A week or so ago, a friend (aka Kath) finished Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan, and immediately messaged a bookish group chat I share with some other friends saying how amazing it was. It started a long conversation about how f/f relationships are depicted in literature, and how they often aren’t widely depicted in ‘mainstream’ literature of any kind (but this is changing, as GOPAF shows, to my delight). I then jumped into this conversation (having been hot off finishing The Priory of the Orange Tree, which stole my heart with the sapphic ship within) and Imi came up with this amazing idea of a f/f challenge which made us all scream in delight – and thus F/F February was born.
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 and has the best f/f couple). 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 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!