Monday, 20 November 2017

Book Review - Christmas at the Candied Apple Cafe by Katherine Garbera - Rachel Reads Randomly Book #78

Amazon UK
Title:  Christmas at the Candied Apple Cafe
Author:  Katherine Garbera
Format reviewed:  Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Publication Date: 10th November 2017
Rating: 4 Stars


There’s nothing so magical as Christmas in New York…
Santa is coming to New York!

Snow is falling, excitement is high and the delicious scent of chocolate drifts along Fifth Avenue – the Candied Apple CafĂ© is ready for Christmas! And no one is busier than publicist Iona Summerlin. With so much to do, she doesn’t have time to think about men, dating, or the fact her last boyfriend ditched her for her brother… Relationships are off the menu!

Hotel boss Mads Eriksson is not looking forward to the first Christmas since losing his wife. His six-year-old daughter Sofia has lost her belief in Christmas magic along with her mother, and he has no idea what to do. But an unusually festive business meeting at the Candied Apple – and meeting the beautiful Iona – starts to defrost Mads’ frozen heart, and suddenly life seems full of light and sparkle again.

If only they dare to believe, maybe all their Christmas dreams will come true!

Certainly a book that tries its hardest to bring the magic of Christmas in New York to life. 

There is a romance in this but to me that was the frustrating part of the book, as I was getting fed up with neither character wanting to admit what was blatantly obvious for half the book to the reader, to each other. 

The story that I loved within this book was of Sofia, she is Mads daughter, six years old and unfortunately doesn't believe in Santa anymore. When you hear the reasoning you will understand it, but due to a series of encounters with Iona, she and Mads are determined to bring the magic of the season back to Sofia. 

So there are all manner of fabulous festive outings, that show off New York and Christmas to their best. There is a trip to the Nutcracker, there are Christmas markets, and Sofia is also keen to learn about various Christmas traditions.  

The other highlight of the book for me was The Candied Apple Cafe itself. I loved all the delicious sounding chocolates and other candy on offer, as well as the friendship co-owners Hayley, Cici and Iona all shared.  I remember parts of Hayley's story from The Hot Cop Next Door which I read a few years ago, so it was good to have a degree of familiarity. 

I didn't feel lost that I hadn't read Cici's story, so would say this could easily be read as a standalone despite being the third in a series about the friends.  

Mads and Iona are both great characters and I enjoyed reading their story. There was certainly some chemistry between them which they were fighting. Both of them are selfless and both just want what's best for Sofia which was lovely to see. 

Christmas at the Candied Apple Cafe is an enjoyable story to read in the run up to Christmas and I'm glad I read it. 

Thanks to Harper Impulse and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Thanks to everyone that took part and voted for this book this week, good to see your normal decisions to get me to read books I will enjoy is continuing to work!  Let's see what happens this time! 

Rachel Reads Randomly - Vote #79


 
Thank you everyone for your input last time. The results of the last vote were:

3 Votes -  And a Sixpence For Luck by Lilac Mills
5 Votes - A Winter's Tale by Carrie Elks
9 Votes  - Christmas at the Candied Apple Cafe by Katherine Garbera 

Not the result I was predicting as I set the post up last week, but really glad that Christmas at the Candied Apple Cafe won. Really did enjoy it, as you will see from my review.  Believe it or not I may finally be making a dent on the Christmas stack I have! 

It's official, its the run up to Christmas, hence its time for us to do a few weeks of Christmas random reads, or until I run out of eligible books! This is purely as I only like reading them at this time of year, and never like having too many left over year to year! For the next couple of months, there will only be 3 choices each week due to the smaller pool to pick from. I have added in this year a few of the wintery sounding books too, just for a bit of variety!  

Below is my initial theory for this feature, and then a bit further, what you are all waiting for... This weeks's vote! Enjoy!

I am also awful at deciding what book to read next, as I often have about 10 titles or authors jumping into my brain at any time, shouting at me to read them, and I tend to worry I have made the wrong decision while reading a perfectly good book. I am hoping this will save me having to make at least 1 choice a week, while possibly providing a review to the site of a book you all either love or are curious about yourselves. 

So what I am proposing, is my lovely loyal readers of Rachel's Random Reads, select one book for me to read a week, and I will post the review the following week. 

This week's random numbers are...


And the books these numbers correspond to are...


So the 3 choices with my gut feeling responses are:



3 - Meet Me Under The Mistletoe by Carla Burgess - Really enjoyed reading one of her books earlier this year, so couldn't resist this one. I just haven't read it yet! 
4 - Nine Ladies Dancing by Cat Lavoie - Definitely chick lit , but I don't really know much more apart from that. It is Christmassy though! 
11 - A Rock'n'Roll Lovestyle by Kiltie Jackson - Set in Salzburg its a Christmas romance featuring a rock'n'roll angle - its a debut novel I am really looking forward to starting

Loving the look of all three of these books, I wouldn't want to make a decision, which is why as always I am leaving it up to you! 

And authors, if its your book up on this feature, feel free to take part, vote for yourself, or stir up excitement amongst your fans! 

Pick your favourite or the one you most want me to review, or just the one you are curious about, and leave me a comment below, before midnight on Wednesday. 

I look forward to seeing what I will be reading over the weekend, courtesy of you all. 

The explanation if you haven't seen the feature before. 

How is this going to work?

Every Monday, I am going to have a post like this, which is going to have some choices on it. I am planning on using random.org to select 7 random numbers, to coincide with my spreadsheet of unread books.  

I will from that produce a list of hopefully 5 books, I reserve the right to veto any books, and will give reasons for them, if it occurs.

I will take screenshots and post them, of the chosen books, and also give you my instinctive reactions to the choices (without checking blurbs or any other info about them, which could be interesting as there are probably many forgotten about books on my spreadsheet!). 

Your task is to post a comment on this post, with the book you would like me to read this week. At midnight on Wednesday I will take a tally of the votes and the book with the most, I will read and review for the following Monday, where you will also get a new choice post. 

In the event of a tie, I will chose which one appeals most, for the Monday review, and possibly try and read and review the other to appear when I can. 

I am hoping this will provide some variety to the books appearing, and will let me potentially read or discover some great authors that I have wanted to read but not got around to yet.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Book Review - The Oddest Little Mistletoe Shop by Beth Good

Amazon UK
Title: The Oddest Little Mistletoe Shop
Author: Beth Good
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied review copy
Publisher: Thimblerig Books
Publication Date: 1st November 2017
Rating: 5 Stars


Rose Mistletoe runs her family's flower shop on Christmas Parade, and loves every minute of her job. So when the Parade comes under acquisition by a redevelopment company, Rose forms a protest group against the bid. 

But business tycoon Nick Grimsby is determined to make her sell up. His company is planning to knock down the parade of traditional shops and build a block of exclusive apartments instead. And it seems the sexy billionaire will go to any lengths to get her shop.

As Christmas approaches and Nick dangles the proverbial mistletoe, can Rose resist his powerful allure? Given how gorgeous he looks in a tuxedo, the answer is probably no. But she's not going to make it easy for him!

Because Rose has secret plans of her own ...

Oh I do enjoy sitting down with a new book from Beth Good's Oddest Little Shop series, and this new ones is a delight of romance and humour, and so quick and easy to read too. 

Set on the appropriately named Christmas Parade the Mistletoe Shop, named after Grandpa Mistletoe, is a flower shop that is battling to stay open and independent, after bids from a tycoon to try and redevelop the parade into exclusive apartments. 

Rose Mistletoe, what a fab name that is, runs a flower shop and is determined to pain Nick Grimsby as the devil. She is very quick to jump to conclusions which lead to some very funny moments dotted about the story. 

I loved the writing, its warm, funny and the pacing was rather quick. Everything felt not rushed...but sort of frantic against time to get various things done by Christmas but there was no mistaking the chemistry between our two leads. 

This is another excellent story from Beth Good, which i am so pleased I was able to fit into my Christmas reading schedule. If you are looking for a novella that will make you laugh, smile and is great for the run up to Christmas then look no further. 

Thank you Beth Good for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Book Review - Winter at West Sands Guest House by Maggie Conway

Amazon UK
Title: Winter at West Sands Guest House
Author: Maggie Conway
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 8th November 2017
Rating: 3 Stars


Can Eva find love this Christmas?
Eva Harris has her hands full juggling a young son, a disobedient dog and running her thriving seaside guesthouse, so really the last thing she needs is to be distracted by her new neighbour, ridiculously handsome but arrogant Ben Matthews.

For one thing, she’s got nothing in common with the man, Ben’s a high flying lecturer at the town’s university while she barely scraped through high school, for another he’s fresh out of a relationship while Eva hasn’t been on one single date since the death of her husband, seven years ago!

She’s determined to keep her distance, but in a small town like St Andrews that’s easier said than done, and it doesn’t help that everyone, including her son Jamie, think Ben is wonderful! Breaking out of her sad but safe little bubble might be the hardest thing she’s ever had to do, but Ben might just be worth the risk…

The cover for Winter at West Sands Guest House is absolutely stunning and is ultimately what had persuaded me to give the story a go. However for a tag line that states Christmas romance, it had very little of the real build up to Christmas, and the festive season seemed to be passed over. 

I do agree that it was a romance, but  although there was plenty of chemistry between Eva and Ben,, it took ages for the characters to realise what the reader clearly new, and the ending was ultimately predictable.  

Hamish the puppy was one of the stars of the book, he was adorable and mischievous and no where near trained enough to be running around a guest house. Thankfully it was closed to customers over the winter so there was time to get him trained. 

Eva is an overprotective mother to Jamie, she has her reasons but I felt at times a bit like she was a bit too extreme.  Ben was hard to get a feel for to start with, but I ended up really liking his character, I just wish I knew more about him. 

For a debut book it was ok, and I am certainly curious as to where the author will go next in her writing career, its just that this book didn't fully work for me. 

Thank you to HQ Digital and Netgalley for this copy which I reviewed honestly and voluntarily

Friday, 17 November 2017

Book Review - The Walls by Hollie Overton

Amazon UK
Title:  The Walls
Author: Hollie Overton
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Cornerstone
Publication Date: 10th August 2017
Rating: 5 Stars


What if murder is your only way out?

Single mom Kristy Tucker works as a press agent for the Texas Department of Corrections handling everything on death row from inmate interviews, to chronicling the last moments during an execution. Her job exposes Kristy to the worst of humanity and it's one that's beginning to take its toll.

So when Kristy meets Lance Dobson, her son's martial arts instructor, she believes she's finally found her happy ending. She’s wrong.

Kristy soon discovers that Lance is a monster. Forced to endure his verbal and physical abuse, Kristy is serving her own life sentence . . . unless she's willing to take matters into her own hands. Perfectly poised to exploit the criminal justice system she knows so well, Kristy sets out to get rid of Lance - permanently.

210 minutes ago I started to read The Walls. I was pretty much hooked from the first few pages, and have not stopped reading it until I have just now come to the end of the book. 

Completely unputdownable it has taken me on a journey that at times were plain scary and others I was choked up with emotion. 

It tells the story of something that no-one should have to go through and just what happens when you reach the end of your tether.  What grabbed me even more than the shocking story between Kristy and Lance, was the letters that appeared between some chapters. 

They tell the story of one man on death row in Texas who was convinced of his innocence. I may be living on a different planet as until I read The Walls I was not fully aware that the death sentence was still in place in Texas, and reading a story of a press agent who sets up inmate interviews for those on death row, and that visits them in prison and witnesses their executions is completely different to anything else I have ever read. 

All of that along would have made one incredibly interesting story, but add in her new relationship with a martial arts instructor, that has fooled everyone into thinking what sort of man he really is, and you get a truly excellent book. 

I loved Baby Doll last year, and this year The Walls by Hollie Overton stepped up her writing a step further, and I am beyond eager to see what her next release will be.  Any book that has dragged me away from the work that I am obsessed with and won't let me go until I finish it, at the moment truly is fabulous, and I am delighted to have read it.  Of course I suspect I'm about to have some really bad dreams so may not be as pleased in the morning! 

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Cornerstone for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Book Review - Christmas at Bay Tree Cottage by Linn B Halton - Blog Tour

Amazon UK
Title: Christmas at Bay Tree Cottage
Author: Linn B Halton
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Publication Date: 3rd November 2017
Rating: 5 Stars


The countdown to Christmas is usually a magical time, but Elana James is fed up with living on a building site! The renovations on her beautiful cottage – like her heart – have been frozen in limbo ever since she was unexpectedly widowed.

Elana calls in a professional, Luke Stevenson, to help finish the cottage, so her little girl can send letters to Santa up the newly-repaired chimney. Luke’s kind, capable and sexy – but he’s also ten years younger than Elana. So why has her heart decided it’s finally time for a thaw?

Such a heartfelt story, full of deeper feelings and some absolutely beautiful moments, some of which will make you smile and others feel quite emotional. 

This is not your typical light fluffy Christmas book to get you feeling in a festive mood. What it is, is a fabulous story that gives you hope, it features two main characters each with similarities but also at times feel like a world apart from each other. 

There is Elana, single mother to Maya, and they are about to face their second Christmas since Niall died, Maya is convinced she still talks to her father and just wants the renovations on Bay Tree Cottage to be finished so that she can send her santa letters up the chimney for some Christmas magic. 

Luke is the builder working on the cottage, he is a bit younger than Elana, and just wants to spend more time with his young son Joe. They are both lonely but whether anything will ever happen between them, is what in part keeps you reading throughout. 

The story is told from both Luke and Elana's perspectives and there is a lot to learn about both of them. I couldn't help but feel a lot of sympathy for both characters, while their children were fabulous.  Maya is a fabulous character and seems a lot older than her 6 years would suggest in some of what she says. 

I loved seeing Bay Tree Cottage change in front of my eyes from a cottage in need of renovation, to a proper family home, which marks with it the personal journey that Elana is on too, in seeing whether she is finally ready to move on with her life. 

This is a fabulous story and one that I would happily recommend. 

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Harper Impulse for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 


ABOUT LINN B HALTON

Bristol-born Linn lives in the Forest of Dean, in the UK. She resides there with her lovely husband and cat, Ziggy. She has been writing novels since 2009 and has written short stories for a number of magazines. She is also known for her series of ‘Home by Design’ articles wearing her former interior designer hat.
"I'm a hopeless romantic, self-confessed chocaholic, and lover of coffee. For me, life is about family, friends, and writing. Oh, and the occasional glass of White Grenache ..."
An Amazon UK Top 100 best-selling author with A Cottage in the Country in November 2015, Under The Stars also became a best-selling novel in November 2016. Linn's novels have been short-listed in the UK's Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards. Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award.
Linn writes chick lit, romantic comedy, women's contemporary fiction and psychic romance. Publishers include Harper Impulse, Choc Lit and Endeavour Press. 
Goodreads Author Page: http://ow.ly/mk3H30atV5h
  
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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Book Review - One Christmas Kiss in Notting Hill by Mandy Baggot

Amazon UK
Title: One Christmas Kiss in Notting Hill
Author: Mandy Baggot
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Ebury Digital
Publication Date: 16th November 2017
Rating: 5 Stars


Imagine the perfect Christmas Kiss…

His strong arms around her waist, her hands on his face, the snow slowly starts to fall…

It’s enough to make Isla Winters cringe! While her sister can’t get enough of this – increasingly common – sight on the streets of London, Isla’s too busy trying to stop Hannah’s wheelchair from slipping on the ice, and making sure she’s not too late to her dream job at Breekers International. 

But everything changes with the arrival of Chase Bryan, fresh from the New York office. He’s eager to learn everything about Isla’s beloved Notting Hill, but as the nights get colder, will cosying up to him come at a price?

Fantastic Christmas romance, by one of my favourite authors.  I loved every second of this book, and it didn't take too long to make Chase Bryan my latest book boyfriend. 

For Chase is n London with his two daughters and needs to learn not everything is about work. He is the new CEO at Breekers and has huge plans for the business, however they are in conflict with a person who he becomes rather close to in London. 

For Isla, is his go-to-girl, ultimate problem solver and initially doesn't seem that impressed that Chase even exists let alone the premise of his large plans for the company. She also has other things on her mind like planning another spectacular works Christmas party, and seeing if she can give Hannah, her sister any more freedom. 

I loved Hannah, it is unfortunately so rare to see a key character in a book in a wheelchair, especially one as young as 20, but it was a greatly refreshing change, and I loved Hannah's humour, her determination, and her one main wish. She is determined that this year will be the year she has a film style perfect Christmas kiss in Notting Hill, so long as she can find someone to see past her disability. 

In the role of a tour guide, we get to see London and more specifically Notting Hill through the fresh eyes of Maddie and Brooke, Chases's children, while Isla shows them around her favourite places.  If you have ever wanted to get a feel for the real Notting Hill with all of its colourful buildings and independent retailers, the Portobello market and even more then you need to read this book as it gives a fantastic feel for the area. 

From the various Christmas books I have read by Mandy Baggot, One Wish in Manhattan had been my favourite, but I think this one has over taken it in my affections. I just loved this story, there is plenty of Christmas in here as well as some other storylines and themes that are just as important, if not more so. 

Another fabulous story from an author who is getting to be a drop everything and read when a new book by her comes out.  Already looking forward to seeing what 2018 brings for this author. 

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Ebury for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Book Review - Christmas at Butterfly Cove by Sarah Bennett

Amazon UK
Title: Christmas at Butterfly Cove
Author: Sarah Bennett
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 6th October 2017
Rating: 3.5 Stars


All she wants for Christmas…
When talented artist Nee Sutherland returns to Butterfly Cove for her sister’s wedding, it’s only a matter of time before she has to face her own bridegroom – Luke Spenser – the man she impulsively married, then left in the middle of the night.

Nee hasn’t picked up her paintbrushes in months, a part of her is broken. She knows Luke might never forgive her, leaving him was the biggest mistake of her life – but could coming home for Christmas be the best decision she’s ever made?

Maybe all she needs is a little Christmas miracle…

Absolutely loved the finale to the book which brought a good series to a lovely ending. However despite it only being a few months since I read book 2, I struggled with this third Butterfly Cove book. 

I found there were all these recurring characters from the first two books and although I remembered the main characters, its was all the family members and friends and how belong to who, and where and why, and bits of back story that were hinted at, but not enough of a reminder in it to help me out - and this is as someone that should know the relevant back story. 

I believe this is a book that is best read straight after the previous one in order to get that much needed continuity with it. 

That being said it was good to catch up with Mia and Kiki, but I felt that for a book that should have been focusing on getting to know Nee and Luke, that I struggled to connect with them, as there was just so much on all the other characters.  

Kiki's childrens were some of my favourite characters yet again, Matty and Charlie are just adorable and the latest addition to their family is incredibly cute too.  i also loved the new development with Mia and Daniel, but Lee and Nee I still don't feel like I know that well. 

Lovely to be back at Butterfly Cove, but ultimately to me this is the weakest of the three books in this series. There is a good story to it and if my memory for the other books had been stronger then I may have enjoyed it a lot more. Was a quick book to read and it does touch on some deep subjects, especially in Nee's backstory but I would have perhaps like to see more of Nee generally. 

Thank you to Netgalley and HQ Digital for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 


Monday, 13 November 2017

Book Review - Christmas at the Second Chance Chocolate Shop by Kellie Hailes - Rachel Reads Randomly Book #77

First up an apology, I did start reading Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe, but after 20% I just wasn't getting on with the book for various reasons. It has secured my knowledge that I'm not a fan of retellings though, even if they are Christmassy! As a result I read the runners up book, and the review is below! 

Amazon UK
Title: Christmas at the Second Chance Chocolate Shop
Author: Kellie Hailes
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 5th November 2017
Rating: 4 Stars

’Tis the season for second chances…
Serena Hunter loves her new life in the sleepy Devonshire countryside! It’s a world away from her crazy past as the wife of American bad boy rock star, Ritchie Dangerfield.

Now she spends her days making delicious chocolate using milk from the local dairy and she finally feels that everything is back on track. That is, until her handsome ex-husband arrives in the village to win her back…

Away from the limelight, Serena gets to know Ritchie all over again and realises that maybe a second chance at love is the Christmas miracle she’d been dreaming of all along?

How great it was to be back in Rabbit's Leap, the little town in Devon, that has such a quaint name, interesting traditions, and is gearing up towards Christmas, and this time with all new characters, although you will recognise some of the Rabbit's Leap regulars if you have read the previous two books. 

If you haven't read the previous two books then don't worry this can easily be read as a standalone, as its the first time we have properly met Serena and Ritchie. 

Serena is back in the town and is about to open a chocolate shop. She left her rock star husband a note 6 months before saying she was leaving, not expecting him to turn up days before the shop is due to open.  The story revolves around whether they can give each other second chances for various things. 

Surprisingly for a book involving a chocolate shop it didn't really make me that hungry, don't get me wrong there were some choccy descriptions, but on the whole I didn't find my mouth watering continuously. 

I was far more enthralled in the Serena and Ritchie story, and also Serena's relationship with her family, especially her mother.  

I thoroughly enjoyed this story, although was a bit surprised it finished at 85%. There are a few great romantic gestures in this, and some lovely Christmassy scenes too. 

Thank you so much to Netgalley and HQ Digital for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

This definitely worked a lot better than me than first place, so thank you to everyone that took part generally last week. Let's see what this week brings. 

Rachel Reads Randomly - Vote #78


 
Thank you everyone for your input last time. The results of the last vote were:

6 Votes -  The Best Little Christmas Shop by Maxine Morrey
8 Votes - Christmas at the Second Chance Chocolate Shop by Kellie Hailes
10 Votes -Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa De La Cruz 

Incredibly close vote last week which was great to see. Unfortunately the winning book really just didn't work for me, and was a DNF, which I never like admitting too.  I find now that I have less time than before, that spending time to read something I've started off not enjoying just doesn't make any sense to me. However I did read Kellie Hailes - Christmas at the Second Chance Chocolate Shop and really enjoyed that, so thank you to everyone that voted.  

It's official, its the run up to Christmas, hence its time for us to do a few weeks of Christmas random reads, or until I run out of eligible books! This is purely as I only like reading them at this time of year, and never like having too many left over year to year! For the next couple of months, there will only be 3 choices each week due to the smaller pool to pick from. I have added in this year a few of the wintery sounding books too, just for a bit of variety!  

Below is my initial theory for this feature, and then a bit further, what you are all waiting for... This weeks's vote! Enjoy!

I am also awful at deciding what book to read next, as I often have about 10 titles or authors jumping into my brain at any time, shouting at me to read them, and I tend to worry I have made the wrong decision while reading a perfectly good book. I am hoping this will save me having to make at least 1 choice a week, while possibly providing a review to the site of a book you all either love or are curious about yourselves. 

So what I am proposing, is my lovely loyal readers of Rachel's Random Reads, select one book for me to read a week, and I will post the review the following week. 

This week's random numbers are...

And the books these numbers correspond to are...


So the 3 choices with my gut feeling responses are:



4 - A Winter's Tale by Carrie Elks - Really looking forward to this second book in The Shakespeare Sisters series - I even have a spare paperback copy of this for a giveaway as and when I do review!
13 - Christmas at the Candied Apple Cafe by Katherine Garbera - I tend to really enjoy this author when I read her and a Candied Apple Cafe sounds divine!
16 - And a Sixpence For Luck by Lilac Mills - I have loved Lilac's previous two books this year and have sat down to start this one at least 3 or 4 times, only for my finger to slip on my kindle and I've ended up reading something else instead. 

What a delightful selection this week, truly looking forward to reading all 3 of them hopefully before the end of this Christmas reading season, but would love to know which of them I will end up reading first - so its over to you! 

And authors, if its your book up on this feature, feel free to take part, vote for yourself, or stir up excitement amongst your fans! 

Pick your favourite or the one you most want me to review, or just the one you are curious about, and leave me a comment below, before midnight on Wednesday. 

I look forward to seeing what I will be reading over the weekend, courtesy of you all. 

The explanation if you haven't seen the feature before. 

How is this going to work?

Every Monday, I am going to have a post like this, which is going to have some choices on it. I am planning on using random.org to select 7 random numbers, to coincide with my spreadsheet of unread books.  

I will from that produce a list of hopefully 5 books, I reserve the right to veto any books, and will give reasons for them, if it occurs.

I will take screenshots and post them, of the chosen books, and also give you my instinctive reactions to the choices (without checking blurbs or any other info about them, which could be interesting as there are probably many forgotten about books on my spreadsheet!). 

Your task is to post a comment on this post, with the book you would like me to read this week. At midnight on Wednesday I will take a tally of the votes and the book with the most, I will read and review for the following Monday, where you will also get a new choice post. 

In the event of a tie, I will chose which one appeals most, for the Monday review, and possibly try and read and review the other to appear when I can. 

I am hoping this will provide some variety to the books appearing, and will let me potentially read or discover some great authors that I have wanted to read but not got around to yet.
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