wow that is a compliment! :0 holy actual shit!
all right on goodreads my "lesbian" bookshelf is 28 titles and I'm bored at work so guess who's getting an in depth list of everything I've kept track of since late 2018? it's y'all
The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel - very much an important part of lesbian history, author of Fun Home and the reason we now have the Bechdel Test, this is a collection of a comic strip that she worked on for years. very good and fun
About Face by V.K. Powell - I honestly don't remember much about this one except that I didn't love it? a lot of people will read their favorite genre even if it is not very good, and i feel like i'm like that about some but romance is not one. the book club as a whole didn't hate it. involved a forensic artist as one of the lesbians. idk, check it out if you're into lesbian romance as a genre
The Long Way To a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers - I cannot recommend this author enough. Her parents were both astrophysicists and she is a novel writer now it's AMAZING. Read if you like aliens, space, political intrigue, sociology, anthropology, wormholes, any topics concerning LGBT+, good writing, dystopian futures, refugee topics, environmental collapse, feel good stories, honestly anything just read this. This is the first in the Wayfarer Series, the second A Closed and Common Orbit which also involves lesbianism and Record of a Spaceborn Few which does not have lesbians in it unfortunately that I can remember but if you're not hooked to the series by then then I don't know what to say.
To Be Taught, If Fortunate also by Becky Chambers - uhhhh different story line but still really just so fucking good please read. The first team of scientists that earth sends out to check out other planets that might have life on them. Short and life affirming.
We Were Witches by Ariel Gore - one of the only things on my "magical realism" shelf, it's about a single mother trying to get through college. Kind of tough, definitely not fluffy, but I would highly recommend.
Alice Isn't Dead by Joseph Fink - by one of the guys who worked on Welcome to Nightvale. Weird and spooky and sooooo good, as you might expect. The main character is trying to find her wife that went missing under mysterious circumstances and gets hired as a trucker to follow her around. Originally a podcast that I could not recommend enough, one of my favorites of all time, but if you're not into that kind of thing then for sure the book is amazing.
When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri - okay this is just another generic romance but I liked it a lot. I love anything with an even sort of well written butch. The butch is a rich lawyer playboy type and the femme is part of the same firm and it's dumb but I still like it. They have a lesbian bar and I wish I still had a lesbian bar in my city, it's a dying breed, so I liked that too. It was nice.
The Caphenon by Fletcher Delancey - the same series that I was just reading another one from, it's actually based loosely on Ursula Le Guin's space faring books but I prefer Delancey's writing. A ship belonging to whatever they call the coalition of space farerers goes to a new planet that they are deciding if they want to invite to join and end up crashing on the planet instead. SO GOOD if you just wanna read about really good well written lesbian relationships, but also like. Space faring and aliens are good. I like sci fi lmao. The first in a whole ass series that I'm not going to list the titles of here but I aim to read all of them.
Afterparty by Daryl Gregory - one of exactly three books on this list written by men, takes place in a future where designer drugs are easy to make in a 3d printer for literally just anyone and someone has made a drug that if you overdose one time then for the rest of your life, you hallucinate a representation of your understanding of God following you everywhere. It's great. The main character is a lesbian with an angel that follows her around.
The Gilda Stories by Jewelle L. Gómez - historical American lesbian vampires of color. I haven't finished this yet but it's good. Main character is a runaway slave when the story starts but it follows her through the ages and I'm currently in the 50s I believe.
Landing by Emma Donoghue - pretty straightforward romance. Pretty good. Canadian woman who likes to stay put meets an Indian- English flight attendant and they fall it love. Pretty cute.
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli - The sequel to Love, Simon. I never read Love, Simon but I wasn't lost. Not a very good book as far as YA lesbian titles go but also. How many YA lesbian titles are there overall? If you're into that kind of genre then it's worth a look. Main character is technically bi but she likes girls. It's Simon's best friend.
Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado - ooooh this one was good. Remember Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark? It's like that but grown up and for women. Explores those horror stories told again and again but from a woman's point of view, in the way that really only a woman can tell horror. Think like how jennifer's body and hereditary and midsommar are very woman centric and explore how terrifying it can be to be in the body of a woman? I don't know how to explain it better but read this if you like woman centric horror.
The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie - a (teenage ish if i remember correctly?) girl who is learning to train giant turtle monsters is kidnapped by pirates who want her to train their giant turtle monster and she falls in love with the girl who is meant to guard her on the ship. it's a good time tbh.
Snotgirl by Bryan Lee O'Malley - comic book series (there are two volumes out now so you don't have to hunt for the individual magazines) bright colors and about famous influencers and idk it's weird and fun and the art is pretty
While we're going on about comics I physically cannot stop myself talking about The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen. Every 90 years, 12 gods are reincarnated as young people. They're equated to pop stars, they have powers, and within two years they are dead. It is. transcendent. My favorite comic series literally ever. If you want to talk more about this I am always down to discuss wicdiv. Please. I'm begging.
Who Cooked the Last Supper?: The Women's History of the World by Rosalind Miles - literally the history of women. We used to be worshipped. I am not into history AT ALL but I was gripped by this whole thing. Amazing. There's not a lot of nonfiction on this list but here is one.
Butch Is a Noun by S. Bear Bergman - a series of stories from the life of a butch. nonfiction. Good and gendery which I'm about.
While we're at it I'm going to add Whipping Girl by Julia Serano - stories and essays by a trans woman who is married to a woman. It's pretty good and honestly good if you're into reading on trans topics. A little dated which you always have to keep in mind when reading biographical stuff about LGBT+ people but yeah I recommend.
Daughter of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones - uhhh idk what the time period is supposed to be but there's a woman knight that is protecting a young woman and they fall in love. Kind of dense but in the end worth it imo
We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samantha Irby - a biography by some quirky person that think's she's funny. I didn't like it but a lot of people did. \
Sillhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin - a period novel that takes place in 1926. A couple of teenagers fall in love and try to keep it a secret. It was pretty good.
Stray City by Chelsea Johnson - a slice of life type thing about a punk girl from Portland. She ends up accidentally pregnant. She fully has in her head that she is a lesbian but sometimes she sleeps with a man, it just doesn't turn her on? idk. That's not an uncommon thing for women to say that I don't quite understand but yeah
We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir by Samra Habib - the title explains it but I can tell you that it is very good. A refugee story as well as a coming of age.
Motor Crush Vol. 1 by Brenden Fletcher - I lied this is the fourth written by a man. Psychadelic comic series about motor cycle racing. Main character is a racer, her super femme gf is a mechanic. Soooooo good
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson - takes place in like the 80s, super christian raised girl realizes she's a lesbian but decides there's nothing wrong with it. Really fucking good for what it aims to be.
A Curious Woman by Jess Lea - just finished this so it's fresh in my mind. Pretty cute but a little cheesey. Definitely a mystery but also a romance.