Side note: Another reason why I'm determined to do this is because when I mentioned it to S', we had the following conversation:
Me: So, I think I'm gonna go an entire year reading only indie books.
S': Good luck with that.
Me: Meaning what?
S': Meaning you have too many favorite authors to not buy their new books as soon as they come out.
Me: Are you doubting me, peon?
S': Of course not, minion.
Me: So what are you saying then?
S': That "one year" in Kristina Time is more like 3 months. No way you make it a year.
Me: Challenge accepted.
And thus the Indie Year Challenge was born.
HOWEVER, S' is right in that I do have many favorite authors. I'm considering allowing myself 2 "cheat" books. One would be reserved for whenever the next Percy Jackson book comes out (shut up, I love Rick Riordan). The other, probably either Cassandra Clare or Veronica Roth, whoever comes first. But I will have to earn these cheat books, so we shall see.
My Indie Year Challenge begins with 3 books:
Collapse by Richard Stephenson (Amazon)
Fairy Circle by Johanna Frappier (Amazon)
Flame of Surrender by Rhiannon Paille (Amazon) <---I don't know if this actually qualifies as indie since it's through a small press, but I'm counting it because it's not a traditional publisher.
Let the Challenge begin!