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

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.

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Longer sapphic books (Sapphic Reading Challenge #13)

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. 

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Neurodiverse characters (Sapphic Reading Challenge #12)

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.

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

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.