Charlaine Harris

Updated Thursday, 18 October, 2012

Our friend Kathy introduced Adrienne and I to Charlaine Harris. She let us borrow Dead Until Dark, figuring that since we’d enjoyed The Twilight Saga like she had, we would also enjoy The Southern Vampire Series. Well, I’m up to book 7 and Adrienne’s reading book 8, and so far Kathy was absolutely correct. Not only do we really enjoy the series, we watched the first season of True Blood (the HBO series based on the books) and we greatly enjoyed that, as well.

Books I've Read by Charlaine Harris

The Southern Vampire Series (also known as the Sookie Stackhouse and the True Blood Series)

  1. Dead Until Dark (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover Edition) or (Amazon Kindle Edition)
    Dead Until Dark

    Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She’s quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn’t get out much. Not because she’s not pretty. She is. It’s just that, well, Sookie has this sort of "disability." She can read minds. And that doesn’t make her too dateable. And then along comes Bill. He’s tall, dark, handsome—and Sookie can’t hear a word he’s thinking. He’s exactly the type of guy she’s been waiting for all her life . . . .

    But Bill has a disability of his own: He’s a vampire with a bad reputation. He hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, all suspected of—big surprise—murder. And when one of Sookie’s coworkers is killed, she fears she’s next . . . . (book description)

    Personal note: My wife and I both read this book and we both loved it! This looks to be a great series, and I look forward to reading the rest of it, as well as watching the TV adaptation.

  2. Living Dead in Dallas (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover Edition) or (Amazon Kindle Edition)
    Living Dead in Dallas

    Coctail waitress Sookie Stackhouse is on a streak of bad luck. First, her coworker is murdered and no one seems to care. Then she’s face-to-face with a beastly creature that gives her a painful and poisonous lashing. Enter the vampires, who graciously suck the poison from her veins (like they didn’t enjoy it).

    Point is, they saved her life. So when one of the bloodsuckers asks for a favor, she complies. And soon, Sookie’s in Dallas using her telepathic skills to search for a missing vampire. She’s supposed to interview certain humans involved. There’s just one condition: The vampires must promise to behave—and let the humans go unharmed. Easier said than done. All it takes is one delicious blonde and one small mistake for things to turn deadly . . . (book description)

    Personal note: I think I liked this book even better than the first book in this series. It kept things interesting and opened up more of the supernatural world we were introduced to in Dead Until Dark.

  3. Club Dead (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover Edition) or (Amazon Kindle Edition)
    Club Dead

    Sookie’s boyfriend has been very distant—in another state, distant. Now she’s off to Mississippi to mingle with the underworld at Club Dead—a little haunt where the vampire elite go to chill out. But when she finally finds Bill—caught in an act of betrayal—she’s not sure whether to save him . . . or sharpen some stakes. (book description)

    Personal note: This series is getting more intense as it goes along. i enjoyed this book even more than the first two. Even if it did strike me as the New Moon (from The Twilight Saga) of this series.

  4. Dead to the World (Paperback Edition) or (Hardcover Edition) or (Amazon Kindle Edition)
    Dead to the World

    When cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse sees a naked man on the side of the road, turns out he doesn’t remember who he is. But it’s Eric the vampire, who’s now a kindler, gentler vampire. He’s also scared because whoever took his memory now wants his life. (book description)

    Personal note: This book was a great addition to the life of Sookie Stackhouse. This series is a wonderful mix of comedy, horror, and even some romance, but not so much that it’s trashy.

  5. Dead as a Doornail (Paperback Edition) or (Hardcover Edition) or (Amazon Kindle Edition)
    Dead as a Doornail

    When Sookie’s brother Jason’s eyes start to change, she knows he’s about to turn into a were-panther for the first time. But her concern becomes cold fear when a sniper sets his deadly sights on the local changeling population—and Jason’s new panther brethren suspect he may be the shooter. Now, Sookie has until the next full moon to find out who’s behind the attacks, unless the killer decides to find her first. (book description)

    Personal note: This series is turning out to really be a lot of fun. I really enjoy how we keep getting introduced to new characters and types of supernatural beings. I would have rated this book even higher, except that I’m really ready for Sookie’s love life to resume, instead of having it in constant turmoil.

  6. Definitely Dead (Paperback Edition) or (Hardcover Edition) or (Amazon Kindle Edition)
    Definitely Dead

    As a person with so few living relatives, Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse really hated to lose one. But she never guessed that it would be her cousin Hadley—a consort of the vampire queen of New Orleans. After all, technically speaking, Hadley was already dead. And now, as unexpected heir to Hadley’s estate, Sookie discovers the inheritance definitely comes with a risk.

    Someone doesn’t want Sookie looking too deeply into Hadley’s past—or for that matter, Hadley’s possessions. And they’re prepared to do anything in their power to stop her. But who? The range of suspects runs from the rogue weres who reject Sookie as a friend of the pack to the vampire queen herself, who could be working through a particularly vulnerable subject—Sookie’s first love, Bill.

    Whoever it is, they’re definitely dangerous—and Sookie’s life is definitely on the line . . . (book description)

    Personal note: I am really enjoying this series. It just keeps getting better, book after book.

  7. All Together Dead (Paperback Edition) or (Hardcover Edition) or (Amazon Kindle Edition)
    All Together Dead

    Being surrounded by all varieties of undead, changeling, and preternatural beings has gotten to be nothing out of the ordinary for Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse. Still, even she has her limits. Betrayed by her longtime vampire love, Sookie must now not only deal with a possible new man in her life—the oh-so-handsome shapeshifter Quinn—but also contend with the long-planned vampire summit in Rhodes.

    The summit, which has attracted undead power players from all over the central U.S., is sure to be a tense situation. The vampire queen of Louisiana is in a precarious position, her power base weakened by hurricane damage to New Orleans. And there are some vamps who would like to finish what nature started. With secret alliances and backroom deals the order of the day—and night—Sookie must decide what side she’ll stand with. And her choice may mean the difference between survival and all-out catastraphe . . . (book description)

    Personal note: I really like the direction Harris is taking this series. It is a really enjoyable series to read. This book continues the trend and leaves me eagerly looking forward to reading the next one.

  8. From Dead to Worse (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover Edition) or (Amazon Kindle Edition)
    From Dead to Worse

    The supernatural community in Bon Temps, Louisiana, is reeling from two hard blows—the natural disaster of Hurricane Katrina and the man-made horror of the explosion at the vampire summit the month before in the up-north city of Rhodes. Sookie Stackhouse is safe but dazed, yearning for things to get back to normal. But that’s just not happening. Too many vampires—some friends, some not—were killed or injured, and her weretiger boyfriend, Quinn, is among the missing.

    It’s clear that things are changing, whether the Weres and vamps of her corner of Louisiana like it or not. And Sookie—friend of the pack and blood-bonded to Eric Northman, the leader of the local vampire community—is caught up in the changes.

    In the ensuing battles, Sookie faces danger, death . . . and, once more, betrayal by someone she loves. And when the fur has finished flying and the cold blood flowing, her world will be forever altered . . . . (book description)

    Personal note: This book is another excellent additon to the Sookie Stackhouse story. I really love that Charlaine Harris keeps adding more and more depth to Sookie’s world in every book. I wish she’d let Sookie have a little better luck with love, but I can get over that.

  9. Dead and Gone (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover Edition) or (Amazon Kindle Edition)
    Dead and Gone

    For Sookie Stackhouse, the day-to-day activities of the vampire and Were communities in and around Bon Temps, Louisiana, are of vital interest. She’s blood bound to the leader of the vamps, is a friend to the local Were pack, works for a man who is a shifter, and has a brother who is a werepanther . . . .

    But for most of the humans in Bon Temps, the vamps are mysterious, seductive creatures—and they don’t even know about the Weres.

    Until now. The Weres and shifters have finally decided to follow the lead of the undead and reveal their existence to the ordinary world.

    At first it seems to go well. Then the mutilated body of a werepanther is found in the parking lot of the bar where Sookie works. The victim is someone she knows, so she feels compelled to discover who—human or otherwise—did the deed.

    But what she doesn’t realize is that there is a much greater danger than the killer threatening Bon Temps. A race of unhuman beings—older, more powerful, and far more secretive than vampires or werewolves—is preparing for war. And Sookie will find herself an all-too-human pawn in their battle . . . . (book description)

    Personal note: Well, I asked for it, and I got it. Sookie’s love life looks to be back in action. Not in the way I really wanted it to be, but in action, none the less. Yet another great edition to The Southern Vampire Series.

  10. Dead in the Family (Paperback Edition) or (Hardcover Edition) or (Amazon Kindle Edition)
    Dead in the Family

    A Fae War has left the supernatural community of Bon Temps, Louisiana, in chaos—and waitress Sookie Stackhouse mentally and physically drained. And still, the peace and quiet she so desperately craves is hard to come by . . .

    Even with the blood of two vampires in her system, Sookie is having trouble healing from the terrible torture she endured at the hands of her great-grandfather’s enemies during the brief but deadly Fae War. Worse are the emotional wounds—especially over the loss of her own personal fairy godmother and the near death of her first love.

    Sookie is hurt and she’s mad. Just about the only bright spot in her life—besides the fact that she is, after all, still alive—is the love she thinks she feels for vampire Eric Northman, who is under scrutiny by the new vampire king because of their relationship.

    As the political implications of the shifters’ coming-out are beginning to be felt, Sookie’s connection to one particular Were draws her into the dangerous debate. And, unknown to her, though the doors to Faery have been closed, there are still some fae on the human side—and one of them is angry at Sookie. Very, very angry. (book description)

    Personal note: I love how Charlaine Harris weaves actual historical figures into her books, figures such as Elvis. She adds another historical figure to this book and it’s a lot of fun. But that figure is really just a side show for the main event of the book, which was by itself enough to keep me reading.

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