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In honor of Indiecember, a challenge set up by author Megan Tennant to read more Indie published books, I’ve decided to list my favorite indie books.
Whether self-published or published through an indie publisher, here are just some of the books I believe deserve more love! I’ve given all of these books 3 stars or more.
City of Strife by Claudie Arseneault
This was the first adult fantasy book I read and what a strong start. I loved seeing how all of the different points of view intermingled and caused this city to change.
This has multiple points of view, like at least 10. This is a book you can truly say it’s an “LGBTQIA” book as it has multiple different identities represented.
I can’t wait to get my hands in the sequel,
Get It Right by Skye Kilean
This was a sweet f/f romance novella! It has a femme pan woman! A butch lesbian! As well as multiple queer side characters (at least some we know we’re getting a sequel of)!
This also critiques the prison system and how it hinders people from reentering society.
Possibilities by Nicole Field
This is a novella about a prince suddenly thrust into the roll of king and his new court jester. It’s a genderfluid/male pairing and from what I remember, they also grow into a non-sexual dom/sub relationship.
You can buy this novella here
We Go Together by Abigail de Niverville
This book is all about dealing with the aftermath of a relationship, parsing through if it was an abusive relationship, and chasing after nostalgia in your summer before college.
This is m/f but they’re both queer! There are also multiple queer side characters.
Ciel by Sophia Labelle
This book has a middle grade nonbinary protagonist! Ciel is inspired by a character in Sophie Labelle’s Assigned Male comics. This novel is very slice-of-life, with different arcs as is normal in a person’s life. It deals with entering high school for the first time, being nonbinary in high school, having a long distance relationship, and more!
I would love to see more in this universe in novel form.
Empire of Light by Alex Harrow
When I say that this sci-fi novel was action packed, oh boy trust me! If you want your adrenaline going, this is the book for you.
Damien is the Empire’s mercenary and does a lot in order to balance his legal work, illegal work, and his found family of rogues. When his latest target to kill flips the script, Damien’s world is turned upside down, but he’ll do it to save his friends.
So many characters are queer in this!
Travelers by V.S. Holmes
This is a sci-fi book about an archaeologist who discovers something unique about her site in Chile.
I really liked this story about a queer archaeologist with her field school trying to understand why her site is weird. The sci-fi elements come in later, but it was still really enjoyable and I respect that the author recognizes the thin line she rides by combining archaeology and sci-fi (because of racist shit like Ancient Aliens theories) and she does her best to not make the story be similar to that.
What are your favorite indie books? Let me know in the comments!