Book Recommendations: Pride Month Edition – 10 Books with Sapphic & F/F Rep To Brighten Your Reading During Pride Month!

For Pride Month this year, we decided to put together the biggest and most ambitious book recommendation post ever. Our book recommendation list, which I started putting together in March, grew and grew and grew until it was so long that we decided to split them into five posts!

The posts you’ll get during June are:

We're so excited to share with you all these wonderful books today. I hope this post helps you find a sapphic book or two! Happy reading!


Malice by Heather Walter

  • Sleeping Beauty retelling from the perspective of the wicked fairy - in which she and the cursed princess fall in love. 

  • One thing that we felt shined in this book was the emphasis on identity, relationships, knowing who you are, and coming into your own.

  • This book is marketed as a romance and it is - but for us it was more about self-realization and knowing your worth.

 


Crier's War by Nina Varela

  • Follows a human girl called Ayla and a Automae/a robot girl called Crier in a time of Automae dominion where humans are slaves.

  • Crier’s War is a great take on robot fantasy that also has interesting themes of oppression and the implications of war that keeps up fantastic momentum with the story’s slow-burn romance.

  • Gorgeous writing that enamours, and an addictive enemies-to-lovers romance that is rich with complex emotions, fraught with tension and the many many things that could go wrong, and their undeniable attraction.

 


We Set the Dark On Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia 

  • Follows Dani, a girl born in a world where women grow up to become one of two wives to their husbands. When Dani begins to realise that willful blindness to the suffering of her people at the hands of a corrupt government can no longer go ignored, she becomes a spy to the rebellion – but falls in love with someone she did not expect in the process.

     

  • Set in a heteronormative and sexist society, this story is a brilliant and feminist critique of patriarchal structures and the sexist expectations of women.

  • But it’s also how Dani’s journey, alongside the woman she falls in love with, subvert these hegemonic structures — and it is brilliant!

 


The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri

  • This book is an examination of how women are seen as monstrous - whether it's due to actual magical abilities, or simply the fact that they're clever.

  • Malini and Priya lead the way as POV characters, but they are supported by others such as Ashok, Rao and Bhumika. We loved that this book had 3 different main female characters. 

  • This book also includes morally grey lesbians set in an Indian-inspired fantasy world, and if you read it you'll understand why we went absolutely feral over this.

 


She Gets the Girl by Rachael Lippincott

  • She Gets the Girl is the 2022 version of Drives Me Crazy, Never Been Kissed, and She's All That, but sapphic.

  • This is a super sweet, slow burn, best friends to lovers romance.

  • The book follows Molly, a socially awkward, shy, compulsive organizer and college student whose best friend is her mom.

 


Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

  • Nine houses, each of which governs it own world and specializes in its own form of death magic, all bound together by the Emperor, the immortal Necrolord Prime and his band of super-powerful, undying "necrosaints" -- the Lyctors.

  • This book follows Gideon, a snarky lovable badass but with none of the standard heroine, fits-a-perfect-mold kind of badassery that I've grown so tired of. She's just really cool and funny. And somehow relatable, even though I can honestly say I've never been a swordswoman in space (no, really).

  • Tamsyn Muir is genuinely fantastic at crafting a building narrative. You do not know how invested you are in Gideon the Ninth until the hits start coming, and by then Muir is ready to hit you with a punch.

 


Mizuno and Chayama by Yuhto Nishio

  • This book follows two high school third-years as they struggle against the expectations of their small town, their parents, and maybe even themselves.

  • This is an excellent story about public and private faces, about social expectations and family legacy, about love that lives in small quiet moments, and the weird warping of reality when everyone else knows who you should be.

  • The art is gorgeous and detailed, and I loved all the emotions is conveyed - you really got a good feeling of Mizuno and Chayama's attraction to each other, the ugly apathy of the people who see them only as proxies for their parents, and the vicious, confused school bully venting the formless anger that fills the town.

 


Delilah Green Doesn't Care by Ashley Herring Blake

  • Delilah Green Doesn't Care is about Delilah and Claire. Delilah is a lonely artist in the big city who must go back home to her small town to be a wedding photographer for her estranged step sister, Astrid.

  • Claire is a mother to an adorable tween named Ruby who she's struggling to do right by her kid while in a messy co-parenting situation with Ruby's father, Josh. When these two women reunite sparks fly.

  • The story was so fun, and sexy and full of romcom absurdity but it was also a really kind and heartfelt narrative full of nuanced characters and I loved it so much.

 


The Midnight Girls by Alicia Jasinska

  • Rivals to lovers playing cat-and-mouse and monstrous girlfriends who really are pretty monstrous.

  • Dual protagonists who are like chalk and cheese: one is reckless, brash and flirtatious; the other is pensive, calculating and withdrawn.

  • Gorgeous, wintery worldbuilding with Polish influences.

 


Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

  • The scope of The Priory of The Orange Tree is majestic, brimming with detail and ideas and teeming with characters, languages, and perspectives.

     

  • The cast is sprawling, but the novel is deft at braiding their lives together, which is an incredible feat as the characters are separated by continents and disparate systems of beliefs.

  • We are in love with every single woman in this book, where they are queens, warriors, scientists, and pirates—strong and powerful and brilliant and hungry.

 


Thank you all so much for joining me and sharing the love for sapphic books! In my next book recommendation post, I’ll be recommending 10 Books with Gay and M/M rep that you can read during and after Pride Month. Happy reading, and happy Pride!