Monday, 9 November 2015

Rachel Reads Randomly Vote #8

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

6 Votes - Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie Macomber
9 Votes - Christmas for One by Amanda Prowse
9 Votes - Mistletoe and Mayhem by Catherine Ferguson

This has been the busiest week yet on Rachel Reads Randomly votes, and thank you so much everyone that has taken part, Hope you all continue to the bottom of this for this weeks choices. As it was a tie, it was down to me to decide which to read, and I opted for Mistletoe and Mayhem by Catherine Ferguson, purely because I haven't got around to reading her summer release this year despite really wanting to, and that I have already read an Amanda Prowse Christmas book this season. I do intend to read Christmas for One, but just haven't got there yet. 

For the next few weeks, the selection is going to be taken from my Christmas books section of my spreadsheet, and because I don't have massive amounts, there will only be 3 choices to vote from, so I can have a bit of variety in what comes up each week, as I'm continuing my campaign to not only read all of the Christmas books that I want from this year, but to clear last years back log too!

Below is initially my theory for this feature, and then a bit further, what you are all waiting for... This weeks's vote!

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. 

How is this going to work? (not editing this for Christmas, only the numbers change, everything else is the same)

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. 

On the assumption that some of this makes sense, I will without further ado, load up the randomiser and see what the options are for this week. 

This weeks random numbers are...

And the books these numbers correspond to are...

Books without a number, have a reason by them, mainly because they have been reserved for a future date, so need to have the reviews posted on more specific dates.

So the 3 choices with my gut feeling responses are:

12 - Mishaps and Mistletoe by Tilly Tennant - I've been meaning to read this since last year. I know its a short story, but I have the omnibus edition of Mishaps in Millrise (which I believe follows on from Mishaps and Mistletoe), so if this wins, I may read both!
4 - Mistletoe and Wine by Faith Bleasdale - I read Faiths books around 10 years ago so was excited to see she had a new Christmas novella out. 
6 - The Art of Christmas by Jane Lovering - This is the new Christmas novella by Jane. I have loved other books by her, so very curious to see how she does a story with Christmas in the title. 

Well it had to happen at some point from my Christmas selection spreadsheet. These are all novellas or short stories that I would like to read in the next few weeks. I'm going to be very curious who wins this week, as I don't have a gut feeling on it  I have decided to make the next few weeks of this Christmas weeks, to help get through the numbered books on this bit of my spreadsheet. There is bound to be some variety in what's up each week, as I buy more to replace ones I have read!

Please everyone have a say this week, as I'd love to know your thoughts. 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. 


  1. Got to be From Paris with Love...

  2. I really don't have an obvious choice this week so based on the cover that calls to me it has to be 12 - Mishaps and Mistletoe by Tilly Tennant.

  3. Mishaps and Mistletoe by Tilly Tennant :)

  4. I've also got Mishaps and mistletoe on my kindle so I'd love to know what you think of it xx 🎄🎅

  5. I've also got Mishaps and mistletoe on my kindle so I'd love to know what you think of it xx 🎄🎅

  6. Haven't read or heard of any of these and none jump out at me.So I closed my eyes and picked Mistletoe and Wine Faith Bleasdale

  7. Mistletoe and Wine by Faith Bleasdale

  8. The Art of Christmas, because I've read Jane Lovering and love her! :) xx

  9. I love Jane's writing so it has to be The Art of Christmas. Angela Britnell

  10. From Twitter:

    Lilac Diaries ‏@RSanive 11 hrs11 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 Tilly Tennant's Mishaps and Mistletoe :)

  11. From Twitter:

    Tracy Bloom ‏@TracyBBloom 9 hrs9 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 @TillyTenWriter - definitely x

  12. From Twitter:

    Tanya Phillips ‏@tanyainwales 7 hrs7 hours ago Cwmbran, Wales
    @gilbster1000 mishaps and mistletoe


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