Author: LGBTQ Book Reviews

wait what are the other f/f YA romcoms??! othe…

wait what are the other f/f YA romcoms??! other than her royal highness? (thank you!)

Try Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan, Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi, and Amelia Westlake Was Never Here by Erin Gough! Had a post on new queer rom coms on the site yesterday, which I’ll link here since it has all the links and blurbs! https://lgbtqreads.com/2019/06/13/tbrainbow-alert-queer-ya-na-rom-coms/

Also, Jen Wilde is always good for f/f YA fun! I don’t know if I’d call them “rom coms” just because they don’t play with rom com tropes as much but they are definitely good picks for rom com fans. Check out her stuff and The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding!

Pride Flag Book Recs! 🌈

sapphicbookclub:

Have some f/f book recommendations corresponding to the pride flag colors, just in case you might want to have a rainbow on your bookshelf!

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Scorpion Rules by Erin BowBeneath the Surface by Rebecca Langham, Girl Mans Up by M-E GirardBetter Off Red by Rebekah Weatherspoon, Daughter of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones

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Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth, Poppy Jenkins by Clare AshtonTaking Flight by Siera Maley, Ask the Passengers by A.S. KingAn Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows

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The Fletcher by K. AtenNot Your Sidekick by C.B. LeePerfect Rhythm by Jae, Forgive Me If I’ve Told You This Before by Karelia Stetz-Waters, Banshee’s Honor by Shaylynn Rose

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Storm Season by Pene Henson, Adaptation by Malinda LoWhen Women Were Warriors by Catherine M. WilsonA Story of Now by Emily O’BeirneMarian by Ella Lyons

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Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily SkrutskieYou Know Me Well by Nina LaCour & David LevithanDreadnought by April Daniels

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Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde, Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time, Our Own Private Universe by Robin TalleyLabyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova, We Awaken by Calista Lynne

Happy Pride Month Reading! 

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biandlesbianliterature: Winners of the 2019 La…

biandlesbianliterature:

Winners of the 2019 Lambda Literary Awards!

Lesbian Poetry: Each Tree Could Hold a Noose or a House by Ru Puro

LGBTQ Nonfiction: Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry by Imani Perry

Lesbian Memoir/Biography: Chronology by Zahra Patterson

LGBTQ Anthology: Fiction: As You Like It: The Gerald Kraak Anthology Volume II edited by Jacana Media

LGBTQ Anthology: Nonfiction: Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture edited by Roxane Gay

See the full list here.

gnc/butch woman literature masterpost

butchfemmelove:

the op of this post was a terf so i’m reposting it because i think these resources are important and useful!! i have not read all of these resources myself, so let me know if there’s an issue with any of them and i’ll remove it!

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LESBIAN FICTION-

Stone Butch Blues – Leslie Feinberg [pdf]

Crybaby Butch – Judith Frank

Far from Xanadu – Julie Anne Peters

Persistent Desire – Joan Nestle

Annie on my mind– Nancy Garden

Keeping you a secret– Julie Anne Peters

Leaving L.A.– Kate Christie

Me and you and daisies– Lily R. Mason

The world unseen– Shamim Sarif

Wildthorn– Jane England

Tipping the velvet– Sarah Waters

Dare truth or promise– Paula Boock

And Playing the role of herself– K.E. Lane

Hunter’s Way– Gerri Hill

Ash– Malinda Lo

The price of Salt– Patricia Highsmith

Patience & Sarah– Isabel Miller

The Gravity between us– Kristen Zimmer

Her name in the sky– Kelly Quindlen

Taking the long way– Lily R. Mason

Fingersmith– Sarah Waters

Everything Leads to You – Nina LaCour

She’s My Ride Home – Jackie Bushore

NONFICTION-

Our Right to Love: A Lesbian Resource Book by Ginny Vida

Lesbian/Woman by Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon

Family Values: Two Moms and Their Son by Phyllis Burke

Inseparable: Desire between Women in Literature by Emma Donoghue, (Knopf)

My Lesbian Husband: Landscape of a Marriage by Barrie Jean Borich

Butch is a Noun, by S. Bear Bergman.- a collection of essays written by the author exploring what it means to be butch

Dagger: On Butch Women, edited by Lily Burana and Roxxie Linea Due.

The Persistent Desire, A Femme-Butch Reader, edited by Joan Nestle.

Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme, edited by Ivan E. Coyote and Zena Sharman

Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America, by Lillian Faderman

Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold- Elizabeth Kennedy & Madeline Davis

COOL WEBSITES:

Lesbian Herstory Archives – this is the coolest website ever for browsing stuff about lesbians in history

(and Here’s a link for the Lesbian Herstory Archives’ audio tapes collection, its really cool check it out! Great for finding interesting stuff if u dont know what to read/listen to and would like to kill some time 😀 !)

The Lesbrary – super cool blog dedicated to lesbian literature

Good Lesbian Books–  cool website. Heres a link to their list of Free Stuff 🙂

Books to watch out for – lesbian book reviews and literary news

Lesbian Fiction Review

Lesbian Science Fiction

Sistahs on the Shelf – Cool site dedicated to Black Lesbian fiction. Reviews, News, Recommendations, Authors n more

Canadian Lesbian Book Blog

Biblioteca Feminista – Books/ book recommendations in Spanish, English, French, Portuguese and Italian

List of Lesbian Authors’ sites

Lesbian full-text works on the web – list of lesbian content available for free on the web. Mostly older works

LGBT books for teens

UK Lesbian Fiction

Women and Words – site devoted to bringing news, interviews, writing tips, giveaways and more

The Book Dyke blog

LGBT Romance Novels

Lesbian History Bibliography

Bella Books

biandlesbianliterature: LGBTQ Reads Fave Five…

biandlesbianliterature:

LGBTQ Reads Fave Five: F/F Romances Set in College

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yabookers: Once & Future by Amy Rose Capet…

yabookers:

Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy

I’ve been chased my whole life. As a fugitive refugee in the territory controlled by the tyrannical Mercer corporation, I’ve always had to hide who I am. Until I found Excalibur.

Now I’m done hiding.

My name is Ari Helix. I have a magic sword, a cranky wizard, and a revolution to start.

When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur. Then she meets Merlin, who has aged backward over the centuries into a teenager, and together they must break the curse that keeps Arthur coming back. Their quest? Defeat the cruel, oppressive government and bring peace and equality to all humankind.

No pressure.

Disclaimer: I received a copy free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

When Ari pulls Excalibur from an old tree on Old Earth, she starts a cycle that has been repeating for centuries. She is deemed to be the 42nd reincarnation of the legendary King Arthur. Merlin, who has been ageing backwards and has only one cycle left, needs to train Ari up so she is ready to lead humanity against its greatest threat. But, Arthur’s reincarnations always end up repeating the same doomed cycle – pull Excalibur, fall in love with Guinevere-only to end up broken-hearted- and then killed by the enchantress Morgana. Ari is different, and in her, Merlin sees a chance to finally put the cycle to rest.

‘”That’s what resistance looks like, Merlin. It’s not one glorious, shining victory. It’s a torch that you keep burning, no matter what.”‘

I’ve been looking forward to reading Once & Future since it was announced. I’ve been wanting a queer Arthurian retelling for so long and Once & Future really delivered. It had an f/f romance and an m/m romance too, it also featured a disabled side character, an ace side character, and a non-binary side character and plenty of characters of colour too!

At the heart of the story, Once & Future is about fighting oppression and injustice. About fighting for the little guy against the big bad corporation, and about what happens when good people do nothing but also about what happens when good people actually do something.

Once & Future is sort of a mash-up of different genres, it has fantasy elements, science fiction elements, and comedic elements and for the most part, it does work. I enjoyed the more medieval aspect of Lionel mixed in with the science fiction aspects of space stations and intergalactic politics. Cori McCarthy and Amy Rose Capetta manage to take a well-known legend and create it into something really original.

Some of the characters were the highlight of the book. I loved both Merlin and Ari, our main protagonists. I really loved Morgana and Gwen and I loved the complexity of their characters.

One of the reasons this isn’t getting five stars from me is because the group dynamics weren’t always as fleshed out as they could have been and sometimes I found it hard to really care about their friendship. The pacing also felt a little rushed at times and revelations and twists were not always well placed, and sort of thrown in your face a little bit, Once & Future is probably a book that could have done with being longer and a little more fleshed out in general.

Overall, Once & Future is a good science fiction novel that is diverse and inclusive and is a book that I would highly recommend & I am definitely looking forward to the sequel. 

Rating: ★★★★☆ | book depository

yabookers: Once & Future by Amy Rose Capet…

yabookers:

Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy

I’ve been chased my whole life. As a fugitive refugee in the territory controlled by the tyrannical Mercer corporation, I’ve always had to hide who I am. Until I found Excalibur.

Now I’m done hiding.

My name is Ari Helix. I have a magic sword, a cranky wizard, and a revolution to start.

When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur. Then she meets Merlin, who has aged backward over the centuries into a teenager, and together they must break the curse that keeps Arthur coming back. Their quest? Defeat the cruel, oppressive government and bring peace and equality to all humankind.

No pressure.

Disclaimer: I received a copy free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

When Ari pulls Excalibur from an old tree on Old Earth, she starts a cycle that has been repeating for centuries. She is deemed to be the 42nd reincarnation of the legendary King Arthur. Merlin, who has been ageing backwards and has only one cycle left, needs to train Ari up so she is ready to lead humanity against its greatest threat. But, Arthur’s reincarnations always end up repeating the same doomed cycle – pull Excalibur, fall in love with Guinevere-only to end up broken-hearted- and then killed by the enchantress Morgana. Ari is different, and in her, Merlin sees a chance to finally put the cycle to rest.

‘”That’s what resistance looks like, Merlin. It’s not one glorious, shining victory. It’s a torch that you keep burning, no matter what.”‘

I’ve been looking forward to reading Once & Future since it was announced. I’ve been wanting a queer Arthurian retelling for so long and Once & Future really delivered. It had an f/f romance and an m/m romance too, it also featured a disabled side character, an ace side character, and a non-binary side character and plenty of characters of colour too!

At the heart of the story, Once & Future is about fighting oppression and injustice. About fighting for the little guy against the big bad corporation, and about what happens when good people do nothing but also about what happens when good people actually do something.

Once & Future is sort of a mash-up of different genres, it has fantasy elements, science fiction elements, and comedic elements and for the most part, it does work. I enjoyed the more medieval aspect of Lionel mixed in with the science fiction aspects of space stations and intergalactic politics. Cori McCarthy and Amy Rose Capetta manage to take a well-known legend and create it into something really original.

Some of the characters were the highlight of the book. I loved both Merlin and Ari, our main protagonists. I really loved Morgana and Gwen and I loved the complexity of their characters.

One of the reasons this isn’t getting five stars from me is because the group dynamics weren’t always as fleshed out as they could have been and sometimes I found it hard to really care about their friendship. The pacing also felt a little rushed at times and revelations and twists were not always well placed, and sort of thrown in your face a little bit, Once & Future is probably a book that could have done with being longer and a little more fleshed out in general.

Overall, Once & Future is a good science fiction novel that is diverse and inclusive and is a book that I would highly recommend & I am definitely looking forward to the sequel. 

Rating: ★★★★☆ | book depository

Can you recommend any books that are essential…

Can you recommend any books that are essentially wlw rom-coms/ hallmark movies? I’m dying for a version of the city girl is stuck in a small town, instantly gets on the wrong side of the hot mechanic, they snark, they start to bond over something, is this a date? Oh no a secret or misunderstanding drove them apart, wise local clears it up, tearful reunion and love confessions trope.

I wish I could recommend something that exactly matches your description! It sounds excellent. Bad news: I don’t know an exact match, and I haven’t read a ton of rom-coms myself. Good news: there are lots of f/f rom-coms out there, and I can point you towards people who have read a lot more of them! I’ll start with my recommendations, which are just light reads with a central romance, though they might not exactly fit the Hallmark movie part:

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My go-to light and happy wlw books, which also have a romance, tend to be comics, especially all-ages comics. That’s not exactly what you asked for, but I couldn’t help listing them just in case:

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On to recommendations from people who read more f/f romances that I do:

Royally Yours by Everly James: Whitney at the Lesbrary recommends this “secret royalty” book for fans of Hallmark movie A Royal Christmas.

@shiraglassman recommends Carolyn for Christmas by Lucy Carey as an “enemies to lovers lesbian romcom about former friends competing over the choir solo in the Christmas concert

@noneedtosparkle recommends Poppy Jenkins by Clare Ashton!

Dahlia Adler’s (@lgbtqreads) recommendations of f/f YA rom-coms:

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This list of wlw feel-good, fluffy, or rom-com books, including more recommendations from Shira Glassman.

The Lesbian Review is a great resource for f/f romances, because they tag absolutely everything. Here are a few tropes you might be interested in: Sweet Romance, Small Town, Enemies to Lovers

LGBTQ Reads has a page for settings, and here are two you might find appealing: Bakery (Sugar by Karin Kallmaker) and Coffee Shop (The Violet Hill series by Chelsea M. Cameron).

Also check out LGBTQ Reads tropes page, especially “Enemies to Lovers.”

Lesbian Book Bingo has a page of recommendations of lesbian romcoms, as well as the most read books in that category.

I hope that helps!

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