Between #MGCarousel’s book bingo and binging on #IndieApril reads, I packed in a lot of pages during April. An accomplishment, considering I also managed to write 30,000 words for Camp NaNoWriMo (yay!). Oh, and I’ve been plugging away at #36daysoftype on Instagram. It’s been a wild month.
Don’t ask how I managed, but that’s a TRIPLE Bingo! I’m pretty excited about having read so much in one month. Honestly, most of them were pretty stellar, too. That’s a win-win in my book!
My reading this year has felt slow at best, but looking back over the last couple months I’m surprised by the total number of books I’ve finished. This is why we keep track of our progress, friends!
While I was really hoping to kick off 2019 with a bingo, I was a little late to realize any books on out shelf with griffons were on the L O N G side! Oops.
This month I’m participating in #Indiecember, a challenge designed to spread some holiday cheer to hardworking indie authors. It’s a great way to give back to the writing community, plus you could discover a new favorite book along the way.
So, how do you find good indie books?
- Check out this epic list of titles that Megan Tennant compiled for #Indiecember! You might be surprised by just how many books and genres there are to pick from.
- See what other people are reading via Twitter. Those of us participating are usually eager to get more people to read our new favorite book.
- Do a little research. Bloggers, vloggers, and bookstagrammers know where you should start when it comes to the hottest indie titles. Be sure to check Goodreads lists, too!
- Ask your friends and get them involved!
What do I recommend?
So glad you asked! Here are a few of my personal favorites:
~Meadowsweet by C. J. Milbrandt (first book of a trilogy, completed)
~The Beast of Talesend by Kyle Robert Shultz (first book of a series, ongoing)
~Colors of Fear by Hannah Heath (first short story of a collection, ongoing)
~The Three by Christa Kinde (first book of a trilogy, ongoing)
~The Electrical Menagerie by Mollie E. Reeder (first book of a series, ongoing)
What am I reading?
To keep things interesting, I’m only filling my bingo board with books I finish reading in December. Here are the first three books on my TBR:
FANTASY: The Crystal Tree by Imogen Elvis [YA Fantasy, Action/Adventure]
POETRY OR SHORT STORY: Antiheroes Anthology from the Phoenix Fiction Writers [Speculative Fiction]
20-40 AMAZON REVIEWS: The Tomb of the Sea Witch by Kyle Robert Shultz [Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Steampunk]
What are YOU reading?
Indie books are an up and coming trend for creative types, allowing writers an alternate avenue to share their work. It’s a cool option for ambitious types who like to manage their own projects from start to finish, writers of niche genres that don’t get enough attention from big-name publishers, or those career-minded people who want to build a platform before taking their work to a traditional publisher.
But there are some disadvantages to this route, including the difficulty of getting great stories into the ready hands of the right people. Which is why I’m so excited about #Indiecember.
#Indiecember is a bingo-style reading challenge designed to help these hardworking authors find the right readers. If you’ve never tried reading an indie title before, I encourage you to check out some of my favorites and give them a whirl!
Question of the Day: What are some of your favorite independently published titles?
It’s been a great summer of reading. In total, I’ve plowed through about 30 books in the last 3 months! I owe a lot of my success to the various reading challenges that went up this summer, mainly from #MGBookVillage and #MGCarousel.
I may have bit off more than I could chew in July, but I certainly had fun mowing down on these books!