All of the F/F Books I’ve Ever Read + F/F Books on My TBR!!

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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. πŸ₯Ί

Rep: possibly bisexual or demisexual main character, lesbian main character, aro/ace main character, non-white side character

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

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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

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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. πŸ₯Ί

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

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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. πŸ₯Ί 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

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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. πŸ˜” 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.

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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. πŸ’šπŸ’š

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. πŸ˜—βœŒπŸ» 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!

Have you read any of these books? What’d you think about them? What are your favorite sapphic books?

61 thoughts on “All of the F/F Books I’ve Ever Read + F/F Books on My TBR!!

  1. Caitlin!! This list is amazing!! Book twitter has *definitely* been worse this month. I think that because people are stuck at home they have more time to tweet their bad takes out to the world πŸ™„ I always find it funny how some people will champion every m/m book that comes out but then claim that there aren’t any good f/f books out there. It’s tiring.

    There are so many good f/f books coming out! I barely remember the synopsis of all of them but the covers are all so cute I’m so excited 😁 And um yes, The Priory of the Orange Tree scares me! I bought it 8 months ago but every time I look at it to even start thinking about starting to read it I get scared off because it’s so huge.

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    1. Omg, you’re right!! I thought that book twitter couldn’t get any worse, but i guess the pandemic proved me wrong :/ Yes!! I’m kinda scared of straight girls who read *nothing* but m/m but won’t touch f/f with a ten foot pole. I’m literally friends with two girls like this, and i try to call them out, but it doesn’t work smh. Though in their defence, they only read Chinese novels, so maybe there aren’t a lot of f/f Chinese novels??

      I’m so happy that f/f books are becoming more and more common, and i know right?? I’m not much of a synopsis person—I just look at sapphic book covers and sigh with happiness. I totally get how Priory can be intimidating, but the story really isn’t that hard to get into—dividing the book into parts also helps! You can do this ❀

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  2. ugh, i’m so sad that book twitter has been acting up! but it was so awesome of you to (passive agressive-ly πŸ˜‚) write this post!! i’ve read We Set The Dark On Fire and really loved it as well – the messages were everything! i also read The Weight of The Stars: it wasn’t for me, though it had a lot of great rep. i realllyyy want to read Everything Leads To You because i’ve heard so many good things about it! The Henna Wars and We Unleash The Merciless Storm are on my TBR as well. i loved this post, Caitlin! hope you’re well ❀

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    1. Yeah, I honestly think that book twitter is a lost cause. Nothing I say there will probably make a difference, so instead I’ll just be passive aggressive on the blogosphere :)) i know!! The messages in WSTDOF are everything! And I’m super sad that The Weight of the Stars wasn’t for us :/ Everything Leads to You is the perfect fluffy contemporary! And I’m so excited to read We Unleash the Merciless Storm and The Henna Wars as well—I hope they don’t disappoint us πŸ₯Ί thank you so much, Ash! Hope you’re doing well too! ❀ ❀

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  3. There’s been so much on Twitter this month I’m so glad I’m not active on there as of late haha. I loved ELTY so much! I read it last year and there were so much feels from reading it 😭😭 And I’ve been wanting to read Into the Drowning Deep for so long, so I’m glad you enjoyed it. It now reminds me of my obsession with mermaids when I was younger and I don’t like it dfghj.

    I’m reading These Witches Don’t Burn in June – it’s disappointing to know you found the characters boring but I’m still willing to push through it for the sapphic witch content. And omg the romance in Crier’s War is everything!! The yearning in it is just TOO GOOD and I can’t wait for the sequel. I’m so excited for ARCs to come out because I need one asap. And lately I’ve been wanting to read Colorblind so badly, though I’m like genuinely scared of the ending it’s so bad 😭

    I’m so sad The Weight of the Stars didn’t work for you – it’s like one of my favorite books ever dfghjkfghjk. The Henna Wars, The Falling in Love Montage, and I Kissed Alice are probably among my top anticipated releases this year and they all look so cute. Also, I’ve never heard of The Truth About Keeping Secrets, After the Eclipse, Dangerous Remedy, or the Dark Tide before, but I’ll be checking all of them out! I love this post sm and I hope you achieve your goal of reading 20 books this month! πŸ’–πŸ’– The things people say about f/f books are just really . . . I don’t even have the words for it. (It reminds me of how today I came across this review of an f/f book on GR where the reviewer said they didn’t like reading f/f books because they hated sexual descriptors of women so almost exclusively read m/m, and their profile bio was like ‘I like reading m/f and m/m books.’ I was just πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈπŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ the whole time it was terrible)

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    1. Ugh, book twitter is a mess, and i don’t blame you for not being active on it! I still use the platform because some aspects of it are fun, but I only tweet once in a while, & don’t really check my mentions… Ahhh, I’m so glad that you liked ELTY!! It’s the perfect fluffy contemporary, and I get how it can be feels-inducing πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ί I really hope you like Into the Drowning Deep!! Though be warned that the mermaids in it are probably gonna be far more scary than the ones from childhood, hehe

      I hope you enjoy These Witches Don’t Burn more than I did! The characters really were lackluster, but anything is worth pushing through foe sapphic content :)) I know, Crier’s War is iconic. Gay yearning is just *chef’s kiss*. I probably won’t try to get an arc of Iron Heart, but I’ll definitely be reading it close to the release date! Best of luck with getting an arc of it! Oh, I think that most people would be satisfied with Colorblind’s ending—I was just expecting a different one. It’s definitely still worth giving a read!

      Ahhh, I’m super sad too :(( i likes The Weight of the Stars enough though, just didn’t *love* it. Ahh, I hope we both enjoy all of the sapphic books on our TBRs!! Thank you, haha. Though I’m replying to this comment so late, and I can tell you that I did not read 20 books. 12 books is enough for me though ❀

      I cannot stand people like that omg!!! I do not know what goes through the minds of people who blatantly refuse to read wlw books yet support m/m and/or m/f with their whole chests… Reeks of fetishizing to me… Or misogyny, because a popular theory as to why sapphic books don't get a lot of love is because society conditions people to value men's emotions and aggression

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  4. 4 days ago I made it my mission to read more f/f books, and this post just saved my life. 😌

    I’ve been wanting to read The Never Tilting World and Tarnished Are The Stars for a while now, and I think I might read one of them very soon!! I also just checked out Crier’s War from my e-library, so I’ll probably read that one within the next week! πŸ€— Glad to see so many great recs here! Amazing job on the post, Caitlin!

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    1. Xandra, I can’t tell you how happy knowing that made me!! Good luck on your mission to read more f/f books—I’m glad this post could help πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ί

      I hope you enjoy TNTW, TATS, and Crier’s War! They are such great f/f books to read, especially Crier’s War ❀️ thank you so much, Xandra!!!

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  5. I haven’t been on Twitter lately except for notifications but even when I was there the tweets about no f/f books were there πŸ™ƒ but I’m glad that it made you create this post. The silver lining in it all.
    It was one of my personal goals to read more f/f books this year and I have so many I want to get to. 😍😍
    Girls of Paper and Fire is a great book and I thought the romance was so sweet.
    I did love Evelyn Hugo but I understand how hype can do that for a book.
    I’m so glad you enjoyed priory and that the female characters are winning in this book. I would like to check it out one day.
    I’m excited to read We Set The Dark On Fire, Crier’s War, Not Your Sidekick and The Never Tilting World very soon 😍😍
    I also would love to read Amelia Westlake, The Stars and The Darkness Between Them and loads more!!
    The Henna Wars, Girl, Serpent, Thorn and Dangerous Remedy all sound amazing as well !!
    Great post !! Thank you for sharing it !! πŸ’•

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    1. Ugh, the fact that you still came across the tweets just goes to show how prevalent those no f/f tweets are. We literally got three in a week—what’d we do to deserve that smh?? I’m so happy that you’re making it your goal to read more f/f books—it’s something that I should really do too!!
      GOPAF is god-tier, and Wren and Lei are the softest—I love how they’re both sexual assault survivors who find comfort in each other πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ί and yeah, my expectations for Evelyn Hugo were so sky-high that there was nothing to do but climb down, haha. I hope we both enjoy the f/f books we read in the future!! I wasn’t interested in Amelia Westlake before, but I’ve been hearing so many good things about it! Plus, it’s enemies to lovers ahhh. And I’ve heard good things about The Stars and the Blackness Them too!! I feel like it’ll be one of those hard-hitting contemporaries πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ί
      Thank you so much, Sophie ❀️❀️

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  6. This is such a great list, Caitlin!! Thank you for feeding my TBR.πŸ˜…πŸ’—I really need to reread Everything Leads to You!! I remember it being so soft and sweet and having such an interesting setting, too. I also loved Girls of Paper and Fire, though I’ve yet to read the sequel, both because I’ve heard eh things about it and because I’m kind of on a contemporary kick lately and can’t bring myself to read a fantasy book, haha.

    I really want to read We Set the Dark on Fire, wow, it looks amazing! And the cover of The Falling in Love Montage- I LOVE IT. Again, lovely post, and I hope your reading is going well and that you’re doing well too! xx

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    1. Thank you so much, Olivia! You’re so kind πŸ’—πŸ’— I hope you can reread ELTY soon! I remember it being the perfect blend of fluffy and hard-hitting! And I also don’t think I’m going to read Girls of Storm and Shadow. Though my love for GOPAF has increased overtime, I don’t think that I liked it enough to continue Lei and Wren’s story. If GOPAF didn’t have that epilogue, it would’ve been perfect already, honestly πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ I probably would’ve continued anyway if GOSAS had gotten good reviews, but it didn’t, so… I hope you can read We Set the Dark on Fire soon!!! I really love it, and I feel like it’s a little underrated. And I know right?? Illustrated covers are the Best

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  7. This is such a great list!! I’m already putting together a Pride Month TBR and I want it to be exclusively f/f because so many queer books that I own are m/m and that’s entirely my fault because I don’t look hard enough for sapphic books.

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    1. Ah, I’m so happy that your pride month TBR is gonna be all f/f!!! I think mine will be too. m/m books deserve love too, especially ones written by PoC and #ownvoices authors (because most are written by straigh cis white women smh), but it’s time that sapphic books got the recognition that they deserve

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  8. I absolutely LOVE that instead of retaliating to the ignorance on Twitter (I haven’t gone on it for YEARS except to look up Masterchef tweets πŸ˜‚) you compiled a list proving how wrong they are? LOVE IT!!! Ahhh so many of these books are on my TBR already & I didn’t even know they featured f/f romances & now I love them even MORE?! What a FANTASTIC recommendations list 😍

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    1. Ugh, book twitter (and twitter in general) can be really tiring, so I honestly support your decision to spend less time on it. thank you so much, Ngoc!! i can’t tell you how happy i am that this post helped you find out that some of the books on your TBR are sapphic! one of the best feelings, imo 😌 i hope you enjoy al of them!!

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  9. HOORAY for this post!! Whenever I hear people say that there aren’t any f/f books out there, my eyes roll so hard, and now I can just casually shove this post at them 😊

    So many books that I love are on this list, too! Everything Leads To You was among the first f/f books I read, and it remains a favorite. I love that Crier’s War is already considered classic even though it just came out last year πŸ˜‚ (agreed, though) The romance in Priory of the Orange Tree is truly powerful!!!

    I hope you enjoy all of the ones on your tbr – the only one I’ve read is Sawkill Girls, which I very much enjoyed. And I’m also so excited for I Kissed Alice!!

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    1. Ah, thank you so much, Margaret πŸ₯Ί I’m honestly so done with book twitter…
      Yes, Everything Leads to You is such a good sapphic book! It’s the right balance between fluffy and hard-hitting, and it’s such a great starting point for f/f books, imo. I know right, haha. Crier’s War’s power πŸ˜”πŸ˜” also, sometimes i just think about how ead and sabran are two powerful women who inexplicably fell in love with each other, & my heart goes πŸ’žπŸ’—πŸ’–
      i’m glad you loved Sawkill Girls—makes me all the more excited to read it! and I Kissed Alice sounds so good πŸ₯Ί its cover and premise are AMAZING

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  10. What a great post, Caitlyn! I read or have on my TBR so many of those!! It’s truly a marvel how people still can claim that there are no good f/f books. Seems to me like they’re just trying to absolve themselves of actually READING them and score some diversity points at the same time. Because wouldn’t someone who actually wants to read some just ask for recs instead of dismissing all the work we put into promoting sapphic books? It’s just sad at this point

    I’m glad you enjoyed so many amazing f/f books though!!! I loved Crier’s War and WSTDOF intrigued me greatly even though it gave me so much anxiety at the same time! I didn’t really connect with The Wilder Girls as well and Tarnished Are The Stars truly reads like a debut but I’m still glad to have read them. I definitely need to read The Priory despite being scared by its length and I should start on that ARC of The Dark Tide — it is villain/protagonist and the villain is a WITCH who sacrifices the boys to save the island. Love her already!! I hope you enjoy all of those on your TBR πŸ™‚

    Thank you so much for mentioning me and my blog!! ❀

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    1. Thank you so much, E! i feel like the people who tweet those things are trying to seem woke, when they really just come across as ignorant and lazy πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ i especially feel bad for sapphic bloggers like you who are doing the MOST to promote sapphic books. you don’t deserve to constantly have your hard work ignored. also, i feel like those people don’t even need to ask for recs. if they’d just type “f/f books” on google, literally hundreds of results will come up, ugh

      Oh, I feel you about WSTDOF! i was really worried because it was obvious that Mateo was up to something, and i just wanteds Carmen and Dani to be happy!! same! i rated Wilder Girls two stars, but idk why i don’t regret reading it. and TATS really would’ve benefited from more editing, but the heart was there, so i still recommend it to everyone. good luck with reading Priory; it definitely is intimidating, but imo, so worth the read! Ah, thank you so much for reminding me of the synopsis of The Dark Tide! it sounds even more amazing now! i hope you enjoy your arc :))

      Of course ❀

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  11. Thanks for this list, Caitlyn!! I actually am sad to say I haven’t read ANY of these, though I own Not Your Sidekick (I didn’t realize it was f/f, though!), and I have The Henna Wars for review and am participating in that blog tour in May. Guess I now have some more books to add to my TBR!!

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    1. i’m glad this list was helpful to you, Nicole! I hope you enjoy Not Your Sidekick and The Henna Wars! Hehe, I’m kinda jealous that you have an arc of The Henna Wars, because it’s in my top three most anticipated releases for the rest of the year πŸ₯Ί

      P.S. my name is actually spelled caitlin, with an i, haha! ❀

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  12. What a fantastic post! πŸ₯° I recently read Not Your Sidekick and it was such a good book! The romance was honestly so adorable and melted my heart πŸ’• All in all, this was a fantastic comfort read and I hope to read the sequels next month, as they are great to binge-read πŸ₯° A super underrated f/f book I love is How to make a Wish, it’s set at the seaside and has a cute romance 😊

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    1. Thank you so much, Caro!! πŸ₯Ίβ€ yes, Not Your Sidekick was so adorable! i feel bad, because i don’t think i’m ever gonna read the sequels, ahhh. but i hope you enjoy them!! Oh, I’ve heard of How to Make a Wish! though I don’t think I’m going to pick it up :(( contemporary is not a genre i like, so i’m extra picky about which contemporary books i choose to read. I’m so glad you enjoyed it though!

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  13. this post is so beautiful i love it!!! i’m glad to see a few books on here that i haven’t heard of yet so i can go add them to my tbr <33 i've read exactly half of the ones you've read, and i am super excited to read not your sidekick, into the drowning deep, and foundryside!! also lmaooo what you said about not requesting an arc of girl, serpent, thorn but being mad about not having one anyways really resonated with me because i feel the EXACT same way and for no reason 😭 also i'm really excited for the henna wars, the falling in love montage, and i kissed alice specifically because they seem like the usual contemporary romances you might see for a m/f couple, but now they get to be f/f!!

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    1. ahh, thank you so much, May!! πŸ˜­πŸ’– I hope you enjoy Not Your Sidekick, Into the Drowning Deep, and Foundryside! they’re some of the best books i recommended here, imo. haha, I’m so happy that someone else feels the same way about not having an arc of Girl, Serpent, Thorn. it seems like literally everyone has an early copy of it, and i want one too *sad face* (but will i do anything to get one? no)
      that’s such a good point that i didn’t realize until you pointed it out!! i honestly wouldn’t be sad if we got a constant stream of f/f releases with kinda generic storylines from here on out, because it’s the sapphics’ time to shine DAMMIT

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  14. this post was amazing!!!! you’ve totally made me want to read The Priory of the Orange Tree when I really wasn’t that fussed before!! and omg the henna wars sounds brilliant I found out about it the other day and omgggggggg. PLUS I totally agree about the cover being beautifulllllll *heart eyes*

    have a great dayyyyyy ❀

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    1. thank you so much, Lu!! i’m so happy that I made you want to read Priory, it really is worth picking up! ah, i’m anticipating The Henna Wars so much! it sounds like it’ll be a cute contemporary that also tackles some very important issues. and i love its cover so much not just because it’s beautiful (though it really is), but because it depicts two brown girls front and center πŸ₯Ί

      you’re so sweet, Lu! have a great day as well ❀ ❀

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      1. thank YOU!! I’ve heard it’s extremely long… which is the only issue aha. yeah The Henna Wars seems to tackle a lot… it’ll be interesting to see how it turns out!! hope you enjoy it ❀

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  15. I can’t wait to add some of these to my TBR. I’m currently reading Girls of Paper and Fire, and it might be one of my favorite reads of the year. I wish that the libraries were open, so I could go pick some of them up right now.

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    1. I’m so glad that you’re thinking about reading some of these! definitely let me know what you think about them! ahhhh, yes, Girls of Paper and Fire is such a good book with great themes! i’m very happy that you’re enjoying/you enjoyed it ❀

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  16. caitlin, i understand you completely when you talk about people being annoying in book twitter. even though i am not active in that platform at all, i’ve been recently seeing people online talk about how they’re annoyed there’s not enough queer content out there. one thing that annoys me is when people prefer to create head canons about straight characters being gay, rather than actually supporting the existent gay characters out there! there are so many books that are not given enough appreciation, and people are still complaining about the lack of rep. i understand that F/F romance is definitely not enough talked about in media, especially compared with M/M romance, but it doesn’t mean these books do not exist! i think people are just lazy to actually search for them and prefer to complain. anyway, sorry for the rant.

    i loved all your recommendations, btw! we felt the same way about the hype on evelyn hugo, but i did like the romance there. i also felt like these witches don’t burn was pretty bland, but i liked the fact there were also a couple of adult gay couples there! i feel like whenever i’m reading YA, the gay characters are always the protagonists or friends of the protagonists, so they’re always teenagers. it was really nice that our main character in that book actually had someone older to look up to that was also gay.

    there are so many F/F books coming out this year, though, so that makes me happy. since i’m mostly a contemporary reader, i am the most excited for i kissed alice and the falling in love montage. the covers are also so cute!

    tysm for sharing!

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    1. ah, don’t worry about ranting! i 100% agree with you! it really does suck when people choose to headcanon straight characters as gay and ignore the actual canon gay rep out there. same goes for when people are like, “i’ll just imagine this white character as PoC.” like, read something with actual rep I beg of you 😭😭 and yes!!! it’s true that it’ll probably be a long time before f/f gets talked about on the same level as m/f and m/m, but i feel like people exaggerate how underrated f/f is. just google “f/f books”, “f/f movies,” “f/f couples” and literally HUNDREDS of results will come up. i really feel sorry for the sapphic bloggers who do their best to hype up f/f, just to be hit with those ignorant tweets

      thank you so much, lais!! i’m so glad that someone else didn’t really enjoy evelyn hugo lmao. i honestly don’t remember much about it, but i guess there’s a reason that evelyn and celia are probably the most hyped-up f/f couple out there. (i remember being slightly uncomfortable with celia’s biphobia though, but i guess it was realistic considering the time period. and i think the book addresses it at least?) that’s such a good point! i feel like seeing older gay couples could really help gay readers, because a lot probably live in fear that the adults in their life won’t accept their identity

      2020 is going to be the year of sapphic books i’m so excited πŸ₯Ί ugh, i’m sucker for illustrated covers, so the covers for I Kissed Alice and The Falling in Love Montage make me weak :(( i can’t wait to read them!

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  17. Amazing post Caitlin! I’ve read most of these/on my TBR but I’m so happy people are hyping F/F! I’m tired of book Twitter, I hardly go on there anymore πŸ˜‚ I see posts like that and I just want to shout “use google for once!!!”

    Thank you so much for sharing, I need to do one of these soon 😍

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    1. Thank you so much, Amy! Yes, I’m so tired of the fact that “no f/f tweets” crop up every once in a while, when you can simply google “f/f books”, and literally HUNDREDS of results will come up. I don’t blame you for spending less time on book twitter

      Ah, you are one of the bloggers who are doing the most for queer lit, so I have no doubt that a list made by you would be way more extensive than mine!! I really hope you make one—I’ll literally shove it in everyone’s faces πŸ₯Ί

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  18. Thank you for putting together this list, Caitlin! I’m really done with everyone on Twitter stating there are no f/f books, when they clearly didn’t even make an attempt at searching before. I’m also glad to say I’ve been reading more and more f/f later, and I wanna keep them coming!! I’ll try to read both Crier’s War and the sequel of Girls of Paper and Fire this month. ^^

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    1. I know right! book twitter stop being annoying challenge. i’m especially annoyed at that one tweet that said something along the lines of, “yeah, there are f/f books, but i wish it weren’t so hard to find them.” like???? just google f/f books, and literally HUNDREDS of books will come up. sapphic bloggers do not put hours of time into making rec lists and posts consisting of f/f books just for you to invalidate their work like that 😀 i’m really happy that i’m reading more f/f books lately too! though i haven’t read one in a while, and that really needs to change haha. Ah, I hope you can get to Crier’s War and GOPAF, and if you do, that you enjoy them! they’re classic f/f books, and i couldn’t think of two sapphic books more deserving of that status

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      1. ahhhh that’s amazing! I’m starting Crier’s War now and hoping I’ll love it! (the timeline thing seemed a bit confusing tho) People are just lazy and they honestly don’t deserve the quantity of time spent on blogging work! ://

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      2. I didn’t pay much attention to it throughout the rest of the book anyway and I REALLY liked it!! πŸ˜€

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  19. AH what an amazing list, Caitlin, thank you so much for putting it together! I LOVED Everything Lead to you and We Set The Dark on fire SO much, they’re such incredible reads. and I can’t wait to read Crier’s war, I’ve heard incredible things about this book and it sounds so, so very good ahhh, I’m excited to read it πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much, Marie! I’m so glad that you loved We Set the Dark on Fire and Everything Leads to You! I also hope that you can pick Crier’s War up soon, because it really is good πŸ₯Ί the gay yearning and worldbuilding in it are *chef’s kiss*

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  20. I want to read so many of the ones that you’ve read but the main ones are Criers War & We Set The Dark On Fire (both of which I’ve heard such amazing things about), Evelyn Hugo (I’m pretty curious as it’s so, so popular), Girls Of Paper & Fire (which sounds 100% amazing!!), Nevee Tilting World (does this start with someone getting punched in the face because I know I looked one of the authors books up on Amazon and the start was so unexpected that it gripped me at once) and Priory (because it sounds amazing 😍😍). I’ve actually read Wilder Girls and it sounds like I enjoyed it more than you did but I couldn’t get into the romance which was a shame πŸ˜” I kind of felt like I’d have preferred a start of the Tox story though as I found the second half to be a bit of a let down.
    Omg yes magical assassin nuns is why I want to read Red Sister too πŸ˜‚ and I’ve heard such amazing things about Sawkill (why does my phone keep insisting it’s sawmill??) Girls although I’d want to read it whatever as it sounds fascinating
    Yes, yes, yes I love the Dangerous Remedy cover too!! Check out Opium & Absinthe too if you like green ones. I can’t fully remember Dark Tides blurb either but I think you’re right about the villain thing.
    And I’m totally with you about Girl, Serpent, Thorn getting pushed back. It sounds incredible 😍 bright side I guess I have more time to try and get back into reading before it’s due now (especially as I’m drowning in library books).
    I hope you end up loving all of these and met your 20 books goal.

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    1. Ah, I hope you enjoy all of them! Crier’s War and WSTDOF have the best enemies-to-lovers romances!! I really hope Evelyn Hugo and GOPAF live up to the hype for you ❀ & yes, The Never Tilting World starts with one of the main characters, Lan, punching a guy in the face, haha. Yeah, I just can't explain it. I really didn't like Wilder Girls :/ The story was so… bland. But my fave part of the book was actually the sweet romance between Hetty and Reese, haha
      I hope we both enjoy Red Sister and Sawkill Girls!
      Ah yes, I'm such a sucker for green on book covers. OMG, I just looked up Opium and Absinthe's book cover, and it's STUNNING, I'm not exaggerating! Thank you so much for blessing my eyes with that 😍 Yes, someone informed in the comment section that The Dark Tide is a romance between a witch (who steals boys… I think) & the girl who wants to save her brother from her. Omg, same. I'm not really feeling in the mood to read right now, & even if I was, I wouldn't be able to read Girl, Serpent, Thorn because I have so many more pressing books to get to πŸ˜…
      Thank you so much, Charlotte! Unfortunately I didn't read 20, but I read 12, which I'm still pretty proud of ❀

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      1. Thank you. I love enemies to lovers so that’s definitely another reason to read them both as well!!
        Yay I thought it was that one. It was just such an unusual start that it stuck with me and left me wanting to read on.
        I’m glad the romance in it worked for you 😊
        Yes I hope so too. And aww I’m glad you liked it so much!! It’s definitely one of my favourite covers 😍
        Ooh that sounds awesome!!
        I want to but then end up doing something else πŸ€” I think maybe it’s due to the pressure to finish these books but I’m definitely hoping to majorly get back into reading next week. I hope we both manage to get back to reading ❀️❀️
        And that’s still fantastic!! Well done.

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