Women Love Reading About Sex & Top 10 Women’s Desert Island Novel Picks

Not quite 45 yet, me, but I’m guilty of wanting to read sex bits in a novel too, heh. 😳 No wonder romance is the best-selling book genre!

Women want to read about sex

Middle-aged women want to read books about sex more than anything else, new research has found.

A poll of nearly 2,000 women aged between 45 and 60 found that romantic fiction was the most popular genre – chosen by 35% of those surveyed. Nearly two thirds said they liked raunchy scenes in novels, and more than half described sex in books as ‘titillating’.

A further 10% of those questioned on their reading habits said they actively chose books which featured lots of sex scenes. Meanwhile crime and mystery novels got 33% of the vote, and other novels 31%.

Reference books were the least popular. Among these, cookbooks were favourites, according to the survey by the moisturiser brand Astral.

Nearly two thirds of respondents read at least one book a month, with one in five managing to get through one a week, and one in ten reading two books a week.

At the other end of the scale, 17% read a book only every six months, with 6.5% managing only one a year and 4.6% admitting they hardly ever read books.

Dr Trisha Macnair, a spokeswoman for Astral, said: ‘This research shows that reading for pleasure is still an incredibly popular pastime for women. It’s great to see most people read at least a book a month, with some getting through two or three books a week.’

Top 10 books women would take to a desert island, according to the survey:

1 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
2 Atonement – Ian McEwan
3 Harry Potter (any book) – J K Rowling
4 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
5 Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie
6 The Other Boleyn Girl – Philippa Gregory
7 The Life of Pi – Yann Martel
8 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
9 Notes on a Scandal – Zoe Heller
10 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

Interesting choices for books to take to a desert island by the women polled. I’d choose a Jilly Cooper novel, ‘cos it’s really thick and can keep me entertained longer than any other book.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lovelyloey
    Jul 20, 2009 @ 12:53:11

    I’d bring Ken Follett’s World Without End. Epic at 1000+ pages. Sure to keep me entertained for long. Heh.

    nylusmilk: that book is selling rm17.90 at my shop! 😛 looks very intimidating to me, lowbrow reader.


    • lovelyloey
      Jul 30, 2009 @ 10:29:41

      It’s a pageturner. Before you know it the book ends. It’s damn nice. But do read the previous one, this is a sequel. The previous one is called The Pillars of the Earth. Equally long and amazing.

      nylusmilk: really? i might read it if i can borrow it from someone. won’t dare to buy so big a book unless i’ve read a book by him before! the biggest was jilly cooper’s wicked!. that took me over a month to read, even though it was easy to read. 😕


  2. museditions
    Jul 23, 2009 @ 11:00:59

    SciFi didn’t even get a mention; meh! 😦
    And I’ve only read one of the books on the top ten list (#1) which I found mildly entertaining. Give me Rocannan’s World, or Gateway, or…oh, well. Each to her/his/its own! 🙂

    nylusmilk: not enough sex scenes in the genre? :mrgreen:


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