A week ago, my best friend and fellow blogger, Kath, finished Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan – a book that, If you haven’t read yet, you should pick up imminently. She immediately messaged our bookish group chat saying how amazing it was, by which began a long conversation about how amazing and soft the F/F relationship was, and how we should all read more Sapphic fiction. Another of the group, Ellie, and I jumped on this idea, and so was born F/F February.
“Her kisses heal the parts of me that the King broke. They tell me: You are strong, Lei. You are beautiful. You are mine. And, always, most important: You are yours.”
Our aim is simple, we want to get as many people reading and talking about books that star female / female relationships as possible. The LGBTQIA+ book community is huge, but we all know that M/M relationships tend to feature so much more widely than any other, so we want to see more people talking about F/F.
To do this, we are hosting three challenges, running from 1st-28th February:
- A giveaway to win any book starring an F/F relationship, including the possibility of a pre-order of The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon, which releases at the end of the month. To enter this, all you have to do is tweet or post a photo on Instagram with the hashtag #FFFebruaryReads telling us about the F/F books you have read this month. We know that not every reads as much as others, so numbers don’t matter, just read what you can and talk about it A LOT.
- A bingo challenge – we will have prompts to help you pick your reads and completing a bingo (any three horizontally, vertically or diagonally) will win you an extra entry into the giveaway!
- A photo challenge – this one is for Instagram! Taking part will also gain you one extra entry to the giveaway.
Our prime aim is just to get more people talking about and reading F/F – be it in YA, fantasy, sci-fi, romance or contemporary. Anything goes, as long as there is a primary F/F relationship!
We’ll also be putting out a post with suggestions for what to read – an F/F masterlist! So get planning, we’d love to see as many people joining in as possible.
Sapphicathon is another reading challenge which is run on Twitter on 1st-7th February. We have made our challenge quite open on rules to take part so people can participate in both challenges. We are not trying to compete as we all want the same thing: for everyone to read more F/F fiction!
Will you be taking part in our reading challenge? Let us know below!