8 Sex Scenes In Books You Should Read Before A First Date

How do you prepare for a first date? Well, obviously you've got to pick out your outfit, text pictures of the outfit to all your friends, try a few "hair hacks" you found online, pick out a new outfit after realizing that the first outfit has a wine stain on it, give yourself a lengthy pep talk in the mirror, and read some of the steamiest sex scenes in books. OK, so reading literary sex scenes may not be part of your traditional first date preparation, but I think that we, as a society, should try to change that. I mean, what gets you in the mood for a new romance like reading about fictional characters going at it?

Whether this is your third Tinder date this week, or the beginning of a romance with a longtime friend, or your first date in what seems like forever, a well-penned love scene will give you an extra dose of confidence. There are slow and sweet scenes for those afternoon coffee dates, wild and passionate scenes for drinks and dancing, and a whole slew of other scenes for everything in between. So if you want to trade in your first date jitters for some hot, literary excitement, check out these scenes of seduction:

1. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy writes about the forbidden love of two people from different castes, but the forbidden aspect isn't the main attraction. It's more about the tenderness and joy of love between two individuals, outside the bounds of society's rules. And it's one of the most tingle-inducing sex scenes in any book.

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2. Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx

Brokeback Mountain is either a long short story or a short novella, but whatever it is, it's beautifully written. If you only know the cinematic version, it's time to treat yourself to some prose about cowboy-on-cowboy love. No matter what genders you find yourself attracted to, this story about two men finding each other is universal. Perfect for first dates with rugged or outdoorsy types.

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3. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

This one is for your first date with that strong-and-silent stranger. The Blind Assassin is a wonderfully romantic and moody piece of literature, involving several nested love stories and several dizzying plot twists. It also has quite a few choice scenes for new lovers who like to preserve a little mystery about each other.

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4. Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed writes very candidly about female sexuality. Sometimes the sex she describes is self-destructive, yes, but at other times it's entirely healing. This is a scene to indulge in if you're about to embark on a first date, but you already know that you want to take things slow. Wild understands that sometimes taking things slow can be a huge turn on for everyone involved.

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5. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Let's be real here: Jack Kerouac would have probably made a terrible boyfriend. He's a hippie, mansplaining dude who sleeps around and almost never showers. But if you're hoping for a nice, casual first date, On the Road is great for getting you in a freewheeling mood. Kerouac's writing is erratic and inspiring, and his novel is full of fun, casual sex (just don't expect him to stick around the next morning).

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6. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Americanah is a novel about identity threaded through with a love story. It's the ideal book to read if you're nervous about a first date with an old friend or childhood sweetheart. The sex scenes vary from awkward to awful to adequate to truly wonderful. Adichie's writing is often painfully honest, but sometimes that honesty is exactly what you need to dive into unknown romantic territory.

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7. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

Fingersmith is the Dickensian novel about Victorian lesbians that you never knew you needed. If your ideal first date involves tea, lace, and repressed desires, then this is the book for you. The sex scenes are not overly graphic, but rather delicate and seductive. And very focused on fingers.

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8. A House Like a Lotus by Madeleine L'Engle

Yeah, this is the same Madeleine L'Engle who wrote A Wrinkle in Time, and yeah, this is a sex scene. It's the protagonist's first time having sex (so really, this scene should be so much more awkward), but it's still a sweet and sensual read for a first experience with anyone. The rest of the book may not quite live up to L'Engle's other work, but this one scene is just lovely.

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