Monday, 16 May 2016

Rachel Reads Randomly - Vote #27

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

0 Votes - April's Busman Holiday (Maxwell Mysteries Book 1) by Kerry Frith
1 Votes - Cooking with Fernet Branca by James Hamilton-Paterson
3 Votes -  One Thing Led to Another by Katy Regan
3 Votes - Becoming Scarlett by Ciara Geraghty
7 Votes - Love Me For Me by Jenny Hale

It was an interesting vote last week and thankfully a few of you got involved. I initially was possibly thinking the winner would be different but I do like Jenny Hale's books, so was quite happy to see it win. Just a shame I didn't like it as much as some of her more recent books. 

This week I am restricting the selection to my paperbacks, mainly because I haven't read a paperback since last time I did that on this features, but yet my selection has grown quite a bit, so really need to make an effort to pay attention to my "real" books again. 

Below is my initial 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:

12 - Local Girls by Caroline Zancan - Well if this wins, I can start a Z section on my A-Z Reviews page! I know I won this over Christmas in a bundle of books
37 - The Waiting Game by Jessica Thompson - Although I can't recall details of this book, I do know I want to read it
51 - Walking Back to Happiness by Lucy Dillon - I tend to love Lucy's books, especially if they include a dog anywhere in them. This is the sort of book that if it doesn't win today, it may end up on holiday with me! 
76 - If You Were Me by Sheila O'Flanagan - Seems like every time we have an Irish author on this feature they win..will that happen again today?
88 - All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker  - Advance copy of a new psychological thriller, I know some bloggers are reviewing it already and that its getting some good reviews, so I'm very curious about it myself. 

I'll be honest my gut feeling on this selection is that I really don't want to read one of these, but that the rest I would be more than happy with. I don't have a strong feeling as to which of the others will win, but I know that I always enjoy seeing everyone's responses, so it will be an interesting week. 

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. From twitter:

    Emma Crowley ‏@emthebookworm 54m54 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 walking back to happiness by Lucy Dillon- an absolutely gorgeous book.

  2. If you were me by Sheila O'Flanagan. Love her books x

  3. Fancy all of those - I'll be reading the Wendy Walker too. But my vote goes to Lucy Dillon - I loved that book!

  4. I usually go with my first instinct then wonder if that's what you think I will pick etc .. so I'm sticking with 51 - Walking Back to Happiness by Lucy Dillon

  5. Number 51 - Walking Back to Happiness by Lucy Dillon - I love her books so will be interested to hear about this one.

  6. From Twitter:

    Sue Fortin ‏@suefortin1 4m4 minutes ago
    Sue Fortin Retweeted Rachel Gilbey
    Walking Back to Happiness was a really nice read.

  7. From Twitter:

    Mark West ‏@MarkEWest 3m3 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 The Waiting Game...

  8. the waiting game, gorgeous cover!

  9. I vote for Walking Back to Happiness. :)

  10. Number 51! Walking back to happiness. I read it when it first came out and I loved it. Happiness and dogs what is not to love here?!

  11. If you were me. I have this in my pile. Would be interesting to read your review x

  12. From Twitter:

    Becca 'The Brunette' ‏@BrunetteBlogg 53m53 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 In work so can't get on blog but The Waiting Game! x

  13. From Twitter:

    Viv Writes ‏@VivWrites 1m1 minute ago
    @gilbster1000 Walking Back to Happiness bec I love the title and the dogs! #teamdog all the way!

  14. From TwitteR:

    Aimee ‏@AimeeHorton 10h10 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 Oh I love the all is forgotten cover <3

  15. From Twitter:

    Suze Lavender ‏@SuzeLavender 6h6 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 All Is not Forgotten. Great list!

  16. From Twitter:

    karen mace ‏@kazzy25 5h5 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 loved Walking Back to Happiness ☺

  17. From Twitter:

    Rea Book Reviews ‏@bookreviewbyrea 4h4 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 I loved loved loved Lucy Dillon's xx

  18. From Twitter:

    Agi ‏@Agi_mybookshelf 1h1 hour ago
    @gilbster1000 Read only "The Waiting Game" and loved it! xx

  19. From Twitter:

    Christine ‏@northernlass73 26s26 seconds ago
    @gilbster1000 @ellefie Read the Wendy Walker one....

  20. From Twitter:

    BA Paris ‏@BAParisAuthor 53s53 seconds ago
    BA Paris Retweeted Rachel Gilbey
    I can definitely recommend All Is Not Forgotten @Wendy_Walker

  21. From Twitter:

    Pamela Klinger-Horn ‏@pkhorn 19s19 seconds ago
    I second the motion #ALLISNOTFORGOTTEN @BAParisAuthor @Wendy_Walker @gilbster1000


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