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Initial post: Aug 1, 2012 8:46:35 AM PDT
im only starting this thread because no one else has started the new AUGUST informal poll

Initial post: Jul 1, 2012 1:01:21 PM PDT
Michael Gallagher says:
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.

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 literally just started A Matter of Honor by Jeffrey Archer and, after about 10 page clicks I can't tell you much about it except I do enjoy Archer's stuff. Here's to hoping it lives up to his normal high quality.

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.

What are YOU reading on your Kindle?

Michael Gallagher
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Publisher of the Free Kindle Books Plus a Few Other Tips blog

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 8:47:28 AM PDT
The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three is what im listening too on audible

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 9:03:12 AM PDT
Thanks for starting the August poll, The squig. I'm currently reading The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva. I love Daniel Silva and he's one of the few authors whose books I will buy sight unseen.

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 9:04:31 AM PDT
I'm 25% into The Doctor's Wife and it is REALLY good. Last night I finished Burning Angel - it isn't Burke's best but even his lesser works are better than most of what is out there.

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 9:36:58 AM PDT
Bookie says:
I'm 30ish% through a Feast for CrowsA Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Four (Martin, George Rr), and also reading Sometimes he Whispers, Somtiems he Roars Sometimes He Whispers Sometimes He Roars I've only just started Sometimes.

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 9:47:04 AM PDT
Thanks to The Squig (I am adopting that one) for the start:)

I am reading Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers which I one-clicked by mistake after The Squig and the SEP were talking about it, and I love it. It is very funny, respectful and while not terribly scholarly it is "smart" enough that I feel edumacated. Great summer holiday read, apart from perhaps the plane crash facts...

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 9:50:06 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 1, 2012 9:54:29 AM PDT
Iron Gray Sea: Destroyermen

I'm about 1/3rd of the way through. The book is an alternate earth sci-fi and seventh in a series. I love the series, but this book seems to suffer a bit from appearing to be a series filler. I'd still recommend it to readers who have read the series - and recommend the series to readers who like military, alternate universe, sci-fi.

edit - I paid full Penguin Press e-book price :(

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 9:53:17 AM PDT
Road Warrior says:
Liberty Inherited: The Untold Story of America's Exceptionalism
Is the Book I am reading on my Kindle Fire it is a Kindle owners Library Book so Yes Free!'
really a good read Highly recomend it.

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 9:55:32 AM PDT
kiss04bam says:
Im about 50% through Fool Me Twice (The Samson & Delilah Chronicles) (book 2) and really enjoying it. Unique vampire read.

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 10:05:17 AM PDT
Bkworm Bren says:
Just finished reading Defending Jacob: A Novel which was compelling, disturbing and riveting! Had trouble sleeping after finishing the book at 1:40 this morning because the ending packs quite a punch! Not sure what's next on my reading list, but I do need to finish May the Road Rise Up to Meet You: A Novel which is a library loan.

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 1:43:52 PM PDT
mebe says:
The Dark Monk: A Hangman's Daughter Tale (US Edition)

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 2:23:53 PM PDT
katydidit says:
Currently reading A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Two. It is wonderful and full of detail but it just seems to take me so long to get through it. Everytime I think I've made significant headway - I've only read a dozen or so pages. My only concern it is a library book and I want to make sure I finish it before I have to get on the waiting list again (I looked today and I would go back to the bottom of the list - #47 - UGH)

Also downloaded The Templar Legacy: A Novel (Cotton Malone) for my commute. I think this is going to be a good one. I listened to the prologe and first two chapters this morning and am itching to get back to it!

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 2:37:01 PM PDT
I just completed Comfort Food which I thoroughly enjoyed. I am just a few pages into The Girl Who Chased the Moon: A Novel, but it looks promising.

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 3:42:49 PM PDT
Scrapmom says:
I'm still reading the In Death series. I'm currently reading book 14, Reunion in Death. With many series I have read, my interest begins to wane and I can't read too many in a row. However, J D Robb is doing a great job of keeping the books interesting/ different enough that I just keep going on to the next one.

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 6:15:21 PM PDT
Thanks for starting the poll - time got away from me this month!

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 6:23:02 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 1, 2012 6:35:16 PM PDT
CLS10 says:
I finished Salvation in Death today. I'm still enjoying the In Death series.

I picked up the The Descendants: A Novel from the library on a white. I've only just started, and as such, I'm not committed yet. Hopefully it's good. I'll probably read that and Promises in Death at the same time.

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 6:31:04 PM PDT
Mary McManus says:
I was so saddened the other day to hear that Maeve Binchy had died. Her first book was Light a Penny Candle which was published in 1982. Likely that is when I read it, in which case there was a good chance I wouldn't remember the story anyway, so I got it for my Kindle. I would have thought, being a first book, that it would be somehow not up to her later novels. Not true at all. I became fully engaged in it this afternoon and am loving it. (No, I don't remember a thing). The story begins at the start of World War II when a couple in England send their 10 year old daughter to stay safely in Ireland with the family of a school friend of her mother's. Ireland was never in the war but some of her young men were, and that's part of the story, too. My favorite of her books is Lilac Bus.

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 7:08:59 PM PDT
Dorsie says:
I just finished Bloodline: A Sigma Force Novel by James Rollins and Some Like It Hawk: A Meg Langslow Mystery by Donna Andrews. Both were good and enjoyable, but not as quite as good as the best in each series.

Bloodline: A Sigma Force Novel was driven by a science idea that was a little ordinary compared to Rollins's history of cutting edge speculative science that grabs the imagination. On the plus side, I loved the new guy, Tucker and his combat dog partner Kane. These two are keepers. The bond between them and the way it has changed both of them is both touching and exhilarating.

Some Like It Hawk: A Meg Langslow Mystery was another very good entry in Andrews's Meg Lanslow series, but the normal mayhem and craziness of Meg's life and family didn't really emerge until the second half. Another poster in last month's thread said that the twins might have been a mistake, but I love the way terrier Spike (aka "The Small Evil One) dotes on the babies and protects them while Meg takes care of the town's daily shenanigans.

Tonight, I'm starting Arron Elkins's The Dark Place (Gideon Oliver), one of his series about an academically successful forensic anthropologist who loves to travel, and always gets caught up in a local murder. This is an older series that I am savoring. The characters are low-key, but nicely, humorously quirky. The situations and locales. by contrast, are vivid and strange. It all adds up to a series that I have really enjoyed for four books, so far. Make sure you have Google Maps available while you read.

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 8:26:05 PM PDT
Not much to report except that I am officially the last person to jump on the Wool bandwagon by finally reading Wool 2 - Proper Gauge. I enjoyed it, but of course everyone here has already read it, so I won't bother to say more.

Other than that, I am working on 3 books and I'm a third of the way through all 3 - Carrion Comfort, Dune (40th Anniversary Edition) (Dune Chronicles, Book 1) (audio version), and 11/22/63 (audio verson). I am really enjoying all three.

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 8:36:15 PM PDT
Coach D says:
I finished A Firestorm on Alcatraz by Jonathan C. Pilley. I had high hopes for this action thriller: a combo of Die Hard and The Rock. But it failed to deliver. Weak/awkward writing and plenty of spelling/editorial mistakes haunted this 1st novel. I would have given it 2.5 stars if i could, but I settled for an even 2. The ending dropped it half a star for me. My type of book. Maybe his next effort will improve.

Next up? Probably The Dark Knight Rises: The Official Novelization by Greg Cox (I have seen the movie twice already, and just this past weekend I watched The Dark Knight on my Kindle Fire.


The Desert by Bryon Morrigan.

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 8:47:19 PM PDT
J says:
I just started Each Angel Burns today sort of accidentally. I was trying to delete it because I thought I had already read it and opened it instead. Happy accident-great book and I would hate to have missed it. I also borrowed The Passage: A Novel in dt form from the library. Huge book and I'm going to strain something before I finish it.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2012 10:56:00 PM PDT
Is it not funny to imagine all of us sitting around, twiddling our thumbs waiting for you to start, then Squiggs nervously and apologetically opening an August thread for you... It is such a good tradition, thank you to all who contribute!
Broke down last night and started the book I had "saved" for a sunlounger in the Mediterranean (going on Sunday), Gunmetal Magic: A Novel in the World of Kate Daniels. Five or six chapters in I am loving being back in post-shift Atlanta, but almost rushing the action because I know from the "snippets" on the Ilona Andrews blog that there is some very good stuff coming and it is taking a little time to get there... I want Eeyore PJs on hot Russian mages NOW!

Did I mention I am in holiday mode, reading non-brain books on purpose?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2012 11:11:05 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 1, 2012 11:11:43 PM PDT
Dorsie says:

Thank you for being so gracious about Squiggly StoneHeart starting the thread this month.

No matter how busy you get with actual life, we will always honor your status as the creator of the best thread on the forum. The wonderful recommendations here have changed my reading habits forever and led me to many of the best books I've ever read.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 2, 2012 2:08:31 AM PDT
Dorsie says:
Thanks for starting this month's thread, and for maintaining the history of its origins. I already ordered a new book.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 2, 2012 6:19:11 AM PDT
<<I just started Each Angel Burns today sort of accidentally. I was trying to delete it because I thought I had already read it and opened it instead. Happy accident-great book and I would hate to have missed it.>>

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