Halloween really isn’t my sort of thing. I hate being scared, scary stories, films, pictures anything scary and I’ll hate it. I tend to ignore Halloween as much a possible.
With that in mind when I saw what we could do for this weeks topic I was a little concerned that I wouldn’t have anything to talk about, however I looked at my bookshelf and I saw quite a lot of gothic literature and vampire novels\series. I thought I would use this FREEBIE post to talk about those ones that I have read and those that I want to read.
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Dracula by Bram Stoker
Lets start off with an obvious one. Every one knows Dracula even if they haven’t read it. I have read about half of this, I picked it up a few years ago and then again last year (year before?) for university. Both times I didn’t finish but I do want to read it eventually.
Dracula’s Guest and Other Weird Tales by Bram Stoker
As a companion to Dracula I decided to include this. This is a collection of short stories that Bram Stoker wrote but didn’t publish his wife collected these together after his death and published them. When I found this on Goodreads I was intrigued so I decided to download it to read after I’ve finally read Dracula.
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
I read this at the beginning of the year and loved it. It is a short book so if you want to get in to reading more classics this is a short and interesting one for you to read.
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
I read this last year and loved it. Granted it took me a long time to get in to the story but once it had caught my interest it has me hooked.
Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
This is actually a short story I read for university. I really liked this one. I had very low expectations for this story and was pleasantly surprised with it. I think I liked the discussions this book created in our class more than the book but if you’re interested in reading different takes on vampires then I would recommend trying this one out. It is not very long but it got me thinking.
Vampire Book Series
The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine
This is a very long YA vampire series. I started reading this when I was in High School and I still haven’t finished. I am on … probably book ten and I still need to read\buy the last few books in the series.
I love this series but it can get a little long winded and a tad repetitive, I mainly love reading this for the characters not the overall plot (though I am interested to see how the series will end …
House of Night by PC Cast and Kristin Cast
Again another series I haven’t finished. I was obsessed with this during my Twilight faze. This was my rebound series. I own most of the books but stopped buying them when I caught up with the series at the time. Since I last read the books the series has been completed.
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Well if we’re talking vampires then the ‘sparkly’ vampires need to be mentioned at least once. I loved this series and I have plans to go and re-read it soon. I recently finished reading Life and Death and really enjoyed it so I am going to give it some time before trying to re-read the actual series.
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
I have a running trend of not completing these book series. I am working on this one though. I have read the first two books and own another two of them which I need to read. I love the characters in this and the plot is unique to what I’ve read before. I can’t wait to finish this series … when I get around to it
Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino
This is a manga series that I’ve read and actually completed. I hated the ending to this manga however and I will never read it to the end ever again. That being said I love the first half of the series and I can recommend that.
I was a little leery of putting this on my list because I don’t have a clear opinion on it but I decided to go with it anyway. What is a list of mine if it doesn’t have manga on here?
That is all I have for you this week. I hope you all scare yourselves silly on Halloween and for those like me that hate anything scary I hope you stay safe under your covers 😉
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