Monday, 2 January 2017

Rachel Read Randomly - Vote #48

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

2 Votes - Honeycote by Veronica Henry
5 Votes - The Girl I Was Before by Izzy Bayliss
5 Votes -  Home for Christmas by Cally Taylor

It was over a month ago, but those were the results. I picked The Girl I Was Before from the tied books, and the review was posted at the end of November. I've since read Honeycote while I was on holiday and also enjoyed it. 

Well I'm back with this feature, which is my favourite thing I do on my blog, and after a month of having to pick every single book for myself, it will be a welcome relief at midnight on Wednesday when I count up some votes to see what my next book is. Even one less choice a week for me is good!

And since its the first week of 2017, I figured let's randomize from the whole master TBR, as that will potentially give the most weird and wonderful selection for you to chose from. 

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...

Well I've invoked my right to veto this week, and book 94, is being replaced with 634 on the grounds that Not Quite Mine is book 2 of a series, that I own book 1 of but haven't read yet. 

So the 5 choices with my gut feeling responses are:

55 - The Oddest Little Beach Shop by Beth Good - I have loved the other "shop" books I have read so far by Beth Good, and really enjoyed them, I love the idea of a Beach Shop. 
213 - The Summer Guest by Emma Hannigan - I've almost picked this up to read so many time, it almost went on holiday with me, and yet something keeps stopping me, which is a shame as I tend to like the author.
465 - Bad Money by Louise Patten - Honestly can't recall anything about this book, never read the author, but I did buy it so I must want to read it! 
468 - The Winter Folly by Lulu Taylor - Well this would certainly be more of a seasonal read, and I have enjoyed Lulu Taylor in the past. 
634 - Secrets of the Lighthouse by Santa Montefiore - After the last book I read by this author, I went out and bought loads of her other books, and then they have sat on my kindle for perhaps a couple of years. 

This is certainly an interesting looking selection, there are a couple of authors that if my gut feeling is right, probably have a lot of fans, I know which one deep down I want to win, and generally am really looking forward to seeing everyone's thoughts on this. Can't wait to see which I'll be reading by the end of the 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. Partly because it is seasonal but also because I loved it, my vote is for The Winter Folly.

  2. So pleased to see this back as you know! I can't contemplate 'summer' yet so I'm going with 468 - The Winter Folly by Lulu Taylor & I love the cover.

  3. I have The Summer Guest on my TBR pile, but my vote is for Secrets of the Lighthouse by Santa Montefiore as I've always wanted to read something by her but haven't yet.

  4. From Twitter:

    Emma Crowley ‏@emthebookworm 2h2 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 yay it's back. Theee there I would pick but going for the Emma Hannigan. I loved it.

  5. From Twitter:

    Caroline ‏@arbeia_caroline 1h1 hour ago
    @gilbster1000 Secrets of the Lighthouse, I loved it. 👍📚

  6. The Winter Folly, just because I like the title and want to know more!

  7. The Winter Folly. Because of the time of year and I love snow

  8. I'm going for Sectets of the Lighthouse because it's in my TBR too.

  9. From Twitter:

    Liina voit ‏@liinareads 4m4 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 The Summer Guest by Emma Hannigan ☺️

  10. Secrets of the Lighthouse! It's the one I would instinctively pick.

  11. Weather is forecasted to get very cold so my suggestion is Winter Folly

  12. From Twitter:

    IanWilfred ‏@Ianwilfred39 4m4 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 Happy new year Rachel I've read the new @MissLuluTaylor and it's brilliant

  13. The Winter Folly... seems like a good read for january:)

  14. No contest! 634 Secrets of the Lighthouse - LOVED IT!!! In fact I love all her books, and it's just what you need at this grim time of year, to be swept off to Ireland for a romantic adventure!


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