Monday, 29 January 2018

Rachel Reads Randomly - Vote #85

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

0 Votes -  The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country by Helen Russell 
0 Votes - The Real Lady Detective Agency: A True Story by Rebecca Jane
3 Votes  - All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
4 Votes - The Secret Life of Lucy Lovecake by Pippa James
13  Votes - The Widow by Fiona Barton

Overwhelming majority for The Widow last week and I can see why it was so popular. I really enjoyed the book,  and was certainly interested in the story. Thanks for picking it. 

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:

11 - Some Girls Do by Clodagh Murphy - I keep meaning to read something by this author, and do tend to like my Irish authors, so very curious about this book. 
13 - Chasing Venus by Diana Dempsey - I really enjoy reading books from this author, but haven't read one for a few years. 
28 - Her Husband's Lover by Julia Crouch - I know this is a psychological thriller, but not really sure about anything else
33 - While My Eyes Were Closed by Linda Green - One of Linda Green's psychological thrillers. I read her latest one while I was on holiday and loved it, so maybe its about time I catch up on the others. 
37 - I'm Dreaming of a Wilde Summer by Rhona T Pinkleton - Well it sounds fun and summery! 

Well I do have an inkling already which one may win this, but I do like being surprised too! I'm sorry yet again I can't offer much of a gut feeling about these books, we really do seem to be hitting the forgotten depths of my kindle but hopefully will come up with some really enjoyable or something that we are al curious about!  Have fun picking! 

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. Tough choice between the two psychological thrillers but I'll choose "While my eyes were closed" for no better reason than I had a school friend called Linda Green and bumped into her recently having not seen each other for over 40 years

  2. From twitter:

    Bee's #27BookSt 🐝

    3h3 hours ago
    Replying to @gilbster1000
    I've been meaning to check out Some Girls Do, so that would be my choice.

  3. From Twitter:

    Emma Crowley

    3h3 hours ago
    Replying to @gilbster1000
    My vote is for Clodagh Murphy because a: j have to support an Irish author and b: Clodagh’s books are brilliant. I wish she would write a new one.

  4. From Twitter:

    Camilla Isley ❄️ ❄️ ❄️

    2h2 hours ago
    Replying to @gilbster1000
    I'm Dreaming of a Wilde Summer by Rhona T Pinkleton :)

  5. From Twitter:

    Kat Duncan

    2h2 hours ago
    Replying to @gilbster1000
    some girls do, loved it

  6. From Twitter:

    Short Book & Scribes

    14m14 minutes ago
    Replying to @gilbster1000
    While My Eyes Were Closed is my choice - great book.

  7. From Twitter:

    Eva M.

    2m2 minutes ago
    Replying to @gilbster1000
    Oh, look! There's actually one I've read, for a change. So obviously I'll vote for that one : Her Husband's Lover.

  8. From Twitter:

    Stephanie Rothwell‏
    Following Following @sjroth21
    Replying to @noveldeelights @gilbster1000
    Same here, and same vote 😂 <--- Julia Crouch

  9. I vote for 33.. It sounds interesting... and another add to my TBR :D definitely going to follow this post!

  10. Her Husband's Lover. Read that last year and thought it was excellent. One of these books where you have no idea who to believe!

  11. From Twitter:

    Liina 📚

    5m5 minutes ago
    Replying to @gilbster1000
    Her Husband's Lover by Julia Crouch 😄

  12. From Twitter:

    CL Taylor

    Verified account

    48m48 minutes ago
    Replying to @gilbster1000

  13. 33. Whilst My Eyes Where Closed.

  14. Her Husband’s Lover is my choice Rachel as I’ve heard it is excellent.


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