Each month for almost three years, I’ve 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’ve received some great tips with past monthly 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 past year, I’ve also enjoyed a lot of independent authors from each month’s poll I never would have heard of previously.
If you 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://amzn.to/may2012poll into your web browser and start!
Here’s how this works – list a book you are currently reading or just recently read on your Kindle (insert the product link using the little button above the text box in the discussion forum so others can find it), whether you would recommend it, did you get it free, and anything else you would care to share.
I started this month’s poll by saying I had just finished Turing Evolved by David Kitson (click here or type in http://amzn.to/K0vj8U into your computer’s web browser to see it) which overall I thought was pretty good. I picked this one up for free and, as I type this post, the book is still free in the Amazon Kindle Store. If you like a good science fiction tale along with some action and adventure, I would highly recommend this one to you. The author does a great job of having you get inside the head of his characters, and I found myself daydreaming about some of the technology in a Walter Mitty moment wishing some of the technologies in the book were available today; I had a hard time putting this one down and stayed up really late last night reading it. There is a hint of a sequel to this book in the author notes at the end, and I will gladly purchase it if / and / or when it becomes available. I will caution you, there are some situations where the language is really bad (if that offends some of you) but it does not take away from the story, and there are a few minor editing issues that will make you stop here and there but they do not damage the story. If you would like to read the review I wrote for the book on the Amazon website, you can click here or type in http://amzn.to/KAMsU4 into your computer’s web browser – if you think it was helpful, I would appreciate a “Yes” vote on the Amazon web page!
And here’s my standard continuation of each month’s 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 (others think I am too blunt on things I dislike); you can see all of the reviews I have written if you click here or type in http://amzn.to/mpgreviews
Anyway, that’s all for now. Have a great Memorial Day weekend!
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