Celebrating and Expressing Gratitude for Smut in Books

Reading romance novels and indulging in their spice is what makes me a who I am. Read on to hear why myself and other Bookstr writers are thankful for smut.

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For as long as I can remember, reading romance novels is the glue that holds me together. It all started when I was 13, reading One Direction fanfiction on Wattpad. I had always been a curious person, but when I started to read about intimacy in books, I was transcended.

After that, I absorbed as much sex-related knowledge as I could. I felt that this had become a part of me. I wanted to be the person people could turn to for questions and feel open to talking about experiences with, and I accomplished that. Looking back, being the age that I was, I can see others thinking that this was a phase of early puberty, but this behavior hasn’t changed even after 10 years.

I have often tried to pinpoint this obsession because it comes from a place of true enjoyment. I want to learn, I want to indulge, and I want it all laid out on a page for me; the more detailed the better. In the past year, it has been a pleasure to find the romance tropes I gravitate towards and the ones I stay away from. I want it all and then I want to decide if it’s up my ally or not.

Escaping the Confines of Reality

A book with smut is the perfect way to escape a stuffy reality. Something about watching a slow-burn romance or an enemies to lover meet its head has me hooked. You can’t rip me away from a romance novel on a regular day, but when I am diving deep into a character’s first time together… I am checked out from everyone and everything around me.

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But that’s one of the reasons authors write smut, right? It’s to dive into a world and read about things that you’re curious about or haven’t experienced. My favorite part about reading romance is putting myself in the shoes of the female character. Smut gives readers a chance to “try” something to see if they like it by experiencing it on the pages. I’ll never shy away from a deliciously descriptive scene that holds my attention!

Sexual Awakening and Acceptance

As I mentioned before, I was reading smut at a young age and continued to delve into it out of pure enjoyment and curiosity. It certainly propelled my sexual awakening, if you will; I was the friend who knew everything and the person who always wanted to talk about it.

However, this wasn’t necessarily easy. I remember my friends wondering why I was reading what I was and why I was sexually deviant and educated on these topics so young. They would “blame” my books when I would be on my hands and knees thanking them.

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I have never been someone who shrinks from peer pressure or negative comments. Why would I stop reading what I wanted just because other people thought it was weird? Sex and intimacy are basic human functions and something we will all (hopefully!) experience in our lifetime.

As an adult with a few notches on my belt, I can turn to my books and truly say thank you for making something seemingly taboo seem very normal to me. I never had a chance to think of sex as a forbidden topic because it had always been something I was free to learn about and explore on the pages of my books. As a young reader, I saw how love and intimacy were accepted without question in a book universe, so why couldn’t that be translated to my reality? I have become an extension of the pages and tried to spread acceptance to the people in my life if they weren’t ready to pick up a book for themselves.

Contribution to My Devious Delusion

Though this all started about ten years ago, I think I have always had a smutty little devil inside of me. Once I got a taste of this world, I flourished and never felt more alive. Romance books should fear me! I eat up every single word on the page and read ten times faster when I know smut will be involved.

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Being a romance reader and a Pisces, I live in my own little world. I don’t often feel like I mesh well with my star sign, but I certainly do with that aspect. I have never in my life had a boyfriend, but the way I fall asleep at night pretending I am with one of the men I read about should be studied. That goes for the smut scenes as well. I can’t even begin to imagine how many times I have thought of myself as one of the women I read about; I am sure it is an unhinged number.

I am not sure what the universe will gift me in life, but I know I have experienced hundreds of relationships just through the pages of my books, and I feel lucky.

More Smut Love from the Bookstr Team

I am so grateful to be a part of a team that shares the same passion I do for this kind of literature. Take a look at what a few of our Bookstr team members had to say.

To all my favorite smut writers who bring enticing and scintillating romance to the pages of some of my favorite reads. Thank you. Your ability to encapsulate the enthralling, captivating nature of one of humanity’s most basic instincts is a talent I only hope to one day replicate. The absolutely boundless ways you bring emotion and sensation to the page, pulling me into the scene as a risque voyeur is both hedonistic and euphoric.

As a proud smut reader, I find no shame in witnessing the carnal pleasures being delivered and received by the couples, throuples, and harems delivered to me via my Kindle or paperback. The escape these novels give, no matter the heat or darkness level, is next level. Let’s not forget to mention they’re better than the Kama Sutra in terms of fresh ideas.

  • Much Love, Kristi Eskew, Editorial

Oh, how I absolutely adore and cherish the existence of smut in books! It’s like stumbling upon a hidden treasure chest filled with tantalizing secrets and forbidden desires. The art of weaving sensuality into the pages creates a captivating tapestry of passion that sets my imagination ablaze. From the stolen glances to the heated whispers, smut in books adds a delicious layer of complexity to the characters and their relationships. It celebrates the power of passion, reminding us that life is meant to be lived boldly and authentically.

So here’s to smut in books, for daring to embrace our deepest desires, and for giving us a window into a world where pleasure reigns supreme. It’s a guilty pleasure that sets my heart racing and my mind spinning, reminding me that within the pages of a book, there lies a world of endless possibilities. Cheers to the authors who fearlessly explore the realms of sensuality and to the readers who eagerly devour every word, finding solace and excitement in the pages of their favorite stories. Long live the enchanting allure of smut in books!

  • Trish G, Editorial

Smut is not for everyone, but when you love it, you really love it. It keeps you on your toes, gets you all hot and bothered, and provides you with the best kind of advice.

As my fellow smut-lovers said, cheers to smut, thank you to the authors who put their heart into writing it authentically, and a big shoutout to the One Direction one-shots that propelled me into my obsession today.


Interested in our “thankful” series? Check out this article on dark romance!

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