LJ Smith – The Vampire Diaries Series Reading Order

by Maryse on April 21, 2009 · 42 comments

in L.J. Smith, My Book Reviews, Reading Order Guide:

About book #1:

A deadly love triangle

Elena: beautiful and popular, the girl who can have any guy she wants.

Stefan: brooding and mysterious, desperately trying to resist his desire for Elena . . . for her own good.

Damon: sexy, dangerous, and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan, the brother who betrayed him.

Elena finds herself drawn to both brothers . . . who will she choose?

The spin-off “Diaries”


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Bianca March 15, 2011 at 9:38 AM

thanks soo much for posting this! I’ve been wanting to read the books in order and not one website that I saw had them in order! So thanks:) and btw could you check out my fan made Tvd vids?? (On youtube) my user name is Marikashamman :) Thanks:)

Natasa April 20, 2011 at 1:43 PM

is there going to be an 8th book???????? i’ve seen some yes some no i’m confused can anyone help???

gracie July 24, 2011 at 9:13 PM

best novels i ever read takes you to total new reality waiting for the next book!!!!!

Maia August 11, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Love this series. Who wouldn’t?

Dawn November 28, 2011 at 11:13 PM

next two are…

Ajia Martello December 8, 2011 at 12:32 PM

I was wondering what was The Hunters about and is it with this series and where in the series does it belong it says it is vol 1 and so I am confused now.

rebecca January 18, 2012 at 11:30 PM

i was just wondering if you could post the stefan’s diaries books in order on here for me please i really want to read them but i dont know which 1 is first second or third nd so on… i am goin got start reading your books the vampire diaries series when im done with this other series im reading. the books look amazing nd i cant wait to start reading them. :)

Julie March 6, 2012 at 2:34 PM

I started reading Stephen’s diaries and then i came across the books listed on your website, Where do i start?

Dawn March 18, 2012 at 2:54 PM

I would read Stefan’s diaries first…it starts in 1864 and how they met Katherine.

Beth April 9, 2012 at 9:51 AM

I disagree with Dawn. It doesn’t really matter when you read Stephens Diaries because they do not follow along with the rest of the books. They follow along with the show on CW. That is just my opinion though and mean no offence to Dawn. On the show the boys lived during Civil War times and that is when they met Kathrine. In the books they lived much longer ago. Katherine is portrayed completely different from the book to the show. I love both but please do not read the books expecting it to be like the show or vice versa. Character names and the fact that they are Vampires are about the only thing that stays the same. I read the first original ones when they came out way back when and was very excited when they started making more. Hope that helps. :)

Diana April 10, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Some of the names aren’t even the same. Bonnie’s last name in the show is Bennet, but in the book Vickie has that last name. Also, Meredith is a doctor I believe, Meredith Fell. But I agree with Beth, there is very little that is the same. Not meaning to offend anyone. :)

Samantha May 8, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Where exactly does the book Stefan’s diaries fall into order with the series?

Zeraphina September 21, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Love the series

swethadeshpande November 16, 2012 at 7:04 AM

hey cool books!!!

Nicola April 24, 2013 at 5:56 PM

OMG! love the shows. started watching them wayy before i knew there were any books. But now I am super addicted only on the fourth book but it is sooo awesome! And you guys are right. the books are wayy different than the show. Like, Elena has a 2- year old sister, Margaret, and in the show she has a teenage brother, Jeremy, plus he’s a vampire hunter! SUPER different! and wayy different than i was expecting. (not that I’m complaining.)

Brittany April 27, 2013 at 12:11 AM

Glad I found the list. I feel in love with the show first, then looked up the books. Needless to say I was horrible disappointed in the first 3 books I read. As a avid reader and book lover it is the only series I have ever said the show/movie is better. Ever. and Im sure I’ll never say it about any other book.

For me what makes the CW show great is all the depth and detail. All the interesting family and community connections that tie everyone together in some way. The books lack that completely. The book is not detailed and doesn’t have much depth. There is a reason the publishers replaced the author with a ghost writer.

That being said, Its been 2 years since I read them and Ive been picking them up whenever I see them on clearance at BooksAMillion, I think I’ve collected 4 or 5 of them now for about $2 a piece so I am about to give them a second try. Maybe the wont be as bad as I remember.

Nicola April 27, 2013 at 12:13 PM

I totally agree with you. I always say books are better. They always have so much more detail and go so much more deep into facts. Like in the Twilight series they go so much more into detail. But in these books I would really deffinately say the show is way better!

Cathy June 18, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Does Damon have his own series of books like Stefan?

anvi November 19, 2013 at 3:47 AM

m realy happy that some directors are able to produce thier own innovation in the series nt just copy of the books and cn change th meaning of the book nd endings also….

Haven Thomas December 27, 2013 at 5:36 PM

I like the CW show but its so different the the books For one day completely changed the characters like Elena has blonde hair blue eyes in the book in on the show she has she’s a Burnett and has brown eyes bonnie is a small little redhead in the book in the show she’s black And their 3rd friend Meredith doesn’t even exist in the show and that really made me mad I mean come on Caroline isn’t even really their friend in the book I mean the show is good and all but the books are so much better and the books their characters are so different than the characters on the show that’s the only thing I don’t like about it

blue February 13, 2014 at 3:37 PM

does anyone know if…when Katherine took over elena’s body if elena really died?

Shruti February 14, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Can’t wait 4r the third trilogy- THE SALVATION!!!!

Anabela April 10, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Completely awesome series!!

Maraiza July 16, 2014 at 5:02 PM

I have one seen the tv show but i wanted to know in which book is season 6 based on?

agatha August 26, 2014 at 5:26 PM

i love the books

savannah August 28, 2014 at 10:25 AM

i want to start reading the vampire diaries and stefan’s diaries and I wanted to know which one is better to start with first?

anindita October 21, 2014 at 2:49 PM

beth,,nicola,,samantha and brittany..i totally agree wid u guys. Those r exactly my feelings too!! by da way i looove damon!!u rock

gaby April 26, 2015 at 2:33 PM

The vamp is a very good series i love it a lot.

Molly Fink July 8, 2015 at 2:15 AM

I can’t get enough of Vampire Diaries!! I’m getting the last two Hunter books and the last two Stephans diaries to complete my collection, and I want to know should I bother with the salvation series?? Your input would be appreciated. Thank you….Molly Fink

Greeneyedlady August 18, 2015 at 4:41 PM

Thank you so much for putting all the Vampire Diaries in order.
I am a big fan and hoping for something more in the future. Any other series you would recommend? Even though I don’t think I’ll tire of listening to this series again and again. I do listen to other books.

Anushree April 18, 2016 at 2:16 PM

Oh I so agree with Nicola! I am a huge fan of reading books compared to watching their TV shows/Movies. I always feel the TV version does not do justice to all the details in the books. But this is probably the first series where I too felt like TVD show is much better than the books. Honestly I only read these novels because I don’t like to leave any book half way, but I just love the way the show turned out. For a change (and I never thought I would say this ever), I cannot say the same for the novels.

Anushree April 18, 2016 at 2:18 PM

Brittany.. exact same feels!

Taylor July 16, 2016 at 7:58 PM

Thank you so much for posting this it really helped me find the order but your missing the salvation series of 3 books. Which goes before the prequel of The Stephen Diary’s.

Leighann July 21, 2016 at 6:07 PM

Thank you for posting this. I have watched all of the vampire diaries and im obsessed. I wanted to read the books and i couldnt have found all of them without you. Thank you so much.

Ashantie August 14, 2016 at 8:08 PM

I enjoy ur books they’re the best one I enjoy the shadow soul that’s that one have a good meaning with love n spirit

Jlynne April 10, 2017 at 1:10 PM

The humorous thing is I read these books in college as they came out (the covers are quite antiquated, lol), hell, I think my original books are around here still bc I just knew I would have book crazy daughters like myself, and sure enough I did and still have one I’ll need to do some digging to fine the books for since she prefers books to eBooks, which amazes me every time in this day and age…now for whims I’m reading them again, and yes I’m old, the original books began in 1990, if you noticed the dates Bonnie, Meredith and the rest of the gang graduated, of course Elena didn’t in the books, and the lack of cell phones in the first few, those were extreme luxury in those days…the series recommissioned in 2007 I believe and became the spin off of the Stephen Diaries and the TVD series.

Jlynne April 10, 2017 at 1:13 PM

Oh, don’t forget to read her series The Secret Circle, which was a short lived series a few years back on CW I believe, the books were written in ’92 then recommissioned when the series came out…all about witches.

Savera May 11, 2017 at 6:54 AM

But these are only 6 books. Where can I get the seventh book ?? Please tell if you do not mind …

Jackeline August 5, 2017 at 11:22 PM

Can somebody tell me which are the books!?? I mean where does it start? And are the Stefan journal important to read? Can I only buy books 1-7?

Mikayla Fletcher August 27, 2018 at 8:15 PM

Where can I get these books? There not in my local library been searching everywhere? Please reply!!!

heather December 22, 2018 at 2:40 PM

you may want to update this list cause the salvation books aren’t on here the last three books

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