Every book is hand picked from hours of internet browsing and checked (through painstaking Google-fu, if we can't check it physically) for actual relevance. Some are read and reviewed. Many are not, but we're working on it! Some of the lists are very short (e.g. Asexuals, Knights and Librarians) while others are clearly very popular topics among authors (vampires and shapeshifters and historical fiction).
The links below are all to our very focused book lists of themed lesbian fiction, so pick the topic you love best and browse. Bear in mind that book lists are 'mostly comprehensive lists of books'. We don't like throwing up half finished lists. So in the meantime, check out the tags as well. We've reviewed plenty of bisexual books, for example, but we're very picky about what gets that label, as it's such a badly represented identity.
Some of our older lists need tidying up, and ALL the lists usually get a few new books added each year as we come across new titles.
>>Browse the Themed Book List tag
Fantasy, Scifi, Historical & Paranormal
- Lesbian Fairytale Fiction
- Lesbian Historical Fiction
- Lesbian Knights in Fiction
- Lesbian Pirate Fiction
- Lesbian Princesses in Fiction
- Lesbian Shapeshifter Fiction
- Lesbians in Space: A Reading List
- Lesbian Steampunk Stories
- Lesbian Time Travel Fiction
- Lesbian Vampire Fiction
- Lesbian Zombie Fiction
- Non-Human Lesbians in Fantasy Fiction (excluding zombies, vampires & shapeshifters)
- Lesbian Young Adult Fiction (complete list)
- ...With A Non-Lesbian Main Character
- Contemporary Lesbian YA Fiction
- ...Historical Fiction
- ...Fantasy & Science Fiction Books
- ...by Country/State
- Award-winning Young Adult Fiction & Nonfiction
- Transgender Young Adult Fiction
- Picture Books For Children With Lesbian Parents
Mental & Physical Illness/Disabilities
*We're not experts; if we've used the wrong term, please let us know.
- Depression in Lesbian Fiction
- Lesbians with Physical Disabilities
- Lesbians with Mental Disabilities (pending)
*We're aware that it can be weird and problematic to tag some of these books under "lesbian". We're using it as a short hand descriptor of "this girl likes that other girl and wants to pair up in some way for a certain amount of time". Basically, if you sort of fall into one of these categories, we've tried to group it so that you can find people like you to read about without having to squint or suspend disbelief, even if it isn't an exact match.
Also, it is reaaaaally tricky separating out different hues of the spectrum when there are so many books to look through and so few examples of some of those hues. We gladly welcome suggestions and recommendations and corrections.
- Asexual Lesbians/ Asexual Women in Relationships with Women in Fiction
- Transgender/Genderqueer Young Adult Fiction
- Transgender Women in Lesbian Relationships in Fiction
- Pending: bisexual, polygamy (these two are tricky because a lot of fiction technically fits, but only in letter and not spirit).
Best Seller Lists
Comics, Manga & Graphic Novels
- The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction- ALA Readers' Advisory 2010
- The Gay Detective Novel: Lesbian and Gay Main Characters & Themes in Mystery Fiction
- Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Teen Literature: A Guide to Reading Interests by Carlisle K. Webber (2010)
- Over the Rainbow: Queer Children's and Young Adult Literature by by Kenneth B. Kidd & Michelle Ann Abate (2011)
- Uranian Worlds: A Guide to Alternative Sexuality in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror by Eric Garber & Lyn Paleo (1990, G.K. Hall)
Please note: these are intended to be complete lists, so include books we haven't read. We link to our reviews if we've read them, summarise based on other people's reviews if we haven't, and are updating whenever possible. If you know of any books that aren't on the lists below and should be, we do appreciate recommendations! And if you see something that really deserves a review... good or bad, we do take guest reviews.
Do you have a request for a new list? We're always happy to hunt down and compile books on a certain topic! You can also explore the hundreds of handpicked and carefully organised books in the Good Lesbian Books Amazon Store. (Literally - hundreds of hand selected and content-checked books *massages wrist and flexes hand to get some feeling back*)