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Dec 22 Edition: Top Sapphic Books, S.E. Chandler, Freebies, and More

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We’ve made it to another Friday and it’s time to celebrate!

Find out the top 3 sapphic books with the most clicks this week, 5 Random Things about sapphic author S.E. Chandler, and an adorable dog. And don’t forget to scroll all the way to the end of this post for good news about a rainbow building.

Top 5 Sapphic Books of 2023

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We’ve been asking readers to share their top 5 reads of 2023 and now it’s time to reveal them, which we’ll be doing daily.

Here are the most recent top 5 lists.

Aisley’s selections include authors Jen Lyon, Milena McKay, Eliza Lentzski, EJ Noyes, and Casey McQuiston.

Find Aisley’s list here.

Lyn Denison’s selections include authors Jen Lyon, Emily Waters, Sienna Waters, and Emily Banting.

Find Lyn Denison’s list here.

Maisha’s selections include authors Micaiah Johnson, Jenny Frame, Fiona Zedde, KD Williamson, and Miranda MacLeod.

Find Maisha’s list here.

Mark Your Calendar

The IHS 99c End of Year Blowout Sale starts on December 26. There’ll be over 200 books involved in this 3-day sale. It’ll be a great time to stock up ebooks for winter nights for those in the Northern Hemisphere and for the peeps in the Southern Hemisphere, load up on beach reads.

Now For Friday Fun!

Please remember that sale prices listed in today’s post are valid for a limited time only and may change without notice. International prices may vary. Always check the price in your local marketplace before purchasing.

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Random Things:

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5 Random Things is our way of helping readers to get to know top sapphic book authors all the while having a bit of fun.

Here are five random facts about S.E. Chandler.

1. She was dumb enough to run a 100 mile ultramarathon race…twice. Yes, all at once. Yes, I peed & pooped along the way. Yes, all in one day. Well, 28 hours for the first and 24.5 hours for the second. No, no one was chasing me. No, I didn’t win (got 2nd the 2nd time though).

2. One of a kind! She has 5 siblings with other fathers or mothers, but is a unique combination.

3. She is a Buddhist in the Order of Interbeing Mindfulness Zen tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, and has done multiple 3- and 5-day silent retreats. (If you spent 2 minutes with her, you’d see what an incredible feat this is for her. Every time. For real.)

4. She is currently undergoing a mid-life crisis and plans to change careers, start going by her middle name and cut off all her hair into that pixie cut she’s always wanted but was too afraid to get by her next birthday.

5. There are hidden meanings in the names and numbers she uses in her fiction. 3, 8, 12, 22, 23, 45, are some of her faves. She’s also hidden a few “typos” in her latest release that are subtle nods to her girlfriend whose name means “bee.”

Have you read Straight Girls I’ve Loved Before yet?

Have you read Straight Girls I've Loved Before yet?

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Pet of the Week!

Meet Moose!

Meet Moose. Local celebrity. Moose-cot of the football team. Part time heartbreaker and sock eater. Submitted by author Jo Cox.


It can seem sometimes like all the news these days is bad. We won’t deny there’s a lot of troubling things going on, including a rise in hate crimes. But it’s not all terrible out there! We want to do our best to highlight good news, because while it may seem like the world is filled with hate, there are many individuals who are living their best lives with a rainbow in their heart.

This week’s good news involves a rainbow building.

Ryan Basye made a rainbow statement in Omaha. After a neighbor made homophobic comments, Basye painted his five-apartment building with bright rainbow stripes. According to Basye, his daughters came up with the color choices and after the unfortunate conversation with a neighbor he decided to give that person a rainbow view.

Basye told the Omaha World-Herald, “It puts a smile on my face knowing that neighbor has to see it every day.”

The building is near a school and children walk by it, smiling. People have started to visit to take photos.

Basye’s wife has said, “It’s funny, because it’s coming from a boring, moderate, old, straight white guy.”

One of our missions at IHS is to spread rainbows in the world and we applaud Basye’s rainbow building.

To see a photo and to read more about the rainbow building click here.

That’s all for today.

Wishing all of you a wonderful Friday!

Miranda & TB

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