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#BuyReadReview Initiative

On the 31st of December, I made a post on Instagram for the #buyreadreview initiative, originally started by @sophiewriter (IG handle). This initiative focuses on buying books written by Indies, reading and reviewing them.

For those of you who do not know what 'Indies' are, let me give you a brief explanation. Indie authors are people who have chosen to self-publish their book. This means they have no publishing house behind them, and more often than not they do most, if not all, of the work themselves. I can tell you from experience, this is hard work. Most of these people write outside full-time jobs while also balancing their household, (small) children, family lives and whatever else you can come up with. Sadly, Indies have been given a bad name by those of us who chose not to carefully edit and revise their work thousands of time, or have it done for them, so there's still the stigma of Indie Books being bad. Sure, there are still books out there who have that problem, but you know what, I have read several traditionally published books I had to put away because of lack of character development or waver thing world-building. At the same time, I've read at least a dozen gems of Indie books that I discovered in the past year. Were they flawless? No, of course not. Did you know not even traditionally published authors' books are 100% perfect? Anyway, I'm digressing.

I called for Indies to give me the name of their book for my "12 months 12 indie books" iniiative. Each month, I'll read one book (guaranteed) and leave a review of the book here on my blog, on Amazon, on Goodreads, and I'll leave a post on Instagram.

Earlier today, I announced which Indie Authors were selected on Instagram. Here's the list of which book I'm going to read when!


January: Poems to Burn by D. Ciesielski

February: Thumbelina: The Bride Experiment by Sky Sommers

March: Popularity Rules by Shamika Lindsay

April: Between Worlds by Jennifer Ridge

May: The Heartbreak Bucketlist by A. Lee Hughes

June: title to be announced by J Brandt (available in May)

July: Darkness Stirs by Luke Kramarz (available in June)

August: The King Trials by D.L. Sims

September: The Landfill by Erik R. Eide

October: Street Magic: Stories and Tales by Mary B. Banks

November: The Black Orchids by Ishita Goel

December: Gisela's Passion by Astrid V.J.


Disclaimer: none of this is sponsored in any way by Amazon, Goodreads, Instagram, Wix, or any other party. I will be buying these books myself for my own enjoyment. None of the authors have paid me in any way for doing this.

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