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#1 of 21 Old 04-19-2009, 11:04 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Ok, I completely admit that I thought the whole hoopla over the twilight books was silly. My 14 yo niece was crazy about them. If she was crazy about them then I certainly wasn't going to read them.

Well, a friend read them and loved them. Then another did. Then another. So, I picked them up and read them and LOVED them. No, they weren't literary masterpieces but, they were great, easy read adventures with romance and excitement and for me, they were completely absorbing.

So, I finished Breaking Dawn yesterday and I'm going through withdrawal! I miss the characters, I miss the story.

I tried to pick up a couple other books to read but, I just can't get into any other books.

So, for those of you whole loved the Twilight books, what did you read after them?
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She has the 1st few chapters of midnight sun on her website. (thats twilight from edwards POV)

Have you tried the house of night books? Buy p.c. cast. They are pretty good

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I read her other book... The Host. I think this one could easily become a series too.. You will grow to love the characters on this one too..
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I couldn't read anything else for awhile after I finished the Twilight books, too.

Midnight Sun is very good, but it frustrates me. I want more from it, and I don't know if we'll ever see more? But still, by all means, read it.

Have you seen the movie yet? It's good Some people don't like it, but I don't get why not. (that's another discussion.)

I have recently gotten into the Charlaine Harris "Sookie Stackhouse" books. The first is called Dead Until Dawn. They're fun and easy to read.

but yeh. I know where you are coming from. interesting, isn't it, how much one can enjoy these books when at first it didn't seem probable. I told my daughter I had no interest in them, gave into her requests to read them so we could discuss them, and now I am totally "one of those people".
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The Outlander series, if you haven't read them, are interesting, fun, adventure/romance books.

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Nora Roberts has a vampire series called the Circle Trilogy. Another series that is not a literary masterpiece by ANY means but I was still entertained. A lot darker/graphic than Twilight but includes another Good Guy Vampire. That is what I read after Twilight.

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I have recently gotten into the Charlaine Harris "Sookie Stackhouse" books. The first is called Dead Until Dawn. They're fun and easy to read.
Love these books! I just finished the third one yesterday.

I also love the Outlander books. They are in no way similar to Twilight - just saying I love them.

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Glad to find this thread!

I am re-reading the series right now, thinking about reading The Host and wondering why other books aren't as interesting to me right now as the Twilight books.

Will jot down some of these series titles and check them out at the library.

I am listening to Twilight on audio when I walk on the treadmill.

This. has. got. to. stop.

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I haven't read the Twilight books (sorry, couldn't make it through the first one). But I have recently started passing on to my (college-age, Twilight lovin') cousin my Lynsay Sands' Argeneau series books. They are a vampire romance series (definitely adult romance, lots of physical intimacy). She liked the first couple so much that I've been sending her the next one as soon as she sends one back (though now that I've started putting them on my iPod Kindle reader I'm going to let her have all the books).
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I read them again.

The next book I read, I had a hard time getting into. But I think I've weaned myself off my Twilight addiction now.
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To be upfront I thought Twilight was the literary equivalent of a twinkie or snowball (I can't stand either) so take my recommendations or leave them-

I went with the Gemma Doyle trilogy starting with A Great And Terrible Beauty. IMO they are much better written. I ate them up!!

I was also going to recommend the Sookie Stackhouse books.

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When I first finished the series I didnt want to read anything else for the first week or so after (it only took a few days to read the series for me). But, the first book i read after finishing the series was SM's other book, "The Host". I loved it! I really got into and she has said that she will prob. make it into a series. Warning: You really have to push through the first few chapters (which are short) before you can get into it, but once you're in you get hooked!

After that, I finally broke down and began reading the Harry Potter series which I had avoided for years. I'm on book 4 now and loving it!
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I'm still having a hard time disengaging from Forks, but I've found that I don't need teenage love or vampires, just a REALLY engaging story. I strongly recommend The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. It was a lovely story that will make you want to write letters again, (not that I ever did, I'm just saying). I still want to read and reread Twilight -- I had gotten a little better and then I watched it again and now I want to reread it all. Right now it's not hard for me to read anything else, it's hard for me to not read and just be in the here and now with my family. I just want to take off to Forks and live with some vampires for a while, sigh.
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Wow I am in the same boat! Just finished the series on Saturday and I am going through withdrawal!
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I enjoyed the Twilight series. The next series I got into was the Southern Vampiere Mysteries (Sookie Stackhouse) and I LOVE them. The first book was hard for me to get through without picturing the characters from True Blood (which is based on these books) but once I did I thoroughly enjoyed the series. There are 8 out now, so should keep you busy for awhile. I am not usually into vampire books, but these are fun. Light, funny, mysterious, and... adult. Well, not trashy or anything, but they go where Twilight didn't go, if you know what I mean.

I also LOVE the Outlander series. I have been loaning out the series to my friends lately and it makes me want to read it again. I might have to get a copy for my Kindle to have myself (since I can't seem to lift up a "regular" book since I got it).
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You all need to read "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins! I could NOT put it down!!! It was amazing!! It's the first in a trilogy!

I'm getting ready to read "The Host" and then I want to move on to the Sookie Stackhouse books! I love these suggestions!

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I enjoyed the Twilight series. The next series I got into was the Southern Vampiere Mysteries (Sookie Stackhouse) and I LOVE them. The first book was hard for me to get through without picturing the characters from True Blood (which is based on these books) but once I did I thoroughly enjoyed the series.
We just got a free couple months of HBO, so I turned on True Blood the other night. Can i just say EEEEWWWWW!!!? The few minutes I watched, I thought Bill and Eric were nothing like as handsome as the books. I did love Anna Paquin, but the whole tone/atmosphere of the show seemed really dark and gross and graphically violent. The whole reason I love the Sookie Stackhouse books is that they're light and funny. Well, and adult. Hey, I've been curious about vampire sex ever since I read the Lestat books in college.

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AuntNi, I agree with everything you said about True Blood. I just watched for the first time last Friday night.
I didn't get the hots for either Bill or Eric. But Jason is a whole 'nother story!
I like the books way more than the show

luckily, in regards to Twilight, I was able to transfer my hots for Edward in the book to the Edward on the silver screen (and back again)
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Southern Vampire series. Sookie Stackhouse!

I also read The Host
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Two books I read upon the recommendation of people here were Pillars of the Earth and World Without End by Ken Follett. The first one was better, but the second one was pretty good. It had the Bubonic Plague, which was interesting, and also more graphic violence that I just had to skip (and would advise others to skip). I think ultimately it was a less satisfying, in part because of the Black death and it's ability to nip long drawn out storylines in the bud, and also because he didn't want to completely parallel the first story, even though they are very similar, he tried to make the characters do different things that I found annoying. But if you want characters you can get attached to, I think Pillars of the Earth is pretty good for that.
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Well, I actually read them first (and still like them better than the Twilight books), but you might check out the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs.
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