#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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#R3COMM3ND3D2020 with #BookBlogger Shruti (@itsShruti09) #DamselInTheBookland #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #publishedin2020

Welcome! Welcome! Welcome to day 40 of #R3COMM3ND3D2020. There aren’t many days of #R3COMM3ND3D2020 left but sadly, the feature is going to come to an end a lot sooner than planned. It’s sad but true. I only have another week or so’s worth of posts to share with you before *gasp* I run out of submissions. If you would like to take part in this year’s #R3C then please don’t delay. I’m talking to you, book bloggers and published authors! Fill in the form below to grab one of the last remaining dates in the run up to Christmas and the New Year. It’s good fun, honest! 😉

Today I am delighted to welcome another ‘fairly new-to-me’ blogger to share three of their top reads from 2020 with us. It’s Shruti from Damsel In The Bookland. I love Shruti’s reviews so if you don’t already subscribe, change that now!

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 Shurti chose…

The Wife by Shalini Boland
The Wife is a very riveting, powerful and page-turner story filled with suspense, love, mystery, lies, crime and deceit. Definitely a book all thrillers/suspense lovers will enjoy.
Shruti’s Review of The Wife

Beautiful by Leigh Hatchmann
Beautiful is a sweet and dark, modern engrossing retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Definitely recommended to anyone and everyone who adore fantasy romance or fairytale retelling.
Shruti’s Review of Beautiful

The Winter We Met by Samantha Tonge
With Christmas round the corner, “The Winter We Met” is a perfect read to boost your Christmas spirit. Samantha Tonge has created such a beautiful community of elder people. It is always fascinating to read stories entwined between different generations. The book is all all about family, friends and love❤❤
Shruti’s Review of The Winter We Met

Thanks so much for your three picks, Shruti. Something for nearly everyone there, which I love!

If Shruti 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 Wife by Shalini Boland
Beautiful by Leigh Hatchmann
The Winter We Met by Samantha Tonge

About Shruti:
Shruti is a twenty-something year old book blogger! When not stressing about college, she is often found with her head buried in a book with a nice big cup of coffee. Her favourite genres are mysteries, romance, thrillers.

Shruti’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Damsel In The BooklandTwitter @itsShruti09 |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2020 with #BookBlogger Karen (@Karen55555) #GoBuyTheBook #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #publishedin2020

Hello and happy Wednesday! Welcome to another brilliant day of superb #R3COMM3ND3D2020 recommendations. Today I am delighted to welcome a brilliant book blogger to shout about three of their top books published in 2020 with us. It’s the lovely Karen of Go Buy The Book. If you don’t already, make sure you give Karen’s blog a follow. 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 Karen recommends…

Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton
When the plot of a book remains in your head long after you read it, you know that there is something special about it. Telling the story of a school under siege during a suspected terror attack, Three Hours is a poignant tale of resilience and heroism that will make you cry and cheer in equal measures.
Karen’s Review of Three Hours

Strangers by C. L. Taylor
I loved the premise of this book – three strangers, each with their own stories, but how do they link together? Strangers is very much a character-driven plot, building up to a dangerous, tense conclusion where we discover what connects them.
Karen’s Review of Strangers

The Resident by David Jackson
I’m a huge fan of David Jackson’s Nathan Cody series and I couldn’t wait to read his standalone, The Resident. This book plays on our fears – a serial killer has taken up residence in the roof space above a row of houses and he has already earmarked his next victim. Filled with tense moments and plenty of humour, this is definitely one of my favourite books of 2020.
Karen’s Review of The Resident

Three outstanding choices, thank you Karen. One I’ve read, one is very near the top of my TBR and I cannot wait to get to it and the other is going straight on the wish list! This is, of course, the second time we’ve seen Three Hours so it’s now tying for second place with The Miseducation of Evie Epworth, The Secrets of Strangers and She Lies Close. It’s so exciting!

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

Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton
Strangers by C. L. Taylor
The Resident by David Jackson

About Karen:
As you will notice, my preferred genre to read is crime/psychological thriller/ police procedural etc. This stems back to my teenage years when I used to enjoy watching the Ruth Rendell Mysteries on television and was prompted to work my way through the series of Inspector Wexford novels. I was truly devastated when Ruth Rendell died as it meant no more Reg Wexford! I suppose, though, my first dalliance with the genre was as a child reading books by Enid Blyton – to this day, The Mystery of the Missing Necklace remains one of my favourite stories!

In recent years, I’ve also developed a penchant for genealogical fiction. Again, though, this genre tends to have a mystery aspect attached to it.

Karen’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Go Buy The BookTwitter @Karen55555Facebook |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2020 with #BookBlogger HC (@HCNewton) #TheIrresponsibleReader #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #publishedin2020

Hello and a very warm welcome to day 38 of #R3COMM3ND3D2020. How can it be day 38 already?! Today I am delighted to welcome another favourite book blogger to share their three #R3COMM3ND3D2020 reads – it’s HC of The Irresponsible Reader. HC’s blog is fantastic and if you don’t already subscribe then I insist that changes!

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 HC has chosen…

King of The Crows by Russell Day
How can I not recommend this book? I honestly asked Emma if I could recommend it in all three spots. There’s no way I can sum up my appreciation for this book in the space provided. Set in a world recovering from a pandemic, there’s a straightforward crime story at the heart of this novel—it’s just surrounded by so many layers, that you can miss it—there’s the disease, there’s the horrible social and political context (both mid- and post-Outbreak), there’s what the characters are going through otherwise—and the whole thing is drenched in social commentary about 2020 society, e.g., sexism, economics, medical care. Yeah, it was bad timing that this book came out in 2020 when the last thing that many people want to read is a novel about a disease that’s out of control. But this had been in the works for months before anyone had heard of COVID-19. I’ve wondered what I’d think of this book if I’d read it last Fall. I’d still like it, I’d still be impressed by it—but I don’t know if it would resonate with me the same way. There’s almost nothing about Gondii that’s comparable to COVID-19. But the way that people and governments respond—well, that’s pretty different, too. but if you can’t see what’s going on around us reflected in this novel? You’re not paying attention. That Day appears so prescient says something about his skill and observation (and a lot about Western culture, too).
HC’s Review of King of The Crows

A Beginning At The End by Mike Chen
Published a week or two before pandemics were all we started thinking about, this one is set a few years after a pandemic wiped out a large percentage of the population, three storylines intertwine as the world is beginning to recover. A widower father is trying to keep his daughter with him, an event planner trying to reestablish a career amid societal rubble, and a former pop-star running from her past make A Beginning at The End the kind of SF that should appeal to SF readers. It’s the kind of SF that should make non-SF readers (including those antagonistic to genre fiction) think there’s something to the genre after all. Because this isn’t “just” a SF novel. It’s a novel about humans being very human, with hopes, fears, loves, joys, sorrows, failures, and successes—it just happens to be set in a post-apocalyptic future.
HC’s Review of A Beginning At The End

A Bad Day For Sunshine by Darynda Jones
I really wanted to pick something that had nothing at all to do with a pandemic (surprisingly hard to this year). This is pure, escapist fun. Think Gilmore Girls mixed with Veronica Mars. A single mom is a new sheriff of a quirky little New Mexico town, with a spunky daughter. There’s a kidnapping, an escaped convict, a missing deputy, and cursed cupcakes. Great dialogue, witty repartee, a mother-daughter relationship that will earn Jones many fans. This is as much fun as you can pack into a police procedural without making it a comedy, but still full of grim, grisly, depravity and darkness. It’s a nice serving of literary comfort food. There’s a freshness to this voice that I just loved, but my appreciation for this book (and the series it launches) goes deeper.
HC’s Review of A Bad Day For Sunshine

Three fantastic sounding recommendations, thank you HC. I’m definitely adding a couple of these to the TBR (and yes, how could I not add King of The Crows following your enthusiastic review!).

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

King of the Crows by Russell Day
A Beginning At The End by Mike Chen
A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones

About HC:
I’m just some guy with a hobby that’s out of control.

HC’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| The Irresponsible Reader | Twitter @HCNewton | Facebook |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2020 with #BookBlogger Satabdi (@satabdi_m) #BookReviewsbySatabdi #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #publishedin2020

Hello and welcome to a brand new week on damppebbles. I have lots of lovely book recommendations coming your way, starting with today’s R3COMM3ND3D2020 guest. One of the things I love most about R3COMM3ND3D (apart from the books, and I know I ALWAYS say that) is that I get to meet new authors and bloggers. Today I am delighted to welcome a fairly ‘new to me’ blogger to share three of their top books published this year, it’s the lovely Satabdi of Book Reviews by Satabdi.

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 Satabdi’s three recommendations…

R3C20 the memories we bury

The Memories We Bury by H.A. Leuschel
A mind twisting, uneasy read about how those we grow to trust and depend on turn predatory and obsessive. You’ll never look at people in quite the same way again.
Satabdi’s Review of The Memories We Bury

R3C20 return addresses

Return Addresses by Michael A McLellan
Dark, gritty, and exquisitely written story that follows an orphan’s struggle in the broken foster care system to his experiences with rabid violence, abuse of all kinds, and racism. This book set my teeth on edge!
Satabdi’s Review of Return Addresses

R3C20 Little Tea

Little Tea by Claire Fullerton
A deep, soulful, and brutally honest look into the political and social atmosphere of Mississippi in the 1980s through the eyes of four friends. The author’s portrayal of friendship that transcends the boundaries of race and class–and how things have changed in the current times is breathtaking.
Satabdi’s Review of Little Tea

Three great looking choices, thank you Satabdi. I think there could be a few additions to my wish list here as well!

If Satabdi 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 Memories We Bury by H.A. Leuschel
Return Addresses by Michael A. McLellan
Little Tea by Claire Fullerton

About Satabdi:
I am a content writer and mother to a four-year-old with a lifelong love for reading.

Satabdi’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| Book Reviews by Satabdi | Twitter @satabdi_m |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2020 with #BookBlogger David Marvin (@Scintilla_Info) #Scintilla #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #publishedin2020

Happy Sunday bookish friends. The warmest of welcomes to day 36 of #R3COMM3ND3D2020. Today I am delighted to welcome one of my favourite bloggers to share their three #R3COMM3ND3D2020 picks with us – it’s David of Scintilla. David runs Scintilla with his wife, Maria, and I have to tell you, they work their socks off for books. I am always impressed with their thoughtful, intelligent and considered reviews. I heartily recommend you give them a follow if you don’t already. 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 David’s three #R3COMM3ND3D2020 picks…

R3C20 the mountains sing

The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai
This book is extraordinary in so many ways. Beautifully written prose, compelling story, wonderful characters, realistic portrayal of the lives impacted by war.
David’s Review of When the Mountains Sing

R3C20 fathoms

Fathoms by Rebecca Giggs
A surprisingly personal account of the relationship between humans and whales. Often brutal and wrenching, yet lyrically told and engaging.
David’s Review of Fathoms

R3C20 tricks of light

Tricks of Light by Thaddeus Rutkowski
This is a book of poems, some semi-autobiographical, many with ironic and amusing twists, and all of them with warmth and depth and insight and beauty.
David’s Review of Tricks of Light

Three really interesting choices, David. Thank you so much for sharing them with us.

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 Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai
Fathoms by Rebecca Giggs
Tricks of Light by Thaddeus Rutkowski

About David Marvin:
I am the husband part of the couple doing Scintilla. Maria and I have been married for almost 34 years. The last 17 years we have called State College, PA, USA home. We have 3 adult sons and 3 preschool grandchildren. I am an insurance agent by day, and a volunteer radio host for WPSU.

David’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| Scintilla | Twitter @Scintilla_Info | Facebook |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2020 with #BookBlogger Nicki Mags (@Nicki_Mags) #SecretLibraryBookBlog #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #publishedin2020

Hello and a very warm welcome to damppebbles on the first Saturday in December. It’s always lovely to see you. Today I am delighted to welcome another brilliant book blogger to share three of their favourite 2020 titles with us. It’s the very lovely Nicki Mags of Secret Library Book Blog. You absolutely must give Nicki a follow if you don’t already as her blog is a veritable goldmine of bookish treats.

Before I go any further, I wanted to share that when I saw Nicki’s three #R3COMM3ND3D2020 picks, I got goosebumps. Those of you who know me may think it’s because of my obsession with a particular book. Well, this time, it’s not. After I’ve shared with you the three books Nicki chose, the number of individual books recommended this year will hit 100 exactly. The 100th book is just perfect and that’s the reason for the goosebumps. 

 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 Nicki’s three #R3COMM3ND3D2020 picks…

R3C20 We begin at the end

We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker
This book was amazing and gave me a huge book hangover. I cared about the characters and thought about them constantly. I was still thinking about them days after I’d finish it, wandering how they were and if they were going to be okay.
Nicki’s Review of We Begin at the End

R3C20 the switch

The Switch by Beth O’Leary
i loved this audiobook it was such fun and made me laugh out loud on numerous occasions, especially when Eileen was telling her part of the story. I listened to an NetGalley copy and then bought my own copy as I know I’ll listen to it again sometime soon!
Nicki’s Review of The Switch

R3C20 dear reader

Dear Reader: The Comfort and Joy of Books by Cathy Rentzenbrink
I knew as soon as I started reading this that I would love it. It felt like coming home, and filled me with such strong sense of calm reading about the author’s love of books and reading. This is a book I will read again and again and again!
Nicki’s Review of Dear Reader

Perfect choices, Nicki. Thank you for sharing them with us. The 100th book recommended as part of #R3COMM3ND3D2020 is Dear Reader which feels ‘right’. I’m thrilled to see We Begin at the End on your list as, and stop me if I’ve mentioned this before 😂, it’s my book of 2020. This is also the third time it’s been selected so we have an out and out leader! The book to currently beat is We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker.

If Nicki 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
The Switch by Beth O’Leary
Dear Reader: The Comfort and Joy of Books by Cath Rentzenbrink

About Nicki Mags:
Hi I’m Nicki and I’ve been sharing the book love for over 4 years through my blog and social media. I’m a mood reader and never really know what I’ll be reading next. I love the blogging community and have made some lovely friends and discovered tonnes of wonderful books and authors.

Nicki’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| Secret Library Book Blog | Twitter @Nicki_Mags | Facebook | Instagram @nicki_mags |

If you’re a book blogger, bookstagrammer or an author and you have three books published this year which you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/kHTQeQdiUNZTsW4d6)

#R3COMM3ND3D2020 with #BookBlogger Emma Kuyateh – Primary Teacher Bookshelf (@emmakuyateh) #PrimaryTeacherBookshelf #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #publishedin2020

Hello my bookish lovelies. It’s Friday – hoorah! I hope your weekend is full to the brim of wonderful books. What are you reading this weekend? Let me know in the comments.

One of the things I love about #R3COMM3ND3D2020 (apart from the books, obviously!) is the chance to meet new bloggers and authors. Today I am delighted to be joined by Emma Kuyateh who blogs over at Primary Teacher Bookshelf. I’ve had a good look round and got some great book recommendations from Emma’s blog for my two young readers.

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 Emma’s three #R3COMM3ND3D2020 picks…

R3C20 the midnight guardians

The Midnight Guardians by Ross Montgomery
It’s the most magical of adventures that completely and utterly moved me – a perfect balance of humour, heart and historical detail woven into this wonderful World War 2 story. Nearly 2 weeks after reading it I can’t stop thinking about the characters – this book is one that will stay with me for a long time.
Emma’s Review of The Midnight Guardians

R3C20 the ghost of gosswater

The Ghost of Gosswater by Lucy Strange
I had a total book-over after reading this! A ghost story, a thrilling mystery, intrigue, gripping suspense, a treacherous villain, heroes, heroines all in a gothic Lake District setting – this was everything one could want in a book and then some!
Emma’s Review of The Ghost of Gosswater

R3C20 october, october

October, October by Katya Balen
October, October is the perfect Autumn read – you can almost smell the damp leaves, crisp air and smoke from a distant bonfire. I devoured it in one sitting, truly enthralled in the atmospheric setting descriptions and swept away by the sheer emotion.
Emma’s Review of October, October

Three lovely choices, thank you Emma. I’ll certainly be drawing my children’s attention to all three of your picks.

If Emma 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 Midnight Guardians by Ross Montgomery
The Ghost of Gosswater by Lucy Strange
October, October by Katya Balen

About Emma Kuyateh:
I’ve been a primary school teacher for 16 years now and have always been an avid reader. During lockdown I discovered lots of wonderful bookish folk on Twitter who are mad about MG and children’s books. I joined Netgalley and launched my children’s book blog in August. This month’s project is to get my bookish instagram off the ground and make more bookish connections. I do read the odd book for grown-ups and when I do, my preferred genre is crime/thrillers.

Emma’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| Primary Teacher Bookshelf | Twitter @emmakuyateh | Instagram @primaryteacherbookshelf |

If you’re a book blogger, bookstagrammer or an author and you have three books published this year which you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/kHTQeQdiUNZTsW4d6)