top 5 recommendation | indie books

I’ve been trying to make more of an effort to read independent and self-published books. Why is that, you may ask? I think that a lot of diversity can be found in these books, especially in regards to characters with multiple marginalisations. I think it’s also really great to read books that aren’t hugely hyped by a marketing team.

  1. sunfish by Shelby Eileen – I don’t tend to be much of a poetry person, but I really enjoyed their poetry collections sunfish and soft in the middle. She talks a lot about personal things like relationships with parents, body image, and sexuality. The poems are usually short and to the point, and really pack a punch.
  2. Soft on Soft by Em Ali – this is genuinely the sweetest and fluffiest book I’ve ever read. Like thinking about it makes me want to cry, because it is so low-angst and wonderful. Fat girls falling in love is 10000% my aesthetic and I just want more.
  3. Stake Sauce by RoAnna Sylver – this was a bit of a strange book for me to pick up, but I’m really glad I did! It’s like a paranormal urban fantasy with vampires. It has #ownvoices asexual, transgender and polyamorous relationship representation, and it has representation of PTSD too.
  4. Peter Darling by Austin Grant – this was the beginning of me starting to embrace Peter Pan again! This is a re-telling of Peter Pan where Peter is a transgender man. He goes back to Neverland as an adult, and there may be a bit of a romance with Captain Hook…
  5. Defying Convention by Cecil Wilde – this is a really great novella about two people who have an online relationship meeting for the first time at a convention. It’s so diverse and inclusive. The two main characters are AJ, a Sri Lankan, bisexual and nonbinary person, and Danny, a bisexual trans man who has anxiety.


Some indie books that I would like to read include:

  1. Graham’s Delicacies by Em Ali
  2. Unfit to Print by K.J. Charles
  3. Not Your Backup by C.B. Lee
  4. Lions Can Always Learn to Roar by Charlotte Anne Hamilton
  5. The Story of Lizzy and Darcy by Grace Watson

What indie books have you enjoyed? Let me know!

11 thoughts on “top 5 recommendation | indie books

  1. Sakhile says:

    All these books sound amazing, definitely adding them to my tbr. Iโ€™ve read Austin Chant before and really want to read more of his work.


  2. The Content Cr_Eater says:

    A lot of short story collections involving diversity/intersectionality end up being one of these three. I wonder if there is a catalogue somewhere…

    I’m curious tobsee your opinions on these.


  3. thebookishpoet says:

    YOUโ€™VE GOT TO READ SOFT IN THE MIDDLE BY SHELBY EILEEN! Itโ€™s one of my favourites! Also, I highly HIGHLY recommend Cavity by Caitlin Conlon too, itโ€™s an amazing self-published poetry collection. I could be here for days with recs tbh.


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