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I Heart SapphFic Reading Challenge Week 2: 16 Books on Sale

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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!

Find out all the IHS Reading Challenge deets here.

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

Guess the Sapphic Books Author GraphicBefore 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.

Here are the featured sapphic books for Toaster Oven!

Click here for more Toaster Oven suggestions.

And now for Action & Adventure sapphic books!

In these stories, a sapphic main character embarks on a journey or mission, encountering diverse challenges and obstacles throughout. These narratives are defined by their dynamic storylines, intense situations, and exhilarating sequences that grip readers with suspense.

Click here for more Action & Adventure reading suggestions.

Here are Reading Challenge levels this year:

  • Garnet level: Read 15 books in 15 categories
  • Topaz level: Read 25 books in 25 categories
  • Sapphire level: Read 50 books in 50 categories
  • Amethyst level: Read 100 books in 100 categories
  • Emerald level: Read 200 books in 100 categories!
  • Some readers even reach Emerald level TWICE, with 400 books!

Who’s going to be the first to reach Garnet, Topaz, Sapphire, Amethyst, and Emerald levels this year? We’re excited to find out!

Remember, if you are participating in the reading challenge, you only need 15 books in 15 categories to reach the first level.

Options are not limited to full-length print novels. We also accept novellas and short stories, as well as audiobooks of any length.

Have you reached a new level? Tell us about it here and enter the end-of-year drawings while you’re at it. Remember, you can enter into the drawings for every level you complete, not just the highest. We do not need you to submit your reading list for verification unless you are one of the winners at the end of the year.

We have prizes!

Each month, we’ll award one reader a $25 Amazon gift card just for reading! It’s easy to enter. Just look for our Wednesday What Are You Reading posts on your favorite social media platform. You can find us on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and Instagram.

At the end of the year, you can enter to win even bigger prizes based on the highest reading challenge level you achieve. Prizes range from $50 to $250 Amazon Gift Card. Imagine how many books you could buy!

Click here to download the PDF with all 100 reading challenge categories.

Ready to level up? You can let us know as soon as you hit a new milestone.

Happy reading!

Miranda & TB

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