Sasha and Amber started the series WLW Wednesday on their blog to talk about the recent sapphic books they have been reading and invited others to participate as well. Since we are all about WLW books on this blog, we’ll be participating weekly or biweekly! We’ve decided to do these posts as a collaboration so that you’ll see all of our WLW books for a time period in one post!
Arin’s WLW Reads
Hi, friends! During the past two or so weeks, I read three sapphic things (once again, two were comics, but oh well). I have mainly been listening to middle grade audiobooks in my spare time because whenever I am in school, physically reading for pleasure becomes hard because it is like my brain can only handle so much in the little it can handle goes into textbooks. That being said, I have a bunch of sapphic audiobooks waiting to be listening to, so I can’t wait to hopefully have a more substantial wrap up next time.
This is the third Goldie Vance volume and I would just like to say that I really love this series. It follows Goldie, a teenage sapphic detective who finds herself solving all of the mysteries that pop up around the hotel her dad manages.
This volume focused on a mystery concerning who was sabotaging race cars and it kind of brought me back to my childhood days of “watching” NASCAR with my family, but like, in a good way without all the loud noises and sensory overload.
This volume focuses on a music festival being held at the hotel and why some of the acts mysteriously aren’t showing up when they should. It pulls back upon the first comic a lot which was super fun. There was also a lot more of Goldie and Diane’s relationship in this one and though some of it made me sad, it was still good overall.
Also, the ending was wild and I need to know what all of that was about like, now.
It took me forever to finish this one, but please know it was only due to my incompetence and also the amount of time I spent staring at Rangi on the cover. I love this duology so so so much, I cannot explain. It is all so perfect. The Avatar world is expanded upon in such interesting ways, its very gay, and Kyoshi’s team avatar is so different from Aang and Korra’s and yet it is still somehow perfect. Also, have a quote about my favorite girls that makes me emo.
“Kyoshi had gone so long without her center she almost forgot what it felt like. Rangi made her human again, balanced and whole.”
Brittany’s WLW Reads
I’ll be the first to admit that my list for this post is… sad. But, in my defense, I started a new semester of school on the 24th of August and a lot of my time has been spent trying to get back into a routine. Most of my free time was going into Arin and I getting this blog all set up, so pleasure reading has unfortunately taken a back seat in the past couple of weeks. However, I do plan to try to get a lot of sapphic reads in during the rest of September, so hopefully my list for the next WLW Wednesday will be more substantial!
I’ve never been a big reader of graphic novels, but that’s mostly because I didn’t really know much about them. After seeing one of Carly Usdin’s graphic novels in one of Arin’s posts, I decided to pick up The Avant-Guards, Vol. 1 & 2 for the last Sapphic Saturday Readathon we did. I fell in love with the characters and the illustrations, so I decided to pick up this other series from the author and illustrator!
Although I think I like The Avant-Guards better than Heavy Vinyl, I still really enjoyed this. The sapphic yearning was so cute and I loved the feminist undertones. Women fighting crime is always a plus in my book.
This is the sapphic retelling of Hades and Persephone that I never knew I needed. I really liked how Sarah Diemer changed the myth of what happened to Persephone and how her story unfolds. Anyone familiar with the myth is aware of the darkness of it, but this version is 1000x times better. I loved seeing Persephone taking control of her life and her destiny. I also really liked that Hades was a woman and had a really good soul.
I will say that I didn’t care much for how rushed and abrupt this ending felt, but the rest of the story was paced so well and delivered such a satisfying sapphic mythological retelling.
Alright friends, that completes our WLW reads for the past two weeks! What WLW books have you picked up lately?