Hello, readers! A while ago, I recommended books based off of Taylor Swift albums, and it is still one of my favorite posts I’ve ever made so I wanted to find another way to incorporate music and books. And then an idea hit me. I thought I would share Sapphic books that remind me of iconic Sapphic songs..
I don’t think that this has been done before in this way, but I did see Sapphic Saturday posted recommendations based on girl in red songs.
“girls” by girl in red
This one might be one of the easiest on the list to come up with because it is pretty clearly a coming out song. There are some obvious books that I could’ve picked but haven’t simply because I haven’t read them yet. For this, I decided to go with Ask the Passengers by AS King. This was the first Sapphic book I ever read, and it’s also a coming out story.
“Girls Like Girls” by Hayley Kiyoko
This reminds me so much of You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson. This song makes me want to get up and aggressively dance. Like it feel very to the man to me. It feels so unapologetically itself, which I think this book also does.
“Talia” by King Princess
This is another pretty easy song for me to come up with because I apparently read a lot of Sapphic books where there is baggage between the main couple. Since the book I really represent it with is a little bit a spoiler, I am going to pick Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, which I realize I recommend a lot. This is a breakup song about longing to be with someone who doesn’t want to be with you.
“1950” by King Princess
This is one of my favorite songs. I just really love the line, “I hate it when dudes try to chase me/ But I love it when you try to save me”. I feel like there are so many books that remind me of this song, but my choice is Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers. This song compares the censorship of queer love to the fears of your partner not loving you the way you do. I also think of housewives when I think of the 1950s, and this is about a woman who plans her life so intently but then she gets married in Vegas. The feelings that King Princess describes very much remind me of the relationship between Grace and Yuki and their vulnerability.
“She” by dodie
I had to sneak The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid in here, and this fits in a different way. This is about being in love with a woman who doesn’t know, but I also think that this fits for being in love with someone and being unable to tell or show her how you feel. Evelyn Hugo loves her love interest, but they are both scared to show it because of their public images so as a result, Evelyn can’t fully show her love interest how she feels.
Those are all the songs and books I’m talking about today!
What are your favorite Sapphic books and/or songs? Let’s have a conversation in the comments!