Welcome to week 3 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!
Announcing the 2023 IHS Reading Challenge Year End Giveaway Winners
Last week we used a random number generator to select the 2023 Amazon gift card winners. Drum roll please…
- Garnet level: Sarah won $50
- Topaz level: Donna won $75
- Sapphire level: Sara won $100
- Amethyst level: Courtney won $150
- Emerald level: Kathy won $250
That’s a total of $625 in gift cards. At the end of the 2024 challenge, we’ll be giving away another $625. Why not get involved?
Sapphic Books on Sale for the Reading Challenge this Week
10 of the books below are on sale so scoop up some fantastic sapphic fiction reads at bargain prices.
The sale ends Friday, January 26.
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?
- 16 readers have reached Garnet level so far this year by reading 15 books
- 5 reader has reached Topaz level, which is 25 books
Have you reached a new level? Tell us about it here and enter the end-of-year drawings while you’re at it
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’m Canadian and I speak French.
Don’t forget to check out the new release post tomorrow for Clue #2.
Now for this week’s categories!
The first section contains Small Town Romances.
The small town romance trope revolves around a quaint town and its residents taking key roles in shaping the narrative and the romantic connection between the main characters. It’s also one of TB’s favorite types of story. Ever since childhood, TB wanted to move from Southern California to a small town in New England. Now that she’s nearly 50, TB still has this dream, and she has her eye on Vermont. Fingers crossed her dream comes true.