Monday, 22 August 2016

Rachel Reads Randomly - Vote #36

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

0 Votes - 15 Dress Adventures & One Skirt Tale by Shantelle!
1 Votes - The Lover's Guide To Rome by Mark Lamprell
4 Vote -  The Perfect Gift by Emma Hannigan
4 Votes -  The Stepmother by Claire Seeber
8 Votes -  Escape to the Riviera by Jules Wake 

Interestingly there was a tie for second place, and had that been for first I'm still not sure which would have been my choice, so very grateful you made that easy for me and told me to read Escape to the Riviera, which I really enjoyed. 

This week I am going to randomise from my paperbacks. I have bought quite a few more since I last did this, and I am currently on 19 out of 20 for my 20 Books of Summer Challenge, that I said I would read paperbacks for, so need this one, so I will have met that target! 

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:

3 - Letters from Lighthouse Cottage by Ali McNamara - Huge fan of this author, if this is anywhere near as good as some of her others, I will look forward to reading it whenever I get the opportunity. 
38 - Fire Damage by Kate Medina - Thriller that I know not much about
62 - Hopeful - an autobiography by Omid Djalili - I like this comedian, so very curious about his autobiography. I am quite partial to a celebrity autobiography, when I get the chance. 
69 - The Memory Box by Sarah Webb - This is the sequel to something I read a few years ago, that I don't recall the details of. At a gut feeling level I know I like the author's writing, and I almost took this book on holiday with me! 
78 - One Kiss in...Miami by Various - 3 in 1 book of Mills and Boon romances which I believe all feature kissing i Miami! One of the authors of these three books I have definitely read before and enjoyed. 

There are at least 3 of these books that I would be over the moon if you picked for various reasons, and the others I'm sure I will enjoy if that is how it goes. Personally I think I know what is likely to win, but I have been known to be wrong before, so could be very interesting this 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. Hmmm, trying to do the telepathy on you! I'm going for 3 - Letters from Lighthouse Cottage by Ali McNamara

  2. From Twitter:

    Emma Crowley ‏@emthebookworm 2h2 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 I would say Lighthouse Cottage but I wasn't mad on it so going for Sarah Webb a vastly under rated Irish author.

  3. From Twitter:

    Plodding Historian ‏@lke73_historian 1h1 hour ago Australian Capital Territory, Australia
    @gilbster1000 @DemelzaCarlton I'm in autobio mode so I'm say go for Omid first.

  4. From Twitter:

    In reply to a vote for Ali McNamara

    Melissa Rose ‏@AnxiousCanuck 2m2 minutes ago
    @DrewComps @gilbster1000 @AliMcNamara I second that vote

  5. From Twitter:

    Grass monster ‏@Lost815_Oceanic 1m1 minute ago
    @gilbster1000 ~ Lighthouse cottage xx

  6. From Twitter:

    Liina voit ‏@liinareads 8m8 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 Letters from Lighthouse Cottage by Ali McNamara 😀

  7. From Facebook

    Joanne Baird I really enjoyed Letters from Lighthouse Cottage so would you add that to your vote please?

  8. From Facebook -

    Anne Cater I haven't read any of those but would go for Fire Damage as I like the cover!

  9. From Facebook

    Leah Moyse I would read Hopeful because I think he is a funny man x

  10. The Memory Box appeals to me most I think.

  11. From Facebook:

    Llainy Swanson Fire damage is the only one I have read xxx

  12. From Facebook:

    Sue Shepherd As usual, I'm going by my gut instinct - I'm choosing 'The Memory Box'.

  13. fire damage, certainly appeals to me!

  14. 3 - Letters from Lighthouse Cottage by Ali McNamara .... Sounds and looks wonderful

  15. From Twitter:

    Mark West ‏@MarkEWest 10h10 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 Lighthouse cottage, I reckon! :)

  16. From Twitter:

    Rose McClelland ‏@RoseMcClelland1 9h9 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 the memory box!

  17. From Twitter:

    Viv Writes ‏@VivWrites 2h2 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 love the cover with the lighthouse! looks like such a sweet read! happy Wednesday!

  18. From Twitter:

    Sonia Cash ‏@SoniEllie 18m18 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 Letters from Lighthouse Cottage


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