I read a lot, over a hundred books a year—at least—and there’s nothing I like more than sharing my favorites, especially indie books.
I’m sure you’ve already read a list or two about the best books of 2017, but most mainstream readers aren’t aware of what the fantastic independent book market has to offer.
If you’re looking for a gift for the women in your life—or a little something for yourself—take a look at some of my favorite indie books that were released this year.
Top Ten Indie Books for 2017
Girl Crush by Stephie Walls
I’m sure at one point we’ve all been there. Done. With. Men.
Frustrated with her horrendous dating life and the disgusting men she’s had the misfortune of dating, Giselle has given up and decided to switch teams. Hilarity ensues, obviously. This rom-com was so hysterical I was legitimately worried I was going to wet my pants.
I Do(n’t) by Leddy Harper
I’ll admit, Leddy Harper is an automatic buy for me. I don’t even bother checking out what the book is, I just blindly buy anything she releases. I’ve never been disappointed. And this book was no exception. I loved it. The chemistry, the tension, the back and forth between the two main characters was awesome. Who doesn’t love a book with a surprise twist and some blackmail between former lovers?
Amnesia by Cambria Hebert
The suspense had me on the edge of my seat! Where did the mysterious woman floating half-alive in the lake come from? Was there a connection with a missing girl years before? Are they the same person? The main character can’t help as she’s suffering from amnesia. This book had a great balance of tension and romance and kept me turning pages deep into the night. Heads up, there’s a second book (it’s a duet) and I’m dying to finish as the questions aren’t all answered in the first.
The Long Drive by Jessica Florence
Has life ever been so messy that you just wanted to keep driving? That’s exactly what happened to Livia. Only her car breaks down at a truck stop and she’s forced to come up with Plan B—which involves bribing a trucker to bring her along on his cross-country haul. I tore through this book. Twice. (Shhhh!) I love Livia’s optimism and adventurous spirit and the good mix of heart and laughter that the plot carried.
Clam Jam by RC Bolt
OMG. I laughed so hard I cried throughout several parts of this book. This rom-com has a good balance of silly and steamy as the main character gets increasingly irritated with her “gay” roommate as he runs off with her dates! As the point of view shifts between Ry and Maggie we all know from the start that he’s lying (which in real life is so wrong and horrible) but it makes for a rather awkward lie when he starts to fall for his roommate.
Shacking Up by Helena Hunting
One of my dearest friends threw this book at me and has entire shelves devoted to Helena Hunting and her hilarity. I laughed, I fanned myself, I added a new author to my rotation. This is another book with a fun mix of hilarity and chemistry.
The Queen and the Cure by Amy Harmon
Amy Harmon never disappoints. Her prose is so stunning and well crafted that I often find myself pausing and rereading sentences because they are so beautiful I can’t help but take them in a second time. This is the sequel to my favorite book of 2016, The Bird and the Sword.
Without Merit by Colleen Hoover
Colleen Hoover is another automatic buy for me. An odd collection of characters make up this powerful and poignant book about secrets and lies, love and truth. “Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.” This book has all the feels!
Atheists Who Kneel and Pray by Tarryn Fisher
Another auto-buy for me, Tarryn Fisher crafts brilliant villains you love to hate. Her characters are complex and compelling and linger far after the book is closed. Her writing is so powerful that you’d permanently ink lines of it on your skin.
The Fall of Cinderella by K. Street
What do you do when you find out your fairytale life is a lie? You fall.
I can’t wait to finish this book, but I can already tell it rounds out my top ten of 2017.
So when you’re thinking of a gift for your mommy tribe or your BFF this holiday season, consider a book. You can easily gift an ebook through email (Amazon makes it super easy!) and it’s a great way to share a laugh (or a cry) with a friend.
I’d also like to add that these books are all listed for adults. There’s often some subject matter that isn’t appropriate for the under 17 crowd. I’ve limited this list to those I think that other moms would love—not kids. Because the women in our lives (and ourselves, ladies) deserve to get lost in a good book.