sapphic books

All The Sapphic Books I’ve Read // Pt One

Alright, before I get to far into this post I am just going to say that this is heavily inspired by a bunch of Mahana’s posts and just say also that you all need to go check her blog out because it is amazing. It is also inspired by all of the recent discussions about how there are no f/f or sapphic books. I know I was literally that person last year when I was just starting to think to myself that I could maybe be gay, but now I know just how untrue that was and am trying to quickly fix the fact that I have only read 22 sapphic books.

Anyways, this post is just the first in a series I have yet to come up with a title for in which I will talk about the sapphic books I have read recently, except this is just a massive catch up post. I am thinking these will normally be like ten or fifteen books long, really anything other than 22 honestly.

Now, onto the books.

I. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

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  • What’s it about? This is a coming of age story that follows Cameron Post at three stages of her life: the summer her parents died, her time in public high school, and her time at a conversion therapy school.
  • Do I recommend it? YES. I cannot recommend this book or talk about how much I love it enough. It is wonderful and I want everyone to read it (but completely understand that the content is too much for some).
  • You might not like it if conversion therapy is a trigger for you, you don’t like character driven novels, you don’t like minor (non-explicit) sex scenes between underaged characters, you don’t like drug or alchol use by underaged characters.

II. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour*

*that’s right, I finally read it, someone give me a high five

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  • What’s it about? Emi is an intern at a movie studio working on set design when she stumbles upon a letter from a late actor that reveals he had a secret daughter and becomes determined to find his daughter – and then his granddaughter.
  • Do I recommend it? Yeah! It is nothing life changing, but it is really cute and sweet and I enjoyed it. I kind of wish it was longer, actually.
  • You might not like it if you don’t like books with somewhat unrealistic plot points (no high school senior is really going to have a set role like Emi does – at least I highly doubt it), you don’t like character driven books, you aren’t into Hollywood/L.A. vibes.

III. Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy

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  • What’s it about? This is a King Arthur retelling but set in the distant future where Arthur is a girl and also a lot of people are gay.
  • Do I recommend it? Eh. This wasn’t bad per say, but it wasn’t my cup of tea either. I’d suggest looking into other reviews.
  • You might not like it if you don’t like sci-fi, writing is a big thing you care about, you don’t like retellings.

IV. Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown

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  • What’s it about? Jo is a preacher’s daughter who has to go back in the closet when her dad and new step mother move to a conservative part of Georgia.
  • Do I recommend it? Only if you want a book that deals with sexuality and religion, otherwise not really tbh.
  • You might not like it if there are so many reasons I don’t want to list them.

V. Bingo Love by Tee Franklin

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  • What’s it about? This graphic novel follows Hazel and Mari as they start having a fling in their teens and then reconnect later in life.
  • Do I recommend it? Yeah! I had a few problems with it, but overall it is a cute, short, and sweet graphic novel.
  • You may not like it if you don’t like dubious cheating, flash forwards in time, key information being left out.

VI. Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann

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  • What’s it about? This is a book in verse that follows a girl who has an abortion as she copes with the after effects of said abortion.
  • Do I recommend it? I recommend you look more into it to see if it is for you.
  • You may not like it if you don’t like books in verse, don’t like dubious cheating, are sensitive to abortion and other heavy topics.

VII. Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash

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  • What’s it about? In this graphic memoir, Thrash recounts her summer at an all girl’s camp when she started to crush on one of the counselors.
  • Do I recommend it? Yeah, but I am not going to scream about it, if that makes sense? Like it isn’t bad but it it isn’t a spectacular must read.
  • You may not like it if you don’t like graphic novels, you have high standards for art in graphic novels, you don’t like memoirs.

VIII. How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

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  • What’s it about? This summer-ish contemporary follows Grace and Eva as they bond over missing mothers and other things.
  • Do I recommend it? Yeah! It is very cute and sweet among other things.
  • You might not like it if you don’t like books that deal with heavy topics, you don’t like reading about the loss of parents and/or loved ones, you don’t like or are triggered by very unstable home situations.

IX. All the Worlds Between Us by Morgan Lee Miller

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  • What’s it about? Quinn is a world class swimmer trying to keep up her grades and beat her own times to make it to the Olympic trials but finds herself distracted when she rekindles a friendship and then something more with her old best friend.
  • Do I recommend it? Yes! This was very sweet and is very underrated and I would like to see more people’s opinions.
  • You might not like it if you don’t like minor (non-explicit) sex scenes between minors, forced outing, or underaged drinking.

X. Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki

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  • What’s it about? This graphic novel deals with a bunch of important topics like the important of friendship and how dangerous toxic relationships can be and it is just really good, okay?
  • Do I recommend it? YES.
  • You may not like it if you don’t like graphic novels.

XI. On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden

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  • What’s it about? A kick-ass space crew that does space crew things. (No one ever hire me to write summaries ever).
  • Do I recommend it? Yes!! It is super cute and super pretty and I love it.
  • You might not like it if you don’t like graphic novels or you don’t like sci-fi.

XII. Spinning by Tillie Walden

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  • What’s it about? This graphic memoir tells the story of Walden’s time in figure skating.
  • Do I recommend it? Yep.
  • You might not like it if you don’t like graphic novels or you don’t like memoirs.

XIII. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

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  • What’s it about? This novel follows Marin as she reconnects with her best friend from childhood during the winter break of her freshman year of college.
  • Do I recommend it? Yes, it was only a three star read for me but also I think it deals with some important topics.
  • You might not like it it if you don’t like heavy books or you don’t like character driven books.

XIV. The Love & Lies of Ruksana Ali by Sabina Khan

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  • What’s it about? This book follows Rukhsana, a closet girl in a very conservative family as she navigates her relationship with her girlfriend among other things.
  • Do I recommend it? Yes, with the footnote that this is gets very very dark and very violent and the homophobia is bad, so only read it if you are ready and can emotionally handle that.
  • You might not like this if you don’t like heavy books or you are a person who puts a big emphasis on writing styles.

XV. Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

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  • What’s it about? Two princesses falling in love. Also other things but let’s be real, that was what most of my focus was on.
  • Do I recommend it? Yeah, this was super fun.
  • You may not like it if you don’t like fantasy or don’t like fantasy without very good world building.

XVI. As I Descended by Robin Talley

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  • What’s it about? This is a Macbeth retelling but with gay girls. It kind of scared me and creeped me out so I didn’t hyper focus on it enough to tell you more than that.
  • Do I recommend it? If you are into horror and creepy things.
  • You might not like it if you don’t like horror or creepy things.

XVII. Colorblind by Siera Maley

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  • What’s it about? Harper has the ability to see the age people die by looking at the forehead. When she meets and starts to crush on a girl that has less than a year to live, she has to confront loss and death all over again.
  • Do I recommend it? Yes! It is very good and it made me feel things.
  • You might not like this if you don’t like books that deal with the concept of death a lot.

XVII. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

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  • What’s it about? Visit the goodreads link above to read the official summary because I have been trying to come up with one for five minutes and basically all I’ve got is “bad king but pretty girls” and uhhh that’s not really it tbh.
  • Do I recommend it? Yeah, a lot of other people really enjoyed it! It was kind of just eh for me, but I think that is a me thing.
  • You might not like this if you are not into high fantasy or are easily confused (*cough* me *cough*).

XVIII. Chasing Sunset by Missouri Vaun

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  • What’s it about? Iris and Finn take a road trip from Georgia to L.A. and grow feelings for each other along the way.
  • Do I recommend it? Eh. I am posting a full review soon if you want to hear more of my thoughts.
  • You might not like this if you aren’t into adult romance or books with lots of somewhat explicit sex scenes.

XIX. Carmilla by Kim Turrisi

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  • What’s it about? A creepy college where weird creepy things are happening also a lot of people are gay.
  • Do I recommend it? Honestly, just go watch the web series, it is much more entertaining.
  • You might not like this if honestly there are a lot of reasons.

XX. Moonstruck, Vol I. by Grace Ellis

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  • What’s it about? I literally read this like three days ago and don’t remember, if that tells you anything.
  • Do I recommend it? Eh.
  • You might not like this if you don’t like graphic novels or you don’t like things with little to no plot (or at least a plot that makes sense).

XXI. Redwood and Ponytail by K.A. Holt

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  • What’s it about? This novel, which is told in verse, follows two middle school girls as they discover and then confront their sexualalities after developing crushes on each other.
  • Do I recommend it? Yes! It was super cute and make me feel things.
  • You might not like this if you don’t like middle grade or books told in verse.

XXII. soft in the middle by Shelby Eileen

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  • What’s it about? This is a poetry collection that deals with body image, relationships, and more.
  • Do I recommend it? Eh.
  • You might not like this if you don’t like poetry.

 

Okay, so, this post is wayyyy too long so I will keep this outro short. These are the first of many sapphic books I’ve read and the first of many posts about them. Have you guys read any of these? Are there any sapphic books you love that are not on here that you want me to read ASAP? Let’s chat in the comments!

14 thoughts on “All The Sapphic Books I’ve Read // Pt One

  1. Yes Arin!! Let’s just start a Mahana fan club together because she does so much work for f/f and diverse romance novels yet not enough people appreciate her for it! Also, *high fives you for reading ELTY*. We had the exact same thoughts on it! It wasn’t anything life changing, but it was cute. I was confused about how emi was in high school as well. I also literally yell at everyone to do this, but PLEASE READ WE SET THE DARK ON FIRE by Tehlor Kay Mejia! It’s f/f, Latinx and sooo good

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    1. I am all in for starting a Mahana fan club, our first order of business should just be anonymously sending links to her blog posts to all the people on book twitter who say there are no f/f books. Everything Leads to You is the definition of a fluffy, forgettable read that is still very enjoyable. We Set the Dark on Fire is currently on my TBR for a somewhat not very secret project of mine in September, but I am now even more excited about it!!

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  2. I’m so glad you liked Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with me! It’s my favorite graphic novel, not only for its important message but also for how pretty the illustrations are. I wouldn’t have changed anything about it.

    Once & Future is on my TBR, but as most of the reviews I’ve seen aren’t positive, I’m not that sure I’m going to read it anymore. And I agree about Georgia Peaches. Jaye Robin Brown’s books have really interesting premises but there’s so much to say about what goes wrong with the execution that I don’t feel like I can recommend them either.
    Great list!

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    1. I am such a big fan of Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me! It was so pure but so important at the same time and I just loved everything about it. Once & Future was kind of just messy. Like, the idea was so good but the execution was not in the slightest. I feel like I can’t recommend Georgia Peaches either, though I really did enjoy the discussion of religion and sexuality everything else was kind of a trash fire. Thanks for reading!!

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  3. I *hate* that I still haven’t read Cameron Post! I’m really so glad to see that you enjoyed Spinning and On a Sunbeam! Tillie Walden is my favorite graphic novelist. Nina LaCour’s books are always so great, too! I have a lot of sapphic novels to catch up on…

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    1. I have so many sapphic novels to catch up on as well. I love Spinning and On a Sunbeam!! I need to look into her other works because I am honestly in love with her art style. I have a few more Nina LaCour books left, but I am hoping to get to them in the coming months!

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  4. My heart is so full right now!!!! I’m glad I inspired you to post more about f/f!!! P.S. I 100% agree about Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit, I’m questioning how a harmful book like that has any hype at all, lol. And, sapphic shame but I have literally never liked a Nina Lacour book 💀 Also, Robin Talley writes a lot of stuff but if you didn’t really like As I Descended, I don’t think you’d like any of her other books (she’s a hit and miss for me. I’ve only liked 2 of her books)

    If I could tell you my f/f must reads they’d definitely be Far From You by Tess Sharpe and Ice Massacre by Tiana Warner! They’re not really underrated but I love them with all of my heart and I want everyone to read them! Since you’re into graphic novels, I highly, highly recommend Heavy Vinyl and The Avant-Guards by Carly Usdin and Katie O’Neill’s (a lot of them have subtle rep but I think Princess Princess Ever After is the most “f/f”, strictly speaking)

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    1. I only read Georgia Peaches because I saw it on a list of books that deal with religion and sexuality and while that aspect was good, nothing else about it was lol. I can totally see how Nina LaCour’s books aren’t for everybody, I just find them oddly comforting? I tried out the first chapter of one of Robin Talley’s other books and the writing style was a lot for me, but I think that I could maybe enjoy some of her other books if I audiobooked them.

      I need to look into Far From You and Ice Massacre super soon, they seem very intriguing! I requested and then read The Avant-Guards right after I saw your comment and it was so good!! I’ll definitely be looking into the other ones you mentioned soon!

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      1. The only books about religion and sexuality (that are f/f) that I’ve enjoyed were Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney Stevens and Taking Flight by Siera Maley (but I’m not religious at all so I’m not the best for commenting on those things!) Even without the theme of religion, I really enjoyed them!

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