January Reading Challenge: Popular Horror from 2015
Hey all! This month’s reading challenge is going to be a bit of a reflection of last year, as the Goodreads Reader’s Choice 2015 list has just been released. It’s a very interesting contest where readers get to vote which books were the best in certain listed genres. I did vote for my favorite books, but none of them actually made it to the winning position (my heart just about broke when The Cuckoo’s Calling didn’t win in the thriller genre). For the sake of educating myself, this month I decided to read some of the books that won and discover why they were so popular.
For the horror section, Dean Koontz’ book Saint Odd was the winner… which is a bit of a problem, because apparently it’s the seventh book in the series. Cue me being overwhelmed by the amount of reading I would have to do to catch up…
There are some other amazing books on the horror genre list, like Alice by Christina Henry (a twisted take on Alice in Wonderland), Suicide Forest by Jeremy Bates, and another story by Clive Barker’s expertise, The Scarlet Gospels (a new installment in the Pinhead stories, I believe). I decided to pick just one this month, as for 2016 I’m trying to break out of my norm and pick authors and/or genres that I wouldn’t normally choose.
So, since I’ve never read a Dean Koontz book before and he’s one of the most popular modern authors of the day, I will be picking the first book in the Odd Thomas series, aptly named Odd Thomas, and hopefully one day will work my way up to reading Saint Odd (maybe then I’ll understand this year’s hype!). I honestly don’t know anything about the series (I tried not to read Saint Odd’s synopsis for fear of spoilers), but I’ll be happy to share the story with you soon!
Is anyone in the process of reading any of the books that were featured on the Goodreads Book Choice Awards? Or have you read any and already formed opinions on them? I’d love to hear about any of the books, any genre, because this was my first year knowing about the awards and I’m not sure if the voting system is legitimate or not. Is it basically a popularity contest? Or is it more biased towards main stream books/authors? Let me hear what you think!
Until next time,
PS. So, in doing a tiiiiny bit of research, I’ve found that this book was actually made into a movie. If I finish the book in time, I’ll also include a comparison review for those that are interested! Could be interesting, right? 😊