I had been reading vampire romances for some time when I came across "Twilight", in 2006. It caught my attention immediately. I ordered it on Amazon, and DEVOURED it in a couple of days! Ah, Edward.....
Where was I? Oh, yeah......what other books I like to read......well, I have read quite a few books by Amanda Ashley. I really like her vampires, especially those in "Embrace The Night", and "A Darker Dream". Then there's Christine Feehan. She's an excellent writer, but a bit heavy-handed on the sex scenes for my taste.
Now that I've read all four books of Steph's saga, other vampires just don't compare, however.
As for other books I've liked, there's "Sunshine and Shadow", by the husband and wife team of Sharon and Tom Curtis. This novel was published in the '80s, and I bought it used (but in great shape) from Amazon. It's a beautiful, beautiful story about an Amish girl who falls in love with a Hollywood movie director. Then there's "Night Magic", by Charlotte Vale Allen. It's a modern retelling of the Phantom of the Opera story. Very sweet and tender........Another book I like is "Phantom", by Susan Kay. It's billed as a 'biography' of the enigmatic, mysterious Erik, the Phantom of the Opera.
I also love "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, "The Hobbit", " The Chronicles of Narnia", the Harry Potter series, all the Sherlock Holmes novels, "Jane Eyre", and several books by a German writer named Hermann Hesse. He was most famous around the 1940's, but his books are awesome. I especially like "The Glass Bead Bame", and "Narcissus and Goldmund".
Then there's Cordwainer Smith. This was the pen name of Paul Linebarger, an American science fiction writer. His concept of "the underpeople", who were a combination of animal and human, is unique in SF.
I also love Star Trek novels, written by several writers. I only read the ones about the original serirs, though. I just can't get enthused about Next Gen, or any of the other TV series.
Last but most definitely NOT least, there's Charles de Lint, a Canadian fantasy writer. I especially like his short stories and novels about the fictional city of Newford.