First real "adult " book that you read after your childhood?

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Post by zeldas_lullaby » 04 Jun 2015, 20:01

That would have to be Flowers in the Attic at the age of 12. Ha ha, I grew up fast!

I tried Jane Eyre and The Thorn Birds at the ages of 14, 15... but they were both beyond my grasp at that point. I successfully read both at the ages of 18, 19... and they're two of my favorites to this day!

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Post by moderntimes » 04 Jun 2015, 21:36

First adult book? Interesting topic. A little story...

I was a fairly precocious reader, getting into Hemingway and the Faulkner age 9 or 10 maybe. But "adult"? When I was maybe a freshman in high school, us guys were passing around a very poorly written sleazy porn book which had all the paperback corners turned down for the "keen" places. I of course don't remember the title but I always claim that cheapo porn has one great generic title that fits all: "Nurses For Sale". So I was reading Nurses for Sale since it was my turn to borrow the book from Jimmy Stafford who had kiped it from his uncle.

I was in my room at my desk and supposed to be doing homework and my Dad happened to walk by and saw me reading, and I quickly shoved the offending paperback beneath my civics book. Dad came into my room, "What're you reading?" "I was just doing my homework, Dad." "No, you were reading a book. May I see it?" And I handed it to him.

And I figured, I was dead. My Dad would ship me off to a military school which would be good, in that Jimmy Stafford would kill me if my Dad tore up the book into shreds. So as my Dad flipped through the pages, my fear grew and grew, and then, much to my surprise, he nodded, handed the book back to me without a word, and left. Well, I then knew I needed to start packing for reform school or something dire.

After a few minutes, Dad came back to my room, holding a big hardbound book. He said, "My fault. I knew you were growing up and I didn't realize how much. But if you want to read sexy stuff, don't read trash, okay?" And he handed me the old hardback book.

It was "Tropic of Cancer" by Henry Miller.

Dad said, "Now this does NOT go to school or leave your room." And as he left, "And don't tell your mom."

My intro to "adult" books.
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Post by Ama Idim » 06 Aug 2017, 01:40

I can't readily recall the first but I remember reading 'A stone for Dannyfisher', I would like to read it again.
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Post by juliusotinyo » 06 Aug 2017, 02:04

From Ice to Fire by Hellen Upshall, I read it more than 20 years ago but I still remember the plot.

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Post by AliceofX » 06 Aug 2017, 02:38

Gone with the Wind when I was 12. Though I do remember reading Jane Eyre before that, but if memory serves me right I didn't finish it that time.

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Post by Mailis » 19 Feb 2018, 03:57

I ran out of children's books for a while and just took down whatever was on the shelf including grownup books. I was a little confused by some of it but mostly I just wanted to read, anything. I vividly remember being a little scrappy thing and reading about a man who didn't have any body left and was living in a small aquarium as only a brain. And that brain fell with a woman meant to study him and had lusty feelings and so on. I cannot recall the name of the book though.

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Post by Haute_Coffee » 19 Feb 2018, 14:56

My mom handed me Stephen King's It when I was 10 and I LOST. MY. MIND.

Still love horror to this day.

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Post by Clinical1 » 19 Feb 2018, 15:20

When I think of adult books, I think of books with scenes usually considered R rated - for over 18.
With that in mind, my first adult book was American Gigolo, which later became a film starring Richard Gere. It is where I learned to always read the book before seeing the movie. The images in my mind, created by the author, are always more vivid and revealing than Hollywood can capture on film.

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Post by Arrigo_Lupori » 21 Feb 2018, 05:35

Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi
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