Jae

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

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Sapphic book featuring a character with an unusual job (Sapphic Book Bingo #18)

This week’s category of the Sapphic Book Bingo features sapphic books with main characters who have unusual jobs. You could approach this category in two ways: Either pick a main character with a job that is unusual (or unusual for a woman) in “real life” or choose a main character with a job that you rarely see in sapphic fiction. Some jobs are rare in real life but common in sapphic fiction and the other way around, e.g., cashiers are common in real life but rare in sapphic fiction; famous actresses or pop stars are rare in real life but …

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Sapphic book not set in the US or UK

Sapphic book not set in the US or UK (Sapphic Book Bingo #17)

Most sapphic books, like most books in general, are set in the United States, and there are also a lot of sapphic books that take place in the United Kingdom. For this category of the Sapphic Book Bingo, I’d like you to read a book that is set in a country other than the US or the UK.

I’ll share 15 book recommendations below. For more books set all over the world, check out the “country you don’t live in” post of last year’s Sapphic Reading Challenge.

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Sapphic books with over 400 pages (Book Unicorn #7)

For this week’s Sapphic Book Bingo square, read a sapphic book with more than 400 pages. There aren’t that many sapphic books that are 400+ pages long, which is why this is a Book Unicorn category. 

If you know the word count, which is more accurate than page numbers, pick a book with more than 130,000 words. If you choose an audiobook, pick one that is at least 13 hours long.

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Sapphic book with a main character over 50 (Book Unicorn #6)

For this week’s Book Unicorn post of the Sapphic Book Bingo, read a sapphic book in which at least one of the main characters is over 50. 

In WLW and lesbian fiction, especially in romance, most of the protagonists seem to be in their 20s and 30s. Lately, I’ve seen more books with characters in their forties, but characters who are in their fifties and beyond are still rather rare.

So for this week’s category, I’d like you to read a book with a main characters in their 50s or older. It could be an age gap romance, in which the other main character is considerably younger, or all of the protagonists could be over 50. I’ll leave that choice up to you, as long as at least one of the main characters is 50 or older.

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Classic sapphic books

Classic sapphic books (Sapphic Book Bingo #11)

For this week’s Sapphic Book Bingo category, read a book that is considered a classic sapphic book—one of the trailblazing books published in the 20th century or before, at a time when most mainstream publishers wouldn’t publish LGBT+ literature and sapphic characters often didn’t get a happy ending.

Today, we are lucky to live in a time when more sapphic books are published every year than most of us can read, across all subgenres, and we owe it to these amazing authors who blazed the trail for us. 

For the sake of this reading challenge, I would considered any sapphic book that was first published before the year 2000 a “sapphic classic.”

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Sapphic book that is out of your comfort zone (Sapphic Book Bingo #10)

For this week’s Sapphic Book Bingo category, read a sapphic book that is a bit—or a lot—out of your reading comfort zone.

It can be a genre or subgenre you don’t usually read, a trope or topic you normally avoid, or a format you don’t usually read. If you stick to reading novels most of the time, you could try a short story, a biography/memoir, poetry, nonfiction, or a graphic novel. If you normally read ebooks, you could read a paperback or try an audiobook. If you mostly read contemporary romances, you could try a historical romance, a paranormal romance, a mystery, or book of another genre. 

If there’s a certain point of view that you usually avoid, you could search out a book written from that point of view for this category–that’s what I might be doing. 

Below, I’ll give you some resources and suggestions. 

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Sapphic book by a full-time writer (Sapphic Book Bingo #6)

For this week’s category of the Sapphic Book Bingo, read a sapphic book by an author who writes full-time. Not a lot of authors are able to support themselves with their writing, especially not in a niche genre such as sapphic/women-loving-women fiction, so I thought full-time writers of sapphic fiction deserve a category of their own.

I put together a list of full-time writers below. Some of these authors retired from their day jobs; others gave them up to write full-time, as I did in 2013, and now make a living off their writing. 

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Sapphic books about faith and religion (Book Unicorn #3)

It’s time for another Book Unicorn category of the Sapphic Book Bingo. This week’s post features sapphic books about faith. 

For this category, read a sapphic book in which faith, religion, or spiritual experiences plays an important role. It could be any faith or religion, including Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism,  Buddhism, Sikhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Bahá’í, Shinto, Jainism, or Zoroastrianism. You could even read a science fiction or fantasy novel with a fictional faith. 

The main character could embrace religion as a positive influence on their life or end up rejecting it. 

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sapphic books - author's pick

Sapphic books – author’s pick (Sapphic Book Bingo #5)

This week’s Sapphic Book Bingo post features a special category: author’s picks. 

For this category, choose an author and have them suggest one of their books to you to read.

You can either email the author of your choice and ask for their pick, or you can choose a book from the list of 185 authors I asked for you. You’ll find the list below. 

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