#R3COMM3ND3D2021 with #BookBlogger Lynne aka Fictionophile (@fictionophile) #Fictionophile #BookRecommendations #publishedin2021 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello and a very warm welcome to a brand new week on damppebbles. I have lots of lovely books to share with you this week so make sure you stay tuned to #R3COMM3ND3D2021. Speaking of which, it’s day 34 of #R3COMM3ND3D2021 and what a glorious series it’s been so far. Fear not, I still have a handful of posts left to share, enough to take us to the end of next week, so still lots of glorious books to come!

Joining me today is, without doubt, one of my favourite bloggers and one of my favourite people in the book world. It’s the lovely Lynne of Fictionophile. Lynne’s blog is a treasure trove of bookish delights so if you’re not already subscribed, make sure that changes. Do it now! We’ll wait for you…

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 😉

Here are the three books Lynne recommends…

Before She Disappeared by Lisa Gardner
Frankie Elkin is a one in a million character. So unique, so broken, and so very memorable. I loved her and was sad when I turned the last page on her story. I adored the writing in this book. The dreadful and disturbing circumstances which were lightened with levity and sarcasm. The book brings home the truism that people all over are really the same. Regardless of their social standing, ethnicity, religion, or other persuasion, people all want enough food to eat, a safe place to live, someone to care for, someone who cares for them. This novel also spoke to the plight of illegal immigrants in this modern world. It told of inner city teens striving to better themselves and their situations in any way they can. I adored this book much more than I expected to. It is all Frankie Elkin’s fault.
Lynne’s Review of Before She Disappeared

Margreete’s Harbor by Eleanor Morse
The characters were so authentically and vividly portrayed that I felt I knew them – and shared their lives. The novel touched my heart with its eloquence. Set in Maine, from the mid 1950s to the late 1960s, in addition to being a narrative about a decent, complicated family, this book also incorporated some pivotal events in American history. The civil unrest in the South, racism, the Vietnam war and the draft, the assassination of President Kennedy, the speeches of Martin Luther King, etc. I highly recommend this wonderful novel to those who enjoy well executed literary fiction that is character focused and includes more than a little history. A wonderful read!
Lynne’s Review of Margreete’s Harbor

The Downstairs Neighbour by Helen Cooper
This is definitely a debut that does not read like one. Polished, well-plotted, and with believable characters, it presents as the work of a much more seasoned novelist. Teeming with secrets, the inhabitants of this house in Kingston-Upon-Thames, have made many mistakes. Not malicious, but mistakes born from misunderstandings, guilt, and misguided, life-altering decisions. With themes of deception, family secrets, sacrifice, and making disastrous choices, this novel is ingeniously plotted and alarmingly realistic. Highly, highly, recommended to those readers who enjoy intelligently plotted domestic thrillers.
Lynne’s Review of The Downstairs Neighbour

Thanks so much for your terrific picks, Lynne. I think there are a couple of additions to my groaning TBR here, for sure!

About Lynne aka Fictionophile:
Before retirement I was the fiction cataloguer for Halifax Public Libraries in Nova Scotia, Canada. Now I am a full-time bookblogger.

I enjoy spending quality time with my husband, enjoying a glass of wine with my friends, gardening, watching British television drama, doing word games, crocheting, and jigsaw puzzles. I am the proud mother of two adult children and have one darling two-year-old grandson. I love to read, and my favorite genre is mystery fiction. I also have a deep appreciation for thrillers, classic literature, historical and literary fiction. I have been a reviewer/member of NetGalley since autumn 2013. Also, I am a reviewer/member of Edelweiss and moderate the Edelweiss Reviewer’s Group on Goodreads.

Lynne’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| Fictionophile | Twitter @fictionophile | Instagram @fictionophile56 | Goodreads |

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 ❤

#R3COMM3ND3D2021 with #BookBlogger Sarah Swan (@Sarah_Swan2) #SarahsVignettes #BookRecommendations #publishedin2021 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello and welcome to damppebbles on this chilly December day. It’s Sunday and I hope you have some exciting plans in store. It’s also day 33 of #R3COMM3ND3D2021 and things are really hotting up in the race to be this year’s winner. Eighty-nine books have been chosen so far – is your favourite amongst them? I’m struggling to chose a favourite read this year as there have been so many crackers published. Decisions, decisions, decisions…

Joining me today is a brilliant book blogger, it’s Sarah Swan of Sarah’s Vignettes. If you don’t already follow Sarah’s blog then you’re doing it all wrong. Pop over and have a mooch around. Whilst you’re there, make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss out on anymore of Sarah’s fantastic posts.

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 😉

Here are the three books Sarah recommends…

An Act of Love by Carol Drinkwater
For me, An Act of Love is a novel that has it all. From the elegant cover, the considerable amount of research, the skilfully crafted plot to the sophisticated writing, the believable characters and an incredible sense of place. In my opinion, this is Carol Drinkwater’s best book yet. I have loved all her previous work, but there is something about the depth in this novel that is more profound. I mean all her fiction novels are excellent, but An Act of Love has raised the bar.
Sarah’s Review of An Act of Love

Waiting for the Miracle by Anna McPartlin
I have been a fan of Anna McPartlin’s writing since I read The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes. Her writing always manages to break me and Waiting for the Miracle is no exception. I love it when an author has the power to do this to a reader.

One thing I love about Anna McPartlin’s writing is that I’m crying one minute and then laughing the next at the Irish wit and humour. I can hear the Irish accents of these characters in my head as I read. Anna McPartlin has a great ability to include just enough humour to make it as true to life as possible. She shows real humanity in her stories.
Sarah’s Review of Waiting for the Miracle

When The World Was Ours by Liz Kessler
When The World Was Ours is a YA book that has left a lasting impression on me. It is a heartbreaking, gut wrenching, raw, and powerful novel. It is about friendship, family, hope, love, and kindness. It is beautifully and sensitively written. It is appropriate for readers aged 12 years and above but this would appeal across the generations and it is necessary that it does. It is imperative that we keep Holocaust history alive to prevent persecution and genocide today and in the future.

When the World Was Ours is a story that will stay with me forever. And that is the point. We must never forget and we must keep the truth alive.
Sarah’s Review of When The World Was Ours

Three gorgeous choices, thanks so much Sarah. Of course, this is the second time we’ve seen When the World Was Ours by Liz Kessler which puts it in joint third place along with This is How we are Human by Louise Beech and No Honour by Awais Khan.

About Sarah Swan:
Hi, I’m Sarah. I have been reading from a very early age and before I could read, I was always flicking through picture books – I’m sure I was born with a book in my hand!

I read a wide range of genres and I am willing to try most genres once, but I do keep going back to both contemporary and historical fiction more than anything else.

Books are a big part of my life and I started my blog, Sarah’s Vignettes, in 2017 so I could share my love for them.

Sarah’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| Sarah’s Vignettes | Twitter @Sarah_Swan2 | Facebook | Instagram @sarah_swan22 |

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 ❤

#R3COMM3ND3D2021 with #BookBlogger Cathy Johnson (@Cathy_A_J) #WhatCathyReadNext #BookRecommendations #publishedin2021 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello bookish friends and welcome to damppebbles. The weekend has arrived, hoorah. I plan to put my feet up, drink copious amounts of tea, gorge myself on copious amounts of biscuits and lose myself in a good book. Heaven! It’s day 32 of #R3COMM3ND3D2021 and what a stonking book year it’s turned out to be. #R3C21 has so far given us 86 individual recommendations, four books have been selected more than once and our current leader is The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward. But that could all change in the next couple of weeks…

I am delighted to welcome a brilliant book blogger to share the 2021 book love with us today, it’s Cathy from What Cathy Read Next. Cathy’s blog is a must read for any serious book lover. Personally, I’m a huge fan and I strongly recommend that you subscribe if you don’t already. What are you waiting for?

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 😉

Here are the three books Cathy recommends…

When The World Was Ours by Liz Kessler
Inspired by her own father’s escape from Nazi-occupied Europe, When The World Was Ours is the story of three childhood friends – Leo, Max and Elsa – two of whom are Jewish and whose lives are destined to follow very different paths. In war, there are rarely happy endings. As Elsa says, “How rapidly something unthinkable can become commonplace. How easily we let the inconceivable become a new normal. How quickly we learn to stop questioning these things.” Although an emotional read at times, the book is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the kindness of strangers.
Cathy’s Review of When The World Was Ours

The Hidden Child by Louise Fein
Inspired by the author’s personal experience of bringing up a child with epilepsy, the book takes the reader back to 1929, a time when the condition was viewed by those in the eugenics movement as something shameful, something to be hidden. Told from the perspective of Eleanor and Edward whose daughter develops epilepsy, their very different views about her future create rifts that threaten their marriage. As a person with epilepsy, The Hidden Child made me appreciate how far we have come as a society and how fortunate I am to be living in a more enlightened age.
Cathy’s Review of The Hidden Child

End of Summer by Anders de la Motte
End of Summer concerns a sister’s search for the truth about the disappearance of her four year old brother Billy many years before. It’s a compelling mystery but also an absorbing and insightful picture of a family coping with the disappearance of a child: the unanswered questions, the dashed hopes, and the sense of absence. I found it absolutely gripping from start to finish.
Cathy’s Review of End of Summer

Thanks so much, Cathy. Three terrific choices which all sound very intriguing. Some definite additions to the TBR there.

About Cathy Johnson:
Happily retired and now with more time to read and review books, I especially enjoy historical, literary and crime fiction (although nothing too gory). However, whatever the genre, I crave good writing. When I’m not reading or blogging, you’ll find me pottering in the garden or vegetable patch.

Cathy’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| What Cathy Read Next | Twitter @Cathy_A_J | Facebook | Instagram @whatcathyreadnextbookblog |

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 ❤

#R3COMM3ND3D2021 with #BookBlogger Lindsey (@Lindzy92) #ARamblingReviewer #BookRecommendations #publishedin2021 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello and happy Friday. The weekend is here…almost! What better way to start the weekend than adding a couple of books to your TBR?! That’s my plan for today anyway and I’m sticking to it 😂 It’s also day 31 of #R3COMM3ND3D2021 which means there’s a very good chance we’ll do just that thanks to today’s fabulous guest.

Joining me to share the book love today is the brilliant Lindsey of A Rambling Reviewer. Lindsey’s blog is flipping fantastic. If you don’t already follow then I strongly suggest you head over there now and hit the subscribe button. 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 😉

Here are the three books Lindsey recommends…

Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune
It’s been a long time since a book messed with my emotions like this. I cried from laughter, and I cried due to the sheer emotion packed in this gorgeous tale. Recommending it to anyone and everyone right now!
Lindsey’s Review of Under the Whispering Door

The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles
A charming and emotive historical fiction, this explores the war in a way I’ve not read before. All the characters are flawed and it’s such a powerful reading that makes you realise the effect the occupation would have had. Plus, it’s set in a library!
Lindsey’s Review of The Paris Library

Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky
I only discovered this author this year, but oh my word, he blows me away. Pure science-fiction with everything that entails, his world building and characters really transport you to a different place. It’s made me read more of his work, which is a recommendation in itself!
Lindsey’s Review of Shards of Earth

Three fantastic picks, thanks so much Lindsey. There are a few additions to the wish list here for me. And what gorgeous covers! 😍

About Lindsey:
I read books, then I ramble about them! I’m a twenty-something book blogger that spends far too much time curled up with a good book and a cup of tea instead of figuring out adulting/life.

Lindsey’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| A Rambling Reviewer | Twitter @Lindzy92 | Instagram @aramblingreviewer |

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 ❤

#R3COMM3ND3D2021 with #BookBlogger Lisa (@OwlBeSatReading) #OwlBeSatReading #BookRecommendations #publishedin2021 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello, hello, hello! A very warm welcome to damppebbles on this, the second day of December 2021. It’s also a Thursday and day 30 of #R3COMM3ND3D2021. Which, and I hope you’ll agree, makes it a rather fine day indeed. So far we’ve had 80 glorious books recommended to us since 1st November, and there are currently four books vying for the top spot with The Last House on Needless Street in pole position. With just over two weeks of #R3C21 left, I wonder how things will change between now and then…?

Joining me today is a fabulous blogger and an all round lovely person. It’s Lisa from OwlBeSatReading. I love Lisa’s blog. Partly because we have similar-ish reading tastes and Lisa likes fiction on the darker side of life, and partly because it’s just a brilliant blog. If you don’t already subscribe then please make sure 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 😉

Here are the three books Lisa recommends…

Life on Other Planets by Matt Cook
This story really surprised me! I wasn’t expecting a heartfelt story that was full of life, even though the plot is predominantly about death. Matt Cook sees humans “humaning” as it were, through a very different perspective. Life on Other Planets delivered humour, great characters and an intriguing plot. It’s relatable to everyone because we all have families, we all have mixed feelings, we all put up with people, and ultimately, we will all have experiences of death. Written so fluently, Matt’s an author I will definitely read more from.
Lisa’s Review of Life on Other Planets

Immortelle by Catherine McCarthy
Catherine has such a way with words. I am delighted to have discovered her quiet, atmospheric horror stories. They pull you in gently, you get all comfy in her story-telling, then she delivers this kind of electric WOW that you never see coming.
Lisa’s Review of Immortelle

Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder
Nightbitch is possibly the most whackiest, wonderfully messed up story of motherhood that I’ve ever read. Motherhood stories always tempt me and this one shook me about, chewed me up and spat me out. It was relatable and frightening and hilarious and brilliant. Couldn’t fault it!
Lisa’s Review of Nightbitch

Three fantastic choices, thanks Lisa. And because they all sound so good, they’re all going straight on the wish list!

About Lisa:
A book-mad (late) forty-something British Book Blogger with a penchant for tales of horror, darkness and oddities 🖤

Lisa’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| OwlBeSatReading | Twitter @OwlBeSatReading | Instagram @owlbesatreading | Goodreads |

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 ❤️

#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 of 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 😂) so reached out for some advice. Dee immediately offered help and support and I am so grateful to have made that connection 🙏. 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? 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 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
It’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:
chapter1.page1Twitter @_chapter1_page1 |

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 Kerry Parsons (@chataboutbooks1) #ChatAboutBooks #BookRecommendations #publishedin2021 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello and a very warm welcome to damppebbles on the last day of November 2021. Those of you who have been keeping a close eye on #R3COMM3ND3D2021 may know what that means. It means time is running out….panic! Ahem. OK, no need to panic. What it does mean is that if you were considering taking part in this year’s #R3C then you need to submit your three book choices to me via the Google form (at the bottom of this page) before midday tomorrow – 1st December. The form will close tomorrow at 12 o’clock GMT and you will not be able to take part in this year’s series. There are still a handful of dates left so if you would like to join the #R3C party, please don’t delay. Posts will continue into December but I will not be taking on any new submissions. Hurry, hurry, hurry!

Joining me to share the book love today is another fantastic blogger, it’s Kerry Parsons who blogs over at Chat About Books. Kerry’s blog is packed full of bookish delights which you must check out. Pop over, say hi and make sure you hit the subscribe button whilst you’re there!

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 Kerry recommends…

My Best Friend’s Wedding by Tilly Tennant
This story has it all! Friendship and romance, fun and laughter, twinkly lights and snow, heartache and loss but hope for a happier future. It is a rollercoaster of emotion which ends on a high. I loved it!
Kerry’s Review of My Best Friend’s Wedding

Freecycling for Beginners by Misha M. Herwin
There are so many lovely characters throughout this book, all with very different lifestyles, different worries and struggles but each find a way of helping another out without the need for payment or thanks. It really does restore your faith in humanity. There are many decent people in this world. We often forget as there tends to be too much focus on the negative these days. This story is the perfect reminder of the power of human kindness.
Kerry’s Review of Freecycling for Beginners

One Must Die by Mark Tilbury
This is one of those books that I thought about a lot when I wasn’t able to read it, wondering what might be coming next, and is most definitely one of those books that will stay with me for a long time to come.
Kerry’s Review of One Must Die

Three terrific choices. Thanks so much for sharing them with us today. 😍

About Kerry Parsons:
I am 44 years old and have been married to Steve for 19 years. We have two grown up children together (21 & 20) and a Shih Tzu called Bella who is 10. I started my book blog in October 2015 and it opened up a whole new world for me. I have also been our church treasurer, on a voluntary basis, since July 2014 and I set up Bowen’s Book Publicity in 2020.

Kerry’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Chat About BooksTwitter @chataboutbooks1FacebookInstagram @chataboutbooks1 |

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 Jen Lucas (@JenMedBkReviews) #JenMedsBookReviews #BookRecommendations #publishedin2021 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello and welcome to a brand new week on damppebbles. We’ve almost made it to the end of November and what a cracking month it’s been. So far we’ve had 74 individual book recommendations, across multiple genres (always nice to feature books outside of damppebbles’ comfort zone – which is dark and scary!), from a bevy of publishers. Our current leader is The Last Thing to Burn by Will Dean with three votes. You’ll have to wait and see if TLTtB remains at the top as there are still a couple of weeks to go. It could be anyone’s game!

Joining me today is the fabulous Jen Lucas of Jen Med’s Book Reviews. Jen’s blog is a firm favourite of mine. One of the many reasons I like it is because Jen (and her sister Mandie) both adore crime fiction as much as I do. It’s a treasure trove of criminal delights and I heartily recommend you give Jen 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 Jen recommends…

This is How We Are Human by Louise Beech
Louise Beech is the queen of reinvention, every single title she releases is different from the last and each one hits the mark, every single time. This book is full of hope, love laughter and memorable characters, whist still tackling the very serious subjects of abuse, family, friendships and what it really means to love and be loved. Sebastian is probably one of the most beautiful and uninhibited characters that the author has created and it’s impossible not to fall in love with him. I can’t even listen to Billy Ocean’s Suddenly without thinking about this book now.
Jen’s Review of This is How We Are Human

The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward
Now this will not be a book for everyone, and it was a bit of a slow burner, even for me. But there was something very unique, very twisted about the story which drew me in. Told from a multi-narrator point of view, nothing is ever quite what it appears and there is far more to this book than first meets the eye. Yes, one of the narrators is a little unusual, but I really loved the quirkiness of it, and I do like the author’s style. The premise, when revealed, put me in mind of what I consider to be a very clever movie, but I can’t name it because it will give the game away.

With a blend of storytelling that could creep me out, unnerve, intrigue and amuse me in equal measure, it is, without question, one of the most memorable reads of this year for me.
Jen’s Review of The Last House on Needless Street

What Will Burn by James Oswald
I love the Inspector McLean series by James Oswald and I have to be honest, this was one of my favourites. I loved the otherworldly element of this particular tale, it really did make me smile for reasons I think fall into spoiler territory. As always with James Oswald’s stories, this was full of mystery, intrigue, jeopardy and a whole lot of sleight of hand and antagonists you love to hate (and quite probably want to throttle). I love the characters that he has created and the slightly off kilter picture of Edinburgh that he paints with this detective fiction that blends real life with something a little more spectral or other dimensional. Grumpy Bob and Madame Rose are two of my absolute favourite characters and the nod to Mr Oswald’s other series makes this one of my top reads of the year. Definitely recommended.
Jen’s Review of What Will Burn

Cracking choices, thanks so much Jen. This is the second time we’ve seen This is How We Are Human by Louise Beech and the third time we’ve seen The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward which puts it in joint first with The Last Thing to Burn. It really could be anyone’s race this year!

About Jen Lucas:
Book blogger, Contract wrangler and part time cat bed, I love to read all things criminal and action and thrill filled reads. I’ve been blogging for more than five years now, having started on a whim that I expected to last no more than a few months. I only started reading again about 7 years ago after a long, post degree, hiatus but am having fun trying to catch up on all I’ve missed.

Most likely to be found with my head in a book, hooked up to intravenous supplies of coffee, if I’m not off walking around. the country, pretending I know how to take a good photo.

Jen’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| Jen Med’s Book Reviews | Twitter @JenMedBkReviews | Facebook | Instagram @jenmedsbookreviews |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2021 with #BookBlogger Ceri Evans (@iheartbooks1991) #CerisLittleBlog #BookRecommendations #publishedin2021 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello and welcome to Sunday on damppebbles. I hope you have a relaxing day ahead of you. Or are you braving the crowds and heading out Christmas shopping? (There! I’ve said it. There’s no turning back now 🙈😂). I think it’s always important to remember that books make great gifts. So it turns out, you’re in the right place already! Because we have some cracking book recommendations for you today.

Joining me on day 26 of #R3COMM3ND3D2021 is the fabulous Ceri Evans who blogs over at Ceri’s Little Blog. I love Ceri’s blog so make sure you head on over and say hi. Hit the all-important subscribe button whilst you’re there!

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 Ceri recommends…

Everything is Beautiful by Eleanor Ray
It is an emotional and beautiful portrayal of trauma, identity and loneliness. It really touched me in the sense that I can still vividly remember the characters and the way I felt when reading it even though it was one of my first reads of 2021. It is full of symbolism and mystery. You will definitely find yourself getting lost in this beautiful book.
Ceri’s Review of Everything is Beautiful

She’s Mine by A.A. Chaudhuri
This is a gripping and pacey read. It has a complex yet clear and effective structure, with the multiple perspectives, different timelines and short chapters all working together to ensure the story is fast-paced, engrossing and the psychological development is strong. The cracking cliffhangers make this one difficult to put down. A must read for psychological thriller fans, by a supremely talented author.
Ceri’s Review of She’s Mine

The Post Box at the North Pole by Jaimie Admans
This is just such a cosy and escapist read that has definitely got me in the Christmas mood early. Jaimie has created memorable and likeable characters, and one in particular will make you swoon. The setting is unusual, beautiful and obviously very cold but it juxtaposes well with the warmth of the characters and the community of the story. This is a fabulous, festive romance that will warm even the coldest of hearts!!
Ceri’s Review of The Post Box at the North Pole

Three fabulous looking and sounding choices. Thanks so much, Ceri.

About Ceri Evans:
I am an avid reader, teacher and book blogger from South Wales. I read a range of genres including domestic drama, historical fiction, romance and thrillers.

Ceri’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Ceri’s Little BlogTwitter @iheartbooks1991Instagram @iheartbooks1991 |

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#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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