WLW / lesbian book with a main character over 40 (Book Unicorn post #3)

lesbian book character over 40

In WLW and lesbian fiction, especially in romance, most of the protagonists seem to be in their 20s and 30s. But there’s life–and love–in your fourties, fifties, sixties, seventies, and beyond! So for the third Book Unicorn category, I’d like you to read a book in which at least one of the main characters is over 40.

It could be an age gap romance, in which the other main character is considerably younger, or all of the protagonists could be over 40. I’ll leave that choice up to you, as long as at least one of the main characters is 40 or older.

WLW & lesbian speculative fiction (Sapphic Reading Challenge #10)

lesbian speculative fiction

The 10th category of the Sapphic Reading Challenge is a long post because it covers WLW & lesbian speculative fiction. Speculative fiction is an umbrella term for books with strong fantastical, supernatural, or futuristic elements. That includes subgenres such as WLW & lesbian fantasy, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, science fiction, superheroine books, and science fiction.

Character with a disability or mental illness (Sapphic Reading Challenge #7)

character with a disability or mental illness

Category #7 of the Sapphic Reading Challenge features another group of people that is definitely underrepresented in WLW & lesbian fiction: characters who have a disability.

It can be a book about a character with a physical disability, a chronic illness, or a mental disorder. When you pick the book you’re going to read, don’t forget that some disabilities are invisible or less apparent, for example, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, migraines, and mental illnesses.

Only One Bed (Sapphic Reading Challenge #6)

romance only one bed

This week’s Sapphic Reading Challenge category features a trope that seems to be quite popular in women-loving women romance. I call it the “only one bed” trope. It includes two characters who are not (yet) a couple having to share the only available bed.

Usually, that leads to hilarious situations: one character clinging to the edge of the bed so she won’t give away her attraction, or they wake up in the middle of the night, cuddled up to each other. And sometimes, a whole lot more than cuddling happens.

Book from The Lesbian Review’s “Best of the Best” List (Sapphic Reading Challenge #5)

The lesbian review

This week’s category of the Sapphic Reading Challenge is a bit different. Instead of putting together a list of my own, I want you to read a book from a list curated by The Lesbian Review.

If you haven’t heard of The Lesbian Review yet, you should definitely check them out. The Lesbian Review is the biggest website dedicated to reviewing women-loving women &  lesbian books. They review books (including audiobooks), fanfiction, and movies.

Books with a “Return to Hometown” Theme (Sapphic Reading Challenge #3)

books return to hometown

The third category of the Sapphic Reading Challenge is a theme that I see a lot, especially in WLW & lesbian romance: books in which the protagonist returns to her hometown after years away.

Maybe it’s the fact that many queer people have to leave their hometown to be able to be their authentic selves and then have to face their past sooner or later—families that might not have reacted too well to their coming out or a first crush they left behind.