Today I have a post I’m quite excited about! I realized a few days ago that I actually don’t have any posts on F/F books, although I have been reading those a lot more lately and have about 10000 on my TBR. So I put a poll on Twitter and for this first post about F/F books I will be posting my favorite F/F book by genre!
I’d love to get recommendations on other F/F books you guys loved! So if you see a book I list below and think “you know what, if you liked this book I’m sure you’ll like this one too”, let me know in the comments!
Also I will be changing my posting days a little – I’ve been doing Tuesday, Friday, Sunday so far, and I think I’ll keep Sundays because I’m going to go back to my Sunday Snuggle posts soon, but I am changing Tuesday posts to Monday, and Fridays to Wednesdays, because I constantly get late on answering comments and I think spreading those out through my work week makes it easier to stick to a routine than on my weekends. It’s not as easily spread out as I’d like, but I want to keep the Sunday Snuggle posts, so this is what I’ll be doing 🙂
Contemporary Romance (Adult)
I honestly struggled to find a contemporary, so I chose this novella, Once Ghosted, Twice Shy, by Alyssa Cole, from the Reluctant Royals series. This was sweet, touching and I liked it way more than I expected! I realized while writing this post that I have read basically no F/F contemporary books that aren’t YA! Do you guys have recommendations?
Contemporary Romance (YA)
It’s Not Like It’s a Secret, by Misa Sugiura was such a revolutionary book for me. I had not read a lot of F/F books when I picked this up, and especially not with Latina rep, so I was SO happy to read it, and seeing a character who doesn’t have a “running body type” still go ahead and do it seriously inspired me to try it out for myself. I’d been playing around with the idea but was so convinced my body type sucked for that that I wasn’t even going to try. Fast forward a year later, I love running.
Historical Fiction (Adult)
This was not really a competition. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, by Taylor Jenkins Reid is just amazing – I listened to it in audio and then had to buy a physical copy, which I desperately want to re-read! Glamorous Hollywood stars, drama, more drama and a little more drama? This was a fantastic book.
Historical Fiction (YA)
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee was so, so good, I DEVOURED this book! The main character is also asexual, which is so great. If you love badassery, adventure and women being awesome and falling in love, you’ll love this!
The Priory of the Orange Tree, by Samantha Shannon is one of my favorite fantasy books, end of story. The fact that it’s got a great F/F romance in it adds a thousand points. A matriarchal royal line, dragons, grey characters, badassery everywhere… plus you don’t end with a cliffhanger and need to wait another 2 years for the last books to come out!
As romance goes, Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust is a slow-burn. Where this book shines for me, though, is the amazing complexity of the relationship between the princess and her stepmother. How both of them had a secret and mistrust for each other but were just deeply misunderstood.
Science Fiction (Adult)
I think adult sci-fi actually has a lot of F/F books, but The Psychology of Time Travel, by Kate Mascarenhas is by far one of the best books I’ve read in my life, so this one I recommend highly! There’s a murder mystery, science, psychology, time travel… what else do you need in a book?? I’m shocked this isn’t more popular!
Science Fiction (YA)
This was CUTE. Villains Don’t Date Heroes! by Mia Archer is so adorable I was smiling all the way through this book. I read it on Kindle Unlimited and didn’t have time to read the other books in this series, but this one was so lovely and funny.
I want to give a shoutout to Lumberjanes, by Shannon Watters, Noelle Stevenson, Kat Leyh, Grace Ellis, Carey Pietsch, Maarta Laiho, Brooke A. Allen. I don’t normally read graphic novels at all, and I was entertained by this one but didn’t LOVE it. However, I think for a younger audience it’s going to be great, and also it’s such a light, lovely, fun read! A lot of F/F books are romance, and I crave books that are adventure, sci-fi etc without focusing so much on romance, and Lumberjanes does that!
I know this is a stretch but hear me out (mild spoilers ahead) – in A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing, by Eimear McBride the main character has severe sexual trauma (among others) caused by her uncle raping her when she was 13, which then causes her to use sex with men as a means to self-harm. This goes on throughout the whole book, and her seeking out sex with men does not constitute romantic attraction to men, as I saw it. The ONE loving, romantic relationship she forms is with a girl, and it’s my favorite part of this book. Not one for the faint of heart, also ALL the trigger warnings.
I know there is controversy about the author, but The Color Purple by Alice Walker will always hold a special place in my heart, because it was the first time I saw a bisexual character and a F/F relationship, and it BLEW my mind to realize I’d NEVER seen that in literature before. It’s a difficult read, but so beautiful and worth it.