It’s that time of year again when we at the Working Title reveal our best reads of the year.
Please bear in mind that this list is not an exclusive list of all the great Indie books out there – or even all the great indie books we have read this year. It is a well-considered recommended reading list of books we have really enjoyed in the last twelve months, consciously spanning genres.
The main thing is we recommend these books wholeheartedly and if you have yet to read them you should consider doing so if they are in a genre you enjoy. So, onto the list. This is given in alphabetical order of author name and there is no ranking. All are stonking good reads!
The Working Title Blog 5 Star Golden Reads for 2022
Inner Worlds by Stephanie Barr
Short stories with intelligence and heart. Laugh, cry and love the collection.
Chasing the Great Corvid by Jeff Chapman
Told through the eyes of an ageing feline familiar, this is a feel-good fantasy novella with all the essentials of an epic packed into a startlingly small space. One to enjoy for all ages – especially for those who love cats and dragons.
Breakfast Buddies by Ildar Daminov
This is very much a contemporary story. A timeless coming-of-age tale which just about everyone will relate to. It is wonderfully warm and human.
Death’s Avenger: The Malykant Mysteries Volume 2 by Charlotte. E. English
Konrad Savast is the Malykant, both avenger and executioner and the second volume of stories is darker and scarier. Wonderful but not for the faint-hearted.
The Adventures of Nomi by Darrell B Nelson
OK this is a bit of a cheat as it’s a series not a single book, but these are very short books. They are sci-fi at its cynical and ironic finest. Nomi and Vekman spin through various alternate universes which each bear a startling resemblance to a different popular genre trope. Really funny and thought-provoking.
Tallis Steelyard: Six men in a boat by Jim Webster
Tallis’ adventures include a contribution to opera, absconding with religious tomes, a friendly – if at times rather dangerous – rivalry with the crew of another flatboat, being the judge of a local flower show, nomad attacks, a well-educated mule and a mysterious ancient cult.
Hope you will take the time to check out some of these and here’s to another year of great reading in 2023!
Jane Jago and E.M. Swift-Hook.
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