#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Joanne (@portybelle) #PortobelloBookBlog #damppebbles

Happy Tuesday! For the second week on the trot, I have moved the first #R3COMM3ND3D2018 post of the week to Tuesday (rather than Monday) because of a blog tour review.  Normal service should resume next week! Today I am delighted to welcome a brilliant blogger to damppebbles to share the #R3COMM3ND3D2018 book love – Joanne of Portobello Book Blog.  I love Joanne’s blog so if you haven’t discovered it yet (but I’m sure you have!) then head on over and say hi!

If you’re new to damppebbles then you may be wondering what #R3COMM3ND3D is all about.  It’s about sharing three books you love.  Three books which you think everyone else MUST read.  It doesn’t matter who wrote it, what genre it is or how it was published.  The only stipulation is that the books you choose must have been published in the same year.  If you’re a book blogger, author or publisher and you would like to take part in #R3COMM3ND3D2019 (which starts on 1st November) then please complete the form at the bottom of this post.

Here are Joanne’s choices…

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The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes by Ruth Hogan
Beautifully written story of how life can carry on after tremendous loss and still have meaning and light. Wonderfully warm and uplifting.
https://portobellobookblog.com/2018/08/28/the-wisdom-of-sally-red-shoes-by-ruth-hogan-review-ruthmariehogan-tworoadsbooks/

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Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan
A courtroom drama which is scarily topical with all the #MeToo scandal this year. Really makes you think and utterly compelling.
https://portobellobookblog.com/2018/01/08/anatomy-of-a-scandal-by-sarah-vaughan-review-svaughanauthor-simonschusteruk/

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The Book of Love by Fionnuala Kearney
The finest book yet by this author in my opinion. Had me in floods but such a beautiful love story which I loved mightily.
https://portobellobookblog.com/2018/10/18/the-book-of-love-by-fionnuala-kearney-review-fionnualatweets/

Thanks so much, Joanne. Great choices.  I have Anatomy of a Scandal on the terrifying TBR so will make a point of moving it up!

If Joanne has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books she recommends, please see the following links:

The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes by Ruth HoganAnatomy of a Scandal by Sarah VaughanThe Book of Love by Fionnuala Kearney |

About Joanne:
Blogger who lives by the sea, happily married, mum to two teens, loves books, baking and watching the birds.

Joanne’s Social Media Links:
Portobello Book BlogTwitter @portybelleFacebookInstagram |

If you’re a book blogger, author or you work in publishing and have three books published this year that you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/PE483qCyrKEgV5Uq6)

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Rae (@rae_reads1) #RaeReads #damppebbles

Woohoo! It’s Friday.  I hope you have some exciting bookish plans in store for the weekend.  Today I am delighted to welcome one of my favourite bloggers to damppebbles to share the #R3COMM3ND3D2018 book love.  The ever so lovely Rae of Rae Reads.  I’m a huge fan of Rae’s blog so I strongly recommend you head on over there now to take a peek (and then head straight back here to find out which three books Rae chose as her #R3COMM3ND3D2018 picks!).

#R3COMM3ND3D is all about the book love.  Can you name three books published last year which were standout reads for you? Three books you would recommend to everyone? That’s what #R3COMM3ND3D is all about.  Any genre, written by any author, published traditionally, by an indie press or by the author themselves.  The only catch being they must be from the same year.  At the moment we’re sharing the 2018 love but come 1st November it will be all about 2019’s releases.  If you’re a book blogger, author or you work in publishing and you would like to take part in #R3COMM3ND3D2019 then please complete the form at the bottom of this post.

Here are Rae’s choices…

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The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
I loved how dark and intense this book was!
https://raereadsbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/21/the-chalk-man-by-c-j-tudor-cjtudor-blogtour-michaeljbooks-review/

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Lady Cecily and the Mysterious Mr Gray by Janice Preston
I have a soft spot for Historical Romance and this book is such a well written, gorgeous story!
https://raereadsbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/03/lady-cecily-and-the-mysterious-mr-gray-by-janice-preston-janicegpreston-review/

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Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32 by B.C.R. Fegan
This is a book for children but has an element of suspense that I thought was great. I enjoyed it just as much as my children did!
https://raereadsbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/13/dont-ever-look-behind-door-32-by-b-c-r-fegan-bcrfegan-taleblade-review/

Excellent choices, Rae. Thank you. One of my very favourite books and I think this is the first time we’ve had a children’s book included (which, as a mum of two, I love!).

If Rae has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books she recommends, please see the following links:

The Chalk Man by C.J. TudorLady Cecily and the Mysterious Mr Gray by Janice PrestonDon’t Ever Look Behind Door 32 by B.C.R. Fegan |

About Rae:
I’m a mum of 2 who is stationery, knitting and book obsessed! To be honest my book blog keeps me sane(ish).

Rae’s Social Media Links:
Rae ReadsTwitter @rae_reads1Facebook |

If you’re a book blogger, author or you work in publishing and have three books published this year that you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/PE483qCyrKEgV5Uq6)

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Julie Morris (@book_problem) #ALittleBookProblem #damppebbles

Rules are made to be broken (don’t quote me on that!) so in a change to the planned schedule, welcome to #R3COMM3ND3D2018 on a Tuesday! I featured a blog tour review yesterday so I decided to move things around a little this week which means #R3COMM3ND3D2018 on a Tuesday instead of a Monday. I hope you don’t mind! They say a change is as good as a rest (and exactly the same thing will happen next week too). Today I am delighted to welcome the lovely Julie Morris to damppebbles to share her three #R3COMM3ND3D picks. Julie blogs over at the brilliant A Little Book Problem so if you haven’t discovered her wonderful blog yet then head on over and check it out!

What is #R3COMM3ND3D? It’s all about sharing the book love. I invite bookish types – authors, book bloggers and people who work in publishing – to choose three books they think the rest of us should read. They can be any genre, written by any author, traditionally, indie or self-published. The only rule is that they must have been published in the SAME year. At the moment we’re focussing on titles published last year in 2018 but from 1st November it will be all about this year’s new releases. If you’re a bookish type (book blogger, author or you work in publishing) and you would like to take part then please complete the form at the bottom of this post. But hurry, places are limited and they’re going FAST!

Here are Julie’s choices…

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The Songs of Us by Emma Cooper
This is a debut novel which I find quite astounding as the writing is very accomplished and perfect balances humour and emotion. It had me laughing and crying and I really loved it.
https://alittlebookproblem.co.uk/2018/09/19/the-songs-of-us-by-emma-cooper-bookreview-blogtour-itsemmacooper-headlinepg-thesongsofus-uplit/

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All The Hidden Truths by Claire Askew
I love a book that makes you think and this one really does that. It comes at the issue of gun violence from a different angle that was really provocative, which makes it an uneasy read but it is important that we be made uncomfortable about these topics
https://alittlebookproblem.co.uk/2018/08/11/all-the-hidden-truths-by-claire-askew-bookreview-publicationday-onenightstanzas-hodderbooks-netgalley-allthehiddentruths-netgalley/

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Battlestar Suburbia by Chris McCrudden
This is a book that doesn’t seem to have had much attention but it is smart and very funny and I think it deserves a wider readership than it might be getting. I really enjoyed it; it is probably quite different from what others are recommending!
https://alittlebookproblem.co.uk/2018/09/21/battlestar-suburbia-by-chris-mccrudden-bookreview-cmccrudden-farragobooks-netgalley-battlestarsuburbia-netgalley/

Thanks Julie – great choices. All three books sound really interesting and I’ll be adding All The Hidden Truths to the wishlist!

If Julie has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books she recommends, please see the following links:

| The Songs of Us by Emma Cooper | All The Hidden Truths by Claire Askew | Battlestar Suburbia by Chris McCrudden |

About Julie:
I’m Julie, 46, ex-lawyer, blogger, mum/step-mum of 5, book-obsessed aspiring writer.

Julie’s Social Media Links:
| A Little Book Problem | Twitter @book_problem | Facebook | Instagram |

If you’re a book blogger, author or you work in publishing and have three books published this year that you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/PE483qCyrKEgV5Uq6)

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Norrie (@norrie_reads) #ReadingUndertheBlankie #damppebbles

Hello! Welcome to damppebbles and another brilliant #R3COMM3ND3D2018 post. I’m back sharing the book love after a brief break to celebrate anniversaries (10 years!) and birthdays (not going to disclose the years on that one 😉). Today I am delighted to welcome the ever so lovely Norrie of Reading Under the Blankie to share her #R3COMM3ND3D2018 picks. If you haven’t discovered Norrie’s blog yet then what are you waiting for? 😍

‘What is this #R3COMM3ND3D thing you speak of?’ I hear you cry! Well, it’s about the book love and sharing three books you think everyone else should read.  Any author, any genre, any publisher…but with one catch. The books must have been published in the same year.  At the moment we’re sharing the 2018 book love but come 1st November it will be all about 2019.  If you’re a book blogger, author or publisher and would like to take part in #R3COMM3ND3D2019 then please scroll to the bottom of this post and fill in the Google form.

Without further ado, here are Norrie’s choices…

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The Retreat by Mark Edwards
When it comes to suspense, Mark Edwards is one of my go-to guys. He just gets it, you know, like he can see into your soul.
https://readingundertheblankie.com/2018/10/10/the-retreat-by-mark-edwards/

and so it begins

And So It Begins by Rachel Abbott
This is such a cleverly plotted, delicious thriller! Part courtroom drama, part murder mystery, this will appeal for a wide range of crime fiction fans.
https://readingundertheblankie.com/2018/10/08/and-so-it-begins-by-rachel-abbott/

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Tangerine by Christine Mangan
Set in 1950s Morocco, Christine Mangan’s debut is an unnerving story of obsession, deception and some serious gaslighting. Also a great spin on frenemies!
https://readingundertheblankie.com/2018/03/14/tangerine-by-christine-mangan/

Thanks so much, Norrie. I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed The Retreat by Mark Edwards and I’m adding your other two choices to my wishlist!

If Norrie has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books she recommends, please see the following links:

The Retreat by Mark EdwardsAnd So It Begins by Rachel Abbott |  Tangerine by Christine Mangan |

About Norrie:
Book lover, cat hugger, coffee drinker, capable of eating half a cheesecake in one sitting. Best not to approach before she had her breakfast.

Loves a good thriller, but would probably not touch romance with a stick. Based on the amount of crime fiction she’s read, could probably solve a crime. Or not, but she would certainly try. Loves science fiction and secretly dreams about joining the Starfleet since she was fourteen.

Norrie’s Social Media Links:
Reading Under the BlankieTwitter @norrie_readsInstagram |

If you’re a book blogger, author or you work in publishing and have three books published this year that you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/PE483qCyrKEgV5Uq6)

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #Author Heleen Kist (@hkist) #InServitude #damppebbles

Hello! How was your weekend? I hope it was chock full of some fantastic books. It’s Monday which can mean only one thing – time for another fabulous #R3COMM3ND3D2018 post! Today I am delighted to welcome a brilliant author to the blog, the lovely Heleen Kist. Heleen’s debut novel, In Servitude, was published last year and if you would like to find out more then scroll on down to the bottom of this post.

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 is a chance for bookish types to share the book love. If you could pick any three of your favourite books to shout about, what would they be? Any author, publisher or genre. #R3COMM3ND3D2018 has one rule though. That rule being the books must have been published in 2018.

Here are Heleen’s three choices…

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Corrupted (Charles Holborne Legal Thriller #4) by Simon Michael
Loved the 1960s setting, which opened my eyes to historical crime fiction, and the mix between the real-life Cray brothers and the fictional story worked extremely well.

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Perfect Silence (A DI Callanach Thriller #4) by Helen Fields
It’s the fourth in a series of strong police procedural. This one is particularly gruesome but you still get a warm feeling from the will-they-or-won’t-they nature of the relationship between the two main characters.

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Stoned Love (Sam Batford #2) by Ian Patrick
I loved the opening of this book – rats and drugs! – which set the scene for a hard-boiled tale of undercover corruption. This is the second in the Sam Batford series, but I read it as a stand-alone.

Brilliant choices, Heleen. Thank you. Both Perfect Silence and Stoned Love have been chosen before so they’re both going on the terrifying TBR!

If Heleen has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books she recommends, please see the following links:

| Corrupted by Simon Michael | Perfect Silence by Helen Fields | Stoned Love by Ian
Patrick |

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When Grace’s beloved sister Glory dies in a car crash, her life spirals out of control. She discovers Glory was indebted to a local crime lord and laundering money through her café. What’s worse, Grace is now forced to take over.

Defying her anxiety, Grace will stop at nothing to save herself and those Glory left behind from the clutches of Glasgow’s underworld. But her plans unravel when more family secrets emerge and Grace is driven to question everything she believed about her sister – even her death.

IN SERVITUDE is a gripping roller coaster of family, crime and betrayal. Perfect for lovers of page-turning suspense.

amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Waterstones

About Heleen:
Heleen Kist is a Dutch businesswoman who lived all over the world while growing up and for her career. Then she fell in love with a Scotsman and his country, and now writes about its (sometimes scary) people from her garden office in Glasgow.

Her debut psychological suspense novel ‘In Servitude’ won a silver medal for Best European Fiction at the Independent Publishers Book Awards 2019, was a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2019, and was shortlisted for The Selfies 2019, the UK publishing industry’s first award for self-published authors.

She was selected as an ‘up and coming new writer’ and awarded a Spotlight at Bloody Scotland 2018, the International crime writing festival.

Heleen’s Social Media Links:
| Twitter @hkist | Website | Facebook |

If you’re a book blogger, author or you work in publishing and have three books published this year that you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/PE483qCyrKEgV5Uq6)

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger David (@Bluebookballoon) #BlueBookBalloon #damppebbles

Happy Friday! I’m so glad the weekend is nearly here. Do you have plans? Lots of lovely books I hope. I am thrilled to welcome one of my favourite book bloggers to damppebbles today to share their #R3COMM3ND3D2018 picks, the brilliant David of Blue Book Balloon.  No one has ever made me want to read Fantasy novels as much as David has (he does read and review other genres, I should probably add that). If you haven’t already, please check out his brilliant blog.

So what’s this #R3COMM3ND3D2018 thing all about then? Allow me to explain.  #R3COMM3ND3D is all about the book love.  It’s a chance for bookish folk to choose three books they think the rest of us should make a point of reading.  Any genre, any author, any publisher – indie, self or traditionally published.  The only stipulation is that the three books must all have been published in the same year.  At the moment we’re concentrating on 2018 but come 1st November I’ll make a start on sharing the 2019 picks! If you would like to be involved please complete the form at the bottom of this post.

Without further ado, here are David’s choices…

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The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) by S.A. Chakraborty
Magic and adventure grounded in reality – basically, everything you ever loved about Middle Eastern stories and legends, but in a modern fantasy and without the orientalism.
https://bluebookballoon.blogspot.com/2018/03/review-city-of-brass-by-sa-chakraborty.html

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Before Mars (Planetfall #3) by Emma Newman
The third book set in Newman’s SF Planetfall universe, this is a largely self-contained adventure. It captures the human spirit of survival on a harsh planet and combines that with a mystery/ thriller plot that’ll leave you guessing till the end.
https://bluebookballoon.blogspot.com/2018/04/review-before-mars-by-emma-newman.html

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The Sing of the Shore by Lucy Wood
Sea, salt, the beach… Cornwall is idyllic, no? Well not in these short stories. Deep rooted in place they examine life in England’s most remote county from all angles, always suffused by a sense of the weird and the possible. I can’t recommend Wood’s writing to highly, read this and then her earlier novel Weathering and collection Diving Belles.
https://bluebookballoon.blogspot.com/2018/04/review-sing-of-shore-by-lucy-wood.html

These all look brilliant, thanks David. A couple of additions to the TBR here I think!

If David has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books he recommends, please see the following links:

The City of Brass by S.A. ChakrabortyBefore Mars by Emma NewmanThe Sing of the Shore by Lucy Wood |

About David:
Originally a physicist, I took a wrong turn somewhere and ended up an office. Trying to read my way out again. I live in the heart of Midsomer Murders country and my wife is the Vicar, so I probably won’t be here for long.

David’s Social Media Links:
Blue Book Balloon Twitter @Bluebookballoon |

If you’re a book blogger, author or you work in publishing and have three books published this year (2019) that you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/PE483qCyrKEgV5Uq6)

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Joy Kluver (@JoyKluver) #JoyKluver #damppebbles

Hello book fans! Happy Monday and here’s to a great week with bookish treats galore. I am delighted to welcome another fabulous book blogger to damppebbles today, the ever so lovely Joy Kluver.  If you’re a fan of crime fiction then make sure you check out Joy’s blog.  You won’t regret it.

Let me explain what #R3COMM3ND3D is all about.  It’s a chance for book bloggers, author and publishers to share the book love.  An opportunity to shout about three brilliant books the rest of us MUST read. They can be written by any author, published in any way and be in any genre (or a mix thereof).  There is a catch though.  The books must all have been published in the same year; 2018 to be precise. But make sure you look out for #R3COMM3ND3D2019 starting on 1st November! Fill in the form below if you would like to take part later this year but please note, places are limited.  When they’re gone, they’re gone!

Here are Joy’s three choices…

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The Good Doctor of Warsaw by Elisabeth Gifford
I think this is possibly the best fiction book I’ve ever read about the Holocaust. Based on the true story of Dr Janusz Korczak and his work in a Warsaw orphanage during WW2, the narrative is both uplifting and heart-breaking. I warn you now – you will need tissues!
https://joykluver.wordpress.com/2018/02/01/the-good-doctor-of-warsaw-by-elisabeth-gifford/

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Salt Lane (DS Alexandra Cupidi #1) by William Shaw
This is the first in a new series from William Shaw featuring DS Alex Cupidi. We first met her in The Birdwatcher but she was clearly meant to be a leading lady. Shaw manages to weave multiple threads together as DS Cupidi searches for a killer.
https://joykluver.wordpress.com/2018/05/04/saltlane-blog-tour-william1shaw-riverrunbooks-hannah_robbo/

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A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan
Don’t let the W.C. fool you! This is William Ryan and if you’ve read The Constant Soldier, then you’ll know to expect a cracking plot, an atmospheric setting and memorable characters. A thriller/whodunit with a good dose of ghosts makes this the perfect read for an autumn/winter’s afternoon.
https://joykluver.wordpress.com/2018/10/04/review-a-house-of-ghosts-by-william-ryan-williamryan_-bonnierzaffre/

Wonderful recommendations, thanks Joy. I’ve added two of your three to my wishlist without a moment’s hesitation!

If Joy has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books she recommends, please see the following links:

The Good Doctor of Warsaw by Elisabeth GiffordSalt Lane by William ShawA House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan |

About Joy:
Escaping the madness of motherhood by writing and reading crime novels.

Joy’s Social Media Links:
Joy KluverTwitter @JoyKluver |

If you’re a book blogger, author or you work in publishing and have three books published this year that you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/PE483qCyrKEgV5Uq6)

 

 

 

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger imyril (@imyril) #TheresAlwaysRoomForOneMore #damppebbles

Hello and welcome to the blog today. It’s Monday which can mean only one thing – it’s time for another brilliant #R3COMM3ND3D2018 post (and you thought I was going to say something about the weekend being over, right?!). Today I am delighted to welcome another fantastic book blogger to damppebbles to share the book love, imyril from There’s Always Room for One More…

But first, let me explain what #R3COMM3ND3D is all about. ‘Books’ is the simple answer 😆! Every year I invite bookish types to share the titles of three books they love with the rest of us.  Any author, any genre – it’s a bit of a free for all, apart from one thing.  The books must have been published in a certain year.  At the moment we’re revealing the top books published in 2018 but on 1st November #R3COMM3ND3D2019  will start when it will be all about this year’s releases.  If you would like to take part then please fill in the form at the bottom of this post!

Without further ado, here are the books imyril has chosen…

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The Poppy War (The Poppy War #1) by R.F. Kuang
A setting that’s not quite early twentieth century China is an unusual and absorbing fantasy setting. Complex characters you’ll love to hate and fear to love, going through the wringer. A harrowing debut with an eye for epic storytelling and historical flavour.
https://onemore.org/2018/09/29/the-poppy-war/

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The Bitter Twins (The Winnowing Flame Trilogy 2) by Jen Williams
I hesitate to dive into a trilogy with book two, but the Winnowing Flame gets my nod for epic fantasy with sci-fi underpinnings and a flair for all-out horror. Vampiric elves, a fire witch, noble barbarians, a middle-aged archaeologist and mythical beasts must fight off a terrifying insectile alien threat or see their world consumed. The characters leap off the page, the lines between good, evil and pragmatic are blurred and I’ve never yelled NO so loudly at the page in my life. This is fantasy writ very, very large – and I think book two is even better than book one. Bonus points for being so dark without ever feeling hopeless or bleak.
https://onemore.org/2018/03/24/the-bitter-twins/

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Embers of War by Gareth L. Powell
A full-blooded space opera, peopled by a cast recovering from the trauma of a recent war. A sentient warship filled with regret. A lonely salvage crew who wish to make amends. A planet whose secrets are worth killing for. This is a well-constructed mystery with an almost Banksian setting. I came for the characters; I’ll be seeing out the series for the jaw dropping scope of what they find.
https://onemore.org/2018/03/11/embers-of-war/

Ooooh, once again I am drawn to books outside of my comfort zone and these three look brilliant! Thanks imyril!

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

The Poppy War by R.F. KuangThe Bitter Twins by Jen WilliamsEmbers of War by Gareth L. Powell |

About imyril:
I’ve been reading almost as long as I’ve been walking (but I try not to combine the two, because of the bruises). These days I’m a business consultant by day and a bookworm and blogger 24/7. I mostly read SF/F, but I’m happy to be tempted into other genres by a strong story and well-crafted characters. Or tea. And cake. I’m easily tempted.

imyril’s social media links:
There’s Always Room for One More…Twitter @imyril |

If you’re a book blogger, author or you work in publishing and have three books published this year that you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/PE483qCyrKEgV5Uq6)

 

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Paul Cheney (@halfmanhalfb00k) #HalfmanHalfbook #damppebbles

It’s Friiiiday! Welcome to damppebbles and to another brilliant #R3COMM3ND3D2018 post. I am delighted to welcome a favourite blogger of mine to the blog today, Paul Cheney who blogs over at Halfman, Halfbook.  I love Paul’s blog for several reasons.  The first is the name of it because, well, we all are, aren’t we? Half-book! And secondly, because Paul reads and reviews mainly non-fiction (I think his is the only non-fiction blog I follow…)

So what’s this #R3COMM3ND3D thing all about then? It’s a chance for bookish types to share the book love.  Three books they love and want to shout about.  Really, really love.  Any author, any publisher, any genre, but they must have all been published in the same year.  I’m currently sharing the posts from last year (2018) but on 1st November #R3COMM3ND3D2019 so if you would like to take part please fill in the form below.

Here are Paul’s three choices…

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21st-Century Yokel by Tom Cox
This is a wide ranging and occasionally random chat about his thoughts on the countryside, scarecrows and his very LOUD DAD. Very funny and honest.
[DP: *cough* I’m going to ignore the fact that this book was actually published in 2017 and not 2018…]
http://halfmanhalfbook.co.uk/review/review-21st-century-yokel/

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The Last Wilderness: A Journey into Silence by Neil Ansell
The Last Wilderness feels like a spiritual journey and he connects deeply to the landscape each time he visits, but it is tinged with the remorse that he has of no longer being able to hear the birdsong as his hearing fails. It is a beautiful book to read, he has a knack of teasing out all that he sees around him into the most exquisite prose.
http://halfmanhalfbook.co.uk/review/review-the-last-wilderness-a-journey-into-silence/

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The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
This is a heartwarming and inspiring story of a couple’s fight back against a life-changing legal decision that left them totally penniless. Winn writes with an honesty that is quite moving, she is open with her feelings and her thoughts about the people she meets on their walk and the events that led to them walking the South Coast path.
http://halfmanhalfbook.co.uk/review/review-the-salt-path/

Great choices, Paul.  Thank you.  I LOVE the cover of The Last Wilderness. How gorgeous is that?!

If Paul has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books he recommends, please see the following links:

21st-Century Yokel by Tom CoxThe Last Wilderness by Neil AnsellThe Salt Path by Raynor Winn |

About Paul:
I have always loved all things about reading and books, and cannot walk past a bookshop or library without popping in; just to look, you understand.

I read all types and genres of books, but my real passion is for non-fiction, in particular travel, natural history, history and science. I also love science fiction and fantasy and try to read some contemporary fiction along the way too.

I have been writing for Nudge Books as their voice of Book Life for two years now.

Paul’s Social Media Links:
Halfman, HalfbookTwitter @halfmanhalfb00k |

If you’re a book blogger, author or you work in publishing and have three books published this year that you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/PE483qCyrKEgV5Uq6)

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Ivana (@TheNovelette) #TheWritersBlock #damppebbles

Happy Monday! I hope the week ahead is full of brilliant books (and if you’re heading to Harrogate later this week then I’ll see you there!).  There’s a good chance I’ll be adding to your terrifying TBR today as I’m delighted to bring you another fantastic #R3COMM3ND3D2018 post! Today I am thrilled to welcome Ivana of The Writer’s Block to damppebbles to share her three top picks from 2018.

But first, let me explain what #R3COMM3ND3D is all about. #R3COMM3ND3D is a chance for bookish types to share the book love. Three books from one year that they really must shout about.  At the moment we’re concentrating on books published last year but come 1st November we’ll be all about 2019.  If you would like to take part then please pop your books, the reasons why you love them and your social media details on the form below.

Without further ado, here are Ivana’s choices…

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Hangman by Jack Heath
This book was just captivating, shocking, entertaining, perhaps THE best reading experience I have ever had!! (I gave it a 7-Star Review it was just that amazing!)

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The Date by Louise Jensen
Bookouture Books are just awesome! This book keeps you guessing until the very end! I always like that!

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#FashionVictim by Amina Akhtar
This book was dark humor, fashion culture, pop culture references, psychological thriller, and murder on steroids!! Which made it so, so good!! One of the best books I have ever read!

Great choices, Ivana – thank you! Hangman is going straight onto the wish list and it’s great to see The Date by Louise Jensen make another appearance.

If Ivana has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more information about the books she recommends, please see the following links:

Hangman by Jack HeathThe Date by Louise Jensen#FashionVictim by Amina Akhtar |

About Ivana:
Book Blogger, Book Trailer Creator, Virtual Book Festival Organizer.

Ivana’s Social Media Links:
The Writer’s Block Twitter @TheNovelette |

If you’re a book blogger, author or you work in publishing and have three books published this year that you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/PE483qCyrKEgV5Uq6)