Monday, 1 February 2016

Rachel Reads Randomly Vote #13

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

0 Votes - Cream Teas, Traffic Jams and Sunburn: The Great British Holiday by Brian Viner 
0 Votes - We Could Be Heroes by Alison Bond
1 Vote - French Coast a Novel by Anita Hughes 
2 Votes - Disengaged by Beth Orsoff
7 Votes - The Truth Will Out by Anna McPartlin

Well there was an overwhelming winner last week, so thank you everyone. My review of The Truth Will Out will be up slightly later today. 

This week I am restricting the choice to a selection I like to call the Former Freebie! These are books that I originally picked up as Kindle freebies, but as I, when I do choose my own books, I tend to go for ones I paid for, these end up neglected on my kindle. A lot of these date back to when I first bought my kindle, and was downloading freebies continually. 

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:

33 - Coconuts and Wonderbras by Lynda Renham - I read my first Lynda Renham over Christmas and couldn't believe I hadn't read more by her. Have quite a bit of the back catalogue to read. 
37 - Excess All Areas (Freya Johnson Book 1) by Mandy Baggot - Was it only last year that I started to read Mandy's books. I love them, this one I picked up ages ago, but just not read yet. 
44 - See You At the Show by Michelle Betham - This is getting repetitive, but again only read my first Michelle Betham last year, but have over the years picked up loads of them, so need to read them at some point!
54 - Behind the Scenes by Sophie Childs - Saw great reviews of this when it came out, and my review of Sophie's new book is coming up on Friday. 
58 - Yes Chef, No Chef by Susan Willis - I'd like to think this will make me hungry if I read it!

I often like to predict to myself which will be the winning book from each week's selection, and the only feel I have from this bunch is which will probably not win... from the others, wow I really want to find the time to read them all and now...but since that may not be realistic, please help me decide!

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. You make this harder each week! You were correct in your assumption that I have read the authors previously .. my gut instinct is: 37 - Excess All Areas (Freya Johnson Book 1) by Mandy Baggot. I will tell you later which one I think won't win :)

  2. 33 because Lynda is so lovely

  3. My vote goes to Lynda Renham too - an author I've been meaning to try for simply ages!

  4. Yes chef, no chef... I'm already hungry :)

  5. From twitter:
    Suze Lavender ‏@SuzeLavender 20m20 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 Behind The Scenes is great :).

  6. From Twitter:

    Sue Shepherd ‏@thatsueshepherd 47 mins47 minutes ago
    Sue Shepherd Retweeted Rachel Gilbey
    I went purely by the covers and am drawn to the middle one - Behind the scenes.

  7. From Twitter:

    Ella Louise Creasey ‏@kentlass123 3 hrs3 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 go for yes chef no chef X

  8. From Twitter:

    Olivia ‏@Olivia2796Kaze 7 hrs7 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 Yes Chef, No Chef look delicious!

  9. From Twitter:

    ✨ mummyreadsbookstoo ‏@MrsHills126 7 hrs7 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 yes chef no chef 😜

  10. From twitter:

    Rosalind Rendle ‏@ros_rendle 8 hrs8 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 Yes chef, no chef. She's a good writer

  11. My vote is for Sophie Childs - Behind The Scenes. I love her writing :)

  12. 54 The Sophie Child's one without a doubt!

  13. From Twitter:

    Jane Ashwell-Carter ‏@granadan 2 mins2 minutes ago
    @Gilbster1000. Behind The Scenes is a great read!

  14. From Twitter:

    donna thornley ‏@infiniteminky 1 hr1 hour ago
    @gilbster1000 I'd like you to read behind the scenes 😊

  15. From Twitter:

    MS-Birdlady ‏@MS_birdlady 4 hrs4 hours ago
    MS-Birdlady Retweeted Rachel Gilbey
    Oooh, torn between #BehindTheScenes @SophieWriteALot and #YesChefNoChef @SusanWillis69! #addboth #TBR #Indie #blog

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  17. Behind the scenes by sophie childs gets my vote I'm a fan of her work.

  18. From Twitter:

    Mark West ‏@MarkEWest 9 hrs9 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 Behind The Scenes.

  19. From Twitter: Lynda Renham ‏@Lyndarenham 10 hrs10 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 Ooh dare I suggest 'Coconuts' :-) xx

  20. I vote for Sophie Child's. I've read her work before and I love it. You won't be disappointed! Good stuff :)

  21. I'm also going to suggest Sophie Child's Behind the Scenes. It's a great read! :D

  22. From Twitter:

    Tanya Phillips ‏@tanyainwales 18 secs19 seconds ago Cwmbran, Wales
    @gilbster1000 yes chef no chef X

  23. 54: Behind the scenes - Sophie Childs. A great read and I'd like to know if you think the same as me!


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