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A poll of nearly 2,000 women aged between 45 and 60 found that romantic fiction was the most popular genre chosen by 35 per cent 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 per cent 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 per cent of the vote, and other novels 31 per cent.
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 per cent read a book only every six months, with 6.5 per cent managing only one a year and 4.6 per cent 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. However, I am surprised to see just how many women liked sex scenes in books, with most telling us that there was a strong titillation factor."