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The most-read books for Lesbian Book Bingo

most-read books for lesbian book bingoFirst, 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. For a complete list of all the books people read for Book Bingo, click here.

Some categories have more than 10 books listed because there was a tie.



Oh, and for a surprise giveaway, make sure you scroll down to the bottom of this post.


The 20 most-read books for Lesbian Book Bingo

Perfect Rhythm by Jae

Just for Show by Jae

Who’d Have Thought by G Benson

Backwards to Oregon by Jae

Just Physical by Jae

Casting Lacey by Elle Spencer

The Brutal Truth by Lee Winter

Under a Falling Star by Jae

Departure from the Script by Jae

Damage Control by Jae

The Lily and the Crown by Roslyn Sinclair

Fated Love by Radclyffe

Conflict of Interest by Jae

Something in the Wine by Jae

Next of Kin by Jae

The Red Files by Lee Winter

Ask, Tell by E.J. Noyes

Heartsick by Tracey Richardson

Survival Instincts by May Dawney

Paper Love by Jae



Women in uniform

Conflict of Interest by Jae

Relic by Anne Hagan

Ask, Tell by E.J. Noyes

Sawmill Springs  by Gerri Hill

Don’t Call Me Hero by Eliza Lentzski

Dangerous Waters by Radclyffe

A More Perfect Union by Carsen Taite

Strong by Natalie Debrabandere

Between the Lines by KD Williamson

Fragmentary Blue by Erica Abbott

Intersection by Nancy Ann Healy

Moment of Weakness by KG MacGregor

Officer Down by Erin Dutton



Historical fiction

Backwards to Oregon by Jae

Shaken to the Core by Jae

Letters Never Sent by Sandra Moran

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

Water’s Edge by Genevieve Fortin

Galveston 1900: Swept Away by Linda Crist

Hidden Truths by Jae

The Covert Captain by Jeannelle M. Ferreira

Tiopa Ki Lakota by D Jordan Redhawk

Escape to Pirate Island by Niamh Murphy

In the Company of Women by Kate Christie

Silver Wings by H.P. Munro



Doctors and veterinarians

Heartsick by Tracey Richardson

Fated Love by Radclyffe

LA Metro by RJ Nolan

All the Little Moments by G Benson

All That Matters by Susan X Meagher

Trigger by Jessica L Webb

Heart Trouble by Jae

The Origins of Heartbreak by Cara Malone

Dangerous Waters by Radclyffe

Love on Call by Radclyffe




Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

When Women were Warriors by Catherine Wilson

Sword of the Guardian by Merry Shannon

Rising From the Ashes by Caren J. Werlinger

Breaking Legacies by Zoe Reed

Banshee’s Honor by Shaylynn Rose

Dragon Horse War: The Calling by D. Jackson Leigh

The Beast That Never Was by Caren J. Werlinger

Ice Massacre by Tiana Warner

The Seer & the Shield by D Jackson Leigh



Women of color

Tailor-Made by Yolanda Wallace

Falling Hard by Jae

Anika Takes the Long Way Home Up Soul Mountain by Eliza Andrews

Keile’s Chance by Dillon Watson

An Outsider Inside by R J Samuel

Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee

Parties in Congress by Colette Moody

All the Little Moments by G Benson

Pink by KD Williamson

The Power of Mercy by Fiona Zedde

Falling Into Place by Sheryn Munir

Up on the Roof by AL Brooks



Celebrity romance

Damage Control by Jae

Casting Lacey by Elle Spencer

And Playing the Role of Herself by K.E. Lane

The Locket by Gerri Hill

Waiting in the Wings by Melissa Brayden

After the Glitter Fades by Diane Marina

Just Physical by Jae

All That Lies Within by Lynn Ames

Leaving LA by Kate Christie

Departure From the Script by Jae

In Fashion by Jody Klaire

The Gravity Between Us by Kristen Zimmer

The Princess Affair by Nell Stark

The Princess Deception by Nell Stark



Fake relationship romance

Just For Show by Jae

Who’d Have Thought by G Benson

Something in the Wine by Jae

Casting Lacey by Elle Spencer

Tricky Wisdom by Camryn Eyde

Backwards to Oregon by Jae

By Mutual Consent by Tracey Richardson

The Color of Love by Radclyffe

Contract for Love by Alison Grey

Face it by Georgette Kaplan

In Development by Rachel Spangler

Piece of Cake by Gun Brooke



Science fiction

The Lily & the Crown by Roslyn Sinclair

Survival Instincts by May Dawney

Friends in High Places by Andi Marquette

Paradox Valley by Gerri Hill

Partners: Book 1 by Melissa Good

Depths of Blue by Lise MacTague

Raging at the Stars by Lesley Davis

Without a Front: The Producer’s Challenge by Fletcher DeLancey

Ammonite by Nicola Griffith

The Caphenon by Fletcher DeLancey



Age difference

The Brutal Truth by Lee Winter

Next of Kin by Jae

Seasons of Love by Harper Bliss

Bring Holly Home by A.E. Radley

The Music & the Mirror by Lola Keeley

Sidebar by Carsen Taite

By Design by JA Armstrong

Coffee Sonata by Gun Brooke

Winter Jacket by Eliza Lentzski

Touchwood by Karin Kallmaker



Foodie romance

Taste by Kris Bryant

Chef’s Special by Susan X Meagher

How Sweet it is by Melissa Brayden

First Course by JA Armstrong

Blend by Georgia Beers

All You Can Eat by R.G. Emanuelle & Andi Marquette

Starting from Scratch by Georgia Beers

Veritas by MJ Duncan

Perfect Pairing by Rachel Spangler

Sugar by Karin Kallmaker



LGBTQIA+ characters

Perfect Rhythm by Jae

Being Emily by Rachel Gold

Tengoku by Rae D. Magdon

Outcaste by Fletcher DeLancey

Roller Girl by Vanessa North

Thaw by Elyse Springer

Who’d Have Thought by G Benson

Just Jorie by Robin Alexander

Dark Horse by A.L. Brooks

Flinging It by G Benson

Just Juliet by Charlotte Reagan

Knit One, Girl Two by Shira Glassman

London Harmony: Squid Hugs by Erik Schubach

Sweet Boy & Wild One by TL Hayes



Erotica & erotic romance

Hot Line by Alison Grey

Thirteen Hours by Meghan O’Brien

The Club by A.L. Brooks

Shadow Haven by AJ Schippers

Don’t Be Shy by Astrid Ohletz & Jae

Heart’s Surrender by Emma Weimann

Her Best Friend’s Sister by Meghan O’Brien

Shameless by Brit Ryder

Private Passion by Ronica Black

The Taste of Her Vol. 1 by Jess Lea

Behind the Green Curtain by Riley LaShea



Summer reads

Strawberry Summer by Melissa Brayden

When the Stars Sang by Caren J. Werlinger

Symphony in Blue by MJ Duncan

Breaker’s Passion by Julie Cannon

Hearts like Hers by Melissa Brayden

Sparks Like Ours by Melissa Brayden

Summer’s Cove by Aurora Rey

Take Only Pictures by Laina Villeneuve

The Secret Pond by Gerri Hill

The Summer of our Discontent by Robin Alexander

Whitewater Rendezvous by Kim Baldwin



Friends to lovers romance

The Gravity Between Us by Kristen Zimmer

Jericho by Ann McMan

Just Three Words by Melissa Brayden

Imagining Reality by Lynn Galli

Without Warning by K.G. MacGregor

Beginnings by L.T. Smith

None so Blind by LJ Maas

Prairie Heart by Marian Snowe

Always Alex by Robin Alexander

Hidden Truths by Jae

Snow Globe by Georgia Beers

The Secret Pond by Gerri Hill

Greengage Plots by Emma Sterner-Radley

The Goodmans by Clare Ashton



Romantic comedy

Kellen’s Moment by Robin Alexander

The Plus One by Natasha West

Greengage Plots by Emma Sterner-Radley

Clinched Love by Lynn Galli

Just Jorie by Robin Alexander

Just My Luck by Andrea Bramhall

Scissor Link by Georgette Kaplan

A Fairytale of Possibilities by Kiki Archer

Temporary Girl by Robin Alexander

See Right Through Me by L.T. Smith

Hoosier Daddy by Ann McMan

Kiss the Girl by Melissa Brayden

Welcome to the Wallops by Gill Mcknight

Crazy Little Thing by Saxon Bennett & Layce Gardner



Enemies to lovers romance

The Red Files by Lee Winter

The Road to You by Harper Bliss

Second Nature by Jae

Anyone But You by KG MacGregor

Blend by Georgia Beers

Sparks Like Ours by Melissa Brayden

Ice by Lyn Gardner

Tropical Storm by Melissa Good

Visiting Hours by Tagan Shepard

Paper Love by Jae

A Girl Called London by Clare Lydon

Failing Slowly by Lila Bruce

First Position by Melissa Brayden

Rook Takes Queen by Em Stevens



Workplace/office romance

Paper Love by Jae

Turbulence by E.J. Noyes

It’s Not a Date by Heather Blackmore

The Brutal Truth by Lee Winter

Fated Love by Radclyffe

Eyes Like Those by Melissa Brayden

Right Here, Right Now by Georgia Beers

The Muse by Suzie Carr

Under a Falling Star by Jae

Beauty and the Boss by Ali Vali



Characters with a disability

Just Physical by Jae

Blindsided by Karis Walsh

Wounded Souls by RJ Nolan

Battle Scars by Meghan O’Brien

Frame by Frame by CJ Murphy

Making a Comeback by Julie Blair

The Loudest Silence by Olivia Janae

Love’s Melody Lost by Radclyffe

The Smell of Rain by Cameron MacElvee

Mending Defects by Lynn Galli

Unconventional Lovers by Annette Mori

Sheridan’s Fate by Gun Brooke



Butch/femme couples

Departure From the Script by Jae

Unexpected by Jenny Frame

Charming the Vicar by Jenny Frame

The Devil Inside by Ali Vali

Lost for Words by Andrea Bramhall

Love at Cooper’s Creek by Missouri Vaun

Just Physical by Jae

Between the Lines by KD Williamson

Fated Love by Radclyffe

Close to Home by Rachel Spangler

Fearless by Shira Glassman

Switching Gears by Rhavensfyre




Second Nature by Jae

Wild by Meghan O’Brien

Five Moons Rising by Lisa MacTague

Good Enough to Eat by Jae & Alison Grey

Ambereye by Gill McKnight

Fury’s Bridge by Brey Willows

Hunger for You by Jenny Frame

Manhattan Moon by Jae

Dark Wings Descending by Lesley Davis

Goldenseal by Gill McKnight

Indigo Moon by Gill McKnight

Witch Wolf by Winter Pennington



Holiday books

Under a Falling Star by Jae

Chasing a Brighter Blue by Gerri Hill

That Old Emerald Mountain Magic by Cara Malone

The Bureau of Holiday Affairs by Andi Marquette

Holme for the Holidays by Miranda Macleod

All I Want for Christmas by Clare Lydon

Language of Love by Astrid Ohletz & Alex Thorne

Season’s Meetings by Amy Dunne

Mistletoe by Lyn Gardner

Winter Calling by Lynn Galli

Snow Globe by Georgia Beers

Ticket 1207 by Robin Alexander



Sports romance

Code of Conduct by Cheyenne Blue

Edge of Glory by Rachel Spangler

Delay of Game by Tracey Richardson

Gold by EJ Noyes

Fore Play by Julie Cannon

Switchback by S.W. Andersen

Defensive Mindset by Wendy Temple

Playing for First by Chris Paynter

Illegal Contact by Becky Harmon

Sparks Like Ours by Melissa Brayden

To Have Loved & Lost by Eliza Andrews



Romantic suspense & mystery

Requiem for Immortals by Lee Winter

Hunter’s Way by Gerri Hill

Conflict of Interest by Jae

Next of Kin by Jae

Four Steps by Wendy Hudson

Devil’s Rock by Gerri Hill

Sawmill Springs by Gerri Hill

A Dark Horse by Blayne Cooper

The Killing Ground by Syd Parker

Trigger by Jessica L Webb



Second chance romance

The Art of Us by KL Hughes

Twice in a Lifetime by Clare Lydon

Second Chances by MJ Duncan

A Road Through Mountains by Miranda MacLeod

Goldenseal by Gill McKnight

Outside the Law by Carsen Taite

Captain’s Choice by VK Powell

Capturing Forever by Erin Dutton

Drawing the Line by KD Williamson

Once in a Lifetime by Harper Bliss

The Miracle Girl by TB Markinson

The Plus One by Natasha West



Free choice

Stoner McTavish by Sarah Dreher

Backwards to Oregon by Jae

All that matters by Susan X Meagher

Curious Wine by Katherine V. Forrest

Depths of Blue by Lise MacTague

Eyes Like Those by Melissa Brayden

The Devil Inside by Ali Vali

Heartwood by Catherine Lane

Fated Love by Radclyffe

The Red Files by Lee Winter

Under Your Skin by Lee Winter

Heart Like Hers by Melissa Brayden

Embracing the Dawn by Jeannie Levig

Pennance by Clare Ashton




One of the three winners of the grand prize donated six of the ebooks she won for other readers to enjoy! Thanks so much, Ali.

The ebooks you can win are:

  • Chef’s Special by SX Meagher
  • Code of Conduct by Cheyenne Blue
  • Heartwood by Catherine Lane
  • Imagining Reality by Lynn Galli
  • Perfect Rhythm by Jae
  • The Red Files by Lee Winter


To be entered into the drawing, please leave a comment and tell us your favorite lesbian or f/f book that you read in 2018. I’ll draw the six winners on Saturday, January 5, 10 a.m. (Central European Time).


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118 thoughts on “The most-read books for Lesbian Book Bingo”

  1. I’ve listed top 5 and top 3 elsewhere, but one? Has to be the one that caused a book hangover, Poppy Jenkins by Clare Ashton.

  2. Its really hard to pick just 1, but I’ll choose perfect rhythm by Jae, as it helped me expand my list of authors I love to read. Very well written and great story!

  3. Far From Home by Lorelei Brown. Wonderful writing and story telling about two people from different cultural background finding love. :)

  4. I loved the arrow of Artemis Series by k aten.

    Well it seems like everyone read your books 😄 and I want to thank you again for doing this it was an amazing experience 🤩

  5. Hmmm, it’s so hard to choose one book. There were so many that I loved this year, but I think I’ll say “The Music and the Mirror” because it’s not one I would normally read, and it blew me away.

  6. Oh boy, picking just one of all the great books I read is so hard. I think I have to go with In the Distance There is Light by Harper Bliss. It’s heartbreaking and lovely and sexy all at once and it touched me deeply.

  7. Please don’t enter me in the giveaway, but I want to nominate The Brutal Truth by Lee Winter as my favorite book I read in 2018. But I have about 10 other favorites too!

  8. Perfect Rhythm by Jae. The story was extremely fascinating and opened my mind up to a whole other relationship dimension. Thank you Jae for getting me out of my little box.

  9. Love the lists…the reading goes on and on! My favorite of 2018 was As Long As Love Lasts, by Jea Hawkins. Historical, and it even has an elephant!

  10. Hard to pick just one book. The one impressed me most was Strawberry Summer by Melissa Brayden.
    Does the list of over 7.000 books help you, Jae, to pick a good read for yourself 😄?

  11. I went through my Goodreads account, and figured out I read 292 books this year, many of them from this list! I have to say that my favorites were topped by Lee Winters’ and Jae’s books. I also loved Just Jorie by Robin Alexander

  12. I read so many and I have so many. If I had to pick the book I have reread the most it would be Backwards to Oregon by Jae. I just love that series so much and I love western romances.

  13. It’s very hard to pick up just one. There are too many good books I read on 2018. Perfect rhythm by Jae for example. This Time by SW Anderson. Requiem for Immortals by Lee Winter …. And I easily could go on :)

  14. My favorite was “The Brutal Truth” by Lee Winter.
    Still keep reading it, again and again ….
    I also bought the Audio- Version narrated by Angela
    Dawe (stunning). Can’t wait for Angela Dawe narrating “Breaking Character”.

  15. Tough decision, going with the Goodmans by Clare Ashton. I was always sad when any of Melissa Brayden’s Seven Shore books ended, I couldn’t hang around such great friends anymore. Paper Love was like traveling to Germany, a virtual vacation.

  16. How can you ask these questions? Not fair.

    I have a lot of favorites. Casting Lacey remains a favorite. And Just Physical. And The Brutal Truth. And… ok, that list goes on and on. :-)

  17. After completing eight bingo cards, it’s impossible to choose just one favourite. I loved them all, even the genres I wasn’t keen on.

  18. It is difficult to choose a favourite book, but it think the most anticipated book and rightly so was Resilience by Fletcher DeLancey

  19. Favorite of all year is hard, but I think it was Who’d Have Thought by G. Benson. It was the best surprise of the year for me.

  20. Just to name one favourite is hard, I have a Top 5 and between those it´s hard to say which is the No.1. But I think I will go with “The Music and the Mirror” because usually it wouldn´t have been my first choice to read.

    If I win the books Perfect Rhythm and The Red Files could go to a second winner because I already have them.

  21. Oh it’s so hard to pick just one… but my favorite top two of the year would have to be The Lilly and The Crown and The Brutal Truth :)

  22. I have so many favorite books. This is hard lol. I’m going to go with Outcaste by Fletcher Delancey, because once it became clear how the story tied in to the rest of the series, I was blown away. The entire series is just masterful.

  23. I had several favorites, but I’ll say Without a Front: The Producer’s Challenge by Fletcher DeLancey because it’s a genre I stopped reading decades ago, and it renewed my interest in sci fi.

  24. I loved so many books this year but 3 stand out! All The Way Home by Nancy A Healy, Frame By Frame by CJ Murphy & Darkness Falls by KC Luck! Thanks again for this awesome Bingo!

  25. Thank you for including me on the list. That book holds a special place for me in the ones I’ve written so far. If you want to catch up with the series, book three is out now, A Fighting Chance, and I’ll be bring book four, Behind the Scenes, out soon. And, for the record, my favorite read was Melissa Brayden’s Strawberry Summer. I’ve read it twice now. It will be one of the few I read over and over again.

  26. Picking one favourite is hard there were so many books I enjoyed last year
    I really loved the True heart series by Saxon Bennett and Layce Gardner

  27. Oh wow…I have to choose one. Right now I would pick Joint Venture, book 4 in the Addy and Karen series, by Tey Holden. But also the Curse of Doll Island by Ocean grabbed me by the toes. I can’t wait for what follows in each of them.

  28. I read so many books this year it is very hard to choose just one, but I think from My squares my
    Favorite was The Smell Of Raim by Cameron MacElvee, it was a phenomenal book.

  29. So many favorites, how to pick just one?? I started last year revisiting an old favorite, “And Playing the Role of Herself” – so I’ll start this year listing that one.

  30. I loved a lot of them! Maybe Origin’s of Heartbreak by Cara Malone. Only because I left like it could of fallen into many categories. I also loved Xanadu by Julie Anne Peters because it isn’t the typical story line.

  31. Very difficult to pick! There were several books that stood out to me this past year, but I think I’d have to pick Poppy Jenkins by Clare Ashton. I knew I’d enjoy it, but I didn’t realize that I’d enjoy it as much as I did.

  32. It’s hard to pick just one, however I will choose the very first lesfic book I read which was Poppy Jenkins by Claire Ashton. I loved it and it and it got me hooked on lesfic books.

  33. Hard to pick between my favorite trope, Age-Gap, in Torchwood by Karin Kallmaker and the book that made me smile the most, Casting Lacey by Elle Spencer – #teamquinn

  34. Like everyone, it is truly difficult to pick just one. But I will list the first book that came to mind from this question: Bishop’s Run by B.D. Gates

  35. Even tho I only sent in one Bingo, I’ve read many books this past year I would never have discovered without the Lesbian Book Bingo. My favorite book was the one I just finished (& am already re-reading), WHEN WOMEN WERE WARRIORS, by Catherine M Wilson

  36. I read 50+ this year. To pick a favorite? Ugh. My rereads of Starting from Scratch (Beers) or Backcast (McMan) were the best. If I had to pick a 2018 book, I’d have to go with The Art of Us.

  37. You don’t need to enter me in the drawing, but I wanted to give a shout-out to my fave this year:

    The Breath of the Sun, by Rachel Fellman

    (Other top reads included A Pearl for My Mistress, by Annabel Fielding; Out of the Blue, by Sophie Cameron; Sovereign, by April Daniels; The Gloaming, by Kirsty Logan; The Private Life of Jane Maxwell, by Jen Gott; and The Seafarer’s Kiss, by Julia Ember.)

    At a quick count, I read 71 f/f books this year, including a number outside my usual genre preferences. :)

  38. Hi everyone !!

    🍾🍾🍾🍾 HAPPY NEW YEAR !!! 🍾🍾🍾🍾

    May 2019 be a very good year, full of Health, Joy, Peace, Love, Books and whatever you wish … 😉😉😉


    My favorite lesfic novel read in 2018 ??? ==> Ouch !! Now that’s a difficult choice I have to make since I deeply loved several of books I’ve read (more than 100 last year) for different reasons …

    Let’s say that I choose a novel written by an author for whom I DON’T beta read … the choice is still very hard but I’ll pick up Roslyn Bane’s “The Long Way Home” …

    “Code of Conduct” by Cheyenne Blue & “Perfect Rhythm” by Jae have both already been read …

    Any one of those 4 novels would be welcomed :
    “Chef’s Special” by SX Meagher
    “Heartwood” by Catherine Lane
    “Imagining Reality” by Lynn Galli
    “The Red Files” by Lee Winter

    Good luck all !!!

    Greetings from Reunion Island

  39. My favorite was Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust. It only had a hint of lesbianism, but the story kept you reading till the end.

    It is the author’s first book. I hope she keeps writing. Her take on fairy tales is interesting.

  40. audiobook:
    Who’d Have Thought by G Benson (narrator: Tanya Eby)

    short story:
    The Friend by Lee Winter
    The Sea by KL Hughes

    Romancing The Inventor by Gail Carriger

    Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

    Seven Shores series by Melissa Brayden
    (Eyes Like Those; Hearts Like Hers; Sparks Like Ours; Love Like This)

  41. The Brutal Truth by Lee Winter and Who’d Have Thought It by G Benson are my top ones but I have a lot more I really liked too

  42. Like so many others have said, this question is very hard to answer for 1 book. So, I will take the “easy” way out and list some of the authors :

    JA Armstong (Nancy Ann Healy), Jae, Jourdyn Kelly, Giselle Fox, Harper Bliss, Melissa Brayden, TB Markinson, etc. (I know I am forgetting some, but these were off of the top of my head) LOL

    Because of the bingo, I read more books in one year ever! There were so many good stories and I discovered so many new authors.

  43. Just one that is impossible…don’t make me choose ;-)

    But i guess from all the ones from last year id go for Survival Instincts by May Dawney. Because i was in a bit of an last of us, fallout, the 100, kinda mood the last year and this fit right in

  44. I have to agree picking just one is impossible. I read books by authors new to me as well as new and reread books by many authors.

    Actually added some new authors to my favorites list which is quite long already. However, I’ll answer your question by saying although there are many others I could list I’ll mention only the Arrow of Artemis series by K. Aten.

    But I have to pick as my favorite this year Resilience by Fletcher Delancey. Only Fletcher could come up with an alien like that one!

    I have 4 of the books in your list, so if I’m picked for any other than Chef’s Special or Code of Conduct please draw another name.

  45. I was about to go scroll through the list of all the books I read in 2018, but you know how many that is, and I’m afraid I wouldn’t be done in time to post a comment for the drawing. Also, I’m not confident about my ability to choose just one. Maybe a small list of the top 5 – um, maybe 10 – no, top 50? That might work…

  46. Such a tough choice. I love so many authors and books. But my go to book for when I’m feeling down is Gloria’s Inn by Robin Alexander. Never fails to Crack me up and brighten my day.


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