OK, I’ll be the first to admit..reading really isn’t my bag. I have a really short attention span, I get sleepy fast, and I can typically think of 20 other things I’d rather do before picking up a book even enters my brain. It’s a little embarrassing to admit, but it is what it is.
Unless it’s smut. Or in other words, for those unfamiliar with the term…porn written in words. Trashy, filthy, forbidden, jaw-dropping, graphic, readable sex. When it comes to smut, you have my undivided attention. You can even bury a plot in there, be it good or bad…and I’m all yours. I won’t get into what genre/fetish/scenarios are my thing, but let’s suffice it to say, it would make my mother blush.
I was given a tablet for Christmas one year; I wanted it mostly for games and such. One day I put the Kindle app on there, downloaded a few free books, and as the saying goes…that was all she wrote.
Now I’m to the point where I love reading, I go from one book to the next, I’ve even read a few series. Smut series, of course. But series, none the less. I come home from work, settle in bed with a glass of wine, and read until I doze off. I used to feel guilty about my little naughty pleasure until one day I realized…reading is reading. It may not be the type of books I can discuss with my coworkers around the office Keureg, but it’s still reading. And as we all know, reading in itself has plenty of benefits. Here are a few that I like to keep in mind as I’m reading about his quivering member or her hot burning flesh:
- You get lost in a story. Removing yourself from the daily crappity crap of the office, your crazy supervisor, bills, chores, and general adulting, is always a good thing.
- You can improve your vocabulary. Yes, you can learn all types of euphemisms for genitalia, but any good author will still throw a new word or a rarely used phrase into their story. You take it to work, PG it up, use it to tell your coworker how you feel about the TPS report, and you look like a wordsmithing genius.
- It’s a good way to wind down at night. We all know that it’s hard to get enough sleep these days. Most people are lucky to get 5 hours a night. If I settle in bed an hour before I need to fall asleep, my eyes naturally get drowsy from reading, even if it’s a perfectly stimulating book. So reading winds up being a bedtime story that helps me doze off.
- You may actually learn something. Be it a new position, the effect of a certain rhythm, or how your pheromones turn on your mate when you least expect it, even smut can be a learning tool. But sex aside, there’s typically some other random factoid in every book that makes me able to say that I learned something new.
- You may get motivated. Start that journal, set up that blog, or write that book you’ve always wanted to write. There are so many ways to use your creative juices. Seeing how different authors use theirs to write stories may put you in the mood to use yours as well.
- You may broaden your horizons. Not just your sexual horizons, but while you’re scrolling through the library (be it a physical one or a virtual one), you may stumble across other topics of interest. The latest smut novel I read took place in Europe, and mentioned so many cool places that I have added to my potential travel list…or at least my “google while I’m bored at work” list. Whether I make it to those places or not, I still wound up learning a few random tidbits about Ireland and Germany that piqued my curiosity.
- You may forget that you don’t have a partner. OK, this is a stretch. But smut makes you realize…you’re perfectly capable of turning your own self on. When you’re in the midst of a dry spell, which I know a lot about, smut gives you a way to release some tension on your own.
- You may find yourself less reliant on social media. Let’s face it. Social media has taken on a life of its own. Now-days people occupy themselves by scrolling endlessly through tweets and posts and chats. And research has proven that sometimes that’s not a good thing. Instead of turning to social media during those moments of boredom, opening a book is a more positive way of entertaining yourself.
- You will have a good conversation starter. I’ve been on too many dates to count. But one thing that always seems to get conversations going is when a person lists reading as one of their hobbies. It naturally segues into “Oh really? What do you like to read?” Now…from here, you can choose how you want to answer, but reading can definitely spark conversation with that person you’re meeting for drinks for the first time, a stranger at a dinner party, or that person at a job interview. Again…smut may not be appropriate to discuss or to mention, but you can say “romance” and leave it at that.
- It’s easy on the purse strings. The great thing about reading is that there are so many great books that are free or close to free. Whether you go to a library, your neighborhood thrift store, or the free section of the Kindle library app, reading is a great way to entertain yourself without breaking the bank. You don’t have to limit yourself because of cost, you don’t even have to leave the house to get books. So if you’re watching your budget, reading is definitely one of the more cost-conscious ways to get your kicks.
If you’re like me, and reading isn’t your thing, I encourage you to try it just once. Or maybe twice. Honestly it took me starting (and not finishing) a few books to realize what kept my interest. You don’t have to read long books, New York Times Best Sellers, or Oprah’s faves. Try short stories, try quirky murder mysteries, try reading about that random topic that always interested you but you never took the time to look into it. For me, I got lured in by books that dealt with communes and cults. Don’t ask. If that doesn’t do it, try something else. And well…there’s always smut…so you can try that too. Don’t feel bad if you read four pages and move on to scrolling through Pinterest. Keep trying. Eventually something will keep your interest. And if not…oh well…you tried, right?