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The Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris

The first book in the series.

If the term “vampire novels” makes you cringe a little, I understand. It may conjure images of Bella, Edward, Jacob and crazed fangirls. The Twilight novels aren’t for everybody.

May I suggest the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris? “But…they’re about vampires,” you argue. I know, and I am asking you to ignore the trendiness and give them a chance if you have an inkling of interest.

This series documents the life of Sookie Stackhouse, a 26-year-old human cocktail waitress living in the fictional town of Bon Temps, Louisiana. Sookie has a special talent that alienates her from the rest of her community, but things change when she meets one of her neighbors: a handsome vampire named Bill Compton. Romance, action, horror, and mystery ensue when she starts moonlighting (no pun intended) for Bill’s vampire friends.

Why you might like them: Sookie is a strong, self-confident heroine who doesn’t rely on her vampire friends to save her. She can take a punch, kick, or stake like a champ. She has Southern charm, but never hesitates to speak her mind. As for the vampires: they don’t sparkle. They live amongst humans who know what they are (even if they don’t accept them).

Books in the series, in order:

  1. Dead Until Dark
  2. Living Dead in Dallas
  3. Club Dead
  4. Dead to the World
  5. Dead as a Doornail
  6. Definitely Dead
  7. All Together Dead
  8. From Dead to Worse
  9. Dead and Gone
  10. Dead in the Family

If you like these books, you might also like the TV show, True Blood. Season 3 starts June 13 on HBO. Please note that the TV show is based pretty loosely on the novels.