I wanted to write a list books with sapphic protagonists, and when I was choosing what novels to talk about I realised most of them were adult fiction. So, I decided to focus on that, and maybe, later down the line, I’ll do a young adult version.
I have attempted to have some kind of categorisation to make it easier for you, but it’s a broad one since these books could be classified into more than one genre. In any case, let’s jump into it!
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I’m just going to get this out of the way. This book is one of my two favourites and it has a sapphic protagonist. I personally would recommend going into it without knowing much about it, but in case you want to know what it’s about; it follows the Hollywood actress Evelyn Hugo as she finally grants an interview to talk about her life and reveal all her secrets, including the truth behind her seven marriages.
A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson
Another book I’ve been mentioning nonstop ever since I read it. This is a queer retelling of Dracula and his brides, told from the perspective of one of them, Constanta. It follows her and her relationship with Dracula and her fellow consorts through the ages. This book is addictive as well as atmospheric like no other. I cannot stress enough how much I recommend it.
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
I’m putting this under contemporary but it also contains some time travel elements. In this novel we follow August, who has just moved to New York and doesn’t exactly know what to do with her life. One day, she meets a girl on the train, and everything changes. I personally think the best part of the book is the fantastic cast of characters—from August, to her flatmates, to the girl on the train.
Tangled Vows by Anna Stone
This is my most recent read from this list. I decided to pick it up after Hal @ HD’s Reading Life recommended it in one of their posts. This was very entertaining and fast-paced and I read it in a day. In this novel we follow Ruby, an escort who one day wakes up having married executive Yvonne Maxwell. Neither of them remember having a wedding but they decide to go ahead with this fake marriage. The book also revolves heavily around BDSM.
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
I read this for a university course a few years ago, and I was surprised that I enjoyed it so much. To be quite frank, I don’t remember the specifics of this novel, but I can tell you that at its core, this is a story dealing with religion and sexuality, and how the two interact with each other.
Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Another book I read for a university course. Funnily enough, I’d been wanting to read this ever since I first came across it in my teen years, but I never ended up picking it up. That is until I had to read it for university. And to no one’s surprise I loved it. This is your typical vampire story, Dracula before Dracula, only it’s sapphic.
Sunstone by Stjepan Šejić
This series is personally a favourite of mine. It follows Lisa and Ally, two women who meet online through their shared love of BDSM, and establish a relationship. The art in these books is absolutely stunning, and the story is developed beautifully. Totally worth your time.
My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness by Kabi Nagata
First things first, this is not a light read. This non-fiction book is an exploration of sexuality and mental health that is at times very hard to read. My main take away was that this was an extremely vulnerable story to share, and it did leave me feeling slightly agitated. It is a super short read, and the fact that it’s a manga makes it all that much faster to read.
What are some of your favourite sapphic books? I’m always looking for more recommendations!