I'm off to a good start.
This month's first read is a collection of short stories written by Charlaine Harris about her heroine, Sookie Stackhouse, called A Touch of Death.
It gives non-TrueBlood fans a glimpse of the protagonist's life and the world she is in. I find it similar to Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series -- "human" protagonist who has relationships with supernatural creatures and who hates her "gift" but uses it for good. I cannot judge whether or not the level of sensuality is the same but from what I've heard of True Blood, it is.
I'd give the book series a chance once my book buying ban is done. :D