Fifty Shades of Grey is heating up The New York Times best seller list, making BDSM erotica an official trend of the Summer. But the author, British Twilight fanatic E.L. James, isn’t the first to let the racy sex fetish inspire a novel. That form of fantasy has filled the pages of many books over the years, and in fact, erotic writing dates back at least two millennia to the Greek poet Sappho. If you want to give steamy reading a chance, here are seven titles to try besides Fifty Shades.
Delta of Venus is filled with a wide range of characters and situations. There’s a Hungarian man who seduces rich women only to steal their money, and a Parisian housewife who ends up in Peruvian opium dens. Something for everybody. It was first published in 1977 by French writer Anaïs Nin. Read more …
It’s Memorial Day! Let the summer beach reading commence! I have two goals this summer—spend lots of time sitting on the beach (with sunscreen of course) and read lots o’ books while sitting on the beach. I believe I can achieve these goals. I’m placing a large Amazon order today, so I’ve been doing some research and thought I’d share. After the jump, my picks for the best beach reads this summer. Keep reading »
Paulina Porizkova wants you to know that, yes, she can read. In fact, she’s written a whole essay on the subject for Modelinia.com.
“I feel the need to constantly prove I’m not some dumb model. And yes, I know that having to prove it undermines my efforts. But bear with me. I quit school at 15 to live off of my looks,” she says. “Fortunately, I have been a bookworm ever since I learned how to read.” [Modelinia]
So what does Paulina think you should read this summer? Vikram Seth’s 1,488-page tome about India, A Suitable Boy. And A Soldier of the Great War, which Paulina describes as “880 pages of love, humor, and war.” She also says, “Once read, [these books] can be used to tone biceps or in step class.”
Oh, but there are other options. Here’s what our favorite celebs are reading this summer. Keep reading »
Summer has (almost) arrived! You know what that means? It’s time to put down the Dostoyevsky and put that dogeared copy of “Siddhartha” back on the shelf — those books are for the damp, frigid winter — and pick up some trashy, sexy, and deeply enjoyable beach reading. Our first recommendation for your summer of pleasurable page turning? “Bought” by Anna David. The novel is a followup to “Party Girl,” and continues to follow the oh-so-exciting life of L.A. magazine writer, Emma Swanson. This time around, she’s writing a story about a high-class call girl and discovers some tricks of the trade in the process. But it’s not all fun and games, as Emma must contend with a moral quandry of her own. Hooked yet? [$14.99, Amazon]
We’re giving away five copies of “Bought” by Anna David, but you have to work if you want it in your beach bag. The five best commenters for this coming week—from today, Friday, May 22 through Thursday, May 28—will be awarded with one. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »
Chances are, if you ever survived a high school English class you may have read a few if not all of these classic book. But chances are you hated them because your teacher was evil and made you write a 10-page paper on the mean of every paragraph rather than letting you simply enjoy them. That’s why even if you have read the 10 classic novels after the jump, you should give them a re-read this summer. And if you haven’t read them…well, now is the time. Keep reading »
You’ve already got your trashy beach reads, but there’s also a time and place for, you know, real books. After the jump, 10 New(ish) — i.e. coming out soon or just came out recently — Books You Should Read This Summer. Keep reading »