IR Discovery Awards: Top Titles To-Date

IndieReader launched the first annual Discovery Awards (IRDAs) for one reason: to help you, the indie book lover, discover the best indie books, vetted by some of the top people in the publishing business today.

For a first effort we’ve had a spectacular response, and we’ve been bowled over by the number of incredible books we’ve received. We will be announcing the winners of the IRDA’s–top three fiction, top three non-fiction and the “best of” in 30+ categories, this Sunday, June 3rd at the Book Expo America (BEA), a trade event held once a year in New York City. The New York Times best selling indie author Darcie Chan and yours truly will be making the announcement of the winners live, available via

In the meantime, we’d like to share the top titles to-date. We have broken down the categories alphabetically. This is the final list prior to announcing our winners.

Please note that the judging is not yet complete, that all books entered have not yet been reviewed and that not all of the books included here will win. But they are all “IndieReader Approved”, meaning they’ve received a 4 or 5 star review, and very much worth a read.

My Dream to Trample AIDS
by Don Carrel
4 Stars (****)
One Blood
by Qwantu Amaru
5 Stars (*****)
Snide Remarks in Sotto Voce
by Kathryn Higgins
4 Stars (****)
Siren’s Feast: An Edible Odyssey
by Nancy Mehagian
4 Stars (****)
by Joan Bigwood
4 Stars (****)
Eye of the Redeemer
by Richard I Levine
4 Stars (****)
Eddie and Me on the Scrap Heap
by Marc Littman
4 Stars (****)
Hang On
by Nell Gavin
4 Stars (****)/td>
Any Other Night
by Anne Pfeffer
5 Stars (*****)
Misfits & Heroes
by Kathleen Flanagan Rollins
5 Stars (*****)
Out, Out: A Novel of Women and Apes
by Kim MacQueen
4 Stars (****)
Parts North
by Kevin Cohen
5 Stars (*****)
The Bridge Club
by Patricia Sands
4 Stars (****)
The Pursuit of Cool
by Robb Skidmore
5 Stars (*****)
The Tourist Trail
by John Yunker
5 Stars (*****)
Uncertain Journey
by James Rouman
4 Stars (****)
Whole Latte Life
by Joanne DeMaio
5 Stars (*****)
The Digitally Divided Self
by Ivo Quartiroli
4 Stars (****)
Jennifer’s Garden

by Dianne Venetta

5 Stars (*****)

Season of the Shadow

by Bobbi Groover

4 Stars (****)

The Haunting of Wolfe Haven
by Debbie A. Heaton
4 Stars (****)
by Aaron Safronoff
4 Stars (****)
The Mercury Vapor Lamp Experience
by Howard J. Levinson
4 Stars (****)
West Pacific Supers: Rising Tide
by K.M. Johnson-Weider
4 Stars (****)
Grieving a Soulmate
by Robert Orfali
5 Stars (*****)
This River Called Life, A Letter to My Children
by Velinda Peyton
4 Stars (****)
Sometimes the Sun Does Shine There
by Herb Schultz
5 Stars (*****)
Pines Picks: A Kid’s Guide to the Best Things to Eat and Drink in New York City
by David D. Pines
4 Stars (****)
Aggie’s Nine Heroes
by Diana Laurence
4 Stars (****)
azad: a flight of desi fantasy
by Sanjiv Behera
4 Stars (****)
Neiko’s Five Land Adventure
by A.K. Taylor
4 Stars (****)
Oracle: Sunken Earth
by C.W. Trisef
4 Stars (****)
Pandora’s Key
by Nancy Richardson Fischer
4 Stars (****)
The Grief Recovery Kit: A Young Person’s Guide through the Journey of Grief
by Tanya Kilgore
5 Stars (*****)
The Jinson Twins, Science Detectives, and The Mystery of Echo Lake
by Steven Zeichner
5 Stars (*****)
The Way Things Work in Life
by Basimah Khulusi
4 Stars (****)
Unaccounted For
by Nan Willard Cappo
4 Stars (****)
by Laura Griffin
5 Stars (*****)
What’s Wrong With Me?: A Girl’s Book of Lessons Learned, Inspiration and Advice
by Daree Allen
4 Stars (****)

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