Welcome to Esme's Bookshelf! This site is an update-able list of adult fiction titles for grown-ups who love books like Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series. Esme's Bookshelf is a private blog written by DebNog, librarian extraordinaire, however, I also write a library blog for teens centered around paranormal fiction called Bella's Book Club. Visit there for ideas on young adult fiction titles!

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Anne Rice: The Vampire Chronicles

I'd be remiss if I didn't list the grand dame of vampire fiction, Anne Rice. I've been a Rice fan for years! Her amazing series begins with 1976's Interview With the Vampire. I know many of you have probably seen the Tome Cruise/Brad Pitt film version, but I urge you to read the book. As always, it is so much better! The Vampire Chronicles are not really romance, but the characters and deep and multi-faceted. You will fall in love with the saga of Louis and Lestat, even though you'll probably hate Lestat's arrogance. It's a sweeping epic of a tale, reading through the books. Particularly interesting to me was The Tale of the Body Theif, which I thought was a great adventure. Here's the series in order:

Vampire Chronicles
Interview with the Vampire (1976)
The Vampire Lestat (1985)
The Queen of the Damned (1988)
The Tale of the Body Thief (1992)
Memnoch the Devil (1995)
The Vampire Armand (1998)
Merrick (2000)
Blood and Gold (2001)
Blackwood Farm (2002)
Blood Canticle (2003)

New Tales of the Vampires
Pandora (1998) (a Vampire Chronicle)
Vittorio the Vampire (1999)

Vampire/Mayfair Crossover
In these novels the Mayfair Witches become part of the Vampire Chronicles world.
Merrick (2000)
Blackwood Farm (2002)
Blood Canticle (2003)