Hi Guys! Happy International Women’s Day! All week I’ve been doing post about books by women and women in books – today we’re talking about books that were either written by a woman who identifies as LGBTQIA+ or have a female main characters who does. I’m all about promoting #ownvoices books, I think that’s really important, but when it comes to sexuality it get’s complicated. Not everyone is open about their sexuality, should their voices be excluded? And not all people who identify as queer write about queer characters, should they be excluded? That’s not a discussion I’m going to dive into right now, but this is the way I’ve chosen to do things this time.
Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
Wild Beauty is a magical-realism YA novel about a family of women who all have the ability to grow floers. For nearly a century they’ve tended the grounds of La Pradera, a lush estate garden. They cannot leave, or they wither and they die and if they fall in love to deeply – their lovers disappear. The five Nomeolvides cousins who are at the center of this novel are all bisexual and in love with the same girl. The author identifies as Queer.
The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell
The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night is a collection of short stories which reads like a book of modern fairy-tales for adults. The author, Jen Campell identifies as bisexual and one of the stories is centered around f/f relationship and lgbtqia+ themes.
Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
Little & Lion is a YA contemporary novel about a girl who’s figuring out her sexuality. She has a crush on a new girl in her friend-group, but she’s also having feelings for her childhood friend, who’s a boy.
The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember
The Seafarer’s Kiss is a YA retelling of The Little Mermaid inspired by Norse Mythology, with a main f/f relationship between a blue-haired, chubby mermaid and a viking sheildmaiden. It also features a Loki, the trickster god, as gender-fluid. But I’ve heard mixed things about that rep, so maybe check out an own voices review, if you’re hesitant.
The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg
The One Hundred Nights of Hero is a retelling of a thousand and one nights in beautiful graphic novel format. It’s the story of Cherry and her maid Hero, who are in love. When Cherry’s husband makes a bet with another man, basically giving him one hundred nights to seduce Cherry – the woman come up with a plan, Hero starts telling him stories to keep him at bay.
Lambs Can Always Become Lions by Charlotte Anne Hamilton
Lambs Can Always Become Lions is another re-imagining of a classic tale – this one is a Robin Hood retelling in which Robin Hood is a girl and Marian’s her lover and secret ally on the inside. In addition to an established main f/f relationship, there’s also diverse side characters including a woman who’s black and wear a hijab and a character who uses they/them pronouns.
Marriage of a Thousand Lies by S.J. Sindu
Marriage of a Thousand Lies is an adult literary fiction novel about a Sri Lankan-American lesbian woman who’s married to her gay friend, Krishna. They both date on the side, but present an illusion of marital bliss to their conservative families. When Lucky’s discover that her first love, her best friend Nisha, is preparing for an arranged marriage – she starts to question her own choices.
The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
The Summer Book is an adult fiction book about a girl named Sophia who’s lost her mother and comes to live with her eccentric grandmother on a small island. Tove Jansson, who’s most known as the creator of the Moomins, lived with a female life-partner Tuulikki Pietilä, but there aren’t any LGBTQ+ themes in The Summer Book.
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Every Heart a Doorway is a book that imagines what happens to the Alice’s, Lucy’s and Coraline’s of the world, set in a special boarding school for children who’ve visited an other world. The main character of this novel identifies as asexual, there’s also diverse side characters including a trans boys.
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Queens of Geek is a YA contemporary novel about three friends, two girls and one guy, attending the con of their dreams. The two girls narrate the book in alternating chapters and one of the storylines is about Charlie, a bisexual Chinese-Australian, meeting and falling for Alyssa, a black lesbian girl. The author, Jen Wilde, identifies as bi and non-binary with she/her pronouns.
Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think of them? Are there any books by/about queer women you think I should add to my tbr? Let me know in the comments!