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Best Sapphic Books of 2021

Lex’s List of Best Sapphic Books of 2021

It’s time for my List of Best Sapphic Books of 2021. Like previous years, the only books eligible are books published in 2021. I’m pretty strict about this but I do add one category for ‘best book I read not published in 21’. Anyway, all the books are women-loving-women or at least have a queer main character. I try to cover just about every category that I feel had a worthy winner. My other rule is that each book can only win one category. An author can win multiple categories, but it is only because they released more than one book. There are some books this year that could win or come close to winning multiple categories but I want to spread the love around so all deserving books have a chance. If you see (2) after a title, that means the book is part of a series and the number corresponds to where the book is in the series. I would always suggest starting with the first book in the series but it is up to you. I hope you all find some great books to add to your to-read lists.

Best Book of 2021
The Clinch by Nicole Disney

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Best Debut of 2021
Guardian by Jen Lawrence

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Best Romance
Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth

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Best Slow Burn Romance
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

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Best Butch/Femme Romance
The Awkward Truth by Lee Winter

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Best Medical Romance
The Fifth Surgeon by Faith Prize

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Best Contemporary Romance
Table for Two by Kate Gavin

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Best Age-Gap Romance
Worthy of Love by Quinn Ivins

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Best Emotional/Angsty Romance
The Commitment by Virginia Hale

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Best Fauxmance Romance
Elemental Attraction by K. Aten

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Best Family Drama Romance
An Unlit Candle by Caren J. Werlinger

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Best Steamy or Erotic Romance
The Secrets we Keep by Donna Jay

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Runner-ups in the Romance Category

The Perks of Loving a Wallflower by Erica Ridley, Chemistry Lessons by Jae, Leaving’s Not the Only Way to Go by Kay Acker, and Zero Chill by Carolyn Elizabeth (3)

Best Drama
Concussion and Contentment by Liz Faraim (3)

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Best Contemporary
Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers

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Best Sports Book
Bruised by Tanya Boteju

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Best Sports Romance
Pas de deux by E.J. Noyes

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Best YA
Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

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Best YA Romance
When Sparks Fly by Kristen Zimmer

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Best YA Mystery
The Grimrose Girls by Laura Pohl

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Best YA Paranormal
The River Has Teeth by Erica Waters

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Best Comedy
Satisfaction Guaranteed by Karelia Stetz-Waters

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Best Steampunk
Fur and Fangs by Nita Round (3)

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Best Fantasy
The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri

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Best Fantasy Romance
Rand by Silvia Shaw and The Noble and the Nightingale by Barbara Ann Wright

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Best Paranormal
The Lost Girls by Sonia Hartl

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Best Paranormal Romance
Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper

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Best Dark Paranormal
The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould

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Best Urban Fantasy
Give Me Grace by Bethany A. Perry

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Best Horror
To Break a Covenant by Alison Ames

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Best Apocalyptic
Dead Lez Walking by G. Benson

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Best Sci-Fi
Activation Degradation by Marina J. Lostetter

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Best Action
Unbreakable by Cari Hunter

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Best Crime
Journey to Cash by Ashley Bartlett (4)

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Best Crime Romance
The Devil Incarnate by Ali Vali (7)

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Best Thriller
The Girls Are Never Gone by Sarah Glenn Marsh

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Best Mystery
A Message in Blood by Catherine Maiorisi (3)

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Best Mystery Romance
Illusion Lake by Sheryl Wright

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Best Intrigue
Go Around by E.J. Noyes

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Best Historical Fiction
The Tell Tale by Clare Ashton

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Best Holiday Book
The Great Charade by Gerri Hill

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Best Holiday Novella
Baking Spirits Bright by Bryce Oakley

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Best Retelling
The Heiress: The Revelations of Anne de Bourgh by Molly Greeley

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Best Retelling Novella
Gretel on Her Own by Elna Holst

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Best Romance Short or Novella Collection
Sliced Ice by Lee Winter

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Best Fantasy Novella
Fireheart Tiger by Aliette de Bodard

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Best Fantasy Short
Taking Flight by Diana Green

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Biggest Surprise of 2021
AITA?: A Modern Fairy Tale by Cassie Alexander

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Best Book More People Need to Read
Like Other Girls by Britta Lundin

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Best Book Read in 21 But Not Published in 21
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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That’s it for the book awards. It is mostly the same categories from last year but with a few changes. Hopefully there are books here that will appeal to everyone. These last two awards are for authors.

Best Author of 2021: Lee Winter Runners-up: Cari Hunter, E.J. Noyes, Ciara Smyth, and Nicole Disney
Best New Author of 2021: Jen Lawrence Runners-up: Morgan Rogers and Faith Prize

 

Previous years lists:

Lex’s Best Lesfic Books of 2019

Lex’s Best Lesfic Books of 2020

Thank you again, everyone. I hope you all have a safe and Happy New Year and a wonderful 2022.

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