AAR Mini-Polls: Which Should We Do Next?

1-1911-drawing-by-charles-dana-gibson-everettAAR reader response to the re-opening of the Mini-polls was robust and we are thrilled with the updated Western/Frontier romances.  With renewed spirits we turned our attention to the rest of the Mini-polls (see all the results here under “Top Ten Polls”).  We quickly realized that we would like your input as to which lists you would like to see updated next. To be honest, it’s been many years since these lists were started and some are definitely outdated, like the list from 2006 for the Top 10 E-books. And some of the lists seem to be in need of splitting (such as Paranormal and Time Travel Romances).

Following are all of the current mini-polls that need to be updated:

  • Contemporary Romance (does not include Romantic Suspense)
  • British European Historicals
  • Eurasian/Pan-Pacific Historicals
  • Romantic Suspense
  • Chick Lit
  • Short Stories
  • Anthologies
  • Inspirational Romance
  • Funny Authors
  • Funny Titles
  • SF/Fantasy and Futuristic Romance
  • Paranormal and Time Travel Romance
  • Pets You Wish Were Yours
  • Holiday Reads
  • Two-Hanky Reads
  • Mainstream Sexy Romance
  • Erotic Romance
  • Heroes
  • Heroines
  • Couples
  • Comfort Reads

We would like you to list up to ten of the current Mini-polls that you would like to see updated first, in numbered order of your preference, in the comments section below.  We’ll use the suggestions, in your priority order, as our guide in updating these polls. We’re going to tally all of your comments, so don’t hesitate to list a poll that someone else has mentioned. The more people who list one of the polls as a favorite, the sooner we’ll update that list.

And finally, we would like to know if there are any new Mini-poll categories you would like to see created in the future.

Thanks! We look forward to reading your thoughts about the Mini-polls.

Cindy, LeeB, and LinnieGayl

39 thoughts on “AAR Mini-Polls: Which Should We Do Next?

  1. 1. Contemporary Romance
    2. Comfort Reads
    3. Funny Authors
    4. Two Hanky Reads
    5. Mainstream Sexy Reads
    6. Romantic Suspense
    7. Couples
    8. Paranormal and Time Travel
    9. Erotic Romance
    10. Anthologies

  2. 1. Funny Titles
    2. Funny Authors
    3. Heroes
    4. Pets You Wish Were Yours
    5. British European Historicals
    6. Erotic Romance
    7. Comfort Reads
    8. Anthologies
    9. Contemporary Romance (does not include Romantic Suspense)
    10. Mainstream Sexy Romance

    I’m assuming that “Funny Titles” means a book that is funny, not a title that is funny. Right?

    • :) Yes, “Funny Titles” refers to your favorite funny books. “Funny Authors” refers to your go-to authors who write funny romances.

  3. 1. Funny Titles
    2. Funny Authors
    3. British European Historicals
    4. Eurasian/Pan-Pacific Historicals
    5. Two Hanky Reads
    6. Paranormal & Time Travel Romance
    7. Comfort Reads
    8. SF/Fantasy & Futuristic Romance
    9. Mainstream Sexy Romance
    10. Romantic Suspense

    I like the idea of Best Authors (consistent A-book authors; auto-buy authors). A great way to assist your romance readers.

    Thx for asking for our input. AAR continues to excel!

  4. I see in the Special Listings page that you’re opening other lists and creating a new one (Green romance). What is that?

    • AARGH! The timing of our post got off. There’s a blog post coming that will explain it all. Hopefully really soon.

  5. 1) Eurasian/Pan-Pacific Historicals
    2) SF/Fantasy and Futuristic Romance
    3) Two-Hanky Reads
    4) Romantic Suspense
    5) Heroes
    6) Heroines
    7) Short Stories

  6. 1. Couples
    2. Heroes
    3. Heroines
    4. Time Travel
    5. Funny Novels
    6. Short Stories

  7. 1) Contemporary Romance (does not include Romantic Suspense)
    2) Romantic Suspense
    3) Erotic Romance
    4) Heroes
    5) Mainstream Sexy Romance
    6) Couples
    7) Two-Hanky Reads
    8) Heroines
    9) Inspirational Romance
    10)Paranormal and Time Travel Romance

    Ideas for new polls:

    1) New Adult Romance
    2) Best Series
    3) Best Authors (consistent A book authors; authors on your automatic buy list)

    • I like that idea about an ‘auto-buy authors’ mini-poll. We all have a couple of them, I think.

  8. 1)Funny Titles
    2)Mainstream Sexy Romance
    3)Erotic Romance
    4)Couples
    5)Comfort Reads
    6)Romantic Suspense
    7)Contemporary Romance
    8)Paranormal and Time Travel Romance

  9. 1) Contemporary Romance (does not include Romantic Suspense)
    2) Romantic Suspense
    3) SF/Fantasy and Futuristic Romance
    4) Short Stories
    5) Couples
    6) Heroines
    7) Heroes
    8) Pets You Wish Were Yours
    9) Paranormal and Time Travel Romance
    10) Holiday Reads

    I also think the mini-polls either needs a poll for favorite series and/or for books in a series to be treated as one entry for the titles on some of these polls.

      • I like the idea of favorite series but wonder if it shouldn’t be broken up by genre? Or are you just thinking of series that include the same hero and/or heroine?

        • Both actually. It would be a huge plus for the hero, heroine, and couples mini-polls.

          But also for SF/Fantasy it would great if we could list Psy/Changeling series rather than individual book titles as an example since the mini-polls have a limited number of entries. I’m not sure there enough titles for every genre to have both a Favorite Contemporary Romance and Favorite Contemporary Romance Series. Plus that seems like much more work for you.

  10. 1. Eurasian Pan Pacific Historicals
    2. Sci fi / Futuristic
    3. Short Stories
    4. Holiday reads
    5. Couples
    6. Heroes
    7. Heroines

    And I do like the idea of a romance classics mini-poll too!

    • How would you define (or describe) the “romance classics” mini-poll?” I have my own ideas but would love to get more feedback on it.

      • Well I think there are two ways to think about it, either classics of the modern romance genre, books that defined or changed the genre whether you like them or not, from early examples like E.M. Hull’s The Sheikh to Woodwiss et al or even more recently Balogh or Quinn.

        The one I’d be more interested in would be more literary classics, say pre 1950s, that would appeal to the modern romance reader: P&P, Jane Eyre etc are obvious but maybe some books that don’t have a HEA or have a broader canvas than the love story: E.M. Forster, Shane, Dumas etc. Although I admit I’d like to know in advance whether they have a HEA or not.

  11. 1#Contemporary Romance (does not include Romantic Suspense)
    2#Romantic Suspense
    3#Eurasian/Pan-Pacific Historicals
    4#Funny Titles
    5#SF/Fantasy and Futuristic Romance
    6#Mainstream Sexy Romance
    7#Funny Authors
    8#Comfort Reads
    9#Chick Lit
    10#Short Stories

  12. 1. Couples
    2. Heroes
    3. Heroines
    4. Romantic Suspense
    5. Paranormal (separated from time travel)
    6. Two-Hanky Reads
    7. Eurasian/Pan-Pacific Historicals
    8. Funny Authors
    9. Pets You Wish Were Yours
    10. Comfort Reads

  13. 1.Erotic Romance
    2.Mainstream Sexy Romance
    3.British European Historicals
    4.Eurasian/Pan-Pacific Historicals
    5.Contemporary Romance (does not include Romantic Suspense)
    6.Heroes
    7.Heroines
    8.Comfort reads
    9.Two-Hanky Reads
    10.Pets You Wish Were Yours

  14. 1. British European Historicals
    2. Eurasian European Historicals
    3. Two-Hanky Reads
    3. Pets You Wish Were Yours
    4. Heroines
    5. Heroes
    6. Funny Titles
    7. Romantic Suspense

  15. 1. Romantic Suspense
    2. Contemporary Romance
    3. Mainstream Sexy Romance
    4. Pets You Wish Were Yours
    5. Funny Authors
    6. Two-Hanky Reads

  16. Not sure what the difference is between “funny authors” and “funny titles,” unless it’s a recognition that some funny titles are written by authors not normally considered funny.

    1. Contemporary romance
    2. Funny titles
    3. Funny authors
    4. Chick lit
    5. Mainstream sexy romance
    6. Comfort reads
    7. Paranormal/time travel
    8. Two-hanky reads
    9. Couples
    10. Eurasian/Pan Pacific historicals

  17. 1. Comfort Reads
    2. Funny Titles
    3. Funny Authors
    4. Two-Hanky Reads
    5. Heroes
    6. Heroines
    7. Couples
    8. Holiday Reads
    9. British Europeon Historical
    10. Short Stories

  18. 1. British European Historicals
    2. Comfort Reads
    3. Couples
    4. Heroes
    5. Heroines
    6. Time Travel Romance
    7. Anthologies
    8. Short Stories
    9. Funny authors
    10. Contemporary Romance

    I’d also like to suggest a list for the American historical or Americana that is not limited to just frontier or westerns. I’d also be interested in a mini-poll of all-time romance classic greats.

  19. 1 Funny Titles
    2 Funny Authors
    3 SF/Fantasy and Futuristic Romance
    4 Paranormal and Time Travel Romance [should split these & maybe even subdivide paranormal into historical / contemporary / futuristic]
    5 Eurasian/Pan-Pacific Historicals
    6 Comfort Reads
    7 Holiday Reads
    8 Mainstream Sexy Romance
    9 Erotic Romance
    10 Short Stories

  20. 1. Romantic Suspense
    2. Contemporary Romance
    3. Erotic Romance
    4. S/F Fantasy and Futuristic Romance
    5. Paranormal and Time Travel romance
    6. Couples
    7. Heroes
    8. Heroines
    9. Comfort Reads
    10. Anthologies

  21. 1. Couples
    2. Heroes
    3. Heroines
    4. Two-Hanky Reads
    5. British European Historicals
    6. Funny Titles
    7. Mainstream Sexy Romance
    8. Short Stories
    9. Pets You Wish Were Yours
    10. Contemporary Romance

  22. 1. Paranormal and Time Travel Romance
    2. Couples
    3. Comfort Reads
    4. SF/Fantasy and Futuristic Romance
    5. Heroes
    6. Pets You Wish Were Yours
    7. Romantic Suspense
    8. British European Historicals
    9. Two-Hanky Reads

  23. 1. Funny Titles
    2. Pets You Wish Were Yours
    3. Couples
    4. Comfort Reads
    5. Heroes
    6. Contemporary Romance
    7. British European History
    8. Mainstream Sexy Romance

  24. 1. Funny Titles
    2. Funny Authors
    3. Paranormal
    4. British Historical
    5. Contemporary
    6. Mainstream sexy romance
    7. Erotic romance
    8. Pet you wish were yours
    9. Holiday reads

  25. 1. British European Historicals
    2. Eurasian/Pan-Pacific Historicals
    3. Heroes
    4. Heroines
    5. Couples
    6. Comfort Reads
    7. Two-Hanky Reads
    8. Erotic Romance
    9. Funny Titles
    10. Pets You Wish Were Yours

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