For several years, I started or participated in a monthly poll on the USA Amazon Kindle discussion boards asking people a simple question: what are you reading on your Kindle? I stopped doing it on the Amazon discussion boards and started hosting it on the blog’s website – but I’ve been negligent in doing it here as it has been longer than I want to admit since my last informal poll…
I’ve received some great tips with past polls, finding out what others are reading on their Kindle, and found some “new” authors I generally wouldn’t have found using my hunt-and-peck method. While I have certainly enjoyed the “mainstream” author suggestions over the years, I’ve also enjoyed a lot of independent authors from each month’s poll I never would have heard of previously.
If you are reading this on your Kindle or the blog’s free email subscription – or anywhere other than the blog’s website – and would like to check out the poll and find some new things or, better yet, tell others what you are reading, just click here or type in http://smarturl.it/0917poll into your web browser, scroll down to the bottom of the post, and start typing away in the comments section!
Here’s how this works – on the blog’s website (using the link above) list a book you are currently reading or just recently read on your Kindle, whether you would recommend it, did you get it free, and anything else you would care to share.
I’ve actually been on a bad streak lately, and had some real disappointments. I finished Harlan Coben’s new title, Don’t Let Go, yesterday and it was so-so. Coben is one of my favorite authors, and I always pre-order his stuff so I stayed up way past my bedtime and finished it just after midnight. At $14.99, it was expensive and very short – and disappointing as it seemed as if he was tired of writing and just ended it. I won’t be pre-ordering his titles in the future.
I also read the first three titles of the Commander series this week (the first book was The Commander), a science fiction series by the husband / wife writing duo penned CJ Williams. The first book was pretty good, so I quickly devoured the next two. The series had a lot of potential yet went downhill fast: the third book really wasn’t realistic with the scenes and the characters just became goofy. I’m glad all three were “free” under the Kindle Unlimited program.
I also read two other sci-fi titles that were about the same. One of them, I just put down and deleted from my Kindle it was that bad. Luckily, my Kindle has a rather large electronic “to be read” pile so I am sure I will start something new for the weekend.
Finally, here’s my standard continuation of each request for prior participants in the poll: if you like or dislike a title you have read, in addition to telling us about it in this informal poll, how about writing a book review on the Amazon website? The review will certainly last and be visible a lot longer than this poll will. If you’re like me, you look at the customer reviews in order to see if you want to investigate a book further. Since we are all a little community here, and while I realize each review is each person’s opinion and we may not like the same thing, I know your friends and online discussion neighbors would appreciate your honest assessment of the likes and dislikes without providing a spoiler – I know I would!
Your reviews don’t need to be a long dissertation of the book, I like to keep them short, sweet, and hopefully to the point (some people think I am too blunt on things I dislike, but I am at least giving you my honest opinion!).
We’d really like to hear what you’re reading right now – I, for example, may find something interesting from your list I want to read (It’s been known to happen!). If you are reading this on your Kindle – or anywhere other than the blog’s website – and would like to check out the poll and find some new things or, better yet, tell others what you are reading, just click here or type in http://smarturl.it/0917poll into your web browser, scroll down to the bottom of the post, and start typing away in the comments section!
Anyway, that’s all for now. Have a great weekend!