Forget Fifty Shades of Grey. You know, the orgasmic S&M trilogy that Chelsea Handler once called “a piece of trash.”

Over the centuries, literature has presented readers with wonderfully naughty works of fiction, and there is no better time than summertime to open up that kinky tome, dive right into erotic worlds and live vicariously with full-on libertine vigor.

Nerve has put together a list of these sexy reads, accompanied with some titillating passages. The list is for advanced erotica readers, so if you consider yourself a novice, do begin with anything by Anais Nin or Vladimir Nabokov.

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Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters: Historical fiction with a side of secret lady love.
“With every step I took away from her, the movement at my heart and between my legs grew more defined: I felt like a ventriloquist, locking his protesting dolls in to a trunk.”

Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson: A nameless narrator of unspecified gender relishes his affair with a married woman.
“She arches her body like a cat on a stretch. She nuzzles her cunt into my face like a filly at the gate. She smells of the sea. She smells of rockpools when I was a child. She keeps a starfish in there. I crouch down to taste the salt, to run my fingers around the rim. She opens and shuts like a sea anemone. She’s refilled each day with fresh tides of longing.”

Vox by Nicholson Baker: Sexual antics can sometimes get silly, and that’s ok.
“And back in the hall, while the one gymnast painter was sinking himself unapologetically into my ass, I felt the other, the one who’d responsibly used the right kind of paint all along, now use his thumbs to hold my real …self open, my lips, and then I felt him slide slowly up my real hole. I said, ‘Vvoo!’”

Tampa by Alissa Nutting: A woman goes on the sexual prowl for adolescent boy toys.
“His eyes took in the details of my body with a conflicted gaze that I knew well: even having seen all the facts of the case, he still wanted me. He wanted me despite knowing what that meant about him.”

Wonderland by Stacey D’Erasmo: A female artist stages a professional (and sexual) comeback. In the world of rock n’ roll, there is little difference.
“We fuck and it is only, sheerly, ridiculously good. Our bodies fit, our rhythms match, as if we’ve been fucking our entire lives, as if I came across the world just to be here at this moment, in this room, with this man, in exactly this way. It is all electric light blue.”

A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter: A tender masterpiece about young love and anal sex in the early morn.
“He leans over to admire her, she does not see him. Hair covers her cheek. Her skin seems very white. He kisses her side and then, without force, as one stirs a favorite mare, begins again. She comes to life with a soft, exhausted sound, like someone saved from drowning.”

My Girlfriend Comes to the City and Beats Me Up by Stephen Elliott: A man ventures into S&M and does it right.
“She tied my cock and balls together and told me to stick my tongue out and then slapped my face hard, the way my father used to.”

Read the rest of Nerve’s list here.

p.s. If you are looking to learn how to write a damn good sex scene, then read James Salter. If you want to learn how NOT to write a good sex scene, read this.

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