Monday, 14 September 2015

Rachel Reads Randomly - Vote #1

A few months before this blog had even been created, I thought of a feature that I would love to include if I ever did create a blog. And this is that feature, let me explain...

...As a blogger I am finding that I am tending to mainly focus on my review books, plus any community challenges I am taking part in. This is often leading me to neglect what was already a very large TBR list, of books I have purchased or acquired over the last few years, and it continually grows. 

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. 

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 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. 

On the assumption that some of this makes sense, I will without further ado, load up the randomiser and see what the options are for this week. 

This weeks random numbers are...

And the books these numbers correspond to are...

Letters From My Sister by Alice Peterson - I love the author and am surprised I haven't read this one yet
Further Confessions of a GP by Benjamin Daniels - I read Confessions of a GP and enjoyed so bought the follow up to leave it on the Kindle!
Take Mum Out by Fiona Gibson - Another author I love, believe this book just slipped through my fingers when it was released
April's Busman Holiday (Maxwell Mysteries Book 1) by Kerry Frith - I'm guessing this is the first of some sort of mystery series, but don't recall anything else from when I purchased this!
In The Woods (Dublin Murder Squad series Book 1) by Tana French - Loved The Secret Place which I read last year and is book 5, so couldn't resist buying this when I saw it in a sale!

Well there you have it, 5 fairly different sounding books, including 1 non fiction (as I do purchase it occasionally). Pick your favourite or the one you most want me to review, 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. 


  1. 45 please Rachel as it's a title I wouldn't buy so I'm interested to see what it is!

  2. Great feature Rachel - I'd like to hear about the Alice Peterson (you'll be glad to hear)!

  3. Letters from my sister. love this idea :)

  4. Brilliant idea & will save me having to pick for you :p Letters From My Sister by Alice Peterson gets my vote, Number 12.

  5. I vote for Take Mum Out ...
    Cool idea Rachel

  6. I'd recommend Letters from My Sister - another great read from Alice Peterson

  7. I've been meaning to read Take mum out for a while as Fiona Gibson is one of my faves so I would love to hear what you think Rachel. Genius idea by the way, love it xx

  8. What a brilliant idea!!
    I'm voting for Take Mum Out by Fiona Gibson!
    Happy reading ;-) xx

  9. I'm clearly outvoted here but I am going for further confessions of a gp purely because I'm a bit nosey at that book sounds like the sort of thing I would love. x

  10. Thanks all for voting. I have now tallied your choices and in
    3rd Place - Further Confessions of a GP by Benjamin Daniels with 2 votes
    2nd Place - Take Mum Out by Fiona Gibson with 3 votes
    1st Place - Letters From My Sister by Alice Peterson with 4 votes.

    I will happily read Letters From My Sister over the next few days, and the review and next weeks vote will be up on Monday (hopefully)

    Thank you all for taking part, and see you all Monday!


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