Happy last day of November everyone! Is it just me or has November felt like it has lasted a lot longer than 30 days?! Maybe it’s because it has suddenly become a lot colder, maybe it’s because I’ve been suffering the loss of my reading mojo this month.
Who knows. I will be glad to wave goodbye to the month and welcome December with open arms and chocolatey fingers (yay for Advent calendars, double yay for my first proper Advent calendar in years – my thanks to Dead Good for sending this beautiful thing⬆!). Please forgive my atrocious photography skills. You’re looking at the reason I chose to read as my hobby, I don’t think I would have cut it as a photographer!
So back to #CaseClosed and my bloggish goings-on. November has in one way been a very quiet month for me. In another way, it’s been wonderfully busy. I haven’t read very much at all this month and what I have read (bar blog tours), I’ve so far failed to write a review for (boo!). In other news, my new #R3COMM3ND3D2017 feature has taken off with a rather large, ground shaking bang which I am thrilled about. I’ll give you a short rundown of the posts so far in a wee while.
I took part in six blog tours during November:
Five were review posts:
Killing State by Judith O’Reilly | The Puppet Master by Abigail Osborne | Hell To Pay by Rachel Amphlett | CWA Anthology of Short Stories edited by Martin Edwards | Mother by S.E. Lynes |
And one stop was an extract:
We Have Lost the Chihuahuas by Paul Mathews
With regard to reviews that’s it, I’m afraid. I think you will all agree, a pretty poor month for me. The good news (for you, if you like reviews that is) is that I still have three books waiting in the wings which need to be reviewed on damppebbles. Ragdoll by Daniel Cole, All The Wicked Girls by Chris Whitaker and the absolutely incredible The Wrong Child by Barry Gornell. Look out for reviews coming your way soon.
So despite not reading very much during November, the blog hasn’t been quiet. My #R3COMM3ND3D2017 has kept me (and hopefully you) busy. #R3COMM3ND3D2017 is where I invite book bloggers and authors to share three MUST READ books. The only stipulation being that they must have been published in 2017. I am thrilled to have had such an incredible response to this feature and I thank each and every participant, sharer, liker and retweeter for their support. Thank you! If you missed any of the posts you can catch up here:
Noelle Holten of CrimeBookJunkie
Nicola Smith of Short Books and Scribe
Joanne Nicholson, author of Positive
Jacob Collins of Hooked From Page One
Katherine Sunderland of BibliomanicUK
Phil Rowlands, author of Siena
Lorraine Rugman of The Book Review Cafe
Amy Sullivan of NovelGossip
Naomi MacKinnon of Consumed By Ink
Jeff Dowson, author of the Jack Shepherd Thrillers
Carmen Radtke writing as Caron Albright, author of A Matter of Love & Death
So far there have been no duplicates so if you’re looking for a book recommendation please do check out the above links as there are 33 brilliant book choices for you to pick from.
One last thing on the #R3COMM3ND3D2017 front; I plan to close the form this coming Sunday evening (3rd December GMT). If you would like to take part (and I would LOVE for you to take part) then please make sure you have submitted your choices before then. I am so pleased with how it’s gone this year I will be dragging it, kicking and screaming, back to damppebbles next year. The form is already up and raring to go for next year, just click HERE to find it.
Changing the subject totally, I am over the moon to confirm that I have managed to steer clear of the dreaded #TwitterJail this month. I have unfortunately reduced the number of posts I share to Twitter which is keeping the Twitter folk happy but making me a little sad. Oh well, change sometimes takes time 😢.
And that’s pretty much it for November! Apart, of course, from my book of the month…
I’m in a bit of a quandary at this point as I haven’t actually written my review for the most amazing book I’ve read during November – I only finished it today (it’s currently 8pm on 29th November, by the way). It doesn’t seem right to post it without a review being published so I will pick the best book I’ve read and reviewed (which was also a brilliant read). My book of the month is….
Taddah! CWA Anthology of Short Stories edited by Martin Edwards and published by the incredible Orenda Books!
If you follow damppebbles regularly then you will know that I am a MAHOOSIVE crime fan. Crime fiction is what I do. I don’t tend to read anything outside of the crime genre. I’m also a massive fan of international crime and that makes this book a perfect read for me. The contributing authors were given the theme ‘Mystery Tour’ and the result is an engrossing mix of crime at home and away. I loved it and gave the book an easy five stars!
“If I listed every story I enjoyed then I would be basically giving you the contents page! I love international crime so this was pretty much the perfect read for me. Chock-full of GREAT stories, written by some remarkably talented people and the perfect Christmas gift for the crime fiction fan in your life. This is a must-read book. Don’t miss out!”
And that’s it for this month. I have no blog tours scheduled for December and a mere two (they are stupendously exciting tours) booked in for January. I think I’m managing this blog tour and new book ban rather well, even if I do say so myself! You do have a whole month (bar Christmas Eve, Christmas day and Boxing day) of #R3COMM3ND3D2017 to look forward to though. Plus my end of year post where I will tell you about my ten favourite books of the year (yes, it may look like thirty books but it’s actually ten. Honest. Your eyes may deceive you….it’s TEN!).
So if we don’t speak between now and then have a wonderful Festive season, full of good books and, well, more good books! Maybe a mince pie or something as well (?). Tarrah for now.