Literary Erotica for Beginners

Maybe the idea of casually reading a novel with Fabio on the cover on your train commute makes you tense up and giggle uncomfortably. But maybe you’re intrigued by the idea of reading something, smutty—something erotic. Below is a list of recommendations that will help you delve into erotica without feeling like a cheeseball.

By the way, if you’re still feeling hesitant about the whole reading-this-in-public-thing, perhaps this is the time to invest in an e-reader?

Forever by Judy Blume


It’s time to expand outside of Ramona Quimby’s world. Forever is the perfect foray into erotica through the YA genre. Venture into the story of Katherine and Michael, who lost their virginity to each other. Classic!

Delta of Venus by Anais Nin


If you want to disguise your interest in erotica as an interest in historical literature, Anais Nin is the way to go. Delta of Venus published posthumously, explores erotica in a sophisticated, literary fashion.

Vox by Nicholson Baker


The entirety of the book is two people, on the phone, discussing what they want to do to each other. Pretty straightforward.

I Am A Woman by Ann Banon


Banon, known as the “Queen of Lesbian Pulp Fiction,” perfectly paints a picture of gay life in Greenwich Village in the 1950’s and 60’s.

Orgasmic: Erotica for Women by Rachel Kramer Bussel


This collection of short stories describes every type of orgasm. Sounds pretty satisfying, right?

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