Monday, 9 April 2018

Rachel Reads Randomly - Vote #94

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

3 Votes - A Talent Show in Cornwall by Laura Briggs
4 Votes - Drawing Lessons by Patricia Sands
11 Votes  -  Anna by Amanda Prowse

Somehow it didn't surprise me that Anna by Amanda Prowse won, and even a few days after finishing it, I am still unsure completely how I feel about the book. However it was well written and I'm glad that I have read it so thanks everyone. 
For the next few weeks we will be randomising from my review back log - until each book in the back log has been up for a vote I keep falling further behind this may take a while,   Also hoping it means there are books more of you have heard of and thus will be more engaged with the vote!  

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:

3 - Natural Born Readers by Victoria Connelly - This is the third book in a series that I am thoroughly enjoying featuring a family of book lovers. Really keep meaning to read this. 
5 - Spring on the Little Cornish Isles by Phillipa Ashley - I love this author, I love this series so far, and I know the next book is on pre-order already, so really should catch up!  
10 - Come and Find Me by Sarah Hilary  - Book 5 of the DI Marnie Rome series that I am loving, I have no excuse at all for not having read this yet. 

Three different book, three different series that I am reading, that they are all in my review back log just means I am struggling to fit in everything I want to read. I desperately want to read all three of these, so please between you try not to let it be a tie, as if I could make a simple decision I would have read these by now! 

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. Spring on the Little Cornish Isle! 👍

  2. I had to miss last week as I was away without internet access and I really missed you! And this week you have picked three books that I would really love to read. So I'm looking forward to the review of whichever wins, but the first of the three I would pick up is Come and Find Me because I love that series too.

  3. Natural Born Readers gets my vote. Not a series I'm familiar with but also like the idea of a family of readers.

  4. From Twitter:

    Stephanie Rothwell

    Following Following @sjroth21
    Replying to @gilbster1000
    Sarah Hilary

  5. From twitter:

    Roger Bray

    4h4 hours ago
    Replying to @gilbster1000
    Come and Find Me

  6. From twitter:

    bev eaves

    3h3 hours ago
    Replying to @gilbster1000
    Come and Find Me.

  7. From Twitter:

    Emma Crowley

    3h3 hours ago
    Replying to @gilbster1000
    Easy choice for me this week. It has to be Spring on the Little Cornish Isles.

  8. From Twitter:

    Liina 📚

    2h2 hours ago
    Replying to @gilbster1000
    Definitely Spring on the Little Cornish Isles by Phillipa Ashley 😊

  9. As you correctly predicted I have no idea which to pick because I would want to read them all. I do love the fresh looking cover of Natural Born Readers but I am leaning more towards 10 - Come and Find Me by Sarah Hilary for my vote.

  10. From Twitter:

    Laura Bambrey

    4m4 minutes ago
    Replying to @gilbster1000
    Victoria Connelly 😍

  11. From Facebook
    Eva Merckx Total no-brainer! Come and Find Me!

  12. Spring on the Little Cornish Isles by Phillipa Ashley, please

  13. From Facebook

    Yvonne Bastian As a live in Cornwall it am so tempted to say Cornish Isles, but have to agree with Eva with Come and Find Me xx

  14. Definitely Spring on the Little Cornish Isles! I was on holiday in Cornwall last week, that's why I didn't vote, and I went on a day trip to the Scillies on Thursday. Such a beautiful place! Plus I love Phillipa Ashley's writing, her Cornish Café series is one of my favourite series.
    Cornwall is incredible. I had really high expectations after reading so many books set there over the years, but it still surpassed them! I'll never forget the view from the Minack Theatre. Other highlights were St Michael's Mount and the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
    Now I'm racing through Laura Briggs' A Wedding in Cornwall series, which I'm also really enjoying.
    Happy reading!


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