it’s been a while since my last list, and once I started drafting this part 4 I realized that I’ve read way too many Sapphic stories and immediately started drafting a part 5. Which should come soon, I think!
It Is Wood, It Is Stone by Gabriella Burnham
This is a contemporary story about a woman who moves to Brazil with her husband because of his job. Suddenly finding herself quite alone, she decides to explore the city and falls in love with a Brazilian woman. This was interesting but did not quite fulfill its promise (but I am Brazilian, I think the story works a LOT better if you’re not from there – it just felt a bit superficial to me), in my opinion – still, if you’re looking for a contemporary set in an interesting city (I miss SP) with a F/F romance at its core that is actually about loneliness and lightly touches on racism and classism.
The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling
This is a thriller set in another world, where a woman has decided to take a mysterious and very dangerous job – it brings a lot of money, but also a very untrustworthy boss who’s clearly hiding something. Her mission is not all that it seems – a mix of body horror and sci-fi as well as a bit of romance, this is a very interesting book!
Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead by Emily Austin
This is one of my favorite books of the year! It’s a bleak but also darkly funny story about a lesbian main character who takes a job as a secretary in a church because she has no other option. Her mental is spiraling out of control and she puts herself in such painfully cringe-y situations. One of my favorite “disaster woman” books ever!
The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
I somehow forgot to talk about this book before! It’s just wonderful. The Mercies is a historical fiction set in the 1600s Norway, after a storm kills all the men from a community and the women start taking over their tasks and surviving on their own. It’s such a wonderful, bleak, beautiful story. Highly recommend if you tend to enjoy literary fiction.
How to Find a Princess by Alyssa Cole
This is a cute story about an investigator who is sent to find out if a young woman living in the US could be the missing heir to Ibarania. It’s a predictable, formulaic story, the kind of sweet romance book that I recommend if you’re looking for a nice palate-cleanser type of book, even if it won’t be the most unique and memorable one! Sorry for the lukewarm endorsement, but I do think there is a public for this kind of book, and it certainly worked for me at the time I read it!
The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri
This is a really good series if you’re looking for an epic fantasy that isn’t too heavy on the politics and it a bit heavier on the magic and romance. The world is inspired by India and this read pretty quickly, despite being around 400 pages. It tells the story of Pryia, a maidservant hiding a secret, and Malini, a princess imprisioned by her brother,
Inseparable by Simone de Beauvoir
This is a novel based on Simone’s real life friend and first love, a lively young woman whose romantic and tempestuous nature enchanted fictional-Simone. This is a very short book, it’s sweet and tragic and I loved it.
The Seep by Chana Porter
This is a science fiction story about gentle aliens invading the planet and changing the world as we know it. There is no more capitalism, no more death unless people choose to, no more war. An interesting concept that I didn’t love but was totally worth, especially considering how short it is!
House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherlan
This is a very good YA horror if you’re looking for something weird, creepy but not super nightmarish – this was more atmosphere than jump scares and I really enjoyed it! It tells the story of three sisters who one day disappeared and came back completely changed, with no memory of where they’d been. Their past catches up with them when the oldest one disappears.
Tryst Six Venom by Penelope Douglas
If you don’t want a soft Sapphic romance, oh boy, definitely pick up this one! This is YA (but I think both girls are at least 18, if I remember correctly) and it’s so, so good. That is – if you are into bully romance. This was intense, these girls have NO chill and to be honest, bully romances aren’t my thing but this was written so well that I actually cheered for them as a couple.
A Dead Djinn in Cairo by P. Djèlí Clark
This was SUCH a fun book! A Dead Djinn in Cairo is the first of a series of novellas (and now full-length novels, too!) about a young detective investigating crimes of the supernatural nature in Egypt. This is seriously one of my favorite fantasy series of all time, and the audiobooks are really great.
Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
This is a very hyped collection of horror stories – their dark, fairy-tale-like tone is almost hypnotic and I flew threw them. Not all of the main characters are Sapphic women, but if I remember correctly, a lot of them are. If you love creepy short story collections (I do), definitely don’t miss out on this one.