I was going to take a while longer to post this when I had around 30 books like on Part 1, but it’s Sapphic September and I thought it would be timely to post it now.
I did include in this list some books I decided not to finish or weren’t particularly of my taste, because it occurred to me that these books weren’t for me but could be another reader would actually enjoy them!
You can read other parts of this series here:
Other recommendations and lists here:
Kept Animals by Kate Milliken
If you love coming-of-age stories and don’t mind getting your heart broken, this is such a beautiful story of a girl named Rory, whose life is turned upside down when an accident happens, ending in death and so much pain. The lives of everyone in the town are affected by it, and as Rory starts riding her beloved horse competitively and falling in love with Vivian, catastrophic events are set in motion. This was one of the best representations of relationships, love and hurt that I’ve seen, and it was bleak but also warm and beautiful.
Snare by Lilja
This is a really fantastic noir thriller set in Iceland about a woman who works as a mule to pay her debt to the people who lent her money in the aftermath of a very difficult divorce. This is fast-paced, intense story with lots of drama and twists!
Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan
Ava is in a somewhat-relationship with Julian and living in his house in Hong Kong when she meets Edith. The beautiful, sophisticated woman starts to slowly capture her heart but Ava omits the truth about the person she lives with, and as time goes by, it becomes more difficult to explain. She must choose between coming clean to both of them or letting go of Edith and live her comfortable, predictable life.
The Kill Club by Wendy Heard
In this book, Jazz is doing her best to protect her brother from his foster mom, a religious fanatic who abused her when she was her foster child. She is offered the opportunity to be rid of her foster mother for good… for a price. She must kill a stranger. This was an exciting read and a very good thriller.
Bunny by Mona Awad
This book is very subtly Sapphic, but it’s Sapphic nonetheless. It tells the story of a young woman who joined a writing program and is fascinated by the weird group of young woman who call themselves Bunnies. When they invite her to join one of their very exclusive meetings, she can’t refuse. This book is wild and I recommend it to people who like weird and are okay suspending disbelief.
The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite
Gosh this must be the loveliest book on Earth. I am totally biased because I love astronomy, women in science and soft main characters, so this was always going to be a win. I am not, however, the only one screaming about how great this is, I first heard about this book via other bloggers hyping it up! So if you want fluff and talented, brilliant women falling in love, this book is perfect for you.
Supper Club by Lara Williams
This book is gloriously Sapphic, with most of the side characters being Sapphic women, despite the main character Roberta being on a rather grey area where we never find out if she’s Sapphic (although in my opinion she’s not). This is a story about women getting together for Supper Club to take up space, behave in ways society disapproves of, and nourish themselves.
The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld
This might be a bit of a stretch, but we have one of the main characters who is Sapphic, although she seems to only realize that off page and live with a woman, but we don’t actually see this happen on page. The Bass Rock tells the story of three women, united by the same house in a Scottish town, but living in it during different decades. It’s a powerful story about gender violence and toxic masculinity, and how we’ve come far, but at the same time, not far at all.
White Houses by Amy Bloom
This tells the fictionalized version of the true story of Lorena Hockok’s relationship with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. While I didn’t love this book, I think it’s an interesting story and that other readers might find it more to their liking. You can read my review if you’re unsure.
Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez
This is a collection of horror short stories set in Argentina, and it has at least one story with a Sapphic main character (I think there are two in total but I can’t remember for sure). This is amazing and incredibly creepy!
Throwaway Girls by Andrea Contos
This YA noir thriller is incredibly powerful, telling the story of Caroline, who’s looking for her best friend. While looking for her, Caroline finds out that many girls have gone missing over the years and no one cared because they were not “perfect victims”. This is a story about girls never giving up on one another and it’s quite dark.
My Heart’s in the Highlands by Amy Hoff
This cute historical fiction tells the story of a woman from Victorian Scotland who invents a time machine and goes back to the 13th century, where she meets a gorgeous warrior from the MacDonald clan. This book shines when it comes to the interesting historical facts on queerness: the real-life women who lived as a couple in Victorian Scotland and were among the first to go to University, how same-sex couples were more accepted in other times, other places, and it’s not true that heterosexuality has always been the norm everywhere.
Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner
This is a romcom about a famous and very private director falling in love with her secretary and finding themselves the center of gossip. I did not love this one, the plot and dialogue are awkward and it generally felt a bit amateurish, but it was a cute and entertaining read.
Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro
This is a powerful YA fantasy book about a girl finding her place in her community – she’s a cuentista, which means she can gather her people’s memories and give them a chance to do better. But that might not be the entire truth to her powers, and she must find out how to best use her abilities to help her people and herself. This is set in a desert, which is incredibly cool, and it’s a Latinx book as well! I unfortunately did not finish this because it felt very tropey and was a bit too unnecessarily violent for my taste, but the representation was really great and lots of people love this!
The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinka
Another YA fantasy I did not finish (the last one in this list, I promise) for similar reasons: a lot of YA books, especially fantasy, feel too similar to other books I’ve read in the past, and it was the case for this one, too. The Dark Tide tells the story of a witch queen who picks a boy as sacrifice every year, to keep their island safe. This year, however, she chooses a girl, for the first time – and as they start to fall in love, they have to choose if to save themselves or their island. I heard this is a really good villain-hero pairing and it’s been compared to The Wicked Deep (which I love), so if you enjoy YA, I think it’s worth a try! I did find the main character’s voice the same as many other YA heroines’, so I quickly lost interest in this, especially when it seemed to me that the plot would be rather predictable. So read a few reviews if you’re in doubt!
Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
This is a whodunit with a very cool premise: a gruesome murder happened in the library of a school of magic. The suspects are all witches and wizards and refreshingly realistic about how a school of magic would actually work. It’s a very fun book! By the way, despite being set in a high school, this is an adult novel.
The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
A classic novel telling the story of a married woman having an affair with a younger woman, this novel was one of the first to show a relationship between women with a happy ending.
The Lady Upstairs by Halley Sutton
This noir detective story is about a woman who works for The Lady Upstairs to pay her debt to the mysterious woman. She hires girls to seduce terrible, abusive, rich men and blackmail them with compromising videos of the encounters. This was a bit predictable, but nonetheless very entertaining!