Monday, 21 September 2015

Rachel Reads Randomly Vote #2

Thank you everyone for your input last week. The results of last weeks vote were:

0 Votes - In The Woods by Tana French
0 Votes - April's Busman Holiday by Kerry Frith
2 Votes - Further Confessions of a GP by Benjamin Daniels
3 Votes - Take Mum Out by Fiona Gibson
4 Votes - Letters From my Sister by Alice Peterson. 

The review for Letters From my Sister has been written and will be up slightly later today. Below are initially my theory for this feature, and then a bit further, what you are all waiting for... This weeks's vote!

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...

144 - The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach - I've not seen the film, but I have read other books by this author
158 - Daughters by Elizabeth Buchan - I vaguely recall buying this, but I can't recall why, when or what this is about
200 - The Wood by Harlen Coben - Given my love of thrillers, would you believe I have never read a book by Harlen Coben
361 - Oh Mexico! Love and Adventure in Mexico City by Lucy Neville - Definitely travel writing, presumably based in Mexico City. I am partial to some travel books
378 - Little Things (Second Chances Book 1) by Madison Street - I think I won this in a competition, I may be wrong. I know nothing at all about this book!

Those are your choices for this week. A complete cross section of books I have on my kindle. I have a suspicion I may know which will be the front runners, but could be completely wrong.  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. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel i actually liked the film better than the book but think you will enjoy the book more with not seeing the film.

  2. I'm going with 144 - The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach - I haven't seen the film either so curious to see what you think!

  3. Haven't read any of those Rachel, but I'm going to say the Deborah Moggach too - loved the film, and heard her interviewed by Claudia Winkleman the other week and really liked her way with words...

  4. I'm voting 144 - one I'm thinking of reading so I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts first!

  5. Hi Rachel, I vote for Daughters by Elizabeth Buchan ... :)

  6. 200 - The Wood by Harlan Coben - He's always a great read and unputdownable (I know that's not officially a word but describes his writing perfectly). Chapters always end at the perfect place so you have to just read one more! Angela Britnell.

  7. Daughters. Such a wonderful idea!

  8. I haven't read any of these but if the book is as good as the film, I'd say go for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.


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