Top Ten Indie/Self-Published Books and Series

April 4, 2023 Top Ten Tuesday 7

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. The meme was originally the brainchild of The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Indie/Self-Published Books.

My favorite self-published books and series

In alphabetical order by author:

Title links go to Goodreads, or to my review.

NOTE: I didn’t include books which were originally released by traditional publishers, and then re-released by the author after the rights reverted. This would include, for example, Mary Jo Putney’s Fallen Angels historical romance series, or Mercedes Lackey’s Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms fantasy series. And I didn’t include books that were picked up by traditional publishers after being self-published, unless I knew there were basically no changes to the book. That’s why The Martian, which I read (and loved) after it was picked up and published by Crown, isn’t on this list; according to Wikipedia, there were significant textual changes for the Crown edition. However, Travis Baldree’s Legends and Lattes is essentially unchanged in the Tor edition, so I included it on the list.

Self-published authors I intend to try, or to read more of:

  • Olivia Atwater (she has now been picked up by a publisher)
  • Charlotte English
  • A.J. Lancaster
  • Tansy Raynor Roberts (I enjoyed her first novella, and will probably read more)

7 Responses to “Top Ten Indie/Self-Published Books and Series”

  1. Nicole @ BookWyrmKnits

    Great list! Several of the books you’ve included are on my TBR list, though I’ve read a few others. I remember that one of the big selling points for the Baldree re-print under Tor was that one of the handful of changes was a blurb from Seanan McGuire on the cover… 😉 (Sadly another change was the addition of a short story to the end of the book… since I had the original copy, I didn’t get the story until I found it available online.)
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  2. La La in the Library

    I loved Legends and Lattes! I wasn’t expecting to love it because people were comparing A Psalm for the Wild-Built to it and I didn’t care for that one. I’m excited to read the next one. I wish they would make it into a video game.☕

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      The only real comparison between the two books is that they both fall in the “cozy fantasy” genre: fantasy that gives a warm and comforting feel. (Although I think APFTWB is technically SF, not fantasy.) I loved both books, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend one of them to someone who had enjoyed the other, unless they were just looking for cozy fantasy.