Monday, 2 November 2015

Rachel Reads Randomly Vote #7

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

0 Votes - Antiques Slay Ride ((A Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery) by Barbara Allan
6 Votes - I'll Be Home For Christmas by Roisin Meaney
8 Votes - Wish Upon A Star by Sarah Morgan

This was a very tight vote this week, and I really wasn't sure which had won until I counted it all up. Thank you all once again for your selections, and the Wish Upon A Star review will be up shortly. I am though currently reading I'll Be Home For Christmas since there seemed to be some interest in it (and I'm surprised I have torn myself away for long enough to create this post). 

For the next few weeks, the selection is going to be taken from my Christmas books section of my spreadsheet, and because I don't have massive amounts, there will only be 3 choices to vote from, so I can have a bit of variety in what comes up each week, as I'm continuing my campaign to not only read all of the Christmas books that I want from this year, but to clear last years back log too!

Below is 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? (not editing this for Christmas, only the numbers change, everything else is the same)

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...

Books without a number, have a reason by them, mainly because they have been reserved for a future date, so need to have the reviews posted on more specific dates.

So the 3 choices with my gut feeling responses are:

3 - Christmas For One by Amanda Prowse - I love Amanda's books having only really discovered her this year. I have no idea what to expect from this one but if its like Amanda Prowse's other titles it will be great. 
4 - Mistletoe and Mayhem by Catherine Ferguson - Believe this will be a light hearted and fun read, based on its gorgeous cover
5 - Dashing Through The Snow by Debbie Macomber - I have a soft spot for Debbie's books, so couldn't resist picking this up when I saw it. I would expect it to be a heart warming story, based on previous experience. 

This appears to be an interesting selection. I am deep down hoping to have time to read all 3 of these this year, but in terms of whether I will have time to, or whether they will all get onto the blog, I can't say. So please do, let me know your thoughts on these as of course which ever has the most votes will be reviewed on my blog next Monday.  I have decided to make the next few weeks of this Christmas weeks, to help get through the numbered books on this bit of my spreadsheet. There is bound to be some variety in what's up each week, as I buy more to replace ones I have read!

Please everyone have a say this week, as I'd love to know your thoughts. 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. 


  1. Christmas for One Amanda Prowse. Loved it last year. It does feature some characters from a previous book but doesn't matter in the slightest.

  2. Hi Rachel, I'd love you to read Mistletoe and Mayhem as I have it on my kindle and I'd love to know what you think xx

  3. Hi Rachel, I'd love you to read Mistletoe and Mayhem as I have it on my kindle and I'd love to know what you think xx

  4. Oh you've made it difficult this week! Can I say all of them lol .. ok that doesn't help your vote so based on the fact they all appeal I will go with 4 - Mistletoe and Mayhem by Catherine Ferguson because it's purple! You know me well enough to realise there is SOME logic in that :)

  5. Hello!
    All books seem wonderful, but I'd vote for Mistletoe and Mayhem by Catherine Ferguson :-)

  6. 5 - Dashing Through The Snow by Debbie Macomber :)

  7. M&M looks really cute to me! Great escapist reading :)

  8. From Twitter -

    jane miller ‏@janemiller6 7 mins7 minutes ago
    jane miller Retweeted Rachel Gilbey
    Christmas for one looks good.

  9. From Twitter -

    Tanya Phillips ‏@tanyainwales 4 hrs4 hours ago Cwmbran, Wales
    @gilbster1000 dashing through the snow

  10. From Twitter

    Book Angel ‏@AnnetteHannah 8 hrs8 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 Christmas for one is jumping out at me. Mainly because it's the first I've heard of it. Looks lovely x

  11. From Twitter:

    Rosalynn B ‏@TravelBunny66 11 hrs11 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 Mistletoe and Mayhem would be a great start.

  12. From Twitter -

    Elke ‏@Elke2rm 12 hrs12 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 go with
    Debbie, I'm reading on of her books right now and love it.

  13. From Twitter -
    Helen J Rolfe ‏@HJRolfe 7 mins7 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 I love @debbiemacomber's books...that one is on my Xmas list for sure!

  14. From Twitter -

    Jessica Louis ‏@jessca_louis 16 mins16 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 Mistletoe & Mayhem.

  15. I like the look of 'Mistletoe and Mayhem'. Debbie Macomber is a little too sweet for my tastes. Angela Britnell

  16. From Twitter
    Kimberley ‏@kimmieandrew 48 secs48 seconds ago
    @gilbster1000 Christmas for one looks intriguing...#bookchoices

  17. From Twitter -

    Simeon Prowse ‏@MrSimeonProwse 6 mins6 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 I'm contractually obliged (by marriage) to say 'Christmas for One', plus it's my favourite cover...

  18. From Twitter -

    Jacks Morgan ‏@JacksMorganWSM 3 secs3 seconds ago
    Jacks Morgan Retweeted Rachel Gilbey
    @gilbster1000 I'd have to read them in alphabetical order because of my OCD. SO Christmas For One #goodluckchoosing

  19. From Twitter -

    Lilac Diaries ‏@RSanive 6 hrs6 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 Ooh,You should read all of them this week itself. Anyhow, my vote goes to Dashing Through the Snow(and Christmas for one) :P

  20. From Twitter:

    JAB ‏@61JAB 2 hrs2 hours ago Featherstone, England
    @gilbster1000 @MrsAmandaProwse Christmas for One most definitely! Great book.

  21. From Twitter:

    This Chick Reads
    @gilbster1000 Amanda Prowse!

  22. Love the sound and cover of Mistletoe and Mayhem :)

  23. Hmmm, well you have a few suggestions here, Rachel. I must admit the cover to Christmas for One really has me wanting to peek beneath it. If you don't read it, I'm thinking I might. :) xx


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