We spend a lot of time thinking about how to help you find your next read. To make it easier to find exactly what you are looking for we categorise books into a bunch of different subsections.
Here they are in a way that can hopefully help you find what you want a lot faster. Click on the category to see all the books we have reviewed for that section. The site is built to only show a handful of reviews per page, so to see the older reviews you will need to use the link at the bottom of the page that says Previous.
Want a romance? Check out these
Sweet Romance (with little angst): Do they break up and feel miserable? If yes then it’s a dramatic romance. If no then it’s a sweet romance.
Dramatic Romance (with lots of angst): Do they break up and feel miserable? If yes then it’s a dramatic romance. If no then it’s a sweet romance.
Age Gap: Two leading ladies with a significant age difference. 10 years or more. Or at very different phases of their lives, for example on is still studying and the other is a successful career woman.
Butch/Femme: A butch woman and femme fall in love.
Enemies To Lovers: The main theme of the romance is how they go from an antagonistic relationship to falling in love.
Erotic Romance: A romance where there is a lot of sex but it is key to the story of falling in love and the sex scenes develop the romance.
Friends To Lovers: A story where friends finally realise that they were meant to be together and fall in love.
Marriage Of Convenience: Two women pretend to be married or in a relationship so that they can attain something they couldn’t without the relationship and then they realise that they are actually madly in love with one another.
Opposites Attract: Sometimes women who are complete opposites in personality, status and/or beliefs can compliment one another and ultimately become a perfect match as they compensate for the other.
Rich Girl/Poor Girl: Two women fall in love even thought they are from vastly different financial backgrounds.
Second Chances: They broke up a long time ago and meet up again only to realise that the chemistry has never gone away.
Taming The Beast/Thawing The Ice Queen: A story where one character starts off being nasty/prickly/ice queen and the other character breaks through those barriers and unveils the real woman.
Toaster Oven (Converting Hetro): A lesbian “converts” a woman who is heterosexual or helps her discover the real meaning of love or helps her realise that she is actually lesbian. This applies even for women who become bisexual.
Vacation: Finding love while on holiday (vacation). Maybe on a cruise, at a ski resort or in a mountain cabin.
Workplace: Finding love at work.
Do you want a specific leading lady? Check out these
40+ Leading Lady: A main character or strong secondary character who is over 40.
Celebrity: One of the main characters or a strong secondary character is a celebrity.
Girl Next Door: A main character who is sweet and charming and everyone likes.
Pretending To Be A Man: A woman dresses and behaves like a man in order to pass for one. Not necessarily a butch character (but often is). This is often a case of having to pass as a man in order to survive or be safe.
Recluse: A main character who doesn’t like people and prefers her own company. Often lives in remote places or rarely ventures out into public.
Single Mother: A main character or strong secondary character who is an unattached mother and raising her child predominately alone. Someone can also be a single mother if they are divorced but have custody of the child or if the other parent is involved but not as often.
Widow: A main character or strong secondary character with a deceased spouse or long time life partner.
Private Investigator: A story that revolves around a formal or informal PI. Fore example a journalist who ends up solving a case can also be considered a PI.
Cop: A story that revolves around a cop doing her job and solving a case.
Criminal: A story about a criminal and how she gets away with it or doesn’t.
Asexual Leading Lady: A main character or strong secondary character who identifies with being on the Asexual spectrum.
Bisexual Leading Lady: A main character or strong secondary character who identifies as bisexual. If she was married to a man and then realised she is lesbian then this doesn’t count.
Asian Leading Lady: A main character or strong secondary character from Asian descent.
Australian Leading Lady: A main character or strong secondary character from Australia
American Leading Lady: A main character or strong secondary character from the USA
Black Leading Lady: A main character or strong secondary character who is black.
British Leading Lady: A main character or strong secondary character who is from the UK (England, Ireland or Scotland)
Canadian Leading Lady: A main character or strong secondary character who is Canadian.
Jewish Leading Lady: A main character or strong secondary character who is Jewish.
Latina Leading Lady: A main character or strong secondary character who is from any latin American country or with family roots from a latin American country.
New Zealander Leading Lady: A main character or strong secondary character from NZ.
Butch Leading Lady: A main character or strong secondary character who is clearly butch.
Femme Leading Lady: A main character or strong secondary character who is clearly femme – lipstick, nails, dresses, heals.
Feel like a fast paced read? Try one of these
Action: guns, running, shootouts, anything that an action heroine would be in – has physical challenges
Adventure: has puzzle challenges for the main character – eg, needs to solve something like find a treasure
Horror: A book which intends to scare, disgust or startle the reader.
Want a book set in a specific time period? Try one of these
Historical: A story that is set in the past and uses true characteristics of the time. Generally set quite far back in history and not within the last 50 years.
Western/Historic USA: Stories that revolve around The Wild West or traveling across the US to populate the country or are set in the 19th century frontier America.
Period Piece: A book that is set is a specific time in history. This can be as recent as the 90s or as far back as cavewoman times. It represents the era well and often nostalgically.
Contemporary: This is fiction that is realistic, it is set in the current time period where we live and while the characters are fictional, they are believable as someone who could exist now.
Want something to keep you on your toes? Try one of these
Mystery: A genre that involves something that needs to be solved. It could be anything from mysterious death to a piece of art that has been stolen and needs to be recovered.
Crime Thriller: A thriller that combines the pacing and storytelling of a thriller with a crime plot.
Espionage: Also known as spy fiction. CIA, secret agents, Bourne etc. Spying at it’s best.
Historical Thriller: Thrillers set before 1960s in a specific time period that is accurately represented.
Legal Thriller: The main theme of this thriller is around the law and usually a courtroom.
Military Thriller: This thriller is set in the military.
Psychological Thriller: This story revolves around a battle of minds and wills. They are often darker and focus on emotional trauma.
Supernatural Thriller: These thrillers blend the fast paced plot of a thriller with supernatural elements like magic, psychics or ghosts.
Want something light? Try one of these
Comedy/Humour: Comedy ranges from ridiculous humour to physical humour to satire. Tag this if the book makes you laugh more than usual.
Chicklit: Literature which is light and fluffy, likely to appeal to young women.
Want something heavy? Try one of these
Coming Out: A story of someone coming out at any age.
Drama: A serious book that is likely to make you cry or really feel bad for the characters.
Internal Journey: A story where the main character goes through massive internal changes. Often, but not always, this is a drama and will have internal dialogue.
Life Story: A story that takes place of the course of someone’s life span.
Sad: A story that makes you want to cry.
Want something steamy? Try one of these
Erotica/Erotic Fiction: A story that deals substantially with erotically stimulating subject matter. A book with more than two or three sex scenes or a book with the main theme of sex.
Naughty/Spanking/BDSM: A story that features spanking, BDSM or other role playing as an important part of the story.
Want something for younger readers? Try one of these
Young Adult (15-18): This is generally aimed at the teen market and most often doesn’t have sex or has fade to black sex, depending on the age of the characters.
New Adult (18-24): This is aimed at the older teen and young 20s market. The stories are generally more sophisticated and include sex scenes.
Want to read something otherworldly? Check out our specfic
Across Time: A story that takes place over two or more time periods. The most common type of this story is time travel.
Dystopian/Post Apocalypse: A story set in a time where everything is bad, often a totalitarian environment.
Fantasy: Imaginative fiction involving magic and adventure often set in a world that isn’t ours.
Fairytale/Myth/Legend: A retelling of a fairytale, greek mythology or historical legends all fall into this category.
Futuristic: A story set in the future but not necessarily science fiction.
Magic: Anything with magic as a theme.
Paranormal: Ghosts, aliens, demons and other paranormal beings.
Pirate: A story revolving around a pirate.
Shifter: Werewolves, shapeshifters and anything that can change its form.
Science Fiction: fiction based on future scientific and/or technological advances. There are often large social and environmental changes. Science fiction also often revolves around space or time travel and life on other planets.
Steampunk: science fiction that generally has a historical setting and features machines that are powered by steam.
Superhero: A being with abilities greater than human
Supernatural: A story about something beyond scientific understanding. Ghosts, Vampires, Demons, Shapeshifters, Werewolves andMagic all fall into this category.
Urban Fantasy: A fantasy story with an urban setting. This can be historical or modern.
Vampire: Any kind of vampire, even sparkly ones.
Want a book with a specific theme? Check out these
Academics/Education: The story takes place in an academic environment or one of the leads is a teacher, professor etc.
Christmas: A novel set around Christmas.
Foodies: A story with a strong theme of food.
Medical: A story that takes place in a hospital or has a doctor as a main character and that fact is important to the story.
Music: A story that takes place in the music world or has a main character who is a musician and that fact is important to the story.
Small Town: A story set in a small town and the setting is central to the story.
Sports: A story where sports are important to the story.
War: A story set against the backdrop of war.