- God Save the Queen by Kate Locke - I picked this up because of the front cover and thankfully was not disappointed! A paranormal novel with vampires aplenty set in a modern-day London - well, sort of. What modern-day London would be if Queen Victoria had been an immortal vampire and had held the throne for, oh, a hundred years or so, and the entire aristocracy consisted of vampires and werewolves. Corsets and bloomers abound, and when I was about halfway through I noticed all the Emilie Autumn-esque references and flicked to the acknowledgements, where EA's album Opheliac is credited as a major inspiration for the book. In other words, Emilie Autumn with vampires. You can probably guess why I dig it. ;-)
- Classy: Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady by Derek Blasberg - Whilst I don't agree with some of what Mr. Blasberg has to say, on the whole I was pleasantly surprised by this guide to the minefield of modern etiquette. With tips on how to handle every situation from travelling to dinner parties with grace and ease, as well as the occasional nod to Goths and a rather pleasing attitude towards tattooed women, this was an enjoyable read. Although I will be cheerfully ignoring large sections from the fashion-related chapters...
- The Vampire Shrink by Lynda Hilburn - My mum chose this book for me based on the title; I have a tendency to collect vampire books with vaguely ridiculous titles, the sillier the better. Actually less cheesy than most vampire romances with a far more relatable heroine than the fluffy fillies of Mills&Boon Nocturne (for example). However there are some seriously cringey erotic moments - a particularly wince-inducing line about breasts for example - so brace yourself.
- How to Walk in High Heels: The Girl's Guide to Everything by Camilla Morton - Aimed at the everyday fashionista, I was pleased to discover that this book contained more than a tip or two which will come in extremely useful in the life of the more, ah, morbidly inclined kind of gal. Walking in impractical shoes is something that most black-clad babes will probably need to master, for starters. Written with a kind of breezy wit, I enjoyed this so much I'm going to buy the sequel, A Year In High Heels, which contains such chapter titles as How To Customise Your T-Shirt for Glastonbury - Or Glyndebourne, How To Dress Burlesque and How To Throw A Masked Ball.
- The Girl who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King - I find King's books very hit and miss, but this story about a girl lost in the woods is one of my favourites from him. Exciting, chilling and so suspenseful I read it in one sitting. King's ability to write an entire novel focused with such intensity on a single character is a powerful skill.