‘Tis the season for spooky reads! Actually, I’m always up for the paranormal genre, but there’s something special about Fall/Halloween that makes reading these types of books all the more fun. This season, I’ve added more books to my vampire repertoire and I’ve read enough to compile a list of vampire themed books for you. I’m calling this the first edition because I just know that I’ll keep adding to my list and I plan on creating more posts like this one.
Note: There is a mix of audiobooks and print books in this list. Also, I’m aware that I might be a little late to the party on a couple of these titles.
Must Read Vampire Themed Books
Dracula by Bram Stoker
If you ever want to dip your toes into the classic story Dracula by Bram Stoker, this version is the one to go for! It could be long and at times boring (hello stupid weather forecast- those who’ve read this know what I’m talking about). But it picks up after that and it’s hard to put down. The voice actors, some big name ones at that, are brilliant in this. I highly recommend it.
Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice
If you’ve seen the movie, great, because all you’ll be imagining while listening to this are the actors in their roles. Not a bad thing because it enhanced my overall experience. Simon Vance is a great narrator (He also had a narration part in Dracula), that listening to him is like being enveloped in a warm hug. I got lost in the story and even though Louis is a whiny vampire, and Lestat a supreme jerk, it made for an actually unique dark take on vampires. It basically explores the “humanity” of it all and what makes a vampire, a vampire. So, if you’ve seen the movie like me, be prepared for extra insights into the characters and slight differences in the story and ending. I even woke up in the middle of the night wanting to finish this book.
For the Romantically Inclined…
Dark Destinies Series by S.K. Ryder
This series brings the gritty atmosphere of vampires and weaves in a romance between a human and vampire. If you’re automatically thinking about Twilight, don’t, because this series is well written and has a better plot.
This series has concluded. I do recommend starting with book 1 and finishing the entire series before tackling the prequel. It’s my preference but I do think you’ll appreciate it more.
The Order of the Senary Series by L.D. Rose
This is an ongoing series that is action packed and steamy (in the romance department). It’s about a group of mercenaries with unique powers that hunt down vampires. It’s oh so addicting and fun. It tackles a lot of issues like PTSD and the like.
I’m already thinking about edition 2 of this post with the current book I’m reading, but it will have to wait.