I have included the Australian cover and the link below will take you the Amazon AU listing. Worth mentioning though that the UK cover is GORGEOUS and this is now one of my most hotly anticipated reads for 2021! My blog, my rules 😉]

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
Anxious People is both wise and insightful, absurd and poignant. It explores a variety of themes including desperation, grief, compassion, relationships, capitalism, regret, connection and hope. It’s a comedy, a tragedy, a mystery and a wonderfully told story. I don’t know how it is that Fredrik Backman can write such wildly divergent stories with unique characters that nevertheless have all managed to make me both laugh and cry.
Shelleyrae’s Review of Anxious People

Three great choices, thanks so much Shelleyrae. I really am quite giddy about Consolation so roll on the Summer when I can get my mitts on a copy!

If Shelleyrae has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books recommended above, please see the following links:

Code Name Hélène by Ariel Lawhon
Consolation by Garry Disher
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

About Shelleyrae:
My name is Shelleyrae, I’m a wife and mother of four living in a small regional town on the north coast of NSW, Australia. A life long reader, I started Book’d Out in 2010 to connect with other book lovers. I read around 200 books a year across a variety of fiction genres, naturally favouring Australian authors, and I enjoy reading nonfiction too (I am currently hosting the Nonfiction Reader Challenge).

Shelleyrae’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Book’d OutTwitter @bookdoutFacebookGoodreadsLibraryThingPinterest |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2020 with #Author Cath Barton (@CathBarton1) @LouiseWalters12 #InTheSweepOfTheBay #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #publishedin2020

Hello and welcome to day 44 of #R3COMM3ND3D2020 and a brand new week of brilliant books! Today I am delighted to welcome a fantastic author to share three of their top picks published this year with us. It’s the lovely Cath Barton whose most recent publication is the heart-warming and emotional In the Sweep of the Bay. I recently organised a blog tour for ITSOTB and the love the book received from the bloggers was just wonderful! Scroll down to the end of this post to find out everything you need to know about In the Sweep of the Bay.

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2020? 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 2020. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2020 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes. 😉

Here are the three books Cath has selected…

The Codes of Love by Hannah Persaud
I rarely give a book 5 stars. To merit that accolade, it needs to have swept me into its world and kept me captive there. The Codes of Love is one that did so. I read the final chapters before I went to sleep and they got into my dreams.
Cath’s Review of The Codes of Love

The Almost Mothers by Laura Besley
I admire Laura Besley’s writing in this flash collection for its lack of sentimentality and its directness in showing some of the many aspects of motherhood. I also very much like the way she matches style to content.
Cath’s Review of The Almost Mothers

Exit Management by Naomi Booth
There is no trace of melodrama in this taut and elegantly-written novel, but a measured weighting of what, in the end, is important in life and what is only vanity or hubris.
Cath’s Review of Exit Management

Three really interesting choices, Cath. Thanks so much for sharing them with us today.

If Cath has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books recommended above, please see the following links:

The Codes of Love by Hannah Persaud
The Almost Mothers by Laura Besley
Exit Management by Naomi Booth

About In the Sweep of the Bay:
This warm-hearted tale explores marriage, love, and longing, set against the majestic backdrop of Morecambe Bay, the Lakeland Fells, and the faded splendour of the Midland Hotel.

Ted Marshall meets Rene in the dance halls of Morecambe and they marry during the frail optimism of the 1950s. They adopt the roles expected of man and wife at the time: he the breadwinner at the family ceramics firm, and she the loyal housewife. But as the years go by, they find themselves wishing for more…

After Ted survives a heart attack, both see it as a new beginning… but can a faded love like theirs ever be rekindled?

“A tender and moving study of a marriage” Alison Moore, author of the Booker short-listed The Lighthouse

Louise Walters Booksamazon.co.ukamazon.comWaterstonesFoylesBarnes and NobleApple Books |

About Cath Barton:
Cath Barton is an English writer who lives in Wales. She won the New Welsh Writing AmeriCymru Prize for the Novella in 2017 for ‘The Plankton Collector’, subsequently published by New Welsh Review. Her second novella, ‘In the Sweep of the Bay’, was published on 23 November 2020 by Louise Walters Books.

Cath’s Website and Social Media Links:
WebsiteTwitter @CathBarton1 |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2020 with #BookBlogger Paul (@halfmanhalfb00k) #HalfmanHalfbook #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #publishedin2020

Wooohoo, it’s Sunday and day 43 of this year’s #R3COMM3ND3D. I hope you’re having a splendid weekend and you’ve got a great book on the go. Today I am delighted to welcome another superb book blogger to share their three #R3COMM3ND3D2020 picks with us. It’s the brilliant Paul of Halfman, Halfbook. I think I say this every time Paul takes part in #R3C but he absolutely wins ‘best named blog’. Aren’t we all half-book?? I really enjoy Paul’s blog so head on over and hit subscribe. You won’t regret it!

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2020? 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 2020. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2020 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes. 😉

Here are the three books Paul chose…

Greenery: Journeys in Springtime by Tim Dee
Tim Dee is a magnificent writer and this book is one of his best. His endless fascination with the natural world. As he heads into the autumn of his life this is the story of his journey through spring follow the migrant birds as they head across Africa to spend summer in the UK.
Paul’s Review of Greenery

Into the Tangled Bank by Lev Parikian
Lots of people have rediscovered the natural world under lockdown this year and Parikian’s book is a way of finding out about those creatures who are in your local neighbourhood. He writes really well and you will probably laugh a lot at this too.
Paul’s Review of Into the Tangled Bank

Dark, Salt, Clear: Life in a Cornish Fishing Town by Lamorna Ash
Cornwall. Just the name of it brings to mind summer holidays, ice creams and the gull easting your chips. Ash is interested in the fishing though and moves down there with the intention of helping out of some of the boats that still fish the waters. Beautifully written, this is a snapshot of the side of Cornwall that the tourists never see or notice.
Paul’s Review of Dark, Salt, Clear

Three absolutely fascinating books, Paul. Thank you. Having spent many holidays in Cornwall and still having family living in Hayle, I’m drawn to Dark, Salt, Clear despite never having been fishing!

If Paul has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books recommended above, please see the following links:

Greenery by Tim Dee
Into the Tangled Bank by Lev Parikian
Dark, Salt, Clear by Lamorna Ash

About Paul:
I have always loved all things about reading and books, and cannot walk past a bookshop or library without popping in; just to look, you understand.

I read all types and genres of books, but my real passion is for non-fiction, in particular travel, natural history, history and science. I also love science fiction and fantasy and try to read some contemporary fiction along the way too.

I have been a judge on the Edward Stanford Travel writing awards for the past two years and have been writing for NB Magazine as a non-fiction reviewer. I have a blog and I am very active on Good Reads as well.

Paul’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Halfman, HalfbookTwitter @halfmanhalfb00k |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2020 with #BookBlogger David (@Bluebookballoon) #BlueBookBalloon #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #publishedin2020

Hello my bookish friends and welcome to Saturday on damppebbles. It’s day 42 of #R3COMM3ND3D2020 and before I reveal the three books today’s guest has chosen, I am delighted to confirm that we’ve so far had 116 unique book recommendations! The book currently in the lead is *swoon* We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker, closely followed by She Lies Close by Sharon Doering, The Secrets of Strangers by Charity Norman and The Miseducation of Evie Epworth by Matson Taylor! Will that change today? Let’s find out…

Today I am over the moon to welcome one of my favourite book bloggers to share his three #R3COMM3ND3D2020 picks. It’s the fantastic David of Blue Book Balloon. I love David’s blog. His reviews are a thing of beauty and I heartily recommend you give him a follow.

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2020? 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 2020. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2020 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes. 😉

Here are the three books David has chosen…

The Unspoken Name by A. K. Larkwood
The Unspoken Name is a fantasy novel that is a fascinating, well-told and involving story. It follows Csorwe, an orc priestess destined to be sacrificed. Falling in with a handsome stranger, she takes her destiny in her hands, runs away and is trained up as an assassin and thief by the mysterious Sethennai. There is a refreshing lack of moral certainty with absolutely no bright lines of good and evil. What Larkwood is interested in – and this becomes increasingly clear – is the relationships between Csorwe and Sethennai but also with Tal, another protege. Effectively making up a dysfunctional family, the three face many challenges in an exciting and refreshing story with a wicked vein of humour.
David’s Review of The Unspoken Name

I Am Dust by Louise Beech
There has to be a book by Louise Beech on this list! Her humanity, her grasp of her characters and her ability to spin a stinking story, and second to none. In “I am Dust” a vein of spookiness overlays the complex relationships between three teenagers, Chloe, Jess and Ryan, looking back fifteen years. I loved the awkward, triangular relationship between them, the balance always shifting in response to the lurching dynamics of the teenagers, and to external pressures. Beech writes, I think, with great insight when she draws these characters: they ring true, and one worries for them – not only in 2005, but in the future, where Chloe seems alone. What has become of Jess and Ryan?
David’s Review of I Am Dust

Untamed Shore by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
This yea, Moreno-Garcia’s horror novel “Mexican Gothic” has received a lot of attention, and rightly so, but I’d like to bang the drum for a book she published earlier in 2020, more of a noir-tinged thriller evoking classic films of the 40s, 50s and 60s – it isn’t too much of a stretch to imagine this story taking place in black and white, acted out by the chiselled profiles and dangerous beauties of Hollywood – even though it’s set later, in 1979. Into Viridiana’s provincial world, to the little town in Baja California where she spends her summer watching the dead sharks rot, dodging strutting boys and resisting her mother’s plots to marry her off – into this world comes a trio of glamorous strangers, American tourists who’ve taken a house for the summer. And her life will never be the same again… this is a powerful and enchanting book, both a study of a young woman coming of age and a tense thriller. I listened to it on audio and and Maria Liatis’s narration is excellent throughout, both clear and deeply atmospheric.
David’s Review of Untamed Shore

Three terrific picks, David. Thank you. I loved Mexican Gothic so I’ll definitely be checking out Untamed Shore. And of course, this is the second time we’ve seen I Am Dust by Louise Beech mentioned so it’s now hot on the heels of We Begin at the End!

If David has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books recommended above, please see the following links:

The Unspoken Name by A. K. Larkwood
I Am Dust by Louise Beech
Untamed Shore by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

About David:
Originally a physicist, David is largely office based (or was till 2020 happened) in a job focussing on tax, though dreaming of science fiction, fantasy and crime. Blogging since 2011, he’s married to a vicar, lives in Midsomer Murders country, and is owned by two dogs – so is consequently usually muddy (especially since 2020 happened).

David’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Blue Book BalloonTwitter @Bluebookballoon |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2020 with #BookBlogger Els Ebraert (@BookreviewB) #BforBookreview #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #publishedin2020

It’s Friiiiiidaaaaaaaaaaay! Thank Crunchie. The weekend is almost here and I hope yours will be full of books. Today I am delighted to welcome another brilliant book blogger to share the #R3COMM3ND3D2020 book love. It’s the very lovely Els of B for Bookreview. Els does so much for books and her blog is a real treat. Make sure you give B for Bookreview a follow if you don’t already!

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2020? 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 2020. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2020 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes. 😉

Here are Els three #R3COMM3ND3D2020 picks…

Breathe Your Last (Detective Josie Quinn #10) by Lisa Regan
Why do I not recommend this title might be a better question. LOL. I loved the different emotions filling this book. I was crying ‘awww’ and a few minutes later I was yelling ‘nooooooo’. In fact, I recommend the whole series because it’s soooo good.
Els’ Review of Breathe Your Last

Ruthless Girl (Tyler Family #7) by Emma Tallon
This is also part of an amazing series. Do you know the feeling when you should hate the bad guy but you secretly love him? Well, … this is on of those cases. I fell in love with Freddie and he will always have a special place in my heart.
Els’ Review of Ruthless Girl

My Only Child by Sam Vickery
I love thrillers, but I love emotional stories too. They both suck me in and won’t let me go until the final full stop. This is one of those books where my heart broke in a million pieces, but it was glued together again at the end.
Els’ Review of My Only Child

Three great choices, thank you Els. And quite different from each other which is wonderful.

If Els has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books recommended above, please see the following links:

Breathe Your Last by Lisa Regan
Ruthless Girl by Emma Fallon
My Only Child by Sam Vickery

About Els:
Hi, I am Els and I live in a small village in the Flemish part of Belgium. I love to read, blog about the books and I try to do that as much as possible.

Els Blog and Social Media Links:
| B for Bookreview | Twitter @BookreviewB |

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