Best Independent Novels
Best novels published outside of the mainstream publishing channels.
1
by
4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 85,734 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
2
by
4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 334,211 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
3
by
3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 1,957 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
4
by
3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 425 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
5
by
3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 319 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
6
by
3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 14,987 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
7
by
4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 31,001 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
8
by
3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 67,180 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
9
by
3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 739 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
10
by
3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 44,605 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
11
by
4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 1,142 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
12
by
4.37 of 5 stars 4.37 avg rating — 85,335 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
13
by
4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 24,464 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
14
by
3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 2,364 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
15
by
3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 1,644 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
16
by
3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 125 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
17
by
3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 1,898 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
18
by
4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 273 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
19
by
4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 184 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
20
by
4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 255 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
21
by
4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 53 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
22
by
4.37 of 5 stars 4.37 avg rating — 101 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
23
by
4.5 of 5 stars 4.50 avg rating — 108 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
24
by
3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 1,216 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
25
by
3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 120 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
26
by
3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 6,440 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
27
by
4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 31 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
28
by
3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 274 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
29
by
4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 228 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
30
by
4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 186 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
31
by
4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 129 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
32
by
3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 1,378 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
33
by
3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 173 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
34
by
3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 1,441 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
35
by
4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 28,542 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
36
by
4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 328 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
37
by
4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 21,077 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
38
by
3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 613 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
39
by
4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 19,113 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
40
by
4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 4,363 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
41
by
3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 163 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
42
by
4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 217 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
43
by
4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 152,477 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
44
by
4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 481 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
45
by
3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 5,074 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
46
by
4.47 of 5 stars 4.47 avg rating — 322 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
47
by
3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 253 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
48
by
3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 147 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
49
by
4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 15,236 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
50
by
3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 20,977 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
51
by
4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 30 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
52
by
4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 2,912 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
53
by
3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 329,451 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
54
by
4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 3 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
55
by
4.79 of 5 stars 4.79 avg rating — 145 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
56
by
4.51 of 5 stars 4.51 avg rating — 12,880 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
57
by
4.47 of 5 stars 4.47 avg rating — 43 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
58
by
3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 198 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
59
by
4.54 of 5 stars 4.54 avg rating — 227 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
60
by
4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 215 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
61
by
3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 194 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
61
by
5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 1 rating
Rate this book
Clear rating
63
by
3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 32 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
64
by
4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 13,247 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
65
by
4.63 of 5 stars 4.63 avg rating — 81 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
66
by
3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 270 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
67
by
3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 1,871 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
68
by
4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 146 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
69
by
4.63 of 5 stars 4.63 avg rating — 82 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
70
by
3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 2,147 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
71
by
4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 4,750 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
72
by
3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 185 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
73
by
3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 1,126,237 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
74
by
4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 9,241 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
75
by
4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 6,388 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
76
by
3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 11,012 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
77
by
4.93 of 5 stars 4.93 avg rating — 135 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
78
by
4.56 of 5 stars 4.56 avg rating — 142 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
79
by
3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 481 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
80
by
3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 408 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
81
by
3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 3,480 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
82
by
4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 110 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
83
by
3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 884 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
84
by
3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 9,975 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
85
by
4.37 of 5 stars 4.37 avg rating — 2,688 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
86
by
3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 11,473 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
87
by
4.61 of 5 stars 4.61 avg rating — 23 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
88
by
4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 65 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
89
by
4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 132 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
90
by
3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 223 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
91
by
4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 79 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
92
by
3.33 of 5 stars 3.33 avg rating — 529 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
93
by
3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 5,926 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
94
by
3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 10,043 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
95
by
4.87 of 5 stars 4.87 avg rating — 119 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
96
by
3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 670 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
97
by
3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 109 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
98
by
3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 2,528 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
99
by
4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 3,893 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
100
by
4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 8,098 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
flag this list (?)
2,419 books · 3,364 voters · list created December 25th, 2008 by deleted user.
162 likes · Like
Lists are re-scored approximately every 5 minutes.


Jeremy 109 books
1215 friends
Will 58 books
1153 friends
R.J. 147 books
551 friends
Orson 0 books
0 friends
Deanna 3 books
1 friend
Kristen 47 books
179 friends
Laura 19 books
1 friend
Tina 0 books
0 friends

More voters…


Comments (showing 1-24 of 24) (24 new)

dateDown arrow    newest »

message 1: by M/Ðɑηηɑ (new)

M/Ðɑηηɑ Would love to vote, but I read none of the books.


message 2: by Melanie (new)

Melanie Surani I recognized way more of these books than I've read. Need to fix that!


message 3: by H.L. (new)

H.L. Reasby Stephen King isn't an independent author... as much as I enjoy his books, he really doesn't belong on this list.


message 4: by Julie (new)

Julie I voted for R A Evans, Asylum Lake, it is an awesome read. Very scary and very dark. Loved every word of it!


message 5: by L.M. (new)

L.M. Smith I added "The Citizens" and "Dhampiri" to the list. They're both still fairly new so, as independents, they aren't very well known yet. But they're getting really great reviews on Amazon and B&N and they're available for Kindle, Nook, and in paperback.

I am having a contest and the prize is a free signed, Paperback copy of "The Citizens". If you're interested in entering you can find the details on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/events/227715...


message 6: by Wanda (new)

Wanda Hartzenberg This is my fourth time in one day voting. And adding to my TBR. I should stay away.


message 7: by Jim (new)

Jim Mcfarlane H.L. wrote: "Stephen King isn't an independent author... as much as I enjoy his books, he really doesn't belong on this list."

Neither is James Patterson.


message 8: by L.M. (new)

L.M. Smith *sigh* Every indie list I've found so far is smattered with large-press books simply because there are ignorant people who blatantly insist on adding their favorite best seller to every list that they can find.

It's tough being an indie - but well worth it in other ways.


message 9: by Jim (last edited May 17, 2012 04:28PM) (new)

Jim Mcfarlane "H.L. wrote: "Stephen King isn't an independent author... as much as I enjoy his books, he really doesn't belong on this list."

Jim wrote: Neither is James Patterson."

Likewise Stephenie Meyer, P. C. Cast, Suzanne Collins.


message 10: by Belinda (new)

Belinda Check out this amazing new author & give her books a try...you won't be disappointed!
Mary Kate Kopec Mary Kate Kopec
DIP & DEVOUR by Mary Kate Kopec DIP & DEVOUR
Love & Bullets by Mary Kate Kopec Love & Bullets
The Awesome Adventures of Randi Raindrop by Mary Kate KopecThe Awesome Adventures of Randi Raindrop


message 11: by Dana (new)


message 12: by Gary (new)

Gary Val Tenuta I added my book, Ash: Return Of The Beast, but it didn't show up on the list. I'm assuming it would appear at the bottom of the list but I don't see it. Guess I'm not surprised. I've been on goodreads for a couple of years now and I'm still baffled by how most of it works... or doesn't work. Like, for instance, above this comment window there's a link that says "add book/author". But when I enter the title of my book it says "no books found". Maybe if I hang around here for another couple of years I'll figure it out. LOL


message 13: by Belinda (new)

Belinda Hi Gary, I found your book listed on Goodreads...
Ash  Return of the Beast by Gary Val Tenuta
But this list is a bit confusing. It is constantly changing. You might want to just try and add it again if you still don't see it. Good luck!

PS: Your book sounds really interesting, not my usual type of reading...but if I get brave enough, I might have to check it out. ;)


message 14: by L.M. (new)

L.M. Smith Hey Gary,

I had the same problem with my books when I first started using Goodreads but realized that the more I searched for them and included them in posts the more consistent and precise their listings became.

For me part of the problem was that I was searching for "The Citizens" and about 100 books would come up with similar titles but I wouldn't see mine anywhere. I tried "The Citizens: A Jazz Nemesis Novel" and got nothing, then tried L. M. Smith and got nothing.

Finally realized Goodreads is very picky about what you search for. I can always find my book by searching either "The Citizens (A Jazz Nemesis Novel) or L.M. Smith, without a space between the L. and the M.

For the longest time Goodreads had about four other novels listed on my author's page that weren't mine but I sent them an email and they fixed it.


message 15: by Gary (new)

Gary Val Tenuta Belinda wrote: "Hi Gary, I found your book listed on Goodreads...
[bookcover:Ash: Return of the Beast]
But this list is a bit confusing. It is constantly changing. You might want to just try and add it again if y..."


"... if I get brave enough, I might have to check it out." I get it. I had to get brave enough to write it. LOL! Like the title of my blog post says: "The Writing of ASH: RETURN OF THE BEAST - Or How I Learned Not To Be Afraid Of The Dark". :-)

http://bookblogs.ning.com/profiles/bl...


message 16: by Gary (new)

Gary Val Tenuta L.M. wrote: "Hey Gary,

I had the same problem with my books when I first started using Goodreads but realized that the more I searched for them and included them in posts the more consistent and precise their ..."


Thanks, L.M. - I remember when there were a couple books on my page that weren't mine, also. But eventually they just disappeared. I guess with a site this huge there are bound to be glitches of one sort or another. :-)


message 17: by Gary (new)

Gary Val Tenuta M.R. wrote: "Part of this list's ranking is based on the book itself. Notice at #12 I have one fewer vote than #13, but I am ranked higher. that is because my book has a few hundred rankings and theirs only a f..."

Hey Michael! Thanks for the kind words.
And congrats on having so many of your titles ranked in the goodreads top 100!


message 18: by M Todd (new)

M Todd Gallowglas Why the heck are the Hunger Games books on this list? They are hardly Indie books.


message 19: by Haley (new)

Haley Not many Indie books have covers that attract the reader. The typography is horrible. The only one I read was Angelfall, and there was way too many words on each page and the cover's not so great. The book inside was amazing and interesting. These people need better designers! I could do better than many of these covers.


message 20: by Susan (last edited Aug 21, 2012 06:21PM) (new)

Susan Clark Haley wrote: "Not many Indie books have covers that attract the reader. The typography is horrible. The only one I read was Angelfall, and there was way too many words on each page and the cover's not so great. ..."

I think you'd like my cover and formatting (THE RELATIONSHIP SHOPPE: A Novel) I can gift you a copy of the book ...


message 21: by Vicky (last edited Aug 31, 2012 01:37PM) (new)

Vicky I'm cleaning up this list a bit. I removed a ton of James Patterson books and working on some of the author authors mentioned above (King, Collins, etc.).

Can anyone speak to Melissa de le Cruz? The books I'm looking at are all published by Hyperion - but I'm not sure if she originally published independently or not.

I'll add this to my list of lists to check, so feel free to comment if you find any other authors who don't fit!

Also Removed:

Julie Kagawa
Mistress of Dragons
Paladins of Shannara: Allanon's Quest
The Golden Compass
Grave Secrets
Legend


message 22: by Laura (new)

Laura "Zena" Ramirez H.L. wrote: "Stephen King isn't an independent author... as much as I enjoy his books, he really doesn't belong on this list."
They are talking about stand alone books.


message 23: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Checked for duplicates: 7 books removed.


back to top



Anyone can add books to this list.