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My favorite way to both start and end my day is by kickin’ back and enjoying a good book.

1. The New Topping Book by Dossie Easton and Janet W. Hardy

Tens of thousands learned the emotional and ethical skills of BDSM topping from the first `Topping Book.` Now, in addition to the sage advice and good humor that made the first edition a classic, the authors tackle some of the issues that have come up for tops in the last six years: on-line domination, the challenges and rewards of `lifestyle` relationships, ensuring our own and our partners` safety, and more.

2. The New Bottoming Book by Dossie Easton and Janet W. Hardy

Almost a decade ago, the first `Bottoming Book` taught tens of thousands of people that bottoming — being a submissive, masochist, slave, `boy` or `girl,` or other BDSM recipient — is as much an art as topping. Since then, the growing popularity of BDSM, and the blossoming of the Internet as a source of information and connection, have created a whole new universe of possibilities for players. Now, the completely updated revised `New Bottoming Book` gives even more insights and ideas, updated for a new millennium, about how to be a successful, popular bottom! New sections on dominance/submission play, bridging the gap from on-line to real-time relationships, the four stages of a scene, and more. Plus, Fish`s hot illustrations of bottoms in action, many moving and funny anecdotes, and an extra-large helping of the realistic wisdom for which these authors are known.

3. Screw the Roses, Send Me the Thorns by Philip Miller and Molly Devon

The classic guide to sadomasochism by two experienced players. This unabashed, entertaining book strips away myth, shame and fear, revealing the truth about an intense form of eroticism too long misunderstood and condemned. It is fully indexed and includes over 225 photos and illustrations, a 250-plus word glossary, appendices with over 650 contacts for SM related clubs, stores, craftspeople, and literature.

4. Jay Wiseman’s Erotic Bondage Handbook

If you can tie your shoelaces, you can create an erotic masterpiece! From the author of our bestselling ‘SM 101’ comes this compendium of sensible, sensational advice about how to tie up your sweetie, or get tied up yourself. Everything from simple hands-behind-the-back experimentation to immobilizing spreadeagles and hogties — all presented with Wiseman’s trademark humor and responsibility. Simple and easy-to-follow, with no complex knots and plenty of illustrations to guide you on your way to bound bliss.

5. Two Knotty Boys: Showing You The Ropes

When Two Knotty Boys, Dan and J. D., began teaching rope bondage together in 1999, they discovered that most people learn best when they’re shown — close up, step by step, and repeatedly — how to tie basic knots and combine them into bondage techniques. It is this learning process that they duplicate in this book. With the help of world-renowned photographer Larry Utley, they use over 750 photos and captions to explicate the soup-to-nuts techniques for turning great knots into great bondage that is safe, sensual, attractive, and effective. Readers can learn at their own pace, review whole techniques at a single glance, or even lay it flat on the table (beside their blindfolded partner) and follow along as they tie. Two Knotty Boys Showing You the Ropes appeals to those interested in improving the quality of their sex lives, not to mention aficionados of bondage and discipline/sadomasochism (BDSM), both curious newcomers and serious players alike.

6. Two Knotty Boys: Back on the Ropes

Tying down a load of lumber is one thing; tying up your partner is another thing altogether. In this book, famed bondage riggers the Two Knotty Boys show readers how to tie basic knots and use them in sensual bondage techniques. With the help of renowned photographer Ken Marcus, the Boys use more than 750 full-color photos to illustrate the techniques for turning rope into rope bondage. Easy-to-follow captions and clear, step-by-step images allow readers to learn at their own pace, review entire techniques at a glance, or lay the book flat on a bed or table and follow along as they subdue their partner. Written in a playful style that makes rope bondage safe and approachable, and covering a wide range of techniques from basic ties to decorative ropework pieces, Two Knotty Boys Back on the Ropesis the perfect bedside companion for curious newcomers and serious players alike.

7. Complete Shibari: Land by Douglas Kent

Complete Shibari Volume 1: Land explores the essential ground-based ties and forms of shibari. With short, clear explanations and over 440 lavish, step-by-step illustrations and photographs, Douglas Kent introduces the basic “building blocks”, then guides you in applying those basics to create a full range of beautiful and exciting ground-based shibari ties.

8. Complete Shibari: Sky by Douglas Kent

Complete Shibari Volume 2: Sky builds on the material from Volume 1: Land and explores the spectacular techniques of erotic rope suspensions. With short, clear explanations, and over 340 lavish, step-by-step illustrations and photographs, Douglas Kent takes the intimidating world of shibari suspensions and makes it practical and straightforward.

9. Shibari You Can Use by Lee Harrington

Japanese rope bondage and erotic macramé look complicated and intimidating, but you can learn the basics of this beautiful and sexy art form today. Bondage artist and educator Lee “Bridgett” Harrington takes you step-by-step through a variety of concepts and ties, giving you the tools to make aesthetically rewarding rope work. Each tutorial is broken down into easy to follow photographs by Circle23 with detailed descriptions, including how to tie all those knots (first secret of Japanese bondage revealed- there are only a few simple knots). From restrictive poses that limit movement to decorative rope work that accentuates the human form, Shibari You Can Use includes instruction on creating: – Shinju (Chest Harnesses) – Gyakuebi (Asian Style Hogtie) – Ebi or Kuri (Shrimp or Ball ties) – Rope Corsets – Strap-on Harnesses and Crotch Ropes – and much more! Shake off your fears of looking silly the first time you tie someone up, get some rope, and you too can learn Japanese rope bondage.

10. Better Built Bondage by Douglas Kent

Tired of overpriced, poorly made sex toys? Can your wallet not keep up with your desires? The Better Built Bondage Book is the only guide you’ll ever need to create high-quality sex toys yourself. You’ll learn how to make toys by following easy-to-understand directions that let you succeed the first time. And all toys use only easy-to-find parts.

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