Monday, 14 November 2016

Rachel Reads Randomly - Vote #47

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

1 Votes - Cornwall for Christmas (A Polwenna Bay novella) by Ruth Saberton
4 Votes - Christmas in New York by Holly Greene
11 Votes - Christmas Under The Stars by Karen Swan

What a wonderful book 11 of you voted for last week. I really did enjoy reading all of it, and felt it was out of this world! Hopefully I will find some time this year to read the other two books, if not, there is always next Christmas!

This is the last week that I will be randomising my remaining Christmas/wintery reads for this feature. It is also the last Rachel Reads Randomly until January 2nd.

This weeks review will go up as normal on Monday, and then I need to give the feature a 5-6 week break..partly due to my upcoming holiday, my Christmas feature and then it's Christmas, so want non time sensitive reading over that!!

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 week's random numbers are...

And the books these numbers correspond to are...

So the 3 choices with my gut feeling responses are:

1  - Home for Christmas by Cally Taylor - I love CL Taylor's psychological thrillers, so very curious as to what her Christmas book is like. I bought it last year and been hoping for an opportunity to read it. 
3 - The Girl I Was Before by Izzy Bayliss - This looks like it could be a good book, and it was brought to my attention when I featured Izzy Bayliss on this blog a few weeks ago, and couldn't resist buying it. 
8 - Honeycote by Veronica Henry - Ok well this is the first book in the Honeycote series by Veronica Henry, which was originally published quite a while ago. A few years back I bought and didn't realise until I got it home book 3 of this trilogy and since then I have been trying to find the first two books, Fast forward to September of this year, and I finally locate the republished version of Honeycote, and I celebrate..but clearly haven't had a chance to read yet!

Well I know none of these books have been up on this feature before this season, so I really can't predict which will win. I know all of them are fantastic authors, and I wouldn't want to have to pick between them...which is a problem as they are my books and at some point I will want to read them all! 

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:

    ebecca Nixon ‏@beckstar1982 2h2 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 all sound good, but I'm going to go with the Cally Taylor one 😊

  2. From Twitter:

    Emma Crowley ‏@emthebookworm 60m60 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 not read any of these but going to go for Cally Taylor.

  3. From Facebook:

    Kaisha Holloway Izzy Bayliss book!

  4. From Facebook:

    Sue Shepherd Going purely by the title and the cover, as I always do when you ask - I choose 'The Girl I was before.'

  5. Ho, hum .. ok gut instinct - 3 - The Girl I Was Before by Izzy Bayliss

  6. From TwitteR:

    the a Tout Faire ‏@JulietShakespe 10h10 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 Home for Christmas!!

  7. From Twitter:

    Liza Hoeksma ‏@LizaHoeksma 10m10 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 Veronica Henry :)

  8. From Twitter:

    Suze Lavender ‏@SuzeLavender 7s7 seconds ago
    @gilbster1000 Home for Christmas. They all look great though.

  9. They all look amazing, but I have read Honeycomb and I love Veronica Henry's books, so I'd go with that one.

  10. Honeycote not Honeycomb! Predictive text!

  11. From Twitter:

    Aimee ‏@AimeeHorton 3h3 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 ooh the middle one! <-- Izzy Bayliss


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