Monday 15 August 2016

Rachel Reads Randomly - Vote #35

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

0 Votes -  St. BARTS, a gripping Romance novel box set by Emme Cross 
2 Votes - The Hope Family Calendar by Mike Gayle
3 Vote -  The Ex Factor by Eva Woods
6 Votes -  Cloudy with a Chance of Love by Fiona Collins
11 Votes -   Cut to the Bone by Alex Caan

Very interest contest last week, Cloudy with a Chance of Love went into an early lead, but then all the Alex Caan fans appeared and picked me a fantastic book. Loved reading all the comments and reasons, and realistically I hope to read the second placed book very soon too. 

This week we are picking from a selection of my review pile. This is mainly due to various reasons I seem to be a good few weeks behind on actually reading them, so basically need to focus some attention on them, so I can stop panicking every time I look at the quantity of books I still have to review. 

Obviously they will all be on my blog at some point, so authors of these books if you are reading, even if your book doesn't win, I will read it, but this is more about ordering when I will get to some of the books,

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 gut feeling responses are:

14 - 15 Dress Adventures & One Skirt Tale by Shantelle! - This is a short story collection where all the stories focus around a dress or a skirt. 
16 - Escape to the Riviera by Jules Wake  - How have I not read this yet? I love Jules Wake's books, and been eagerly awaiting this release
20 - The Perfect Gift by Emma Hannigan - Very popular author, I've liked that couple of books I've read by Emma Hannigan previously, so quite curious about this book
22 - The Stepmother by Claire Seeber - I loved Claire Seeber's previous book 24 hours, so very interested in this one
26 - The Lover's Guide To Rome by Mark Lamprell - I know nothing about this book as it was sent unsolicited so unless you all tell me its amazing or want me to read it, its frankly quite a low priority read for me! 

I have a feeling it could be quite close between three books this week, but I know you all love to surprise me, so this could be very interesting. I may of course could be completely wrong, but as always I love seeing your reactions, and I do generally want to read all these books so have a say, and influence one of the books being featured on this blog next week. 

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. Escape to the Riviera for me, Rachel - also on my reading list...!

  2. I'm currently reading The Stepmother so I will go for 16 - Escape to the Riviera by Jules Wake also on my TBR & I have loved her previous books!

  3. The Perfect Gift by Emma Hannigan ~ I've aslo enjoyed all of her books that I've read

  4. From Facebook:

    Sue Shepherd Ohh I like it when you ask this question. 😀. I'd choose - The Perfect Gift.

  5. From Facebook:

    Debbie Flint Jules Jules Wake - was a fab glamorous tale x

  6. From Facebook:

    Laurie Ellingham The Step mother. It's on my list

  7. From Twitter:

    Emma Crowley ‏@emthebookworm 10h10 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 The Perfect Gift Emma Hannigan. Love all her books.

  8. From Twitter:

    Karen C ‏@karen4013 9h9 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 Just voted for The Step Mother. Not sure if it registered.

  9. From Twitter:

    Liina voit ‏@liinareads 3h3 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 I recently read and enjoyed it, so my vote goes for The Stepmother by Claire Seeber

  10. From Twitter:

    Ella Louise Creasey ‏@kentlass123 46m46 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 2nd one, I've got this in my pile to be read. <--- Jules Wake

  11. From Twitter:

    Ana Tom Well, have read only Jules' one and enjoy it a lot! Have The perfect gift in my TBR pile tpp.

  12. From Twitter:

    Maxi ‏@Scribbler_Maxi 5m5 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 Having trouble posting on the blog :/ (probably something I'm doing!) so I'd say 'Escape' as the cover jumped out at me first

  13. From Twitter:

    Rose McClelland ‏@RoseMcClelland1 9m9 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 Emma Hannigan! ☺

  14. Ohhh... I love Rome! Lover's guide to Rome definitely

  15. From Twitter:

    Suze Lavender ‏@SuzeLavender 4m4 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 Good selection! Escape to the Riviera looks great.

  16. Really enjoyed The Stepmother so that gets my vote!


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