#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 (๐Ÿค” 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 orโ€ฆ*audible gasp*โ€ฆwinners!

Of course, if youโ€™re new to the blog you may be wondering what #R3COMM3ND3D is, so allow me to explain. Itโ€™s about sharing the book love. Itโ€™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, letโ€™s gaze upon the beautiful #R3COMM3ND3D2022 covers in all their splendiferous glory. Arenโ€™t they gorgeous?!

A thing of beauty, Iโ€™m sure youโ€™ll agree! If you took part in #R3COMM3ND3D2022 and the books you chose arenโ€™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 letโ€™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!

๐Ÿ† 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) ๐Ÿ†

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 Iโ€™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 (๐Ÿคฉ) 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 โ€“ every single one is always appreciated. And enormous thanks to everyone who has filled in the survey so far (all six of you ๐Ÿ˜‚). 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! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

Now’s let paaaarrrrtttttty!

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#R3COMM3ND3D2022 with #Bookstagrammer Lynda Checkley (@LyndaCheckley) #lyndasbookreviews #bookstagram #BookRecommendations #publishedin2022 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello bookish friends and welcome to Friday on damppebbles. It’s the weekend at last, phew! It’s also day 18 of #R3COMM3ND3D2022 and what an epic year this is turning out to be. We’ve had fifty lovely books recommended so far but only one book has been chosen twice and that’s The Girl from Guernica by Karen Robards. Will TGfG be our overall winner come the end of November? Well, we’ll just have to wait and see…

Joining me to chat about three of their favourite 2022 books today is a brilliant bookstagrammer I heartily recommend you follow (if you don’t already). It’s the fabulous Lynda Checkley ofย @lyndas_bookreviews. I’m a huge fan of Lynda’s reviews and blame her (in the nicest possible way, of course! ) for MANY additions to my own bookshelf ๐Ÿ˜‚ Give her a follow on Instagram or join her Facebook group (link below) and I’m sure you’ll be adding to your TBR too!

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2022? Itโ€™s about sharing the book love. Itโ€™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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here are the three books Lynda recommends…

The Bleeding by Johana Gustawsson
I was completely blown away by this book it was a captivating read.
Lynda’s Review of The Bleeding

Nothing Else by Louise Beech
It made me cry. I never cry at books but this really touched my heart.
Lynda’s Review of Nothing Else

First Born by Will Dean
I was completely engrossed from start to finish and the story stayed with me.
Lynda’s Review of First Born

Three brilliant choices, thank you so much Lynda. I’ve read one of your picks and loved it. I cannot wait to read the other two!

And of course, this is the second time we’ve seen Nothing Else by Louise Beech which puts it in joint first place with The Girl from Guernica. We’ve got a race to the finish on our hands now and things are really hotting up!

About Lynda Checkley:
10k+ followers on my book blog SM pages. My primary account is my Instabook blog page https://www.Instagram.com/lyndas_bookreviews but I also share my reviews on my Facebook Book Group and Twitter Book Blog. ARC and BETA reader for a large number of authors. Work with a number of tour groups, most regularly with Random Things Tours and Rachels Random Resources. Avid reader (300 books p.a.) with all reviews posted on my three SM pages.ย  Member of many online book groups. Regular attendee at book festivals.

Lynda’s Bookstagram and Social Media Links:
|ย Instagram @lyndas_bookreviews |ย Twitter @LyndaCheckley |ย Facebook Group |

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 #Bookstagrammer Zoebeesbooks (@Zoebeesbooks) #Zoebeesbooks #bookstagram #BookRecommendations #publishedin2022 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello bookish pals and welcome to Thursday on damppebbles. Not only is it Thursday (which is grand!) but it’s also day 17 of #R3COMM3ND3D2022. We are well into this year’s series which is quickly becoming one of the best, most varied years we’ve had since the first #R3COMM3ND3D in 2017. As things stand presently we’ve had 47 books recommended with one book being selected twice, putting The Girl from Guernica by Karen Robards in the lead. But will that be the case after we’ve revealed the three books today’s guest has chosen? Let’s find out…

(By the way, I don’t tend to look ahead at what has been chosen so when I say ‘let’s find out if today’s post will affect the leaderboard’ I really don’t have a clue if it will! It’s a lovely surprise to me too! Just thought I’d mention ๐Ÿ˜‚)

Joining me today is one of my favourite people in the book world. It’s fabulous bookstagramer and all-round lovely person, Zoebeesbooks. When I reconnected with instagram last year a small number of more experienced bookstragrammers offered help and support. Zoebeesbooks was one of those that took me under their wing and helped me get started again and for that, I’ll always be grateful. Zoebeesbooks’ grid is a beautiful thing so if you don’t already follow then you know what to do!

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2022? Itโ€™s about sharing the book love. Itโ€™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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here are the three books Zoebeebooks recommends…

The Photographer by E.S. Blake
This is the best historical fiction book Iโ€™ve read, it was fascinating, I was completely enthralled. The characters were brilliant and the whole story was executed brilliantly. A bookstagram friend who has never read Historical fiction bought this book on my review and she loved it and is one of her favourite books. I highly recommend this one.
Zoebeesbooks’ Review of The Photographer

Love and Other Human Errors by Bethany Clift
This is such a clever and charming story with meaning. Beth writes about loneliness and human connection with wit and sympathy and has created fantastic characters. The connections are really touching and itโ€™s a book that made me laugh and cry. Oh and there is a brilliant dog named Alan to seal the deal.
Zoebeesbooks’ Review of Love and Other Human Errors

It Must Be Love by Caroline Khoury
I read this at the start of the year but it is one of the love stories that stands out for me. I was swept away with all the emotions in this Will They, Wonโ€™t They story. The characters were so engaging that I didnโ€™t want the story to end. Beautifully written that gave me sliding doors / serendipty vibes and a story that travels round the world and 2 gorgeous men, what more could you ask for?!
Zoebeesbooks’ Review of It Must Be Love

Three gorgeous choices, thank you so much Zoebeesbooks. I’m sure I won’t be the only one adding to my wish list after seeing these beauties!

About Zoebeesbooks:
Disney loving Grandma. I have loved books for as long as I can remember and was definitely influenced by my Grandma who was a big bookworm. I loved going to the library every week with her and now it is a joy to share my love of books with my Granddaughter.

Zoebeesbooks’ Bookstagram and Social Media Links:
|ย Instagram @zoebeesbooks |ย Twitter @Zoebeesbooks |

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 #Bookstagrammer Charlotte Bonner (@bonnerbooks) #bonnerbooks #bookstagram #BookRecommendations #publishedin2022 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello and welcome to Saturday on damppebbles and to day 12 of #R3COMM3ND3D2022. I hope you have a fun-filled weekend lined up and that you get the time to lose yourself in a good book! If you’re without a good book then you’ve come to the right place. Over the past 11 days we’ve had 33 brilliant book recommendations, and today’s guest has three more beauties to add to the list.

I am delighted to welcome the first bookstagrammer of this year to share the #R3COMM3ND3D2022 book love, it’s Charlotte Bonner of @bonnerbooks. I’m a newfound convert to bookstagram (I think many of us are after recent changes on another social media platform *cough*) and I love the bookish community over there. Charlotte posts the most beautiful photos on her grid, and you can be sure she knows her stuff as a Waterstones bookseller and publishing student. Make sure you give her a follow if you don’t already.

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2022? Itโ€™s about sharing the book love. Itโ€™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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here are the three books Charlotte recommends…

A River Enchanted by Rebecca Ross
I could not put it down! And when I did, because my reading time was limited when I read it, my every thought was consumed by this book and wanting to know what would happen next! Fantasy, mystery and Scottish folklore – what more could you want?!
Charlotte’s Review of A River Enchanted

Unlikely Match by Laura Bradbury
A beautiful transplant romance. A raw and beautiful story of friendship, romance and real life struggles. This book had me in tears equally amounts as it had me smiling. A slow burn romance that is just stunning!
Charlotte’s Review of Unlikely Match

Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Beautifully written and Carrie is such a relatable character (to me anyway ๐Ÿ˜‚). Perfect for tennis fans and novices alike! TJR has an amazing talent at creating highly lovable unlikeable characters and I love it so much!
Charlotte’s Review of Carrie Soto is Back

Thank you so much, Charlotte. Three absolutely gorgeous looking books I’m sure will be going straight on everyone’s wish list!

About Charlotte Bonner:
23 years old, publishing hopefully and book lover. I adore fantasy, romance and young adult books especially if they have an added mystery or retelling within them!

Charlotte’s Bookstagram and Social Media Links:
|ย Instagram @bonnerbooks |ย Twitter @bonnerbooks |ย TikTok @bonnerbooks |ย Goodreads |ย linktr.ee |

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.

#R3COMM3ND3D2021 with #Bookstagrammer Zoebeesbooks (@Zoebeesbooks) #Zoebeesbooks #BookRecommendations #publishedin2021 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello and welcome to Tuesday on damppebbles. It is, of course, lovely to see you. Whether this is the first time you’ve found damppebbles or whether you’re a regular visitor, it’s good to have you along for some bookish chat today. It’s day 35 of #R3COMM3ND3D2021 and we’re well into the swing of this year’s feature. So far we’ve had some cracking books recommended, and the good news is – there’s still more to come! So stay tuned to see if your favourite 2021 publication gets a mention.

Last week I spoke about my recent return to instagram/bookstagram and how a number of well established bookstagrammers welcomed me into their community and gave me help and advice. Today I am delighted to welcome another fantastic bookstagrammer who has supported me no end since my return. It’s the fabulous Zoebeesbooks. Make sure you check out Zoebeesbooks’ feed as it’s gorgeous and you won’t regret it.

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2021? Itโ€™s about sharing the book love. Itโ€™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. To make things interesting there are a couple of teeny, tiny rules; 1) the book must have FIRST been published in 2021 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here are the three books Zoebeesbooks recommends…

The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle by Matt Cain
This is my favourite book of the year. The minute I met Albert, I just felt so much love for him, the most adorable character I have come across in a book. I smiled and laughed all the way through with tears along the way. I think since the pandemic, times have been tough for people one way or another so this was such a delight to read as it was the biggest heart warmer Iโ€™ve read. When I finished I felt I was saying goodbye to a friend.
Zoebeesbooks’ Review of The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle

No Honour by Awais Khan
This is one of the most powerful books I have read and is phenomenal. About honour crimes, the first chapter is so hard hitting and tragic you want to look away but you canโ€™t. I donโ€™t think I could give the justice this book it deserves but I do think it is so worthy of a lot of accolades for the sublime writing and moving story of a plight that affects women and men (but predominantly women) in society.
Zoebeesbooks’ Review of No Honour

The Last Thing to Burn by Will Dean
Iโ€™m picking this as it is such an incredible thriller, I couldnโ€™t put it down, it wasnโ€™t predictable and just had something unique to other thrillers I have read.
Zoebeesbooks’ Review of The Last Thing to Burn

Thanks so much, three terrific choices. This is the second time we’ve seen The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle by Matt Cain, the third time we’ve seen No Honour by Awais Khan and the fourth time we’ve seen The Last Thing to Burn by Will Dean which puts it in joint first place with The Last House on Needless Street. Things are really hotting up in the race to be top #R3COMM3ND3D book of 2021!

= 1st The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward
= 1st The Last Thing to Burn by Will Dean
2nd No Honour by Awais Khan
= 3rd This is How We Are Human by Louise Beech
= 3rd The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle by Matt Cain
= 3rd When the World Was Ours by Liz Kessler

About Zoebeesbooks:
I am married with 2 grown up children and 1 granddaughter and have always loved reading from a young age. I have very fond memories of going to the library every week with my grandma who was my biggest influencer at the time with books and itโ€™s lovely to be able to share a love of books with my own granddaughter. I fell into book Twitter / Bookstagram by mistake, I was recovering from Covid from February and I entered a couple of giveaways) then saw all these book people and I was gobsmacked at how big and supportive the book community is. My accounts have just built from there. I used to just read thrillers but I love so many genres now and I have discovered so many authors that are new to me and might never have discovered if it wasnโ€™t for the book community.

Zoebeesbooks’ Bookstagram and Social Media Links:
| Zoebeesbooks | Twitter @Zoebeesbooks | linktr.ee |

Sadly submissions for #R3COMM3D3D2021 are now closed (posts will be running until mid-December so we’re not quite done yet). Shortly after the last post I will be inviting you all to attend the virtual after-show party, which should be a giggle, where we can cast our eyes over the marvellous and majestic beauty of 2021’s books. We will also crown 2021’s winner (or joint winners, if that’s the case ). So I expect it to be a jolly good ol’ knees up! Until then stay tuned as we have lots more bookish loveliness heading your way โค

#R3COMM3ND3D2021 with #Bookstagrammer Dee (@_chapter1_page1) #chapter1page1 #BookRecommendations #publishedin2021 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello and welcome to damppebbles. Happy December! I can’t quite understand where this year has gone. I mean, HOW is it December already?! Not only is it the 1st of December it’s also day 29 of #R3COMM3ND3D2021 and I have another two and a half weeks of bookish delights still to share with you. Don’t forget though, if you’re keen to take part in #R3COMM3ND3D2021 you need to fill in the form at the bottom of this post BEFORE midday today (that’s UK time, GMT). Don’t delay, get your three books submitted before it’s too late!

Joining me today is a fabulous bookstagrammer who I heartily recommend you give a follow to, if you don’t already. It’s the brilliant Dee ofย chapter1.page1. I decided to put a little more effort into my booksta feed earlier this year (if you check it out you’ll wonder where the effort is, I can promise you ๐Ÿ˜‚) so reached out for some advice. Dee immediately offered help and support and I am so grateful to have made that connection ๐Ÿ™. Dee’s bookstagram feed is gorgeous. And Dave is the star of the show. Make sure you give them both a follow.

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2021? Itโ€™s about sharing the book love. Itโ€™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. To make things interesting there are a couple of teeny, tiny rules; 1) the book must have FIRST been published in 2021 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes ๐Ÿ˜‰

As this is the fifth year of #R3C, things are going to be a smidge different this year. There’s a scary deadline involved *shudder*. The #R3COMM3ND3D application form will only be open until midday (GMT) on Wednesday 1st December. 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 December 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 Dee recommends…

The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman by Julietta Henderson
I loved everything about it.
Dee’s Review of The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman

The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle by Matt Cain
Itโ€™s just so heartwarming.
Dee’s Review of The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle

The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward
The best thriller of 2021.
Dee’s Review of The Last House on Needless Street

Thanks so much, Dee. Three cracking choices. And this is the fourth time we’ve seen The Last House on Needless Street which puts it in the lead. The Last Thing to Burn by Will Dean is hot on its heels, with No Honour by Awais Khan and This is How We Are Human by Louise Beech close behind!

About Dee:
Book lover and bookstagrammer.

Dee’s Bookstagram and Social Media Links:
|ย chapter1.page1 |ย Twitter @_chapter1_page1 |

If youโ€™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/pHinvKCHGP89wumn9)