31 New & Upcoming Indie Book Picks from a Top Goodreads Reviewer

Posted by Marie on May 15, 2019
Lori Hettler is the founder and moderator of The Next Best Book Club, one of the most popular groups on Goodreads, and has been a reader and reviewer of independently published ("indie") literature for more than a decade. She also advocates for small presses as a freelance publicist. Here she shares her top indie picks that readers can plan to take with them on their next seasonal escape.

Whether you're hitting the road for a week-long family getaway or spending your weekends at the cabin, the beach, or curled up on the couch, if you're anything like me, you can't rest until you know which books will be accompanying you.

Fear not, dear reader, I’ve got you covered! I've searched far and wide and pulled together a list of some of the small press books I am most highly anticipating this season. There's a little something here for everyone this season—from literary fiction to translated short story collections that span across and combine multiple genres. Which ones will you be adding to your Want to Read shelf shelves?

Fiction

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Story Collections

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Poetry

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message 1: by Janine (new)

Janine I follow a lot of indie books, and heard nothing about any of these and don't find a lot of interest in these selections. As I said for the previous post, this feels more like super niche books. And no YA or MG indie selections?


Littlebookterror I have an arc of the bobycat and will start it next week. Very interested to see how it will be. The cover is already very promising.


message 3: by Tracey (new)

Tracey I almost never add books to my To Read shelf that haven't come out yet, but I added quite a few of these! I just hope I can get my hands on them when they do come out!


message 4: by Breanna (new)

Breanna I'm excited for "The Lightest Object in the Universe"! Instantly added it to my TBR.


message 5: by A.M. (new)

A.M. Geever I'm excited to see many of these books. Thank you for sharing!


message 6: by Celia (new)

Celia Not to be overly encouraging or anything, but my attitude toward indie books is similar to most clearance shelves: There's a reason those things are there.

Yeah, you might find a gem if you spend enough time digging, but there are so many certified amazing books I'd rather spend my time on.


message 7: by Lori (new)

Lori Janine wrote: "I follow a lot of indie books, and heard nothing about any of these and don't find a lot of interest in these selections. As I said for the previous post, this feels more like super niche books. An..."

Hi Janine! I am not a reader of YA or MG. But I'd love to hear which small presses are releasing the young adult or middle grade titles you're most excited to read this season.


message 8: by Lori (new)

Lori Littlebookterror wrote: "I have an arc of the bobycat and will start it next week. Very interested to see how it will be. The cover is already very promising."

I have this one in hand too and am looking forward to reading it! I'd love to hear what you think if you get to it before me : )


message 9: by Lori (new)

Lori Tracey wrote: "I almost never add books to my To Read shelf that haven't come out yet, but I added quite a few of these! I just hope I can get my hands on them when they do come out!"

Yay! You can always pre/order from amazon or direct from the publisher :)


message 10: by Lori (new)

Lori Breanna wrote: "I'm excited for "The Lightest Object in the Universe"! Instantly added it to my TBR."

I know, it sounds amazing, right?!


message 11: by Sheldon (new)

Sheldon Compton Thanks a ton, Lori!


message 12: by John (new)

John E.  Meredith Wow. So many books I've read, so many still unread on my shelves, and so many more I wanna add. Not to mention, about a hundred stories of my own yet to tell. I need to quit my job soon and get started, or maybe get paid to read books. Thanks for adding a few more to my burgeoning list.


message 13: by Rui Ning (new)

Rui Ning Wang Aren't we going to talk about the fact that there's The Book of X and The Story of the Y? Erm... World War Z?


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