The good, the bad & the uncanny. NSFW.

Some time ago, I saw a tag-video by ChapterStackss and LukeLaneReads about NSFW-books. Because it seemed a fun idea and I have read some NSFW-stuff in the past – and still got a load of them on my TBR – I went ahead and answered the ten questions myself. If you read ahead, please consider this a warning cause there is some very mature content coming up!

1. What is the LAST book you would want your parents to walk in on you reading?
I’d say this will have to be either a Laurell K. Hamilton book or a Highlander novel by Karen Marie Moning (*). If titles like Narcissus In Chains, Incubus Dreams or Kiss Of The Highlander aren’t enough of a reason to not make your parents see you reading those books, the covers seem to match the content quite a bit. Also, I’ve been on the train with a Hamilton book – the brightly pink one down below – and the looks you get…

2. It’s storming outside, and you’re home alone for the night. What book would only make matters worse?
A lot has to happen before a book can realy frighten me. A scary movie though, … As far as I can remember, there were two books that managed to creep me out while reading in bed on an ordinary night.
The first was Harry Potter & The Goblet Of Fire by J.K. Rowling. The graveyard-scene at the end really freaked me out when I read it the first time. I was twelve back in the days and Lord Voldemort did scare me a bit.

Another scary read was Mo Hayder’s Ritual. It featured a creature from African legends and the atmosphere of the book was so tense every single sound around me made my heartrate go up. I even remember peeking above the book to make sure that the creature wasn’t lurking somewhere in the shadows. Thanks Mo, I didn’t sleep well that night!

3. Have you ever read a book simply because of the controversy surrounding it?
I don’t remember ever reading a book because of the controversy around. I do read because of hype but most of those turned out to be a snoozefest, so they are far from NSFW…

4. What is the most cringe-inducing romance or sex scene you have ever read?
A failsafe answer here is any Hamilton from book 6 on. However, ever since my YA-binge last year another series springs to mind and makes Hamilton look like nothing compared to it in terms of cringe-worthiness. From now on Tahereh Mafi’s Unravel Me gets to get the honors. I’m fine with mature content, but Juliette and Adam and Juliette and Warner made me cringe so much. Every other thought when they were together was about Juliette wanting to touch, ravish, lick and kiss every single inch of his body – didn’t matter whether is was Adam or Warner. Reading a horny teen’s thoughts is just plain awkward. The almost-sex scene at the end of the book was also very cringe-worthy and awkward. The sequel, Ignite Me actually managed to take everything that was wrong with this book and magnify it even more. I cringed so much I barely made it to the end with my sanity still intact.
While Hamilton tends to go over the top at times, I actually prefer her because she doesn’t pretend and just goes for it. Not this very weird and awkward horny stuff.

5. What book has made you question the author’s sanity?
 This has to be Terry Goodkind. I read Wizard’s First Rule when I was almost fifteen and that book shocked me. First with the whole BDSM Mord Sith Denna-stuff. That were some intensely disturbing chapters. Even now, ten years later, I can’t fathom how I got through that without mental damage…
Near the end of the book, when Kahlan goes into the Con Dar, she does some things to Denim Nass, which provided some extra scarring on my soul.
These books are not for the kids!

6. Have you ever put down a book and not finished it because the content was too much for you?
No. I’ve never put a book down for reasons like this. Cause I’m tough and all that.

7. What fictional character do you have the most NSFW thoughts about?
I’m not one to swoon over a fictional character, but after seeing Game of Thrones, I have the odd NSFW thought about Robb Stark.

8. Show us your most NSFW book cover

No text needed, I presume. Also, as mentioned above, I’d like to point out that the Hamilton one is Not Safe For Anywhere But Your Home. I’ve read this on the train, and the painfully bright pink cover with the nude woman attracts attention and people tend to look weird.

9. Have you ever read something from the erotica/romance genre, and what did you think?
I’ve yet to read a downright erotica/romance novel. Up till now, the closest I’ve been to the genre has been paranormal romance. If I’m in the right mood, I kind of like them. They’re far from good novels, but they’re good entertainment and I can appreciate them for being simply that and not pretending to be otherwise.

10. You stumble across a portkey. What fictional world would you not want to be transported into?
From what I’ve already read, I’m dreading to be transported to any Stephen King-universe. I think that in every single story of his, I’ll be one of the first to go. Also, no dystopian stuff as well.. If I don’t die when the shit starts hitting the fan, I’ll die because of nausea due to the abundance of love-triangles..

Which books have you read that are NSFW? What makes you cringe?

* Fifty Shades Of Grey is also a perfectly sound answer to this question, but I took it upon myself not to answer every single question with that book.

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