Monday, 7 March 2016

Rachel Reads Randomly - Vote #18

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

0 Vote - Celtic Love Knot by Angela Britnell
4 Votes - Security by Mandy Baggot
5 Votes - Me and Mr Darcy by Alexandra Potter
8 Votes - The Beach Hut Next Door by Veronica Henry
10 Votes -  A Jersey Affair (The Jersey Scene Book 2) by Georgina Troy

Very close vote this week, at one point I was convinced it was going to be a tie. Very glad you picked A Jersey Affair, as it was probably about time that I read it. 

This week I am randomising from authors whose names begin with C or D. I did the beginning of the alphabet the other week, so figure I may as well continue and see what comes up. 

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:

89 - Past Secrets by Cathy Kelly - Great author but no idea about this book, apart from that I probably bought it in a sale. 
95 - How to Fall in Love by Cecelia Ahern - I'm really hoping this is one of Cecelia's better books and hopefully with some romance involved
117 - Love is a Thief by Claire Garber - I really don't remember anything about this book
120 - If This is Paradise, I Want My Money Back by Claudia Carroll - This is one of Claudia's earlier books, that I suspect may have been on my kindle for a while
167 - Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons (Rose Gardner Mystery 2) by Denise Grover Swank - I read the first book of this series a few years back as part of an anthology, liked it enough to buy book 2, and now don't remember anything. 

Well given I don't really remember or know much about most of this selection, other than some familiarity with the authors, I will really be relying on your thoughts this week to make sure I read one 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:

    Fiction-Books ‏@Fiction_Books 26 mins26 minutes ago
    Fiction-Books Retweeted Rachel Gilbey
    I always enjoy a good Cathy Kelly story personally :)

  2. From Twitter:

    Joanne Price ‏@joanneprice6 6 mins6 minutes ago Hereford, England
    @gilbster1000 I never get disappointed with any @cathykellybooks TBH Rachel.I am sure this will be a cracker it newly released?

  3. From Twitter:

    Ria ‏@RSanive 2 mins2 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 how to fall in love💃🏻💞

  4. From Facebook Book Connectors Group:

    Joanne Baird I loved that Cecelia Aherne book so that gets my vote.
    Like · Reply · Just now

  5. Cathy Kelly is always a good read x

  6. Cathy Kelly for me too - although I haven't read one of hers in simply ages!

  7. I'm torn between two but I will go with 89 - Past Secrets by Cathy Kelly based on the lovely cover!

  8. Always Cathy. Always. Cecelia Ahern lost a bit of her magic for me after her first three books.

  9. Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons

  10. Tough this week Rachel as lots of good reads. I vote for the Claudia Carroll one

  11. I loved Cecelia Ahern's first couple of books but then I was quite disappointed with the following ones so I stopped reading her books. That is until I picked The Year I Met You (or something like that) last year and loved. Curious to see what you think of this one, maybe it's good too!

  12. From Twitter: Dewi ‏@D_lovesBooks 10 hrs10 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 @DrewComps Cathy Kelly 👌

  13. From Twitter:

    thebooktrail ‏@thebooktrailer 6 hrs6 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 oooh past secrets sounds intriguing!? #bookconnectors

  14. From Twitter:

    J.F.Johns ‏@Writersmania 6 hrs6 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 cecelia ahern!!!

  15. From Twitter:

    Gilla ‏@Gilla01 2 hrs2 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 My favourite would be the Kathy Kelly.

  16. From Twitter:

    @gilbster1000 tough choice this week. I'd go for three of them but finally decided my vote goes to Claudia's book.

  17. From Book Connectors Group:

    Laura Ayling Cecelia Ahern- as I loved her early stuff but really couldn't get into this one so interested in seeing what you think Rachel

  18. Some good choices. I'm a big Cecilia Ahern fan so her book please

  19. From TwitteR:

    Ann Troup ‏@TroupAnn 5 mins5 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 Purely on title I'd choose Love is A Thief

  20. From Book Connectors FB Group

    Neats Wilson I've read a lot of the Denise Grover Swank Rose Gardner series and I love them all so I'd choose Twenty nine and a half reasons. I'm guessing you've already chosen now though Rachel smile emoticon

  21. From Twitter:

    Becca 'The Brunette' ‏@BrunetteBlogg 41 secs42 seconds ago
    @gilbster1000 how to fall in love! X

  22. From Twitter:

    Suze Lavender ‏@SuzeLavender 32 mins32 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 How to Fall in Love. They all look great as usual, enjoy reading!

  23. Always like a good read from Kathy Kelly so this should be a sure bet so I'm going for 89 - Past Secrets by Cathy Kelly

  24. From Twitter:

    Liina voit ‏@liinareads 11 hrs11 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 My pick for this week is How to Fall in Love by Cecelia Ahern

  25. From Twitter: lynn neal ‏@minilynn3 11 hrs11 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 How to fall in love!


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