Lesbrary Links: LGBTQ Bookstores, Neurodiverse Queer Lit, and F/F Superhero Couples

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I follow hundreds of queer book blogs to scout out the best sapphic book news and reviews! Many of them get posted on Tumblr and Twitter as I discover them, but my favourites get saved for these link compilations. Here are some of the posts I’ve found interesting in the last few weeks.

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You Exist Too Much by Zaina Arafat

Here are 56 LGBTQ-Owned Bookstores You Can Be Proud to Support.

Speaking of queer bookstores, Gay’s the Word bookstore has seen a lot of support from its community during the pandemic! Also, they have secret celebrity customers.

Autostraddle crowd-sourced a bookshelf of A+ queer book recommendations! (I contributed a few.)

Read some bisexual books.

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These books help tweens figure out sexual orientation and gender identity.

Reads Rainbow continues with its “in the intersection” series with Latine LGBT Lit, Indigenous LGBT Lit, LGBT Lit and Faith, and Neurodiversity and Disability in LGBT Lit.

Here are some Book Rioters’ favourite new LGBTQ books.

It’s not Pride month anymore, but you should still read these Canadian LGBTQ2S+ books.

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
Goldie Vance Volume 1
Cantoras by Carolina de Robertis
Burning Roses by S.L Huang
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Read these queer YA comics and these middle grade LGBTQ graphic novels!

Speaking of comics, here are the best F/F superhero couples (and the only F/F superhero movie relationship).

Book Riot continues strong with the Pride posts in this post recommending queer historical fiction.

If you’re a fan of retellings, you’ll want to read these 30+ queer fairy tale retellings.

This is a beautiful reflection on Virginia Woolf’s life.

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Lesbrary Links: 50+ Years of LGBTQ Lit, Asian Queer Reads, and Reparative YA Reading

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I follow hundreds of queer book blogs to scout out the best sapphic book news and reviews! Many of them get posted on Tumblr and Twitter as I discover them, but my favourites get saved for these link compilations. Here are some of the posts I’ve found interesting in the last few weeks.

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The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez
Love After the End edited by Joshua Whitehead

This Pride month, take a look back at 50+ years of LGBTQ lit with picks from every decade from 1970 to now!

Here’s a “short, selective, and incomplete” history of queer publishing, from the last 80s to now.

At Bustle, 21 LGBTQ+ authors (including Kristen Arnett, Casey McQuiston, and Sarah Gailey) talk about the books they wish they’d had as teenagers. On a similar note, The New York Times has an article about the reparative power of reading positive queer YA as an adult. (Sadly, it’s behind a paywall.)

The author of the photography book Queer Love In Color talks representation, love, & Pride month.

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw
Zami by Audre Lorde
Kimiko Does Cancer: A Graphic Memoir by Kimiko Tobimatsu, illustrated by Keet Geniza
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Your rage read of the day: Hungary has banned teaching about “homosexuality” in schools.

What would your dream queer anthology look like? Laura Sackton at Book Riot discusses the stories she’d select in her own.

Read this essay: How Audre Lorde’s Genre-Blurring Zami Spoke My Truth Into Existence.

Casey discusses 8 books about queer people dealing with cancer over at Autostraddle.

Here are 8 queer books in translation to read now.

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Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust
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The World That Belongs To Us: An Anthology of Queer Poetry from South Asia by Aditi Angiras and Akhil Katyal
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Reads Rainbow has been doing some intersectional queer book lists, including East Asian LGBTQ lit, West Asian LGBTQ lit, Southeast Asian LGBTQ list, and South Asian LGBTQ lit. Relatedly, here are some Indian novels to read this Pride!

Do we need queerphobia for a queer identity? (Nah.) But Tor.com discusses whether there is a place for imagining a queer future in literature that still has prejudice. I do think there’s room for both utopian queer SFF/queernorm worlds as well as SFF stories with characters who fight prejudice, but I don’t think we should base our identities on others’ hatred of us.

OurShelves is a diverse, LGBTQ-inclusive children’s book subscription box.

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Support the Lesbrary on Patreon at $2 or more a month and be entered to win a queer women book every month! $10 and up patrons get guaranteed books throughout the year!

Lesbrary Links: Lammy Winners, the Queer Blackathon & Sapphic Romance for Beginners

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I follow hundreds of queer book blogs to scout out the best sapphic book news and reviews! Many of them get posted on Tumblr and Twitter as I discover them, but my favourites get saved for these link compilations. Here are some of the posts I’ve found interesting in the last few weeks.

Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur (Amazon Affiliate Link)
Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby
You Exist Too Much by Zaina Arafat
Love After the End edited by Joshua Whitehead
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The Lambda Literary Awards were announced!

It’s Pride Book Fest on YouTube! Check out 90+ queer creators talk queer books!

June 19th is the start of the Queer Blackathon! It’s a 48 hour readathon that centers queer Black books! There are some prompts, but you’re also encouraged to join in reading any queer Black books you’re interested in.

This Pride month, support queer bookstores, like these ones in the U.K.

For some heartwarming news, this community group funded 10 “Rainbow Little Free Libraries” with 500 LBGTQ children’s books!

Here’s a history of LGBTQ lit publishing, from 1980-1995.

The Unbroken (Magic of the Lost #1) by C.L. Clark
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Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
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The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri

Read some Black, African, and Caribbean LGBTQ lit!

Sapphic YA has exploded in recent years–to the point that it can be hard to find adult sapphic lit! If you’re more accustomed to YA F/F romance than the adult version, this guide to Adult sapphic romance for beginners will be useful for you.

If mysteries and thrillers are more your speed, these queer crime novels are worth reading all year round.

Buzzfeed has recommendations for 47 Science Fiction And Fantasy Novels Starring LGBTQ+ Characters, and here are more queer fantasy novels for Pride month.

And these sapphic SFF books are “spectacularly queer!”

Black Water Sister by Zen Cho
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In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado
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This title speaks for itself: What To Read When You Want a Fat and Queer Summer.

This one is unfortunately behind a paywall, but it’s worth the read if you have a NYT subscription: a bisexual librarian thinks about how her and her marriage to a man would be classified under the Dewey decimal system.

Stjepan Šejić, the author of Sunstone (a BDSM F/F comic) is offering the first 6 volumes as free PDFs while he works on volume 7.

Here’s a definitive reading list on theory of queerness and work.

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These are some 2021 queer YA books by authors of color you should add to your TBR!

For fans of the fake dating trope, try these queer YA fake dating romances!

If you like queer YA thrillers, take this quiz to decide which one to read next!

Here is how Pride has been depicted in kids books over the past three decades–plus a database of 700+ LGBTQ-inclusive kids’ books! Speaking of, here are the NYPL’s recommendations of picture books and board books for Pride.

Since we’re talking about queer kids’ books, here’s 11 facts about Harriet the Spy, including why it resonates with queer readers

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Lesbrary Links: Sapphic Witch Books, Queer Superheroes, LGBTQ Board Books, and More

I usually do these link round ups every 2 weeks, but I fell behind for… oh, about 6 months. Here is part 3 of my catch-up on the queer women lit content worth reading on the rest of internet that came out in the last 6 months. This is all the genre-specific sapphic lit links worth clicking! Part 1 is 2021 new releases and posts about specific authors and books. Part 2 is lists, essays, and more general posts. And if you want even more bi and lesbian lit links, check out the Lesbrary Tumblr and Twitter!

Sweet & Bitter Magic by Adrienne Tooley
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The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke
The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall
Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu,

First are some sapphic fantasy recommendations! Adrienne Tooley, author of Sweet & Bitter Magic, wrote about Five Sapphic Fantasies That Helped Me Find My Freedom. Rainbow Reads offered up some Lesbian Adult Fantasy recs. They also have tons of queer high fantasy recommendations. Finally, it’s never a bad time for a queer witchy read: These 24 Queer Witch Books Will Cast a Spell on You.

I missed rounding up the LGBTQ Halloween reads posts in October, but these queer horror recs are good all year. Book Riot offered some spooky queer book recommendations and Sapphic Book Club has sapphic ghosts, witches, necromancer, and other spooky book recs. This one is probably preaching to the choir, but: Carmilla Is Better Than Dracula, And Here’s Why

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Looking for more LGBTQ graphic novels? Reads Rainbow has you covered. Look out for these 5 Queer Graphic Novels and Memoirs You Won’t Want to Miss in 2021. And CBR has 10 LGBTQ+ Marvel Superheroes You Didn’t Know About.

If you like yuri manga, you have to be following Okazu. They put out two informational videos worth watching about yuri: Own Voices – Are There Queer Creators Creating Yuri? and Why Is There More Boy’s Love than Yuri? Plus, check out their picks for the Top Yuri Manga of 2020. Not sure where to start? Try this beginner’s guide to modern LGBTQ+ manga.

I have a soft spot for old school lesbian cookbooks (that’s why I own The Butch Cook Book). Here’s How Lesbian Luminaries Put Together a Groundbreaking Cookbook. Continuing with nonfiction recommendations, Autostraddle has Books on Queer Sex That Answer Questions You Never Got To Ask. I loved this Book Riot post, which has lots of great complex, messy, realistic representations of being queer: 20 Must-Read Queer Essay Collections.

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This Is What It Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow
Pride Colors by Robin Stevenson
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Pepper’s Rules for Secret Sleuthing by Briana McDonald

If you’re a reader of YA, catch up with some of the foundational titles with 9 Classics of Queer YA Literature. Here are 6 YA Books That I Needed as an Anxious Queer Teen. Check out YA Contemporary That Isn’t About Coming Out. Then try this tongue in cheek post from Book Riot: YA LGBTQ+ Book Recommendations Based on Your Attachment Style.

Here are the groups helping get LGBTQ-inclusive books into the schools that need them! Because Kids Need Queer Books. I wrote this post about 14 LGBTQ Board Books to Diversify Your Baby’s Bookshelves! For slightly older kids, there’s Children’s Books About LGBTQ+ Heroes & Events That Changed The World. And a step above that is 17 Great LGBTQ+ Middle Grade Novels You Need In Your Life and Reads Rainbow’s Book Recs for Middle Grade.

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Support the Lesbrary on Patreon at $2 or more a month and be entered to win a queer women book every month! $10 and up patrons get guaranteed books throughout the year!

Lesbrary Links: Queer Found Family, Bisexual Romances, F/F Enemies to Lovers, and More

I fell behind on collecting sapphic book links, so here is part of my catch-up on the queer women lit content worth reading on the rest of internet that came out in the last 6 months. This post is lists, essays, and more general posts. Part 1 is 2021 new releases and posts about specific authors and books. Stay tuned for part 3! And if you want even more bi and lesbian lit links, check out the Lesbrary Tumblr and Twitter!

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Amora: Stories by Natalia Borges Polesso, translated by Julia Sanches
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If you want queer lit in the mail, check out The Best LGBTQ+ Book Subscription Boxes. (Or support the Lesbrary Patreon for exclusive email list giveaways and regular books in the mail for the $10+ levels!)

Author Niamh Murphy has compiled 11 Awesome BookTubers Who Review Lesbian and WLW Fiction, including me! For more queer lit videos, check out 11 Glorious Spoken Word Poems By Queer Poets.

Book Riot continues to knock it out of the park when it comes to queer book content, if I do say so myself. I would like this post even if it didn’t say nice things about me in the first paragraph: 20 Must-Read Contemporary Sapphic Novels.

Arsenal Pulp Press is my favourite publisher because of all their queer, Indigenous, social justice, and other diverse books! Here are 14 Queer and BIPOC Books From Arsenal Pulp Press to Read Right Now.

If you want to diversify your queer book list, 20 Must-Read Queer Books in Translation from Around the World is a must read. This post is amazing and gives me real reader envy!

The Weight of the Stars by K Ancrum
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I'll Be the One by Lyla Lee
The Summer of Jordi Perez
Burning Roses by S.L Huang

Casey Stepaniuk does so much for promoting queer lit, both on her blog and Autostraddle. I know you want found family books, so start with 8 Books Featuring Big Queer Families, Found and Otherwise and follow it up with 8 Fat Positive Queer Books Featuring Queer Fat Characters in All Their Glory.

Speaking of sapphic readers’ kryptonite tropes, here are recommendations for queer Enemies to Lovers books and a Guide to Lesbian Workplace Romances. Or turn things up a notch with Books With Lesbian Sex: 38 Great Reads with Lesbian Sex.

For fairytale lovers, these are must-reads: 10 Beautiful Audiobook Fairytale Retellings For Women Who Love Women and 10 Amazing Classics and Fairytale Queer Retellings You Need to Read.

The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake
Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
In the Vanishers' Palace by Aliette de Bodard

This post made me and basically every other Book Riot employee cry: Lil Nas X, Unapologetic Queerness, and the Books I Wish Upon My Past Self.

Autostraddle posted an in-depth reexamination of the Fingersmith reimagining: “The Handmaiden” Dares You to Look.

Let’s celebrate queer book history! The World’s Oldest LGBTQ Bookstore Is Still a Toronto Icon.

I love lesbian pulp! I wrote Show Your Pride With These Lesbian Pulp Decorations and Accessories! and you can also take a quiz on Autostraddle: Quiz: Which Lesbian Pulp Book Cover Are You? If you’re not familiar with it, they also have a primer: No Adam for Eve: The Quiet History of Lesbian Pulp Fiction.

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One of the months I’m catching up on is February, which means there were Black History Month posts that are still worth checking out now! LGBTQ Reads and YA Pride both have a list of resources and recommendations they update every year. On Book Riot, I gathered up all the 2021 LGBTQ Books by Black Authors I could find. Here are 25 Black and Sapphic Comic Book Characters You Should Know. The Black Lesbian Literary Collective amplify Black lesbian and queer authors all year round and posted We Won’t Be Tokenized.

If you’re looking for bisexual books, here are January-June 2021 Books With Bi Protagonists. Somebody was obnoxious on twitter about bisexual people in M/F relationships not being queer, which resulted in these posts: M/F Romances Featuring Bi+ Women Whose Queer Identities and Communities are Front and Center, Queer M/F Recs , and Bi MCs and M/F Romance.

Dahlia Adler put together a recommendations list for Bi Visibility Day Casey wrote 8 Books Featuring Bi+ People in Longterm Relationships for Bi+ Week at Autostraddle. Also check out these books with BIPOC Bi MCs.

LGBTQ Reads also has a post for Lesbian Day of Visibility! And here are Reads Rainbow’s Lesbian Lit recs. Top it off with these “defiant and essential” lesbian books.

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Danika reviews One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

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“August believes in nothing except caution and a pocketknife.”

I first have to establish that I never read Red, White, and Royal Blue. I know that everyone and their sister was raving about that book, but as you probably can guess, I tend to centre women in my reading. Also, at a certain point the hype became overwhelming. So when I picked up One Last Stop, despite the author’s reputation, I was fully ready not to like it in some sort of defiant stubbornness. Instead, I am here to tell you that this author has earned the hype.

Although I read a lot of books, this is the first read in a long time that’s completely immersed me in it. It was the kind of book where you have to shake your head when you surface, because you’ve completely forgotten that the real world exists or that time has been passing.

This is about August, a twenty-something who has recently moved to New York with no plan other than switching into a new school. She has been doing this for years–switching schools, majors, and cities without ever fully unpacking or settling down. Growing up, it was just her and her mother against a hostile world. Her mother’s brother went missing in the 70s, and her mother made it her life’s mission to find out what happened to him. August’s first word was “case.” She was raised on a diet of true crime and survival strategies. She always carries a pocketknife and never goes to a second location.

At the beginning of One Last Stop, August is looking for a cheap apartment in Brooklyn. Obviously, she doesn’t have a lot of options. She decides to move in with three weirdos despite her misgivings–one is a psychic and another is building a sculpture with frog bones. I was hooked from the first page, where their roommate notice is a) taped to a garbage can and b) reads, in part: “Must be queer & trans friendly. Must not be afraid of fire or dogs. No Libras, we already have one.” (Of course, she ends up becoming fast friends with them.) I love the quirkiness of these characters that never becomes over the top or too cutesy. As for representation, August is white and bisexual (yes, this uses the word bisexual!) and there are significant POC, queer, and trans side characters. The love interest is Chinese-American and butch!

Speaking of the love interest, this is a romance, so let’s get to the heart of it. August is on her way to her first day of class when she spills coffee on her shirt on the Q train. The aforementioned cute butch, Jane, smiles at her and gives her a scarf, and August is immediately smitten–who wouldn’t be? One of my favourite parts of the book is August daydreaming about Jane assembling a bed frame. If fantasizing about cute butches putting together furniture isn’t sapphic culture, I don’t know what is.

There’s just one problem. Jane is stuck on the subway. And has been since the 70s. Now, August has to work a new case to try to figure out how to save her crush stuck in time–even if it means she’ll never see her again.

All of the reviews I’ve seen for this book talk about how cute and delightful it is, which is fair, but it’s also got some depth and darkness to it. August feels lost and isolated. It’s the story of her beginning to make connections and put down roots, and maybe lay the knife to the side sometimes. There are family secrets, betrayals, and tragedies. While this is a love letter to New York, it’s also a celebration of queerness, found family, and community. We get to see what Jane’s experience was like, growing up in the 70s as a butch punk Asian lesbian. The Stonewall Riots were not history for her. It explores queer history in New York and uplifts what queerness looks like there now–including some very memorable drag nights.

It’s also sexy and romantic. August and Jane have an almost supernatural connection. Jane has forgotten most of her life, and together they try to regain her memories, usually through recreating elements of her past. August brings her endless coffee order and snacks to try to find one that sparks a memory. They have great banter–in fact, the quippy dialogue is a strength in this novel overall. Even as they get closer, Jane’s situation pulls them apart. Even if they can find a way to reverse this situation, will Jane stay here or go back to her time? Which does she want? They have undeniable chemistry and there are some seriously steamy scenes. (Content warning for semi-public sex.)

I am fully on board the Casey McQuiston train (puns!), and I highly recommend you come along. This was a 5 star read, and one I look forward to rereading. It’s a sexy, romantic celebration of queerness and New York. Believe the hype.

One Last Stop comes out June 1st.

Lesbrary Links: 2021 LGBTQ Books, Sappho Accessories, and Lesbian Gunslingers

If you’ve been following the Lesbrary for a while, you probably are familiar with the bi-weekly link round ups. They’re when I share all the queer sapphic stuff happening on the rest of the internet worth checking out. If you’re new here, though, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about, because I fell a little bit behind… Like 6 months behind. And because I am stubborn, I refused to just let it go. I kept saving up links for an eventual round up. I’ve finally gone through them all, though, and I’m ready to share them with you–in 3 parts! This one is 2021 new releases and posts about specific authors and books. If you want even more bi and lesbian lit links, check out the Lesbrary Tumblr and Twitter!

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
The Secret to Superhuman Strength by Alison Bechdel
The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo
The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri

First off, we have all the LGBTQ+ books you should have on your radar for 2021–even though we’re well into the year now. Still, many of these have yet to be released, and the ones that have certainly haven’t gone bad since then! Check out Cosmo’s 30 New LGBTQ+ Books to Add to Your Reading List in 2021, Advocate’s 22 LGBTQ+ Books You Absolutely Need to Read This Year, and Oprah’s 42 LGBTQ Books That Will Change the Literary Landscape This Spring. For some upcoming releases, try Logo’s 17 Exciting Queer Books to Savor This Summer.

KA Doore’s 2021 Queer Adult Science Fiction & Fantasy Books list just came out, which is always a highlight for me. They find and document so many books I’ve never heard of before, plus all the bullet points that make you excited about reading a book, like “gay heist book!!! Slowburn sapphic romance!!!”

And now, all the queer 2021 YA book lists: Buzzfeed’s 30 LGBTQ+ Young Adult Books We Think You Should Read This Spring, LGBTQ Reads’s 2021 LGBTQ YA Starring People of Color, and Publisher’s Weekly’s Children’s and YA LGBTQ Books: Spring 2021–including a Afro-Latinx non-binary middle grade Choose Your Own Adventure book!!

Remember 2020? Wish I couldn’t! Still, there were some great queer books published that year that didn’t get the attention they deserved, so check out Autostraddle’s 67 of the Best Queer Books of 2020.

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Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth
The Cancer Diaries by Audre Lorde

Did you know Simone De Beauvoir wrote a same-sex love story that wasn’t published until now?

New biographies of a few authors came out, so read about Loise Fitzhugh–the lesbian author of Harriet the Spy--on Washington Post, NY Post, New Republic, and Jezebel. Did you know she wrote a lesbian YA as her follow-up book, but the publisher wouldn’t take it and it’s been lost to time?

Also read about Patricia Highsmith, who was a terrible person but a fascinating author. Emily M. Danforth says Highsmith’s The Price of Salt has the best sex she ever read.

Read about Audre Lorde in The New Republic’s Audre Lorde Broke the Silence.

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In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado
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The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West Love Letters

There are no authors quite like Carmen María Machado, but if you liked her books, you’ll probably enjoy these authors, too.

Adrienne Rich is a part of lesbian literary history, so read about her in The Many Lives of Adrienne Rich and The Long Awakening of Adrienne Rich, but remember that Adrienne Rich was also involved with the transphobic book The Transsexual Empire.

Do you like Sappho? Do you want to decorate your home and clothing with images of Sappho? Of course you do: Suffering Sappho! Sappho of Lesbos Decor and Accessories to Collect. (I wrote this!)

Speaking of complicated sapphic literary history: Untangling the Legacy of “The Color Purple”.

Alison Bechdel discusses the perfection of the love letters of Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West.

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
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A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine (Amazon Affiliate Link)
This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

Tamsyn Muir had so much written about her that she gets her own section. Read this one with her about cyberpunk lesbian gunslingers. And this one about the butch lesbian sci-fi aesthetic. And this one where the author of Gideon the Ninth explains herself.

Here’s Gideon the Ninth, broken down trope by trope. Harrow the Ninth is about profound grief and terrible puns. Gideon and Harrow show the value of problematic relationships in fiction.

Can’t wait for the next book in the Locked Tomb series? Read These 10 Books Like GIDEON THE NINTH and buy these GIDEON THE NINTH Goodies for Locked Tomb Fans (I wrote this one!)

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Lesbrary Links: Queer Bookish TikTok, Medieval Lesbian Lit, and Books like “The Half of It”

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I follow hundreds of queer book blogs to scout out the best sapphic book news and reviews! Many of them get posted on Tumblr and Twitter as I discover them, but my favourites get saved for these link compilations. Here are some of the posts I’ve found interesting in the last few weeks.

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo  Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers  My Footprints by Bao Phi   It's Been a Pleasure, Noni Blake by Claire Christian  Bruised by Tanya Boteju

If you want to do some good in the world by getting LGBTQ picture books into pre-K to grade classrooms, support Pride and Less Prejudice! They use donations to send free age-appropriate book bundles to teachers who request them.

And for more ways to spend your money supporting queer books, LGBTQ Reads has a list of queer books available at various indie bookstores, complete with buy links! It couldn’t be easier to pick up some new to you authors while giving indie bookstores the support they need right now.

Looking to blow up your TBR pile/preorder list? Check out Sasha and Amber Read’s 2021 – The Year of Sapphic Excellency. There’s also Hsinju’s Lit Log’s 2021 Sapphic Releases from LGBTQ+ Indies for even more. If you can’t preorder all the titles you’re interested in, I recommend putting them in your Google Calendar and sending a reminder the day before. Then you can put it on hold at the library! That’s how I keep my library holds always maxed out.

Bestiary by K-Ming Chang  Burning Roses by S.L Huang  Burning Sugar by Cicely Belle Blain  Love After the End edited by Joshua Whitehead  Polar Vortex by Shani Mootoo

Of course, if you want to be aware of queer books coming even further out, there’s LGBTQ Reads’s August Book Deal Announcements post, which includes books that may not be out for years.

If you’d rather check out new releases that are coming out soon, try Autostraddle’s 65 Queer and Feminist Books Coming Your Way in Fall 2020.

Now that you’ve spent all your money ordering and preordering books, you can get instant gratification with Book Riot’s 12 of the Best Queer Webcomics You Can Read For Free. I used to be a big webcomics fan, so this is reminding me that I should jump back in!

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Now I have to share the post that had me clicking the fastest: 15 TikTok Accounts That’ll Help You Dive Into LGBTQ+ Literature. I blame Pop Sugar for me now contemplating getting TikTok. No one told me there were queer book TikTokers!

YA Pride interviewed teenagers about how queer books have affected their lives at Teens Talk About LGBTQIAP+ YA. If you, like me, are over 25, you will feel old reading these. But either way, they are heartwarming, and include how some of these teens explored and discovered their identity through books.

The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister edited by Helena Whitbread  I Kissed Alice by Anna Birch  You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson  The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski  Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells

Lambda Literary posted Queer Diaries Are Celebrations of a Secret History, which looks at the history of Lou Sullivan’s, Anne Lister’s, and Mary MacLane’s diaries–as well as a suggested queer diary reading list.

Reads Rainbow has a rapid-fire recommendation post of Sapphic YA Fantasy Recs, with the reasons you should read each pick.

The always-wonderful Casey wrote 8 Queer YA Novels With Coming of Age Hope to Relive Alice Wu’s “The Half of It”–and if you haven’t watched The Half of It on Netflix yet, run and do that first! I loved it. These books include: “falling in love through letter writing, figuring out your queer identity, keeping secrets, new friendships, small towns, and slowly getting to new your new girl crush.” Who can resist?

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron  Zami by Audre Lorde  About Love by Anondra Williams  The Cancer Journals by Audre Lorde  Femme Like Her by Fiona Zedde

YA Pride’s The Path to Publication: Writing the Queer Black Girls of Cinderella Is Dead has Kalynn Bayron describe the obstacles to publishing Cinderella is Dead, including being told in writers’ groups that it wasn’t mainstream enough, while agents insisted the fairy tale retelling was overdone: “It’s not standard practice to reply to an agent at all, much less with the question, ‘How many of those reimaginings center BIPOC? And how many of them are also queer?'”

Fiona Zedde posted on Woman and Words Black LesBiQueer Books, Y’all!, highlighting some recent releases by Black queer women, including lots of romance and erotica recs!

Oprah Magazine has a list of 5 Best Audre Lorde Books to Read Right Now, because there’s never been a better time to read them. Speaking of Audre Lorde, Autostraddle’s Year of Our (Audre) Lorde continues with August’s New Spelling of My Name, which contemplates Zami and how it relates to Jehan’s own relationship with New York City.

The Sky is Blue with a Single Cloud by Kuniko Tsurita  Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe by John Boswell  In the Great Green Room by Amy Gary

The Atlantic’sThe Groundbreaking Female Artist Who Shaped Manga History, about Kuniko Tsurita, whose “Occupants” depicted a lesbian relationship, and who included gender noncomformity and queer coding in her work.

If you are a lesbian literature nerd like me, you will love this story that was posted on twitter: Resurfaced medieval tale has the most incredible queer plot twist. Explicitly queer medieval lit! With no real judgement of them!

Speaking of queer lit crit, did you know that one of the most popular board books of all time has a queer backstory? If you didn’t, you need to read Lambda Literary’s ‘Goodnight Moon’ and the Queer Love Story of the Great Green Room.

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Lesbrary Links: Queer Scandinavian Horror, Black Lesbian Authors You Should Know, and Queer Witch Books

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I follow hundreds of queer book blogs to scout out the best sapphic book news and reviews! Many of them get posted on Tumblr and Twitter as I discover them, but my favourites get saved for these link compilations. Here are some of the posts I’ve found interesting in the last few weeks.

The Weight of the Stars by K Ancrum  The Salt Roads by Nalo Hopkinson   Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole   Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements by Charlene A. Carruthers   Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

Over at Medium, Elizabeth Andre shared 79 Black Lesbian (and Bi, Queer, Trans, and Non-binary) Fiction Authors You Should Know, so there’s no excuse to not be reading Black queer books! If you’re a non-Black person, we should be reading both books that educate us about anti-Blackness as well as stories about Black joy. This list includes a lot of Romance authors, so that’s a great place to start!

Along the same lines, also check out Book Riot’s 20 Must-Read Black Authors of LGBTQ Books. I always look through these LGBTQ lists to make sure they’re not mostly m/m books, so rest assured there are lots of sapphic books to add to your TBR here.

If you’re looking for something a little more political, Electric Literature posted A Syllabus for the Uprising, which recommends books to get read for the queer Black revolution.

I’ve been mentioning this every round up, but that’s because you should be aware of Autostraddle’s Year of Our (Audre) Lorde, where Jehan reads Audre Lorde poems and connects them to what’s happening in the world right now. Last month was July Is a Black Unicorn.

Speaking of Black sapphic reads, Sometimes Leelynn Reads created The Cinderella is Dead Book Tag, so if you read and loved Cinderella is Dead and have a book blog/bookstagram account/booktuber channel, give this tag a try, and let me know what your answers are!

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust  Faith: Taking Flight by Julie Murphy  Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn  In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado  Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro

The Lesbrary New Releases posts promote sapphic books of all kinds, but sometimes you’re looking for a particular identity. For the bi+ bibliophiles, check out reads rainbow’s Book Releases: July-December 2020 Books With Bi Protagonists.

And for pan page-turners, there’s also Book Riot’s 5 Books With Pansexual Main Characters.

Of course, I’m not forgetting the literary lesbians. Here’s Audible’s Best Lesbian Listens by Queer Authors.

Audiobooks are a great way to squeeze in reading during commutes or chores or just when the world is on fire and you can’t concentrate on the page. For more recs, try Book Riot’s 15 LGBTQ YA Audiobooks to Listen to in the Second Half of 2020.

Fair Play by Tove Jansson  Paradise Rot by Jenny Hval  Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey  Search Results Web results Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley Doyle  Spring Fire by Vin Packer

Casey Stepaniuk is also providing awesome queer book recommendations, and her latest is at Autostraddle: 8 Great Queer Scandinavian Books, from Tender Novels to Supernatural Horror.

If you’re already eagerly anticipating fall, Book Riot’s 12 Queer Witch Books to Bring the Magic to Your TBR would make for excellent books to stock up on before those breezy Autumn nights.

Over at Electric Literature, Jessica Xing wrote about equating her queerness with monstrousness as a young closeted person, and how pulp helped with that, in Lesbian Pulp Novels Made Me Feel Normal.

OZY wrote about Nobuko Yoshiya, the first writer of Yuri, who is an amazing historical figure more people need to know about: The Daring Feminist Writer Who Inspired Manga.

And for another historical exploration, check out ‘Paris-Lesbos’: the Vibrant Lesbian Community Where Women in the 1920s Thrived to learn about the literary lesbian salons of Paris in the 1920s, and how queer authors flourished at that particular point in history.

This post has 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.

Support the Lesbrary on Patreon at $2 or more a month and be entered to win a queer women book every month! $5 and up patrons get guaranteed books throughout the year on top of the giveaways!

Lesbrary Links: Dead Lesbian Poets, Rural Femme Memoirs, Sapphic Fairy Tales, and More

Lesbrary Links collage

I follow hundreds of queer book blogs to scout out the best sapphic book news and reviews! Many of them get posted on Tumblr and Twitter as I discover them, but my favourites get saved for these link compilations. Here are some of the posts I’ve found interesting in the last few weeks.

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar  The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall  Bestiary by K-Ming Chang  Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett  

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust  We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia  Dirty River by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha  Ash by Malinda Lo  Not Your Sidekick by C. B. Lee

The Never-Tilting World by Rin Chupeco  Queen of Coin and Whispers by Helen Corcoran   We Had No Rules by Corinne Manning   Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde   Olivia by Dorothy Strachey

This post has 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.

Support the Lesbrary on Patreon at $2 or more a month and be entered to win a queer women book every month! $5 and up patrons get guaranteed books throughout the year on top of the giveaways!