I'm very glad that I decided to read Dracula. And many thanks to those that suggested it (and to all the other suggestions). Once I was able to get my head around the writing and the switching between journals/letters/etc., it was wonderful. I loved it.
My immediate thought on finishing the book was "That is a vampire story." There are so many vampire themed novels and series out now that I've actually been turned off by the whole thing. I'd like to read more novels like Dracula, where the "traditional" vampire is depicted. Interview with the Vampire was good and I may read that again sometime, but new books are always welcomed. Any suggestions?
Changing it up a bit with my book reading now. I picked up Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential the last time I went to the bookstore. I've only read the preface, but I think I'm going to love this book.