October is ever so far away. Sure, a bunch of TV is returning in September, but Vampire Diaries’ delayed start gives us plenty of time to catch up on all the summer reading we meant to do. (Instead we watched Bunheads and tried not to get heat stroke, okay?)
We’ve rounded up some books we think TVD fans would like — including a few Joseph Morgan (Klaus) suggestions. Happy reading!
From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell
This recommendation comes from Mr. Morgan, who tweeted in July that he picked up a copy of the book. It stars a famous Ripper — not Paul Wesley but Jack. Writer Alan Moore and artist Eddie Campbell capture the gritty world of Victorian England, where Jack the Ripper is killing prostitutes. Based on the theory that the murders were part of a Freemason plot to cover up a marriage between a member of the royal family and a shop girl, From Hell is meticulously researched. Even if the killer’s identity has been disproved, it’s still a gruesome, fascinating ride.
Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
Well, we already know you like vampires! This series is follows Rose Hathaway — a half-vampire Dhampir — and her best friend, Lissa, a vampire princess. If we lost you at “vampire princess,” hold on. Rose is a sarcastic badass who has access to Lissa’s every thought, which is great, because it’s the Dhampir’s job to protect her from a pack of evil vampires and murderous royals who want to steal Lissa’s crown. Also, there’s a love triangle.
Secret Circle Series by L.J. Smith
Vampire Diaries author L.J. Smith also penned The Secret Circle series, which tells the story of Cassie, a young witch in love with her best friend’s boyfriend. #Spellcasterproblems! We’re still mourning the TV show’s cancellation, butPhoebe Tonkin played mean-witch Faye. And this isn’t the “I’ll steal your backpack and your boyfriend” type of mean girl; it’s the “I’ll threaten to light you on fire” type. Spooky stuff!
The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan
Another pick from J.Morg, The Last Werewolf is an obvious choice for a guy who plays a hybrid (and is dying to transform into a furry creature). In Duncan’s book, Jake is the eponymous last werewolf who makes his meals out of distasteful (not literally) humans. It’s not for the faint of heart — and the sex scenes definitely aren’t for the kiddies!
The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan
In honor of Phoebe Tonkin reuniting with her H2O: Just Add Water bestie, Claire Holt (Rebekah), we thought we’d include a mermaid book. Though this novel doesn’t come out until mid-September, it sounds as good as Lanagan’s other efforts. A witch named Misskaella provides the residents of Rollrock Island with mermaid wives, but the service comes at a terrible price. Dun dun dun!
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson
Was this written about Klaus? No, but Jon Ronson’s sometimes funny, sometimes frightening nonfiction work might make you start spotting him at every corner. One in every 100 people can be classed as an unempathetic, manipulative, charming psychopath, and Ronson learns how to spot them as he meets CEOs, a death-squad leader, and others with the personality disorder.
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
If you’re up for a 500-plus page psychological thriller, we recommend The Secret History. Much like the students at Mystic Falls High School, the clique at Hampden College rarely attend class — though they are enthralled with their charismatic classics professor. As events unfold, narrator Richard reveals the details surrounding the murder of a fellow student and how it affected him and his friends.
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
The death of Jacob’s grandfather sparks an adventure to a mysterious Welsh island that houses magical orphans in Ransom Riggs’s fantastical book. Though his grandfather told him stories about the children and their abilities, once on the island, Jacob begins to realize the tales were closer to truth than fiction. Plus, there are some really neat photographs.
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
Written by Mel Brooks’s son, World War Z is a meticulously researched collection of first-person accounts that imagine how the world would cope with a zombie infestation. This book is full of grim moments as it recounts people who survived the zombie apocalypse but were forever changed by it. Nonetheless, it’s a serious, thoughtful take on zombies.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
If you haven’t read this coming-of-age novel, get thee to the library! Nina Dobrev (Elena Gilbert) has a role in the big-screen version due out in September, so you should check out this funny, sad, wonderful book before then. In a series of letters to an unnamed person, Charlie chronicles his high school traumas and triumphs as he stumbles through his freshman year.