Monday, 25 September 2017

Rachel Reads Randomly - Vote #71

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

0 Votes - Out of Practice by Phoebe Fox
1 Votes - Summer at Willow Farm by Heidi Rice
6 Votes -  After I've Gone by Linda Green
9 Votes -  Moonlight Over Manhattan by Sarah Morgan
14 Votes -  The Little Village Christmas by Sue Moorcroft

I believe this week's result was a great example of what happens when one author decides to rally her fans! I always love seeing the reaction not just from readers, but also the authors whose books are in this feature, and I thought Sue Moorcroft was brilliant this week! I also thoroughly enjoyed the book too! 

Normally I would wait until October, but I seem to have less time to read at the moment, so I'm moving this over to the festive version until I run out of Christmas books! That and it turns out there are exactly 3 months to go! This is purely as I only like reading them at this time of year, and never like having too many left over year to year! For the next couple of months, there will only be 3 choices each week due to the smaller pool to pick from. I have added in this year a few of the wintery sounding books too, just for a bit of variety!  

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:

4 - Nine Ladies Dancing by Cat Lavoie - I couldn't resist downloading this last year, but I don't really recall anything about it, so could be interesting for all of us if it wins
12 - For The Love of Christmas by Kate Forster - I have loved Kate Forster's first few books and I think this should be good too. 
14 - Festive Feast by Michel Gorman - Compilation of 3 of Michele Gorman's previously released festive short stories in one easy bundle. 

These are all older Christmas releases some that I think I've had on my kindle for a year or two at least, so its definitely about time I read these.  Will be very curious to see which one wins this week! 

And authors, if its your book up on this feature, feel free to take part, vote for yourself, or stir up excitement amongst your fans! 

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 3h3 hours ago
    Replying to @gilbster1000
    I haven't heard of any of these books but the Kate Forster book caught my eye first so I will vote for that.

  2. I'm glad I'm not alone starting the Christmas books! It has to be 14 - Festive Feast by Michele Gorman for me.

  3. My vote goes for the Michele Gorman collection this week.

  4. I seldom enjoy short stories so my vote goes to 12 - For The Love of Christmas by Kate Forster

  5. The Little Village Christmas by Sue Moorcroft. I love a good Christmas book. Happy reading Rachel.

  6. For The Love of Christmas please

  7. From Twitter:

    Carol‏ @carol_thomas2 17m17 minutes ago
    Replying to @gilbster1000
    For the Love of Christmas looks good to me!

  8. For the Love of Christmas sounds as though it will be a good one as the author is a great writer. I'll vote for that one Rachel

  9. Well, I love the evocative title 'Nine ladies dancing' but I prefer the cover of 'For the love of Christmas' yet I could never turn down anything to do with a 'Feast'. So I'm going to say all of them. @LizziePagewrite - fence sitter.


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