LGBTQIAP+ Books that Don’t Feature AlloCis M/M Relationships, Part 2

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find part 1 here🌈

 

Hey friends! Pride month is here!!! This post is a bit later than I would have liked but with real life keeping me busy I’m only now managing to post it. With pride month come a lot of really cool readathons that are a perfect opportunity to branch out and read more diversely, whether you already read a lot of queer books throughout the year or not.

So I remembered I wrote this post last year with the same title as this one, and I thought since I’ve read a lot more books in the meantime I would update this list so y’all don’t end up only reading the same allocis m/m romances that, frankly, don’t make your reading very diverse.

(PS: see also my F/F romance recs from last year)

So, what are “LGBTQIAP+ books that don’t feature allocis m/m relationships”?

Basically anything where the focus isn’t two allo and cis men in a m/m relationship. This varies from m/m where one of the main characters is trans or asexual or aromantic, to a m/f romance where one (or both!) are bi or pan or queer, to f/f, to f/nonbinary, etc etc. They can also be books with queer characters that don’t have any romance in it! I’m also only going to mention books where at least one queer character has a POV or is the love interest or is otherwise very prominent. And these are all books I’ve read and enjoyed or at least thought that the queer rep was good (although obviously I can’t speak for a whole community). So let’s get right into it!

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🏳️‍🌈 Not M/M:

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway – f/f romance; lesbian character; family/sibling focus | YA | my review

Toil & Truble (anthology) – various queer characters, among which many f/f romances and m/f | YA | my review

An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon – fantasy, nonbinary/nonbinary romance (not a big focus); autistic intersex MC | Adult

Shootaround by Suspu – webcomic, different relationships including f/f, polyam f/f/f, m/f with a trans character, m/m in the past, and basically everyone is queer | YA

Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler – f/f romance, lesbian MC, bisexual LI | YA | my review

The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston – contemporary f/f romance | YA | my review

On The Fly by P.J. Trebelhorn – contemporary f/f romance | Adult | my review

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole – contemporary f/f romance | NA

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant – sci-fi horror, f/f romance, autistic lesbian and bisexual characters | NA/Adult | my review

Graham’s Delicacies by Em Ali – f/nonbinary, m/m, m/nonbinary romances | NA | my review

The Afterward by E.K. Johnston – fantasy f/f romance | YA

Proud by Juno Dawson – anthology with different types of queer character and relationships (although a disappointing lack of ace/aro characters) | YA | my review

The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum – contemporary f/f romance | YA | my review

The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley – fantasy f/f romance, all lesbian cast | Adult | my review

Ms Martin’s Incomparable Adventure by Courtney Milan – historical f/f romance | Adult

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – fantasy f/f romance; multiple queer characters | Adult

Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins – contemporary f/f; multiple queer side characters | YA | my review

The Queen of Rhodia by Effie Calvin – fantasy, established f/f couple | NA

Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter – fantasy, f/f romance (I think they’re both bi) + pansexual character | YA | I haven’t written a review for this yet but please, please, please, don’t go into this book without knowing what you’re getting yourself into. Massive trigger warnings for emotional abuse, incest, neglect, sexual assault, death, body horror.

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🌈 M/M but not allocis:

Pisces Hooks Taurus by Anyta Sunday – contemporary m/m; demisexual character | NA | my review

Squared Away by Annabeth Albert – contemporary m/m; ace character| Adult | my review

Stake Sauce by RoAnna Sylver – urban fantasy, m/m (with a hint of polyamory) with trans and aro/ace character| NA

The Past and Other Things that Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson – contemporary, m/m romance (not the focus of the book though) with a trans character| YA

The Perfect Assassin by K.A. Doore – fantasy, ace main character | NA

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🏳️‍🌈 M/F but at least one of them is queer:

Sweet on the Greek by Talia Hibbert – contemporary m/f romance; bisexual main character| NA

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee – contemporary m/f romance; ace character| YA

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire – fantasy, (only hinted at) m/f romance; ace MC + trans character| YA

King Of Fools by Amanda Foody – m/f romance; bisexual main character; brief m/m and side f/f | YA | my review

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🌈 No romance/romance not the focus or not resolved:

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab – ace main character| Adult

I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman – trans and gay main character| YA

The Disasters by M.K. England – sci-fi, no actual romance I guess but kind of somewhat of a m/f vs m/m love triangle (bisexual character), plus trans side character| YA | my review

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – fantasy, kind of a m/f vs m/m love triangle, bi or pan characters, but the romance is not resolved yet| YA | my review

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🏳️‍🌈 Not sure if they belong on this list so I’m going to write them in a tiny font:

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum – m/m/f romance with heavy focus on the m/m side | YA 

No End by Erly and Kromi – there’s prominent m/m romances but all main characters are queer (ace, bi, pan, trans and lesbian, and more to come because the comic is ongoing) | YA | my review

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And this is it for this post. I really hope this is helpful and it inspires some of you who want to diversify your queer reading, and tackle those pride month challenges and readathons.

Happy pride month y’all, and remember to celebrate all the colors and all the letters of the rainbow ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

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#T5W: Favorite Friends in Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Top Five Wednesday is a book meme that Lainey started and I discovered through the lovely Samantha‘s videos. If you’re interested you can join the goodreads group to get the topics for each week.

This week’s topic:

May 15th: SFF BFFs -BooktubeSFF Awards Crossover Topic-
— Discuss your favorite friends in Scifi and Fantasy, or characters you’d be BFFs with.

I could do a whole different post about characters I’d be BFF with (and maybe I will) and since the prompt doesn’t specify and I feel very strongly about groups of friends in fiction, for this post I’m only going to talk about my favorite friend squads (three or more friends) because that’s a trope that gives me life.

Fair disclaimer, this list is 100% queer but it’s also so white it pisses me off. That’s totally on me and I need to do better.

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In Other Lands

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This is the only trio out of this list and I’m not sure it even counts as a squad (maybe a squad is four+ people? idk) but I decided to give my own definition of squad because I couldn’t not talk about Elliot, Luke and Serene. One of the best things is that this book takes place over several years, and it’s basically a huge character study for Elliot. We see him grow up from when he’s 13 until he’s 17 and of course the way he interacts with everyone, including his best friends, changes over time. And they’re all so precious you can’t help but whip out those adoption papers as soon as you meet them (also, please read this book? You would make me very happy. And you’d also be happy because that’s what this book does. It’s a win-win, really).

 

Shades of Magic

I almost didn’t put this here because I feel like we get to know pairs dynamics first (Kell with Rhy, Kell with Lila, Lila with Rhy, Lila with Alucard, Alucard with Rhy, Alucard with Kell) and only later we see them (+ Holland) interact as an actual squad in different occasions. But the fact that the single relationships were developed/lay out before we even get to those good squad moments makes all the difference and gives so much more to think about while you’re away from the books and just thinking about these characters. I 100% love every single one of them and their dynamics.

 

The Raven Cycle

For many reasons I don’t love putting this series here, but when it comes to squad dynamics this automatically comes to mind. The Gangsey is just the best element of these books and I’m so mad that this is stealing the spot I could have given a less well-known series, but I wanted to be honest.

 

Six of Crows

I know this is going to be on everyone’s list, but it’s well deserved. One of the elements where Leigh Bardugo shines is writing squads. She already showed that in Ruin and Rising and it was only confirmed when she wrote the Dregs.

 

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard

Last but definitely not least. It’s so hard to rank these but if I had to say which one is my actual favorite, this is definitely it. I think it’s a mix of it being genuinely one of the best squads dynamics there is and that feeling of nostalgia I’ve had since I read this trilogy (and that hasn’t left me even after rereading). Even though I only read this one and a half years ago for the first time and not as a child, this is probably to me what Percy Jackson is to most people, and I am at any given time this close to rereading it.

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Who are your favorite friends or squads in books? Do you live vicariously through book friendships like I do? 

 

#T5W: Favorite Magic Systems

Top Five Wednesday is a book meme that Lainey started and I discovered through the lovely Samantha‘s videos. If you’re interested you can join the goodreads group to get the topics for each week.

This week’s topic:

October 3rd: Favorite Magic Systems
— This October, T5W is exploring not only the paranormal, but also magic and wizardry in general!

Just a very quick post today! Today is national holiday in Germany so I’m recovering from a few very wild and tiring days and I don’t feel like writing a long post, but I loved this topic too much not to write about it.

In no particular order:

Shades of Magic trilogy 

Everything about the magic in this world is so amazing, from the different Londons to the way Antari magic works and the way magic feels like a main character throughout the whole series.

 

Grishaverse (Grisha trilogy + Six of Crows duology)

In this world, those who have magic abilities are called Grisha and they’re divided into different Grisha orders depending on what their magic can do. There’s also the powers that Alina and the Darkling possess. In Six of Crows we find out there may be more to the way magic works and I hope we’ll see this explored in the upcoming Nikolai duology (King of Scars).

 

The Nevernight Chronicles

I feel like this world’s magic is much more complicated than we’ve even gotten to see within the books so far, and I’m confident we’ll be mindblown when the last book comes out. I hope we’ll get to learn about the Darkins’ magic, what they are, how their magic works, and why we have to suffer so much while reading the books lmao.

 

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone

I feel like I’m putting this here more because of the overall worldbuilding than the magic itself, but I do love that the trilogy is basically an incarnation of the good ol’ “magic has a price” concept.

 

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Avatar: The Last Airbender

I feel like I’m the last person to watch this and I’m only on season 1 but I already love it and its magic system! I’m sure there’ll be more to find out in the next seasons (please don’t spoil).

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What are your favorite magic systems?

#T5W: Best Books I’ve Read So Far in 2018

Top Five Wednesday is a book meme that Lainey started and I discovered through the lovely Samantha‘s videos. If you’re interested you can join the goodreads group to get the topics for each week.

This week’s topic is pretty self explanatory and it’s also a difficult one. I’ve read some really good books so far this year and it was a huge challenge to try and choose only five (I excluded the books I reread). I also tried to pick a little more objectively based on overall enjoyment + how objectively good I think the book is, and this is the result.

 

In no particular order:

The Nowhere Girls

Big Little Lies

Far From the Tree

The Hate U Give

I’ll Give You the Sun

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What are the best books you’ve read so far this year? What’s your current or next read?

🌈Pride Flag Book Tag🏳️‍🌈

Happy last day of Pride!

please someone appreciate my effort to recreate a MSN-messenger-style rainbow text to the best of my abilities

For my last post this month I wanted to do this tag even though I wasn’t technically tagged by anyone (I don’t think!)

The tag was created by Common Spence (whose videos you should totally check out btw!!!) and what a better way to end this beautiful, colorful month than with the rainbow colors all over this post and with some great LGBTQIAP+ recs!

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❤ 1. Red (Life) – A book with a spirited protagonist totally proud of who they are. Someone who gives you LIFE!

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Whenever I read the description of this first category in other people’s posts, the first character that’s always come to my mind is Alex Fierro from the Magnus Chase trilogy! She’s so fierce and utterly proud of her identity, she embraces all of it unapologetically, and a huge part of who she is is her being genderfluid, so if you’re looking for that rep I definitely recommend reading this series (of which I’ve done a series review that you should definitely check out!).

🧡 2. Orange (Healing) – A book that made you, as the reader, find a deeper meaning or catharsis in your own life.

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Not necessarily a single book but the whole All For the Game series. It’s really weird to mention this when I couldn’t be more different from every single character in the series, but it’s the small things that gave me some sort of catharsis in the place where I least expected it. Also I’m super proud that this is the orange question and the Foxes’ team color is orange.

💛 3. Yellow (Sunshine) – A book that fills you with so much joy it could brighten even your darkest day.

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Not exactly a book but a webcomic — Always Human by Ari Walkingnorth. You can read my review to see how much I loved it. It’s not that the comic is all joyful and happy (it mostly is!), but the overall feel of it filled me with so much joy while reading it, and I find myself grinning every time I think about it.

💚 4. Green (Nature) – A book that is set out of this world — a reality different to our own.

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I’d say a world full of magic and where cats made of shadow can talk is pretty different to our own. If I loved Nevernight because of how different and fucked up it is, Godsgrave (while being those things too) is The Book I think about when I ask myself where I can find the perfect bi rep (not that such a thing exists or that it even makes sense to worry about what perfect bi rep even is, but you get what I mean).

💙 5. Blue (Peace) – A book where one of the characters finds peace with a difficult truth.

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The whole Captive Prince trilogy by C.S. Pacat but mostly the final book, Kings Rising. As some of you might know, this is my favorite book series of all times, and there’s more than one difficult truth that both MCs need to come to terms with.

As a bonus, I’d like to mention The Summer Palace, the second post-series short story. While Kings Rising is where both characters start to accept what’s happened and what’s happening to them, The Summer Palace is the aftermath of those truths being fully accepted, and Damen and Laurent get to have their true happy ending.

💜 6. Purple (Spirit) – A book that deals with LGBT+ themes and religion.

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How to Repair a Mechanical Heart by J.C. Lillis mostly deals with fandom and fanfiction and stuff, but it also talks about religion since the main character is gay and he comes from a very religious family who doesn’t fully accept him. Despite this, it’s a very light-hearted and cute novel, and the humor is so funny you’ll pee your pants from laughing (metaphorically).

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That’s it for this post and for this month. I want to wish everyone who’s LGBTQIAP+ a safe July and a safe rest of the year, and I want to remind our allies to not forget about us once this month is over. We’re always here, we’re always queer, we exist and we matter.

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Favorite LGBTQIAP+ Books that Don’t Feature AlloCis M/M Relationships

I originally wanted to post this for T5W this week but I didn’t manage to find time for it until now. I still couldn’t pass an opportunity to talk about queer books that aren’t what most people read.

It’s perfectly okay to read a lot of m/m and I completely understand that it’s easier to get into for reasons I’m not going to talk about now because I think they deserve their own discussion post. But if you keep only reading about allocis m/m, that’s not enough. I think we’re at a point where there are so many diverse queer books that reading exclusively m/m doesn’t give you the right to claim you read diverse, or that you support the LGBT+ community. If you only support the G in the acronym you need to take a step back and realize that you’re not being a good ally.

For brevity’s sake, this was T5W’s prompt:

Favorite LGBTQ+ Books That Don’t Feature [Allo]Cis M/M Relationships.
In honor of Pride being this month, I wanted to have a topic to celebrate LGBTQ+ books. But, the book community tends to, when given the chance, lift up [allo]cis m/m pairings the most. And while those books are still important and valued, I wanted to shine the spotlight on some of those lesser known, recognized, and celebrated books. 

I took the liberty to add that [allo], which wasn’t there in the original T5W prompt, because there are books with a cis M/M relationship where one or both characters aren’t allo (meaning they’re aromantic and/or asexual) and I don’t think it’s right to erase those types of books.

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🏳️‍🌈 Not M/M:

The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie: pirate girlfriends fight sea monsters and badass female villain. Rep: f/f relationship; Chinese lesbian MC, lesbian LI

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan: PJO but diverse and with the Norse gods. Rep: m/genderfluid relationship; unlabeled, (probably) pansexual MC, Mexican genderfluid (she/he) LI

A&B by J.C. Lillis: musical competition rivals get together and deal with a viral video and watch an idol fall from her pedestal. Rep: f/f relationship; bi MC, black lesbian LI

The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed: a modern intersectional feminist manifesto & girls fighting rape culture in America. Rep: f/f relationship; Latina sapphic MC and sapphic LI

All Out: the No-Longer Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages by Various: it’s exactly what the title says, there’s plenty of f/f and some noncis m/m

Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden: girls fall in love in the Eighties; the book itself got censored and burned in front of schools because it’s gay. Rep: f/f relationship, lesbian MC and LI

The Pros of Cons by Allison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar and Michelle Schusterman: three girls attending different conventions become friends, plot revenges and improvise a podcast. Rep: f/nb relationship; Mexican-Irish homoflexible (=mostly likes girls) MC, enby sapphic LI

Rock and Riot by Chelsey Furedi: queer Grease with every type of sexuality (including non-allo ones) and genders. Read here!

Always Human by Ari Walkingnorth: girls in distant-future Australia fall in love and deal with life together. Rep: f/f relationship, sapphic MC and LI. Read here!

 

 

🌈 M/M but not allocis:

• The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic: morally questionable underdog team of made-up sport find their family in each other while MC is on the run from criminal family. Rep: m/m relationship feat. demisexual MC

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman: focus on fandom, academic life and platonic relationships. Rep: side m/m relationship feat. ace-spec character

Peter Darling by Austin Chant: trans Peter Pan retelling where Peter and Hook get together. Rep: m/m feat. trans MC

Syncopation by Anna Zabo: band of queer rockstars do music together. Rep: m/m feat. pansexual aromantic MC

 

 

🏳️‍🌈 M/F but one of them is queer:

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody: proper young lady finds herself in a city of sins and magic and the only person who can help her is a street lord and con man. Rep: black bisexual MC (the guy)

The Princess Trap by Talia Hibbert: Scandinavian prince gets fake engaged to protect a woman’s life and they fall in love for real. Rep: black fat MC (she), bisexual MC (he)

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Have you read any of these? What are your favorite queer books that aren’t all about an allocis M/M romance?

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F/F Romance Recs

Welcome to a post I’ve been super anxious to share but I couldn’t postpone any longer, especially since Pride Month is approaching!

It’s no secret that F/F relationships are hugely under-represented, but that doesn’t mean they’re not there. What we need to do is find them, read them, recommend them as such, because it’s not enough to support authors if you’re not going to address other readers and tell them that the representation they’re looking for is right under their eyes.

Too many times I’ve read about people commenting under someone’s review or status, thanking them for stating that a specific rep is present in a book they’ve already heard about, but they didn’t know until then had it. I’ve been guilty of this (not making it clear what kind of rep is in a book) in the past and I still am sometimes, but I’m trying to do better.

Don’t get me wrong, F/F is still miles ahead if we compare it to books featuring, for example, enby/f or enby/m or enby/enby, but for some reason a lot of people tend to hide the fact that two women love each other within a book.

Anyway, this isn’t going to be a post about how deeply rooted in all of us misogyny is, so let’s move on to my recs! These are all books or graphic novels that I’ve read myself. Some of them I loved, some I liked, some I at least partly enjoyed and I felt like they deserve their place in this post. If you notice some aren’t here it’s because I either didn’t read them yet or I simply didn’t like them.

I tried to mention all the rep I could remember from each book, but as I said I didn’t always keep track of that in my past reviews and sometimes even after doing some research in other people’s reviews I still can’t find which rep is there exactly. Other times the book itself doesn’t make it explicit for whatever reason. Every book has a link to goodreads and to my review (if I’ve written one).

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Contemporary:

🌈 Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden

This is a rather old and one of the first explicitly queer YA novel about two teenage girls falling in love with each other and it’s also one of the best-developed relationships I’ve ever had the pleasure to read about.

Rep: lesbian MC and LI

Goodreads | My review

🏳️‍🌈 A&B by J.C. Lillis

This is technically the sequel to another YA m/m novel (and you should definitely read that one too!) but it features different MCs and the characters from the first novel are also pretty important but the central plot and relationship is about two girls who are rivals at a musical competition. One thing I loved about it other than the relationship is the discussion about artistic creativity and how the two girls approach the artistic process differently. It’s also about letting go of your idols when you realize they’re not as perfect as you thought they were. Basically, I loved everything about this book, and J.C. Lillis is an incredible writer whose writing is so clever and funny you can’t not love it.

Rep: bi MC; lesbian LI

Goodreads | My review

🌈 Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

I loved the bisexual rep and the f/f relationship in it. There is one scene that didn’t sit well with me and with others, and I acknowledge that without automatically “cancelling” the book, which is something a lot of people have done when they’re not even part of the rep portrayed here. This is not the place for a discussion about all this but basically this is one of the reasons I still haven’t reviewed this book, so all I’m saying is that I loved it but be aware of the fact that Leah at some point does try to police her love interest’s sexuality and this is not called out in the book.

Rep: fat bi MC; sapphic (still figuring out a label) LI

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🏳️‍🌈 Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

This was really fun! I don’t remember the details but I know that I loved the issues it brought up and I think the con setting was so fun to read about.

Rep: Chinese-Australian bi MC, fat&autistic MC (not the queer one but the other POV character), sapphic (bi?) LI

Goodreads | My review

🌈 The Melody of You and Me by M. Hollis

I love this author and this book made for a delightful and steamy contemporary read while also touching on important issues that new adults face (like the pressure to have your life completely figured out before you’re thirty).

Rep: pan MC; Filipino lesbian LI

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🏳️‍🌈 The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed

This is probably one of the absolute best contemporary YA novels I’ve read. It focuses mostly on three girls but it’s so much more universal than that, and one of the three MCs is queer and she Gets The Girl in the course of the novel.

Rep: Latina sapphic MC; queer LI

Goodreads | My review

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SFF:

🌈 The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie

Pirate girlfriends fighting sea monsters, forbidden love and power dynamics. Do you honestly need me to say more?

Rep: Chinese, sapphic MC; sapphic LI

Goodreads | My review

🏳️‍🌈 Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

I have to say the f/f relationship didn’t start as something I loved, but I grew to like it in the end. I also found the world very interesting and the fact that some of the themes in this book aren’t usually present in YA novels, as they’re really kind of dark. So definitely make sure to check the TWs before you read it because this story doesn’t pull any punches.

Rep: bi MC; sapphic LI

Goodreads | My review

🌈 The Queen of Ieflaria by Effe Calvin

The relationship was really cute and my favorite part of the book, plus there’s a lot of fun mythological creatures and a kitten.

Rep: pan-coded MC/LI

Goodreads | My review

🏳️‍🌈 Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

This is the sequel to Nevernight and while Nevernight only hinted at Mia’s bisexuality, it is fully explored here. I will go as far as saying this was one of the best portrayals of bisexuality I’ve read so far in a fantasy novel. And the relationship itself is something I think about every day once a day at the very least. Plus, the whole book is a total mind-fuck until the very end.

Rep: bi MC; bi (?) LI

Goodreads

🌈 Moon-Bright Tides by RoAnna Sylver

This short story is about a mermaid and a witch falling in love and it features amazing worldbuilding. It’s really sweet and hopeful and the romance is very cute.

Rep: sapphic MC and LI

Goodreads | My review

🏳️‍🌈 Come to the Rocks by Christin Haws

This is yet another mermaid/human romance that I enjoyed very much, but it also deals with heavy themes: the MC is being stalked by her ex boyfriend and there’s a constant feel of danger that makes it impossible to classify this as a fluffy romance, even though the romance itself is really cute. So, if you’re in the mood to read a short f/f thriller with a happy ending, this is for you.

Rep: fat, bi MC; sapphic LI

Goodreads | My review

🌈 Perfetto (Trilogia di Lilac #1) by Alessia Esse

This is only in Italian so sorry if you can’t read in this language, but I’m pretty sure this was the first f/f story I’ve ever read and I couldn’t not include it. I also didn’t know going into it that it was going to be f/f and that’s because nobody ever talks about it (pretends to be shocked). Anyway, this trilogy is set in a dystopian world where only women survived a disease that wiped out all men. The disease was so devastating that talking about that time, talking about men and any piece of art where men are portrayed, is forbidden. Like with any good dystopian, what the protagonist believed to be the truth is slowly deconstructed throughout the trilogy. I’ve read this ages ago when I wasn’t as much of a critical reviewer as I am now, but I remember not being able to take my eyes off the page until I finished all three books (plus the novellas), and I even gave them to my best friend as a present and he loved them too.

Rep: sapphic MC and LI

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Historical/Retelling:

🏳️‍🌈 The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara

This is weird because the book follows two romances, one taking place in the past and one in the present, and I weirdly enjoyed the past one (m/f) more because I thought it had more chemistry (until a certain point at least). I also didn’t love some of the tropes used when it comes to the relationships, and you can read more in my actual review, but the f/f romance is nevertheless probably worth checking out if the premise of the book intrigued you and if you can deal with the massive trigger warnings (that my friend Acqua helpfully listed in her review)

Rep: bi MC and LI

Goodreads | My review

🌈 All Out by Various

You all probably already know about this anthology, it’s not only f/f but eight out of seventeen stories feature an f/f romance!

Rep: ace girls, bi girls, lesbian girls, it’s kinda hard to tell sometimes because these labels weren’t used in historical contexts

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🏳️‍🌈 Ripped Pages by M. Hollis

This Rapunzel retelling made me cry a lot in a cathartic way and I think everyone should read it.

Rep: lesbian MC, pan or bi LI, side mlm characters

Goodreads | My review

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Comics:

🌈 Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill

This was SO cute and it’s a middle grade queer fairy tale (which honestly should be enough for you to start reading it right now, especially since it’s free). Trigger warnings for abusive sister and fat-shaming.

Rep: fat lesbian (?) MC, pan (?) LI

Goodreads | Read here | My review

🏳️‍🌈 Always Human by Ari Walkingnorth

Listen, this is my favorite graphic novel ever and I love it so freaking much and also my biggest accomplishment in my >20 years on this planet has been making all the gay side of goodreads and twitter read it and fall in love with it. Just read it!!!

Rep: sapphic MC; disabled, Chilean-Australian LI

Goodreads | Read here | My review

🌈 Rock and Riot by Chelsey Furedi

This is queer and diverse Grease and it has A LOT of different reps: aro, ace, aro-ace, pan, bi, lesbian, gay, trans, genderqueer, etc etc. I was a fool for not writing down all the specific rep for all the specific characters, but it features two f/f romances and it’s literally the greatest thing on the internet.

Goodreads | Read here | My review

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Poetry:

🏳️‍🌈 Heaven or This by Topaz Winters

This is a sapphic poetry collection and I had to include it in this post. It’s really best if you read it for yourself because I don’t know how to do poetry justice, but believe me that you need to read it.

GoodreadsRead here | My review

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And there you have it! I actually can’t wait until I’ve read enough f/f romances to be able to write another rec post. If I got something wrong about the rep or anything else please feel free to comment and I will fix it.

I would also like to know your favorite book or comic with a f/f relationship, or your favorite f/f relationship in general. Basically, give me all your recs so I can add them to my TBR! 

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