Monday, 11 January 2016

Rachel Reads Randomly Vote #11

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

1 Vote - Underneat it All by Kate Canterbury
2 Votes - Forever by Mary Wasowski
2 Votes - Elimination Night by Anonymous
4 Votes - The Wedding Countdown by Ruth Saberton

I will admit that when the random choices came up, I had a feeling that Ruth Saberton's The Wedding Countdown would win, and I am so glad you voted for it. It is a wonderful book, and the review will be up very shortly today. 

For this week's choices, you are getting a random selection from my paperbacks, mainly because I need good excuses to read them and not my more convenient e-books. 

Below is initially my 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 weeks random numbers are...

And the books these numbers correspond to are...

So the 5 choices with my gut feeling responses are:

2 - Sworn Secret by Amanda Jennings - I know Amanda Jennings is a popular author, but I have never read any of her books
6 - Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him The Wrong Finger by Beth Harbison - I enjoyed the other book I have read by Beth Harbison, and would expect this to be romantic comedy
44 - Holy Island (A DCI Ryan Mystery) by LJ Ross -I know this is a mystery and that I won in a competition sometime in 2015. 
63 - Someone Else's Skin (DI Marnie Rome 1) by Sarah Hilary - I have recently been told that I should drop all my other books and make sure I read this!
67 - Somebody to Love by Sheryl Browne - I love Sheryl's books, I find I just need more time to read them. 

This is a very interesting looking selection. I haven't even got a gut feeling where this vote will go, but I would love to see lots of opinions. 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.

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 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. 


  1. Ooh, some different choices there Rachel! I just know you'd love Sheryl's book (still on my TBR too...) but let's go for something outside your comfort zone. Love Amanda Jennings - let's go for Sworn Secret...

  2. You are certainly testing me this week! I'm torn between two, Sarah or Sheryl but I will be predictable (maybe) & say - 67 - Somebody to Love by Sheryl Browne

  3. I really enjoyed sworn secret so that's what I think you should read.

  4. - Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him The Wrong Finger by Beth Harbison Sounds intriguing 😺

  5. I'm saying 63!You should make sure you read it ;)

  6. I am drawn to 2 so going with my gut instinct :)

  7. From Twitter:

    Suze Lavender ‏@SuzeLavender 4 hrs4 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 Sworn Secret. Great choices again :).

  8. From Twitter: Nicky Wells ‏@WellsNicky 59 mins59 minutes ago
    Nicky Wells Retweeted Rachel Gilbey
    Oh the Holy Island one sounds intriguing--it's so beautiful down there!

  9. From Twitter:

    Stephanie Rothwell ‏@sjroth21 22 mins22 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 Sarah Hilary

  10. From Twitter:

    thebooktrail ‏@thebooktrailer 2 mins2 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 holy island for setting - someone else's skin for blood and gore ;)

  11. From Twitter:

    Bee ‏@Bhaartic 2 mins2 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 Rachel the cover of Beth's book looks lovely 😍

  12. Well, obviously I would go for 67. ;) However, as I'm a bit biased, I've heard great things about Sarah Hilary. Such a hard choice! Some fab books up there, Rachel. :) xx

  13. Somebody to Love - really enjoy Sheryl's writing and it's bound to be a good one. Angela Britnell

  14. From Twitter: Louise Beech ‏@LouiseWriter 1 hr1 hour ago
    @gilbster1000 @BCopperthwait Sworn Secret by @MandaJJennings is amazing! xxx

  15. From Twitter

    Carol E Wyer ‏@carolewyer 57 mins57 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 Someone Else's Skin. Love a juicy thriller that make me tingle.

  16. From Twitter: Matthew Frank ‏@M_Frank_Author 33m33 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 Nice problem to have. Sarah Hillary crime novel of the year, and Amanda Jennings... Both great. Enjoy!

    Rachel Gilbey ‏@gilbster1000 29m29 minutes ago
    @M_Frank_Author And believe it or not I have never read either of them. Which would you pick?

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    Matthew Frank
    @gilbster1000 Both! Let me know what you think of them. Best, M.

  17. Read 67. Love it... I have no doubt you'll love it too...

  18. From Twitter:

    Karen Walsh ‏@katiew137 9 mins9 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 @sarah_hilary sarah hilary read her first.

  19. From Twitter:

    Amanda Jennings ‏@MandaJJennings 8 hrs8 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 @LouiseWriter @BCopperthwait Ah, how lovely to see SS on your list. And thank you, Louise! (ps Sarah Hilary's is very good!!)

  20. From Twitter:

    Finale Shoes ‏@FinaleCorbridge 2 mins2 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 @sarah_hilary I have to recommend someone else's skin it's fab but you won't be able to put it down mind!

  21. From Twitter:

    Gert ‏@Gert 6 mins6 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 I've read two of them. I'd say avoid Holy Island with a barge pole and definitely read Someone Else's Skin


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