Informal Poll: What Are YOU Reading on Your Kindle?

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? Unfortunately, the discussion boards on Amazon have gone away and I have periodically hosted something similar on our website.

Since the pandemic stay-at-home orders started over a year ago, I’ve been reading more than usual (and I read a lot!) and I have been slowly whittling down my digital to-be-read pile.

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 the blog’s free email subscription, the blog’s free reader app for your Fire tablet or Android device – 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 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.

As I type this up I am reading Lonesome Dove, the Pulitzer Prize winner written by Larry McMurtry in 1985.  I read this at least once a year for 5+ years after it came out, but it has been at least 20 years since I have read it last.  Upon reading about McMurtry’s death earlier this year, and who knows where my paper version disappeared to, I got it for my Kindle and have been enjoying it all over again.  McMurtry had quite the wit, and I am laughing at all of the one liners of the main character – McMurtry had a way of making you feel as if you are right in the middle of the story.  If you haven’t read it, or if it has been a while like it was for me, I would highly recommend it for your reading list.

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 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 today. Have a great week!





32 Responses

  1. I’m currently reading The Whispering Dead ” by Darcy Coates.” I’m a big fan of stories about ghosts and hauntings, so whenever I see a book by MS. Coates I always grab it. I’m about one squatter thru. So far I’m enjoying it as much as I have her other books I read.

  2. Currently: Radtke, Carmen, Case of the Missing Bride, Alyssa Chalmers mysteries, book 1, Kindle Unlimited. Just finished, Bowen, Rhys, Venice Sketchbook, also Kindle. Next up, Raybourn, Deanna, An Unexpected Peril, hardback.

  3. I am currently reading Cold As Ice Cream by P. D. Workman. I love mysteries that include recipes.

  4. I’m reading The Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson. It’s a purchased hard cover version. I’ve just started it but it seems to be interesting and diverse enough from other books on the topic to continue. I’m also reading the free “peek” version of American Sheriff written by Mark Lamb, Pinal County, Arizona Sheriff. He is the best sheriff going! I’m also about to finish up Judge Jeanine Pirro’s book, Don’t Lie to Me. As with her other writings, a winner…

  5. I just read Jon Mill’s Lost Girls and really enjoyed it, hard to fine these books on most “free” or “discounted” or at my library but will continue to look for his books.

    Also read before Jon Mill Ben Cheetham’s Angel of Death and Now she’s dead which I completely enjoyed, again, not easy to find and since i am on a “fixed “budget i try to get them at a reasonable price

  6. I am currently reading “Raising Steam” by Terry Pratchet, One of many in his Discworld series

  7. I have been reading Donna Leon’s Inspector Brunetti series. The books were given to me for my Kindle. I started with the first book and am now on the 10th of the series. I am really enjoying them. The only drawback is that there is very seldom a happy ending. The criminal gets away with his crimes . He very seldom ends up in jail. The police in Italy are very different from what we have here in the United States.

  8. Just started The Last Green Valley by Mark Sullivan. Enjoying it so far, and if it’s half as good as one of my all-time favorites, Beneath a Scarlet Sky by same author, I’ll be thrilled.

  9. I just finished Fields guide to smuggling. I love Julie Mulhern. Both her country club series as well as the Fields guides. If you haven’t read her books you are missing something great.

  10. Reading 1911 The First 100 Years 2nd Edition. Book is by Patrick Sweeney. Cover the history of the iconic American sidearm- the 1911 45 ACP.

  11. I am reading The Lions of Fifth Avenue through the Overdrive app. Really enjoying it.

  12. The DiscWorld series by Terry Prachett. It’s my third time reading the series. It’s that good.

  13. Recently finished “Tears of Amber” by Sofia Segovia. Best book I have read in many years (and I am always reading) about two families during WWII. Superb writing, but what is more amazing is that it was translated, so kudos to author and to translator Simon Bruni. The depth of the “characters” (was based on real stories told to author), the beauty of the prose, the precision of language and punctuation all created a book that will resonate with me for a long time. I believe I got it free as a selection of the month, but is a book definitely worth far more.

  14. On one reader, I’m reading Hollow City by Ransom Riggs. On my second reader I’m reading the third book in the wyrven series by Todd Mccaffrey. Then on one of my 10″ fires, I’m reading Exiles by Martin Owton which I received as a pdf file to read in exchange for a honest review.

  15. Just started reading Crime on the Fens, the first book in Joy Ellis’s DI Nikkie Galina series. I got a boxed set of the first three e-books free, and will be reading all of them. I just finished the first four books in Marie Andreas’ The Lost Ancients series.

  16. I am reading “Duplicity” by Sibel Hodge which I have borrowed from Prime Library and am enjoying the latest twist to the tale of murder and the frustrated detective whose colleagues have no faith in his observations and wish for justice. The obvious is not necessarily right! I have already looked for more by this author and have a reading list I am looking forward to.

  17. I’m reading an advanced reader copy of Happier, No Matter What by Tal Ben-Shahar, and it’s excellent. I’m also reading a free review copy of Magic Betrayed: a More than Magic serial (Rise of the Arcanist Book 1) by Elizabeth Kirke, which is a fun urban fantasy.

  18. I am currently reading/listening James Patterson Women’s Murder club #17

  19. I’m reading “The Library at the Edge of the World” by Felicia Hayes-McCoy now. What’s not to like about a book w/ “Library” in its title and reading definitely brings me joy and energy!

  20. Currently reading two books as per usual.
    The first is The Water Dancer by TaNehisi Coates and the second is Blues Legacy: Tradition and Innovation in Chicago by David G. Whiteis.

  21. Scott Mariani and John Connolly. Stand alone or follow the series. Mariani stars Ben Hope, ex army, now running a security farm in France. Excellent series, fast moving and action packed.
    Connolly, detective series, great characters with a hint of the supernatural. Both outstanding authors.

  22. I am starting Bacchanal by Veronica G. Henry and 50% through While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams.