21 Sapphic romances that’ll make your heart soft on Valentine’s Day

In just a few days, we’ll be celebrating Valentine’s Day! Unless you’re recently single and constantly busy (like me) and will be spending the whole day hosting a nationwide event for college students (also like me). Nevertheless, whether you’re currently in a happy, healthy relationship or not*, I genuinely believe that there is a romance novel out there for everyone!

I recently realized that 80% of my bookish blabbering** is about books that fall under the science fiction and fantasy genres. Although SFF holds a large, arguably dominant space in my heart, believe it or not, I also enjoy reading romance (gasp!). Especially the kind of romance that’ll leave me feeling soft, vulnerable, warm and all sorts of mushy on the inside.

The somewhat enormous difference between SFF and romance books — as far as I’m concerned, I mean — is that I cannot seem to be able to binge-read on romance. Which would explain why I read the latter less frequently. But I digress.

Ever since I finished reading Natasha Ngan’s debut novel, Girls of Paper and Fire, I’ve low-key been in search of Sapphic romances in whatever it is I’m reading. I mean, is it entirely coincidental that when I read Somaiya Daud’s Mirage, I was absolutely hellbent on shipping Amani and Maram, instead of Amani with her heterosexual love interest? Um, of course not. Natasha has changed my life. I need more stories about girls kissing girls!

Which leads us to the crux of this post, friends. For 2019, I am hoping to pick up more books that have beautifully, unapologetically Sapphic relationships! I know it’s twenty-bi-teen already, but I don’t think we should be quick to close our doors to the fabulous gays. Honestly, all kinds and forms of queerness are worth celebrating — and for this post, I am incredibly happy to share a long list*** of Sapphic romances that’ll make your heart soft on Valentine’s Day! And of course, this bookish list features gay girls, lesbians, bisexuals, and other wonderfully queer characters.

* Whatever your relationship status is, as long as you’re happy, I’m happy for you!
** An undoubtedly accurate percentage. Cough, cough.
*** This list contains affiliate links — which means that for every purchase you make, I will receive a tiny, albeit very helpful, commission at no cost to you! It’s a win-win for both of us + a fantastic way to support my blog!

RECOMMENDED BY ME!

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

🌟 Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Naturally, I had to kick off the list with this game-changing, NYT best-selling fantasy, which just so happens to be hugely inspired by Asian cultures (and y’all know how much I love anything Asian!). Girls of Paper and Fire follows the story of nine Paper Girls who serve the Demon King as his palace concubines — and yes, two of these beautiful Paper Girls fall in love with each other. It. Is. Amazing. And. Soft. And. Wonderful.

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Start Here anthology edited by Brigitte Bautista & Ronald S. Lim

🌟 Start Here anthology edited by Brigitte Bautista & Ronald S. Lim

One of my all-time favorite releases from the #romanceclass authors! Start Here is an unapologetically queer anthology composed of meet-cute short stories with Filipino characters (all #ownvoices!). Among these 10 delightful stories, the following feature an F/F pairing: Come Full Circle by Bobbi Moran, Delubyo by Barbie Barbieto, Another First by Yeyet Soriano, and Lemon Drop Friday by Brigitte Bautista. For happy feels and that signature #romanceclass kilig, pick this up!

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The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco

🌟 The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco

This is actually the second book of The Bone Witch trilogy, which is another personal favorite of mine. Just when I thought The Bone Witch already had everything awesome — from dark necromancy to three-headed dragons to the best damn protagonist I’ve ever encountered (I love Tea so much omg it’s unreal!!!)The Heart Forger came and quickly proved me wrong by introducing a delightful and endearing Sapphic side romance between two beloved characters! My heart is full and happy, friends.

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The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali

🌟 The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan

I’ve been on-and-off reading this book not because I don’t enjoy it (in fact, I’m really liking it so far!) but because I’ve been very busy. I’m hoping to finally finish this one within the month. Anyway, The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali follows a Muslim teen with conservative parents. Things get a little bit more interesting and a little bit more chaotic when her parents catch Rukhsana kissing her girlfriend. I won’t say more, but Sabina Khan’s debut novel was released just last month, and y’all should definitely add it to your TBR!

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Like Water by Rebecca Podos

🌟 Like Water by Rebecca Podos

I’ve been eyeing this title for what feels like forever, and I can’t believe I still haven’t gotten around to reading it. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about Like Water, which tackles identity, millenial anxiety, and the complications of first love.

Set in a small New Mexico town, when she’s not performing as a professional mermaid at a water park or caring for her diagnosed father, Vanni distracts herself with hoardes of boys. Until she meets Leigh (insert knowing smirk here).

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Final Draft by Riley Redgate

🌟 Final Draft by Riley Redgate

The story follows an 18-year-old girl who enjoys writing sci-fi. When Laila’s creative writing teacher is substituted for a sadistically critical, perpetually unimpressed replacement, she later finds herself far from her comfort zone, discovering the psychedelic highs and perilous lows of nightlife, temporary flings, and instability. Final Draft has been floating aimlessly under my radar for the longest time! I’ve heard that there’s a cute Sapphic romance between a pansexual, biracial Ecudorian girl and a Korean lesbian, which is definitely something I’ll be looking forward to once I pick this up.

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Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel

🌟 Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan

High-school junior Leila has made it most of the way through Armstead Academy without having a crush on anyone. Her Persian heritage already makes her different from her classmates; if word got out that she liked girls, life would be twice as hard.

The synopsis of Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel immediately reeled me in. This books shows promise of being a lighthearted, humorous contemporary read!!!

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Soft on Soft by Em Ali

🌟 Soft on Soft by Em Ali

Soft on Soft is a lighthearted story about two fat girls falling in love, where one is an anxious homebody while the other is an extrovert with a soft spot for cats.

The book promises to appeal to “fans of something low on the angst and high on the fluff,” which — obviously — falls right into my reading interests. I really think Soft on Soft would be the perfect book for Valentine’s Day, so I’ll be scheduling my read for that day. Yay!

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RECOMMENDED TO ME!

Admittedly, there are so many queer books out there that I still don’t know about! I am not as well-read as I would like to be in terms of LGBTQIAP+ diversity (but I am hoping to change that over time!). This meant that I had to turn to asking for recommendations from the friendly faces of Bookish Twitter!

I received more recommendations than I anticipated, and I was forced to limit the titles I’m featuring in this post (check out all the recommendations in this Twitter thread!). Nevertheless, I am extremely grateful for everyone’s help! This post literally could not be possible without the insight of amazing bookish friends. Make sure to visit their platforms and send heaping amounts of love!

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole

🌟 Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Excerpt from synopsis: Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava.

Recommended by @katreadsph, @nicoperseid, @charliespring, @kaeleyscruggs, & @charlieinabook | Add this on Goodreads | Buy via Amazon or Book Depository

🌟 The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding

Excerpt from synopsis: Seventeen, fashion-obsessed, and gay, Abby Ives has always been content playing the sidekick in other people’s lives. While her friends and sister have plunged headfirst into the world of dating and romances, Abby has stayed focused on her plus-size style blog and her dreams of taking the fashion industry by storm.

Recommended by @helemaaijudcute & @ccbookwitch | Add this on Goodreads | Buy via Amazon or Book Depository

🌟 Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Excerpt from synopsis: Three friends, two love stories, one convention: this fun, feminist love letter to geek culture is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself.

Recommended by @marcus_lili & @helemaaijudcute | Add this on Goodreads | Buy via Amazon or Book Depository

🌟 The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde

Excerpt from synopsis: As a rock star drummer in the hit band The Brightsiders, Emmy King’s life should be perfect. But there’s nothing the paparazzi love more than watching a celebrity crash and burn. When a night of partying lands Emmy in hospital and her girlfriend in jail, she’s branded the latest tabloid train wreck.

Recommended by @booknerdwriter | Add this on Goodreads | Buy via Amazon or Book Depository

🌟 Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole

Excerpt from synopsis: While her boss the prince was busy wooing his betrothed, Likotsi had her own love affair after swiping right on a dating app. But her romance had ended in heartbreak, and now, back in NYC again, she’s determined to rediscover her joyβ€”so of course she runs into the woman who broke her heart.

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How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno Falling into Place by Sheryn Munir We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

🌟 How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

Excerpt from synopsis: Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. When Eva tells Grace she likes girls, both of their worlds open up. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace’s mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on.

Recommended by @bookishromancee | Add this on Goodreads | Buy via Amazon (on sale for $2.99!) or Book Depository

🌟 Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno

Excerpt from synopsis: Georgina Fernweh waits with growing impatience for the tingle of magic in her fingersβ€”magic that has been passed down through every woman in her family. Her twin sister, Mary, already shows an ability to defy gravity. But with their eighteenth birthday looming at the end of this summer, Georgina fears her gift will never come.

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🌟 Falling into Place by Sheryn Munir

Excerpt from synopsis: Romance is not for Tara. Embittered after a college fling, she vows to never fall in love again–especially since she believes there’s no future for same-sex love in her home in urban India. Then, one rain-drenched evening, an insane decision brings the bubbly Sameen into her life and everything changes.

Recommended by @nicoperseid | Add this on Goodreads | Buy via Amazon or Book Depository

🌟 We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Excerpt from synopsis: Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun.

Recommended by @faithfullybookd | Add this on Goodreads | Buy via Amazon or Book Depository

Knit One, Girl Two by Shira Glassman Beauty Queens by Libba Bray This Is What It Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

🌟 Knit One, Girl Two by Shira Glassman

Excerpt from synopsis: Small-batch independent yarn dyer Clara Ziegler is eager to brainstorm new color combinations–if only she could come up with ideas she likes as much as last time! When she sees Danielle Solomon’s paintings of Florida wildlife by chance at a neighborhood gallery, she finds her source of inspiration.

Recommended by @bbliophile | Add this on Goodreads | Buy via Amazon (on sale for $1.99!)

🌟 Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Excerpt from synopsis: What’s a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program – or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan – or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?

Recommended by @bookishwisps | Add this on Goodreads | Buy via Amazon or Book Depository

🌟 This Is What It Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow

Excerpt from synopsis: It used to be the three of them, Dia, Jules, and Hanna, messing around and making music and planning for the future. But that was then, and this is now β€” and now means a baby, a failed relationship, a stint in rehab, all kinds of off beats that have interrupted the rhythm of their friendship. No contest can change that. Right?

Recommended by @helemaaijudcute | Add this on Goodreads | Buy via Amazon or Book Depository

🌟 The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Excerpt from synopsis: Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ’80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

Recommended by @bookdragonism | Add this on Goodreads | Buy via Amazon or Book Depository

This post is part of the Valentines Blogger Countdown, which is hosted by Maybe Miss Molly. Check out the countdown schedule below and follow along!

πŸ’› Day 1: Things to do on Valentines Day in Manchester, UK
πŸ’› Day 2: Valentine’s Day Makeup & Fashion Inspo
πŸ’› Day 3: The Sweetest Gifts
πŸ’› Day 4: Valentine’s Day Ideas for Single People
πŸ’› Day 5: The Origins of Valentine’s Day
πŸ’› Day 6: Valentine’s Day Ideas for the Whole Family
πŸ’› Day 7: Valentine’s Cupcakes
πŸ’› Day 8: Sapphic romances that’ll make your heart soft on Valentine’s Day
πŸ’› Day 9: Valentine’s Gifts for Travellers
πŸ’› Day 10: Mindful Date Ideas
πŸ’› Day 11: The Perks of Dating a Mood Reader
πŸ’› Day 12: Valentine’s Day Gifts on a Budget / For Students
πŸ’› Day 13: Valentine’s Day & Mental Health
πŸ’› Day 14: How to Enjoy Valentine’s Day Alone

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🌻 Have you read any of the books featured in this list? Which ones did you enjoy the most?

🌻 What other Sapphic romance books would you recommend to read on Valentine’s Day?

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19 thoughts on “21 Sapphic romances that’ll make your heart soft on Valentine’s Day

  1. I’m reading Girls of Paper and Fire right now and I’m in love. This book has blown away my high expectation so far πŸ˜€

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  2. THIS LIST IS AMAZING and I want to read so many of these books!! I def have a MAJOR soft spot for sapphic books of any kind and all these recs are brilliant! Thanks for including my rec on it, too πŸ™‚

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  3. This is such a great post, I love it so much, thank you for taking the time to put this fantastic list together ❀
    I loved Final Draft and Everything Leads To You, both were such great books! How To Make A Wish, Queens of Geek and The Brightsiders were SO good as well. I've head fantastic things about Girls of Paper and Fire and Evelyn Hugo, hopin to read both this year πŸ™‚
    Loved this post! πŸ™‚

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  4. This post is so cute and lovely! I love Girls of Paper and Fire and so much and cant wait for book two!! Lei and Wren are so pure?? And now I want to read The Bone Witch series even MORE now so thanks for that!! Obviously, the seven husbands of evelyn hugo is on my list for books I want to read in 2019 and i’m excited to see what they hype is about! Wonderful post, so well put together!!

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  5. I love how you admitted to reading romance. πŸ˜€ I’m the same way – sometimes we need a feel-good story, right? Also, I’m not able to binge them either, unless I stumble into a series I get hooked on.

    This is an excellent post though! I have had Queens of Geek on my TBR forever. Eventually, I will get it read, I hope!

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  6. I love the title “Soft on Soft” so, so much. “This book will make you feel SOFT ON SOFT ON SOFT ON SOFT ON…”

    I bought tickets to M. Butterfly for Valentine’s Day. I’m…not a romantic.

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  7. THIS. POST. IS. GOLD. I admit I haven’t read much sapphic books lately and I’ll definitely bookmark this post for future reading purposes. Thanks for counting in my recommendation! I also hope you get to read Evelyn Hugo soon. It’s one of my best reads of 2018 and is very much worth the read 😌

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