10 fabulous F/F novels to read this February

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With February being LGBTQ+ History Month in the UK as well as the month where the F/F February reading challenge occurs across Twitter and Instagram (co-hosted by myself, find out more here), it’s a perfect time to celebrate all the wonderful F/F novels that have come out in the last few years. Here are ten novels featuring F/F relationships, and though they range from contemporary to fantasy, they all have one thing in common: they’re guaranteed to sweep you away with a fabulous sapphic romance.


Cover of Crier's War by Nina VarelaCrier’s War (#1) by Nina Varela

YA Fantasy

Set in a world where humans have become subservient to man-made creatures called Automae, Crier’s War follows a young rebel girl who undertakes the role of handmaiden to the daughter of the Automae Sovereign. A twist in the plan leads to them falling for each other, with one denying her feelings and the other having no clue that what she feels is love. It’s an enemies-to-lover tale, excellently executed.

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Cover of This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max GladstoneThis is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

Science Fiction

On a battlefield of a dying world, an agent finds a letter from the enemy. She reads it, and what initially began as a taunt spirals into a flurry of correspondence — and eventually, love. This novella is half-narrative and half-letter, and littered with references from everything to classics to contemporary pop culture. It also won a Hugo Award.

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Cover of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins ReidThe Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Historical | Contemporary

When a young journalist is offered the opportunity to interview Evelyn Hugo, an iconic actress from the Hollywood Golden Age, she grasps it with both hands. As she dives into Evelyn Hugo’s past, she learns the story of Evelyn’s one true love — and it isn’t one of her seven husbands. It’s a story of two ambitious women fighting to make their way in the world, intertwined with a love story that spans decades.

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Cover of You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah JohnsonYou Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson

YA Contemporary

Liz’s dream to study at the elite Pennington College and become a doctor is hindered by the fact she financially can’t afford any of it. But her prom-obsessed midwestern school does award a scholarship to the Prom King and Queen, and Liz plans to go for it – even if it puts her up against pretty new girl Mack. Johnson’s heartwarming debut is a charming standalone about believing in yourself.

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Cover of Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. DanforthPlain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth

Comedy-Horror | Gothic | Historical | Contemporary

The second novel from Emily M. Danforth, author of The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Plain Bad Heroines sets its story around the seemingly cursed estate of Brookhants School for Girls. In the early 1900s, the school experiences a string of murders that inspires the making of a movie 100 years later, bringing three girls – two actresses and one writer – back to the school’s haunted grounds. There’s also a lot of wasps.

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Cover of One Last Stop by Casey McQuistonOne Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

Romance | Contemporary

From the author of the beloved rom-com Red, White and Royal Blue comes a new novel of time travel and unexpected love. August is new to New York, and doesn’t believe in things like fate, love or magic. But when she runs into Jane Su, a girl from the 1970s somehow trapped in time on the subway, she realises there are a few things to believe in after all.

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Cover of Girls Made of Paper and Fire by Natasha NganGirls of Paper and Fire (#1) by Natasha Ngan

YA Fantasy

Each year in Ikhara, eight beautiful girls are chosen to become Paper Girls and serve the king. When Lei is chosen, becoming an unexpected ninth Paper Girl, she is taken to train in the palace. There she meets the beautiful and enigmatic Wren, and gets swept up in an explosive plot that threatens the entire country.

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Cover of Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda LoLast Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

YA Historical

A veteran of the YA LGBTQIAP+ scene, Lo’s newest book is set in San Francisco in 1954 during the Red Scare. Chinese-American Lily Hiu falls in love with Kathleen Turner, and they meet at a lesbian bar called The Telegraph Club. In a time when being anything but white and heterosexual was dangerous, Lily and Kath risk everything to let their love see the light of day.

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Cover of Honey Girl by Morgan RogersHoney Girl by Morgan Rogers

Romance | Contemporary

Grace Porter is not the kind to make mistakes. But when she goes on a girls’ trip to Vegas to celebrate her new PhD, she ends up married to a stranger. At the threat of burnout, she flees her life in Portland for a summer in New York with a wife she barely knows, who she falls hard for. Honey Girl is the sweetest kind of story, about falling in love with someone who always supports you and realising a family isn’t always the people you’re related to.

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The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Fantasy

To keep Queen Sabran of Inys from harm, Ead, sent by a secret society of mages, takes up a position as a lady-in-waiting But when she becomes a member of the queen’s closest circle and finds herself increasingly entangled with Sabran, it risks exposing her feelings and her forbidden magic. At over 800 pages, this book is a tour de force with a Michelin-starred sapphic slowburn. Also, there are dragons.

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Curious about finding more books featuring F/F relationships beyond these ten novels? Check out the Sapphic Masterlist on Beyond A Bookshelf.

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