My Top 10 Favorite Indie Books

The amazing Victoria Lynn is celebrating her blog Ruffles and Grace with a blog party! Today’s topic happens to be books which is too fantastic. πŸ˜€

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Just real quick, I have to tell you a bit about Victoria Lynn (and the mind-blowing giveaway she’s hosting). I first “met” her through Goodreads. When she was releasing her debut novel London in the Dark, I jumped at the chance to interview her and review her lovely book. (Because London? Mysteries? Sherlock Holmes references? I’m definitely in. πŸ˜€ ) Since then I’ve enjoyed her blog and her Goodreads reviews, and I’m watching her every move to see when she finishes that sequel. πŸ˜› (Because Mrs. Hobbs.)

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Here’s the giveaway!!! So many books to love in that picture. London in the Dark, Left to Die, Martin Hospitality, and The Reluctant Godfather are all four and five star reads I have absolutely LOVED this year. ❀ (And paperbacks rock.)Β Click through to her blog post for details about what you might win and how to enter for it and more pretty pictures of pretty stuff. πŸ˜€

When I decided on my topic for this blog post, I didn’t imagine how hard it would be to pick just ten. Lately indie books have been about 75% of what I read and this has been a really, really good book year. Decisions, decisions, decisions. *sighs*

Here are (in no particular order) ten independently published books that are high quality and worth loving forever… πŸ˜€

  1. Dreamlander by K.M. Weiland Β wins the prize for most-mentioned-book-on-this-blog. Probably because it’s epic, portal fantasy, really, really, deliciously long and epic. (And permafree on Kindle.)


I still remember the day when my long-awaited books came in the mail, and I happily took this picture. ❀ I was slightly nervous to try this book since fantasy and I sometimes don’t get along, but it has become one of my absolute favorites. (Read my fangirl-y review here.)

2. Gift from the Storm by Rebekah Morris (which happens to also be in that picture above) is such a cozy read. ❀ In fact, I read in just a day or two and then turned right around and read it aloud to a younger sister. This book is beautiful inside and out with the story of an ordinary family showing the love of God. πŸ˜€ (Read my review here.)

3. Red Rain by Aubrey Hansen was actually one of the very first sci-fi books I read. I was probably fourteen when I first read it, and I fell in love with the to-the-point writing style, interesting characters, and complicated plot. My favorite thing about it though (and nearly all the other indie books I read) was the rich Christian element. (And thumbs up for being a book with actual illustrations.)


4. There’s this saying in the world of Whovians that you never forget your first Doctor. Even though I’ve read and loved all of Hope Ann’s Legends of Light, I will never forget book two, Song of the Sword. It was one of the first books I reviewed when I started this blog; one of my first non-magical fantasies by a contemporary, indie author; and one I highlighted and loved and cried over and was drawn closer to God by. πŸ˜€ (Read my review here.)


5. Family Reunion by Kelsey Bryant is a universal favorite in my family of seven girls. (Even our brother enjoyed it too. πŸ˜€ ) It’s a sensible, not boy-crazy, contemporary read, and frankly–the fact that I was able to put all those adjectives together really stands out. It’s especially fun that all the characters are cousins. πŸ˜‰ (This girl needs to get herself a copy.)


6. This book is technically supposed to be for middle grade readers, but who cares? The Case of the Tabloid Tattler by Perry Kirkpatrick is witty, charming, and clever enough for anyone and everyone. A cat who writes? A snarky cat who writes? And adopted a detective? It’s just as fun as it promises to be. πŸ˜‰


7. I haven’t read anything by Jane Austen, but I loved Sarah Holman’s Emmeline, a Christian re-imagining of Emma set in a vintage time period. It reminded me a lot of the BBC 2009 adaptation (Mr. Knightley!!!), and the beautiful spiritual lessons Emmeline learned really spoke to my heart. ❀ (I can’t wait to read more in this series…) Read my review here.


8. After a long spree of reading secular dystopian books (some good, some not so good, some unoriginal), Counted Worthy by Leah GoodΒ was a breath of fresh air. πŸ˜€ Christian dystopian, y’all!!! This book is on my long list of must-have-in-paperback which says something about how much I liked it. It felt intense, realistic, and had some elements I’d enjoyed from other dystopian books all with a Christian worldview. I am eagerly awaiting the sequel. πŸ˜€ (Read my review here.)


9. Left to Die by Ivy Rose (which happens to be part of the giveaway)… I just can’t get over this book. It’s sweet, pro-adoption, and clean contemporary. (And the MC eats Oreos. How could it be better?) I described it in my review as “a cute and sweet read with knock-your-socks-off themes”, just the way I like my fiction. πŸ˜€


10. Crossroads by Paul Willis is a brand, spankin’ new Christian dystopian. I always love it when a book is this brilliantly plotted and humorous, but the thought-provoking theme was what really made the book stand out to me. I actually fell into a reading slump for about two weeks after reading it, it was that good. πŸ˜‰ (Read my review here.)


So, there you are! Those are my top ten favorite independently published books. I post a new review every week, so I’m sure I will always be adding more to this blog ’cause those authors are so prolific. πŸ˜‰

Don’t forget to check out the giveaway and the other participating blogs! πŸ˜€

51 thoughts on “My Top 10 Favorite Indie Books

  1. Whew! That’s quite a list, Kate! I’m not sure what indie books I’d pick as favorites though “Left to Die” would probably be in there somewhere. πŸ™‚

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  2. Wow! All of the books sound so neat! I am an author planning on self publishing and this is so encouraging to see so many how have done this! πŸ˜€ I am a Christian like you, and I like your blog! πŸ˜€

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  3. I have read some of these (liked or loved them), but I have not heard of some of these other books and I MUST check them out… (like Crossroads)

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  4. Those sound like good books! You haven’t read Jane Austen????? I started Mansfield Park…….It got kinda boring. Mom said when I get older they won’t be! Paul’s book was kinda good…….I didn’t like how he made Britain look like he had no feelings……… Otherwise it was good!!!!!!!

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    1. I hope you find a new one to enjoy!!! No, I haven’t read any Jane Austen. I’ve tried before, but they aren’t exactly my taste. πŸ˜‰ I get what you mean. I think Britain did have feelings but was in the habit of hiding them really, really well, so it seemed like he didn’t. πŸ˜‰ (Remember the part where he went for a walk and saw the deer? Love that scene.)


  5. Great topic for the giveaway, Kate! I…sadly have not read a lot of indie books. But KM Weiland’s books have definitely been on my radar lately! And I’ve heard good things about that vintage Jane Austen series too!

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  6. What a great list, Kate! I’ve only read 2 from your Indie list — Red Rain and Emmeline. I looooved both of them! I feel like I need to branch out further into Indie books though, and check out some more of these sometime. Thanks for sharing your recommendations!!

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  7. Wow, Kate, what an honor!!! I’m just now seeing this post (promise I’m not stalking your blog… πŸ˜‰ ) and I was surprised to see my book in here!!! Thank you so much!!!!

    I’m happy to say I’ve read most of these, but some of them are still deep within the ever growing TBR. Talk about eye candy, though!!!!

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