Blogtober Day 15: Goodreads Most Popular Horror

As I was trying to decide what to do for Blogtober Day 15, I noticed the ‘Readers’ Favourite New Horror Books’ banner at the top of the Goodreads page, and decided to have a look. Even just from the first four, there’s two I’ve read, so I thought it might be fun to go through and see which ones I’ve read, which are on my to read list, etc. I won’t be doing all 60, and I’ll be doing a handful today with the intention of maybe coming back to this a bit later in the month.

These books are Adult Horror published between October 2017 and September 2022, and popularity is measured by shelving – books from readers’ Read and Want to Read, and overall star ratings. Interesting to see what makes the list!

Mexican Gothic
By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Published: June 30th, 2020
Status: Read
Rating: 5/5

This book is fantastic, a really great gothic novel set in Mexico, that draws on both the English Gothic tradition and Mexican folklore. Listened to this as an audiobook and the narration was great, too. And it’s even the focus of an upcoming episode of Esbat – I loved getting the chance to take a deeper dive into it!

The Outsider
By Stephen King

Published: May 22nd, 2018
Status: Want to Read

It’s not really a surprise King appears so quickly on this list, though as far as I knew, The Outsider was more crime than horror? Arguably there can be a fair bit of crossover between the two but still! I do like King, but honestly, I haven’t picked up one of his books for years, and I have a few here! He’s just not been top of my list since I started really exploring more horror.

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires
By Grady Hendrix

Published: April 7th, 2020
Status: Want to Read

This is one I absolutely definitely want to read. I’ve just heard so many great things about it, and I love the blurb. Plus, vampires. I love vampires, in all forms. I want to read all the vampire books (exceptTwilight) and am quite happy reading more vampire books. I will get to this at some point. Plus I have read another Hendrix novel, which brings us to…

The Final Girl Support Group
By Grady Hendrix

Published: July 13th, 2021
Status: Read
Rating: 5/5

I very much enjoyed this one. One of those books that can be considered a bit of a roller coaster. It’s slightly more action-packed than I usually like, but Hendrix is a good writer and had me gripped throughout. Good novel and interesting take on the trope.

By Mona Awad

Published: June 11th, 2019
Status: Hadn’t Heard Of

So this is not a book or author I’m familiar with/have heard of, so that kind of makes me feel excited! Shows how much horror is out there. But the blurb – wow, does that sound intriguing! Definitely makes me feel interested in this book, and now I find I do want to check it out.

This was actually kind of fun to go through these books, and it makes me feel like I’d enjoy going through the rest of the list, too, especially if it helps me discover some new-to-me books. What do you think? Have you – if you read Horror – checked out the list yet? What are your thoughts?

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