#R3COMM3ND3D2021 with #Author and #BookBlogger Zoé O’Farrell (@zooloo2008) #ZooloosBookDiary #Ouija #BookRecommendations #publishedin2021 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

It’s the weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeekennnnnnnnnnd! At last, time to turn the pace down a notch and reward yourself, after a busy week, with some quality reading time. You deserve it! 😉 It’s day 25 of #R3COMM3ND3D2021. I’m not entirely sure where November has gone but gone it has. December is on the horizon and the big question on everyone’s lips is ‘will the kids manage to get to 1st December before opening the first door on their advent calendar or will the pull of chocolate be too strong?’ 😂

Joining me today is a brilliant book blogger and now, also a brilliant author! I am delighted to welcome the fabulous Zoé O’Farrell to damppebbles today to talk all things #R3COMM3ND3D2021. Zoé published her debut novel Ouija earlier this year and it’s received some rave reviews on the ‘zon. You can find out more about Ouija further down this post. Zoé also blogs at Zooloo’s Book Diary so make sure you follow her if you don’t already!

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2021? 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. 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 😉

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 Zoé recommends…

It’s Not Never by Louise Gregory & N.G.K.
OMG this book broke me. I was reading this whilst I was at my daughter’s swimming lesson and thank god I had my face mask on to mask the tears. It is such a beautiful story of friends and their journey into Space. This a beautiful tale of love, forbidden love, family, friendships and all the bonds. I laughed, cried the ugly tears, and I lived in fear with all the characters.
Zoé’s Review of It’s Not Never

Blackhaven by Kyle M. Scott
This has EVERY thing I love in a good gory and gruesome read! It reminds me of Richard Laymon of old. It was action packed, there is no preamble and the action starts from the opening pages. I LOVED it!! This book is an absolute blast to read and the author really does NOT hold back!
Zoé’s Review of Blackhaven

The Last Thing to Burn by Will Dean
This book, well just WOW! It is a cold cold book. It is brutal and there is sense of complete hopelessness. It is a powerful story but a dark and heavy story. It is an unnerving, chilling, powerhouse of a book. It draws you in, short chapters to entice the need to keep reading. The need to set things right.
Zoé’s Review of The Last Thing to Burn

Thanks so much, Zoé. Three great choices. This is the third time The Last Thing to Burn has been chosen which means it’s now in first place! Can it hold onto it’s lead until #R3COMM3ND3D2021 finishes in a few weeks time? I can’t wait to find out!

About Ouija:

The only thing for certain is the deaths were no accident.

Rayner High School once a prestigious school stands in ruins after such a terrible event.

A year later, a group of friends return to the abandoned school and their nightmare begins.

Something wants to get out and won’t take NO for an answer…

Ouija is Book 2 in a new series brought to you by Question Mark Horror. For fans of Point Horror, Christopher Pike & Nicholas Pine.

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About Zoé O’Farrell:
Zoé O’Farrell grew up in Watford but left the town life to live by the sea down at the White Cliffs of Dover. She spends her days working with numbers before escaping in the evening to the world of words and movies. Her go-to relaxation is watching a scary movie or reading a terrifying book! She is a book blogger and tour organiser just to keep her extra busy. When she is not reading or writing, you can usually find her watching Watford FC or at a gig. Failing that she can be found rolling her eyes at her husband as he acts the same age as her spitfire of a Mini-Me whilst separating her two cats. Ouija is her debut novel.

Zoé’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| Zooloo’s Book Diary | Twitter @zooloo2008 | Facebook | Instagram @zooloosbookdiary |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2021 with #Reviewer Angi Plant (@AngiPlant) #BooksnBanter #BookRecommendations #publishedin2021 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello bookish pals and welcome to Friday on damppebbles. But it’s not your average, run of the mill Friday – no siree! It’s Black Friday so if you’re out bargain hunting today – or at home bargain hunting – I hope you are successful. I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for a bookish bargain or two, let me tell you!

Joining me to share the #R3COMM3ND3D2021 book love today is reviewer Angi Plant. Angi blogs over at Books’n’Banter so pop over and have a good ol’ nose around. And whilst you’re there, make sure you hit the subscribe button!

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2021? 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. 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 😉

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 Angi recommends…

The Beresford by Will Carver
It’s intriguing, haunting and everywhere has that curious house that seems to have been there forever.
Angi’s Review of The Beresford

You Need Me by Sharon Bairden
This is a unique and refreshing take on the unhinged mind.
Angi’s Review of You Need Me

No Honour by Awais Khan
It’s a look in depth at customs elsewhere and the author makes you dig deep into other peoples lives, but really pulls you in.
Angi’s Review of No Honour

Thanks so much, Angi. Three super choices. And of course, this is the second time we’ve seen No Honour by Awais Khan which puts it in joint first place with The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward and The Last Thing to Burn by Will Dean. Who will be this year’s winner? I can’t wait to find out!

About Angi Plant:
I read many genres especially crime, noir, and some human interest, and humour. Whatever takes my fancy really. I’ve been blogging again for two years now.

Angi’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Books’n’BanterTwitter @AngiPlant |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2021 with #BookBlogger Nicki (@nickisbookblog) #NickisBookBlog #BookRecommendations #publishedin2021 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello you, and welcome to Thursday on damppebbles. Before I go any further I would like to wish my American followers a very happy Thanksgiving. I hope you have a wonderful day, full of the things you love the most.

It’s day 23 of #R3COMM3ND3D2021, hoorah! Joining me today to share their three #R3COMMN3D3D picks is the fabulous Nicki of Nicki’s Book Blog. Nicki is a brilliant blogger and I strongly recommend you subscribe to her blog, if you don’t already. You’re bound to add a few (a lot!) of books to your TBR thanks to her awesome reviews.

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2021? 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. 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 😉

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 Nicki recommends…

Coming Home by Patricia Dixon
A book that very much resonated with me for many reasons. Christmas is made out to be wonderful but not everyone either has it that way or it may trigger memories of ones past that we may want to forget or even treasure the memory one way or another. It’s about treasuring what we have and it is those around you that matter- not the material things and putting the past where it should be- in the past- we should look forward not “over our shoulder” (another wonderful book by Patricia). This would make a wonderful tv drama. One life- live it.
Nicki’s Review of Coming Home

Fear on the Fens (DI Nikki Galena #13) by Joy Ellis
I love all of Joy’s books- but this one had that extra something special. Its a very well thought out and researched plot and I learnt something along the way (the starget project). There is such a warmth of character with Joys books (despite being crime novels!) if that makes sense. The lead characters have a background, a sense of humour and that “realness” that we can associate with. To me this is such skilful writing and I always look forward to immersing myself in another of Joy’s books- they really are a joy to read. If you enjoy ” Vera” etc this could be for you. Would be a brilliant drama series.
Nicki’s Review of Fear on the Fens

Dear Grace by Clare Swatman
“A book that wrapped itself around me like a hug in a blanket”. There was a special endearing quality about this and for me a memory of a treasured friend. It’s bringing tears to my eyes just writing this- this book moved me so very much. A strong woman who had gone through her own adversity and was there for others despite everything. I’d read this again in a heartbeat. A wiseness of life experience and a good heart. What more could we wish for? My only wish is I’d love to see this as a film.
Nicki’s Review of Dear Grace

Three great choices, thanks so much Nicki. As a crime blogger I am ashamed to admit that I haven’t yet read a book by Joy Ellis. I will make sure that changes in 2022!

About Nicki:
My strap line is “The books I read reviewed with honesty. I read many genres and these are my thoughts on each book. Pure and simple.” Reading takes my mind to another place- something I need for several reasons. I find reading relaxes me and takes me through the gamut of emotions . Something from 26 little letters can transform an imagination and takes us to many different worlds. ❤

Nicki’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| Nicki’s Book Blog | Twitter @nickisbookblog | Facebook |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2021 with #BookBlogger Veronika Jordan (@cookiebiscuit) #BookChatter #BookRecommendations #publishedin2021 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello dear bookish friend and welcome to day 22 of this year’s #R3COMM3ND3D. It’s Wednesday (the last Wednesday of November – where has the month gone?) and there’s a definite chill in the air here in the UK. Brrrr. Wrap up warm, grab a good book and get comfy. What’s that you say? You don’t have a good book on the go at the moment? Well, allow me and today’s #R3COMM3ND3D2021 guest to change that for you…

Today I am delighted to welcome brilliant blogger Veronika Jordan to damppebbles to talk all things #R3COMM3ND3D2021. Veronika blogs over at BookChatter@CookieBiscuit so pop over and say ‘hi’. Veronika’s blog is fantastic, I’m a huge fan. If you don’t already, make sure you give her a follow.

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2021? 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. 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 😉

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 Veronika recommends…

The Beloved Girls by Harriet Evans
Another book that’s gone straight to my top books of the year. This book is so unique, amazing, heartfelt, sad and at times quite creepy. It revolves around the annual bee ceremony where the Hunter family and the whole community must follow the path to the old Chapel at Vanes to open the combs and taste the honey.
Veronika’s Review of The Beloved Girls

She Never Told Me About the Ocean by Elisabeth Sharp McKetta
She Never Told Me About the Ocean is a work of magical realism – I didn’t realise to what extent when I started it. There were touches of the mystical beauty I have only ever found in the books of Alice Hoffman (not so much Practical Magic which is the best known as it was made into a Hollywood film) but in others such as The World That We Knew, Faithful, Blackbird House and she is my favourite writer ever. This is the biggest compliment I could pay any author.
Veronika’s Review of She Never Told Me About the Ocean

Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone
Every once in a while you know you have read something special, something original, something so overwhelmingly beautiful and sad that you feel like your heart is breaking. Mirrorland is that something. Dark and unsettling, the more you read, the more you cannot imagine what the next chapter holds. It’s like holding your breath underwater, afraid to surface, yet more afraid to remain.
Veronika’s Review of Mirrorland

Thanks so much, Veronika. Three terrific sounding choices. One of which I’ve read and enjoyed.

About Veronika Jordan:
My name is Veronika Jordan. I live in the Cotswolds with my husband. I have two sons and three beautiful granddaughters. I am a book reviewer but I also write poetry and short stories and have published a book of short stories and a novella. I also paint a bit. The blog header was designed and painted by me.

Veronika’s Blog and Social Media Links:
BookChatter@CookieBiscuitTwitter @cookiebiscuitFacebook | Instagram @bookchatter2021 |

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/pHinvKCHGP89wumn9)

#R3COMM3ND3D2021 with #BookBlogger HC Newton (@HCNewton) #TheIrresponsibleReader #BookRecommendations #publishedin2021 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello and welcome, as always, to damppebbles. I hope you’re having a good week so far (although it’s barely begun, if truth be told). It’s day 21 of #R3COMM3ND3D2021 and we’re motoring! What a bevvy of beautiful books we’ve had so far, with lots more to come so make sure you stay tuned. Your new favourite read could be on the horizon! Today I am thrilled to welcome one of my very favourite bloggers to damppebbles, it’s HC Newton of The Irresponsible Reader. I love HC’s blog so if you’re not already following, now’s your chance to change that!

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2021? 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. 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 😉

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 HC recommends…

The Jigsaw Man by Nadine Matheson
This is a dark, unsettling read—there are two pages toward the end that may be the most disturbing pages I’ve ever read. And yet…there’s something very appealing about the novel—it’s gripping and compelling, it’s also entertaining. The pacing was perfect. The characters were well-drawn and felt fresh. It’s the kind of book that makes you ignore responsibilities–and possibly food and hygiene–or at least want to until you finish.
HC’s Review of The Jigsaw Man

Moonlighting: An Oral History by Scott Ryan
Why did I choose this one? It’s probably the most fun I’ve had with a book this year. Somehow, Ryan’s able to capture a little bit of the flavor of the show while getting into the history. Moonlighting was a revolutionary show, and Ryan is able to talk to just about every significant figure involved in the creation and production of it for this history. He chronicles the ups, downs, and all around zaniness. There are deep-dives on important episodes and or tricky scenes, as well as broader looks at themes, storylines, characters, etc. It’s easy to forget just how magical this show was (it’s not streaming anywhere, nor syndicated anymore, the DVDs are almost impossible to find), but spending some time with Ryan will remind viewers of a certain age of just what a ground-breaking, oft-controversial, and entertaining series it was.
HC’s Review of Moonlighting: An Oral History

Suburban Dicks by Fabian Nicieza
You’ve never met protagonists like these–a disgraced journalist struggling to find some sort of professional redemption (not to mention a better paycheck), and a pregnant mother of four who gave up her lifelong dream of being a FBI profiler to raise a family. These two pair up to investigate their suburb’s first murder in decades because the police department just isn’t up for it (assuming they’re not too crooked to do the job right). You get a great mix of dark comedy, social commentary, and clever mystery as the pair unearth secrets that have been buried for generations on their way to solve the murder of a gas station attendant.
HC’s Review of Suburban Dicks

Three brilliant picks which are all going on the wish list, thanks HC. I remember reading your review of Moonlighting: An Oral History when it was first published on your blog and thinking, ‘wow, that’s a blast from the past!’. They really don’t make shows like that anymore.

About HC Newton:
Just some guy with a hobby that’s gotten out of hand.

HC’s Blog and Social Media Links:
The Irresponsible ReaderTwitter @HCNewtonFacebook |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2021 with #BookBlogger Nicki Mags (@Nicki_Mags) #SecretLibraryBookBlog #BookRecommendations #publishedin2021 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello and a very warm welcome to damppebbles. It’s the start of a brand new week and day 20 of #R3COMM3ND3D2021. I have lots more fabulous books to share with over the next seven days (and beyond!). In fact, as things currently stand, we’re at the halfway point. To date 40 bookish folk have signed up to shout about three of their favourite reads from 2021. If you would like to join them then fret not, there’s still time. You have until midday (GMT) on Wednesday 1st December to submit your three choices.

Joining me to share the book love today is the fabulous Nicki Mags of Secret Library Book Blog. I absolutely adore Nicki’s blog and heartily recommend that you check it out if you don’t follow already. You can thank me later 😉

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2021? 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. 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 😉

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 Nicki recommends…

How to be Sad: Everything I’ve Learned About Getting Happier by Being Sad, Better by Helen Russell
This was such a good audiobook and so helpful! In fact I loved it so much I also bought the hardback! This book is part memoir, part self-help and it worked so well for me. I love Helen Russell’s style of writing and loved her narration too, it made the book even better that she was reading it, as it made her life experiences all the more poignant. I learnt so much about sadness and emotions from this book, particularly how society has suppressed emotions for a long time, particularly sadness and it’s not doing us any good. Along with the author’s personal story, there’s lots of very interesting and helpful facts and resources about sadness, depression, and mental health in general. It really is a cornucopia of a book and one I highly recommend and will be returning to regularly.
Nicki’s Review of How to be Sad: Everything I’ve Learned About Getting Happier by Being Sad, Better

And Away… by Bob Mortimer
This was hilarious, a real laugh out loud autobiography from one of Britain’s funniest comedians! As soon as I spotted that this book was coming out, I knew that I wanted to listen to it rather than read it. It was definitely the right decision as only Bob Mortimer himself could deliver the weird and wacky stories from his own past. I loved the stories from his childhood and adolescence, so many had me crying with laughter, even making me smile now as I think about them. It’s not all hilarious though, as he spoke candidly about how’s he really struggled with shyness all his life and with depression at uni. It was really quite sad at times, especially when revealed how hard he found it making and keeping friends. I also enjoyed hearing about his TV shows with Vic Reeves, especially when about the revamp of Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased), as it’s a family favourite. There was lots of silly stories off and on set and also some embarrassing ones too! I highly recommend this on audio if you enjoy humorous autobiographies read by the author.
Nicki’s Review of And Away…

A Slow Burning Fire by Paula Hawkins
The story was just brilliant, full of twists and turns. but with depth, not just out to shock or ramp up the tension like lots of psychological thrillers. This was an audiobook that I got lost in and enjoyed every single minute listening to. Rosamund Pike’s narration was absolutely superb! I love her as an actress anyway, and this audiobook has made her one of my favourite narrators. She brought all the characters to life was such distinct voices, that at times I had to remind myself that I was only listening to one person. Sometimes I felt like I was listening to a dramatised version of the book rather than an audiobook.
Nicki’s Review of A Slow Burning Fire

Three brilliant choices, thanks so much Nicki. I know for a fact that my husband is hoping for And Away… for Christmas so nice to see it recommended here. I’m keeping everything crossed that Santa is listening as I quite fancy it too, along with your other two picks!

About Nicki Mags:
I’ve blogging about books for over 5 years and have read and listened to some amazing books in that time. I love audiobooks as they give an added depth to books, especially if the narrator is good. I’m definitely a mood reader so don’t always know what I’ll be reading next certainly, which makes reading and reviewing very interesting.

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/pHinvKCHGP89wumn9)

#R3COMM3ND3D2021 with #BookBlogger Sue Bavey (@SueBavey) #SuesMusings #BookRecommendations #publishedin2021 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello and welcome to day 19 of #R3COMM3ND3D2021. If you weren’t with us yesterday, there’s news! We now, after 52 individual book recommendations from 18 bookish types, have a new joint leader. Two books are vying for this year’s top spot – The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward alongside The Last Thing to Burn by Will Dean. (I’m ignoring the fact that both of these book titles start with ‘The Last…’. Not commenting on that 😂.) The excitement is palpable and I can’t wait to find out what book will be our ultimate winner. Can you?

Joining me today is the very lovely Sue Bavey of Sue’s Musings. I discovered Sue’s fabulous blog last year, and I often pop over and have a mooch around. Particularly as Sue reviews a lot of SFF which is a genre I think I need to read more of. If you don’t already subscribe to Sue’s blog then make that changes ASAP!

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2021? 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. 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 😉

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 Sue recommends…

The Iron Crown by L.L. MacRae
The prose is beautiful, the characters are well-developed and believable, with depth of emotion, the world-building is visually descriptive and delightful. The dragon spirits in this book are amazing and I can’t wait for more!!
Sue’s Review of The Iron Crown

Sairō’s Claw by Virginia McClain
I loved the Asian-inspired world this story took place in. The characters were exciting and very different to each other. The action sequences had me on the edge of my seat. A must read!
Sue’s Review of Sairō’s Claw

The Wild Court by E.G. Radcliff
The very satisfying final part of The Coming of Áed trilogy – the author pulls out all the stops to complete the story. The action intensifies, the characters are just as deep as in the previous books and the worldbuilding goes up a notch as most of the action takes place in the Realm of the Fae.
Sue’s Review of The Wild Court

Three really intriguing books, thanks so much Sue. And what absolutely gorgeous covers! 😍

About Sue Bavey:
Book blogger from England now living in Massachusetts USA. Mother of two teens a cat a bunny and a leopard gecko. Writing my grandad’s memoir. Reader of most genres but especially SFF, memoirs and thrillers.

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

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#R3COMM3ND3D2021 with #Blogger, #Reviewer and #CrimeFictionCommentator Ayo Onatade (@Shotsblog) #ShotsMagConfidential #BookRecommendations #publishedin2021 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

It’s the weekend! Time to put your feet up with a good book and while away a few hours lost in another world. It’s also day 18 of #R3COMM3ND3D2021 which is also something to celebrate I feel. We’re 50 individual books in so far with one book taking an early lead. If you would like to take part in this year’s feature and have your say then please don’t forget that pesky deadline of midday (GMT) on Wednesday 1st December when the #R3COMM3ND3D form for this year will CLOSE. For good. That’ll be it. Gone. Don’t miss out.

Joining me today is someone I have an enormous amount of respect for. I truly value her opinion on all things crime fiction, it’s the fabulous Ayo Onatade of Shotsmag Confidential. If you’re a crime fiction fan and you’re not following Ayo, then to be honest, you’re doing it all wrong. Make sure you subscribe. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Ayo, and the entire Shots team, really know their stuff!

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2021? 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. 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 😉

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 Ayo has chosen for us (and they’re all going straight onto the TBR)…

Razorblade Tears by S.A Cosby
An action packed and fine hard edge of a story about two very flawed fathers seeking justice for their murdered sons. Really well written and absorbing. Set in Virginia, this is a story of fatherhood, family, race and homophobia. A gut punch of a novel that is also razor sharp.
Ayo’s Review of Razorblade Tears

The Last Thing to Burn by Will Dean
A claustrophobic thriller that is chillingly harrowing, in a dark disturbing world where the evils and horrors of human trafficking and enslavement are sharply brought into focus.
Ayo’s Review of The Last Thing to Burn

Turf Wars by Olivier Norek
A realistic, explosive police procedural which gives you an intelligent look at the power play between politics, politicians and the law and also the effects of immigration and drugs. The second book in a trilogy that starts with a bang and does not let up.

Three brilliant picks, thanks so much Ayo. This is the second time we’ve seen The Last Thing to Burn which puts it in joint first place with The Last House on Needless Street. All three of your picks are going straight on the TBR and I’m looking forward to reading them.

About Ayo Onatade:
Ayo Onatade is a freelance crime fiction critic and blogger. She has written a number of articles on different aspects of crime fiction and has also given papers on the subject as well. She has an eclectic taste in crime fiction, which runs the gamut from historical crime fiction to hardboiled and short stories. Her research interests include historical fiction especially crime fiction and crime fiction literary criticism. She is a former Chair and Judge of the CWA Short Story Dagger and a former Judge of the Ngaio Marsh Award. She is the current Chair of the Historical Writers Association Debut Crown and also a judge of the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger and Bloody Scotland McIlvanney Prize. She was a contributor to British Crime Writing: An Encyclopaedia (2008) edited by Barry Forshaw and The American Thriller (Critical Insights) (2014) edited by Gary Hoppenstand. She is co-editor with Len Tyler of the anthology Bodies in the Bookshop (2014).

Ayo’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Shotsmag ConfidentialTwitter @ShotsblogFacebook GroupInstagram @ayoonatade |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2021 with #BookBlogger Emma Kuyateh – Primary Teacher Bookshelf (@emmakuyateh) #PrimaryTeacherBookshelf #BookRecommendations #publishedin2021 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello and welcome. It’s so good to see you today! Can we all take a moment to appreciate the fact that it’s finally Friday, hoorah, and the weekend is here. Thank Crunchie. It’s also day 17 of this year’s #R3COMM3ND3D and so far, it’s going swimmingly.  We’ve had 47 individual recommendations and only one book has been picked twice, making it the leader….for the moment. That book is The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward and I suggest you do everything you can to get your mitts on a copy (providing you don’t mind a touch of darkness in your books!).

Joining me today is a fantastic blogger I first ‘met’ last year thanks to #R3COMM3ND3D2020. It’s Emma Kuyateh of Primary Teacher Bookshelf. My daughter has begun to take a real interest in books of late so it’s always great to see what Emma recommends. She currently has one of Emma’s 2020 recommendations sat on her shelf waiting patiently to be read (thanks to Emma’s review). And as a book-mad parent of a newly book-mad tween, I’m always interested to see what’s out there for G now, and when she’s a little older.

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2021? 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. 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 😉

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 Emma recommends…

Ghost Bird by Lisa Fuller
As well as being a thrilling and terrifying page-turner, Ghost Bird allowed a glimpse into a First Nations community in rural Australia and the spiritual beliefs of the people. It’s a community I had little knowledge of previously.
Emma’s Review of Ghost Bird

Grow by Luke Palmer
Grow shows how frighteningly easy it is for a vulnerable teenager to slip off the radar into a dangerous world of everyday society without family, friends and teachers realising before it’s too late.
Emma’s Review of Grow

The Shark Caller by Zillah Bethell
Atmospheric, captivating and deeply moving, The Shark Caller is difficult to put down once started and difficult to forget once finished – it’s once of those stories that will stay with me for a long time.
Emma’s Review of The Shark Caller

Thanks so much, Emma. I quite fancy all three of your recommendations myself! Particularly Ghost Bird, what with my obsession for Australian fiction at the moment.

About Emma Kuyateh – Primary Teacher Bookshelf:
I am a Primary School Teacher of 17 years and I blog about picture books, Middle Grade and Young Adult.

Emma’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Primary Teacher BookshelfTwitter @emmakuyatehInstagram @primaryteacherbookshelf |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2021 with #BookBlogger Yvonne – Me and My Books (@yvonnembee) #MeandMyBooks #BookRecommendations #publishedin2021 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello, hello, hello! Welcome to day 16 of this year’s #R3COMM3ND3D which also happens to be a Thursday. We’re one step closer to the weekend but not…quite…there….yet…. Today I am delighted to welcome a fabulous blogger to DP to talk all things bookish, it’s the lovely Yvonne of Me and My Books. Yvonne’s blog is a treasure trove of bookish delights so if you don’t subscribe already, now is the time to change that!

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2021? 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. 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 😉

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 Yvonne has chosen for us…

Family (The Glass Family #1) by Owen Mullen
I do love this author’s books and Family is the first book in his new series. Family is an introduction to a gangland crime thriller that I adored. This is a dark story, there is violence, there is murder, there is drama, there are hopes and dreams. The body count rises, the corrupt coppers are having their hands forced, the net is tightening and who is still standing at the end I will leave you to discover. Owen has since released a second book in this series and it is just as good. I love the start of a new series.
Yvonne’s Review of Family

The Forgotten Life of Arthur Pettinger by Suzanne Fortin
This is such a stunning book and a very emotional one as I entered the life of Arthur Pettinger. His story emerges in a timeslip style I knew within the first couple of chapters that this book was going to be special and it just got better and better. Emotional it most definitely is but it is also about discovery and truth. I was in tears several times in this book as I read and by the end, I was gutted to have finished this wonderful story. It is a story about love, truth and misunderstandings, or maybe missed opportunities depending on how you look at it. It is a mix of contemporary fiction with historical fiction and it is a stunningly beautiful read.
Yvonne’s Review of The Forgotten Life of Arthur Pettinger

The Ladies’ Midnight Swimming Club by Faith Hogan
The swimming club is something that may sound completely mad to some, I mean swimming in the sea at midnight doesn’t sound like something that most women would think about. The author, however, had different thoughts about it and I for one am so glad she did as it was such a fabulous story to get caught up in. If you are after a story that is one about life, love, friendship and change then you really should look at this one. It is a simply gorgeous book that I would absolutely recommend.
Yvonne’s Review of The Ladies’ Midnight Swimming Club

Thanks so much, Yvonne. All three of your choices look and sound terrific. Those covers 😍

About Yvonne – Me and My Books:
I am an avid reader who will pretty much read anything. I have always read and I can remember learning to read my first words at primary school. Books are something that have always been part of my life and for the past couple of years they have helped keep life normal. They provide the perfect escape and I can’t imagine not having a book with me.

I read 200+ books a year, this is due to starting my Blog. Prior to that it would be 30-40 books a year. While reading is a solitary thing, reviewing and blogging makes reading a social thing. Connecting to different people around the world is a great thing to be able to do. It makes you realise that you are not alone and that reading is much bigger than you first thought it was.

Yvonne’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Me and My BooksTwitter @yvonnembeeFacebookInstagram @meandmybooks24Goodreads |

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/pHinvKCHGP89wumn9)