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Happy International Women’s Day! Enjoy these 13 Queer Books Starring Women!

First graphic of two. Shows a squiggly rainbow over a white background, placed above three doodles of flowers: a daisy, a daffodil, and a rose. Text over this reads: 13 queer books starring female characters for International Women's Day.
Second graphic of two. Thirteen book covers overlay a graphic with a rainbow squiggle down the middle and a purple daisy on the side. The thirteen book covers are: The Trator Baru Cormorant by seth Dickinson; Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead by Emily Austin; Harrow the Ninth by Tasmyn Muir; Deveil Venerable Also Wants to Know by Cyan Wings; A Memory Called Empire by Arkday Martine; Alanna: The First ADventure by Tamora Pierce; Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee; The Tiger's Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera; She Wears the Midnight Crown edited by Nina Waters; Camp Damascus by Chuck Tingle; Rust in the Root by Justina Ireland; Even Though I Knew the End by C. L. Polk; and A Restless TRuth by Frey Marske.

Today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day. Duck Prints Press challenged our rec list contributors with a Herculean task: to pick one, and only one, favorite queer book starring a female character. Thirteen contributors rose to this challenge, and this rec list is the result! The contributors to this list are Shadaras, Polls, Alex, boneturtle, Alessa Riel, Dei Walker, Nina Waters, Maggie Page, and four anonymous contributors.

The Traitor Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade series) by Seth Dickinson

Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead by Emily Austin

Harrow the Ninth (The Locked Tomb series) by Tamsyn Muir

Devil Venerable Also Wants to Know by Cyan Wings

A Memory Called Empire (Teixcalaan series) by Arkady Martine

Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness Quartet series) by Tamora Pierce

Ninefox Gambit (The Machineries of Empire series) by Yoon Ha Lee

The Tiger’s Daughter (Their Bright Ascendency series) by K. Arsenault Rivera

She Wears the Midnight Crown edited by Nina Waters

Camp Damascus by Chuck Tingle

Rust in the Root by Justina Ireland

Even Though I Knew the End by C.L. Polk

A Restless Truth (The Last Binding series) by Freya Marske

How about you? Can you pick JUST ONE favorite queer book starring a female character?

You can view these recommendations, and many others, by visiting the our shelves on Goodreads.

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