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message 1: by Elle (last edited Jul 11, 2018 04:29AM) (new)

Elle (ellexamines) (ellexamines) | 70 comments Mod
I've noticed that sometimes, upcoming or new sapphic releases go right under the radar due to lack of awareness about their contents. So here's a thread of our most anticipated books, all with notes indicating content - and yes, we're adding those that people mention.

** Indicates books that are confirmed to have a main f/f romance that doesn't end in tragedy
⭐ Indicates mod faves

→ 2018 Jan-March ←
(1/2) The True Queen by Sarah Fine (Impostor Queen, #3) [fantasy, f/f and m/f, the fact that this is an entire series with all-bi-girl leads and no hype makes me want to cry]
(1/2) Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp [contemp, pan girl side and acearo girl lead but no romance, ownvoices]
(1/7) Meet Cute by Jen L. Armentrout ** [anthology, 4/14 f/f, trans side in one story, ownvoices]
(1/23) Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh ** [fantasy, f/f, bi lead, ownvoices]
(1/29) Chord by Chelsea M. Cameron [contemp rom, f/f, ownvoices]
(2/1) Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nichols [historical, f/f]
(2/17) The Last to Let Go by Amber Smith ** [contemp, f/f, lesbian lead]
(2/17) People Like Us by Dana Mele ⭐ [bi lead and basically all sapphic chars but no romance]
(2/17) The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza **⭐ [speculative, f/f, acearo side]
(2/20) The Armored Saint by Myke Cole [fantasy, f/f]
(2/27) All Out by Shaundra Mitchell **⭐ [anthology, 9/17 f/f]
(3/5) Take Your Medicine by Hannah Carmack ** [urban fantasy, f/f, ownvoices]
(3/6) Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst [fantasy, bi lead, m/f]
(3/6) Feeder by Patrick Weekes [scifi, f/f]
(3/6) Undiscovered Country [contemp rom, f/f]
(3/6) Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake ** [mg, f/f, ownvoices]
(3/13) It's Not a Date by Heather Blackmore ** [adult rom, f/f]

→ 2018 April-June ←
(4/2) Amelia Westlake by Erin Gough [historical, f/f]
(4/3) Dread Nation by Justina Ireland [historical, speculative, ownvoices bi girl lead and ace girl lead but no rom]
(4/3) The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding ** [contemp rom, f/f]
(4/10) Past Tense [contemp, sapphic lead, unk rom]
(4/10) Lizzie by Dawn Ius [sapphic lead, the blurb is queerbaiting you i'm so sorry]
(4/19) The Gloaming [fantasy, f/f]
(4/24) Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli ⭐ [contemp rom, bi lead, ownvoices fat rep, probably f/f?]
(5/1) Ship It [contemp rom, sapphic lead, probably f/f?]
(5/3) We Are Young by Cat Clarke [contemp, bi girl lead]
(5/15) Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake **⭐ [contemp, f/gq, bi lead, ownvoices, ONE OF MY FAVS]
(5/15) Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron [urban fantasy, f/f, the angels are tragically not gay]
(5/15) Nothing Happened by Molly Booth ** [contemp rom, f/f]
(5/18) Love and Other Carnivorous Plants [contemp, f/f]
(5/22) The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde [contemp, bi lead, m/f, ownvoices]
(5/22) Driving by Starlight by Anat Deracine [fantasy, sapphic protag no rom I think]
(5/22) Furyborn by Claire Legrand [fantasy, bi leads, ownvoices, m/f]
(6/5) The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood [contemp, sapphic lead, unk rom]
(6/5) Dear Rachel Maddow by Adrienne Kisner [sapphic lead, contemp]
(6/5) Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno [contemp, f/f]
(6/12) SuperMoon by H.A. Swain [scifi, f/f]
(6/12) Final Draft by Riley Redgate **⭐ [contemp, pan lead, unk rom]
(6/14) The Summer of Us by Cecilia Vinesse [contemp, f/f]
(6/19) The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara [historical, f/f, ownvoices]
(6/26) The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part 3 ** [graphic, f/f]
(6/26) A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe by Alex White [scifi, f/f]

→ 2018 July-Sep ←
(7/17) Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie [scifi, one pan & one trans side character but no rom rom, ownvoices]
(7/24) Annex by Rich Larson [fantasy, trans girl lead]
(7/31) A Study in Honor by Claire O'Dell, Beth Bernobich ⭐ [retelling, historical, fantasy, sapphic leads, no rom]
(8/28) Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft⭐ [anthology, 5/15 f/f]
(8/28) Seafire by Natalie C. Parker [fantasy, sapphic author, m/f, ownvoices, this one has no queer leads i'm sorry]

→ 2018 Oct-Dec ←
(10/2) My Whole Truth by Mischa Thrace [suspense, sapphic lead]
(10/7) Odd One Out by Nic Stone [sapphic lead (?)]
(10/9) Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria [fantasy, bi girl lead]
(10/16) Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand [unk rom, fantasy]
(10/23) Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan [f/f, fantasy, asian leads, I'm so excited for this holy fuck]
(10/30) The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta [fantasy, historical, f/gq, ownvoices, this sounds SO COOL]
(11/6) This Is What It Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow [contemporary, f/f]
(11/6) Pulp by Robin Talley [historical, contemporary, sapphic leads, ownvoices]
(11/27) Outrun the Wind by Elizabeth Tammi [f/f, fantasy, screams 100 times]
(unk) Winging It by Miriam McNamara [sapphic leads, historical, ownvoices]

→ 2019 Jan-Dec ←
(1/15) We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia [f/f, ownvoices]
(1/29) Death Prefers Blondes by Caleb Roehrig [maybe]
(3/19) The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum [scifi, f/f, ownvoices, IT GOT PUSHED BACK SOBS]
(unk) Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo [historical, sapphic lead, ownvoices]
(unk) Semper Augustus by Mackenzi Lee [historical, f/f, ownvoices]
(unk) Children of the River Ghost by Alexandra Aceves [magical realism, f/f]
(unk) Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells [fantasy, f/f]
(unk) The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta [fantasy, f/f, ownvoices]
(unk) These Witches Don't Burn by Isabel Sterling [fantasy, f/f]
(unk) When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey [contemp, f/f]
(unk) The Pursuit of Miss Heartbreak Hotel by Monique Bonneau [contemp, f/f]
(unk) The Last 8 by Laura Pohl [scifi, bi lead, ownvoices]
(unk) Immoral Code by Lillian Clark [fantasy, maybe]
(unk) Rise as One by Ashok K. Banker [fantasy, maybe]
(unk) The Black Door by AdriAnne Strickland [scifi, maybe, ownvoices]
(unk) The Virgin Charge by Virginia Schwartz [historical, maybe]
(unk) The Cerulean by Amy Ewing [fantasy, maybe]
(unk) Untitled by Aminah Mae Safi [contemp rom, maybe]
(unk) The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman [urban fantasy, sapphic leads, unk rom, ownvoices]
(unk) The Book of Love by NoNieqa Ramos [contemp, maybe, trans lead]
(unk) Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju [contemp, maybe]
(unk) The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan [contemp, sapphic lead but no rom I think]
(unk) Fabiola & Ylini by Juliet Kahn, Amanda Scurti [contemp, graphic novel]
(unk) Kate and Tam [contemp, mg, f/f]
(unk) True Romantics by Sarah Lyu [contemp, f/f]
(unk) Wildergirls by Rory Powers [contemp rom, f/f]
(unk) Mable & Audre's Existential Transcendental Journey Through Black Universe by Junauda Petrus [mg, contemp, maybe]

comment any you're looking out for below and we'll add them!


message 2: by autumn (last edited Mar 16, 2018 12:46PM) (new)

autumn (vaguelymaybe) (4/3) The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding [f/f]
(5/22) The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde [i think the main romance is m/f but the protag is bi]
(2019) Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo (about the chinese-american and lgbt communities, set in 1950s san francisco)


message 3: by emma (last edited Mar 16, 2018 12:01PM) (new)

emma (3/6) Undiscovered Country (f/f)
(4/24) Leah on the Offbeat (bi MC, not sure if it's f/f?)
(6/26) The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part 3 (part two came out in January 2018 I think) (f/f)
(8/28) Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft (this is an anthology but 5 out of 15 stories have sapphic leads)


message 4: by Emily (last edited Mar 16, 2018 12:11PM) (new)

Emily (emjrasmussen) (6/5) The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood--I don't know much about this one, but the blurb says one of the MCs is crushing on the girl next door (who may or may not return her feelings??)

(6/12) Final Draft by Riley Redgate--apparently this one as a pansexual biracial MC and a GREAT group of friends. <3

(10/16) Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand--from the author: "This is a book about girls--girls loving girls, girls kissing girls, girls being friends with girls, girls helping girls."


message 5: by Sydney (new)

Sydney | 9 comments Ahh I love Jen Armentrout I’m so excited she’s doing a sapphic novel! And Melinda Lo is the Queen gay


Latanya (Crafty Scribbles) (craftyscribbles) | 2 comments Read...People Like Us...Bi MC, with one lesbian supporting character and a possible queer supporting character, but not sure where to place her as she may have used the MC's sexuality as manipulation

Can't Wait for Dread Nation and Leah on the Offbeat


message 7: by Kayla (new)

Kayla | 12 comments 🌟Sydney🌟 wrote: "Ahh I love Jen Armentrout I’m so excited she’s doing a sapphic novel! And Melinda Lo is the Queen gay"

Right now, I am reading "All Out" and Melinda Lo's story is so amazing!!! <3


message 8: by Katie.dorny (new)

Katie.dorny (katiedorny) Lunav by Jenn Polish is a sci-gi f/f for young adults. I've got it on my tbr list :)


message 9: by anna (new)

anna (½ of readsrainbow) (heresthepencil) | 2 comments (4/19) The Gloaming (fantasy, f/f)
(5/18) Love and Other Carnivorous Plants (f/f)


message 10: by Sydney (new)

Sydney | 9 comments @kayla and I will never forget that Melinda Lo gave us lesbian Cinderella😭🙏🏼🙏🏼 (I didnt even love the book that much but... it’s the principal of the matter)


message 11: by Kayla (new)

Kayla | 12 comments @🌟Sydney🌟 Ummmm that sounds super cool!!! Why was I not informed that that was a thing?????


Lea (drumsofautumn) (drumsofautumn) | 3 comments April 10th: Past Tense (sapphic lead)
May 1st: Ship It (sapphic lead)
June 19th: The Unbinding of Mary Reade (f/f)

not sure if ship it and past tense will have any f/f romance.


message 13: by Elle (new)

Elle (ellexamines) (ellexamines) | 70 comments Mod
added all of these, thank you guys!


message 14: by Noelle (new)

Noelle (essea) | 4 comments Emma wrote: "(3/6) Undiscovered Country (f/f)
(4/24) Leah on the Offbeat (bi MC, not sure if it's f/f?)
(6/26) The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part 3 (part two cam..."


*cries* what? how did I not know about this Legend of Korra continuation ahhhh


message 15: by Cat (new)

Cat (librariancat) | 4 comments I have a list of 2018 WLW MG and YA on my book blog: http://wlwfiction.tumblr.com/post/170...


message 16: by ✨ jami ✨ (new)

✨    jami   ✨ (jamieson_) | 8 comments Mod
I have one to add If I Tell You has confirmed f/f rep (two lesbian characters) and released March 1st


message 18: by ✨ jami ✨ (new)

✨    jami   ✨ (jamieson_) | 8 comments Mod
Fatima wrote: "I'd like you to add a few
Passing Strange
Villains Don't Save Heroes!
Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World
Chord
[book:Inkmistress|3261..."


INKMISTRESS AND VILLAINS DONT DATE HEROES IM SO EXCITED FOR THEM AAAAAHH


message 19: by fae (new)

fae (fae_the_booknerd) | 16 comments ✨ jamieson ✨ wrote: "Fatima wrote: "I'd like you to add a few
Passing Strange
Villains Don't Save Heroes!..."


I know, right?! It's next on my tbr!😻
I just hope it won't be a disappointment, keeping my fingers crossed


Lulu (the library leopard) (thelibraryleopard) | 10 comments Oh my gosh, this list is so great! For other books:
I believe We Are Young by Cat Clarke has a sapphic lead (and the author is a bi woman), though I don't know the character's specific sexuality or romance.
Wildergirls by Rory Powers is another upcoming book with a f/f romance releasing in 2019.
This Is What It Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow has a lesbian as one of the several points of view (unsure about romance).
Feeder by Patrick Weekes came out recently and has some kind of f/f romance.
Odd One Out by Nic Stone apparently has several characters questioning their sexualities, including a maybe bi? girl.


message 21: by Sydney (new)

Sydney | 9 comments Emma wrote: "(3/6) Undiscovered Country (f/f)
(4/24) Leah on the Offbeat (bi MC, not sure if it's f/f?)
(6/26) The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part 3 (part two cam..."


Has anyone read the Legend of Korra books? Are they any good? Korrasami meant so much to me when I was younger.


message 22: by emma (last edited Mar 17, 2018 03:07PM) (new)

emma Noelle wrote: "Emma wrote: "(3/6) Undiscovered Country (f/f)
(4/24) Leah on the Offbeat (bi MC, not sure if it's f/f?)
(6/26) The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part 3 ..."


🌟Sydney🌟 wrote: "Emma wrote: "(3/6) Undiscovered Country (f/f)
(4/24) Leah on the Offbeat (bi MC, not sure if it's f/f?)
(6/26) The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part 3 ..."


I am OBSESSED with the new legend of Korra books, they're really fun and korrasami is so good and soft

Latanya (CraftyScribbles) wrote: "Read...People Like Us...Bi MC, with one lesbian supporting character and a possible queer supporting character, but not sure where to place her as she may have used the MC's sexuality as manipulati..."

I'm so excited for all three of those!!!


message 23: by Aine (new)

Aine (vintagetypewriters) | 4 comments Isn't there that gay teenage Lizzie Borden book coming out in may-ish? I feel like it's just called Lizzie but I can't find it, and googling it is bringing up a bunch of other Lizzie Borden books but not the one I'm looking for


message 24: by Elle (new)

Elle (ellexamines) (ellexamines) | 70 comments Mod
@Aine there was – Lizzie by Dawn Ius – but um, I read a few spoilers and I think it might not be the best for a sapphic book :((


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Aine (vintagetypewriters) | 4 comments @Elise

I just looked it up and yeah, looks like there might be some problems there. That's disappointing. I want more morally gray sapphic girls


message 26: by Sabrien (new)

Sabrien Abdelrahman | 55 comments @Sydney
Wait. Pause. Did you just say JLA is doing an f/f novel?!?!


message 27: by Sabrien (new)

Sabrien Abdelrahman | 55 comments @Elise
K. Ancrum? Who wrote my beloved Wicker King? And MacKenzi Lee? Writing sapphic novels? Sign me up, I don't even care what they're about. Thank you for letting me know this.


message 28: by Sabrien (new)

Sabrien Abdelrahman | 55 comments Oh ok so JLA is contributing to an anthology of short stories, some of which are f/f, but hers isn't.


message 29: by Elle (new)

Elle (ellexamines) (ellexamines) | 70 comments Mod
Sabrien wrote: "Oh ok so JLA is contributing to an anthology of short stories, some of which are f/f, but hers isn't."

yes, the Meet Cute one. the sapphic stories in that really brought it!! it's Emery Lord, Nina LaCour, Julie Murphy, and Meredith Russo. all of them were fours or fives for me!!


message 30: by Elle (new)

Elle (ellexamines) (ellexamines) | 70 comments Mod
Sabrien wrote: "@Elise
K. Ancrum? Who wrote my beloved Wicker King? And MacKenzi Lee? Writing sapphic novels? Sign me up, I don't even care what they're about. Thank you for letting me know this."


yes and both are actually #ownvoices for bi girl leads!! MACKENZI LEE'S BOOK IS GOING TO KILL ME IT'S GOT SUCH A GOOD PREMISE


message 31: by Sabrien (new)

Sabrien Abdelrahman | 55 comments Elise wrote: "Sabrien wrote: "@Elise
K. Ancrum? Who wrote my beloved Wicker King? And MacKenzi Lee? Writing sapphic novels? Sign me up, I don't even care what they're about. Thank you for letting me know this."
..."


Elise wrote: "Sabrien wrote: "Oh ok so JLA is contributing to an anthology of short stories, some of which are f/f, but hers isn't."

yes, the Meet Cute one. the sapphic stories in that really brought it!! it's ..."


Yes for ownvoices! As soon as I saw Nina LaCour's name on the anthology for Meet Cute I knew hers would be sapphic cause she's an icon. I need these now.


message 32: by emma (new)

emma Elise wrote: "Sabrien wrote: "@Elise
K. Ancrum? Who wrote my beloved Wicker King? And MacKenzi Lee? Writing sapphic novels? Sign me up, I don't even care what they're about. Thank you for letting me know this."
..."


I CANNOT WAIT FOR ALL OF MACKENZI LEE'S QUEER HISTORICAL GIRLS


message 33: by Sabrien (new)

Sabrien Abdelrahman | 55 comments @Emma
I'll read anything she writes tbh


message 34: by emma (new)

emma Sabrien wrote: "@Emma
I'll read anything she writes tbh"


radio silence is one of my all-time favs, and so is heartstopper!! I seriously need to read solitaire soon too


message 35: by Sabrien (new)

Sabrien Abdelrahman | 55 comments Emma wrote: "Sabrien wrote: "@Emma
I'll read anything she writes tbh"

radio silence is one of my all-time favs, and so is heartstopper!! I seriously need to read solitaire soon too"


I've read and loved both Solitaire and Heartstopper (i really want her to compile it into a graphic novel so i can throw my money at it) but am getting to Radio Silence pretty soon, have it on hold at the library.


message 36: by lyraand (new)

lyraand | 7 comments Kate and Tam - middle-grade, fall 2019.


message 37: by emma (new)

emma Sabrien wrote: "Emma wrote: "Sabrien wrote: "@Emma
I'll read anything she writes tbh"

radio silence is one of my all-time favs, and so is heartstopper!! I seriously need to read solitaire soon too"

I've read and..."


ahh I hope you enjoy it!!! I try not to hype people up too much before they read my favs but ajsjfadsjh I love it too much


message 38: by Sabrien (new)

Sabrien Abdelrahman | 55 comments @Emma
It's okay, I already have high expectations because I've loved everything she's written that I've read so far.


message 39: by vicky. (new)

vicky. Out of the Blue!
I'm currently reading and it has a biracial gay mc and (I think ) a bi mc with a chronic illness (plus a cute fallen angel)


message 40: by Biz (new)

Biz | 11 comments I can confirm that Ship it has f/f that doesn't end in tragedy!! (and the romance is sO adorable)

Dear Rachel Maddow also owned my life. It's my fave contemporary from this year and 10/10 would recommend for hella character development and happy endings!


Emily (emilykatereads) (emilykatereads) | 3 comments Nothing Happened has sapphic characters!! It's a retelling of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, and one of the main couples is f/f (and luckily it's not a Shakespeare tragedy—so we get a happy ending!)


message 42: by Elle (new)

Elle (ellexamines) (ellexamines) | 70 comments Mod
Emily wrote: "Nothing Happened has sapphic characters!! It's a retelling of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, and one of the main couples is f/f (and luckily it's not a Shakespeare tragedy—so..."

aaaaaaaah i heard about that!! i love Much Ado and sort of hated Claudio in the original adaptation, so i wasn't sure whether to put it on my tbr? [I WANT A SAPPHIC BEA AND BEN ADAPTATION OKAY]


message 43: by Elle (new)

Elle (ellexamines) (ellexamines) | 70 comments Mod
Rachael wrote: "I can confirm that Ship it has f/f that doesn't end in tragedy!! (and the romance is sO adorable)

Dear Rachel Maddow also owned my life. It's my fave contemporary from this year and 10/10 would re..."


YEESSSSSS [also does Dear Rachel Maddow have a Romance]


message 44: by Elle (new)

Elle (ellexamines) (ellexamines) | 70 comments Mod
added a bunch of mod fave info! anyone have updates for this list?


message 45: by Iamshadow (new)

Iamshadow | 3 comments Elise wrote: "added a bunch of mod fave info! anyone have updates for this list?"

The Miseducation of Cameron Post reissue has rainbow coloured sides to the page block! Not brand new lit, I know, but very cool and very tempting.

http://iamshadow21.tumblr.com/post/17...


message 46: by Emma (new)

Emma | 2 comments Can confirm that Leah on the Offbeat has an f/f romance not ending in tragedy. <3

Also, the love interest in The Brightsiders is genderqueer, not male. :)


message 47: by lyraand (new)

lyraand | 7 comments Hurricane Season by Nicole Melleby, middle-grade, May 2019.


message 48: by lyraand (new)

lyraand | 7 comments Untitled YA fantasy by Laura Brooke Robson, about a group of elite female aerialists and a prince in a sinking kingdom, out 2020. Author has confirmed on Twitter that this is f/f!


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julianna ➹ (juliannnnna) | 1 comments gopaf & the brilliant death don't end in tragedy!


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Vegas Savages, by me Jane Brooke, Check out 5 star reviews I guess thank you Jane.


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