Monday 1 August 2016

Rachel Reads Randomly - Vote #33

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

1 Vote - Forgotten by Heleyne Hemmersley 
4 Votes - Valentine's Day at the Star and Sixpence by Holly Hepburn 
5 Votes -  My Husband's Wife by Amanda Prowse 
5 Votes -   Willow Walk by SJI Holliday
6 Votes - Tenacity by J. S. Law 

This was an incredibly close vote and it took me a few attempts to tally it correctly. Tenacity was certainly a worthy winner, even if it did cause me issues sleeping the day after I finished it. I still really want to read the others that were up last time, so hopefully I will get to some of them eventually, especially the two review books!

Due to the review from this week being posted on 8th August which is once my Booklympics event has started, I thought I would theme the vote this week and let you pick from some of the remained of my Booklympics short list. 

These are all books with a vaguely sporty theme, and instead of gut reactions, I'll let you know why I have them on this short list, just incase its not immediately obvious.

In another twist this week I am intending to read the TWO most voted for titles, the winner will go up next Monday as normal and second place will be the last review of my Booklympics on 21st August, as I can't decide which book to close the event with! 

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 weeks random numbers are...

And the books these numbers correspond to are...

So the 5 choices with my reasons for them being on my Booklympics Shortlist are:

1 - We Could Be Heroes by Alison Bond - This was a contender due to the blurb referencing footballers, and buying and selling sporting heroes. It was also re-titled and re-issued for the Brazil 2014 World Cup, so definitely has sporting connections
4 - Swimming With Dolphins by Deborah Wright - Given Swimming is an Olympic sport, I thought I would use that connection to potentially read this book. I've read books previously by the author and thoroughly enjoyed them, so was excited when I spotted this on Kindle a few years ago. 
10 - An American Caddie in St. Andrews: Growing Up, Girls and Looping on the Old Course by Oliver Horowitz - This is a book all about a golfing caddie at one of the worlds oldest golf courses. Golf is of course an Olympic sport this year, so just hope its more interesting to read about it then to watch it! 
11 - Out of Practice by Penny Parkes - The connection here is of course all sports men and women need to practice! I don't think the book itself features sport, but countryside doctors. Yes this is as dodgy as some of my connections in the event could be! 
14 - Surf Mama: One Woman's Search for Love, Happiness and the Perfect Wave by Wilma Johnson - Surfing is a sport, although not an Olympic one, and this book just sounds interesting as part sports, part possibly travel with possibly some romance too! 

I hope you enjoy this vaguely connected and fairly eclectic selection of books this week. As I was saying I will read the top 2, so would just appreciate your input even if its just picking the prettiest cover!

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. Based entirely on the cover I'm going with 4 - Swimming With Dolphins by Deborah Wright.

  2. I agree with Ali. that's the one that would appeal to me too.

  3. From Twitter:

    Emma Crowley ‏@emthebookworm 10h10 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 I'm going for Out of Practice as it's the only one I recognise.

  4. From Twitter:

    Sam's Book Corner
    @gilbster1000 swimming with dolphins sounds nice 😊

  5. From Twitter:

    Ella Louise Creasey ‏@kentlass123 2m2 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 out of practice! I have this in my reading pile x

  6. Out of Practice by Penny Parkes I love the cover (and the country doctors 😁) the

  7. From Twitter:

    Rea Book Reviews ‏@bookreviewbyrea 1h1 hour ago
    @gilbster1000 @CotswoldPenny Easy peasy lemon Squeezy it has to be Out Of Practice x

  8. From Twitter:

    Liina voit ‏@liinareads 27m27 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 My pick is: Out of Practice by Penny Parkes :-)

  9. From Twitter:

    Suze Lavender ‏@SuzeLavender 7h7 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 Out of Practice looks really good.

  10. From Twitter:

    MS-Birdlady ‏@MS_birdlady 2m2 minutes ago
    MS-Birdlady Retweeted Rachel Gilbey
    😊 @gilbster1000 - Out of Practice! #books #bookbloggers

  11. From Twitter:

    Mark West ‏@MarkEWest 26m26 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 None grabbed me, to be honest, though maybe Surf Mama might be alright.


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