I heard about a new readathon over on twitter recently called indieathon which is all about reading indie/selfpublished or small press published books during the month of march. Now, I am going on holiday towards the end of march and I already have plenty of books on my holiday TBR to be getting on with but this readathon is such a good idea that I’m going to take part for the first couple of weeks of march.
It’s hosted by Lia and you can see the announcement post for more information over on her blog HERE, And you can check out her post all about it here. Or search for the hashtag on twitter #indieathon where hopefully lots of people will be talking about it and you can check out some peoples recs as self published books can be a bit hard to find sometimes.
The readathon also has a bingo card that you can use to check things off. I’m not sure if I should be doing one square for each book or all of the ones that apply to each book. Is that cheating? Haha.
Originally I was going to make a really small list seeing as I’m only taking part for less two weeks but then…..well, things got out of hand. There’s absolutely no way that I’m going to get to all of these but these are the books I will be choosing from. I thought I’d put them all here for anyone looking for some indie recs as they aren’t always easy to find. (Also, sometimes it’s really hard to tell if a book is indie or not so these, to the best of my knowledge are. But I’m not certain where the line between small press and …not small is!)
I’ve also added the bingo spots that they COULD be used for beside them.
Fells Hollow by A J Abbiati – 5 years old – Magical
Fourth World by Lyssa Chiavari – Person on the cover – first in a series – Lgbtqia rep
The Madness Project by J Leigh Bralick – 500+ pages – first in a series – magical
The Amber Isle (Book of Never #1) by Ashley Capes – less than 200 pages – 1st in a series – person on cover – magical
Shadows of Ourselves by Apollo Blake – lgbtqia rep – 1st in a series – magical – person on the cover
The Solstice Prince by a J Himes – person on cover – lgbtqia rep – less than 200 pages – magical
Sufficiently Advanced Magic by Andrew Rowe – 500+ pages – magical – person on the cover – (Lgbtqia, I swear i read somewhere that it was but I can’t remember so not sure)
Changeling’s Fealty by Glynn Stewart – Magical – 1st in a series – person on the cover
City of Strife by Claudie Arseneault – 1st in a series – Lgbtqia rep – magical – (Ownvoices, I think)
Viral Airwaves by Claudie Arseneault – I don’t think this technically fits under a specific one but for me it’s cover love, and backlist
The Elysian Prophecy by Vivien Reis – Magical – new release – (Mental health, maybe?)
Chameleon Moon by RoAnne Sylver – Lgbtqia rep – 1st in a series – ownvoices – person on cover – magical
Heir of Locksley by N B Dixon – Lgbtqia rep – 1st in a series – retelling – cover love (this one is personal I guess but that cover is gorgeous!)
Cloaked in Shadow by Ben Alderson – Lgbtqia rep – Magical – retelling (queer beauty and the beast retelling) – new release
Heart of Mist by Helen Scheuerer – Mental Health – magical – 1st in a series – cover love
Are you taking part in indieathon? Have you read any of these books? If you have then please tell me what you thought because this is a very long list and I’m not sure where to start!
I recently found out that my favourite books from last year (all for the game series by Nora sakavic) were self published. I had no idea when I was reading them. I think its a great idea to try to make an effort to read more indie books. They do tend to get swallowed up by the bigger names a lot of the time. I always find it harder to find indie books to my liking though which is also why I think this is a great idea as you get recs from seeing what other people are reading too.