We’ve got 5 cozy, sapphic romance novels for you to read ASAP. From sweet to spicy, these queer books will keep you entertained all year long!
August 1st has passed, and we all know what that means: it’s basically fall, and fall is bookworm season! These five novels are sure to keep you warm on those cozy seasonal nights. Who knows, maybe you’ll manifest a pumpkin spice latte, a luxurious throw blanket, and a purring black cat.
1. This is How You Lose the Time War – Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
read this. DO NOT look up anything about it. just read it. it’s only like 200 pages u can download it on audible it’s only like four hours. do it right now i’m very extremely serious. pic.twitter.com/Pzb2FWvFlg
— bigolas dickolas woIfwood (@maskofbun) May 7, 2023
If you like mind-bending movies like Inception or Everything Everywhere All at Once, you’ll probably love This is How You Lose the Time War. The novel follows two agents in a sweeping war that spans multiple universes. Agents Red and Blue are on opposite sides of the war but fall in love over the course of the novel. Fans of the enemies-to-lovers trope unite! It’s a short read, but full of lyrical writing that’ll make you laugh and cry. Pick this one up if you need a quick but beautiful pick-me-up.
2. Stars Collide – Rachel Lacey
I’ve enjoyed over 200 sapphic audiobooks and Stars Collide is, by far, the best slow burn I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to.
Quinn Riley really nailed the narration!
I would love to learn about your inspiration for the story. It’s simply ✨magical✨
— Rally (@Rallythebeast) May 17, 2023
Stars Collide is extremely hard to put down. The novel follows pop stars Eden Sands and Anna Moss as they meet and eventually fall in love. From start to finish, the tension between Eden and Anna is electric. Just look at that cover! The backdrop of the story is the music industry, so the whole novel reads like a really juicy episode of Behind the Music. If that weren’t enough, the audiobook is well-performed and easy to plow through. Pick this one up if you need a soapy, slow-burn romance to keep you guessing!
3. Mistakes Were Made – Meryl Wilsner
Mistakes Were Made is probably the spiciest book on this list. There is a good bit of graphic content in this book, but none of the sex scenes come across as gratuitous. If spice isn’t your thing, check out one of our other picks. This romance follows Cassie Klein, a college senior, and Erin Bennett, mother to a different college student. The two meet at a bar one night, unaware that Erin’s daughter is Cassie’s best friend, and hook up almost immediately. They can’t resist each other, but how could it ever work? These characters will definitely have you questioning their choices, but the chemistry between Cassie and Erin crackles so much that you won’t mind.
4. Annie on My Mind – Nancy Garden
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Annie on My Mind is a classic coming-of-age romance between two girls on the cusp of adulthood. Published in 1982, Annie on My Mind resists any markers that would date the story. We follow Annie and Liza, students at a local New York private school, who meet and fall in love. The whole novel feels like a love letter to anyone who has ever felt strange or unwanted for their sexuality. This novel is probably the sweetest pick on the list, so if you’re looking for something lighthearted but grounded, pick up Annie on My Mind.
5. Strawberry Summer – Melissa Brayden
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—But first loves can scar.
a sapphic book set in a small town about heartbreaks, second chances and first loves? yup yup ❤️ pic.twitter.com/b0O0iV7wfh
— vera (@ninarivasgirl) October 14, 2020
Fans of the second-chance romance trope will love Strawberry Summer. The novel follows Maggie and Courtney, two former first-loves who chose different life paths. The women haven’t seen each other in years but are suddenly thrust back into each other’s orbits when Courtney has to move home after her father dies. Set in the town of Tanner Peak against the backdrop of Maggie’s family’s strawberry farm, Brayden’s vivid descriptions will make you feel like you’re walking the streets of a cozy small town. If you’re looking for a heartwarming sapphic story, Strawberry Summer might be the most well-rounded romance on this list!