Question: Hi, I'm here to ask you about your sexy book recommendations. Any good smut? - trixielikesit
I do have recommendations, but first, a warning: I read a lot of smutty books, but it’s not always that great! I also read a lot of books with incredibly sensual descriptions which aren’t necessarily arousing, but I tend to find those much sexier than some published smut. If anyone’s looking for sexy books, don’t just look at romance novels and erotica! Depending on what you’re into, you can find surprisingly arousing text in all sorts of books!
I really only have 3 (technically 4) published works which I would recommend, but I recommend them to eeeeveryone.
- Joey Comeau’s The Girl Who Couldn’t Come
(incl. hetero, gay, and lesbian sex)
Collection of short stories. Joey Comeau writes sexy stories the way I want to write sexy stories. Each one is a primary example for why I prefer literary smut over actual porn- because they’re not just A meets B, and then they have sex, they’re actual stories. Not all of them are necessarily gonna get you off- ghosts for example is more creepy than sexy (to me), but they are all very good. Also, you can read it online! It’s great.
Joey also wrote We All Got it Coming, and while he included one of the sex scenes from chapter 1 in The Girl Who Couldn’t Come, chapter 4 has some of the hottest gay smut I have ever read. (You don’t have to read the entire book for context or anything, but you can.)
(incl. hetero and some lesbian sex)
Two collections of short stories. Anais Nin is classic literary smut for a reason. Like Joey Comeau, her short sexy stories are actual stories, not just porn. They are sensual stories for the mind and the body. Have you ever read a smut fic and felt simultaneously melancholy and aroused? Maybe now you will!
- Jeanette Winterson’s Written on the Body
(the narrator’s gender is never specified, but they have a lot of sex with women.)
Written on the Body is a sensual feast. I don’t think it has any out-and-out sex (as far as I can remember), but it is gorgeously detailed and breathtaking. It’s absolutely one of my favourite books, and while I can’t wholeheartedly recommend it as smut, I can recommend it as an erotic read.
Smut I don’t recommend (which others might recommend) are anything by Marquis de Sade (I’ve read 120 Days of Sodom and Justine), Lady Chatterley’s Lover andThe Sleeping Beauty trilogy by Anne Rise (under the pseudonym A. N Roquelaure).
The first two I don’t recommend personally because I find the smut lacking (de Sade does always have interesting philosophical views which are a good read, sandwiched between lackluster porn), and the last one is hardcore BDSM erotica, which you may or may not be into. I only read the first one, The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, and I got turned off because a.) not really into erotic humiliation, and b.) loooots of consent issues, including a very clearly abusive BDSM system between the masters and slaves. It’s better than Fifty Shades of Grey in terms of smut and because it never attempts to portray itself as anything other than an abusive system, but I wasn’t into it. Like any BDSM erotica, it’s all right if it’s a fantasy you’re into, as long as you recognize that it’s not indicative of how a real, consensual and trusting BDSM relationship works.
Oh, and for a non-published sexy (sapphic) read, I recommend this x a million.
Go forth and read!