There's nothing quite like reading a book in a crowded public space - maybe on your train commute to work or in a park on a sunny weekend. And yes, you're better than everybody else because you're doing so.

But there comes a time when you might want to inch your book a little closer to you. And you might start eyeing toward your left and right to ensure your neighbor isn't reading over your shoulder. Because if they were, then they would know that you might be reading something that falls between the steamy and straight up horny genre. That, my dear, is Smut. And it's having its moment this summer. (Just look up “smutty books” on your Goodreads and you'll know what we're talking about.)

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It's not a new concept though. The popularity of books centered around sex and relationships has never faltered. The New York Times Bestseller list consistently proves this. While not all these books have been categorized as “smut” (a term that the internet has claimed which refers to stories with overtly sexually explicit scenes), many of them offer different perspectives and guides to love and sex.

It makes sense why readings about relationships and sexuality are popular. The topics are often a throughline to our intense emotions and desires as humans. We want to encourage your curiosity of love and sex, no matter if it's through reading a “romantasy” novel hot-off-the press or picking up a version of the Kamasutra. In fact, the next time a neighbor is peeking over your shoulder, curious about what you're devouring, invite a conversation or recommend it so that we can all enjoy our summer reading shamelessly. Here's a guide if you're not sure where to start:

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If you want something educational:

Guide to Sex by Emily Morse

Dr. Emily Morse, a renowned sexologist, offers a modern, comprehensive guide to sex, covering everything from basic anatomy to advanced techniques. The book aims to help readers improve their sexual health, enhance intimacy, and build better relationships through communication and understanding.

Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good by Adrienne Maree Brown

This book explores the intersection of social justice and pleasure, arguing that seeking pleasure and joy is a form of resistance and a path toward personal and collective liberation. Brown compiles essays, interviews, and insights from various activists and thinkers to illustrate how pleasure can be a powerful force for change.

The New Menopause: The Complete Guide to Navigating the Second Half of Your Life by Dr. Heather Hirsch

This comprehensive guide provides up-to-date information on menopause, addressing the physical, emotional, and psychological changes that occur during this stage of life. Dr. Hirsch offers practical advice on managing symptoms, understanding hormonal changes, and embracing this transition as a time of empowerment and new opportunities.

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If you're exploring your sexuality:

The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships, and Other Adventures by Dossie Easton and Janet W. Hardy

This groundbreaking book explores the concept of consensual non-monogamy, providing practical advice for navigating open relationships and polyamory. Easton and Hardy discuss communication, jealousy, boundary-setting, and the importance of ethical behavior in maintaining healthy, happy relationships.

Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life by Emily Nagoski

This book delves into the science of female sexuality, helping readers understand their unique sexual responses and desires. Nagoski combines research with practical advice to promote a healthy and fulfilling sexual life.

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If you want to hear personal testimonial:

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

In this memoir, Glennon Doyle shares her journey of self-discovery and empowerment. She reflects on her experiences with identity, relationships, and societal expectations, encouraging readers to trust themselves and live authentically. Doyle's story is a call to embrace one's true self and break free from external constraints.

Why We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones

Why We Fight For Our Lives is an account of Saeed Jones's coming-of-age as a Black gay man in the American South. It provides broader commentary on the resilience required to live authentically in a world that often seeks to marginalize. Jones's memoir is a testament to the fight for self-acceptance and the ongoing struggle for dignity and love in the face of adversity.

If you're real life isn't cutting it:

Bared to You by Sylvia Day

This erotic romance novel follows the intense and tumultuous relationship between Eva Tramell and Gideon Cross. Both characters grapple with past traumas and insecurities as they navigate their passionate but complicated love affair. The book is the first in the Crossfire series, exploring themes of desire, healing, and emotional vulnerability.

Hook, Line, and Sinker Series by Tessa Bailey

This contemporary romance series features characters from a small fishing town who find love in unexpected places. Each book focuses on different couples, blending humor, heart, and steamy romance. The series highlights personal growth, community, and the transformative power of love.

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If you want a love story:

Funny Story by Emily Henry

This contemporary romance novel features Emily Henry's signature witty banter and heartfelt moments. Two characters with contrasting personalities are thrown together after a shared traumatic experience. What once felt like punch in the gut, might actually be a blessing in disguise. Henry's style includes sharp dialogue and deep emotional connections, making for a perfect summer (or really any season) read you won't be able to put down.

Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston 

If you love an enemies-to-lover trope, this one is for you. Red, White, and Royal Blue features characters from different ends of the world. The queer love story between Alex Claremont-Diaz, the First Son of the United States, and Prince Henry of Wales is witty and bright. The book navigates complex themes of identity, acceptance, and the courage to love openly. It's a celebration of love in all its forms and a powerful reminder of the importance of being true to oneself.

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If you want to see what all the fuss is about:

A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR) Series by Sarah J. Maas

This fantasy series, in talks to become a major streaming smash, begins with A Court of Thorns and Roses, where nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre Archeron kills a wolf in the woods, only to discover it was a faerie in disguise. Throughout the series, Feyre's relationships, alliances, and her own powers evolve as she strives to save both the faerie and human realms. The series is renowned (both on Tiktok and by the NYT) for its intricate world-building and the romantic and political intrigue.

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

This best-selling novel of 2023 is soon to be major motion picture. So if you haven't read it yet, now's the chance to borrow your friend's copy to see what has stirred all this commotion. The romance book, follows Lily Bloom, a young woman who moves to Boston and starts her own flower shop. The novel explores themes of love, abuse, and the difficult choices we make to protect ourselves and those we care about. Inspired by Hoover's own personal experiences, It Ends With Us is a deeply emotional and powerful story about resilience and the complexity of relationships.

So this summer, Get WET and dive into some fun reading! Whether it's an erotic escape, a new eye-opening memoir, or a how to guide, a sexy summer read will enhance those long summer days.

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junio 26, 2024