Hi everyone! Long time no see! First of all, apologies for my absence! I was very very busy and, in fact, I managed to graduate with first class honours!! Now I’m trying my very hardest to find a job (which is very difficult given the current climate) but that also gives me plenty of time to read! I wanted to ease myself back into blogging with The Sapphic Book Tag which was created by Teresa! You can find a list of the prompts here which also has a link to her Youtube channel (which I definitely recommend you check out!). So, without further ado, here’s the tag!
Crier’s War – a book with enemies to lovers trope
Despite being not much of an enemies to lovers fan (I’m all for best friends to lovers) I’ve read quite a few books featuring that trope over the past year! I think for this one I have to mention Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi! Although I wasn’t a fan of one of the main characters (she was just downright mean!) the story was so fun! It’s an enemies to lovers romance between a cheerleader (Sana) and a wannabe directer (Rachel) who are forced to help each other out for Rachel’s upcoming film project. However, Rachel hates Sana after Rachel asked her out and Sana, thinking it was a joke, turned her down. There was so much miscommunication in this book which did annoy me but I seem to be a sucker for f/f books where film-making is involved (I also love Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour!) so it was definitely a fun read.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – a book about a celebrity (real or fictional)
I’m trying my best to answer these prompts with as many sapphic books as I can think of so this miiiight be cheating! But I’m going to go with Ceremonials by Katherine Coldiron! I recently purchased this one and haven’t got to it yet but it is a really short novella which is inspired by the Florence + the Machine album, Ceremonials (that’s where the celebrity bit comes in, but I’ll leave it up to you to decide if that’s cheating)! It follows Corisande and Amelia who fall in love at a boarding school, but Corisande dies on the eve of graduation and Amelia can’t shake her ghost. This quote from the synopsis has me dying (lol) to read it: A narrative about obsession, the Minotaur, and the veil between life and death, Ceremonials is a poem in prose, a keening in words, and a song etched in ink.
Girls of Paper and Fire – a book with an Asian main character
For this one the sapphic element is not a main part of the story but I loved it nonetheless! The Empress of Salt and Fortune is an Asian inspired period drama novella with a non binary main character and sapphic side characters and I adored it! It is the story of a young royal who is sent to the south as part of a political marriage and is told through the eyes of her favoured handmaiden. The sequel, When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain, comes out in December and I’m sooo excited! I absolutely Adore Nghi Vo’s writing and can’t wait to read more of it!
These Witches Don’t Burn – a book with magic
So this one is one that I haven’t read yet and actually is being released in November, but I had to add it because the magic system sounds so interesting! Ruinsong by Julia Ember follows Cadence whose magic comes from her voice and who tortures her country’s disgraced nobility under orders from the queen. However, one day she meets an old friend and a noblewoman with ties to the rebellion and she has to decide what path she is willing to take! I’ve only read one book with voice-related magic before (Once & Future by Cori McCarthy and Amy Rose Capetta) and I really enjoyed it in that book, so I can’t wait to read this one!
This is How You Lose the Time War – a book with star crossed lovers
I think for this prompt I have to say Once & Future by Cori McCarthy and Amy Rose Capetta. I read this duology earlier in the year and overall LOVED it!! It’s a Merlin and Arthur retelling set in space with a female, pansexual Arthur and a gay teenage wizard Merlin and it has one of the best found families I’ve ever read! And since it’s set in space, and Ari is a reincarnation of Arthur, her and Gwen are, quite literally, star crossed lovers!
Wilder Girls – a book you’d take if you were stranded on a desert island
Ooooh probably The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon! I’ve already read – and loved – this absolute hulk of a book, and what better way to spend your time on a desert island until someone comes to rescue you is there than reading Priory! I really want to re-read this book, but my TBR shelf would definitely be giving me the side eye! I am a huge sucker for sapphic royalty in fantasy and this one really did just tick every box for me! Although this book looks so intimidating, honestly just give it a go because I found that I absolutely flew through it (in a grand total of 5 days) once I’d got started, its that good!
Cameron Post – a book to screen adaptation
This is difficult because we really don’t have many (where’s our Leah on the Offbeat one since we have two Love Simon adaptations!!!) so I’m going to have to go for Fingersmith by Sarah Waters. I’ve not read this book (or any Sarah Waters, but I’m dying to) but I LOVE the Handmaiden movie with every fibre of my being. The book, in comparison to the film, is set in Victorian England and follows an orphan who is hired by a conman to become the handmaiden to a gentlewoman and help the conman to seduce her, in order to get a share in her inheritance. I really can’t wait to read this and I hope it’s just as good as the movie!
How to Make a Wish – an upcoming release you ‘wish’ you had right now
OMG there are so many! But one I recently added to my Goodreads TBR is Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers! It features a drunken marriage in Vegas, struggling under the expectations of your parents, trying to find a job after your degree and burnout. After just completing my degree there’s so much in this I can relate to (sadly not the Vegas wedding though!) so I can’t wait to read this! And, just look at that gorgeous cover!!!
Priory of the Orange Tree – the longest book you’ve read
I’m pretty sure the longest book I have ever read is Priory of the Orange Tree! I think the only one that might beat it is a Game of Thrones book (once I finally pick up A Clash of Kings!)
Sawkill Girls – a spooky book
For this prompt I have to talk about Things We Say in the Dark by Kirsty Logan! I recently finished this book and (much to my surprise) loved it! It’s queer, feminist horror short stories (I’m neither a horror nor a short story kinda gal) and so many of the stories were so spooky, especially the ones based on Scottish mythology! There are so many established f/f romances in the stories, but beware of trigger warnings – I have a list on my Goodreads review because I didn’t know any before I went in and for a couple of stories they would’ve been very beneficial!
Final prompt – recommend a sapphic book
This is one that I haven’t actually read yet, but that I recently ordered, and it’s an anthology of the stories of Nigerian queer women. It’s non fiction, which is not something I read a lot of, but I think it’s important to read books that are outside of the general Western-centric ones that are normally discussed in the book community! I, for one, am really looking forward to this, and every story starts with trigger warnings, which is also great, and should me mandatory for all books!
I hope you enjoyed this and if you want to join in the tag I highly recommend you do (and check out Teresa!). Have a great day!