jenn lisa

welcome!!!!!! this is long overdue. i’ve been promising myself i’d made this forever. so here it is - the ultimate masterpost of wlw (women loving women) books. not all characters are lesbians, some are bi or pan, though all books feature f/f relationships and/or themes. there are 150+ recommendations, so enjoy!








Contemporary WLW YA books with happy endings

* means non-white MC, $ means disabled MC, & means Jewish MC (unfortunately none on this list with a trans girl MC)
• Under the Lights (Daylight Falls #2) by Dahlia Adler *
• Starting From Here by Lisa Jenn Bigelow
• Dare Truth or Promise by Paula Boock
• Between You & Me by Marisa Calin
• Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
• My Year Zero by Rachel Gold &
• The Flywheel by Erin Gough
• No One Needs to Know by Amanda Grace
• Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Hepperman
• A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner
• Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour *
• You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan
• Taking Flight by Siera Maley
• Dating Sarah Cooper by Siera Maley
• Time It Right by Siera Maley
• Colorblind by Siera Maley
• On the Outside by Siera Maley
• Forgive Me If I’ve Told You This Before by Karelia Stetz-Waters
• The Space Between by Michelle L. Teichman
• The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi
• Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld *
• Dirty London by Kelley York
• Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley *
• Prom and Other Hazards by Jamie Sullivan

anonymous asked:

Do you know any good cheesy romantic teen books about lesbians (or any type of wlw)? Kind of like Sarah Dessen style books but sapphic

I don’t really think of any of them (or Sarah Dessen) as cheesy, but for some good contemp wlw teen romances, check out:

  • Starting From Here by Lisa Jenn Bigelow
  • *How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake (out May 2)
  • Dare Truth or Promise by Paula Boock
  • Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown 
  • Style by Chelsea M. Cameron
  • Lunaside by J.L. Douglas
  • Unbecoming by Jenny Downham
  • Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan 
  • Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
  • The Flywheel/Get it Together Delilah by Erin Gough
  • Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
  • You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan
  • A&B by J.C. Lillis
  • 37 Things I Love (in No Particular Order) by Kekla Magoon
  • Dating Sarah Cooper by Siera Maley
  • Taking Flight by Siera Maley
  • Keeping Her Secret by Sarah Nicolas
  • Keeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters
  • Her Name in the Sky by Kelly Quindlen
  • Empress of the World by Sara Ryan – B
  • Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley 
  • The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi
  • Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde 
  • Dirty London by Kelley York
lgbt+ (ya/mg) books read in 2016!

so a lot of people still reblog my “60+ queer books” post from 2014. ngl, i was barely 16 at the time and had not read a lot of books on that list (it was def intended to be more a listing than pure recommendation), mostly because adult fiction was and remains far from my favorite literary category. this list isn’t as intensely detailed, but i just thought that since the year is over i might jot down some of the lgbt+ books i loved or at least moderately enjoyed this year, in case anyone was interested! happy reading!

(and in advance, excuse my commentary o<-<)

ya favorites

  • i’ll give you the sun by jandy nelson — m/m. HEART-WRENCHING. GUTTING. EARTH-SHATTERING. 
  • we are the ants by shaun david hutchinson m/m (suicide cw) 
  • my most excellent year by steve kugler m/m. gay asam main character and the best character dynamics ❤️____❤️
  • the flywheel by erin gough f/f
  • gives light (6-part series) by rose christo — m/m. centered around a mute main character on an indian reservation (written by a native author!), features one of the most uplifting romances of recent media (cw for csa mention later in the series)

other ya books 
ordered approximately by rating

  • far from you by tess sharpe — f/f. bisexual protagonist (drug addiction, murder cw) a book on recovery, love, trust, justice, understanding… gut punch!!!!!
  • into the blue by pene henson — m/m
  • not your sidekick by c.b. lee — f/f. DOES THE TITLE NOT MAKE UR HEART SQUEEZE ALREADY? features half-chinese & half-vietnamese bisexual protagonist in futuristic superheroic universe! the second book will be about a trans black side character *___*
  • starting from here by lisa jenn bigelow — f/f. you will cry and be made a better person for it. 
  • almost like being in love by steve kugler — m/m
  • tell me again how a crush should feel by sara farizan— f/f. sometimes this book is like :|||| but sometimes it’s like :DDDD! persian american protagonist. 
  • the darkest part of the forest by holly black — both m/f and m/m (like i’ll give you the sun). for your slightly more indulgent ya needs!
  • you know me well by nina lacour, david levithan — f/f, m/m
  • the great american whatever by tim federle — m/m. if you enjoy mg or find its lgbt+ subsection especially important (or both, like me!), definitely make sure you check out federle’s better nate than ever series!
  • last seen leaving by caleb roehrig — m/m
  • wonders of the invisible world by christopher barzak — m/m. magical realism fix may be found here 👍
  • true letters from a fictional life by kenneth logan — m/m. tbh people call it the “male version of ‘to all the boys i’ve loved before’” but also neglect mentioning that it’s a lot whiter, too. where’s that supportive covey family goodness… that precocious but caring lara jean spirit? it’s just not there…
  • colorblind by siera maley — f/f
  • her name in the sky by kelly quindlen — f/f
  • radio silence by alice oseman — f/f, m/m, not hugely romance-focused

middle grade
there were very few releases this year that i was aware of, unfortunately! my old list’s selection remains a good place to look. here are 3 that i would recommend though:

(i think i might have read george in 2015, but i felt that i might as well put them all together!)

  • george by alex gino — follows the story of a trans girl. its storyline is similar to gracefully grayson, but unlike gg it is written by a trans author!
  • the other boy by m.g. hennessey — follows the story of a trans boy. pretty solid story except… uncalled for random racist comment in the middle of the book… wyd (waiting for the mg genre to grow more inclusive of lgbt+ children of color! not being racially hostile is the FIRST STEP.)
  • gracefully grayson by ami polansky 


if you want some mg books that have casually gay side/main-ish characters, i can name the wolf wilder and the thing about jellyfish, although… you have to kind of dig for it, so i wouldn’t call these revolutionary moments of representation, but! it’s just a nice addition to separate stories that remind you that the middle grade genre can be inclusive w/o becoming entirely issue-based (which i find sometimes more inaccessible for children? i ramble!). i do believe it’s good for young children to read this kind of fiction, too! 


finally, some lgbt+ books i did not enjoy or care for in any capacity, for posterity: highly illogical behavior (gross narrative surrounding mental health, sexuality), symptoms of being human (ya book abt a nonbinary character; written by cis author who bscly uses sexual assault as plot device & doesn’t acknowledge neutral pronouns?), know not why (really unapologetically homophobic tbh), whatever.: or how junior year became totally f$@ked, more happy than not (so… bleak…), see you at harry’s, and lily and dunkin (this is the fourth mg book about a trans character that i’m aware of; i found its message hugely alarming and invalidating). that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy them, though! 

anonymous asked:

Hi! You seem to know a lot about lesbian books so I wanted to ask if you have a suggestion. The books I've read,even though they weren't advertised as such,included a lot of erotic scenes and that's not what I'm looking for. I just want a book with a happy ending that doesn't include men or cheating, and is about the relationship not sex.(Like I know sex is included in relationships and I don't mind like one sex scene but I'm demi so I don't want sex scenes without a strong relationship first):)

For sure! So you still wanted a romance book, but without the sex scenes, or did you want any lesbian books regardless of genre? 

YA might be helpful for this! From what I remember, these don’t have sex scenes in them, but I could be misremembering: 

Does anyone else have more recommendations?




you-willbefound  asked:

Teen lesbian romance? I need everything you've got

Start there :)

cerviceps  asked:

piggybacking off of that anon's question-- which young adult lgbt books did you read that you would recommend? (thank you in advance if you answer this!!)

No prob! Here’s a bunch I often recommend:

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth  - beautiful, heartbreaking, easily landed in “one of my favourite novels of all time” territory
A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner - sweet and precious story about moving forward from death
Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan - a really sharp and funny book from a brilliant author whose work I find highly influential
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli - cute and deeply relatable (if you are me)
Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour - an expertly constructed love story, more new adult than young adult I suppose.
Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler - it’s the second in a series but you don’t have to read the first one to enjoy this
Starting From Here by Lisa Jenn Bigelow - charming, memorable protagonist
Openly Straight by Bill Konigsburg - great story about grappling with identity and self-presentation
Far From You by Tess Sharpe - much darker than the rest of this list. life is strange wishes it could handle its difficult subject matter this well
Skim by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki - awesome graphic novel by a couple of national treasures.

wyliedeservesbetter  asked:

what are some ya books with a teen sapphic main character? any genre, preferably fantasy or mystery. I've already read Otherbound, not your sidekick, and all the Malinda Lo books.

For sure! Here are some of my favourites:

The starred ones are fantasy. I haven’t read any mystery YA, unfortunately! 

Also check out: 

only fools fall for you- three

Pairing: Kim Jisoo x Reader

Genre: 🎭Angst, ☁Fluff, College AU

Warnings: swearing

Summary: Jisoo is your roommate. Your best friend. A swimmer. A sister. And also the fool that fell for you.

Keep reading

anonymous asked:

hi! could you recommend some wlw books with a happy ending? thank you!

Alllllllways <3

Contemporary YA


Contemporary New Adult

Anything older than that I probably haven’t read, but if it’s by a Romance published (e.g. Bold Strokes Books, Riptide, or Bella) it’s guaranteed a HEA! (But I particularly recommend Roller Girl by Vanessa North!)

unanpassbar  asked:

I read your post about lbgt books... (you wanted people to name titles of books) did you receive answers? Could you summarize them and prepare a list so i am able to read them too? :)

for sure! (this might take a while hold up) (also I’ll be posting this on my blog in case anyone else wants/needs these especially because the community is dealing with tragedy right now) Also thanks to everyone who commented/reblogged and compiled this list y’all are the real MVP’s <3 Also super special shoutout to the authors who recommended their own books because thanks for happy queer books and your creativity 

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Treasure by Rebekah Weatherspoon
How to Repair a Mechanical Heart by J.C. Lillis
Ash by Malinda Lo
Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan
Dating Sarah Cooper by Siera Maley
Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler 
One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva
Lunaside by JL Douglas
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown
Starting From Here by Lisa Jenn Bigelow
The Flywheel by Erin Gough

ask the passengers by AS King 

will grayson will grayson by John Green 

Boy Meets Boy/Wide Awake/Two Boys Kissing by David Leviathan 

Bite Back series by Mark Henwick

A Wartime Love by Shiralyn Lee

Resistance and Ariah by BR Sanders 

the Miseducation of Cameron Post

Maurice by EM Foster 

Lies We Tell ourselves by Robin Talley

Sing you home by Jodi picoult

beauty queens by Libba Bray 

Adaption and Inheritance by Malinda Lo (psst I’ve read her books before and love her bless her heart)

Read me like a book by liz kessler 

saving montgomery sole by Mariko Tamaki 

the Mangoverse series by Shira Glassman

To stand in the light by Kayla Bashe

A harvest of ripe figs by shira glassman

becoming nicole by amy ellis nutt (biography) 

A very nice prom mess by Brian Sloan 

Ebenezer by jo vanderhooft

Think of england by KJ Charles 

books by Sarah Diemer and her wife Jennifer 

Jacqueline Koyanagi’s Ascension (Adult science fiction)
Hannah Moskowitz’s Not Otherwise Specified (YA contemporary)
Tess Sharpe’s Far From You (YA thriller)
Jessica Verdi’s The Summer I Wasn’t Me (YA contemporary)
Corrinne Duyvis’ Otherbound (YA fantasy)
Kelly Quindlen’s Her Name in the Sky (YA contemporary)
Chris Anne Wolfe’s Roses and Thorns: Beauty and the Beast Retold (Adult fantasy)
Lisa Jenn Bigelow’s Starting From Here (YA contemporary)
Michael Barakiva’s One Man Guy (YA contemporary)
Andrew Smith’s Grasshopper Jungle (YA science fiction)
Shaun David Hutchinson’s The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley (YA contemporary)
I.W. Gregorio’s None of the Above (YA contemporary)
Lisa Freeman’s Honey Girl (YA historical)

Annie on my mind by Nancy Garden (read this per a tumblr user’s suggestion and loved it) 

How to repair a mechanical heart by JC Lillis 

Gives Light by Rose Christo 

The five stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson (apparently many tears but happy ending!)

Paula boock: dare, truth, and promise 

Know Not Why by Hannah Johnson 

and finally the author of reasons to love a nerd like me (becky jerams) messaged me on tumblr and i love love love LOVE her book it’s happy and relatable I’ll be reviewing it when I have actual time but it was phenomenal 

anonymous asked:

Hi! I'm new to this blog and I'm wondering if you have a recommendation for a young adult Sarah Dessen style book about a wlw romance? Something about high school or college aged characters? Thank you :)

To be honest, I have yet to read anything by Dessen. Perhaps I should make this the year in which I finally change that!

I did have some ideas based on what I know about her work, but being out of my depth, I ran them by the Sarah Dessen Expert in my life – my quasi-sibling, Emma.

Emma had read two of my suggestions – Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan and Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour, and had positive impressions of both. Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel met some Dessen criteria (“quirky supporting cast, familial relationships – especially her relationship with her sister”), but is slower paced than a lot of Dessen’s most popular work. Everything Leads to You has a bigger focus on romance than on family, so your mileage may vary depending on what you’re looking for – and while “the writing style doesn’t feel quite as Dessen-like, the summer setting is classic Dessen”.

Of the books I suggested that she had not read, Emma thought the plot about saving a family business in The Flywheel by Erin Gough sounded “very Dessen, as does the charming troublemaker best friend.” Starting From Here by Lisa Jenn Bigelow, about a heartbroken teenage girl who rescues an injured dog, struck Emma as “potentially Dessen-like in its simplicity… while the stakes are high for the main character, it’s not a big story.”

A big thank you to Emma for her assistance – and happy reading, Dessen fans!

anonymous asked:

so i've been reading more lgbtqia+ books since last year and so far, most of the books about girls who like girls have been...heavy. either the """crush""" is just ~*~"implied~*~ or unrequited or very dramatic. do you know any books with f/f relationships which are cute and fluffy like aristotle & dante... or simon vs. the homosapiens agenda? a light read?

i made a list of f/f relationships here, and there’s also one by daisycalloway here

the ones matching your criteria are (possibly, as i’m yet to read most of them…)

i’m not sure how many are light reads (at least one sounds kind of heavy) but these are the ones on my goodreads shelves that look like they might be ok :)

(*) i stand corrected abt these ones they arent so light

anonymous asked:

can you recommend some lesbian books please

Always! Here’s a bunch:

Starting From Here by Lisa Jenn Bigelow

Sixteen-year-old Colby Bingham’s heart has been broken too many times. Her mother has been dead for almost two years, her truck driver father is always away, her almost girlfriend just dumped her for a guy, and now she’s failing chemistry.

When a stray dog lands literally at her feet, bleeding and broken on a busy road, it seems like the Universe has it in for Colby. But the incident also knocks a chink in the walls she’s built around her heart. Against her better judgment, she decides to care for the dog. But new connections mean new opportunities for heartbreak.

Terrified of another loss, Colby bolts at the first sign of trouble, managing to alienate her best friend, her father, the cute girl pursing her, and even her dog’s vet, who’s taken Colby under her wing. Colby can’t start over, but can she learn how to move on?

Genres: contemporary, romance


  • lesbian main character
  • undefined/questioning female character
  • minor bisexual female character
  • minor gay male character

endless list of wlw books 2/ 

anonymous asked:

Do you have any recommendations for YA books with queer girls dating girls that don't have a really obvious cover or title? I'm not out but I read a book recently called starring kitty and I don't think anything can compare but the sequels not out till later this year :(

I looked up Starring Kitty and tried to think of somewhat similar books with covers/titles that won’t out you - here’s what I came up with:

Followers, feel free to reblog and make more suggestions. Good luck!