11 Books To Read To Get You More Turned On

There are a lot of ways to get in the mood, but if the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon has taught us anything, it's that books can be a huge turn on. The brain is the largest sexual organ, after all, so it should come to no surprise that stimulating it à la reading can be a quick and sexy way of getting yourself all hot and bothered. Forget the dirty pictures and awkward sex noises from the TV — books are the best tool to turn you on.

When you read erotica, or any other kind of literature that gets you going, imagination, fantasy, and sexual exploration all collide for the perfect thrill. You're invested in the plot and the characters while being completely titillated by their sexual encounters. The best kind of books turn you on by mounting the tension as you turn each page, eyes scanning for bare chests and love bites. They're the kind of books you might not want to read in public, lest you find yourself having a When Harry Met Sally-level orgasm in a crowded restaurant. They're the kind of books that, if you haven't yet, you need to try. Your libido will thank you for it.

Light the candles, lock the doors, and reach for your bookshelf, because here are 11 books to read that are guaranteed to turn you on:

The Sexy Librarian's Big Book of Erotica by Rose Caraway

Not sure what kind of erotic reading you're into yet? The Sexy Librarian's Big Book of Erotica is the perfect place to find out. Featuring 22 stories that range from dirty fairy tales to sexy dominatrix, this collection will help you find exactly what you need to turn you on.

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Addicted by Zane

Dark, mysterious, and oh-so-hot, Addicted reveals the darkest sexual obsessions of Zoe, a happily married business woman and mother of three who just can't get enough. From the sexy and sensitive artist she gets sensual with to the rough and sexy man who maybe takes things too far, the sexual adventures of this woman will get you hot, bothered, and possibly addicted.

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Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice

Anne Rice redefines fantasy in this reimagined erotic fairy tale. Claiming of Sleeping Beauty is both an enchanting story and an indulgent sexual exploration that plays with sensuality and power. Just know that after reading this, you'll never look at Aurora of Prince Philip in the same way ever again.

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Story of O by Pauline Reage

Long before Christian was flogging Anastasia, O was exploring submission, dominance, and secret societies in the Parisian streets. Vivid and often graphic, The Story of O features whips, chains, blindfolds, and genital piercings. If you're into BDSM, forget Fifty Shades of Grey, but be warned — this is not for the faint of heart.

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Lost Girls by Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie

For those who still like books with pictures, this naughty graphic novel reimagines your favorite fairy tale characters in brand new steamy encounters. Dorothy, Wendy, and Alice find pleasure in each other's arms, as well as the arms of many, many others in this imaginative, sexy, and incredibly tantalizing graphic novel.

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Delta of Venus by Anaïs Nin

Not one but 15 titillating tales of seduction come together to make Anaïs Nin's classic erotica collection. Raw and provocative, Delta of Venus has been turning readers on for nearly 40 years, and it is guaranteed to do the same for you. If Delta of Venus isn't your style, try one of Nin's several other erotic writing.

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Vox by Nicholson Baker

If you've ever wondered whether or not phone sex is indeed sexy, you must read Nicholson Baker's Vox . Two strangers meet over the phone when they call into a sex line, and Vox chronicles the hot-and-heavy conversation that follows. Though no physical contact is actually made between the two characters, their dirty talk is enough to get them — and maybe you — off.

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Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson

Mysterious and seductive, Written on the Body explores the sexual desires of a person, whose name and gender are unknown, and their lover, a married woman caught in the throes of a very passionate affair. Sweet but erotic and intriguing, Jeanette Winterson's masterpiece is emotionally and physically stirring.

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Born in Fire by Nora Roberts

If you like a little romance with your sensuality, then Born in Fire is the right book to turn you on. Hard-headed, troubled, and free-spirited Maggie finds comforts in the arms of sweet and protective Rogan, but their love will be tested by dark secrets looming in the past. Through it all, the two find time to get hot and heavy and in turn get you hot and heavy, too.

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Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

A somewhat fictional autobiography, Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer was once banned in the United States for its pornographic content. The book chronicles Miller's life, including his sexual encounters, and the descriptions of having sex in the back of a cab, among many other places, are more than hot enough to turn your on.

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Women by Chloe Caldwell

The simple title says it all: this book is about women, beautiful, sexual women discovering one another. While it is funny and charming, Women is a about discovering love, but it is also about exploring sexuality, and trust me, it gets very intimate and very steamy. You're going to love it.

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