sapphic books

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

Hi, friends!! I have no idea if anyone remembers, but last year I made a list of the 22 sapphic books I had read at that point in time. Since I made that post, I have read 28 more sapphic books. That means I have read 50 sapphic books? That is kind of crazy to think about but there are literally so many more I need to read, this is barely the beginning. Anywho, we have 28 books to cover today, so let’s just jump right in.

(Also I took away the “you might not like this if” section that I had last time bc I am lazy.)

I. The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding

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  • What’s it about? Abby Ives has the perfect summer and internship planned out, but everything goes off the rails when she starts falling for the other girl at her internship.
  • Do I Recommend it? Honestly? No. There was a lot of underlying fatphobia in this book and I was very uncomfortable the whole time I listened to the audiobook.

II. 10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac

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  • What’s it about? When Maeve finds herself in Vancouver with her somewhat estranged dad, she has to deal with her anxiety, her dad’s relapse, and her crush on a girl in town.
  • Do I recommend it? Yes! It is a heavier read, but I really enjoyed it and it made me feel seen.

III. Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

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  • What’s it about? Gonna be completely honest and say I do not remember. Sapphic horror. Monster? Rock? This could be completely wrong.
  • Do I recommend it? I honestly can’t say if you like horror you’ll like this or anything, so I would check out some other reviews and get back to me.

IV. Her Name in the Sky by Kelly Quindlen

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  • What’s it about? Hannah is trying to finish out her senior year of high school at her Catholic school while keeping her crush on her childhood best friend a secret.
  • Do I recommend it? So many people like this book, so I feel like if you are interested you should check it out. That being said, I personally didn’t really enjoy anything other than the religion and sexuality aspect.

V. It’s Not Like It’s A Secret by Misa Sugiura

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  • What’s it about? This book follows Sana as she moves from a smaller town to a city in California. Once there, she looks more into herself and her family and forms real relationships with her peers.
  • Do I recommend it? Yes!! I really loved this book, but I will note that there is a cheating storyline that other reviews have said made them uncomfortable, so look into that if you want to read.

VI. Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi

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  • What’s it about? A sapphic, diverse Gilmore Girls where Rory falls in love with Paris.
  • Do I recommend it? YES!!!! I literally loved this book so much, please read it. It has the same vibes as Gilmore Girls and it is perfect.

VII. The Avant-Guards, Vol. 1 by Carly Usdin

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  • What’s it about? This is a graphic novel about an underdog basketball team and how they all come together as a group.
  • Do I recommend it? Yeah!! Super cute, lots of good messages about teamwork. (Also, it’s short, so it’s a good reading challenge boost!)

VIII. Wicked Sweet by Chelsea M. Cameron

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  • What’s it about? This is enemies to lovers combined with the dark grumpy one and the sweet happy one falling in love and it’s just really cute.
  • Do I recommend it? Yes! It’s nothing revolutionary but it is super sweet and cute and I really enjoyed it.

IX. Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill

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  • What’s it about? This is a short and sweet graphic novel where the princess saves the princess.
  • Do I recommend it? Yeah!

X. Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake

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  • What’s it about? Ivy’s house is destroyed in a tornado and she starts finding bits of her private journal in her belongings, she learns more about herself as she tries to put the pieces of her life back together.
  • Do I recommend it? YES!! This book was so good and teaches such important lessons for a middle grade audience, I could not recommend it enough.

XI. Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins

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  • What’s it about? Millie goes to a boarding school in Scotland where she ends up rooming, and falling in love with, Flora, a Scottish princess.
  • Do I recommend it? Yes. So much. Many recommendations from me. It is one of my books that I reread parts of when I am sad, I just love it so much.

XII. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

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  • What’s it about? I’m gonna be honest and say I have no idea how to summarize this one. It was gay and there were dragons.
  • Do I recommend it? Yeah! So many people have loved it and I would have been one of those people if I had enough brain cells to comprehend it, but I don’t, and high fantasy continues to go right over my head.

XIII. Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow

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  • What’s it about? A girl goes to a summer camp dedicated to music, while there she develops a crush on a girl and makes some new friends.
  • Do I recommend it? Yes! This was such a cute middle grade and I really enjoyed it.

XIV. Far from You by Tess Sharpe 

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  • What’s it about? Sophie comes home from rehab in order to try and figure out who murdered Mina, her best friend and crush.
  • Do I recommend it? Yes!! I can’t wait to reread this book, it was so good and the characters were A+.

XV. Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno

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  • What’s it about? Georgina has been waiting for her magic to come in, but when mysterious things start happening around the island she realizes there are more pressing matters.
  • Do I recommend it? Yep!

XVI. Wilder Girls by Rory Power

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  • What’s it about? Female lord of the flies expect more horror-esque.
  • Do I recommend it? Yes! This book was A Lot for me because I don’t handle gore well, but so many people have loved it.

XVII. The Breakaways by Cathy G. Johnson

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  • What’s it about? A group of kids all end up on the same soccer team, despite the fact that none of them really want to be there.
  • Do I recommend it? Yeah! This was really cute for a middle grade. I have seen reviews saying that they thought it was missing plot and character development, but it was a cute graphic novel that I didn’t take too seriously.

XVIII. Orpheus Girl by Brynne Rebele-Henry

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  • What’s it about? Raya follows her best friend turned lover to conversion therapy.
  • Do I recommend it? Um. No. If you want a book that deals with this topic, I encourage you to check out The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth.

XIX. We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

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  • What’s it about? After being married off to the same guy, two girls join the revolution. (That is the best I can summarize it in a sentence but it is so much more than that and also idk if that is even completely accurate, so please look at the actual summary linked above).
  • Do I recommend it? Yes! I still need to read book two, but I absolutely love this world and these characters to death.

XX. Far From Home by Natalie Brunwick 

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  • What’s it about? This is a Christmas romance where two roommates find themselves catching feelings for each other when they spend Christmas together at one of their houses.
  • Do I recommend it? Okay, so like, I gave this two stars. That being said, I am looking back on it fondly writing this because the Christmas and Hallmark vibes were very much there.

XXI. Heavy Vinyl, Vol. 1 by Carly Usdin

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  • What’s it about? An underground fight club that is also super gay.
  • Do I recommend it? Yes! So fun, so badass, much enjoyment.

XXII. The Gay Girl’s Guide to Ruining Prom by Siera Maley

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  • What’s it about? Zoey agrees to help get back at her best friend’s ex, but she does the one thing she shouldn’t and falls for her instead.
  • Do I recommend it? Yes!

XXIII. Sweetest Thing by Natasha West

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  • What’s it about? The Great British Bake Off, but behind the scenes where two of the competitors fall in love with each other.
  • Do I recommend it? Yes!!! This was so cute and quick and trope-y and it is literally the perfect sapphic pick me up read.

XXIV. Goldie Vance, Vol. 1 by Hope Larson

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  • What’s it about? Goldie tries to track down a thief at the hotel she works at but uncovers that it may go deeper than she ever thought.
  • Do I recommend it? Yeah! I wasn’t like, in love with it, but it was a super cute and quick graphic novel.

XXV. The Summer of Impossibilities by Rachael Allen

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  • What’s it about? Sisterhood of the traveling pants, but make it sapphic and YA.
  • Do I recommend it? I really really really loved this book, I had a complete meltdown over it, but in a good way.

XXVI. The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

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  • What’s it about? A celebrity and a fangirl switch places at a comic con, chaos ensues.
  • Do I recommend it? Um. Hard question. If you liked the first book, yes. If not, probably not.

XXVII. Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

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  • What’s it about? Little and Lion is mainly about the relationship between Suzette and her older brother who is dealing with bipolar disorder, but it is so much more than that and I feel like I cannot accurately encapsulate all of it in a sentence or two.
  • Do I recommend it? 100% yes. I really really enjoyed this and how open it is about mental health and meds and doctors and I loved Suzette and so much more. I basically loved everything.

XXVIII. Of Ice and Shadows by Audrey Coulthurst

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  • What’s it about? Gay magic princesses, part two.
  • Do I recommend it? Yes! These were so fun and gay and I really enjoyed them. Though I should probably disclaim that anything with a gay princess has my approval.

 

Okay, so, that’s it. Hopefully part three will come in sooner than a year, but we’ll see. What would y’all like the consistent number for these posts to be going forward? I am thinking 15 or 20, but I want to know what you guys would prefer! Have you read any of these? Do you want to? Let’s chat in the comments!

10 thoughts on “All The Sapphic Books I’ve Read // Pt Two

  1. Such a great post and so many amazing recommendations ! We set the world on fire looks amazing! Also Priory of the orange tree has been on my tbr for so long.

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