The Lesbrary Recommendations Page Has Been Updated!

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Check out my master list of more than 100 bi and lesbian books that I (Danika) have read and loved! I have recently updated with some of my recent reads, including an awesome manga and a memorable YA book. They all have links to my full review.

You can also check out the Lesbrary Amazon Page, which has the same recommendations, but you can browse by cover, and each book has a tweet-length recommendation.

Link Round Up: Comics, Best of the Decade, and New Releases

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If you’re a close reader of the Lesbrary, you might have noticed a lack of Link Round Ups in the past few months. That’s a result of me being overwhelmed by practicum (I survived! I’m a teacher now!), but I’m also using it as an opportunity to experiment a little bit. I’ve still been compiling interesting links, but I’ve shared most of them on tumblr and twitter. For this post, I’ve saved up what I think are the most useful links I’ve come across in the last few months.

Cosmoknights by Hannah Templer  Kim Reaper Vol. 1: Grim Beginnings cover  Stage Dreams by Melanie Gillman  Heathen Volume 1 by Natasha Alterici   Girl Town by Carolyn Nowak

Some interesting comics content to check out:

Her Body and Other Parties Carmen Maria Machado cover   Mooncakes by Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker   Cantoras by Carolina de Robertis   The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon   Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole

The end of the year (and decade!) brought with it a deluge of lists. Here are some of my favourites:

Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan  Practically Ever After by Isabel Bandeira  Floodtide by Heather Rose Jones  Baudelaire Fractal by Lisa Robertson  Nottingham by Anna Burke

And as for the present–or near-past–here are some lists of new releases since the last round up:

Spell Hacker by MK England    In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado  The Life and Times of Butch Dykes by Eloisa Aquino  A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow by Makoto Hagino

The recent releases I’m excited about:

The rest of the links had to do with 2020 new releases, so they got their own post here!

This post, and all posts at the Lesbrary, have the covers linked to their Amazon pages. If you click through and buy something, I might get a small referral fee. For even  more links, check out the Lesbrary’s twitter! We’re also on FacebookGoodreadsYoutube and Tumblr.

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Link Round Up: Sept 4 – 19

This is the Lesbrary bi-weekly feature where we take a look at all the lesbian and bi women book news and reviews happening on the rest of the internet!

Gentleman Jack by Anne Choma  The (Other) F Word edited by Angie Manfredi  Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn  High School by Tegan and Sara  Crossfire by Staceyann Chin

Book Riot posted GENTLEMAN JACK Swag for Fans of Queer Trailblazer Anne Lister.

LGBTQ Reads posted Inside an Anthology: The (Other) F Word ed. by Angie Manfredi.

Logo posted Fall Preview 2019: 10 New Books to Queer Up Your Library.

Nicole Dennis-Benn was interviewed about her new novel Patsy at The Globe and Mail.

Carolina De Robertis was interviewed about her novel Cantoras at NPR.

Gabby Rivera was interviewed about her novel Juliet Takes a Breath at NPR.

Bury the Lede by Gaby Dunn  Ordinary Girls by Jaquira Díaz  Hazel’s Theory of Evolution by Lisa Jenn Bigelow  In at the Deep End by Kate Davies  Cantoras by Carolina de Robertis

“[Lesbian] Author Julia Watts Disinvited from Teen Lit Festival” was posted at Publishers Weekly.

“Tracking Our Way Through Time,” about researching lesbian history, was posted at Ms. Magazine.

“Gideon the Ninth is about lesbian necromancers in space. Obviously, it’s perfect.” was posted at Vox.

Hazel’s Theory of Evolution by Lisa Jenn Bigelow was reviewed at Green Tea & Paperbacks.

In at the Deep End by Katie Davies was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

Cantoras by Carolina De Robertis was reviewed at the Advocate.

We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib  Two Wings to Fly Away by Penny Mickelbury    Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera  The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante

We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir by Samra Habib was reviewed at Lamba Literary.

Two Wings to Fly Away by Penny Mickelbury was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir was reviewed at the Young Folks.

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera was reviewed at Yahoo.

Orphan Black: The Next Chapter by Serial Box was reviewed at Autostraddle and Bella Books Blog.

The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante was reviewed at Rich in Color.

This post, and all posts at the Lesbrary, have the covers linked to their Amazon pages. If you click through and buy something, I might get a small referral fee. For even  more links, check out the Lesbrary’s twitter! We’re also on FacebookGoodreadsYoutube and Tumblr.

Thank you to the Lesbrary’s Patreon supporters! Special thanks to Sarah Neilson, Shelly Farrell, Martha Hansen, Daniela Gonzalez De Anda, Amy Hanson, Bee Oder, Hannah Dent, Ellen Zemlin, and Casey Stepaniuk.

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Link Round Up: August 23 – September 3

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This is the Lesbrary bi-weekly feature where we take a look at all the lesbian and bi women book news and reviews happening on the rest of the internet!

Cantoras by Carolina de Robertis  His Hideous Heart edited by Dahlia Adler   Stage Dreams by Melanie Gillman  Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy  High School by Tegan and Sara

Advocate posted 30 Queer-Friendly Books for Young Adults, Kids, and Families.

Electric Lit posted 7 Debut Collections That Continue the Lineage of Queer Poetry.

Lambda Literary posted New in September: Tegan & Sara, Akwaeke Emezi, and Benjamin Moser.

LGBTQ Reads posted New Releases: September 2019.

Logo posted Xena Is Even Gayer in Vita Ayala’s Latest Comic Book Reboot.

Okazu posted Queerness in Sailor Moon: Is It Progressive or is it Just Progress?

Melanie Gillman wrote about their process of researching queer and trans history for Stage Dreams at the Lerner Blog.

The Letters of Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf  Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki  Space Battle Lunchtime Vol 1  The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m danforth  Gnarled Hollow by Charlotte Greene

“What to Know About Virginia Woolf’s Love Affair With Vita Sackville-West” was posted at Time.

“Five Years of Flame Con” was posted at School Library Journal.

“Read it and weep: LGBTQ kids deserve queer-friendly books” was posted at the Berkeley Beacon.

Vira Letra, a lesbian book publisher in Brazil, was written about at Pioneers Post.

Gnarled Hollow by Charlotte Greene was reviewed at C-Spot Reviews.

The Stonewall Riots: A Documentary History by Marc Stein was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

This post, and all posts at the Lesbrary, have the covers linked to their Amazon pages. If you click through and buy something, I might get a small referral fee. For even  more links, check out the Lesbrary’s twitter! We’re also on FacebookGoodreadsYoutube and Tumblr.

Thank you to the Lesbrary’s Patreon supporters! Special thanks to Sarah Neilson, Shelly Farrell, Martha Hansen, Daniela Gonzalez De Anda, Amy Hanson, Bee Oder, Hannah Dent, Ellen Zemlin, and Casey Stepaniuk.

Support the Lesbrary on Patreon at $2 or more a month and be entered to win a queer women book every month!

Link Round Up: August 8 – 22

This is the Lesbrary bi-weekly feature where we take a look at all the lesbian and bi women book news and reviews happening on the rest of the internet!

Olivia by Dorothy Strachey  Bury the Lede by Gaby Dunn  Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett   The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus   Cantoras by Carolina de Robertis

Autostraddle posted “Olivia” Is One of the Best Lesbian Films of All Time and Now You Can Finally See It and 30 New Books of Queer and Feminist Interest to Get Excited About This Fall.

Bustle posted These 4 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Authors Are Writing The Women-Loving-Women Novels They Always Wanted To Read and I’m So Jealous You Get To Read Heather Rose Jones’s The Alpennia Series For The First Time.

Logo posted 11 Queer Books You Need to Read Before Summer Ends.

Queer Book Corner posted Queer YA: 2019 March-April Recap and Queer YA: 2019 May Recap.

Women and Words updated their New Releases & Coming Up page.

The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas  The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz  PS I Miss You by Jen Petro-Roy cover   Alice Payne Arrives by Kate Heartfield  Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach by Kelly Robson

“Why are there so many new books about time-travelling lesbians?” was posted at the Guardian.

“The word is out: Val McDermid selects Britain’s 10 most outstanding LGBTQ writers” was posted at the Guardian.

“Pulp Fiction Helped Define American Lesbianism” was posted at JSTOR.

“New Illinois Law Requires LGBT History To Be Taught In Schools” was posted at Townhall.

“How LGBTQ books and authors are being censored in middle schools” was posted at Entertainment Weekly.

“Literature’s Wildest Lesbian Love Story Is Coming to the Big Screen” was posted at The Stranger.

Motherland by Elissa Altman  Precious and Adored edited by Lizzie Ehrenhalt and Tilly Laskey  The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins  Orlando by Virginia Woolf  

Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing by Elissa Altman was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

Precious and Adored: The Love Letters of Rose Cleveland and Evangeline Simpson Whipple 1890-1918 edited by Lizzie Ehrenhalt and Tilly Laskey was reviewed at Washington Blade.

The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins was reviewed at Black Lesbian Literary Collective.

Delayed Rays of a Star by Amanda Lee Koe was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

This post, and all posts at the Lesbrary, have the covers linked to their Amazon pages. If you click through and buy something, I might get a small referral fee. For even  more links, check out the Lesbrary’s twitter! We’re also on FacebookGoodreadsYoutube and Tumblr.

Thank you to the Lesbrary’s Patreon supporters! Special thanks to Sarah Neilson, Shelly Farrell, Martha Hansen, Daniela Gonzalez De Anda, Amy Hanson, Bee Oder, Hannah Dent, Ellen Zemlin, and Casey Stepaniuk.

Support the Lesbrary on Patreon at $2 or more a month and be entered to win a queer women book every month!

Link Round Up: July 23 – August 8

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This is the Lesbrary bi-weekly feature where we take a look at all the lesbian and bi women book news and reviews happening on the rest of the internet!

  Orpheus Girl by Brynne Rebele-Henry   My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris    Mooncakes by Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker   Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan

Autostraddle posted 8 Dark Queer Graphic Novels to Read while Waiting for My Favorite Thing Is Monsters Vol 2.

Book Riot posted 10 More YA Books Starring Queer Girls to Look for in 2019 and 50 Must-Read Books Recommended by Roxane Gay.

LGBTQ Reads posted New Releases: August 2019.

Los Angeles Review of Books posted Marilyn Hacker: Rebel Traditionalist.

Publishing Triangle Announces Best LGBTQ Books of 2018 at 31st Annual Triangle Awards Ceremony.

Queer Book Corner posted Queer Adult Fiction: 2019 January-June and Queer YA: 2019 January-February Recap.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon  Paris, 7 A.M. by Liza Wieland  Heathen Volume 1 by Natasha Alterici   Miranda in Milan by Katharine Duckett  Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn

Kristen Arnett was interviewed about her book Mostly Dead Things at Crosscut.

Niamh Murphy posted It’s the August I♡LesFic.com Giveaway!

“‘Deep lez’ and ‘lexis orgasmus’: Lesbian Lexicon puts queer culture into words” was posted at Datebook.

“Catherine Hardwicke to Direct Patriarchy-Fighting Lesbian Viking Movie ‘Heathen’” was posted at Indie Wire.

“How I Worked With My Child’s School District to Add LGBTQ+ Books to the Library” was posted at Pop Sugar.

Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett  Kings Queens and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju  We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib  Mrs. Martin’s Incomparable Adventure by Courtney Milan  Beyond II: The Queer Post-Apocalyptic and Urban Fantasy Comic Anthology

“QUILTBAG+ SFF Anthologies: A Comprehensive List” was posted at Bogi Reads the World.

Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju was reviewed by Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian.

We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib was reviewed by Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian.

Mrs. Martin’s Incomparable Adventure by Courtney Milan was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

This post, and all posts at the Lesbrary, have the covers linked to their Amazon pages. If you click through and buy something, I might get a small referral fee. For even  more links, check out the Lesbrary’s twitter! We’re also on FacebookGoodreadsYoutube and Tumblr.

Thank you to the Lesbrary’s Patreon supporters! Special thanks to Sarah Neilson, Shelly Farrell, Martha Hansen, Daniela Gonzalez De Anda, Amy Hanson, Bee Oder, Hannah Dent, Ellen Zemlin, and Casey Stepaniuk.

Support the Lesbrary on Patreon at $2 or more a month and be entered to win a queer women book every month!

Link Round Up: July 11 – 22

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This is the Lesbrary bi-weekly feature where we take a look at all the lesbian and bi women book news and reviews happening on the rest of the internet!

Gnarled Hollow by Charlotte Greene   It's Not a Date by Heather Blackmore  On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden   What You Want to See by Kristen Lepionka  Hazel’s Theory of Evolution by Lisa Jenn Bigelow

The Golden Crown Literary Society Award winners were announced!

LGBTQ Reads posted TBRainbow Alert: Middle Grade.

Women and Words updated their New Releases and Coming Up page.

“Lambda Archives Stores San Diego’s LGBTQ History” was posted at kbps.

“I Could Spend All Day Looking at the Covers of These LGBTQ Publications” was posted at JSTOR Daily.

“Getting Queer Comics Into Libraries” was posted at The MNT.

Tell It to the Bees by Fiona Shaw    Work!: A Queer History of Modeling by Elspeth H. Brown   La Bastarda by Trifonia Melibea Obono   Sugar Land by Tammy Lynne Stoner  Going Off Script by Jen Wilde

“My book Tell it to the Bees was made into a film – but they changed the ending for a straight audience” was posted at The Conversation.

Work!: A Queer History of Modeling by Elspeth H. Brown was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

La Bastarda by Trifonia Melibea Obono was reviewed at Did You Ever Stop to Think.

Sugar Land by Tammy Lynne Stoner was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

Going Off Script by Jen Wilde was reviewed at Green Tea & Paperbacks.

This post, and all posts at the Lesbrary, have the covers linked to their Amazon pages. If you click through and buy something, I might get a small referral fee. For even  more links, check out the Lesbrary’s twitter! We’re also on FacebookGoodreadsYoutube and Tumblr.

Thank you to the Lesbrary’s Patreon supporters! Special thanks to Sarah Neilson, Shelly Farrell, Martha Hansen, Daniela Gonzalez De Anda, Amy Hanson, Bee Oder, Hannah Dent, Ellen Zemlin, Hana Chappell, and Casey Stepaniuk.

Support the Lesbrary on Patreon at $2 or more a month and be entered to win a queer women book every month!

Link Round Up: June 27 – July 10

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This is the Lesbrary bi-weekly feature where we take a look at all the lesbian and bi women book news and reviews happening on the rest of the internet!

Silhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin   Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi cover   On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden   The Second Mango by Shira Glassman   That Could Be Enough by Alyssa Cole

Autostraddle posted 8 YA Books Featuring Characters who Are Happily Lesbian but Have Other Drama.

Book Riot posted

Cece (Problems of a Book Nerd) posted How to Find Out About Queer Books (video).

Electric Lit posted 10 Exuberantly Queer Graphic Novels.

100 Times: A Memoir of Sexism by Chavisa Woods   Queering the Tarot by Cassandra Snow    Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki   Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories   Jam on the Vine by LaShonda Barnett

Niamh Murphy reviewed Gentleman Jack, including critics’ response, audience response, representation, and more.

“12 Books By (And About) Lesbians And Bisexual Women To Read This Pride Month” was posted at Buzzfeed.

Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories edited by Michael Earp was reviewed at The Nerd Daily.

Queering the Tarot by Cassandra Snow was discussed at Autostraddle.

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell was reviewed at Rich in Color.

100 Times: A Memoir of Sexism by Chavisa Woods was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

This post, and all posts at the Lesbrary, have the covers linked to their Amazon pages. If you click through and buy something, I might get a small referral fee. For even  more links, check out the Lesbrary’s twitter! We’re also on FacebookGoodreadsYoutube and Tumblr.

Thank you to the Lesbrary’s Patreon supporters! Special thanks to Sarah Neilson, Shelly Farrell, Martha Hansen, Daniela Gonzalez De Anda, Amy Hanson, Bee Oder, Hannah Dent, Ellen Zemlin, Hana Chappell, and Casey Stepaniuk.

Support the Lesbrary on Patreon at $2 or more a month and be entered to win a queer women book every month!

Link Round Up: June 11 – 26

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This is the Lesbrary bi-weekly feature where we take a look at all the lesbian and bi women book news and reviews happening on the rest of the internet!

Her Body and Other Parties Carmen Maria Machado cover   The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante         All Eyes on Us by Kit Frick

Autostraddle posted

Lambda Literary posted New Books in June for Your Pride Month Reading List.

LGBTQ@NYPL posted

Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan  Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan  Stage Dreams by Melanie Gillman   Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins    Princess Princess Ever After cover

LGBTQ Reads posted

Pride posted 21 Inspiring LGBTQ-Themed Children’s Books.

Women and Words updated their Hot off the Press and Coming Attractions.

Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett  Far From You by Tess Sharpe   Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn  Ash by Malinda Lo  Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown

Dahlia Adler posted “14 YA Authors on the Queer Books That Changed Their Lives” at Barnes & Noble.

Kristen Arnett, author of Mostly Dead Things, was interviewed at Bustle.

Nicole Dennis-Benn, author of Here Comes the Sun and Patsy, was interviewed at Nylon.

Malinda Lo was interviewed about her novel Ash by Nina LaCour at Bustle.

Niamh Murphy posted 8 Great Ways to Get Free And Discounted Lesbian eBooks Sent to You!

Barbara Smith wrote “Why I Left the Mainstream Queer Rights Movement” at the New York Times.

A Cup of Water Under My Bed by Daisy Hernandez    Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi cover  Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki 

Chain Reactions by Lynn Ames was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

A Cup of Water Under My Bed by Daisy Hernández was reviewed at The Black Lesbian Literary Collective.

Healing/Heeling by Sassafras Lowrey was reviewed at Gertrude Press.

Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi was reviewed at Rich in Color.

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell was reviewed at Okazu.

Kiss Number 8 by Colleen AF Venable and Ellen T. Crenshaw was reviewed at Okazu.

Pride month brought a deluge of queer book content from the rest of the internet, so I thought I’d collect it all here:

  • “The Bookshop: The story of Australia’s oldest LGBT bookstore” was posted at BBC News.
  • “12 books by Canadian LGBTQ writers to read during Pride Month” was posted at CBC.
  • How Stonewall Liberated Young Adult Literature” was posted at Electric Lit.
  • “Reading the Rainbow: A Pride Reading List” was reviewed at LARB.
  • LGBTQIA+ Graphic Novels for Young Readers” was posted at School Library Journal.
  • “The First Lesbian Porn, a Japanese “Dyketionary,” and 9 Other Revealing Artifacts from the Lesbian Herstory Archives” was posted at Vice.
  • Young Adult Books About Queer Girls Are On The Rise, But There’s Still So Much To Be Done” was posted at Bustle.
  • “The lasting importance of Haunting of Hill House’s Theodora” was posted at SYFY Wire.
  • “9 LGBT Book Blogs That Will Keep You Up To Date With Your Favorite Authors” was posted at Women.com.
  • 59 Children’s Books That Celebrate Pride” was posted at No Time for Flash Cards.
  • “A gay first lady? Yes, we’ve already had one, and here are her love letters.” (about Rose Cleveland) was posted at The Washington Post.
  • “Letters reveal a U.S. First Lady’s 20-year-long lesbian affair: ‘You are mine, and I am yours, and we are one, and our lives are one henceforth’,” also about Rosa Cleveland, was posted at NY Daily News.
  • 9 LGBQT+ figureheads on their favourite queer literature” was posted at Vogue Australia.
  • “26 Amazing Books by LGBTQ+ Authors You Should Add to Your Bookshelf” was posted at Mental Floss.
  • “Our Favorite LGBTQ+ Reads of the Past Year” was posted at Tor.
  • “This American Maverick Ruled the Lesbian Literary Scene of Paris” was posted at OZY.
  • “Lambda Literary and the Ongoing Recognition of Comics” was posted at The Comics Journal.
  • “15 Books With Bi Main Characters To Read This Pride Month” was posted at Bustle.
  • “Why LGBTQ bookstores, such as Philadelphia’s Giovanni’s Room, are a lifeline for queer teens” was posted at the Philadelphia Inquirer.

This post, and all posts at the Lesbrary, have the covers linked to their Amazon pages. If you click through and buy something, I might get a small referral fee. For even  more links, check out the Lesbrary’s twitter! We’re also on FacebookGoodreadsYoutube and Tumblr.

Thank you to the Lesbrary’s Patreon supporters! Special thanks to Sarah Neilson, Shelly Farrell, Martha Hansen, Daniela Gonzalez De Anda, Amy Hanson, Bee Oder, Hannah Dent, Ellen Zemlin, Hana Chappell, and Casey Stepaniuk.

Support the Lesbrary on Patreon at $2 or more a month and be entered to win a queer women book every month!