Book Twitter has been annoying me lately.
To be fair, it’s almost always annoying, but is it just me, or has April been worse than usual? Once in a while, someone on book twitter tweets about how “there are no f/f books” or “there are no good f/f books”, and I am t i r e d. Both of these takes are so wrong, and kinda rooted in misogyny if you think about it, but we won’t get into that here. Instead, I’ll just passive aggressively compile a list of all the f/f books I’ve ever read and want to read!
Please keep in mind that this is by no means a comprehensive list—there are hundreds of f/f books out there, and this is just the very small fraction that I’ve read and want to read. There are also a lot of creators who are doing a much better job of boosting sapphic books than I am—please follow Reads Rainbow (they give lots of LGBT media recs—not just sapphic) and E!
Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
This may be the first f/f book I ever read, at least according to Goodreads (which I started using three years ago wow time flies). This is just a cute and fluffy story, and I liked the fact that the characters were super mature. It also has a lot to do with movies—the main character is a set designer, so we get a look into what goes into making a film, and there are characters who are actors/actresses.
Rep: mixed race (Black) lesbian main character, lesbian love interest
Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee
I’d classify this as younger YA, bordering on middle grade! It’s a superhero story about an underdog main character who has a crush on the”it girl” of her school. The worldbuilding didn’t really make sense to me and the plot is kinda basic, but I think this book’s strength lies in its cuteness and diversity. I really related to some of the main character’s experiences regarding being a part of Asian diaspora. And the companion novels of this series are diverse too (of the other two main characters, one is the trans and the other is aro/ace)!
Rep: bisexual Vietnamese-Chinese American main character, lesbian love interest, trans side character
We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
If you want enemies-to-lovers but sapphic, this is the book for you!!! WSTDOF is set in a world where every wealthy man marries two women, and our main characters, Dani and Carmen, find themselves married to the same man. However, they fall in love with each other instead. This book is so diverse and has so much to say about immigration rights, misogyny, and other important issues—please read it!!
Rep: Latina sapphic main characters, all-Latinx cast
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
This is one of the most hyped f/f books ever, and for good reason. Its themes about reclaiming your body after sexual assault and the fact that it’s about queer Asian girls are *chef’s kiss*. It follows Lei, who is chosen to become a Paper Girl—the demon king’s concubine—and her romance with Wren, another Paper Girl.
Rep: sapphic characters, East/South-East Asian setting and characters
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I’m sad to say that the hype completely ruined this one for me. The whole time I was reading it, I was just wondering when it would be as good as everyone says it is—so much so that I couldn’t even form my own opinions on it. This is about the life of an incredibly famous actress who had seven husbands. In this book, we find out why she married so many times, and many people regard Evelyn Hugo as one of their favorite morally grey characters.
Rep: Cuban-American bisexual main character, lesbian love interest, gay side characters, mixed race (Black) main character
Into the Drowning Deep by Mila Grant
I enjoyed this so much, but be warned that it gets scary and gory at times! Into the Drowning Deep follows an expedition of scientists who are out to film a mockumentary on killer mermaids—little do they know that those killer mermaids are real. Though I sometimes couldn’t understand the scientific jargon in this book, I loved learning about the anatomy and physiology of the mermaids. I also liked that the main characters are super adult about their romance—they don’t try to deny their attraction to each other, but they also know that survival comes before a relationship.
Rep: bisexual main character, lesbian main character, autistic main character, deaf side characters
These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling
The characters in this book were kinda boring, but I loved the witchy aspects and the mystery (and the sapphicness of course).
Rep: lesbian main character, bisexual love interest, side trans character, sapphic side character
Prom and Other Hazards by Jamie Sullivan
If you’re looking for a story that’s purely made up of fluff, then look know further! This is a friends-to-lovers romance set against the backdrop of high school prom. Also, it’s literally less than 50 pages, so read it for your Goodreads challenge.
Rep: lesbian main character, bisexual love interest
Crier’s War by Nina Varela
This is a classic f/f book. If you haven’t read it yet, what are you doing?? It has so much yearning and pining (mostly from Crier, a useless lesbian), coupled with a generous sprinkling of angst (coming from Ayla, who is on a mission to kill Crier). This book also seamlessly blends sci-fi and fantasy since it’s set in a world ruled by Automae, who are Made, not born. I loved its discussions surrounding what really makes someone human.
Rep: sapphic main characters, non-white cast
Colorblind by Siera Maley
This is about a girl who can see the age that someone will die on their forehead. She meets and falls in love with a girl who is going to die within the year. Although I was a little disappointed with the ending, I liked the messages about living your life to the fullest, and the romance was cute.
Rep: lesbian main character and love interest
The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco
One of the most creative books I’ve ever read—I loved its themes about climate change! This is set in a world where one side of the planet experiences perpetual night and the other perpetual day, and it was so interesting to see how people survived in these circumstances. The magic system (though a little hard to understand) and fantastical creatures were cool too! And to top it off, there’s a sapphic bodyguard/princess romance that is SO angsty.
Rep: chronically ill lesbian main character, Asian-coded bisexual love interest with PTSD, disabled love interest, non-white characters
Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett
While my love for this book has waned a little (its crude sexual jokes were super cringey), you should read it for the complex magic system and heist plotline. It’s also set in a city ruled by merchant houses, and the author’s descriptions truly made the setting come to life. The romance is a very small aspect, but it’s sweet nonetheless!
Rep: sapphic main character and love interest, non-white characters
Tarnished Are the Stars by Rosiee Thor
I still look back on this book fondly, even though it was glaringly obvious to me that it was a debut while I was reading it. This is about three characters that team up to defeat a corrupt government. The sci-fi elements are a little unrealistic, but they’re super easy to grasp, so I recommend this to anyone who’s intimidated by sci-fi or new to it. Also, this is one of the only books I’ve read with blatantly canon aro/ace rep. 🥺
Rep: possibly bisexual or demisexual main character, lesbian main character, aro/ace main character, non-white side character
Wilder Girls by Rory Power
Sadly, this book wasn’t for me, but others really enjoyed it! The romance isn’t a big part of the story, but I was a fan of it anyway. Beware that this might not be the perfect book to read right now though—it’s about a group of girls who are quarantined on an island due to a virus called the Tox. Some of the girls’ bodies are mutating because of the Tox, and I can see how some wouldn’t be able to handle this book’s descriptions of gore, body horror, and isolation.
Rep: bisexual main character, sapphic love interest, other sapphic side characters
The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum
Another book that sadly didn’t work for me. 😭 I liked it enough to give it 3 star though! I loved the found family and space aspects. Some of its scenes and lines are super soft too. 🥺
Rep: Black butch lesbian main character, biracial (Black) lesbian love interest, side polyamorous relationship, Indian-American side character, side mlm characters, side character with selective mutism
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
The sheer girl power in this book, ya’ll!! It was so refreshing to see a story with women at the forefront—all of the men’s character arcs paled in comparison to theirs. The romance between Ead and Queen Sabran is so powerful too. 🥺 Also, dragons!!
A lot of people are intimidated by this book’s length—and I was too—but I think you should give it a try nonetheless. The worldbuilding isn’t very hard to grasp (and I say this as someone with two brain cells), and since The Priory of the Orange Tree is divided into parts, it might help to see each part as one book!
Rep: sapphic main characters, non-white characters
Already Released F/F Books on My TBR
Red Sister by Mark Lawrence– I’m pretty sure there’s no romance in this book since the protagonists are literally children, but I know there’s gonna be a sapphic couple in its sequel/s. This is a high fantasy about MAGICAL ASSASSIN NUNS, which is all I need to know.
Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand– I’ve heard that this is the perfect Halloween read, so I may save it for October. Also, this features strong female friendships alongside the f/f romance, so we have no choice but to stan.
The Truth About Keeping Secrets by Savannah Brown– This is an f/f mystery, and I’ve heard nothing but good things about it!! Many people refer to it as slept-on, and I’d very much like to stop being one of the people sleeping on it.
After the Eclipse by Fran Dorricott– Another f/f mystery, but this time it’s adult! I picked this up months ago, but had to put it down even though I was enjoying it, because there were more pressing books I had to get to. 😔 I’m so excited to finally continue it!
We Unleash the Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia– This is the sequel to We Set the Dark on Fire, and I feel TERRIBLE that I haven’t read it yet. (I’m trying my best to prioritize backlist reads right now. 😞)
The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkostki– Again, haven’t read this yet since I’m focusing on my backlist! Marie Rutkoski wrote The Winners Trilogy, one of my old favorites (it’s still a fave, but I now recognize its flaws), and the fact that I haven’t read her new f/f book that everyone loves yet is a tragedy.
Unreleased (as of when this post was published) F/F Books on my TBR
I can’t express how excited I am for all the f/f books releasing this year!! 2020 is gonna be the year of sapphic books.
Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn (May 5th)- This features a girl gang, and I’m pretty sure it’s set during the French Revolution! I’ve heard good things about it, and I love the cover because I’m a Hoe for the color green. 💚💚
The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar (May 12th)- This is like, in my top five most anticipated releases of the year!! Its cover is literally flawless, and I love that it features intersectional queer rep. Both of the protagonists are brown, and I know at least one of them is Muslim. I may be wrong, but I think this also tackles cultural appropriation. All in all: I NEED to read this book.
The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinska (June 2nd)- I used to know the synopsis of this book, but I’ve forgotten. 😗✌🏻 I’m 99% sure it’s a villain/protagonist romance though.
The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth (June 9th)- I’m not ashamed to say that I want to read this book for two reasons only: the cover and the f/f romance.
Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust (July 7th)- Me: *is salty about not having an ARC of this book even though I never request ARCs anymore*. But in all seriousness, the early reviews for this book have made me so hyped for it! It has Persian rep and is about a girl with a poisonous touch. I am 😞😞 that its release date got pushed back due to the pandemic.
I Kissed Alice by Anna Birch (July 28th)- I love the “two people hate each other in real life, but fall in love while anonymously communicating” trope, aka the “You’ve Got Mail” trope, so I’m very happy that we’re getting a sapphic version.
As you may or may not know, I want to read 20 books in April. I really don’t know why I decided to put myself through the pain, but I wanna see if I can actually complete my TBR. So that’s why I haven’t been interacting much lately—all I’ve been doing is reading (and mindlessly scrolling through Twitter during my reading breaks). It isn’t long until April is over and I allow myself more time on WordPress, but I just wanted to give you a heads up, in case you’re wondering why I still haven’t replied to you!