What the hell do I read now?

This morning, I finally finished Breaking Dawn. Go ahead, gasp in shock. I’ll wait.

OMFG, you finally finished?!

OMFG, you're finally done?!

Now that I’m finished, I feel a bit lost. All I’ve read for the last few months have been Twilight Saga books. I’ve accumulated a stack of books to read afterward, but I just don’t know where to start. Please help me *pitful puppy dog eyes burning holes into your soul*

Here’s the list; a poll will follow. I’ll read whichever you pick for me.

Dark Lover
Why I bought it: Everyone else seems to have read it
Description from Amazon:
“In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood. The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.”

Dead Until Dark
Why I bought it: Bought the boxed set for DH, who is not the most diligent reader, before I got hooked on the wonderment that is Eric (btw, that’s not the cover I have, but I like it better)
Description from Amazon:
“Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. Until the vampire of her dreams walks into her life-and one of her coworkers checks out….Maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn’t such a bright idea.”

Why I bought it: A Slate article shamed me into it (and I spent an hour on Amazon deciding which edition to buy, choosing this one because I liked the cover)
Description from Amazon:
“Count Dracula has inspired countless movies, books, and plays. But few, if any, have been fully faithful to Bram Stoker’s original, best-selling novel of mystery and horror, love and death, sin and redemption. Dracula chronicles the vampire’s journey from Transylvania to the nighttime streets of London. There, he searches for the blood of strong men and beautiful women while his enemies plot to rid the world of his frightful power.”

The Host
Why I bought it: Stephenie Meyer wrote it…okay, it was on sale
Description from Amazon:
“In this tantalizing SF thriller, planet-hopping parasites are inserting their silvery centipede selves into human brains, curing cancer, eliminating war and turning Earth into paradise. But some people want Earth back, warts and all, especially Melanie Stryder, who refuses to surrender, even after being captured in Chicago and becoming a host for a soul called Wanderer. Melanie uses her surviving brain cells to persuade Wanderer to help search for her loved ones in the Arizona desert. When the pair find Melanie’s brother and her boyfriend in a hidden rebel cell led by her uncle, Wanderer is at first hated. Once the rebels accept Wanderer, whom they dub Wanda, Wanda’s whole perspective on humanity changes. While the straightforward narrative is short on detail about the invasion and its stunning aftermath, it shines with romantic intrigue, especially when a love triangle (or quadrangle?!) develops for Wanda/Melanie.”

A Hunger Like No Other
Why I bought it: Greta/@erikasbuddy, my lovely beta and soon to be guest blogger *evil grin* said it would help me write lemons
Description from Kresley Cole’s website:
“After enduring years of torture from the vampire Horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he’s waited millennia for is a vampire. Or partly one. This Emmaline is a small, ethereal half Valkyrie/half vampire, who somehow begins to soothe the fury burning within him. Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents–until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. There, her fear of the Lykae–and their notorious dark desire–ebb as he begins a slow, wicked seduction to sate her own dark cravings. Yet when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be…?”

Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously
Why I bought it: I’m a total foodie, and the movie looks awesome
Description from Amazon:
“Julie & Julia is the story of Julie Powell’s attempt to revitalize her marriage, restore her ambition, and save her soul by cooking all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume I, in a period of 365 days. The result is a masterful medley of Bridget Jones’ Diary meets Like Water for Chocolate, mixed with a healthy dose of original wit, warmth, and inspiration that sets this memoir apart from most tales of personal redemption.”

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Why I bought it: Cutie said she liked it
Description from Amazon:
“This may be the most wacky by-product of the busy Jane Austen fan-fiction industry—at least among the spin-offs and pastiches that have made it into print. In what’s described as an “expanded edition” of Pride and Prejudice, 85 percent of the original text has been preserved but fused with “ultraviolent zombie mayhem.” For more than 50 years, we learn, England has been overrun by zombies, prompting people like the Bennets to send their daughters away to China for training in the art of deadly combat, and prompting others, like Lady Catherine de Bourgh, to employ armies of ninjas. Added to the familiar plot turns that bring Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy together is the fact that both are highly skilled killers, gleefully slaying zombies on the way to their happy ending.”

The Time Traveler’s Wife
Why I bought it: To read before I saw the movie, which I saw last weekend (and it was AWESOME!)
Description from Amazon:
“On the surface, Henry and Clare Detamble are a normal couple living in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. Henry works at the Newberry Library and Clare creates abstract paper art, but the cruel reality is that Henry is a prisoner of time. It sweeps him back and forth at its leisure, from the present to the past, with no regard for where he is or what he is doing. It drops him naked and vulnerable into another decade, wearing an age-appropriate face. In fact, it’s not unusual for Henry to run into the other Henry and help him out of a jam. Sound unusual? Imagine Clare Detamble’s astonishment at seeing Henry dropped stark naked into her parents’ meadow when she was only six. Though, of course, until she came of age, Henry was always the perfect gentleman and gave young Clare nothing but his friendship as he dropped in and out of her life.”

Okay, now that you know the choices, tell me which to read:

~ by fragile little human on 22 August 2009.

12 Responses to “What the hell do I read now?”

  1. This is not an easy pick for me. As my dm’s just told you. I LOVED P&P&Z. Maybe even more then the original P&P. *ducks down quickly* Everyone done throwing rocks now? *giggles*

    I loved The Host. I hear people say all the time that its just not right to read The Host, because they feel like they are cheating on Edward. Which seems so strange to me. Really??? Meyer can’t go on forever writing about Edward Cullen people and frankly if she did it would get really boring. *holds up hands* Wait a moment okay, let me finish my thoughts and then you can stone me to death. Okay? Great.

    So why I love The Host. Meyer has something to say. Amazing huh? I felt her skills of a writer were stronger in The Host and I fell in love with one of the male characters more then Edward Cullen. (Yep I’m really going for broke here.)

    I’ve got a crap load of books I was going to read this summer, but some how I got distracted… I wonder how? I’ve always wanted to read Dracula. I know The Time Traveler’s Wife is very popular. I’m just not interested YET. And old school romance novels are great smut resources. I own a “few” myself. 😉

    I’m going to be reading The English Patient next. Other books I’m looking to read, Downtown Owl, The Bell Jar, Catch 22, and Till We Have Faces, just to name a few because I know you care. 🙂 Now I must contemplate what to vote for….

  2. I voted for Dead until Dark. Just be prepared to read 8 more books after that. They are a quick read though, I don’t think any of the books are more than 300 pages. I’ve already voiced my opinion of The Host on twitter. It was a good book but it took me forever to get into it. I read The Time Traveler’s Wife when it first came out a few years back. When you read that, be prepared with some kleenex.

    I heard Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is really good, I just haven’t gotten around to buying it yet. All of the books on your list are supposed to be good. I’ve read all of the Sookie Stackhouse books, The Time Traveler’s Wife, and The Host. I haven’t read the Dark Lover or the other series, the covers are pretty embarassing to read on public transportation. I’ll have to work my way up to those!

  3. @cutie, I’m a huge Austen fan, so I’ve kinda been leaning towards P&P&Z. Just afraid it will be overly gorey.

    @hmmille, two words: book cover 😉

  4. This is a toughie. Having read both series and loving them both, I was torn between voting for Dark Lover or Dead Until Dark. I voted for Dead Until Dark, probably because I’ve been watching a lot of True Blood lately and have Eric (yummm…) on my mind.
    I have a feeling you’ll enjoy any one of the above books you choose : )

  5. @ fragile – I’m not into overly gorey stuff. While I have read my share of horror novels they are not my favorite. 🙂

    I’ve got a copy of Dead Until Dark, however I didn’t read it because I started to notice how similar it was to the TV show. Normally I read a book first and then watch the show or movie, but I was already half way through the first session by the time I picked up the book.

    Also I’ve read some of the Anita Blake series and I’ve been uninterested in vampy smut novels ever since. I know a ton of people like Southern Vampire Mysteries series however. You’ll have to let me know what you think.

  6. Since I haven’t really read any of the books you list, I voted for the smutty one… just to ease your comeback to the non-Twi books… but probably anything would do. I’m still not back and it’s been months. Tell me which book made it for you. I should read it too…

  7. Haven´t read any of them, but I´d rather go with The Host and Death until Dark (and I voted wrong btw lol). Death until Dark, because True Blood is so fascinating that I´ll make sure to read to books!
    But I have a recommendation for you, although I´m quite sure you read it already but in case you didn´t http://www.amazon.com/Outlander-Diana-Gabaldon/dp/0385319959/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1251105964&sr=8-6
    I know that Betti and FireCrotch read it and love it. It´s a great love story and has 6 part´s although the first ones are the Best. I´m sure you will love Jamie as much as we do.

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  9. I voted for The Host. I wouldn’t go right into another vampire series. I did that after Twilight and I seriously disliked it. I’m thinking about giving it another chance. BTW, the one I am talking about is Dead Until Dark, so you might want to keep that in mind.

    As Mrs. Vanquish said, Outlander is incredibly awesome so if you haven’t read it, I’d recommend it as well. As for The Time Traveler’s Wife, after having seen the movie, I don’t know if I’d recommend the book. But, I’m incredibly interested to hear your opinion of it if you do read it. I thought the movie did a wonderful job of conveying the love story while leaving out some of the really unneeded parts. The movie ended SO much better than the book. Just FYI there.

  10. owws!! I sees so many books I want to mooch off you lol!!!

    I voted for JULIE and JULIA 😉

    of couse any VAMPIRE PORN is always good 🙂 nom nom nom nom!!!

  11. Ahh, yes, I must agree with Mrs. Vanquish. Outlander is most excellent! I do lovers me some Jamie!

  12. I can’t say anything cause I read textbooks and fanfic as of right now! LOL it’s a great combo. But I do love PPZ. it kicks ass.
    Just wanted to say that I read that Slate article you linked and laughed SO hard. I LOVE how the author’s issue with Twilight is that girls are being taught that men are sensitive and don’t want sex… HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! that is fucking funny! Obviously they don’t read fanfic and haven’t met any of us older, wiser fans. 😉 *goes back to reading The Sub*

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