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A Week of Women: Books by or about Queer Women

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.

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

32077959.jpgMarriage 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.

 

 

 

79550.jpgThe 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 Pietilรค, but there aren’t any LGBTQ+ themes in The Summer Book.

 

 

 

25526296Every 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.

 

 

 

28245707Queens of Geekย 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!

35 thoughts on “A Week of Women: Books by or about Queer Women

  1. This is a great list! I’ve only read one of these books, but I’m adding few more on my tbr. And some cool books I read are: The Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab – both author and two of the main characters are gay; Creatures of Will and Temper by Molly Tanzer – a victorian paranormal fantasy with f/f couple; and Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo – with the cutest m/m couple I’ve read about ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much! I’ve read the first book in the Shades of Magic trilogy, but I didn’t know the author was gay – I’d totally have included it if I had, it’s so good. Creatures of Will and Temper looks amazing, I’m always looking for f/f books to add to my tbr – thanks for the recommendation! ๐Ÿ˜

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  2. Thank you so much for this post! I’m very much looking forward to reading Every Heart a Doorway, and I’ve had my eye out for books with asexual characters – so that sounds wonderful! And so many more of these are now going to make their way onto my TBR! ๐Ÿ’• Happy international women’s day!!

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  3. I read and reviewed Marriage of a Thousand Lies last month and absolutely loved it, gave it 5 stars. It was a random pick up at the library for me and I’m so glad that I did, I wish more people were reading it! I’ve yet to read the other books on this list, but I do have copies of both Every Heart a Doorway and Wild Beauty waiting for me on my shelves and I hope to get to them soon. Great list!

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    1. You’re the first person I’ve talked to who’s read it! I wish more people were reading it too, it deserves more love in the bookish community –
      I’ll definitley check out your review ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you! I hope you enjoy them!

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  4. I love Every Heart A Doorway! The other books in the series are amazing as well. I also have Wild Beauty, Queens of Geek and Little & Lion on my TBR. Great post!

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    1. I love that about collections too, especially anthologies – you get to try out so many different authors and maybe discover some new favorites ๐Ÿ™‚ The Beginning of the World’s amazing, one of my favorite short story collections for sure!

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  5. That’s such a cool, important post! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I love Queens of Geek SO MUCH, I want everyone to read this book, because it’s so close to my heart and incredibly good ๐Ÿ˜ I also want to read Every Heart a Doorway, beause I’ve been hearing so many people gush about it ๐Ÿ˜„

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