Before you balk and criticize books like Fifty Shades of Grey, try keeping an open mind. Reading erotica has loads of benefits: it can serve as sexual therapy for low libidos, it can encourage you to be yourself, and it has the benefit of teaching you new things about sex—yes, that’s right! From new sex positions to interesting takes on role playing, you’ll likely pick up a thing or two from reading erotica.
You may have never thought you were into spanking before, but after reading the Sleeping Beauty trilogy, maybe you are begging your partner to bend you over and punish you. Maybe you were initially put off by being tied up, but reading about it totally changed your mind—now you can’t stop thinking about being bound and fucked from behind!
Erotica is a great way to get your feet wet with sexual themes that you’re not sure about, all without having to jump into something blindly. Erotica can be a great muse if you’re in a sexual rut. Characters in erotic novels aren’t afraid to experiment with toys, erotic foods, erotic role play, you name it. Think about your favorite scenes in erotic literature and act them out with your partner—you don’t have to go all the way, though. If you like the idea of handcuffs in one story but the idea freaks you out too much, start with silk scarves. No harm done.
How do you begin to choose which erotic book to read? There are so many themes and fetishes out there, it can be really overwhelming. If you haven’t read any erotica yet, your best bet is to pick up some sort of erotica anthology—that way, you’ll get a nice sampling of some of the most popular themes.
This is a good first read because it’s about about, well, not getting enough! The characters are bold and horny, so perhaps it will teach you more about getting what you want out of sex.
This is all about orgasms through different means: voyeurism, exhibitionism, you name it. A nice compilation of stories for different tastes.
The Penthouse Letters can be a little too blunt for some, but men who read will love it, and women who don’t mind candidness will definitely find these stories intriguing.
Start with these anthologies, and if you find a theme that gets you hot, that’s your golden ticket to more erotic literature. Click here for mine!