LGBTQIAP+ Webcomic Recs #2

It’s my favorite time of the year, AKA time to post my recommendations for my favorite queer webcomics. And folks, I’ve read so many since my first rec post (which you definitely need to check out) that I couldn’t even fit them all in this post and I’ve already started a draft for a 3rd post.

If you’re not familiar with the concept of webcomics, they’re completely free comics that creators put online, usually posting one page or one chapter at the time, and they can be found on the creators’ websites or on sites like tapas or webtoons.

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🏳️‍🌈 Always Human by Ari Walkingnorth

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Status: complete

Audience: everyone

Content warnings: eating disorder, body image issues

Goodreads | Read here | My review

I can’t believe after ONE YEAR I finally get to recommend this on my blog too! This has one of the sweetest and softest f/f relationships, also the art, colors and music are so soothing and reading it feels like a warm hug.

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🌈 Long Exposure by Kam “Mars” Heyward

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Status: ongoing

Audience: YA

Content warnings: bullying, homophobia, violence, mention of pedophilia, abuse

Goodreads | Read here | My review

I love this webcomic so much. It definitely has heavy themes as you can see from my content warnings, but it also has a really nice and atypical m/m relationship and paranormal elements. 

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🏳️‍🌈Heir’s Game by Suspu  

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Status: ongoing

Audience: everyone

Content warnings: mild violence

Goodreads | Read here

This is by the same creator of Shootaround so I immediately started it after finishing that one. It’s still in its early chapters and I anticipate it’s going to be very long, so it’s kind of hard to talk about it so far. But it has duels, court intrigues and disaster gays.

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🌈 No End by Erli & Kromi

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Status: ongoing

Audience: YA

Content warnings: violence, mild gore, past abusive relationships,

Goodreads | Read here | My review

I’ve said this before but I would nominate this in my top 3 favorite webcomics without a doubt. I love the characters and the art, and how everyone is queer. There’s something in this for everyone: zombies, characters that will capture your heart, relationship drama, soft romances, found family.

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🏳️‍🌈 The Prince and the Swan by April Pierce

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Status: ongoing

Audience: everyone

Content warnings: captivity, abuse

Goodreads | Read here

This is a loose retelling of Swan Lake with a m/m romance. I really like the subdued humor in it and the fairy tale setting, and I appreciate the slightly slower pace that allows to get to know the characters better.

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🌈 Sonnet by Emily Cheeseman & Lindsey Rodgers

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Status: complete

Audience: everyone

Content warnings: fights/duels, injury

Goodreads | Read here | My review

This is a webcomic entirely written in sonnets and if that scares you let me tell you that once you get a little used to it it’s really easy to read. It could even be read without the text as a children book or something and it’d still be 100% understandable. It’s a story about two knights falling in love and it doesn’t hurt that they remind me a lot of Damen and Laurent.

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🏳️‍🌈 Shootaround by Suspu

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Status: complete

Audience: YA

Content warnings:

Goodreads | Read here

This was such a pleasure to read! I wanted more queer zombie webcomics after No End and this had a very different tone from it and just what I needed. This made me laugh so much and at the same time it has its serious moments, but it’s very hopeful and it has tons of rep (trans, bi, polyam, POC, etc). Also, found family! Who doesn’t love that.

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🌈 On A Sunbeam by Tillie Walden

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Status: complete

Audience: YA

Content warnings: bullying, misgendering

Goodreads | Read here

This is a story about a girl who is trying to find her high school girlfriend in space. It’s told in both the present and in flashbacks where we get to see the two girls a few years ago and how they got together. It is really diverse and the art, while not my personal favorite, is by all means beautiful.

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And that’s it for today, but I’m sure I’ll be back with more webcomic recs in a few months because I’m always looking for more to read, and when I do I can’t contain my excitement for them and I need everyone to read them.

Please let me know if you’ve read any of these or if you’re planning to read them, and if you have any recommendations definitely drop them in the comments!

 

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All I Learned About Audiobooks: A Guide

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In January 2018  I started listening to audiobooks. If someone had told me before that that I’d not only end up liking them, but that I would rely on them as much as I’ve done this past year, I wouldn’t have believed them.

One year later, I’ve read a total of about 40 audiobooks and I’ve collected a few general thoughts on them that I thought I’d share so everyone who’s still uncertain can decide whether this format might work for them too. Also let me point out that these are just some of the things I noticed that work for me, we’re all different and what works for me might not work for everybody.

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Why audiobooks?

  • You’re a slow reader: finish a book faster by finding a playing speed that works for you (and even work your way towards higher speeds).
  • You’re in a reading slump: try switching the format by listening to an audiobook, it might just be the thing to take you out of your slump.
  • You need glasses to read but you’re doing a face mask and you can’t wear your glasses: oddly specific AND YET I bet y’all have in been in this situation.

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  • You have a long commute: whether by car or by train/bus/tram, you can get a lot of reading done that way.
  • You’re “too tired to read”: sometimes that just means you have to rest your eyes and use your ears instead.

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  • You have problems focusing/ADD/ADHD: audiobooks seem scary for those of us who have problems concentrating (I don’t have a diagnosis yet but I’m probably ADHD myself), but once you find a way to keep yourself focused (I’ll talk about this in the next category), listening to audiobooks actually helps you not get distracted as much as you do while reading on a page.

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  • You need motivation to do chores: this works best if you stick to listening to audiobooks almost exclusively while you do chores instead of listening to them in your free time. You have no idea how much I hate washing the dishes, but sometimes while I’m in the middle of a good audiobook I find myself looking forward to it because I know I’ll be listening to it while doing it (pro tip: use headphones if you’re doing “loud” chores, with running water etc.)

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  • Sometimes the performance adds to enjoyment of the book: a good narrator can make a book a thousand times better. They can give a totally different vibe to a book and even make your rating go up one or two stars compared to your rating if you’d only read it.
  • If you’re not in love with a particular genre but you still want to read a specific book: okay hear me out, I tend to postpone reading books I know are going to be on the more action-y side or have elements that I personally don’t care much about. But if I know from other reviews that they also have great characters, great relationships, etc, I found that listening to them doesn’t make me dread the parts that I normally wouldn’t be too enthusiastic about. Example: The Disasters.

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How to read audiobooks?

  • Fast or slow: this totally depends on factors only you know, like your knowledge of the language you’re listening to, and how used you are to listening to books on faster speeds. All listening speeds are valid and it doesn’t matter if you listen on 0.75x or 2.5x speed as long as you’re enjoying it. Pro tip: you don’t have to listen to the whole book at the same speed! You can slow down on dialogues or parts you feel are more important and speed up in action scenes or descriptions.

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  • While playing a casual puzzle game: this is what I mostly use when I want to focus and I’m not doing a repetitive chore. I have trouble focusing unless I’m doing something with my hands that doesn’t require a lot of effort. I like playing some sort of Tetris game on my phone, sometimes I switch it up by playing different things like Dots or Bejeweled, but you could play Candy Crush or Bubbles…there’s a lot of choice out there.
  • With a coloring book: this serves the same purpose of the previous point. I haven’t done this since this summer but sometimes I’m just tired of phone games (or my phone/iPad needs charging lol). There’s lots of coloring books whether it’s for adults or for kids (I don’t judge) so just find something you like. I personally prefer sticking to abstract figures but you do you boo. I know my friends who are artists like to draw while listening so that might be something worth thinking about if you’re good at that.

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    • With headphones: this is obvious on train/bus/etc but I find it helps at home too, especially while doing chores with running water or if you have to go from one room to another. Bluetooth headphones work best for this so you’re free to move around (AirPods users now it’s your time to shine, if you can actually find them).

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Which types of books work best?

  • Action-packed: a good narrator will make the scene come alive and if you’re like me and like action scenes but can’t for the life of you picture what’s going on when you read on a page, audiobooks are a great help. Example: all the Rick Riordan books, Kingdom of Ash, Six of Crows.

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  • “Slow” books with lots of character development: sometimes it’s easy to get impatient with a slow book although we’re enjoying it. Audiobooks make the slower parts go by faster (just adjust the speed) and they give more depth to the internal monologues. Example: Nine Perfect Strangers.
  • Rereads: this is one of my favorite use of audiobooks. Rereading feels like I’m wasting my time sometimes (which is NOT true!!! but I feel like my TBR is judging me), but if I listen to it I know that I’m much faster and I don’t feel as guilty. It’s also incredibly enjoyable to go back to a world you loved and experience it in a different format.
  • Extremely long books: this ties back to the fact that you’re most likely reading faster if you’re on audio. It’s scary to look at how many hours the book will last, but if you’re on 2x speed the book will be half the length. Example: Kingdom of Ash.

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  • Honestly? Any book. I haven’t read all kinds of them and a lot will depend on the narrator or the subject of the book, but I see no reason to exclude any category or genre, you just have to find what works for you.

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Cons of audiobooks?

  • Can’t see words/names on page: this is especially frustrating when you’re reading fantasy or reading in a second language and hearing a lot of new names of people or places. It makes it awkward to write a review or chat about it with online friends, because sometimes you just don’t know how to spell things.
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  • Beautiful prose gets lost, can’t highlight without a visual version: sure, you can bookmark the spot you’re on if you’re on Audible, but unless you also own an ebook or printed version it’ll be awkward to write down a quote whether it’s for your future reference for a review or just because you enjoyed that particular sentence.
  • They’re expensive: there’s little going around this, audiobooks are expensive. If you’re lucky you have a library near you that lets you borrow them and use apps like Libby, but that’s not the case for most of us internationals. I like my audible subscription because I feel that it lets me make the most out of my money, but it’s still very expensive and I know it’s not for everyone.
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  • No time to process emotional scenes: especially if you’re going fast, it might be hard to remember to pause while you’re in the middle of something Big going on in the book because you want to know what comes next. This can make it so that some of the dramatic moments get lost among the sea of information being thrown at you at 2x speed. I personally like to take a moment to cry or at least process that something dramatic has happened while I’m reading, but it can be hard to do with audios.

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  • You might not like narrator: a narrator can make or break a book. I haven’t found many bad narrators and the few I did find haven’t made it impossible to enjoy the book, but that’s because they were rereads of books I already knew and loved. Definitely always try to check out a sample of the book (Audible has 5-minutes samples for every book) and sort reviews in a way that shows you the ratings of the performance. If you feel like a particular narrator might turn you off an otherwise good book, maybe it might be worth giving the paper or digital version a try instead.

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Where to start?

  • Rereads: these are probably the easiest books to get into if you’re still uncertain whether audiobooks are for you or not. Think about that one book you’ve been postponing rereading for ages and just try it out! I would, however, suggest avoiding your favorite books, the ones you’ve reread 1000 times, where every line of dialogue already has a specific tone and feel to it, because it will inevitably be different when the narrator reads it.
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  • Tales: I don’t know how to categorize this but my first audiobook ever was Norse Mythology and it made me feel like when my mom read to me before bed when I was little. It just felt like something meant to be read out loud and it made me fall in love with audiobooks in general. It doesn’t have to be this book in particular but try to find something that gives you the feel of fairy tales or mythology and that you’re interested in and that you might think it’s meant to read out loud by a fire or something like that.

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A few quick recs of personal favorite audiobooks with great performances:

✨ Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant ✨

✨ Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty ✨

✨ Far from the Tree by Robin Benway ✨

✨ Sadie by Courtney Summers ✨

✨ The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas ✨

✨ Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman ✨

✨ The Disasters by M.K. England ✨

✨ The whole PJO series by Rick Riordan ✨

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So that’s it for this guide! I hope you enjoyed it and if it was useful to you please leave me a comment because I love feeling like I helped!

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Books with Bisexual Protagonists for #BiVisibilityDay

Happy Bi Visibility Day!

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So I’m writing this post in a hurry because as always I never know about these holidays until I see everyone using the hashtags on twitter, but anyway I really wanted to make a list of my favorite books with bisexual protagonists and I hope this post will help someone who’s looking for bisexual rep in books 💖💜💙

These are all books I’ve read and that I would recommend to some degree (even though I’m sure I must have forgotten some). My favorites are in bold. For simplicity I’m going to separate contemporary and SFF books and (web)comics, mentioning title, author, name of the bisexual and/or biromantic character(s) (note: there may be more bi side characters, but in this post I’m only focusing on the main characters) and the type of relationship they’re in (if any).

There should be something for everyone here so I hope you all enjoy this list!

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Contemporary:

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum – Jack and August (MMF)

Challenging Chance by Anyta Sunday – Chance (MM)

The Princess Trap by Talia Hibbert – Ruben (MF)

Sweet on the Greek by Talia Hibbert – Nik (MF)

Leo Loves Aries by Anyta Sunday – Theo (MM)

A&B by J.C. Lillis – Barrie (FF)

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren – Tanner (MM)

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman – Frances

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli – Leah (FF)

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde – Charlie (FF)

Running with Lions by Julian Winters – Sebastian (MM)

Thrall by Avon Gale & Roan Parrish – Arthur (MM) and Lucy (FF)

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SFF/Historical: 

Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat – Damen (MM)

Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab – Rhy (MM)

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Jesper (MM) and Nina (MF)

In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan – Elliot (MM)

The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan – Apollo

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody – Levi (MF)

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – Mia (MF and FF)

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee – Monty (MM)

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – Adam (MF and MM)

The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova – Arianna (past FF, MF)

Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh – Odessa (MF and FF)

Come to the Rocks by Christin Haws – Linnea (FF)

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Comics:

Long Exposure by Kam “Mars” Heyward – Jonas (MM) | read here

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman – Nick (MM) | read here

Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu – Jack (MM) | read here

The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal by E.K. Weaver – TJ (MM) | read here

Tripping Over You by Owen White – Liam (MM) | read here

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Find more queer recs: FF romances | queer books without allocis M/M relationships

Who’s your favorite bisexual protagonist?

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#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?

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

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🌈 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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Lastly, this type of posts actually takes a lot of time and research to write. I do it because it’s my hobby and it’s something I love doing, and I would never expect anything in return other than moral support and recognition of my work. That said, I ended up creating a Ko-Fi account because it’s free and Why Not! So while I’ll leave the button down here and I would definitely appreciate any small contribution, I also definitely don’t want anyone to feel obligated to do anything!

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LGBTQ+ webcomic recommendations #1

I promised this post was coming so here it is.

These are all the lgbtq+ webcomics I’ve read this year (but basically in my life since I didn’t read any before) and they’re also the only webcomics I’ve read lmao. They’re not too many and I considered waiting to have more to rec but then it would have ended up being an awfully long post where I couldn’t even spend a few words on each of them so I decided to post it now with the few I have, which I believe are all really good anyway.

I will definitely keep finding more and reading them so I’m guessing I will write a similar post in a few months to update this list, but in the meantime I hope you’ll find this useful.

All of these are free to read and I will leave links so you can easily start them. On their respective pages you can also find out how to support the authors by buying physical copies and/or comic-related merch, so make sure to consider supporting them if you enjoyed the comic they put up for free.

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🏳️‍🌈 Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu 

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I think this was my first ever webcomic and I can’t think of a better way to get started on this genre. It’s a queer sports comic and it’s not only focused on romance but a huge part of it is about friendship. I still need to catch up with the latest update since this is still ongoing but I love it so much and I want literally everyone to read it.

Status: ongoing

Audience: teen and up

Goodreads | Read here | My review

 

🌈 Starfighter by Hamlet Machine 

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I was hesitant about having this in this list because its tone is very different from all the other webcomics I’m mentioning today. It’s much darker and it’s certainly queer because it sees a M/M relationship but it’s not really about that, it’s more of a dark and kind of twisted story and it’s very explicit so it won’t appeal to everyone. It can be a little disturbing and confusing especially at the beginning, and I wasn’t really sure whether I should keep going or not, but the end of the chapters always made me want to read more.

Status: ongoing

Audience: 18+

Goodreads | Read here | My review

 

🏳️‍🌈 The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal by E.K. Weaver

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This is a pretty long webcomic which is already completed so if you don’t like having to wait for updates this is definitely for you. The title says enough about the plot, this is very character driven and it follows the road trip of two strangers who fall in love with each other. I basically loved everything about it and the pacing really worked for me in the sense that I could feel the MCs develop feelings for each other naturally and not because the author decided it. The art is also fantastic and the dialogues are so funny it hurt. It has nsfw scenes but they’re always very well woven into the story and they’re not gratuitous.

Status: complete

Audience: 18+

Goodreads | Read here | My review

 

🌈 Rock and Riot by Chelsey Furedi

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This is easily described as Grease if everyone was queer. Characters are bi, gay, lesbian, trans, genderqueer, demi, aroace. I don’t think I need to add more to this description lol.

Status: complete

Audience: teen and up

Goodreads | Read here | My review

 

🏳️‍🌈 Griefer Belt by Kali de Wild

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This is about bad people. These are criminals and the comic focuses more on their relationships with each other, but it also doesn’t try to justify what they do for a living or to romanticize crime, which is one of my pet peeves. The story is engaging and if you can move past the fact that these are morally grey characters who lean more on the “black” side of the spectrum, then you will definitely like it.

Status: ongoing

Audience: 18+

Goodreads | Read here | My review

 

🌈 Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

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This is basically the cutest thing ever and everyone needs to read it. The author is really talented and if you weren’t aware of it she’s the author of Radio Silence which I still haven’t read but I’ve only heard good things about. She’s also a very good artist and this comic is so funny and relatable you can’t not love it.

Status: ongoing

Audience: teen and up

Goodreads | Read here | My review

 

🏳️‍🌈 Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill

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This is a wlw fairy tale retelling which is written for both a younger audience and an adult one. Kids will see what the story shows, which is two princesses falling in love with each other. Adults will also see that this is a story full of subtext despite its short length, but it’s also not less lighthearted because of it. This is a story that I believe you can read with your child even if they’re younger than the suggested middle grade.

Status: complete

Audience: middle grade (or even younger) and up

Goodreads | Read here | My review

 

🌈 Tripping Over You by Owen White and Suzana Harcum

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This is a slice of life webcomic following Milo and Liam. It’s not too much of a spoiler since it happens pretty early in the comic (if you consider the overall length of it) but the two get together and most of the comic is about their life as an established couple. I really loved it and appreciate the fact that there’s never useless relationship drama and the two characters manage to communicate their issues in a healthy way. I 100% recommend it if you love slice of life.

Status: ongoing

Audience: teen and up

Goodreads | Read here | My review

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And here ends my list for now. Let me know if you’ve read any or if you’re planning to, and I really hope this was useful!