Top 10 Favorite Indie or Small-Pub Books:
2: The Whirlwind in the Thorn Tree. If you’re a fan of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower Series, this book series is a wonderful way to fill that void. It’s smart and funny and clever and truly inventive. I picked the first book for this list cuz, well, it’s the first. I’m reading the third currently. Read my review.
3: The Distant Sound of Violence. This is a book that hits you in the feels. It wasn’t at all what I was expecting and twists into a deeply emotion story about consequences. I had to pause after reading this one and not pick up anything new for a few days. Read my review.
4: Beautiful Death. I suppose a vampire book should be a guilty pleasure, but this series is so smart and colorful that it’s a genuine pleasure. The vampire world/culture is unique, layered, and complex. Read my review.
5: The Zombie Axiom. I’ve read a lot of zombie books. This one surprised me by having likable characters and a fantasy/sci-fi twist on the genre. Read my review.
6: The Phoenix Project. I love dystopian novels that say something, and this one is packed with just as much heart as it is action. It’s tense, but happy endings are a really refreshing thing in this genre. Read my review.
7: Mineko. A lovely revenge story doesn’t seem like it should be a thing, but this qualifies. It’s also wonderful to find a male writer who can write a female character so strong and so honestly. Read my review.
8: The Clock Strikes Midnight. Mystery/Murder stories aren’t my usual thing, but this book was so emotionally gripping that I hardly put it down. And I might have cried. Read my review.
9: The Hand That Feeds. Now, this book I like the more I think about it and the farther I get away from actually reading it. The main characters are infuriating. I kind of hated the guy and wanted to yell at him almost every page. But, boy, is that kind of the point. Read my review.
10: _______. I’ve read a lot of Nicholas Sansbury Smith‘s books. I’ve read an early version of something he’s working on, and it’s my favorite of the bunch. Assuming he ever publishes it, it will be on this list.