Favorite Sapphic Stories of 2020

Hello friends! I hope you enjoyed My 2020 Reading Year in Review, but I just wanted to give a little bit more love and celebration to a few books that mean the whole world to me! I read so many amazing queer books in 2020, but since few things make me happier than all things sapphic, I thought I’d narrow down my list to my five favorite f/f stories of the year! 🌈

➽ 5.) Always Human by Ari North 

“When I see you the universe comes into focus.”

This webtoon truly blew me and my expectations away! And my heart was so warm reading about these soft lil gays and their future world where you can perform modifications to yourself. It’s just such a pure and realistic feeling story about getting a girlfriend, discovering what you want, learning what works for both of you, and I just loved it with my whole heart. Read For Free HERE!

➽ 4.) The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinska 

“Witches. Murderers. Queens who chained boys to stone pillars and drowned them on full-moon nights.”

This was such an atmospheric sapphic read that had me begging and yearning for more. This book just had so many keywords and themes that worked for me and I truly had an amazing time while turning every page. Oh, this book also has a really cute sea monster who loves dance, and it made my heart very happy, too.

➽ 3.) The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar 

“What I want more than anything else in the world is to feel like being myself isn’t something that should be hidden and a secret.”

This book was everything and had so many perfect layers, from seeing this main character unapologetically talking about their diaspora experiences, from the real truth about fetishization, from cultural appropriation and how it is never okay, and how westerners treat Asians, but south Asians in particular. But also, this book had the perfect sapphic romance interlaced throughout, where real learning (and unlearning) happened so beautifully. 

➽ 2.) You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

“This is real. We finally made it to this place and it’s better than any fairytale. Because I’m done letting people stop me. Because here, always, we deserve this good thing.”

The debut of 2020 debuts, one of the best contemporaries I’ve ever read, the true power this book holds. The rep in this book is amazing with race, sexuality, anxiety, and chronic illness. Lots of different discussion on privilege and the opportunities that are more easily and readily available to kids with them. From different family dynamics, to all the different unconditional loves, to friendships and how they can be so very messy at times. Plus the ending of this book was the sapphic story I wish I had when I was in high school. This book had everything, and gave me so many goosebumps throughout. This book truly just left me feeling such a sense of hope and love, and I wish everyone could experience this story. 

➽ 1.) Night Shine by Tessa Gratton 

“I would destroy a thousand heart to find you, again and again.”

Sapphic enemies to lovers romance, queer bodyguard and royalty romance, dark fairytale setting! Magic, gender and sexual fluidity, yearning! Demons, dragons, unicorns, lots of cute tiny creatures to love! Atmospheric, lush, purple prose perfection! This book was nothing short of a masterpiece and it was not only my favorite sapphic read of the year, it is also just my favorite book of 2020.


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24 thoughts on “Favorite Sapphic Stories of 2020

  1. It’s official – you’ve singlehandedly put Night Shine on my TBR! I’m always on the lookout for good diverse fantasy recs, so thank you! 💖

    Also The Henna Wars just released in the UK a few days ago and I’m beyond excited to get myself a copy!!

    I hope you find just as many lovely reads in 2021 🥰💖

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