when-women-were-warriors

Y’all if i can recommend a really good book series right now, please read When Women Were Warriors by Catherine M Wilson, its about women warriors who love women and they fight and lead armies and strive for peace and save their people and guess what THEY DON’T DIE. Its well written, there’s multiple love stories, 90% of the characters are women and of all character types. 

Its really an amazing story, i love it a lot i’ve read it many times (its a 3 part series, i only linked to the first part) and i don’t think its spoilery to say it has a genuinely happy ending. We deserve to have happy endings. 

Book Recs + Reviews: Queer Female Leads

Shadows of Aggar, Chris Anne Wolfe: If you like epics, world building, foreign races and creatures, and want a blend of science fiction and fantasy with a powerful romance between two strong and capable women, look no further. Shadows of Aggar is a captivating adventure that will keep you glued to the pages until the end of the journey. This book is wonderfully written and I’m extremely perplexed at the fact that it hasn’t exploded into a phenomenon in the queer sci-fi community.

When Women Were Warriors, Catherine M. Wilson: This trilogy (I really see it as one novel instead of three because of its short length) is likely my favorite on this list. Based during the Bronze Age, it tells the story of a time when women were fearless and brace Warriors in the British isles, with a sprinkle of mysticism. The writing is so beautiful, it reads like a poem. The characters are wonderfully crafted and the world described in such an enchanting way that you feel you are there exploring the hillsides and forests with the heroes of the story. There is romance yes, but also sisterhood and motherhood. This book is about the joys and fears of womanhood. Could not recommend it more. Also the first book is free online, so you have no excuse. Read it.

Patience and Sarah, Isabel Miller: This is my lovely and comfy go to on sunny days outdoors. Patience and Sarah seems like it would read as your typical lesbian romance but it is so much more. Isabel Miller (Alma Routsong) has a gift for writing in a way that echoes the true inner thoughts of all of us. I saw myself in the characters (particularly Sarah) and identified so heavily with the conflict in the story. Set in early 19th century New England, it is the classic tale of forbidden love but with the excitement of adventure and a true coming of age tale.

Landing, Emma Donoghue: Emma Donoghue is always difficult to recommend because while many love her writing style, some do not. She is famous for her book Room which went on to be a hit film of the same name. This book is wonderful but not for everyone.

The Warrior’s Path by Catherine M. Wilson

Tamras arrives in Merin’s house to begin her apprenticeship as a warrior, but her small stature causes many, including Tamras herself, to doubt that she will ever become a competent swordswoman. To make matters worse, the Lady Merin assigns her the position of companion, little more than a personal servant, to a woman who came to Merin’s house, seemingly out of nowhere, the previous winter, and this stranger wants nothing to do with Tamras.

How can I keep from having feelings?” I asked Maara, as we were
eating our midday meal.
“You can’t,” she said. “And you shouldn’t.”
“But if I’m upset, how can I have self-control?”
“You need to learn to use your feelings as they should be used.”
I wasn’t sure what that meant.
“Your feelings tell you many things about the world,” she said, “but people seldom listen to what their feelings tell them. It’s much more satisfying to indulge one’s feelings than to learn from them.”

“{…}You understand the feelings of the body,” Maara said.
“When you feel cold, you find a way to warm yourself. You know what hunger means and how to satisfy it. When you’re ill or in pain, you do what you can to care for yourself.”

“{…}The feelings of the body tell you about the world that you can see and touch, but it’s not so easy to know what the feelings of your heart are telling you, because they’re telling you about a world that you can’t see.”

“{…}When your body feels pain,” she said at last, “you try to find the cause and do something to stop it, because your pain is warning you of a real danger. When your heart feels pain, you need to find the cause of that too, because the danger is no less real, and your pain will grow worse until you understand what caused it. Only then will you know what can be done to stop it.

—  When Women Were Warriors, book I. Page 205.

anonymous asked:

WWWW is the reason why i cant read books anymore. I start reading it and lose interest so fast because nothing will ever be even half as good as those books.

THIS! When Women Were Warriors set such a fucking high standard for lady queer fiction. It’s all women! Women in power, women in relationships, women fated, women who are cursed, women who take charge, women who have things thrust upon them, women who survive abusive relationship, women who ebb and flow with natural dialogue, AND THE LOVE STORY! THE LOVE STORY! The love story puts ALL love stories to shame because it’s not just oh I love you and want you; IT’S ABOUT GROWING STRONG TOGETHER! The plot doesn’t just end when they get together! 

I can not praise WWWW enough! Thank you anon! 

In the world of literature, it is rare to see the various relationships between women explored as fully as those between men or those between man and woman. The Warrior’s Path, Catherine Wilson’s debut novel, does a fantastic job with this – featuring the female mentor and her student, the mother and child, a female ruler and her vassals, romance between two women, and even (and especially) that rarest scenario in fantasy fiction showing war, the bonds and loyalties between sisters-in-arms. Tamras, who knows little of life beyond her mother’s farmstead but dreams of being a warrior, is sent to live among warriors and apprentices in the house of a great Lady. Too small to fight, she becomes the companion and caretaker of the mysterious, stoic warrior Maara; underneath her foreign habits, Tamras finds a wise if unconventional mentor. But where do her loyalties really lie? Can Tamras someday become a warrior? And what is in store for the Lady’s kingdom when people from Maara’s homeland threaten to attack?

This book is a wonderful choice for those who look to fantasy fiction for rich emotions, endearing characters, and interesting world-building. Wilson’s emotionally fluent writing draws the reader deeply into the characters’ lives, leaving them eager to see how the story unfolds, but where she truly excels is moments of pride, tenderness, and triumph – in spite of bleak events and tragedies, you will cheer and feel your heart rise whenever the characters succeed or grow. 
It should be noted that although there is some suspense/ action, this story is driven more by its characters and world than battles and bloodshed – I presume there will be more action in the later novels, though, which I will definitely be picking up!

The Warrior’s Path, the first volume in the When Women Were Warriors trilogy, is free for eBook download at Amazon.com.

a (very) small list of lgbt teen fiction!!

as a quick disclaimer i’d like to say that i haven’t personally read all of these books, but did my best going off of reviews, authors, and summaries to choose books that seemed suitable. if any of you find any faults with these books, feel free to lmk so i can remove them from the list!

WLW centric novels

Not Your Sidekick by C.B Lee is set in a world where superheroes and superpowers are the norm and features a girl who doesnt have superpowers, but does have a crush on the mysterious girl shes interning with

Saving Amy by Sarah Natalia Lee is a vampire themed lesbian novel

Ten Things I Can See from Here by Carrie Mac is about mentally ill Maeve, who falls in love with a girl who helps her to feel happier

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy is about a girl who questions her sexuality, which seems to fluctuate between bisexual and lesbian

When Women were Warriors by Catherine M. Wilson is a story about a woman who strives to be an excellent swordswoman

MLM centric novels

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell is about a boy who is “the chosen one” and the vampire he begins to fall in love with. this is a personal fav bc im a sucker for vamps

At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson is about a boy who loves boys, and is also trying to find out the current mysteries of the shrinking universe

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáetz tells the story of two mexican american teenagers and their struggles with sexuality, ethnicity, and family matters

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan takes the trope of “boy meets girl, struggles, and gets girl in the end” and tells it instead as a romance between two boys. A very, very lgbt friendly book with a satisfying relationship set in an extremely accepting community. Levithan has other lgbt books as well!

Trans centric books

Not Your Supervillain by CB Lee is a story about a trans boy teenager thats actually set to release this october (2017). Its written by an lgbt author and looks very promising imo

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin details the life of a teenager named Riley who happens to be genderfluid, and what its like to identify as a boy one day and a girl the next

When the Moon was Ours by Anna Marie Milemon is described by Barnes and Nobles’ as a romance between “a queer Latina and a trans desi boy”

Dreadnought by April Daniels is the story of a trans woman superhero who follows in the footsteps of the famous hero Dreadnought after his death

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kristin Cronn Mills is a story about a trans boy named Gabe who strives to show the world who he really is, not what everyone wants him to be

i hope to add onto this in the future!