Lesbian Lit List

I've been asked by many readers over the years to recommend a list of Sapphic books. I also need this for myself so I'll compile a constantly updating list here. If I've read one of the books on this list, I will give it a star-based review, but I will not write a review based on why. If I choose to write a critical review it will be in a separate post that I'll link.


Most of these will be fantasy related because that's what I'm interested in. Also I write YA so most of these will also be Young Adult. However, there are some other genres here.


Happy lesbian reading!



Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells



A determined young woman sets out to rescue her kidnapped girlfriend by stealing a dragon from the corrupt emperor in this stunning fantasy debut that’s perfect for fans of Margaret Rogerson, Rae Carson, and Rachel Hartman.

Raised among the ruins of a conquered mountain nation, Maren dreams only of sharing a quiet life with her girlfriend Kaia—until the day Kaia is abducted by the Aurati, prophetic agents of the emperor, and forced to join their ranks. Desperate to save her, Maren hatches a plan to steal one of the emperor’s coveted dragons and storm the Aurati stronghold.


If Maren is to have any hope of succeeding, she must become an apprentice to the Aromatory—the emperor’s mysterious dragon trainer. But Maren is unprepared for the dangerous secrets she uncovers: rumors of a lost prince, a brewing rebellion, and a prophecy that threatens to shatter the empire itself. Not to mention the strange dreams she’s been having about a beast deep underground…


With time running out, can Maren survive long enough to rescue Kaia from impending death? Or could it be that Maren is destined for something greater than she could have ever imagined?


What makes it sapphic?


Well, they are making out and having (the sex) at a lakeside in chapter one.


My Review: 5 stars! (loved this one)





Crier's War by Nina Varela



Impossible love between two girls —one human, one Made.

A love that could birth a revolution.


After the War of Kinds ravaged the kingdom of Rabu, the Automae, Designed to be the playthings of royals, took over the estates of their owners and bent the human race to their will.


Now, Ayla, a human servant rising the ranks at the House of the Sovereign, dreams of avenging the death of her family… by killing the Sovereign’s daughter, Lady Crier. Crier, who was Made to be beautiful, to be flawless. And to take over the work of her father.


Crier had been preparing to do just that—to inherit her father’s rule over the land. But that was before she was betrothed to Scyre Kinok, who seems to have a thousand secrets. That was before she discovered her father isn’t as benevolent as she thought. That was before she met Ayla.


Set in a richly-imagined fantasy world, Nina Varela’s debut novel is a sweepingly romantic tale of love, loss and revenge, that challenges what it really means to be human.


What makes it sapphic?


A human girl and an android princess have a hate to love relationship. Damn it's good.


My Rating: 5 stars



My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness by Kabi Nagata



The heart-rending autobiographical manga that’s taken the internet by storm!


My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness is an honest and heartfelt look at one young woman’s exploration of her sexuality, mental well-being, and growing up in our modern age. Told using expressive artwork that invokes both laughter and tears, this moving and highly entertaining single volume depicts not only the artist’s burgeoning sexuality, but many other personal aspects of her life that will resonate with readers.


What makes it sapphic?

There are literally naked women on the front cover.


My Rating: 5 stars





Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb series) by Tamsin Muir



Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead bullshit.


Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won't set her free without a service.


Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned into action. The Emperor has invited the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrowhark succeeds she will become an immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection, but no necromancer can ascend without their cavalier. Without Gideon's sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die.


Of course, some things are better left dead.



What makes it sapphic?


In chapter one, Gideon is fleeing with her "tittie mags" and she's literally in a relationship with at least two women during this book. Although the relationships take a backseat to the story, still, its Lesbian Necromancers in Space. I can't think of anything gayer. Also, all those haters will complain about the writing style, but its just different and beautiful and keep reading my love, keep reading.


My rating: 5 stars.



Ash by Malinda Lo


(

Cinderella retold)


In the wake of her father's death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.


The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King's Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash's capacity for love-and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.


Entrancing, empowering, and romantic, Ash is about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.


What makes it sapphic?


Y'all Ash is being chased by the princess but she's low-key chasing the huntress. This was also my first lesbian read in high school, you know before I knew I was in a closet. Still a great book.


My review: 5 stars



The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid



Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life.


When she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.


Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.


What makes it sapphic?


Evelyn had a great love with a woman. However, this does not have that Happy Ever After we gays want. I didn't read and likely won't.





Fingersmith by Sarah Watters

London 1862. Sue Trinder, orphaned at birth, grows up among petty thieves - fingersmiths - under the rough but loving care of Mrs Sucksby and her 'family'. But from the moment she draws breath, Sue's fate is linked to that of another orphan growing up in a gloomy mansion not too many miles away.


What makes it sapphic?


Main character and the orphan in the gloomy mansion become lovers during a heist. One of them betrays the other.


My Rating: 3 stars