Welcome to the Sapphic Book Bingo 2024! I hope you had a good start into the new year and are ready for the first category of our 2024 reading challenge—must-read sapphic books!
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If you haven’t done so already, check out the rules of the Sapphic Book Bingo and download your bingo card. Then come back here to take a look at my suggestions for the first square below.
How I picked the recommended reads for the must-read sapphic books category
I admit that the first category of this year’s Sapphic Book Bingo—must-read sapphic books—is a very subjective one. A must-read to me might not be a must-read to you and vice versa, and coming up with a “must-read sapphic books” list that everyone agrees on is an impossible task. However, if you ask plenty of avid readers of sapphic fiction, you’ll start to see a certain pattern emerge.
And that’s exactly what I did: Rather than pick my personal must-reads, I asked the readers on my mailing list, on Twitter (I refuse to call it X), and in various Facebook groups for sapphic fiction, including my own, where all 4,300 members answered a question about their favorite sapphic books when they joined the group.
As a result, I got input from more than 6,000 readers. I tallied the results and determined the top 50 most popular sapphic books.
As you will see below, the book that got most mentions was one of mine. I considered leaving it off because I didn’t want to skew the results, but then decided against it. First, every readers’ vote is valid. Second, I spent hundreds of hours on the Sapphic Book Bingo every year. I hope everyone will understand that I’m not going to punish myself for that hard work by leaving off my own books. I did, however, add an additional book so I wouldn’t take space from a fellow writer, so strictly speaking, there are 51 books in my top 50 list.
The top 50 must-read sapphic books
Here are the 50 must-read sapphic books according to 6,000+ readers. They are sorted in order of the number of votes they got, with the most-popular books being listed first.
I included only one book by each author—the one with the most votes—but noted if a second book by the same author also got a lot of votes. Feel free to read any of the books mentioned in this post for the “must-read sapphic books” category.
Fated Love by Radclyffe
Hunter’s Way by Gerri Hill
A Breathless Place by Harper Bliss
Kiss the Girl by Melissa Brayden
Before You Say I Do by Clare Lydon
Being Hers by Anna Stone
Those Who Wait by Haley Cass
The Trip by Robin Alexander
The Devil Inside by Ali Vali
Jericho by Ann McMan
Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake
Plain English by Rachel Spangler
The Night Off by Meghan O’Brien
Listen by Kris Bryant
By Design by J.A. Armstrong
Flight SQA016 by Amanda Radley
No Good Reason by Cari Hunter
Heart of the Pack by Jenny Frame
Who’d Have Thought by G Benson
Curious Wine by Katherine V. Forrest
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
Mistakes Were Made by Meryl Wilsner
Don’t Call Me Hero by Eliza Lentzki
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Casting Lacey by Elle Spencer
Stars Collide by Rachel Lacey
No After You by Nicole Pyland
Tropical Storm by Melissa Good
The Origins of Heartbreak by Cara Malone
Awakenings by Susan X. Meagher
Darkness Falls by KC Luck
Back in Your Arms by Monica McCallan
All That Lies Within by Lynn Ames
Mrs. Middleton by Melissa Tereze
Anyone But Her by Erica Lee
Invisible, as Music by Caren J. Werlinger
Destination You by J.J. Arias
The Forever and the Now by KJ
Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
And Playing the Role of Herself by K.E. Lane
Bonus: Three new authors to watch out for
“New author” will be a Sapphic Book Bingo category of its own, but I wanted to mention three new authors. While they didn’t quite make the top 50 list (yet), their books did get plenty of votes too, so check out:
The Senator’s Wife by Jen Lyon
The Flight Risk by Macon Leigh
The Honeymoon Mix-Up by Frankie Fyre
More must-read sapphic books
If none of the books above appeal to you (I don’t think that’s possible, but anyway…), or you have already read them all, here are a few more links to must-read sapphic books you could check out:
Sapphic classics such as The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith, Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown, Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde, and The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Most-read books of the 2023 Sapphic Book Bingo
Most-read books of the 2022 Sapphic Book Bingo
Sapphic five-star reads (Books with an average of 5 stars on Amazon or Goodreads)
I Heart SapphFic’s “Best of the Best” winners (nominated and voted on by readers—this one will be a bingo category of its own too)
The Lesbian Review’s Hall of Fame (Books that got favorite badges from at least 4 The Lesbian Review’s reviewers)
Sagacious Sapphic’s first 10 sapphic books to read (according to 470 votes from readers on Twitter)
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What sapphic must-read book will you be reading for this category? What sapphic books would make your personal must-read list? Let us know in the comments!