Indie Books

My IndieAthon TBR

Tomorrow the IndieAthon begins! This readathon was the brainchild of Lia from Lost in a Story, Marie from Lots of Livres, Eloise from Eloise Writes, Joel from Fictional Fates and Syd from Reading & Rambling. IndieAthon is a month long readathon in March where the aim is to read books that are self-published or from independent publishers. There’s a bingo card if you’d like an extra challenge and you can follow the IndieAthon Twitter account for more info.

I’ve got five books that I’d like to read during this readathon, which may be a surprise to some as I tend to set myself overambitious TBR’s but these five books are the only books from independent publishers I have close to hand right now.

The Hotel Tito by Ivana Bodrožić, published by Seven Stories Press, and So the Path Does Not Die by Pede Hollist, published by Jacaranda Books Art Music, are both recent purchases that I got on this years London Bookshop Crawl so it would be nice to read them as they’ve caught my interest so recently. I received All Day at the Movies by Fiona Kidman from the publisher, Gallic Books, to review. I’ve only just started it so this will be my first read of the readathon. Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash by Eka Kurniawan, published by Pushkin Press is a book I first picked up because of the striking cover. The fifth book isn’t pictured as it’s an ebook and that’s Reading the Ceiling by Dayo Forster, published by Dean Street Press.

At the end of last year, I posted about what Indie books I owned and wanted to read, but so far this year I don’t think I’ve read any books that are self-published or from independent publishers. The IndieAthon is the perfect opportunity to change that and to make a dent in my ever growing physical TBR.

Are you taking part in the IndieAthon? Do you think about who’s publishing the books you’re reading? I have to say I generally don’t. Following the #IndieAthon on Twitter looks like it’s going to be a good way to discover different independent publishers and learn more about indie books in general.

My Indie Books TBR

The ever wonderful and ambitious Bex from NinjaBookBox has pledged that in 2018 the only books she’ll buy are from independent publishers. You can find more about her pledge and call for others to try and do the same, or at least think about what books and publishers they’re buying a bit more, here.

While this challenge is very admirable, I don’t think I’ll be buying 100% of my books from indie publishers, though I will make more of an effort to look at publishers when I do go browsing in a bookshop. This challenge has made me consider my own bookshelves and look to see what unread books (if any) I had that are from an independent publisher.

If I’m correct I have six unread books on my shelves that are from independent publishers – I found it both interesting and a bit difficult to figure out publishers, especially when a book I had was published by an imprint of a much larger publishing house. They are an eclectic mix of books, there’s non-fiction, translated fiction, YA and adult fiction.

– Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel (Chicken House)
– The Time in Between by Nancy Tucker (Icon Books)
– Sometimes a River Song by Avril Joy (Linen Press)
– World Mythology in Bite-Sized Chunks by Mark Daniels (Michael O’Mara Books)
– The Great and the Good by Michel Déon (Gallic Press)
– Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash by Eka Kurniawan (Pushkin Press)

I’m not going to pledge to buy X number of books from indie publishers, as I don’t buy books that regularly anyway and I want to get my physical TBR down quite a bit – though I say this every year, maybe 2018 will be the year I finally succeed in that! But I will say I want to read what indie books I have in 2018. Some of them, *cough*The Time in Between*cough* have been on my shelves for over two years!

If you’ve read any of the books above, please let me know what you think. And are publishers something you consider when buying books? To be honest, it’s never something I normally look at but I do think it’s a good idea to try and support independent publishers and new voices in the world of books.