TBR Lows & Highs #12


If you want me to ensure I don’t miss your post, please make sure that the link in your post links to A SPECIFIC TBR LOWS AND HIGHS POST (ideally the 1st post here), not the homepage! Links to howlinglibraries.com or even howlinglibraries.com/tbr-lows-and-highs-list/ DO NOT pop up in my notifications for some reason. 😭 This is a WordPress issue and not anything I can fix, but I learned that a lot of you guys are linking to my home page, and that’s why I’m missing your posts sometimes!

The WINNER of last week’s “lows” vote was… *drumroll*


As promised, I’ll now add this book to my “top-TBR” shelf on Goodreads to remind me to read it sooner rather than later.


  • Link back to the original post at Howling Libraries
  • Sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, ascending
  • Find 5-10 (or more, if you feel ambitious!) titles to purge from your TBR (the “lows”)
    • ALTERNATIVE OPTION: Find 5+ titles that are at the BOTTOM of your TBR—books you want to read someday, just not right now!
  • Post those 5 books in the list, with a brief explanation
  • Next, sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, descending
  • List the last 5 (or more!) books you added to your TBR, with a synopsis or your brief summary of why you added it (the “highs”)

This week’s posts:

  • JohanneLauren, and Mandy joined the meme—go give them a warm welcome!
  • Katie had a week with some exciting additions!
  • Kaya made some SUPER controversial removal decisions and I AM HERE FOR IT!
  • Ari introduced me to some incredible diverse additions, as always!
  • Sionna works through her TBR so fast it STUNS me, yet she somehow still finds plenty of amazing new additions EVERY WEEK?!


(books that are LOW on my TBR—vote in the comments for which one I should move UP on my list!)
I’m going to start keeping up with the books you guys choose as each week’s winner and keeping a list with the date the book was chosen, and then I’m going to say I have to read that book within 18 MONTHS or remove it from my TBR!


1. Emmy & Oliver — Robin Benway (owned)
A mixture of friends-to-lovers and second chance romance sounds precious, but for some reason, I never get around to this. I think maybe it’s because I never hear about it and tend to forget I have it?

2. Zodiac — Romina Russell (owned)
I think this was just one of those books I bought to get over the free shipping minimum on BookOutlet, and now I never hear about it and just don’t feel super motivated to read it, but I also refuse to get rid of it because it’s so pretty. 😂

3. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter — Seth Grahame-Smith (owned)
I have a confession: if I see a movie adaptation before reading the book, the chance of me reading the book immediately drops to almost zilch.

4. Second Chance Summer — Morgan Matson (owned)
NO IDEA why I keep forgetting I have this, but every time I remember that it exists, I’m just not really in the mood for it!

5. Zero Repeat Forever — Gabrielle Prendergast (owned)
I won this in a stack giveaway last year, and it sounded alright, but I don’t read much sci-fi, so I never seem to find the motivation?


Since I’ve been adding so many, I’m going to shorten this by adding just a few keywords for each book!


1. Heart of Mist — Helen Scheuerer (owned)
Kindle sale, friends’ recommendations, YA fantasy, toxic mists, forbidden magic

2. The Uninvited — Cat Winters (owned)
Adult gothic horror, ghostly visions, psychological, society in shambles

3. Last Things — Jacqueline West (owned, ARC)
Dark YA fantasy, teen music idols, trading evil for talent(?)

4. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea — April Genevieve Tucholke
YA paranormal fantasy, the devil in a teen boy’s body, gothic romance

5. The Beckoning Shadow — Katharyn Blair (owned, ARC)
YA fantasy, Fight Club with teen girls and magic, dangerous tournaments


6. The Girl with the Red Balloon — Katherine Locke
YA hist-fic, time traveling, 1980s, dark magic

7. My Favorite Thing is Monsters, Vol. 1 — Emil Ferris
Adult horror graphic novel, diary formatting, B-horror references, Nazi Germany

8. The Architect of Song — A. G. Howard
New adult paranormal/hist-fic, deaf MC, human/ghost romance, Victorian England

9. Dear Aaron — Mariana Zapata
Adult contemporary romance, war, civilian & soldier falling in love through letters

10. Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales — Melissa Marr
YA fantasy/horror anthology, twisted fairytale retellings


11. ZOO — Otsuichi
Adult horror/fantasy, short story collection, J-horror

12. Henchgirl — Kristen Gudsnuk
Superheroes/villains, humor, cute artwork, graphic novel

13. Goldie Vance, Vol. 1 — Hope Larson
YA mystery graphic novel, POC and queer rep, adorable artwork

14. Space Battle Lunchtime, Vol. 1 — Natalie Riess
MG sci-fi graphic novel, reality TV, FOOD competitions ♥

15. The First One You Expect — Adam Cesare
Adult horror novella, indie horror film director turned murderer, “bizarro” and “brutal”


16. Truth or Beard — Penny Reid
New adult contemporary romance, cute twins, biker gangs… beards 😉

17. A Curious Beginning — Deanna Raybourn
Adult mystery/hist-fic, victorian England, very slow burn romance

18. Five Feet Apart — Rachael Lippincott
YA contemporary, chronic illness rep, teens with Cystic Fibrosis, movie rights sold before book release (!)

19. The Book of M — Peng Shepherd
Adult sci-fi/dystopia, epidemic of people losing their shadows and memories, cults, husband’s journey to find his wife

20. A Princess in Theory — Alyssa Cole
Adult contemporary romance, own-voice POC rep, women in STEM, surprise royalty and engagement, loose Cinderella retelling

Which book from my “lows” do you think I should add to my “top-TBR” shelf?



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15 thoughts on “TBR Lows & Highs #12

  1. I’ve read Zero Repeat Forever. It was… okay. Definitely interesting, but slower paced and not a series I’ll be continuing.
    Also, I’m totally adding more books to my TBR from your highs Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, looks fantastic. AND you added a book by Mariana Zapata! Not going to lie, I’m turning into a mini-fan girl because of two books I read by her. Slow. Burn. Romances. LOVE!
    Hahaha I swear I keep pushing her books as if I profit somehow, but I just love them. I hope they suit you!


    1. Oh noooo lmao! I hope I like it better than you did, but I feel like our reading tastes are pretty similar, so… *quietly nudges book behind desk*

      Haha I am in such the mood for swoony romance-y books lately and I’m really excited to check out Penny Reid after hearing you gush over her! I keep saying I need to focus on my TBR buuuut I might cave and buy Truth or Beard on my kindle tonight!

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  2. i remember liking emmy & oliver?? but i read it about a zillion years ago. & second chance summer isn’t my favorite matson but it’s still matson and that’s good enough for me


  3. I have been planning to read “Second Chance Summer” for literally the past three years, but I don’t know when I will ever get around to reading it! I will be reading “Five Feet Apart” very soon, so I hope that you get to it and we can discuss our thoughts!!


    1. I feel you, it’s one of the books that’s been on my Goodreads TBR shelf the longest as well as one of the books I’ve owned the longest without reading! It’s like, why do I never get around to it?! Lol! I hope you love Five Feet Apart! Happy reading!


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