#R3COMM3ND3D2022 The After Show Party #BookBlogger #Author #Bookstagram #writingcommunity #bookcommunity #Publishedin2022 #MustReadBooks #booktwt #WhatToRead #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #amreading #amreviewing

Hello bookish friends and welcome to the social highlight of the year (🤔 if I keep saying it, it must be true, right?!), the #R3COMM3ND3D2022 after show party! The annual-ish recap of everything #R3COMM3ND3D where we get to gaze fondly upon the books that were chosen by twenty-nine brilliant bookish types (plus me) and announce the winner or…*audible gasp*…winners!

Of course, if you’re new to the blog you may be wondering what #R3COMM3ND3D is, so allow me to explain. 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 2022.

Waaaaaay back at the start of November book blogger Lorna of On The Shelf Reviews kicked things off for us with three cracking recommendations. By the time the feature finished on 30th November thirty days had passed and twenty-nine brilliant bookish folk (plus me) had recommended the grand total of 86 books. Eighty-six recommendations is pretty epic, right? Particularly as this year’s #R3C was a shortened, mini version.

So, let’s gaze upon the beautiful #R3COMM3ND3D2022 covers in all their splendiferous glory. Aren’t they gorgeous?!

A thing of beauty, I’m sure you’ll agree! If you took part in #R3COMM3ND3D2022 and the books you chose aren’t here then please get in touch.

You can read all of the individual posts by clicking HERE and scrolling down to 2022 or, if the thought of scrolling feels like a lot of effort, click HERE instead.

But let’s talk winners and find out what the most #R3COMM3ND3D book, or books, of 2022 were. A combination of a much shorter #R3C and the high quality of reading material published this year meant that there wasn’t a lot of opportunity for one book to rise above the rest. So 2022’s most #R3COMM3ND3D book is actually FOUR books! I give you our #R3COMM3ND3D2022 winners – the most recommended books of the year!

🏆 Huge congratulations to The Girl from Guernica by Karen Robards (MIRA), Nothing Else by Louise Beech (Orenda Books), Love and Other Human Errors by Bethany Clift (Hodder & Stoughton) and WAKE by Shelley Burr (Hodder & Stoughton) 🏆

Four very deserving titles which I hope you’ll keep an eye out for and add to your reading list at the first opportunity. One of these beauties I’ve read, the other three are going straight on the TBR. Have you read any of these cracking novels? What about the other #R3COMM3ND3D2022 books? How many do you have on your TBR? Let me know in the comments!

#R3COMM3ND3D will return next year in the form of #R3COMM3ND3D2023 (🤩) and you can help influence how it will run! If you’ve taken part in #R3COMM3ND3D since it began in 2017 and have 20 seconds to spare, please complete this survey (it’s so short, blink and you’ll miss it!): https://forms.gle/gBCgTVVwwhtLmQ4q7

The biggest of thanks to all of the book bloggers, bookstagrammers and authors who took part in #R3COMM3ND3D2022 and whittled their favourite reads down to three (an impossible task, I know!). Thank you for all of the likes, retweets, shares and comments – every single one is always appreciated. And enormous thanks to everyone who has filled in the survey so far (all six of you 😂). I’m hugely grateful for your feedback and the incredibly kind comments about the feature (although there is NO pressure to add a comment – you can skip that bit if you’re in a hurry).

Your support means everything to me and I’ll be forever grateful for the love a crazy idea I had six years ago has received from the book community. Book people really are THE BEST PEOPLE! 💜💜💜

Now’s let paaaarrrrtttttty!

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#R3COMM3ND3D2022 with #BookBlogger Sue Bavey (@SueBavey) #SuesMusings #LuckyJack #BookRecommendations #publishedin2022 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

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

Purchase Links: | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Goodreads |

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.

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

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.

#R3COMM3ND3D2022 with #Author Rachel Sargeant (@RachelSargeant3) #RachelSargeant #RaeSargeant #HerDeadlyFriend #BookRecommendations #publishedin2022 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello, hello, hello! Welcome to damppebbles on this chilly November day. I hope you’re having a book-filled week so far, despite the fact it’s only Tuesday! It’s also day 22 of #R3COMM3ND3D2022 which is rather marvellous. Thanks to #R3C22 we’ve so far had 61 brilliant individual book recommendations across a wide range of genres. Something for everyone, I hope you’ll agree! If you missed any posts and would like a bit of a recap (or if you have a few minutes spare and would just like to gaze upon their loveliness once again) then please click HERE.

Joining me on damppebbles today to chat about three of their favourite 2022 books is bestselling author and all-round lovely person, Rachel Sargeant. Rachel has recently published the first book in a new suspense series under the pen name of Rae Sargeant and I, for one, cannot wait to read it! If you’re as excited as me to get hold of a copy then scroll on down to the end of this post where you will find everything you need. Make sure you scroll back up again though 😂 Rachel is also the author of The Perfect NeighboursThe Good TeacherThe Roommates and Gallipoli: Year of Love and Duty as well as contributing to several anthologies.

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 Rachel recommends…

WAKE by Shelley Burr
There’s not a word out of place here. The author captures the voices of her two protagonists perfectly and conveys the atmosphere of the isolated farms and towns of the Australian Outback very well.
Rachel’s Review of WAKE

The Last Party (DC Morgan #1) by Clare Mackintosh
A great plot with a fully fleshed out supporting cast and dynamic culture-clash duo at the helm. There’s humour, pace and a vividly drawn setting. It’s good to see Wales, where I used to live, looking so glitzy.
Rachel’s Review of The Last Party

One of the Girls by Lucy Clarke
A great spin on the classic plot: a group of characters gather for a celebration in a remote location and one of them is intent on murder. It’s a slow build-up that has a page-turning quality that I really enjoyed.
Rachel’s Review of One of the Girls

Wow, I LOVE your three picks Rachel. You’ve chosen some of my favourite books of the year! I’m so pleased you loved these books too.

About Her Deadly Friend (Gleveham Killers Suspense Series #1):
The Suspect
Bullied by Steph Lewis at school, then betrayed by her lover, Amy Ashby still seethes with fury. Despite the decades-old resentment, she’s on the hunt for a new man and a fresh start. This time for keeps.

The Stalker
When Steph and Amy are stalked by a figure from their shared past, danger threatens.

The Detective
Now Detective Inspector, Steph follows a tip-off to her old rival. After quarrels exploded beyond the playground and changed lives forever, she vowed never to see Amy again. But that was then.

The Deaths
Murder rocks the city. First one, then another. The body count reaches five, and all Steph’s leads point to Amy. But is Steph obsessed with a schoolgirl vendetta or closing in on a deadly killer?

Purchase Links: | amazon.co.ukamazon.comWaterstones | FoylesBook DepositoryGoodreads |

About Rachel Sargeant:
As Rae Sargeant, I write the Gleveham Killers Suspense series with Hobeck Books. The first title, HER DEADLY FRIEND, came out this year. Under the name Rachel Sargeant, I write crime fiction and thrillers with HarperCollins. My most recent psychological thriller is THE ROOMMATES. I grew up in Lincolnshire, studied in Aberystwyth and worked in Germany, Surrey and Shropshire. I’m now based in Gloucestershire with my husband and children. When I’m not writing or reading, I like swimming, visiting country houses and coffee shops, and watching amateur theatre.

Rachel’s Website and Social Media Links:
WebsiteTwitter @RachelSargeant3FacebookBookBub |

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.

#R3COMM3ND3D2022 with #Author Terry Tyler (@TerryTyler4) #TerryTyler #WhereTheresDoubt #BookRecommendations #publishedin2022 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello bookish pals and welcome to day 20 of #R3COMM3ND3D2022. Oh, and it’s also Sunday. A day for rest, relaxation and reading which is exactly what I plan to do today. As I mentioned, today marks the 20th day of #R3COMM3ND3D2022 and what a cracking series it’s turning out to be! We’ve had 55 books recommended so far with two books receiving two votes each – The Girl from Guernica by Karen Robards and Nothing Else by Louise Beech. With only 10 days to go, will these two books be joint winners? I can’t wait to find out!

Joining me to share the book love today is a brilliant author of twenty-four books (that’s seriously impressive, 24!!), it’s the fabulous Terry Tyler. If you’re a fan of dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction (yes!), or dark psychological dramas (I am, yes!) or murder mysteries (hold on, I think we may be talking about me here 😂) then Terry is the author you need in your life. And yes, I do have a number of Terry’s books on the terrifying TBR which I cannot wait to read including the most recent publication, Where There’s Doubt. So if your reading habits are anything like mine then just scroll down for more information including purchase links!

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 Terry recommends…

The Last Princess by Shelley Wilson
It’s a YA novel and thus quite an ‘easy read’, but can be enjoyed by adults too – it races along, and I’m a sucker for any historical story set in the dark ages, especially to do with Viking invasion.
Terry’s Review of The Last Princess

Sisters at the Edge of the World by Ailish Sinclair
I loved this book because it so cleverly shows us a picture of life in the times of the Roman Conquest – it is set in Scotland, before the spread of Christianity, before the people had any idea of what happened in the rest of the world. Also, it’s a fabulous story.
Terry’s Review of Sisters at the Edge of the World

Tales of Empire: Four stories by authors exploring Britain’s Age of Empire by Antoine Vanner, Jacqueline Reiter, Tom Williams & Penny Hampson
Four long-short stories set in the 19th Century, and each one was excellent. The four authors give such insight into the time, and they are all so beautifully written. It’s not often you find a collection by different authors in which the standard is so high, throughout.
Terry’s Review of Tales of Empire

Thank you so much, Terry. I love the look and sound of all three of your books. Three very eye-catching covers too!

About Where There’s Doubt:
‘I can be anything you want me to be. Even if you don’t know you want it.’

Café owner Kate is mentally drained after a tough two years; all she wants from her online chess partner is entertainment on lonely evenings, and maybe a little virtual flirtation.

She is unaware that Nico Lewis is a highly intelligent con artist who, with an intricately spun web of lies about their emotional connection, will soon convince her that he is The One.

Neither does Kate know that his schemes involve women who seek love on dating sites, as well as his small publishing business. A host of excited authors believe Nico is about to make their dreams come true.

Terry Tyler’s twenty-fourth publication is a sinister psychological drama that highlights the dark side of internet dating—and the danger of ignoring the doubts of your subconscious.

Purchase Links: | amazon.co.ukamazon.comGoodreads |

About Terry Tyler:
Terry Tyler is the author of 24 books available on Amazon; she writes post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction, as well as dark psychological dramas and the odd murder mystery. She is an avid reader, and is a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team. Current WIP: a series of shorter novels about a rage virus.

Terry’s Website and Social Media Links:
Terry Tyler Book ReviewsTwitter @TerryTyler4 |

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.

#R3COMM3ND3D2022 with #Author Joy Kluver (@JoyKluver) #JoyKluver #DIBernieNoel @bookouture #BookRecommendations #publishedin2022 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello and a very warm welcome to Tuesday on damppebbles. It’s day 15 of #R3COMM3ND3D2022 and we’re now officially halfway through this year’s #R3C! I am loving this year’s series. We’ve had some beautiful books and the good news is that there are lots more to come! As things stand our current leader is The Girl from Guernica by Karen Robards but will that still be the case by the end of this week? We’ll just have to wait and see!

Joining me today to share the #R3COMM3ND3D book love is a fantastic author whose books I highly recommend. It’s the fabulous Joy Kluver who writes the gripping DI Bernie Noel series set in Wiltshire (which, as a side note, is just down the road from me!). There are currently three books in the DI Bernie Noel series with the third, Left for Dead, published earlier this year in January. Joy’s series was nominated for the New Kid on the Block award at this year’s Dead Good Reader awards, which goes to prove what a cracking series it is, a definite must read for all crime fiction fans!

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 Joy recommends…

No Safe Place by Bekhal Mahmod
I’ve started to get into more true crime stories and No Safe Place has been the best one I’ve read this year. It tells the story of the shocking murder of Banaz by her family in a so-called ‘honour’ killing. But as Bekhal shows, the murder was the culmination of years of abuse. It’s a devastating but compelling read.
Joy’s Review of No Safe Place

The Redeemer (Shanna Regan #1) by Victoria Goldman
It’s always good to have a new direction in crime and The Redeemer gives us that. There aren’t many modern Jewish crime books but there’s plenty of antisemitism still around today. Victoria Goldman introduces us to Shanna Regan, an investigative journalist who’s willing to go to great lengths to discover the truth behind some mysterious plaques and the deaths connected with them.
Joy’s Review of The Redeemer

Up Close and Fatal by Fergus McNeill
This is a mesmerising read, albeit tricky at times with some of the content. Tom, a journalist, gets invited on a unique road trip by a serial killer. As the title suggests, it’s an up close and fatal experience for some.
Joy’s Review of Up Close and Fatal

Thanks so much for your three brilliant choices, Joy. All three are going straight on the wish list!

About Left for Dead (DI Bernie Noel #3):
The detective stared at the young woman lying on the bed. She almost looked peaceful, her face like porcelain. Despite everything she had been through, she was still beautiful.

When DI Bernie Noel hurries to Keira Howard’s hospital bedside, she knows that Keira has been lucky. Barely conscious and badly injured, at least she is alive. Convinced that Keira’s attack is the latest in a string of increasingly violent assaults on young women in the area, the next victim might not be so fortunate. So she vows to find the man who did this, and to stop him before anyone else gets hurt.

Spurring her team into action, she quickly hones in on a prime suspect. But then he suddenly dies while on police watch, and Bernie’s investigation goes into freefall. When Bernie’s superiors won’t let her take the case any further, her gut instinct tells her there’s much more to his death than meets the eye. If it was murder, who would want him dead, and why? So she determines to set out on her own to find out what happened.

But the closer Bernie comes to discovering the truth, the more she is putting her own life in danger. And with Keira finally strong enough to talk her about her attack, Bernie worries she may be at risk yet again. There’s someone out there who has killed to stay safe in the shadows; can Bernie stop another senseless death, and save Keira, before it’s too late?

An utterly compelling crime thriller full of twists and suspense, perfect for fans of Val McDermid, Angela Marsons and Cara Hunter. A DeadGoodBooks award shortlisted crime novel 2022.

Purchase Links: | amazon.co.ukWaterstonesFoylesBook DepositoryGoodreads |

About Joy Kluver:
Joy Kluver has been an avid reader and writer since childhood. More recently she’s been escaping the madness of motherhood by turning her hand to crime novels. A book blogger as well as an author, she’s also part of the First Monday Crime team and if you’ve been to any of their events it’s likely you’ve eaten one of her cookies. She also organises author talks for her local library. Joy lives in SW London with her husband and three children. She has written three DI Bernadette ‘Bernie’ Noel books – ‘Last Seen’, ‘Broken Girls’ and ‘Left For Dead’, and the series has been shortlisted for Best New Kid on the Block (best new series) in the Dead Good Reader Awards 2022.

Joy’s Website and Social Media Links:
WebsiteTwitter @JoyKluverFacebookInstagram @joykluver |

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.

#R3COMM3ND3D2022 with #Author Pernille Hughes (@pernillehughes) @0neMoreChapter_ #TenYears #PernilleHughes #BookRecommendations #publishedin2022 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello and a very warm welcome to damppebbles. It’s Friday! The weekend is within touching distance and we can all thank Crunchie for that (one for the oldies perhaps…?). It’s also day 11 of #R3COMM3ND3D2022 and I am loving how this year’s #R3C is shaping up! So far we’ve had thirty unique book recommendations with no clear leader. BUT we’re only eleven days in and there is plenty of time for that to change!

Joining me today to talk all things #R3COMM3ND3D is the fabulous Pernille Hughes, author of Ten Years. I have seen Ten Years everywhere since it was published in September and the love for it from the online book community has been vast. With the publisher describing the book as ‘The most heartwarming and gripping love story you’ll read this year!’ and reviewers falling head over heels in love with Becca and Charlie, it’s definitely one to add to your shelf! I’ve got my copy, have you got yours?

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 Pernille recommends…

The No-Show by Beth O’Leary
It just blew me away. The writing, the plot, the structure. It’s totally brilliant and the kind of book that makes me think ‘I wish I’d written this’, while reading it, and then when I’ve finished it feel I might as well pack up my own laptop. (It’s a writer’s thing.)

The Staycation by Cressida McLaughlin
I read a lot of American romcoms, I could have listed Ali Hazelwood’s Love on The Brain, or Christina Lauren’s Something Wilder, both of which I’ve 100% loved this year. These books are getting a load of attention in the UK bookshops, on their ‘love stories’ tables. But I wanted to showcase this one, The Staycation, as it is an example of UK writers writing cracking, funny, sassy RomComs too.

The Change by Kirsten Miller
A non-romcom, for something different, but a book I found just so PLEASING to read. I think I read it with a manic grin on my face. It flipped a lot of my peri-menopausal switches, while also thrilling me with its twisty plot.

Three absolutely gorgeous choices, thank you so much Pernille! I have The Change on my TBR and I’m really looking forward to reading it.

About Ten Years:

‘Some days I feel like I’ve lived more than one lifetime, so, couldn’t we be right for each other this time around?’
Becca and Charlie have known each other since university.
Becca and Charlie have also hated each other since university.

Until now. Until Ally’s bucket list. The death of their loved one should mean they can go their separate ways and not look back. But completing the list is something neither of them can walk away from.

And sometimes, those who bring out the worst in you, also bring out the very best…

Over the course of ten years, Becca and Charlie’s paths collide as they deal with grief, love and life after Ally.
Not since Emma and Dex in One Day and Will and Lou in Me Before You will you root for a couple as much.

Purchase Links: | amazon.co.uk | Waterstones | Foyles | Book Depository | bookshop.org |

About Pernille Hughes:
Before she moved to writing full-time, Pernille Hughes studied Film & Literature at university. After she graduated she went on to market Natural History films before working in Children’s television, which meant living in actual Teletubbyland for a while! From 2011–2015, she was a regular contributor for The Sunday Times column ‘Confessions of a Tourist’. She’s had three romance novels published to date – Ten Years, Probably the Best Kiss in the World and Punch-Drunk Love (previously Sweatpants At Tiffanie’s).

Pernille lives in Buckinghamshire, England and while the kids are at school she scoffs cake and writes stories in order to maintain a shred of sanity. www.pernillehughes.com (Free short story here!)
www.linktr.ee/PernilleHughes

Pernille’s Website and Social Media Links:
| pernillehughes.com | Twitter @pernillehughes | Facebook | Instagram @pernillehughes | BookBub |

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.

#R3COMM3ND3D2022 with #Author Anne Coates (@Anne_Coates1) #AnneCoates #StageCall #HannahWeybridgeSeries @RedDogTweets #BookRecommendations #publishedin2022 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

It’s Friday, hooray! A very warm welcome to damppebbles and to day four of #R3COMM3ND3D2022. I am thrilled to welcome our first author of the year to the blog today, particularly as I am a huge fan of their books. Joining me today is the fabulous Anne Coates who writes the brilliant Hannah Weybridge Series published by Red Dog Press. There are five excellent books in Anne’s series with the latest, Stage Call, being published earlier this year in January.

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 Anne recommends…

Insomnia by Sarah Pinborough
The first person narrative immediately draws you into the plot as Emma’s life unravels just before her fortieth birthday. Successful lawyer, wife and mother is plagued by sleeplessness to such a degree even she is not sure what is real and whom to trust. An amazingly compelling and twisting narrative, with a touch of the supernatural.
Anne’s Review of Insomnia

New Brighton by Helen Trevorrow
New Brighton, a dystopian novel, totally captivated me in its web of intrigue as it explores corruption, reality, sexuality, what it means to be part of a family, a friend, a lover, a sister and motherhood. The intricate plotting is worked like a beautiful piece of lace. There are developing patterns, which only become apparent as you reach the dénouement after some devastating twists.
Anne’s Review of New Brighton

Nothing Else by Louise Beech
Louise Beech explores sisterhood, family relations, loss and grief in a symphony of emotions which is pitch perfect. Beautifully written and heartbreaking at times, Nothing Else is a fabulous and uplifting read.

Thanks so much, Anne. Three cracking choices – one of which I’ve read and enjoyed myself. The other two look brilliant so they’ll be going straight on the wish list!

About Stage Call (Hannah Weybridge #5):
At the Old Vic, one of London’s most iconic theatres, the stage is set for one of our national treasures to tread the boards in a new, sell-out play. Joan Ballantyne, now in her sixties, has attracted a new fan base with her role in an award-winning soap, Chicory Road, and they’ve turned out in force. As the curtain rises, it reveals the strangely still body of the leading lady, slumped in an armchair. The show will not go on…

Still recovering from the attempt on her life, Hannah Weybridge is stunned. She had been collaborating with the actress on her memoir. Now she has to contribute to her obituary. Suicide is suspected, but Hannah, from the little she knows of the woman, is sceptical. As is Joan’s son, the famous TV actor, Leo Hawkins, who implores Hannah to investigate the circumstances of his mother’s mysterious death.

Hannah is drawn into the lives of those who knew Joan. But who can she trust in a world where everyone seems to be playing a part?

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About Anne Coates:
Author of seven nonfiction books, short fiction and the Hannah Weybridge crime thriller series published by Red Dog Press, Anne Coates also reviews for The Arbuturian

Anne’s Website and Social Media Links:
WebsiteTwitter @Anne_Coates1FacebookInstagram @anne_coates1 |

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)

#R3COMM3ND3D returns on 1st November! #R3COMM3ND3D2022 #BookBloggers #Authors #Bookstagrammers #Publishedin2022 #MustReadBooks #booklove #bookrecommendations #BookTwitter #booktwt #bookstagram #author #damppebbles

Hello bookish friends and a very happy Monday to you. I have some exciting news, which probably won’t come as a huge surprise if you’ve been following damppebbles over the last few years!

#R3COMM3ND3D2022 STARTS TOMORROW!

I am so excited to be hosting the sixth year of #R3COMM3ND3D in 2022 but we are doing things a little differently this year. Read on to find out more including what #R3COMM3ND3D actually is if you’re new to the blog…

#R3COMM3ND3D is where I ask book bloggers, bookstagrammers and published authors to recommend three ‘must read’ books the rest of us should really make a point of picking up. Three titles you love and want to shout about. They don’t have to be your top three books of the year – just three books that have knocked your socks off and you think others will enjoy. Any author, any genre, traditionally, indie or self-published.

Sounds easy, right?

Of course, there’s a catch! Only one, mind you. The three books you select must have been published in 2022 and I will check! There are a few other teeny tiny rules such as reissues and special editions don’t count, authors CAN’T recommend their own books etc, but we’ll gloss over that for now…

The feature will run from 1st November until 30th November. For those of you who remember past years, you may notice that this is a much shorter time frame than before, but that’s because, as much as I love #R3C and I do LOVE #R3C, it can be quite time consuming and fiddly. So to give me a bit of a break, this year the feature will only run for one month. It may be a temporary thing, it may be a permanent thing. I have no idea at the moment 🙃

The other big change this year is that the Google Form to submit your three books will close a lot earlier on Wednesday 10th November. If I don’t manage to fill all 30 spaces in that time and I have to close #R3C2022 early, then that’s cool. If this happens, any posts scheduled towards the end of November will be brought forward.

If you’re celebrating a special promotion or an anniversary/blogiversary in November, or if you’re publishing a new book, I’m more than happy to schedule your #R3COMM3ND3D post for a specific date. And if you’re a published author, I always include information about your latest book in the post too (here’s an example).

Tempted? Go on, it’s so much fun! If you would like to take part then all you need to do is fill in the form below with as much information as possible. Really sell the books to us, make us want to read them too.

A final plea before I sign off. Please, please, please, please check the publication date of all formats on all three of your books before submitting your form. Often the hardback, audio and digital editions are published a full year before the paperback makes an appearance. I truly love #R3COMM3ND3D and I can’t imagine not running it on the blog, but it takes a long time to set each post up. If I then have to contact people and ask them to change one or more of their books, it takes even longer. I hope you understand why I’m asking you to be 100% sure this year.

I know the embedded form doesn’t work for everyone so if that’s you, here’s a helpful link (which shouldn’t cause any problems): https://forms.gle/VFiHXay2E5rEtjdx7

I am super excited about this year’s #R3C and I can’t wait to see what you pick!

#R3COMM3ND3D returns on 1st November! #R3COMM3ND3D2022 #BookBloggers #Authors #Bookstagrammers #Publishedin2022 #MustReadBooks #booklove #bookrecommendations #BookTwitter #booktwt #bookstagram #author #damppebbles

Hello bookish friends and a very happy Monday to you. I don’t have a review to share with you today (although keep an eye out for my reviews of two excellent books published by the mighty Titan Books later this week!) but I do have some exciting news, which probably won’t come as a huge surprise if you’ve been following damppebbles over the last few years!

#R3COMM3ND3D IS BACK!

I am so excited to be hosting the sixth year of #R3COMM3ND3D in 2022 but we are doing things a little differently this year. Read on to find out more including what #R3COMM3ND3D actually is if you’re new to the blog…

#R3COMM3ND3D is where I ask book bloggers, bookstagrammers and published authors to recommend three ‘must read’ books the rest of us should really make a point of picking up. Three titles you love and want to shout about. They don’t have to be your top three books of the year – just three books that have knocked your socks off and you think others will enjoy. Any author, any genre, traditionally, indie or self-published.

Sounds easy, right?

Of course, there’s a catch! Only one, mind you. The three books you select must have been published in 2022 and I will check! There are a few other teeny tiny rules such as reissues and special editions don’t count, authors CAN’T recommend their own books etc, but we’ll gloss over that for now…

The feature will run from 1st November until 30th November. For those of you who remember past years, you may notice that this is a much shorter time frame than before, but that’s because, as much as I love #R3C and I do LOVE #R3C, it can be quite time consuming and fiddly. So to give me a bit of a break, this year the feature will only run for one month. It may be a temporary thing, it may be a permanent thing. I have no idea at the moment 🙃

The other big change this year is that the Google Form to submit your three books will close a lot earlier on Wednesday 10th November. If I don’t manage to fill all 30 spaces in that time and I have to close #R3C2022 early, then that’s cool. If this happens, any posts scheduled towards the end of November will be brought forward.

If you’re celebrating a special promotion or an anniversary/blogiversary in November, or if you’re publishing a new book, I’m more than happy to schedule your #R3COMM3ND3D post for a specific date. And if you’re a published author, I always include information about your latest book in the post too (here’s an example).

Tempted? Go on, it’s so much fun! If you would like to take part then all you need to do is fill in the form below with as much information as possible. Really sell the books to us, make us want to read them too.

A final plea before I sign off. Please, please, please, please check the publication date of all formats on all three of your books before submitting your form. Often the hardback, audio and digital editions are published a full year before the paperback makes an appearance. I truly love #R3COMM3ND3D and I can’t imagine not running it on the blog, but it takes a long time to set each post up. If I then have to contact people and ask them to change one or more of their books, it takes even longer. I hope you understand why I’m asking you to be 100% sure this year.

I know the embedded form doesn’t work for everyone so if that’s you, here’s a helpful link (which shouldn’t cause any problems): https://forms.gle/VFiHXay2E5rEtjdx7

I am super excited about this year’s #R3C and I can’t wait to see what you pick!

#R3COMM3ND3D2021 The After Show Party #BookBlogger #Author #Bookstagram #writingcommunity #bookcommunity #Publishedin2021 #MustReadBooks #booktwt #WhatToRead #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #amreading #amreviewing

Hello bookish friends and welcome to the social highlight of the year (🤔), the #R3COMM3ND3D2021 after show party! The annual-ish recap of everything #R3COMM3ND3D where we get to gaze fondly upon the books that were chosen by forty-eight brilliant bookish types (plus me) and announce the winner or…*audible gasp*…winners!

Of course, if you’re new to the blog you may be wondering what #R3COMM3ND3D is, so allow me to explain. 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.

Waaaaaay back at the start of November book blogger Nicki of Nicki’s Life of Crime kicked things off for us with three cracking recommendations. By the time the feature finished on 23rd December fifty-three days had passed and forty-eight brilliant bookish folk (plus me) had recommended the grand total of 130 books. One hundred and thirty book recommendations is pretty epic, right? And all just in time for Christmas 🎅

So, let’s gaze upon the beautiful #R3COMM3ND3D2021 covers in all their splendiferous glory. Aren’t they gorgeous?!

A thing of beauty, I’m sure you’ll agree! If you took part in #R3COMM3ND3D2021 and the book(s) you chose aren’t here then please get in touch.

But let’s talk winners and find out what the most #R3COMM3ND3D book, or books, of 2021 were. There were seven books with two votes each. They were…

Two books received three votes each…

 

And two books received four votes each making them joint winners of #R3COMM3ND3D2021…

Huge congratulations to Will Dean (Hodder & Stoughton) and Catriona Ward (Viper Books) for having the most #R3COMM3ND3D books of the year 🎉 One of these beauties I’ve read, the other is going straight to the top of the reading pile. Have you read either of these cracking novels? What about the other top books of the year? How many do you have on your TBR?

The biggest of thanks to all of the book bloggers, bookstagrammers and authors who took part in #R3COMM3ND3D2021 and whittled their favourite reads down to three (an impossible task, I know!). Thank you for all of the likes, retweets, shares and comments – every single one is always appreciated.

#R3COMM3ND3D may be taking a short break next year (I’m undecided at the moment – I honestly can’t imagine not running it and get a little panicky when I think about it!) but hopefully it won’t be for long if it does. Enormous thanks again for the support this year, book community. You absolutely rock!