Monday, 22 February 2016

Rachel Reads Randomly - Vote #16

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

0 Votes - The Idea of Him by Holly Peterson
1 Vote - Nobody Walks by Mick Herron
2 Votes Hopelessly Devoted To You by Jill Steeples
6 Votes - I'll Take New York by Miranda Dickinson
11 Votes - The Rosie Project by Graeme Simison

For a while the voting looked close between The Rosie Project and I'll Take New York but I'm glad The Rosie Project won, as I may not have ever selected it from my book box otherwise. 

Decided to have another go with just paperbacks as I do need to make more of a conscious effort to try and read some of them. Last time I did just paperbacks on this feature, there was a record high response. Hoping this weeks selection produces the same. 

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:

21 - Syndrome E by Franck Thilliez - I believe this is a crime book, I won it over Christmas in a bundle of books.
32 - The Little Shop of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan - Huge Jenny Colgan fan, review books have got in the way of me starting this
37 - Fire Damage by Kate Medina - Brand new psychological thriller out next month that looks really interesting
43 - Personal (Jack Reacher 19) by Lee Child - Not read any of Lee Childs books, but intrigued to see what all the fuss is about
60 - Too Close For Comfort (Jo Bingham Book 3) by Niamh O'Connor - I'm sorry but completely drawing a blank about this other than I won it somewhere. 

Well there is one book in this selection that I desperately want to read, one that I am highly curious about and a couple I know very little about. I will be very interested as always to see which the winning choice and I will happily read whichever you pick for me. 

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. Jenny Colgan... The cover is just too beautiful and it has HEA in the title :)

  2. It's the Jenny Colgan that's calling out to me too Rachel!

  3. Simple vote this week .. 32 - The Little Shop of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan

  4. This is looking repetitive but I'd say Jenny Colgan too! Great article on her in yesterday's Sunday Herald.

  5. From Twitter: Jo Lambert ‏@Jolambertwriter 58 mins58 minutes ago Bath, England
    @gilbster1000 Like the look of Fire Damage Rachel

  6. I'm curious about #21 Syndrome E

  7. From Twitter:

    Emma Crowley ‏@emthebookworm 5 mins5 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 Easiest one ever this week. Read the Jenny Colgan.You won't be disappointed.

  8. From Twitter:

    Rea Book Reviews ‏@bookreviewbyrea 2 mins2 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 with this horrible weather you need something cheerful and uplifting so I am opting for Jenny Colgan's xx

  9. From Twitter: Agi ‏@Agi_mybookshelf 27m27 minutes ago
    @emthebookworm @gilbster1000 I can absolutely second that! it's fab, this book! xx

    Rachel Gilbey ‏@gilbster1000 24m24 minutes ago
    @Agi_mybookshelf @emthebookworm Shall I take that as another vote for Jenny then?

    @gilbster1000 @emthebookworm Absolutely! xx

  10. From Twitter:

    Olivia ‏@Olivia2796Kaze 3 mins3 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 hHow about The Little Shop of Hapoy Ever After? It looks cosy

  11. From Twitter:

    Rebecca ‏@BeccasBoooks 4m4 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 The Little Shop of Happy Ever After!

  12. I'd be going for the Jenny Colgan too as it just looks so cheerful!

  13. From Twitter:

    Suze Lavender ‏@SuzeLavender 16 mins16 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 Jenny Colgan's books are always wonderful :). I have it on my to read list as well...

  14. From Twitter:

    Lizzie Fayke ‏@LizzieFayke 10 mins10 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 You can't beat a bit of Jack Reacher

  15. From Twitter:

    @gilbster1000 Jenny Colgan!

  16. From Twitter:

    Claire Ellis ‏@claireellis3101 37 mins37 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 @DrewComps I've just started the little shop of happy ever after and its fab x

  17. From Twitter:

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    Jo Baines
    @gilbster1000 They all look good-Too Close For Comfort?

  18. From Twitter:

    Irena BookDustMagic ‏@Irena_BookDust 10 mins10 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 I vote for Jenny Colgan!

  19. From Twitter:

    Jinger Kat ‏@JingerKatKK 6 mins6 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 Lee Child

  20. I'm thinking Jenny Golgan fave here, Rachel. ;) Go for it! xx

  21. From Twitter: SMBSLT ‏@smbslt 4 hrs4 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 fire damage xxx

  22. From Twitter:

    Liina voit ‏@liinareads 23 mins23 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 My pick is: The Little Shop of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan

  23. From Twitter:

    Giselle Marks ‏@GiselleMarks1 4 hrs4 hours ago
    .@gilbster1000 @RobynRozeAuthor I'd go for the first Syndrome E, don't like the cover but title is intriguing.
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  24. From Twitter:

    Laura ‏@LozzaBookCorner 5 hrs5 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 jenny's

  25. From Twitter:

    Ella Louise Creasey ‏@kentlass123 5 hrs5 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 Jenny Colgan X

  26. From TwitteR:

    Tracy Bloom ‏@TracyBBloom 11 hrs11 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 I think I'd like to know what Jenny Colgan is up to Rachel. x

  27. For me it would be Jenny's book..I loved it


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