Welcome to week 2 of the 2024 IHS Sapphic Reading Challenge, where we have so many sapphic books to share!
New to the IHS Sapphic Reading Challenge?
We’re excited for this year’s challenge. Not only do we have some fantastic women-loving-women books by so many wonderful sapphic authors to showcase, but we’ll be bringing you even more rainbow-books content in 2024. What can we say? We love reading that much.
With 100 categories and over 2,000 queer book recommendations coming your way this year, our aim is to make it as easy as possible to reach your 2024 lesfic reading goal!
Sapphic Books on Sale for the Reading Challenge this Week
16 of the books below are on sale so scoop up some fantastic lesbian fiction reads at bargain prices.
The sale ends Friday, January 19.
Before you buy any books on Amazon, please ensure the sale price matches your expectation. (Some international prices may vary, especially permafree titles.) We do our best to double check prices ahead of time but sometimes changes can happen that are out of our control.
How Are Readers Doing So Far in this Year’s Challenge?
- 7 readers have reached Garnet level so far this year by reading 15 books
- 1 reader has reached Topaz level, which is 25 books
Before we get to the first category this week, it’s time for Guess the Author
Every week, we’ll provide five clues about a sapphic author. This game helps readers get to know their favorite authors while having fun.
Here is today’s clue:
Clue #1: I have a sweet spot for ginger cats. Several make an appearance in my books.
Don’t forget to check out the new release post tomorrow for Clue #2.
Now for this week’s categories!
The first section contains Toaster Oven (Sapphic Awakening) stories.
Prepare for a journey with lesbian fiction characters navigating the path of self-discovery as they come to terms with their feelings and attraction to women. Sexuality is not fixed, and some individuals may discover their attraction later in life. For others, sexuality is fluid. The term “Toaster Oven” has a humorous origin from the time when TB was coming out. There was a running joke that if you started dating someone who had just realized their same-sex attraction, you would receive a toaster oven as a reward. It’s important to note that this jest doesn’t accurately reflect how sexuality works, and the use of the phrase today is a playful nod to that outdated humor. Here’s a clip from the Ellen show about a character receiving a toaster oven.