Thought I'd do a Halloween-related post! I have always had a thing for vampire books - and before you jump to conclusions, this started before the Twilight era. Anyway, since I have a vampire section on my bookshelf, I figured this would be a good time of year to talk about it!
- Dracula by Bram Stoker. Not pictured here as I've lent it to a friend, but this is one of my favourite books. It's full of cliches, but that's because it started all those cliches. It has such a good atmosphere and it's not hard to read.
- Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu (part of In A Glass Darkly). This is the short story which actually influenced Dracula, and doesn't get enough credit. It's just so gothic and fun to read, and has a lady vampire as its focus.
- The Vampire Chronicles books by Anne Rice. For some reason I used to really like her books, I guess they were the most famous series of vampire books for a while. Looking back, I don't know how I made it through them - they get really long-winded. My favourite is Queen of the Damned, which is the most readable one in my opinion.
- The Moth Diaries by Rachel Klein. I enjoyed this one, the main character is a 16 year old in an all-girl's boarding school, and the way it's written makes it quite relatable. I liked all the references to Dracula and Carmilla too.
- Anno Dracula by Kim Newman. I bought this without ever having heard of it before because the premise was too good to pass up - a retelling of the Jack the Ripper murders, based on characters from Dracula and a whole load of other vampire novels. It's really fun if you've read a lot of the stories that are referenced.
- Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula by Loren D. Estleman. Yeah... don't read this. It's terrible. No regrets buying it though - Sherlock Holmes and Dracula? I felt like it belonged on my shelf.
- Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. Ending the list with some teen fiction. This series has a snarky, kick-ass heroine (I want Rose's ability for lightning-quick comebacks) and it's not an overly sappy or cheesy read (it got a bit too romantic for me at the end). It's better than it sounds, and much better than the covers make it look.