Books about polyamorous relationships (Book Unicorn post #5)

book polyamorous relationships

It’s time for another Book Unicorn post! This one features books that include a sapphic character who’s in a polyamorous relationship. The protagonist is in intimate, consensual relationships with more than one person.   15 sapphic books that feature a polyamorous relationship I put together a list of 15 sapphic poly romance novels. I hope you find at least one you’ll enjoy.   Love Without Limits (Pink Bean Series Book 7)  by Harper Bliss Caitlin James and Josephine Greenwood have been happily in love and committed to each other for over a year. Josephine has shed her insecurities and her …

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Books about coming out later in life (Sapphic Reading Challenge #18)

coming out later in life

This week’s Sapphic Reading Challenge post is all about characters who come out later in life. For the purpuse of this reading challenge, let’s define “later in life” as a character who’s in her 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond.

Pick a book in which the protagonist comes out as LGBTQIA, 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.

Character is a teacher or professor (Sapphic Reading Challenge #17)

character is a teacher or professor

This week’s Sapphic Reading Challenge post features books in which the main character is a teacher or a professor.

I know some readers stay away from teacher romances because they assume these books always include a teacher/student romance, but that’s not the case with the books I picked for this category. In almost all of the books recommended, the romance is between the teacher and a colleague or someone who’s not involved with her professional life at all. If the romance is between the teacher or professor and one of her students, the author handled it in a way that avoids crossing ethical boundaries as much as possible. 

Grumpy & sunshine romance (Sapphic Reading Challenge #16)

romance grumpy & sunshine

This week’s Sapphic Reading Challenge post features f/f romances in which a grumpy character falls for a character with a sunny, upbeat personality.

There’s a bit of an overlap with ice-queen romances at times, so you might want to check out the ice-queen romance recommendations to see if any of these would fit the grumpy & sunshine category too.

Genre you don’t usually read (Sapphic Reading Challenge #15)

genre you don't usually read

Today, it’s time to read a book from a genre you don’t usually read. Depending on your reading comfort zone, that could be mystery, historical fiction/historical romance, fantasy, science fiction…or maybe even nonfiction. As long as it has a women-loving women character or theme, any book that isn’t your usual reading fare is fine. 

Below, you’ll find 5 suggestions for genres such as historical fiction, paranormal romance/urban fantasy, science fiction, fantasy, mystery & romantic suspense, and romcom/humor.

Longer sapphic books (Sapphic Reading Challenge #13)

longer lesbian books

This week’s Sapphic Reading Challenge category features longer books. Of course, “longer” is a pretty subjective term. For this reading challenge, “longer” means any book that is at least 120,000 words. 

Publishing professionals define the length of a book by its word count, not by the number of pages. That’s because the page count can be misleading since the number of pages depends on the font, the font size, the margins, the page size, etc. 

If you can’t find the word count for the book you’d like to read, go for books that have at least 350 pages. 

If you listen to audiobooks, pick one that has a length of 12 hours or more. 

Neurodiverse characters (Sapphic Reading Challenge #12)

neurodiverse character

Today’s category–sapphic books about neurodiverse characters–might as well be one of the Book Unicorn categories because there still aren’t that many.

In case you aren’t familiar with the term: a neurodiverse person (also called neurodivergent or neuroatypical) is someone whose brain works differently compared to neurotypical people. They might be on the autistic spectrum, have ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), dyslexia, dyspraxia, or Tourette Syndrome.

Sapphic books with ice queen characters (Sapphic Reading Challenge #11)

ice queen character

This week’s Sapphic Reading Challenge post features a very popular kind of protagonist: the famous (or maybe infamous) ice queen character.

Ice queens are characters who come across as cold, aloof, and prickly. Often, they melt a bit after falling in love, and we get to see their well-hidden vulnerable side, but they typically remain their ice queenish, frosty selves with other people. Ice queens are usually in positions of power–they own their own business, are famous celebrities, or made it to the top of the food chain in whatever profession they chose. Think Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada, and you have the quintessential ice queen.