February is LGBT+ History Month in the UK and I was already planning to read a bunch of queer fiction when I thought it might be fun to devote my month of reading to f/f fantasy.
As I’m sure you’re all sick of me saying by now, I rediscovered my love for fantasy in 2018 and I love discovering fantasy with an f/f romance – especially as it’s something I never came across when I was younger. I feel like there are a lot more m/m fantasy books available and they’re shouted about a lot more, whereas f/f fantasy doesn’t get as much of a push which is incredibly frustrating if, like me, you love reading stories about queer women.
So F/Fantasy F/February it is!
I won’t be reading exclusively f/f fantasy throughout the month – I’m a mood reader, so I don’t like being too strict with myself – but I do want to devote as much of my month as possible to f/f fantasy and gorge on it like candy, and if you’d like to join in then I’d love that!
I’m going to use the hashtag #FFantasyFFebruary to talk about my reads online and would welcome you to use it, too, if you want to – if you post any reviews or recommendations I’d be happy to share them because the more f/f fantasy we share with the rest of the world, the better. And if you have any recommendations you’d like to leave down below, please do!
I’m planning to get some recommendations of my own up on my blog this week, and I’m hoping to do one or two discussion posts during February do keep your out for those!
For now I’ve compiled a list of the f/f fantasy I own below (including one book I’ve pre-ordered) and I thought I’d share them with you today to give you an idea of some of the books I’m hoping to read throughout February.
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
This beast isn’t released until near the end of February, but I’ve pre-ordered my copy and I can’t wait to read it because I’ve been promised an epic, sprawling fantasy with a slow-burn f/f romance. Though I didn’t learn until very recently that it’s an f/f book so I’d like the publisher to get their act together please.
The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta
My parents very kindly got me a copy of this Italian-inspired fantasy for Christmas as it was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and I’ve been saving it for LGBT+ History Month. Italy’s one of my favourite places in the world so I’m super excited to dive into this one.
Daughter of the Sun by Effie Calvin
I recently read The Queen of Ieflaria by Effie Calvin and while I didn’t love it as much as I wanted to, I did love her world-building. Whereas The Queen of Ieflaria was a novella, Daughter of the Sun is a novel so I’m hoping this longer story will have a bit more meat on its bones – plus the religion was one of my favourite things about Calvin’s novella, so to have a novel about a goddess and a paladin sounds like a great read to me.
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
I received this book in a Fairyloot box last year and I’ve been so excited to read it ever since. I’ve been desperate for more Asian-inspired fantasy but, like The Priory of the Orange Tree, the publisher did a rubbish job at shouting from the rooftops that this is an f/f book – I would have read it months ago if I’d known!
Ash by Malinda Lo
I’ve been meaning to read Ash for years so it’s about time I got around to this f/f retelling of Cinderella. Not only is this book great for F/Fantasy F/February, but it also counts towards the Retellings Reading Challenge, the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge and Faebruary!
Fires of the Faithful by Naomi Kritzer
I discovered this book through Jean @ Bookish Thoughts and immediately bought myself a copy. I love little mass market paperbacks and I’m always going to expand my personal library for more f/f fantasy. This is another one that sounds like it has Italian influences, which I’m all about, and I love books about religious conflicts – blame it on the Tudor nerd in me.
Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue
This is a short story collection I’ve been meaning to read for a long time, and all I really know about it is that it’s a very queer collection of fairy tale retellings for lack of a better way to describe them. While I don’t know if every story in here is an f/f story, there’ll definitely be something f/f in here and I’ve heard so many good things about this collection.
Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
This is another book that’s been on my TBR for a while now and is the only one on this list I’m a little unsure of. I haven’t really seen anyone describe this as an f/f book, but I’m fairly certain there are some queer women in this series so it’s about time I started it, because queer assassin nuns is my entire aesthetic. I’m aiming for books with leading f/f romances rather than ones on the side, but this is still a series I want to check out!