sapphic books

All The Sapphic Books I’ve Read // Parts Three and Four!

Hi, friends!! We’re back for another installment of “all the sapphic books I’ve read!” Parts one and two are already up and are linked! This post is much longer than the others because it is actually two parts because I posted part three on the Sapphic Saturdays blog a while ago!

Anywho, this post is going to be hella long anyways, so let’s just get into it:

I. The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth

  • What’s it about? Saoirse doesn’t believe in true love. She has enough going on in her life with her mother having dementia and figuring out what she wants to do for university, she doesn’t want a girlfriend on top of that. Enter Ruby: a girl who loves romcoms and who Saoirse can’t stop thinking about. Together, they decide to recreate all of the cheesy romcom moments in a “falling in love montage.”
  • Do I recommend it? 1000 times yes, I love this book with my entire being. I want to reread it so badly but the whole hereditary dementia thing hit me hard enough the first time and now I have my own inheritable degenerative disease to worry about and I do not think the brain can handle that right now.

II. You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

  • What’s it about? Liz Lighty had everything planned out: she would get a scholarship to a great music program, play in a world-famous music program, and become a doctor. Her plans come crashing down when her financial aid doesn’t come through and the only think she can think to do to get back on track is to become prom queen.
  • Do I recommend it? Yes, yes, yes! I loved so much about this book: the anxiety rep, the small town setting, Liz herself, her relationship with her family, it was all great. Plus, Reese Witherspoon herself made this her book club pick. Go pick it up.

III. I Kissed Alice by Anna Birch

  • What’s it about? Two girls have a fierce rivalry at their private arts academy, what they don’t know is that they have been secretly co-authoring a Alice in Wonderland fanfiction together most of the time they swore their hatred for each other.
  • Do I recommend it? Yes, I didn’t enjoy this as much as I thought I would, but so many others have so I think it was a me thing.

IV. A Little Light Mischief by Cat Sebastian

  • What’s it about? This historical fiction novella is set in England, in it you follow two girls: a penniless maid named Molly and a somewhat disgraced lady named Alice. The two grown closer than most think they should and get into a little bit of mischief.
  • Do I recommend it? Yeah! This was a cute little novella and I listened to it in just over an hour so it’s a great quick read to help out your goodreads challenge lol.

V. Blackout by Kit Mallory

  • What’s it about? Set in a near future UK, this dystopian novel is set in a UK divided in half by a wall. Skyler is a Northern refugee living in hiding while gaining her reputation as the best hacker South of the wall. When given the opportunity, she teams up with
  • Do I recommend it? Yes! I can’t explain how much I loved this duology and how amazing it felt to read a book with both sapphics and extremely well done OCD rep, but I can say that you should highly consider checking this duology out if you haven’t yet.

VI. Sparks by Kit Mallory

  • What’s it about? A sequel to Blackout, this book follows the same crew dealing with the fallout of the previous books events. I don’t know how to explain without spoiling anything, but its very good and you can read the goodreads description if you want a proper idea of what the book is about.
  • Do I recommend it? Yes! I think I liked the first book just a tad better, but I really liked the ending and the mental health rep is just so good.

VII. Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson

  • What’s it about? This is a memoir by the author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (which I still haven’t read oops) about her childhood growing up with very religious and unaccepting parents.
  • Do I recommend it? Yes, this book was a very hard read for me due to my own religious background, but I think it is a very important book that tells a story far too relevant to too many different queer people.

VIII. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

  • What’s it about? This book follows two sisters, one who lives in the Dominican Republic and one who lives in New York, who end up learning each other exist after their fathers sudden death in a plane crash. This book deals with grief and loss and family secrets and it is beautifully written.
  • Do I recommend it? Yes!! I absolutely loved this book and can’t wait to pick up more of Acevedo’s books, the writing style is beautiful and I love the way this story was told.

IX. The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

  • What’s it about? Nishat and Flavia find themselves competing in a school business class competition with rival henna businesses, sparking conversations about racism and cultural appropriation.
  • Do I recommend it? 100%, yes!! This was a five star read for me, I absolutely loved it and I can’t wait for Jaigirdar’s next book!

X. Late to the Party by Kelly Quindlen

  • What’s it about? After turning seventeen, Codie realizes she has never done any of the stereotypical teenage things like going to parties or sneaking out. To remedy this, her and her two best friends go to a party down the street. While there, Codie meets Ricky and his friends, who she spends the summer with trying to get the full teenage experience.
  • Do I recommend it? Yeah! I had some issues with the way certain topics were handled in this book, but I think that is just a personal thing as most other reviews don’t seem to mind. Either way, it was overall a fun coming of age book that I think is enjoyable.

XI. Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

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  • What’s it about? In this apocalyptic alternative history set around the time of the American Civil War, Jane McKeene is close to finishing her education at Miss Preston’s School of Combat, where she and her fellow students learn how to fight the undead. Her plans of returning to her home in Kentucky are unraveled as families around the school start going missing.
  • Do I recommend it? I enjoyed this book when I read it, but after finishing it and its sequel I read some reviews from Indigenous readers who were uncomfortable with the way Indigenous characters were described and treated. I think if you want to pick up these books it is important to consider these points of view and would recommend reading some of these reviews before making the decision to read this duology or not.

XII. Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland

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  • What’s it about? In this sequel to Dread Nation, Jane and her allies travel the country trying to find safety from the undead.
  • Do I recommend it? Same as above!

XIII. Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

  • What’s it about? This novella follows Jack and Jill, two twin sisters with opposite styles and personalities, as they journey through a door into a world full of vampires and mad scientists.
  • Do I recommend it? Yes!! This was actually the first sapphic book I ever read my senior year of high school, though I didn’t really make a note of the sapphic relationship at the time. I recommend this entire series, they are all so unique and I love getting snapshots of these different worlds.

XIV. Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

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  • What’s it about? Soraya is a princess with a poisonous touch who has spent her days hidden away from the public. She finds herself bargaining with the demon in the dungeon to discover how to free herself from her curse.
  • Do I recommend it? Yes!! I really loved this book and the way this story unfolded.

XV. The A to Z of Girlfriends by Natasha West

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  • What’s it about? Izzy Mortimer is about to get married and she finds herself reminiscing on how she got to this point in her life and tells the story of her failed romances and how she meet the woman soon to be her wife.
  • Do I recommend it? Yeah! I didn’t like this book as much as the other Natasha West book I’ve read, but it was still really good and cute.

XVI. Music from Another World by Robin Talley

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  • What’s it about? Tammy and Sharon are assigned pen pals from two different Californian Catholic schools who find themselves going far outside of their assigned school requirements as they become close friends and start to discuss the things they cannot talk about with anyone else, like how Tammy likes girls and Sharon is helping her gay brother hide his relationship from their mom.
  • Do I recommend it? Yes!! This has to be one of my favorite sapphic books, I loved it so much and I love the conversations concerning being queer in a very religious household that happen throughout. This book honestly just means a lot to me and I recommend it highly.

XVII. Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole

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  • What’s it about? This novella is a second chance romance set in between Cole’s Reluctant Royals series following Likotsi and Fabiola as what started as one cup of tea turns into a whirlwind romance.
  • Do I recommend it? Yeah! I listened to the audio for this one for a Sapphic Saturday and it was really cute and I want to read the other books in this series at some point.

XVIII. All the Paths to You by Morgan Lee Miller

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  • What’s it about? This sequel to All the Worlds Between Us follows Quinn and Kennedy as they try to make a life from themselves on their own after college and Quinn’s first Olympic games are over.
  • Do I recommend it? Yes!!! I love this duology so much, these books are so good and this one has great (unexpected) mental health rep and one of the characters goes to therapy and it is just really good.

XIX. The Rise of Kyoshi by F.C. Yee

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  • What’s it about? Set within the Avatar: The Last Airbender universe, this book follows Avatar Kyoshi as she goes from a weak bender who can barely rearrange rocks to the justice oriented Avatar who would be known, honored, and feared for generations.
  • Do I recommend it? YES! Though I will say that I honestly don’t know how much sense this book would make if you haven’t watched at least part of ATLA, but if you watch that show you can watch Legend of Korra with sapphics and then read these very sapphic books so like, I say go for it.

XX. The Shadow of Kyoshi by F.C. Yee

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  • What’s it about? In the sequel to The Rise of Kyoshi, Kyoshi and her Team Avatar have to team up to face a threat from the spirit realm.
  • Do I recommend it? Yes, 1000 times yes. I was just rereading my kindle quotes while writing this and it is taking everything in me not to do a full reread, this series is so amazing and Kyoshi and Rangi have my entire heart. I mean, I think this quote says it all for me:

“Kyoshi had gone so long without her center she almost forgot what it felt like. Rangi made her human again, balanced and whole.”

XXI. The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows

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  • What’s it about? When Agatha Griffin finds a bee colony in her warehouse she has no idea what to do, so she calls Penelope Flood, a nearby bee keeper. The two women find themselves growing close despite their differences, but their budding relationship is complicated when Penelope’s husband returns home for the first time in years.
  • Do I recommend it? Yes! I tried to read this physically as an arc and I really couldn’t get into it so I tried the audiobook when it came out and found myself immersed so quickly. The writing is kind of, dense? I think that’s why I couldn’t get through it physically, but the audiobook was really good if you want to read it that way.

XXII. Goldie Vance, Vol. 2 by Hope Larson

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  • What’s it about? In this volume, Goldie finds herself working with Charles, the hotel’s official detective, on a case he just can’t crack.
  • Do I recommend it? Yeah! This wasn’t my favorite out of the series by any means, but these comics are just really cute in general and I love them all a lot.

XXIII. The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars by Michael Dante DiMartino

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  • What’s it about? Set immediately after the ending of Book Four of Legend of Korra, this book follows Korra and Asami as they return from their vacation in the spirit world to Republic City, which is once again having lots of political drama.
  • Do I recommend it? YES!!!! Korra and Asami are literally so damn cute and seeing them date and tell people about their relationship is so cute and wholesome and I love it. (But also you should watch LoK before you read these because of spoilers and how I think they would generally make no sense without context).

XXIV. The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire by Michael Dante DiMartino

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  • What’s it about? Set after Turf Wars, this book gives a further look into Book Four’s villain.
  • Do I recommend it? Yes! These comics are so so fun and also, Korrasami.

XXV. Who I Was with Her by Nita Tyndall

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  • What’s it about? Corinne has been keeping her relationship with her girlfriend Maggie a secret for months, but when Maggie suddenly dies in a car crash she finds herself having to confront many different emotional hurdles all at one.
  • Do I recommend it? Oh my god yes, so much. This book broke me, I cried reading it (which is kind of rare for me actually). There are so many different important discussions about grief and coming out and bisexuality and I just love it so much.

XXVI. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

  • What’s it about? This is a classic novella about a vampire that preys on younger girls, it would later inspire Dracula and many other famous vampire stories.
  • Do I recommend it? Not really, to be honest. I listened to this as an audiobook and it was like, fine, but its not something I am going to shout at everyone to read.

XXVIII. Heavy Vinyl: Y2K-O! by Carly Usdin

  • What’s it about? This is the second volume of a graphic novel series about a group of girls who work at a vinyl shop by day and participate in a fight club by night.
  • Do I recommend it? Yeah, I didn’t enjoy this quite as much as I did the first volume because I felt like there were a lot of subplots that didn’t get enough attention as they needed, but overall these are still really fun and I love the romance.

XXIX. Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

  • What’s it about? This follows Margot as she tries to learn more about her family and the secrets they have been hiding for years.
  • Do I recommend it? Honestly, not really. This was very weird and confusing and I didn’t enjoy it, so between that and the author’s recent actions, no.

XXX. These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

  • What’s it about? Hannah is a teenage witch who lives in none other than Salem, Massachusetts, yet she still has to keep her magic a secret. Normally that is just a mild annoyance, but when dark magic starts to terrorize Salem, keeping her magic a secret is the least of Hannah’s problems.
  • Do I recommend it? Yes! This was really fun and I really enjoyed it.

XXXI. Cute Mutants, Vol 1: Mutant Pride by S.J. Whitby

  • What’s it about? Dylan Taylor has loved the X-Men franchise for years, but when she and a group of other teenagers suddenly develop weird abilities, they decide to take action against another mutant who is terrorizing the town.
  • Do I recommend it? Yeah! I read this while ago when ,,,, a lot of personal things were happening that were very overwhelming and that definitely affected my enjoyment of this, but I plan on rereading it and finishing the series because I think its something I would really enjoy.

XXXII. Faith: Taking Flight by Julie Murphy

  • What’s it about? This is the first of a duology YA adaptation of Faith Hilbert’s comics and her origin story.
  • Do I recommend it? This was kind of just a meh read for me in general, but I cannot explain how much I loved reading about a fat sapphic superhero.

XXXIII. Goldie Vance, Vol 3 by Hope Larson

  • What’s it about? These comics follow Goldie Vance, a teen detective, and the mysteries she solves and the shenanigans she gets into along the way.
  • Do I recommend it? Yes! These comics are so fun and cute and I love them all, I can’t recommend it enough.

XXXIV. Goldie Vance, Vol 4 by Hope Larson

  • What’s it about? These comics follow Goldie Vance, a teen detective, and the mysteries she solves and the shenanigans she gets into along the way.
  • Do I recommend it? Yes! Also just as a side note, I absolutely love the cover of this one.

XXXV. Goldie Vance: Larceny in La La Land by Hope Larson

  • What’s it about? These comics follow Goldie Vance, a teen detective, and the mysteries she solves and the shenanigans she gets into along the way.
  • Do I recommend it? Yes! I was so sad when I was reading this because I didn’t want to be out of issues in this series and I am still kind of sad about it, ngl.

XXXVI. Christmas Inn Maine by Chelsea M. Cameron

  • What’s it about? Colden Haye’s Christmas getaway is ruined when she discovers the cabin she rented does not actually exist and she ends up in a local inn that just happens to be owned by her most-hated coworker’s family.
  • Do I recommend it? Yes! This was our group read for 12 Days of Queermas and I really loved reading it and getting to talk about it with Brittany and others!

XXXVII. A Curse of Roses by Diana Pinguicha

  • What’s it about? Princess Yzabel is cursed, cursed to turn any food she tries to eat into roses while her country starves. Desperate for a cure, Yzabel turns to Fatyan, an Enchanted Moura, to help.
  • Do I recommend it? YES! This book was so so good and the discussions about religion and how it relates to sexuality made me so emotional, I love this book a lot.

XXXVIII. Ritu Weds Chandni by Ameya Narvankar

  • What’s it about? This children’s picture book follows Ayesha as she attends the wedding of her cousin to another women and has to witness people’s different reactions.
  • Do I recommend it? Yes!!! I absolutely loved this picture book so much, if you have any children in your life I highly recommend checking it out (and also if you don’t, its just very good).

XXXIX. Do You Feel What I Feel? Edited by Jae

  • What’s it about? This is a collection of sapphic holiday short stories by a variety of sapphic authors.
  • Do I recommend it? Yeah, there were some really good stories in here and some meh stories, but I feel like that is normal for anthologies.

XL. All I Want for Christmas by Georgia Beers, Maggie Cummings, and Fiona Riley

  • What’s it about? This a collection of three sapphic holiday novellas.
  • Do I recommend it? I recommend the first and third stories, but I very much do not recommend the second. You can read more on my feelings about it here.

XLI. Fearless by Shira Glassman

  • What’s it about? Lana is a chaperone for her daughter’s orchestra and she finds herself growing close to Melanie, the orchestra director at Lana’s daughter’s school.
  • Do I recommend it? If you’re in the mood for a cute, quick sapphic holiday read, 100%.

XLII. Make the Yuletide Gay by Ivy L. James

  • What’s it about? This novella follows an editor and her assistant when they are sent on a last minute business trip where they end up having to share an room at a small bed and breakfast.
  • Do I recommend it? Eh? I honestly don’t know, you can read my full thoughts here.

XLIII. Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

  • What’s it about? This Christmas-time sapphic romance follows Darcy and Elle as they go on a disastrous blind date and then make an arrangement to agree to fake date to keep their families off their backs.
  • Do I recommend it? Yes! This was super cute and super fun, I love fake dating.

XLIV. Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire

  • What’s it about? This novella follows Jack as she returns to Eleanor West’s School for Wayward Children to seek help when something goes terribly wrong in her world.
  • Do I recommend it? Yes! I think this may be my favorite installment in this series, the OCD rep was so so good and I really love Jack.

XXLV. Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

  • What’s it about? Frances has spent years being solely focused on school and grades and her future, but when she meets Aled she starts to focus less on school and more on herself.
  • Do I recommend it? YES!!!!! As someone who has dropped out of two different colleges (oops) and spent years trapped in her own head solely focused on school work, this book means so much to me and I love it so damn much.

XLVI. America Vol 1: The Life and Times of America Chavez by Gabby Rivera

  • What’s it about? In her first ever solo run, the former Young Avenger America Chavez goes to college where she unexpectedly learns more about her family and has to confront her past.
  • Do I recommend it? Yes? But like, I feel like you have to read the Young Avengers comics first and I do want to note that these comics read very odd and it’s a lot, but I still enjoyed them.

XLVII. America Vol 2: Fast and Fuertona by Gabby Rivera

  • What’s it about? In her first ever solo run, the former Young Avenger America Chavez goes to college where she unexpectedly learns more about her family and has to confront her past.
  • Do I recommend it? Same as above!

XLVIII. A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow, Vol 1 by Makoto Hagino

  • What’s it about? This slowburn sapphic manga series follows two girls who both attend the aquarium club.
  • Do I recommend it? Yes! I marathoned this series, it’s so good and I love it.

XLIX. A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow, Vol 2 by Makoto Hagino

  • What’s it about? This slowburn sapphic manga series follows two girls who both attend the aquarium club.
  • Do I recommend it? Yes!! I mean there are sapphics, and lots of cute fish, what more could you want?

L. A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow, Vol 3 by Makoto Hagino

  • What’s it about? This slowburn sapphic manga series follows two girls who both attend the aquarium club.
  • Do I recommend it? Yeah!!

And with that, this post is finally done!! I hope you enjoyed and found some sapphic books that interest you! I will hopefully be back with part five sometime in the next few months, I have twenty-one more sapphic books to read before I am ready for that (lol), but it is summer and almost pride month, so I don’t think it’ll take too awful long.

Let’s chat in the comments! Have you read any of these? Any sapphic book recommendations?

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