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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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…
- 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:
- Graham’s Delicacies by Em Ali
- Unfit to Print by K.J. Charles
- Not Your Backup by C.B. Lee
- Lions Can Always Learn to Roar by Charlotte Anne Hamilton
- The Story of Lizzy and Darcy by Grace Watson
What indie books have you enjoyed? Let me know!