Blogtober Day 19: Goodreads Most Popular Horror Part 2

Part One

As I very much really did enjoy going through the first five of these, I thought I’d continue that as part of my Blogtober posts! I’m going through the Goodreads Most Popular Horror books to see which I’ve read, which I want to read, and maybe which ones I haven’t heard of but probably now wish I could read.

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.

If It Bleeds
By Stephen King

Published: April 21st, 2020
Status: Not Currently Interested

I think it’s safe to say that any and all Stephen King books that came out between October 2017 and September 2022 will appear on this list. King is, of course, hugely popular, and there are many who will pick up and read every book the guy produces, even if his output is huge. I stopped trying to keep up with it, but I do still have some King books I want to read. This is the second in a series though, so I won’t be picking this up anytime soon until I actually get around to reading the first.

Tender is the Flesh
by Agustina Bazterrica, Translated by Sarah Moses

Published: November 29th, 2017
Status: Hadn’t Heard Of

This falls into that period of time before I started really paying attention to Horror and the amazing works being done in the genre, but this sounds really, really good, with elements of dystopian fiction, an infectious virus making animal meat poisonous, and quite honestly I really do want to try and read more translations going forward. So yeah, this definitely shifts into want to read for me now.

The Only Good Indians
By Stephen Graham Jones

Published: July 14th, 2020
Status: Read
Rating: 5/5

I really liked this one. There are parts that stand out as being Weird in the best possible sense, but it’s a great book and definitely, as far as I’m concerned, deserves its place on this list. It’s the story of four young men on a reservation who shoot some elk, and face the consequences years later. A great Nature versus Man story.

Imaginary Friend
By Stephen Chbosky

Published: October 1st, 2019
Status: Not Currently Interested

This has drifted across my various social media/Goodreads pages before, and I’ve kind of hesitated over it. But every time I actually read the blurb, it just doesn’t sound like something that really grabs me. It’s also super long, at over 700 pages, and I just don’t have the energy for books that long anymore unless they really, really, really intrigue me straight from the get go.

The Year of the Witching
By Alexis Henderson

Published: July 21st, 2020
Status: Want to Read

If nothing else grabbed me about this book, that cover would. It really sounds like an absolutely intriguing novel and I can see why it’s ranked as one of the best. It feels like it combines various elements to make something that will honestly stand out among other read books, and I really hope I eventually get to read this one.

So there’s the next five on the list – what do you think so far? Are these books you’ve read or want to read, or are you currently completely disagreeing with the top 60 books?


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