Monday, 8 February 2016

Rachel Reads Randomly - Vote #14

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

0 Votes - See You At The Show by Michelle Betham
1 Vote - Excess all Areas by Mandy Baggot
3 Votes - Coconuts and Wonderbras by Lynda Renham
7 Votes - Yes Chef, No Chef by Susan Willis
12 Votes - Behind the Scenes by Sophie Childs

I often make a private prediction as I create the post as to what I suspect may win, and I couldn't have been more wrong on this occasion. And in some respects I am really happy about that, as its meant I was able to read Behind the Scenes which I really enjoyed. 

Due to it being my Paris Weekend from Friday 12th, to Monday 15th February, I have decided to restrict the choices this week to books that have a French connection. They may not all be to do with Paris, as I don't have huge amounts of those left at the moment, but I figure something that can link in with France will be nice for your consideration this week. 

Below is initially my 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 weeks random numbers are...

And the books these numbers correspond to are...

So the 5 choices with my gut feeling responses are:

2 - French Coast a novel by Anita Hughes - It didn't get many votes the other week when its been on this feature before, but maybe you will all like it better this week
6 - The French for Always by Fiona Valpy - I've enjoyed previous books by this author, who always seems to include France in her books
10 - You Had Me At Bonjour by Jennifer Bohnet - This has been on my radar for a while, not that I can remember anything about it or why. 
13 - Tout Sweet: Hanging Up my High Heels for a New Life in France by Karen Wheeler - Travel writing, about someone moving to France.
16 - French Leave by Liz Ryan -  I believe this is another bit of travel writing, that I assume has a slightly different take on France, to the previous choice!

Interesting selection this week, will this be the week when a one of the books I have with Travel writing, actually win? I do like reading about people moving to new countries, I just don't really feature them on the blog as haven't worked out how to review them. All the choices look quite good this week from what I recall of them. 

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:

    Rachel Amphlett ‏@RachelAmphlett 39 mins39 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 looks like you're spoilt for choice! I like the look of 'The French for Always'.

  2. French Coast, the synopsis sounds interesting...

  3. From Facebook:

    Joanne Baird Just because I like the title, You Had Me at Bonjour!

  4. You Had Me at Bonjour. I have it and would love your take on it, Rachel. :) xx

  5. You Had Me At Bonjour - really enjoy Jennie's writing... and so would you, I think!

  6. From Twitter:
    M's Bookshelf ‏@MarylineVP 21s21 seconds ago
    @gilbster1000 I LOVED The French For Always @FionaValpy !

  7. From Twitter:

    Joanne Price ‏@joanneprice6 3 mins3 minutes ago Hereford, England
    @gilbster1000 I read Tout Sweet a while ago and loved it so much I had to download the sequel on kindle immediately to discover conclusion😋

  8. From Twitter:

    bookouture ‏@bookouture 24 mins24 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 Well we'd recommend that fabulous @FionaValpy of course!

  9. Never having read any of them The two that stick out for me are the Jennifer Bohnet and the Fiona Valpy. But for the cover I would go with Jennifer's.

  10. Not sure I should really comment but I'd love you to read You Had Me At Bonjour.

  11. From Twitter:

    Dawn ‏@crooksonbooks 2 mins2 minutes ago
    @bookouture @gilbster1000 @FionaValpy so would I - love all Fiona's books 😍 X

  12. I vote for You had me at Bonjour! And not just because I know the author and she is lovely ;-)

  13. Got to be my Bookouture buddy The French for Always by Fiona Valpy. I've got that one on my Kindle. Gutted I missed my book last week!

  14. The French for Always sounds good! But so do the others. Oh and You had me at Bonjour makes me smile just from the title!

  15. From Twitter: Lizzie Fayke ‏@LizzieFayke 12 secs12 seconds ago
    @gilbster1000 I'll vote for Tout Sweet then, that cover is drawing me in....

  16. From Twitter:

    Suze Lavender ‏@SuzeLavender 18 secs18 seconds ago
    @gilbster1000 The French for Always :).


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