Monday, 27 February 2017

Rachel Reads Randomly - Vote #55

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

1 Votes - Finding You by Danielle Ryan
2 Votes -  Save The Date by Allie Spencer
3 Votes - Head Over Heel: Seduced by Southern Italy by Chris Harrison
3 Votes -  Gardens of Delight by Erica James
3 Votes -  The Little Theatre By The Sea by Rosanna Ley

Well that was a surprising result last week. I think that is the first time in 54 weeks that we have had a 3 way tie,and definitely the first time a non fiction book has been on the top number of votes. So obviously I had a bit of a decision to make, well having only read an Erica James a couple of week ago, I thought I'd pass on this one, and purely because I'm slightly behind and overwhelmed with my review pile, I went with The Little Theatre By The Sea by Rosanna Ley, as it killed 2 birds with one stone. 

It is another paperback week this week, I really don't read enough of them, and seem to keep getting distracted by ebooks whenever I'm not randomising paperbacks! 

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:

15 - Now That I've Found You by Ciara Geraghty - Irish author, who I've still not read, but I keep eyeing up this paperback in my stacks thinking I should read this
17 - Highgate Mums by Dan Hall - This is a small book that is full of insights as to what you may hear mums in Highgate saying. Think it would be a bit different to what is often featured on my blog
46 - Upside Down by Lia Riley - How many times does this book have to come up on a random vote, before I listen to fate and start reading it. 
51 - Hungry for Love by Lucy Beresford - Took this on a cruise with me last year and then didn't read it for no apparent reason. Suspect it is the sort of book that may have food descriptions in it! 
65 - A Time For Friends by Patricia Scanlan - I do like this author and have read a few by her before. However slightly gutted it wasn't the new book by her that has come up! 

I'm incredibly curious as to how this vote will turn out. I've not read four out of five of these authors before but I'm always very open to trying out new authors. 

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 39m39 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 glad Rosanna Ley won last week. This week I go for Patricia Scanlan. One of my fav Irish authors after Maeve Binchy.

  2. I'm voting for Ciara Geraghty as I've lived all the books by her which I've read. If I were allowed a second vote - which I know I'm not but there might be another tie-break! - I'd pick the Lucy Beresford which is very good - the cover doesn't dobit justice.

  3. A time for friends by Patricia Scanlan is by far one of her best books. It deals with sensitive subjects and friendship issues and I found it very heartwarming- did not want it to end.

  4. I fancy Patricia Scanlan myself!

  5. No contest for me (you may not like me later!) but it has to be A Time For Friends by Patricia Scanlan .. fab author.

  6. Now That I've Found You by Ciara Geraghty

  7. From Twitter:

    Atlantic‏ @AtlanticBooks 4h4 hours ago
    @gilbster1000 Obviously Highgate Mums. But we might be biased.

  8. From Twitter:

    Holly Martin‏ @hollymartin00 39m39 minutes ago
    @gilbster1000 well i know nothing about any of these books so on cover alone, I'd go with Ciara's

  9. I haven't read anything by any of these authors! I'm opting for Now that I've found you, because I'm not quite sure if this is right up my street and would therefore like your opinion.

    I do think though that maybe you should start listening to fate about the books that repeatedly appear in this feature ;)
    And I may have to download Hungry for Love as I checked it out on Amazon and it has an average rating of 5,0 stars out of 40 reviews. Even more importantly, it's set on Majorca...
    Your blog is not good for my bank balance, Rachel! =)

  10. From Twitter:

    Ella Louise Creasey‏

    @gilbster1000 a time for friends. X


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