24 Classic 'Steamy' Books

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24 Classic 'Steamy' Books
Thu, 12-20-2012 - 11:50am

Secretly filching ''dirty'' books from parents' shelves is a traditional rite of passage. An informal EW office survey found that staffers, no matter how old they were or where they were from, turned to the same literary works for, uh, information. You too?


I have to admit, I haven't read all but one: Jaws.

How about you? How do you think they compare to today's "steamy" books? Classics are better?

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Tue, 01-01-2013 - 6:02pm
Of those on the list I've read The Story of O, The Rubyfruit Jungle, and Flowers in the Attic. What's surprising is that The Rubyfruit Jungle was on a required summer reading list when I was in high school and I kept waiting for someones uptight parent to complain. Never happened. The rest of those don't really seem all that interesting.
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Sat, 12-22-2012 - 8:59pm

I'm not sure how many I've read. My parents told me I could read anything of theirs. Then I read "Candy," and discovered that everything on their shelves wasn't suitable for an 8 or 10 year old... No, I didn't tell them I'd read it, i just put it back on the shelf. Others of the books like Fear of Flying and the Anais Nin I bought for myself.



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Sat, 12-22-2012 - 9:31am

i've only read 8 of them, lol.


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Fri, 12-21-2012 - 12:48pm

I have read 15 of those listed.  I enjoyed them all :D  But I do read about 2-4 books a week.  I think I would rather read than eat or sleep sometimes.