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I Heart SapphFic Reading Challenge Week 3: 10 Books on Sale

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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!

Find out all the IHS Reading Challenge deets here.

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

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’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.

Here are the featured sapphic books featuring Small Town Romances!

Click here for more Small Town suggestions.

And now for sapphic books set in Australia / New Zealand!

One of the best ways to travel, in our humble opinion, is through books. You don’t have the hassle of getting to the place. The expense is significantly less. And you get to fall in love with a story. It’s a win win!

Click here for more reading suggestions for books set in Australia / New Zealand.

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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