Monday, 20 February 2017

Rachel Reads Randomly - Vote #54

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

0 Votes - Trusting Jake by Lauren Giordano
2 Votes -  Hopeful - an autobiography by Omid Djalil
2 Votes - Mickey Take by Steven Hayward
2 Votes -  The Anniversary by Various
10 Votes -  The Queen of Wishful Thinking by Milly Johnson

Huge thanks to everyone that picked the new Milly Johnson for me, I am so glad it has meant I could fit in reading it, and its superb. Go check out my review later today! Also think this was the first time a non fiction book has picked up more than 1 vote in one of these features, so that was interesting, for the autobiography. 

On Friday I have my Rome Week starting, so in the spirit of all things Italian, and to add a bit of flavour to this weeks vote, we have a selection of books that as far I can tell from the blurbs should all be set, or have a section in Italy! 

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 5 choices with my gut feeling responses are:

1 - Save The Date by Allie Spencer - I have really enjoyed books I've read by this author in the past, and I know Italy features in it somewhere! 
4 - Head Over Heel: Seduced by Southern Italy by Chris Harrison - I believe this is travel writing book, and I love reading about Southern Italy. 
6 - Finding You by Danielle Ryan - A new author for me, however the tag line on Amazon says its a feel good love story set in Milan, so sounds like the sort of book I should enjoy
8 - Gardens of Delight by Erica James - Thanks to this feature only read a book by Erica James a couple of weeks ago, just hope if this wins that I enjoy it more. I also know this is set in Lake Como. 
12 - The Little Theatre By The Sea by Rosanna Ley - Set in Sardinia, this is a book that is out in a couple of weeks time. I have only read one book by the author before, but this one has intrigued me since I saw the cover and title. 

I think this could be a potentially interesting and very close vote this week. I know the books are all set in Italy, as that was kind of the point, I have read some of the authors before, and the others interest me. I am very much looking forward to seeing everyones thoughts on these books. 

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. I'm going for 6 - Finding You by Danielle Ryan based on the cute cover & I have it sitting on my kindle so will be curious to know what you think!

  2. Head over Heels... southern Italy traveling should provide good anecdotes:)

  3. From Contact Form submission:

    Gardens of Delight is my favourite Erica James book - no-brainer!

    Jill Batchelor

  4. From Twitter:

    Sherna Khambatta ‏@ShernaKhambatta 11h11 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 @catherine_ann_f the little theatre by the sea

  5. From Twitter:

    Liina voit ‏@liinareads 11h11 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 @rebeccapughuk Save The Date by Allie Spencer 🙂

  6. From Twitter:

    Ruth Saberton ‏@RuthSaberton 10h10 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 I like the look of Gardens of Delight by @TheEricaJames - I haven't read it either so be good to read your review x

  7. From Twitter:

    Emma Crowley ‏@emthebookworm 3h3 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 I vote for Rosanna Ley. The Little Theatre by the Sea.

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  9. Gardens of Delight gets my vote - loved this book!

  10. These covers are gorgeous!
    I think I'm going for Save the Date by Allie Spencer, as you are probably going to read The Little Theater by the Sea anyway, seeing as it's a review book.

    I love Allie Spencer's books. My favourite of hers is Summer Loving, but I loved Save the Date as well. Why isn't Allie writing anymore??

    Regarding your Rome week, I have a few books set there on my TBR-pile as well:
    Gemma Townley - When in Rome
    Sarah Duncan - A Single to Rome
    Julia Llewellyn - Amy's Honeymoon
    Lynda Renham - Croissants and Jam (partly set there I think)

    So perhaps I'll finally read these during Rome week...

  11. From Twitter:

    Louise Marley ‏@LouiseMarley 1h1 hour ago
    @gilbster1000 The little theatre by the sea looks fun x

  12. Head over Heel ~ judging a book by its cover it looks like a fun read

  13. From Twitter:

    Sue Shepherd‏@thatsueshepherd 12h12 hours ago
    Sue Shepherd Retweeted Rachel Gilbey
    You know me, Rachel, I always go with my immediate reaction when you ask this question. Today, I'm drawn to Head over Heel. That's my vote.


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