With Thanksgiving only days away and Christmas music already streaming throughout every store, it’s just about time for the most festive of book events: Indiecember!
If you’ve never heard of the Indiecember Reading Challenge, it’s a fun game to play during the holidays that both introduces readers to new indie authors they might never have heard of otherwise and allows those same indie authors to find new readers!
The goal is to read a book from any category on the provided bingo-style sheet. You don’t have to actually read the book in the month of December: you just have to leave a review during December. So, if you have any indie books you’ve read this past year but haven’t reviewed it yet, this is the perfect time to get a head start on the game!
The categories on the bingo sheet range from specific genres to completely random descriptions. This year’s theme is very Christmas-y; my personal favorites are Jolly (for comedic), Mistletoe (for romance), and Friends of Rudolph (for animal character).
Once you have five in a row (BINGO!), you win! You get to fill out a form to be entered into a giveaway in January. If you want to cover ALL the bingo squares flush-style, you get two entries instead of just one!
Honestly, I know that a lot of self-published books aren’t that well put-together. The trick is to find the books for which the author truly puts in the work. And there are plenty of them out there. Just last year, I found some fantastic authors.
A FEW OF MY FAVORITE INDIECEMBER 2018 READS…
Red and Black by Nancy O’Toole Merservier
The Savior’s Champion by Jenna Moreci
Eve: The Awakening by Jenna Moreci (yes, I do love my cyborg queen)
The Elysian Prophecy by Vivien Reis
The Last Dragon Princess by Cynthia Payne
I would highly recommend every book on the above list. And there are still so many I need to read! For a more comprehensive list, check out the one on Megan Tennant’s website, where you can find even more details about Indiecember.
This year, I’m already growing my list of books to review for Indiecember…
- Black and Blue by Nancy O’Toole Merservier
- Aletheia by Megan Tennant
- Icarus by Adam Wing
- And MORE!
Fun fact! My short story, “The Nightmare” fits the following categories: Gold or Silver Cover, Magical, Mythology Inspired, 0-9 Reviews, and Mistletoe. Plus, it’s only 24 pages and makes for a quick read while still being $0.99 on Amazon Kindle.
I have another short story featured in The Magic Within: A Spellbinding Anthology, and that books fits these categories: Released 2019, Gold or Silver Cover, Magical, Friends of Rudolph, and 0-9 Reviews. It’s available in both paperback and Kindle editions. To learn more about the book (and my excitement at having a story featured), click here.
I can’t wait to get started on the indie reading extravaganza this year! Just got to finish this NaNoWriMo…somehow…
Happy reading and happy writing, folks!