Monday, 10 October 2016

Rachel Reads Randomly Vote #42

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

0 Votes -The Christmas Getaway by Jill Barry
1 Vote - Festive Feast by Michelle Gorman
9 Votes - Kiss Me Under The Mistletoe by Fiona Harper

Thank you to everyone that picked Kiss Me Under The Mistletoe. I did really enjoy the book and also loved the cover too. Was a great choice so thank you. 

From now until probably the end of November each week I will be giving you a choice of 3 books from my Winter/Christmas books, to start getting us all into the festive spirit. I will probably be buying them as fast as I read them, so hopefully will get a different selection each week. 

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 week's random numbers are...

And the books these numbers correspond to are...

So the 5 choices with my gut feeling responses are:

3 - The Cosy Christmas Teashop by Caroline Roberts - I loved The Cosy Teashop in the Castle earlier this year, so am really looking forward to this Christmas sequel. 
5 - In a Manhattan Minute by Helen J Rolfe - Still not read any of Helen Rolfe's books, but they always look really good. Delighted that I have a copy of her latest book, and I'm sure I will enjoy when I get around to reading it!
8 - Christmas at the Cornish Cafe by Phillipa Ashley - Sequel to the very popular Summer at the Cornish Cafe, this is another book I am greatly looking forward long as I remember more of what the first one is about!

I refuse to try and predict this...just hope it doesn't end up as 3 way tie, as I would be surprised if all the books don't have a good few fans already. They are all review books, so as long as I don't run out of days between now and Christmas I have every intention of featuring them all on the blog at some point before the end of this year! 

At the time of this post going live none of the books are published, but they all have one version out within the next 2 weeks, so although I don't expect you may have read them, feel free to pick them based on your own curiosity, the cover, previous books by the author, anything really! 

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:

    Emma Crowley ‏@emthebookworm 40m40 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 I'm reading Christmas at the Cornish Cafe and enjoying it so going to vote for that.

  2. I'd love to know what you think of Christmas at the Christmas cafe Rachel. I've just read the first one and I'm really looking forward to the next xx

  3. I'd love to know what you think of Christmas at the Christmas cafe Rachel. I've just read the first one and I'm really looking forward to the next xx

  4. Christmas at the Cornish Cafe!

  5. Another vote for Christmas at the Cornish Cafe. I've got this to read as well so would look forward to hearing what you think about it!

  6. too soon for Christmas so has to be Manhattan Minute

  7. You knew which I would go for so it will be no surprise - 5 - In a Manhattan Minute by Helen J Rolfe ... I adored this book but then I am a fan of Helen :)

  8. 5 - In a Manhattan Minute by Helen J Rolfe ... because I adore NYC

  9. From Twitter:

    Viv Writes ‏@VivWrites 7h7 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 have to vote for @PhillipaAshley's Christmas at The Cornish Cafe - great seasonal cover & love #Cornwall

  10. From Twitter:

    Maxi ‏@Scribbler_Maxi 4h4 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 I'd have to plump for @HJRolfe

  11. From Twitter:

    lucy ‏@booksnbrooches 3h3 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 the teashop one. Looks cute as a button

  12. 3 - The Cosy Christmas Teashop by Caroline Roberts

  13. My vote goes to Christmas at the Cornish Cafe, I loved it!

  14. From Twitter:

    ✨ ✨Ti Glover ✨ ✨ ‏@glover_ti 3h3 hours ago Blackburn, England
    @gilbster1000 they all look good it is start with Christmas at the Cornish cafe 😁

  15. Difficult choice this week but my top pick is Christmas at the Cornish Cafe by Phillipa Ashley. Happy reading!

  16. Love the cover for In a Manhattan Minute Rachel....but also love Phillipa Ashley's books...a difficult choice!

  17. Having just finished the cosy xmas teashop myself, then that gets my vote!


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