Ylva jumps into the Sapphic Reading Challenge

We love a good lesbian book at Ylva, so we’re cheering on the Sapphic Reading Challenge 2021, dreamed up by our best-selling author, Jae, by tossing in some Ylva titles of our own.

To participate in this fun challenge for lesbian book lovers, hit Jae’s link for details: https://jae-fiction.com/sapphic-reading-challenge-2021. Here you’ll learn about the themes and tropes of lesbian books to read throughout this year to win different badges and prizes.

And, if you don’t know where to start on the Sapphic Reading Challenge 2021, we have a list of many of our Ylva books and their relevant categories to help readers earn their badges.

While this list, which was submitted by a reader, is extensive, it may not cover every category or Ylva book. So if you know of another Ylva title that would work for one of the Sapphic Reading Challenge categories, please drop a comment at the end.

One small reminder: Each lesbian book can only be used once, even if it could fit into multiple categories.

Oh, and for German readers, Jae has compiled a list just for you with Ylva titles. Here are the rules and prizes in German: https://jae-fiction.de/lesbische-lese-challenge/ And Ylva book suggestions are here: https://jae-fiction.de/lesbische-lese-challenge_lesevorschlaege/

Now, jump in, get reading, and have fun!

 

Sapphic Reading Challenge categories

Enemies-to-Lovers Romance

Cover of the romantic lesbian comedy You're Fired by Shaya Crabtree

The two main characters start out being enemies or rivals before falling in love. Book suggestions below.

G Benson: Who’d Have Thought

AL Brooks: A Heart to Trust; Up on the Roof; Chasing Dreams (out in Oct 2021)

Cheyenne Blue: Code of Conduct; Party Wall; All at Sea

Shaya Crabtree: You’re Fired

Jae: The Roommate Arrangement; True Nature; Second Nature; Paper Love

Lola Keeley: Major Surgery; A Roll in the Hay

Jody Klaire: In Fashion

Jess Lea: A Curious Woman

Faith Prize: The Fifth Surgeon

Roslyn Sinclair: The Lily and the Crown

Wendy Temple: Defensive Mindset

KD Williamson: Drawing the Line

Lee Winter: Breaking Character; The Red Files; The Brutal Truth; Changing the Script; Shattered; Hotel Queens

Fiona Zedde: The Power of Mercy; House of Agnes (out in May 2021)

Chris Zett: Heart Failure

 

Character with an Everyday Job

The protagonist doesn’t have a glamorous job such as famous actress but an everyday job such as waitress, cashier, mechanic, and so on.

 Cheyenne Blue: All at Sea; Fenced-in Felix

Andrea Bramhall: Lost for Words

AL Brooks: Up on the Roof; Chasing Dreams (out in Oct 2021)

Eve Francis: Fragile

Alison Grey: Contract for Love

Lois Cloarec Hart: Stone Gardens; Coming Home

KL Hughes: Popcorn Love

Quinn Ivins: Worthy of Love (Out in April 2021)

Jae: Wrong Number, Right Woman; Perfect Rhythm; Heart Trouble; Under a Falling Star; Paper Love; Something in the Wine; Not the Marrying Kind

Lola Keeley: A Roll in the Hay

Jody Klaire: In Fashion

Catherine Lane: Romancing the Kicker

Jenn Matthews: Hooked on You; Reasons to Heal; Sing for My Baby; The Words Shimmer

Charlotte Mills: Body of Work

Rachael Sommers: Never Say Never

Emma Weimann: Heart’s Surrender

Chris Zett: Heart Failure

 

Return to Hometown

A book in which the protagonist returns to her hometown after years away.

Cheyenne Blue: All at Sea; Not-So-Straight Sue

AL Brooks: Dark Horse

Charley Clarke: Always a Love Song

C. Fonseca: Food for Love

Jae: Perfect Rhythm

Lola Keeley: A Roll in the Hay

Ana Matics: The Return

Blythe Rippon: Stowe Away

Lee Winter: Under Your Skin

Chris Zett: Irregular Heartbeat

 

Character is a Journalist or Reporter

The protagonist currently works as a journalist, reporter, or newsperson.

 AL Brooks: The Long Shot

Shaya Crabtree: Tight Knit

Sheryn Munir: Falling into Place

Lee Winter: The Red Files; Under Your Skin; The Brutal Truth

Fiona Zedde: House of Agnes (out in May 2021)

 

From TLR’s “Best of the Best” list

Cover of the lesbian romance The Music and the Mirror by Lola Keeley

Read a book from The Lesbian Review’s “Best of the Best” list.

 G Benson: Who’d Have Thought

AL Brooks: Dare to Love; The Long Shot

Jae: Backwards to Oregon; Hidden Truths; Perfect Rhythm; Second Nature; Wrong Number, Right Woman

Georgette Kaplan: Scissor Link

Lola Keeley: The Music and the Mirror

Lee Winter: Breaking Character; Requiem for Immortals

 

Only One Bed

There’s only one bed, so the two main characters have to share it (although they’re not a couple).

Andrea Bramhall: Just My Luck

Jae: Just for Show; Hidden Truths; Not the Marrying Kind

 

Character with a Disability or Mental Illness

A book with protagonist who has a physical disability, a chronic illness, or a mental disorder.

Jae: The Roommate Arrangement; Just Physical; Manhattan Moon

Lola Keeley: The Music And The Mirror

Jenn Matthews: Hooked on You; Reasons to Heal; The Words Shimmer; Sing for My Baby

RJ Nolan: Wounded Souls

AC Oswald: Hold My Hand

Ellen Simpson: The Light of the World

  

Character is a Book Lover

cover of the lesbian romance rewriting the ending by hp tune

The protagonist is a writer, librarian, book editor, or an avid reader.

Andrea Bramhall: Lost for Words

AL Brooks: Write Your Own Script; Up On the Roof; Chasing Dreams (out in Oct 2021)

Alison Grey and Jae: Good Enough to Eat

Lois Cloarec Hart: Coming Home

Jae: Just for Show; Love at First Write; Second Nature

Catherine Lane: Heartwood

Jenn Matthews: Hooked on You

Cindy Rizzo: Getting Back

L.T. Smith: A Work in Progress

Emma Sterner-Radley: Long-Distance Coffee; Coffee and Conclusions

HP Tune: Rewriting the Ending

Hazel Yeats: Bunny Finds a Friend

 

One-night Stand to Forever

Cover of the lesbian erotic romance Heart's Surrender by Emma Weimann

The romance starts with a one-night stand, a fling, or a friends-with-benefits arrangement.

G Benson: Flinging It

AL Brooks: Miles Apart; Write Your Own Script

Jae: Just Physical

Georgette Kaplan: Scissor Link

Faith Prize: The Fifth Surgeon

Emma Weimann: Heart’s Surrender

Chris Zett: Heart Failure

 

 

Speculative Fiction

Cover of the young adult fantasy novel Daughter of Fire - Conspiracy of the Dark by Karen Frost

A book with strong fantastical, supernatural, or futuristic elements, e.g., science fiction, fantasy, or paranormal fiction.

AL Brooks: Never Too Late For Heroes

Nino Delia: Caged Bird Rising

Karen Frost: Daughter of FireConspiracy of the Dark; The Darkness Rising; Destiny’s Choice; Death’s Champion (out April 2021)

Sacchi Green: Shadow Hand

Alison Grey and Jae: Good Enough to Eat

Jae: True Nature; Second Nature; Natural Family Disasters; Manhattan Moon; Heart Trouble

Georgette Kaplan: Ex-Wives of Dracula

Catherine Lane: Tread Lightly

Andi Marquette: The Bureau of Holiday Affairs; The Secret of Sleepy Hollow

Ellen Simpson: The Light of the World

LT Smith: Driving Me Mad

Alex K. Thorne: Chasing Stars

Roslyn Sinclair: The Lily and the Crown

Lee Winter: Shattered

Fiona Zedde: The Power of Mercy; A Lover’s Mercy

  

Ice Queen Character

Cover of the slow-burn lesbian romance The Brutal Truth by Lee Winter

The protagonist comes across as cold, aloof, and prickly (at least in the beginning of the book—the ice queen sometimes thaws a bit after falling in love).

G Benson: Who’d Have Thought

Cheyenne Blue: A Heart This Big; Code of Conduct; Party Wall

AL Brooks: A Heart to Trust

Jae: Under a Falling Star; Paper Love; Next of Kin; True Nature

Quinn Ivins: The Love Factor

Lola Keeley: A Roll in the Hay; The Music and the Mirror; Major Surgery; Slammed

Jess Lea: A Curious Woman

Georgette Kaplan: Scissor Link

Andi Marquette: If Looks Could Kill

Faith Prize: The Fifth Surgeon

Roslyn Sinclair: The X Ingredient; The Lily and the Crown

Rachael Sommers: Never Say Never

Lee Winter: The Red Files, Under Your Skin, Requiem for Immortals, Shattered, The Brutal Truth, Breaking Character, Changing the Script, Hotel Queens

KD Williamson: Drawing the Line; Blurred Lines

Fiona Zedde: House of Agnes (out in May 2021)

Chris Zett: Irregular Heartbeat

 

Neurodiverse Character

A book with a positive and realistic portrayal of a neurodiverse character, e.g., a protagonist who’s on the autism spectrum or has dyslexia, ADHD, dyspraxia, etc.

 

Quinn Ivins: Worthy of Love (out in April 2021)

Jenn Matthews: Hooked on You; The Words Shimmer

 

Longer Book

Cover of the historical lesbian romance Kicker's Journey by Lois Cloarec Hart

A book of at least 120,000 words. For an audiobook, that means 12 hours or more. Page numbers can be misleading since it depends on the font, the font size, the margins, page size, etc., but if you can’t find the word count, go for books that have 350+ pages

 G Benson: Who’d Have Thought; All the Little Moments

May Dawney: Survival Instincts

Lois Cloarec Hart: Broken Faith; Kicker’s Journey

Jae: Backwards to Oregon; Hidden Truths; Falling Hard; Shaken to the Core; Damage Control; Next of Kin; Second Nature; True Nature; Conflict of Interest

Georgette Kaplan: Ex-Wives of Dracula

Lola Keeley: The Music and the Mirror

Lee Winter: The Red Files; Under Your Skin; The Brutal Truth

  

Character is a Medical Professional

Cover of the enemies to lovers lesbian romance Heart Failure by Chris Zett

The protagonist works in health care, e.g., a physician, dentist, nurse, chiropractor, paramedic or EMT, etc.

G Benson: Who’d Have Thought; Flinging It; All the Little Moments

Cheyenne Blue: Not-So-Straight Sue; Almost-Married Moni; All at Sea

Alison Grey: Hot Line

Wendy Hudson: Meant to Be Me

Lola Keeley: Major Surgery

Catherine Lane: Romancing the Kicker

Jae: Perfect Rhythm; Falling Hard; Heart Trouble; Manhattan Moon; Conflict of Interest; Just for Show

Jenn Matthews: The Words Shimmer; Reasons to Heal

RJ Nolan: Wounded Souls; LA Metro; In a Heartbeat

Faith Prize: The Fifth Surgeon

L.T. Smith: See Right Through Me

Michelle L. Teichman: Rescue Me

KD Williamson: Blurred Lines; Crossing Lines; Between the Lines; Drawing the Line

Chris Zett: Heart Failure; Irregular Heartbeat

 

Grumpy and Sunshine

Cover of the cozy mystery A Curious Woman by Jess Lea

A romance in which a grumpy character falls for a character with a sunny, upbeat personality.

Cheyenne Blue: Party Wall

AL Brooks: Dark Horse

Jae: The Roommate Arrangement; Under a Falling Star

Lola Keeley: The Music and the Mirror

Jess Lea: A Curious Woman

Sheryn Munir: Falling Into Place

Roslyn Sinclair: The Lily and the Crown; The X Ingredient

Lee Winter: Under Your Skin; The Brutal Truth; Breaking Character

 

Character is a Teacher or Professor

Cover of the opposites-attract romance The Love Factor by Quinn Ivins

A book with a protagonist who’s teaching for a living.

AL Brooks: One Way or Another

Lois Cloarec Hart: Kicker’s Journey

Wendy Hudson: Mine To Keep

Quinn Ivins: The Love Factor

Jae: Chemistry Lessons (out in July 2021)

Jenn Matthews: Sing for my Baby; Hooked on You; The Words Shimmer

LT Smith: See Right Through Me

Fiona Zedde: The Power of Mercy; A Lover’s Mercy

 

Coming Out Later in Life

Cove of the smart, sexy lesbian workplace romance The X Ingredient by Roslyn Sinclair

The protagonist is aged at least thirty and comes out as LGBTQIA during the course of the book, either because it took them longer to figure out they aren’t straight or because they were struggling to come out to friends and family.

Cheyenne Blue: Not-So-Straight Sue

AL Brooks: Dare to Love; Write Your Own Script

Quinn Ivins: The Love Factor

Jenn Matthews: Hooked On You

Jae: Something in the Wine; Next of Kin; Not the Marrying Kind; Wrong Number, Right Woman

Lois Cloarec Hart: Coming Home

Faith Prize: The Fifth Surgeon

Roslyn Sinclair: The X Ingredient

Lee Winter: The Brutal Truth; The Red Files

 

Historical Fiction / Historical Romance

A novel that takes place at least 25 years in the past.

 

Paulette Callen: Charity; Fervent Charity

Jae: Backwards to Oregon; Hidden Truths; Beyond the Trail; Shaken to the Core

Lois Cloarec Hart: Kicker’s Journey

Meg Harrington: The Lavender List

 

Nerdy or Geeky Character

Cover of the lesbian romantic comedy Scissor Link by Georgette Kaplan

The main character is a nerd or a geek—meaning they are very enthusiastic about some kind of non-mainstream activity or specialized subject, e.g., a video games, science, technology, comic books, cosplay, collections.

Quinn Ivins: The Love Factor

Jae: Paper Love; Something in the Wine

Georgette Kaplan: Scissor Link

Jenn Matthews: Hooked on You; Reasons to Heal; Sing for My Baby

Roslyn Sinclair: The Lily and the Crown

Lee Winter: Changing the Script

 

Age-gap Romance

Cover of the lesbian romance Heartwood by Catherine Lane

A woman-loving-woman romance novel in which one main character is at least eight years older than the other.

Andrea Bramhall: Just My Luck

AL Brooks: The Long Shot

Lois Cloarec Hart: Coming Home

Quinn Ivins: The Love Factor; Worthy of Love

Jae: Wrong Number, Right Woman; Next of Kin

Georgette Kaplan: The Woman at the Edge of Town; Scissor Link

Lola Keeley: The Music and the Mirror

Catherine Lane: Heartwood

Roslyn Sinclair: The X Ingredient; The Lily and the Crown

Rachael Sommers: Never Say Never

Lee Winter: The Red Files; Under Your Skin; The Brutal Truth; Breaking Character

Fiona Zedde: House of Agnes (out in May 2021)

  

Protag of Different Ethnicity, Culture, or Race Than You

Cover of the lesbian superhero book A Lover's Mercy by Fiona Zedde

It’s preferred readers pick a book that is own voices, meaning the author shares their main character/s racial/ethnic/cultural background.

 Own voices:

Fiona Zedde: The Power of Mercy; A Lover’s Mercy; House of Agnes (out in May 2021)

Sheryn Munir: Falling into Place

KD Williamson: Pink; Between the Lines

 

Non-own voices:

C. Fonseca: Food for Love

Sacchi Green: Shadow Hand

KL Hughes: The Wrong McElroy

Catherine Lane: Romancing the Kicker

Jae: Falling Hard; Heart Trouble; Next of Kin; Second Nature

Jenn Matthews: Reasons to Heal

Georgette Kaplan: Candice Cushing and the Lost Tomb of Cleopatra; Easy Nevada and the Pyramid’s Curse

Lee Winter: Shattered

  

Character is a Musician

Cover of the lesbian second-chance romance Always a Love Song by Charley Clarke

The protagonist is a musician.

Charley Clarke: Always a Love Song

Jae: Perfect Rhythm

Jenn Matthews: Sing for My Baby

Lee Winter: Requiem for Immortals

Chris Zett: Irregular Heartbeat

  

Your favorite author’s favorite book:

Cover of the lesbian historical romance Backwards to Oregon by Jae

A novel that is one of the favorite books of one of your favorite authors.

Andrea Bramhall: Always Alex (Robin Alexander)

Cheyenne Blue: The Language of Hoofbeats (Catherine Ryan Hyde)

AL Brooks: Just Jorie (Robin Alexander)

Sacchi Green: Heiresses of Russ 2012: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction (Edited by Connie Wilkins and Steve Berman)

Wendy Hudson: Tell it to the Bees (Fiona Shaw)

Jae: And Playing the Role of Herself (KE Lane)

Cori Kane: Gay Pride & Prejudice (Jane Austen and Kate Christie)

Lola Keeley: Requiem for Immortals (Lee Winter)

Catherine Lane: Tipping the Velvet (Sarah Waters)

Jess Lea: Requiem for Immortals (Lee Winter)

Jenn Matthews: Backwards to Oregon (Jae)

Faith Prize: The Brutal Truth (Lee Winter)

Quinn Ivins: The Red Files (Lee Winter)

Roslyn Sinclair: The Price of Salt/Carol (Patricia Highsmith)

Wendy Temple: Desert of the Heart (Jane Rule)

Jane Waterton: Survived by Her Longtime Companion (Chris Paynter)

Lee Winter: The Lily and The Crown (Roslyn Sinclair)

Fiona Zedde: At Her Feet (Rebekah Weatherspoon)

Chris Zett: No Strings (Gerri Hill)

 

Character was Adopted/in Foster Care

Cover of the young adult queer romance Pieces by G Benson

The main character was either adopted or grew up in the foster system.

G Benson: Pieces

AL Brooks: One Way or Another

KL Hughes: Popcorn Love

Jae: Heart Trouble; Second Nature

Lola Keeley: The Music and the Mirror

Lee Winter: Changing the Script

 

Shy or Socially Awkward Character

Cover of the lesbian young adult novel The Space Between by Michelle Teichman

The protagonist is shy or uncomfortable/awkward in social situations.

Cheyenne Blue: Fenced-In Felix

AL Brooks: Up on the Roof; The Long Shot

Lois Cloarec Hart: Broken Faith

Jae: Wrong Number, Right Woman; Something in the Wine

Jess Lea: A Curious Woman

Jenn Matthews: Hooked on You; Reasons to Heal; Sing for My Baby

Blythe Rippon: Stowe Away

Roslyn Sinclair: The Lily and the Crown

Emma Sterner-Radley: Long-Distance Coffee; Coffee and Conclusions

Michelle L. Teichman: The Space Between

Wendy Temple: Defensive Mindset

Lee Winter: Breaking Character; Requiem for Immortals; Shattered; Hotel Queens

  

Character Rocks a Power Suit

A book about a main character who’s regularly seen and looking great in a power suit.

Cheyenne Blue: A Heart This Big

AL Brooks: A Heart to Trust; Miles Apart; One Way or Another; Never Too Late for Heroes; Chasing Dreams (out in Oct 2021)

KL Hughes: Popcorn Love

Quinn Ivins: The Love Factor

Jae: Damage Control; Next of Kin; Just for Show

Lola Keeley: A Roll in the Hay; Major Surgery

Cindy Rizzo: Getting Back

Rachael Sommers: Never Say Never

Lee Winter: The Brutal Truth; Hotel Queens

  

First Day of A New Job

A Heart to Trust by A.L. Brooks

A book in which the main character starts a new job in the first three chapters.

AL Brooks: A Heart to Trust

Lola Keeley: A Roll in the Hay; The Music and the Mirror; Major Surgery

Catherine Lane: The Set Piece

Jae: Under a Falling Star; Paper Love

Roslyn Sinclair: The X Ingredient

Lee Winter: Changing the Script

Chris Zett: Irregular Heartbeat

  

Mystery Novels

Cover of the lesbian romantic suspense Collide-O-Scope by Andrea Bramhall

A book that revolves around a murder or other crime to be solved.

Andrea Bramhall: Collide-O-Scope; Under Parr; The Last First Time

Meg Harrington: The Lavender List

Wendy Hudson: Mine to Keep; Meant to Be Me

Jess Lea: A Curious Woman

Charlotte Mills: Fair Game; Body of Work; Payback

Ellen Simpson: A Heist Story

Lee Winter: The Red Files

 

Friends-to-Lovers Romance

Cover of the lesbian romance Beginnings by LT Smith

The two main characters already know each other at the beginning of the book and have been friends for a while, maybe even for years, before falling in love.

Andrea Bramhall: Just My Luck

Jae: Chemistry Lessons (out in July 2021)

Georgette Kaplan: Ex-Wives of Dracula

Lola Keeley: Slammed

LT Smith: Beginnings

 

Body-positive Book

Cover of the enemies-to-lovers lesbian romance A Roll in the Hay by Lola Keeley

A book that celebrates women of all sizes and shapes, e.g., a plus-sized protagonist.

Cheyenne Blue: Party Wall

Andrea Bramhall: Just My Luck

AL Brooks: The Club; Up on the Roof

Quinn Ivins: The Love Factor; Worthy of Love (Out in April 2021)

Jae: Just for Show; Wrong Number, Right Woman

Lola Keeley: A Roll in the Hay

Jess Lea: A Curious Woman

Jess Matthews: Hooked on You; Sing for My Baby

 

Disguised or living as a man

The main character is a woman pretending to be a man or an AFAB genderqueer person living her life as a man.


Jae:
Backwards to Oregon; Hidden Truths

  

Character Works in the Food Industry

The protagonist is a baker, chef, bartender, waitress, and so on.

AL Brooks: Dark Horse

RG Emanuelle & Andi Marquette: All You Can Eat; Order Up

C. Fonseca: Food for Love

Alison Grey: Contract for Love

Meg Harrington: The Lavender List

Wendy Hudson: Mine to Keep

Jae: Not the Marrying Kind; Something in the Wine; Heart Trouble; Just for Show; Chemistry Lessons (out in July 2021)

Catherine Lane: Heartwood

Chris Zett: Heart Failure

  

Taking A Trip

Cover of the opposites-attract lesbian romance All at Sea by Cheyenne Blue

A book in which the main characters take a trip together. They don’t necessarily have to take a car; any vehicle, including a plane or boat, will do.

Cheyenne Blue: All at Sea; Fenced-In Felix

May Dawney: Survival Instincts

Lois Cloarec Hart: Kicker’s Journey

Jae: Backwards to Oregon; Just for Show; True Nature; Under a Falling Star

Lola Keeley: Slammed

Emily O’Beirne: Points of Departure

Lee Winter: The Red Files

Hazel Yeats: Bunny Finds a Friend

 

Bisexual or Pansexual character

A book with a bisexual or pansexual protagonist. Note: A character who has slept with men in the past before realizing she’s a lesbian is a lesbian, not a bisexual/pansexual woman.

G Benson: Flinging It

AL Brooks: Dark Horse

Jae: Paper Love; The Roommate Arrangement; Not the Marrying Kind

Lola Keeley: The Music and the Mirror

Jenn Matthews: Hooked on You

Ellen Simpson: The Light of the World

 

Animal on Cover

Cover of the lesbian adventure romance Primal Touch by Amber Jacobs

A book that has some kind of animal on the cover.

Cheyenne Blue: All at Sea; Fenced-In Felix; A Heart This Big; Party Wall

AL Brooks: Up on the Roof; Write Your Own Script

Shaya Crabtree: Tight Knit

Cheri Crystal: Across the Pond

May Dawney: Survival Instincts

Nino Delia: Caged Bird Rising

Amber Jacobs: Primal Touch

Jae: Second Nature; True Nature; Natural Family Disasters; Backwards to Oregon; Hidden Truths

Georgette Kaplan: The Woman at the Edge of Town

Lola Keeley: A Roll in the Hay

Jess Lea: A Curious Woman

LT Smith: Once; Puppy Love

 

 Girl-Next-Door Character

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The protagonist is the “girl next door” type—sweet, kind, and everybody’s darling.

Cheyenne Blue: A Heart This Big; Party Wall

AL Brooks: One Way or Another; Never Too Late for Heroes

Wendy Hudson: Meant to Be Me

Jae: Perfect Rhythm; Not the Marrying Kind; Conflict of Interest; Falling Hard; Heart Trouble; Under a Falling Star; Wrong Number, Right Woman

Jenn Matthews: Reasons to Heal; Sing for My Baby

Lee Winter: Breaking Character; The Brutal Truth

 

Adventure in nature

Cover of the lesbian adventure romance Rock and a Hard Place by Andrea Bramhall

A book with a plot revolving around an outdoor adventure, e.g., hiking, kayaking, rafting, sailing, rock climbing, snow-shoeing, etc.

Cheyenne Blue: All at Sea

Andrea Bramhall: Rock and a Hard Place

Lois Cloarec Hart: Above the Tree Line

Wendy Hudson: Four Steps; The Island Between Us (out in September 2021)

Amber Jacobs: Primal Touch

Jae: Backwards to Oregon; Hidden Truths; Shaken to the Core

Jenn Matthews: The Words Shimmer

 

Mistaken Identity

A character is mistaken for someone else for at least a part of the book. Usually, it’s misunderstanding (or at least it starts out that way), rather than one character intentionally lying or disguising herself. The misunderstanding can be cleared up quickly or the other character can play along and start pretending to be someone she isn’t, but the situation didn’t start out as an intentional disguise.

 

Jae: Wrong Number, Right Woman; Something in the Wine; Under a Falling Star; The Roommate Arrangement

Roslyn Sinclair: The Lily and the Crown

Lee Winter: Requiem for Immortals

 

Set in a Country You Don’t Live In

Cover of the lesbian romantic suspense Deliberate Harm by J.R. Wolfe

Choose a book that takes place in a country that you don’t currently live in. Since the majority of lesbian books and readers are based in America, here are some Ylva books set outside of the US.

Set in the UK

Andrea Bramhall: Lost for Words; The Last First Time; Collide-O-Scope; Under Parr; Just My Luck

AL Brooks: One Way or Another; Up on the Roof; Write Your Own Script; Miles Apart; Dare to Love

Cheyenne Blue: Never-Tied Nora

Cheri Crystal: Across the Pond

Wendy Hudson: Mine to Keep; Four Steps; Meant to Be Me; The Island Between Us (out in September 2021)

Lola Keeley: A Roll in the Hay; Major Surgery

Jody Klaire: In Fashion

Jenn Matthews: Hooked on You (Iraq and England); The Words Shimmer; Sing for My Baby

Charlotte Mills: Payback; Fair Game; Body of Work

LT Smith: Driving me Mad; Once; Hearts and Flowers Border; See Right Through Me; Puppy Love

Wendy Temple: Defensive Mindset

HP Tune: Rewriting the Ending

 

Set in Canada

AL Brooks: Miles Apart

Lois Cloarec Heart: Stone Gardens; Bitter Fruit; Kicker’s Journey; Coming Home; Broken Faith; Walking the Labyrinth

Michelle L. Teichman: Rescue Me

 

Set in Europe

HP Tune: Rewriting the Ending (several countries)

Jae: Paper Love (Germany)

Hazel Yeats: Bunny Finds a Friend (The Netherlands)

 

Set in India

Sheryn Munir: Falling Into Place

 

Set in Australia

Cheyenne Blue: All at Sea; A Heart This Big; Almost-Married Moni; Fenced-In Felix; Party Wall; Not-So-Straight Sue; Code of Conduct

AL Brooks: Dark Horse

G Benson: Flinging It; All the Little Moments

C. Fonseca: Where the Light Plays; Food for Love

Jess Lea: A Curious Woman

Emily O’Beirne: Here’s the Thing

Jane Waterton: Times of Our Lives

Lee Winter: The Brutal Truth (Australia and US); Requiem for Immortals

 

Set in New Zealand

Lee Winter: Changing the Script

 

Set in Mexico

Fiona Zedde: A Lover’s Mercy.

 

Set in Zimbabwe, South Africa, and UK

JR Wolfe: Deliberate Harm

 

Set in other far-away places

Andrea Bramhall: Rock and a Hard Place (Patagonia)

Georgette Kaplan: Candice Cushing and the Lost Tomb of Cleopatra; Easy Nevada and the Pyramid’s Curse (The Sahara)

Lee Winter: Shattered (Socotra)

 

Part of a Book Series

A book that is part of a series. It doesn’t have to be book one.

Cheyenne Blue: Girl Meets Girl seriesNever-Tied Nora; Not-So-Straight Sue; Fenced-In Felix; Almost-Married Moni

Andrea Bramhall: Norfolk Coast Investigation StoriesCollide-O-Scope; Under Parr; The Last First Time

Paulette Callen: Charity seriesCharity; Fervent Charity

Karen Frost: Daughter of FireConspiracy of the Dark; The Darkness Rising; Destiny’s Choice; Death’s Champion (out April 2021)

Lois Cloarec Hart: The Calgary ChroniclesComing Home; Broken Faith; Walking the Labyrinth

Jae: Fair Oaks seriesPerfect Rhythm; Not the Marrying Kind. The Hollywood seriesDeparture from the Script; Damage Control; Just Physical. Shape-Shifter SeriesSecond Nature; True Nature; Natural Family Disasters; Manhattan Moon. Portland Police Bureau seriesConflict of Interest; Next of Kin. The Oregon seriesBackwards to Oregon; Beyond the Trail; Hidden Truths.

Georgette Kaplan: Easy Nevada and the Pyramid’s Curse; Candice Cushing and the Lost Tomb of Cleopatra

Charlotte Mills: Payback; Fair Game

RJ Nolan: LA Metro seriesLA Metro; In a Heartbeat; Wounded Souls

Emily O’Beirne: Future Leaders of Nowhere; All the Ways to Here. A Story of Now; The Sum of These Things.

Emma Sterner-Radley: Midnight Coffee seriesLong-Distance Coffee; Coffee and Conclusions

Blythe Rippon: The Love and Law seriesBarring Complications; Benched

Shaylynn Rose: The Tales of Y’MyranBanshee’s Honor; Banshee’s Vengeance

KD Williamson: Cops and Docs seriesBlurred Lines; Crossing Lines; Between the Lines; Drawing the Line

Lee Winter: On the Record seriesThe Red Files; Under Your Skin

The Superheroine CollectionShattered, The Power of Mercy; A Lover’s Mercy; Never Too Late for Heroes; Chasing Stars; Shadow Hand

  

Main Character is a Business Owner

Cover of the slow-burn lesbian romance Walking the Labyrinth by Lois Cloarec Hart

The protagonist owns her own business, which can be a big or small company.

Cheyenne Blue: Fenced-In Felix; A Heart This Big; Party Wall; The Number 94 Project (out in November 2021)

AL Brooks: Dare to Love

Shaya Crabtree: Tight Knit

Lois Cloarec Hart: Walking the Labyrinth

Lola Keeley: A Roll in the Hay

Jae: Not the Marrying Kind; Something in the Wine; True Nature; Hidden Truths

Jenn Matthews: Hooked on You

Cindy Rizzo: Getting Back

Lee Winter: Hotel Queens; The Brutal Truth

 

Set in the 20th Century

A book that takes place between 1901 and 2000.

 

Meg Harrington: The Lavender List

Quinn Ivins: The Love Factor

Jae: Shaken to the Core

  

Character Isn’t “Hollywood beautiful”.

Cover of the lesbian romance Times of our Lives by Jane Waterton

The protagonist doesn’t fit Hollywood beauty standards, e.g., they aren’t thin, toned, young, and so on.

Cheyenne Blue: Fenced-In Felix; Party Wall

Andrea Bramhall: Just My Luck

AL Brooks: Dark Horse; Up on the Roof

Quinn Ivins: Worthy of Love (Out in April 2021)

Jae: Wrong Number, Right Woman; Just for Show; Hidden Truths; Damage Control; Second Nature

Jenn Matthews: Hooked on You

Jane Waterton: Times of Our Lives

Lee Winter: Shattered

  

Character Works in STEM

Cover of the lesbian scifi romance The Lily and the Crown by Roslyn Sinclair

The protagonist works in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.

Shaya Crabtree: You’re Fired

Wendy Hudson: Meant To Be Me; Four Steps

Quinn Ivins: The Love Factor

Jae: Second Nature

Georgette Kaplan: Scissor Link

Roslyn Sinclair: The Lily and the Crown

  

Forced Proximity

Cover of the lesbian romance Up on the Roof by A.L. Brooks

The two main characters are forced to spend time together, e.g., because they are stranded or snowed in or stuck together for some other reason.

 Cheyenne Blue: All At Sea

AL Brooks: Up on the Roof

Shaya Crabtree: You’re Fired

Wendy Hudson: The Island Between Us (out in September 2021)

Roslyn Sinclair: The Lily and the Crown

Lee Winter: Shattered; The Red Files

 

Anthology, Short Story Collection, or Novella

Language of Love - Anthology 2018

Read a book that is not a novel. It can be an anthology (collection of short stories by different authors), a collection of short stories by one author, or a novella (a story of 17,500-40,000 words).

Anthologies (multiple authors):

After Happily Ever After: Edited by Astrid Ohletz and Alex K. Thorne

All You Can Eat: Edited by RG Emanuelle and Andi Marquette

Do You Feel What I Feel: A Holiday Anthology: Edited by Ylva

Don’t be Shy (Vol 1 & 2): Edited by Astrid Ohletz and Jae

Finding Ms. Write: Edited by Jae and Jove Belle

Laid Bare: Edited by Astrid Ohletz and Jae

Language of Love: Edited by Astrid Ohletz and Lee Winter

Order Up—A Menu of Lesbian Romance & Erotica anthology: Edited by RG Emanuelle and Andi Marquette

Tales of the Grimoire: Edited by Astrid Ohletz and Gill McKnight

Unwrap These Presents: Edited by Astrid Ohletz and RG Emanuelle

Wicked Things: Edited by Jae and Astrid Ohletz

 

Short story collection (1 author)

Jae: Beyond the Trail; Happily Ever After; Love Beneath the Christmas Tree; Natural Family Disasters

Jess Lea: The Taste of Her (Vol. 1 & 2)

 

Novellas

Cheyenne Blue: Almost-Married Moni; Never-Tied Nora

Alison Grey: Hot Line

Jae: Manhattan Moon

Catherine Lane: Tread Lightly

Fiona Zedde: The Power of Mercy

  

Special Unicorn Category: Butch/butch Pairing

A book about two butch women falling in love or being in an established relationship with each other.


Lee Winter:
Shattered

 

 Special Unicorn Category: Character Over 40

Cover of the lesbian romantic suspense Fair Game by Charlotte Mills

At least one of the book’s main characters is aged over 40.

 Cheyenne Blue: Party Wall

AL Brooks: Dare to Love; Never too Late For Heroes; Write Your Own Script; The Club; The Long Shot; Miles Apart; Chasing Dreams (out in Oct 2021)

Lois Cloarec Hart: Walking the Labyrinth

Wendy Hudson: The Island Between Us (out in September 2021)

Jae: Wrong Number, Right Woman; Next of Kin

Lola Keeley: Major Surgery

Jenn Matthews: Hooked on You; The Words Shimmer

Charlotte Mills: Fair Game

Blythe Rippon: Barring Complications; Benched

Cindy Rizzo: Getting Back

Roslyn Sinclair: The Lily and the Crown; The X Ingredient

Jane Waterton: Times of Our Lives

Lee Winter: The Red Files; Under Your Skin; Shattered; Requiem for Immortals; The Brutal Truth; Hotel Queens

  

Special Unicorn Category: High Fantasy

High fantasy is a fantasy story set in a fictional world that is entirely different from our reality (as opposed to low fantasy, which is set in our world with some fantastic elements added).

 

Karen Frost: Daughter of FireConspiracy of the Dark; The Darkness Rising; Destiny’s Choice; Death’s Champion (out April 2021)

Shaylynn Rose: Banshee’s Honor; Banshee’s Vengeance

 

Special Unicorn Category: Polyamorous relationship

The main character is in intimate, consensual relationships with more than one person.


Amber Jacobs:
Nights of Silk and Sapphire

 

Special Unicorn Category: Thriller novel

Cover of the lesbian romantic suspense Four Steps by Wendy Hudson

A fast-paced novel with high stakes—if the protagonist doesn’t stop the villain, her life or even the fate of the world might be in danger.

Andrea Bramhall: The Last First Time

Wendy Hudson: Four Steps

Charlotte Mills: Payback; Fair Game

Ellen Simpson: A Heist Story

Lee Winter: Requiem for Immortals

JR Wolfe: Deliberate Harm

 

Special Unicorn Category: Jewish character

The protagonist is Jewish. Ideally, pick a book that was written by a Jewish author.


Own voices

Cindy Rizzo: Getting Back

 

Non-own voices

Lee Winter: Hotel Queens

 

Special Unicorn Character: Horror

A book that intends to scare you.


Lois Cloarec Hart:
Beyond and Begone

 

Special Unicorn Category: Dystopian, apocalyptic, or post-apocalyptic

Cover of the lesbian dystopian novel Survival Instincts by May Dawney

Post-apocalyptic fiction is set in the aftermath of a devastating natural disaster or war that made society as we know it collapse. In an apocalyptic book, we’re in the middle of that disaster happening. Dystopian fiction is set in a future society that is oppressive.

 

May Dawney: Survival Instincts

 

 

 

Remember: Each lesbian book can only be used once, even if it could fit into multiple categories. And now… enjoy!

 

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7 Comments

  1. Denise O'Neill March 11, 2021 at 14:31 - Reply

    How come there is not one Harper Bliss book in any of these categories ? And I don’t think there are any Clare Lydon either.

    • Lee Winter March 11, 2021 at 16:01 - Reply

      Hi Denise, as it says in the intro, this is an Ylva Publishing blog for Ylva books featuring our Ylva authors. If any other publisher/author, such as Harper Bliss, wants to create their own list that fits Jae’s Sapphic Reading Challenge that would be wonderful too. The more the merrier! But here we’re talking about our own excellent books.

      • Denise O'Neill May 11, 2021 at 22:57 - Reply

        Silly of me, I wasn’t paying enough attention to that when I wrote my question. Sorry about that

  2. Henriette March 12, 2021 at 12:00 - Reply

    As a frequent reader and proud dragon1-badge holder, I have already asked other authors to help us readers find the appropiate books by adding the categories to their books – thanks for Ylva and thanks to you Lee for providing a list here.
    As you say: the more the merrier.

    • Lee Winter March 12, 2021 at 16:15 - Reply

      You’re very welcome. And congratulations on that dragon badge!

  3. Miriam March 12, 2021 at 16:53 - Reply

    What a wonderful list! Thank you very much, it helps a lot.

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