The July 2011 Informal Poll Plus a Few Kindle Rating Comments

Each month for the past two 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.

Last month’s poll had over 1,100 posts by almost 350 participants – wow!  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/pwUMVE 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 off this month’s poll saying I was reading We Are the Monsters, a short story by Aaron Polson; you can click here or type in http://amzn.to/mOmaUh into your computer’s web browser to see it and, by the way, it is free in the Amazon Kindle store.  Concerning the short stories, there are over 175 or so of them free in the Amazon Kindle store at any point in time. You can’t beat the free price, however, and they are perfect to knock out at 10 minutes or so each during my lunch break at work. You might like them, too.  If you click here or type in http://amzn.to/mSX6o4 into your computer’s web browser, you can surf and click away and grab as many of the 196 short stories that are listing as free this morning.

I had 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!

As a point of reference for my future posts where I list out the average user rating, here is how Amazon defines what each “star” means:

5 stars: I love it
4 stars: I like it
3 stars: It’s ok
2 stars: I don’t like it
1 star: I hate it

It only takes about a minute to write a review, and the better ones (to me) are short and sweet without a spoiler that will ruin the story for someone who is contemplating reading the book; if you do have a spoiler, please let everyone know prominently before you get into the details!  If you would like to see my reviews – the good and the bad – you can click here or type in http://amzn.to/em7kGw into your web browser. You’ll see I have varied tastes in literature, and have read a lot of short stories lately.

I have, however, started reading novels again as the time bandits are starting to relax a little bit.  I am frequently asked via email “what are you reading right now?”  Today, I am not reading anything as I finished a book last night – who knows what I will pick up tonight?  During the month, here are the novels I have completed in order (I’m not listing the short stories), a link to the review and rating I thought they earned, and a link so you can check them out for yourself.

Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer – click here or type in http://amzn.to/pkNPfX
Michael’s rating: 5 out of 5 stars, click here or type in http://amzn.to/nITadk to read the review.  This is actually a pre-order, and will be released on August 30 in the Kindle format – I was lucky to receive it as a free advance review copy.

Desperate Times 2 Gun Control by Nicholas Antinozzi – click here or type in http://amzn.to/ny8sSy
Michael’s rating: 2 out of 5 stars, click here or type in http://amzn.to/olN0zf to read the review.  This is possibly the longest review I have written, but so far it has a big goose egg in terms of people thinking it is a “helpful” review.

Cloudburst by Ryne Douglas Pearson – click here or type in http://amzn.to/qbnBnP
Michael’s rating: 5 out of 5 stars, click here or type in http://amzn.to/r10Cfc to read the review.  This one was offered for free last week and it is still free – if you like action books along the lines of early Tom Clancy, grab this one while it is still free.

I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Six’s Legacy by Pittacus Lore – click here or type in http://amzn.to/nxa3J4
Michael’s rating: 4 out of 5 stars, click here or type in http://amzn.to/nBAWn3 to read the review.
This is a short little prequel in anticipation of the next release of the I Am Number 4 series.

Odyssey One by Evan Currie – click here or type in http://amzn.to/qm27J7
Michael’s rating: 3 out of 5 stars, click here or type in http://amzn.to/r33zcI to read the review.  The author commented back on my review in the text, clearly not too happy with what I had to say about the lack of editing in his book.

Anyway, that’s enough for now plus I have to head off to work – I am writing it in the morning and setting it up to release in the afternoon for a little break for many of you during the day. 

Have a great rest of the week-

Michael

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