Monday, 4 December 2017

Rachel Reads Randomly - Vote #81

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

1 Votes -  The Present by Charlotte Phillips
2 Votes - Christmas at Rosewood by Sophie Pembroke
13 Votes  - The Wooly Hat Knitting Club by Poppy Dolan

Well you were pretty much all in agreement last week and I can see why. The Wooly Hat Knitting Club was fabulous, thoroughly enjoyed it as you can see in my review today.  I also finished yesterday The Present by Charlotte Phillips as I am finally making progress on the Christmas review stack, and that review will be up on Saturday. 

It's almost Christmas!!! It's official, its the run up to Christmas, hence its time for us to do a few weeks of Christmas random reads, or until I run out of eligible books! 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!  

Please note this is the last Rachel Reads Randomly for 2017, as I will be off on holiday very soon.  Don't worry I will be back with it on Monday 8th January, where hopefully there won't be a Christmas book in sight unless the randomiser is determined to drive me mad! 

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 3 choices with my gut feeling responses are:

6 - Twelve Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber - Will it be 3rd time lucky this Christmas and will this book actually get picked this time. Love the author, cover keeps putting me off! 
12 - And A Sixpence For Luck by Lilac Mills - Have almost started this 3 or 4 times and then something else has caught my eye on my kindle. Really am looking forward to reading it! 
16 - The Deaths of December by Susi Holliday - I was lucky enough to meet Susi last week, and get a signed copy of this book. It sounds amazing. 

Well here it is the last of the Christmas random selections for this year. Part of me is wondering what it will take for a few of the titles left over from the past few years to ever get a shot on this feature - or in fact for me to read! Will be interesting as always to see which of these will win, although I have an an inkling! 

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. The deaths of December looks like a thriller, and I'm currently "on" thrillers, so that's my pick

  2. From Facebook: Kirsten McKenzie The Deaths of December! Great cover.

  3. From Twitter:

    Emma Crowley‏
    3h3 hours ago
    Replying to @gilbster1000
    None are really jumping out at me this week but I’ll go for Debbie Macomber.

  4. From Twitter: Portobello Book Blog‏
    2h2 hours ago
    Replying to @gilbster1000
    As usual, having problems adding comment to blog from phone. 🙄 Has to be Deaths of December by @SJIHolliday . Excellent creepy thriller and just a bit different from usual Christmas books.

  5. From Twitter:

    Maxine Morrey Author‏
    Following Following @Scribbler_Maxi
    Replying to @gilbster1000
    The middle cover is my fave!

  6. From Twitter:

    Susi Holliday‏
    1h1 hour ago
    Replying to @portybelle @gilbster1000
    Thanks Joanne! Yes, Rachel - pick me, pick me!!

  7. From Twitter: Dawn-Tracy‏
    55m55 minutes ago
    Replying to @gilbster1000
    I personally have only read @debbiemacomber book, and I adore #thetwelvedaysofchristmas 💖🎅

  8. From Facebook - Anne CaterGroup admin

    The Deaths of December, it's fab!

  9. Ok I have read Lilac's I voted for it previously but now you have launched one that caught my eye enough on someone's blog to make it leap at my Kindle, so I want to know what you think!!
    16 - The Deaths of December by Susi Holliday

  10. From FB

    Jen Lucas Deaths of December without a doubt

  11. From FB

    Mary Picken Deaths of December

  12. From FB

    Sandie Bishop I agree. I have it on my TBR mountain and would love to hear your thoughts

  13. From FB:

    Lizzie Chantree The middle cover would make me pick it up to read the book blurb.

  14. From FB:

    Yvonne Vonnie Bastian Oh I loved Deaths of December xx

  15. From Twitter:

    Suze Lavender‏
    35m35 minutes ago
    Replying to @gilbster1000
    Twelve Days of Christmas looks really good.

  16. I'm so sad this is the last Rachel Reads Randomly of 2017 - it feels like Christmas is already over. I always look forward to the new vote on Monday mornings.
    And I can't believe that you've already read so many Christmas books, I haven't even made a dent in my Christmas reading yet xD
    My vote is for Twelve Days of Christmas - but I agree about the cover!


  17. I think my vote goes to The Deaths of December as it sounds like a thriller Rachel.

  18. I always like to support an underdog so I'm going to go for the Debbie Macomber


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