i'm only on the 3rd book atm.. but yes i would say, the ones i have read make a good read though there is some cheesy moments with Selena however i can't bring myself to hate them(stelena) that much :s
well some scene's will be to your taste, other's not so much!!! ther are so many CHEESY stelena scenes in the books, that i find it difficult to count them all!! lol half of what goes on in the books will more than likely bore the fuck out of you!! elena is a stubborn bitch,a nd is always ignorant of her feelings for damon, even tho she knows for a fact that they are there, inside her, and i must warn you if you are not a fan of bamon, then some scene's will deffo be guaranteed to piss you off, but the delena scene's what can i say apart from ABSOLUTE PERFECTION IN THE TRUE SENSE OF THE WORD!!!! so yes, they are worth reading, apart from all the shitty stelena cheese fest and bamon bullshit!! tho to me, stelena and bamon don't exist, i just skip their scene's because i find them pointless and pathetic!! lols
the books go:
The Return: Nightfall
The Return: Shadow Souls
The Return: Midnight
The Hunters: Phantom
The Hunters: Moonsong
The Hunters: Destiny Rising
I personally have tried reading them, but not enjoyed them as they are extremely different from the tv series so I guess it depends which you started first. If you love the tv version as it is I doubt you will enjoy reading the books that much.
Books and TV show are so different that it is not possible for us to tell if you like them or not. You have to test for yourself, because the whole story is completely different, many characters from the books aren't in the show and the other way around, - and when they are in both, they very often vary enormously -, and even the supernatural rules are different. But to help you with your decision: It takes about 2/3 of the first book until Damon really arrives in the story (and there is nothing special about the story before that, although I personally like the Katherine-and-Stefan-scenes). But the four original books are short and you get quickly through everything, especially because something is always happening (whenever one problem is solved, the next already comes up, not like in the show, where the basic situation often stays for a long while and plans don't work out to set the story back to how it was). The "Return"-books deal with different dimensions, incredible powers and strange beings, what I myself like because I usually am more into High Fantasy than Urban Fantasy. The whole story anyway is totally different so that the show gives away nothing about what happens in the books, what keeps reading exciting. The real problem is that you either have to live without an end to the story or continue with the ghostwriter's books - what is like paying for fan fiction (I stopped after "The Return: Midnight", so that I can't tell you anything about the books after that).
I didn't like them at all. The story is very lame and boring. There is nothing interesting except for Damon and Elena relantionship. I you want to read it skip the book where Bonnie is the lead (you'll unìderstand why) because is even more boring than the first book with cheeSE fest. Basically i enjoeyed only the Delena part.