I think its important to respect this quote by Angela Carter before reading my favorite erotic works of fiction, some of which heavily inspired my new novel, The Juliette Society (Little, Brown).
'But all art which contains elements of eroticism (eroticism, the pornography of the elite) contains the possibility of the same methodology - that is, writing that can 'pull' a reader just as a woman 'pulls' a man or a man 'pulls' a woman.' - Angela Carter
Wetlands by Charlotte Roche
Wetlands is a no holds barred one week journey of a young woman who has no shame in having a hysterectomy at 18, just as she has no qualms making an avocado pit her sex toy and child.
The novels protagonist Helen (or antagonist if youre a complete prude) will either turn you off or draw you in with the opening sentence alone.
Helen digs into the disgusting surface thoughts we all have, but wonder why we do, and instead of hiding them shares them with the world.
Therese the Philosopher by Jean-Baptiste de Boyer
Boyers 1748 novel is just as relevant today as it was during The Enlightenment.
Thereses sexual journey is a philosophical one; she and the other characters discuss repression, hypocrisy, and religion as easily as they f*ck.
The ending is rather sweet as well, and its probably one of the first instances in literature where a female character submits out of desire, rather than fear.
Delta of Venus by Anais Nin
This book of short stories is an easy read I picked up several years ago.
Anais Nin catered to the fantasies of a collector who conservative feminists would consider abnormal and immoral.
That aside, the more enjoyable sometimes mysterious masochistic sex depicted is refreshing as the feelings expressed are purely feminine.