Lately I’ve realized that I’m reading a lot more traditionally published romances than indie. Last year I read mostly indie, so I’m wondering if this is a phase or if I’m actually falling out of love with indie.
I took a peek at my Goodreads list (I don’t post about every book I read on this blog. I mean, who has the time), and I did the math. Out of the 68 books I’ve read so far only 22 of them were independently published, and 3 of them were rereads. I don’t get many ARCs from publishers, so I’m either paying for these books or requesting them from my library. I don’t know what it is, but the synopses that are grabbing my attention are those from traditional publishers. Of course, some of my go-to authors were indie at one point. Still, I’m buying their books off bookstore shelves.
Is it that indie romances aren’t as good as they used to be? Maybe. Is it that with the over saturation of new releases, it’s almost impossible to find gems in the rubbish? Possibly. Is it that the quality of traditionally published books is better? Hmm… I don’t want to offend anyone, but let’s be real, the odds of me finding another Hopeless or The Sea of Tranquility are pretty low. What I do know for sure is that as I get bored and try to find unique stories, I find myself looking outside of the world of indie. I’ve fallen in love with the Young Adult genre, and frankly there aren’t a lot of YA indies. Also, I love to read PNR and fantasy romances when I need to be taken completely outside of my world, and as with YA, it’s slim pickings in indie.
So what’s going on with your reading habits? Have you been reading less indie lately? Why or why not?