Indie Must-Reads During the Pandemic

Susan Violante Managing Editor
Susan Violante
Managing Editor

Recently I’ve been focusing on what writers can DO during the pandemic. But sometimes even the most energetic individual, must rest. So, I thought, why not discover some of the most awesome Indie Authors through the perfect book to read during our isolation. Below are some reads to check out by genre (Click on title to see the full review):


“Pine Cone Pandemic: With Acorn Dressing” by H.T. ManogueReaders who like to look outside of the mundane world will love, “Pine Cone Pandemic: With Acorn Dressing” by H.T. Manogue.  Highly recommended reading! (Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views)

Against All Odds by Carol Basile, Ph.D.…is an incredible resource for parents of children with autism and for everyone that works with them. It will help parents recognize what they are doing right and give them information about what they can do better. (Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views)

“Yoga Posts” by Kimberly LuyckxOverall, “Yoga Posts: Building a Steady Yoga Practice One Week at a Time” by Kimberly Luyckx is a comprehensive book on Yoga that is inclusive, simple to put into practice and easy to understand. Everyone from beginners to gurus will find something beneficial. (Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views)


“Cooperative Lives” by Patrick FineganI have often driven by huge high rises in New York and wondered about the people who live inside them. Finegan helps feed my musings, because his people are very real, and their motivations are all strikingly different from each other. Secrets from the past reveal many truths that would be better off left unsaid in the real world, however, in the world of fiction, they make for a great story! (Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views)

“The Last Seer King” by S.J. Hartland… is the second book in the Shadow Sword series, an epic fantasy saga by S.J. Hartland. Having read the first book, “The 19th Bladesman,” earlier this year, I was thrilled to continue this journey. “The Last Seer King” exceeded all my expectations and is Hartland’s best work to date. (Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views).

“When We Were Brave” by Karla M. Jay… an endearing, suspenseful, heart wrenching, and thought-provoking experience. Readers will be captivated from beginning to end, finding very hard to put down this powerful story. A Five Star MUST Read! (Reviewed by Susan Violante for Reader Views)

“Payback – Tales of Love, Hate and Revenge” by Steve BassettOverall, “Payback – Tales of Love, Hate and Revenge,” the second book in the Passaic River Trilogy by Steve Bassett, reads very well as a standalone novel, but go ahead and get the set.  You won’t regret it. I highly recommend this book, and the series to fans of mystery/thriller, historical fiction and crime novels – really to anyone who enjoys a good story with memorable characters. (Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views)

“Skyler’s Sophomore Soundtrack” by Michael C. Barrett…a really influential book for girls, or boys, or those who do not identify as being one specific gender, either, to read in order to feel more secure about themselves and assure themselves that they are not dirty, wrong, or messed-up.  Something I’ve always thought that we need to teach teenagers and young adults more is to not be afraid of their emotions. (Reviewed by Megan Weiss for Reader Views)


“The Dyno Dinosaur Family Presents: Waves of Kindness by Sharida McKenzie”…Even though I am little, I know I can do the things in the book and help other people, and then they’ll want to help me and be my friend. I liked the story because it shows people being nice to each other, and the pictures were fun to look at. *A Note from Mom: Lydia really enjoyed this story, and I enjoyed having another way of showing her the little things she can do at her age to help out kids her own age and older. (Reviewed by Lydia Dehning (age 6) for Reader Views Kids)

” Tales from Hoop ’n’ Holler: The Wizard’s Apprentice by Jim Henry and Jimmy Patterson” – …a fun story with magic and friendship to get the characters through tough spots. The book itself is really nicely made with beautiful pictures. The illustrations in the book are done with bright colors, and fairy-tale-like scenes. I definitely recommend this book for kids who like books about magic and adventure. (Reviewed by Alyvia (age 11) for Reader Views Kids).

Britfield and The Lost Crown” by C.R. Stewart… it is a fast-paced action adventure you can’t put down. I have never been so nervous for the characters in a book, because it seemed like whenever Tom and Sarah figured out a narrow escape they were put right back into danger…is an amazing adventure that holds all kinds of surprises, and well worth reading. (Reviewed by Autumn (age 14) for Reader Views Kids).

“Two Dark Moons” by Avi Silver –  “Two Dark Moons” is an exciting fantasy for the teen and YA crowd by Avi Silver. I was happy to learn it’s the first in a series because once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down…It’s a well-written story with a hefty, engaging plot, current issues and relevant characters that will arouse your curiosity and pull you into their worlds. All I can say is enjoy the journey.  I can’t wait to read more about Sohmeng and Hei’s adventures! (Reviewed by Amy (age 15) for Reader Views Kids).

Indies have worked hard to produce high quality work and finally get rid of the stigma attached to independent publishing since the dawn of self-publication. There is no comparison, and as someone that reads for a living, I can tell you I have found Indie books of better quality and editing than some big publishers’ ones out there. So, what are you waiting for, check them out! For more awesome Indie reads visit or

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