Jae

Award-Winning Author of Slow-Burn Romances between Strong Women

most-read books for lesbian book bingo

The most-read books for Lesbian Book Bingo

First, for anyone who wondered, yes, there was as typo in yesterday’s post: It was actually 7,115 books that were read for Lesbian Book Bingo, not 115. And since that’s a LOT of books, it took quite some time to compile this list of all the books that were read for Book Bingo. Thanks so much to my friend and beta reader Trish, who spent more than 50 hours putting this list together. I’m listing just the top 10 most-read books for each square in this post and the 20 most-read books overall; otherwise, it would get much too long. …

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Lesbian Book Bingo—a resume and the winners of the grand prize

I can’t believe our year-long reading challenge is already over. Lesbian Book Bingo made my year so much fun—and I think it did the same for many readers of lesbian and f/f fiction. According to the feedback I got, what readers loved most about Lesbian Book Bingo was that it forced them to read outside of their comfort zone and pick books from genres that they don’t normally read. Many readers were surprised to discover that they actually enjoyed those genres. Others appreciated that they discovered new authors through Book Bingo instead of sticking to their established favorites.   A …

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Reader interviews: Favorite f/f & lesbian books, favorite tropes, and how to read a book a day!

When I first started Lesbian Book Bingo at the beginning of this year, I knew many of you are avid readers, but I had no idea how much some of you really read! Many readers didn’t just send in one bingo card; they sent in several. Two participants are even working on their fifteenth cards as we speak—which means they have read 375 f/f & lesbian books this year! That’s more than a book each and every day. Isn’t that amazing? I’m sure the same question that I had is running through your mind right now: How on earth did …

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Lesbian enemies to Lovers Romances (Lesbian Book Bingo #17)

I know many of you have been waiting for the lesbian enemies to lovers romance list to be posted since it’s one of the most popular tropes in romance novels. In an enemies to lovers romance, the two main characters start off hating or disliking each other, maybe because of clashing personalities or because they are rivals competing for the same goal. They’ll be butting heads for a good portion of the book, but all those snarky comments and witty banter translate to a lot of sexual tension. 15 GREAT LESBIAN ENEMIES TO LOVERS ROMANCES I’ve put together a list …

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F/F romantic comedy (Lesbian Book Bingo #16)

Since more than half of the year is over, many readers are slowly starting to complete their Lesbian Book Bingo cards and asking me for recommendations for squares they haven’t yet filled. One of the categories that I get asked for recommendations most often is romantic comedy. Rom-com novels are pretty popular with many readers. Every once in a while, it’s just nice to get a change of pace from all the heartache and angst and to read a novel that will make you laugh out loud. 15 GREAT F/F ROMANTIC COMEDY NOVELS I’ve put together a list of 15 …

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F/F summer reads (Lesbian Book Bingo #14)

Summer has officially started, so it’s time for the “summer reads” square of Lesbian Book Bingo! A summer read is a book that is set during the summer months, which might mean June to September in the Northern Hemisphere (the US, Europe, etc.), but December to March if the story is set in the Southern Hemisphere, e.g., Australia. A summer read can also be a novel that takes place in an exotic location where people go on vacation, e.g., a beach, an island, a cruise ship, etc. 15 GREAT F/F SUMMER READS I’ve put together a list of 15 great …

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10 tips on how to complete your Lesbian Book Bingo card when you don’t like speculative fiction

I’ve had several readers ask me: How can I ever complete my Lesbian Book Bingo card when I don’t like speculative fiction? Speculative fiction is an umbrella term that includes fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal fiction. If you, too, struggle to fill your Lesbian Book Bingo squares for these genres, here are a few tips for you: 1. Keep an open mind First off, I think being “forced” to read something that is a little out of your usual comfort zone can be a good thing. Keep an open mind—you might just find that you don’t really dislike that genre after all …

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Celebrity romance novels (Lesbian Book Bingo #6)

The 90th Academy Awards ceremony took place earlier this month, so I thought this would be a good time to post the recommended reading list for the celebrity romance square of the Lesbian Book Bingo. If you need to brush up on the book bingo rules, check out the rules post. I think what makes celebrity romances so appealing to many readers is that we get to see the glamour, but also the downside of fame. Whether the famous person is an actress, an athlete, or a singer, love in the limelight has its challenges. Often, seeing two very different …

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Women of Color (Lesbian Book Bingo #5)

Although the publishing industry is slowly starting to become more diverse, women of color are still underrepresented in both mainstream and lesbian fiction. March 1 is Women of Color Day, so I thought it would be great to talk about our favorite titles featuring LGBTQ+ characters of color. If you need to brush up on the rules of Lesbian Book Bingo, check out the rules post. 15 GREAT LGBTQ+ BOOKS WITH CHARACTERS OF COLOR I’ve put together a list of 15 novels featuring lesbian, bi, pansexual, and queer women of color as main characters. I hope you’ll enjoy them. Anika …

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Doctors & veterinarians (Lesbian Book Bingo #3)

I know many of you have been waiting none too patiently for this list. Medical romance novels have been popular not just since Callie & Arizona from Grey’s Anatomy. Maybe it’s their great bedside manner or their white coats that makes women in medical professions such a hit with readers. To make this square of the Lesbian Book Bingo even more interesting, I’ve added a handful of veterinarians to the mix. If you need to brush up on the rules of Lesbian Book Bingo, check out the rules post.   15 GREAT LESBIAN MEDICAL ROMANCE NOVELS I’ve put together a …

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