If you’re following me on Goodreads or Twitter, you probably know I’ve recently added about 10.000.000 F/F books to my TBR. I normally don’t particularly look for book recommendations because I have so many books still to read and I get book recs anyway from reading people’s blogs/listening to podcasts/existing in Twitter/having bookish family & friends, but I have recently realized that unless I actively search for F/F books, not a lot of recs come my way at all.
Although LGBT+ books have recently become “trendy” (aka. people finally acknowledged that those exist and aren’t inherently erotica! Shocking, really), it is a fact that F/F books just get largely dismissed (although I believe this is changing, thankfully). It’s no surprise that women’s inner lives are still seen as based upon their male relationships (fathers, husbands, lovers), so people consider relationships between women, whether romantic or not, as not so relevant, interesting or literary. Not worth reading about. So! I’m putting an extra effort on my blog from now on to write more posts recommending books about relationships between women, especially romantic ones.
As usual, YA is being badass and making LGBT+ books mainstream! I tend to be very picky with YA and don’t read a whole lot of it, so it’s a bit more difficult to find books that are F/F, not YA and also not erotica.
I’ve owned The Price of Salt, by Patricia Highsmith / Clare Morgan since forever, and I loved her Mr. Ripley’s book, so I am very excited to pick up this one!
Dreadnought, by April Daniels has a transgender lesbian Latina main character, which honestly would have been enough to sell this book to me, but I am partial also to superhero stories and this just sounds like a really fun read! Also this cover is everything.
I’ve heard mixed things about This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone but it just sounds fantastic and the kind of book I love so I’m very hyped for it!
Affinity, by Sarah Waters is on my TBR, and I don’t know how I’ve never read a Sarah Waters novel before, because they all look like they’re gothic and creepy and that’s the kind of book I LOVE, so really I have high expectations for this one!
I picked up White Houses, by Amy Bloom because it’s based on the real story of the love affair, and I never heard of it at all. Things sounds intriguing.
The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics, by Olivia Waite gets recommended actually quite often, and it just sounds way too good to pass. Arts, science, lovers? This sounds like such a great read!
I don’t read a lot of literary YA, so I’m quite looking forward to Like water, by Rebecca Podos! This just sounds beautiful, and somehow the title attracts me a lot.
Proper English, by KJ Charles also got recommended a few times on bookish Twitter and it honestly sounds like everything you could want in a book: historical murder mystery and F/F romance. Really, that was all I needed to know.
Gideon the Ninth, by Tamsin Muir just sounds great: necromancers, swordswomen, F/F, undead people. Surely one of the books I’m most looking forward to reading!
I am not entirely sure Ammonite, by Nicola Griffith has any romance in it at all, but all the characters are women and any romance present in the book is therefore going to be a F/F, so in my opinion it counts? Hard to say before reading. In any case, this sounds fantastic.