Best Books of the Month

To make things easier for our indie-loving readers, IR has gathered and (re)posted the best reviewed books from the previous into one handy-dandy post.

This month you’ll find IRDA Winners and, as always, not just great self-published books, but great books period.

Enjoy!

THE BEST OF FAMILIES by Harry Groome

The 2017 IRDA winner in the Popular Fiction category.

Author Harry Groome has taken the well-worn cliché of a family fighting to keep their privileges in a world that has passed them by, and that of a rich boy shedding what he considers a hypocritical upbringing via combat, and breathed new life into both.

Read the full review here.

 

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CHEMISTRY by CL Lynch

The 2017 IRDA winner in the Humor category.

CHEMISTRY by C. L. Lynch may start off as a Twilight spoof, but quickly establishes itself as a breezy, fun read, complete with thrills, humor, and romance.

Read the full review here.

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BLACK WATER by Brenna Marie

The 2017 IRDA winner in the Popular Fiction category.

BLACK WATER is a haunting story beautifully told. Set in a near future of environmental catastrophe and ethnic strife, it is at once an urgent warning and an intimate meditation on memory, grief, and love.

Read the full review here.

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MY NEW FRIEND, GRIEF by Anna Hodges Oginsky

The 2017 IRDA winner in the Aging/Death & Dying category.

In an era where a grieving populace is saturated and irritated by those telling them to embrace grief, Anna Hodges Oginsky validates the healing power of befriending grief that, in another author’s less skillful hands, would come across as New Age psycho-babble.

Read the full review here.

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RICE & ROCKS by Sandra L. Richards; Illustrator: Megan Kayleigh Sullivan

The 2017 IRDA winner in the Children’s (Early to intermediate readers) category.

RICE AND ROCKS is a loving tribute to tradition, family, and cross-cultural connections, which will add warmth, color, and beauty to any young child’s bookshelf.

Read the full review here.

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HUSBAND: My 40-Year Marriage to a Gay Man by JoAnne Blackwelder

The 2017 IRDA winner in the Memoir category.

A well-written, fascinating memoir that’s well worth a read.

Read the full review here.

 

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THE EVANGELICAL EXPERIENCE by Anthony Coleman

The 2017 IRDA winner in the Religion category.

THE EVANGELICAL EXPERIENCE is a thoughtful, sympathetic yet objective look at a major movement in American religion and culture.

Read the full review here.

 

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BILLY BEDIVERE IN THE QUEST FOR THE DRAGON QUEEN by Alan Sproles

The 2017 IRDA winner in the Young Adult category.

BILLY BEDIVERE IN THE QUEST FOR THE DRAGON QUEEN is well-paced, and there are a few twists that will surprise readers. Kids will also enjoy the references to familiar fairy tales, and the little details that add color to the world.

Read the full review here.