Monday, 15 January 2018

Rachel Reads Randomly - Vote #83

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

0 Votes -  Too Close to the Sun by Diana Dempsey
3 Votes - Further Confessions of a GP by Benjamin Daniels
4 Votes  - Not Another Happy Ending by David Solomons
4 Votes - A Little Bit of Madness by Sheryl Browne
8 Votes - Wing Jones by Katherine Webber 

That was certainly an interesting start to the year, a mixed bag of options that I had the general impression that very few people knew anything about. Wing Jones was the clear winner, and I just want to thank you all for picking that as of those options it would just because I wasn't sure going into it, would have been the last of the five that I would have read.  Until I realise I was hooked that is and really enjoyed the book and was still thinking about Wing, as I was reading my next one. 

So this year I've decided instead of changing what part of the TBR I randomise each week, I'm going with at least until I get bored books released in the current month - so for the next few weeks all the options will be books released in January - that is January from whatever year they were published! (At least based on the publication date I put on my master spreadsheet). Should give all books a few chances to get picked over a year and be slightly quicker for me to set up!  

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:

4 - Calling Romeo by Alexandra Potter - I really enjoy this author and am determined to slowly work my way through her back catalogue. 
10 - The Expats by Chris Pavone - I tried one other book by this author and DNF really early on. However this one I recall people saying was good at the point I purchased it very cheap years and years ago. 
20 - A Year at Meadowbrook Manor by Faith Bleasdale - Was delighted to see this book announced and its out next week. It been a while since she released anything but I recall in the late 00s have loads of her books and really enjoying them. 
44 - Sweet Home Summer by Michelle Vernal - Requested this from Netgalley when I learnt from the author that it is part set in New Zealand and I do love reading books set in countries I don't encounter often. 
52 - Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins - One I remember being influenced to buy possibly by other bloggers a few yeas ago, but still not got around to reading! 

Interesting selection I've only read multiple books by two of these authors before, the rest are a bit more of a mystery to me.  I'm hoping that there may be a more obvious choice for each of you to pick from last week, as I don't think these are from the darkest depths of my kindle. But I look forward to seeing what happens! 

And authors, if its your book up on this feature, feel free to take part, vote for yourself, or stir up excitement amongst your fans! 

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 to suggest The Expats because
    a) it looks like the kind of book I would pick up first from that selection
    b) I spent some years as an expat myself so I have an idea what it's like
    c) It sounds as if you don't fancy it and aren't going to read it unless we gang up and ORDER you to!

  2. A Year at Meadowbrook Manor by Faith Bleasdale will be the book I will pick first.

  3. From Twitter:

    Bee's #27BookSt 🐝

    4h4 hours ago
    Replying to @gilbster1000
    Sweet Home Summer, I read it recently n loved it.

  4. Calling Romeo. I like Alexandra Potter too, haven't read this one and the cover is pretty!

  5. From Twitter:

    Emma Crowley

    3h3 hours ago
    Replying to @gilbster1000
    Great selection this week. I’m going for Faith Bleasdale because I saw it on NetGalley and liked the sound of it but am resisting downloading until I get my % up. I have Sweet Home Summer on my TBR already.

  6. From Twitter:

    Liina 📚

    3h3 hours ago
    Replying to @gilbster1000
    Not the easiest choice to make, but I'll say Sweet Home Summer by Michelle Vernal 😀

  7. From Twitter:

    K. A. Bryant

    4m4 minutes ago
    Replying to @gilbster1000
    The Expats looks inviting.

  8. From Facebook:

    Yvonne Vonnie Bastian As we are in the middle of winter ❄️ I think Sweet Home Summer 😊

  9. From Facebook:

    Gemma Sian Wiles Going to vote for Sweet Home Summer, Rachel

  10. A very good selection this week! I'm going for Anna and the French Kiss because I've heard good things about that one years ago and it's on my wishlist. I think its set in France at a boarding school.
    Calling Romeo is not my favourite by Alexandra Potter, though I love the cover very much. Again this question, but Rachel, do you know if she will write a book again???? I miss her Love Detective series soooo much.
    I'm definitely going to read both Sweet Home Summer and A Year at Meadowbrook Manor, I love books set in grand country houses and the more animals the better as far as I'm concerned and I think this one has an animal sanctuary in its grounds...

    Happy reading Rachel! Will we hear about your favourite books of 2017? Reading bingo?


  11. I'm going to vote for The Expats, only because I think the author deserves for you to give them another go!

  12. From Facebook:

    Jane Bheemah 'The Expats' gets my vote - looks different.


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