TBR Lows & Highs #13

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 within the next 18 months.


  • 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:

  • Help Sarah choose which book to move to the top of her TBR!
  • Mandy has some BEAUTIFUL covers in this week’s post!
  • Katie had some great removals and additions!
  • Ari, as always, added AMAZING diverse reads!
  • Sionna added some great fantasy this week (and joined me in going over the 10-new-additions suggestion, so I’m finally not alone, heh).


(books that are LOW on my TBR—vote in the comments for which one I should move UP on my list and I’ll read it within 18 months!)


1. Dark Places — Gillian Flynn (owned)

2. everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too — Jomny Sun

3. Feed — Mira Grant

4. Poison Study — Maria V. Snyder

5. Heart of the Fae — Emma Hamm


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


1. From Lukov with Love — Mariana Zapata
NA contemporary, figure skating, hate-to-love (maybe?)

2. Pennies — Pepper Winters (owned)
FREE on kindle, very dark adult suspense/romance, TW for sex slavery & abuse

3. The Marrow Thieves — Cherie Dimaline
YA dystopia, Canadian indigenous representation, award-winning story

4. I’m Afraid of Men — Vivek Shraya
Adult nonfiction, queer memoir, feminism, trans author

5. The Bride Test — Helen Hoang
Adult contemporary, sequel/spin-off to The Kiss Quotient, autism/Vietnamese rep, YES PLEASE


6. Four Three Two One — Courtney Stevens
YA contemporary, aftermath of a bombing

7. Our Year of Maybe — Rachel Lynn Solomon
YA contemporary, queer rep, Jewish rep, chronic illness, unrequited love

8. She Walks in Shadows — edited by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Adult horror/fantasy anthology, Lovecraftian retellings, mythology, feminism

9. Killing Sarai — J. A. Redmerski
NA dark contemporary, drug lords, TWs for sex slavery, abuse, violence

10. The Missing Season — Gillian French (owned)
YA mystery/fantasy, missing teens, Halloween


11. Even If I Fall — Abigail Johnson (owned)
YA contemporary, forbidden love, grief

12. In the Neighborhood of True — Susan Kaplan Carlton
YA historical fiction, 1950s Atlanta, Jewish rep, TW for racism & hate crimes

13. Magic Bites — Ilona Andrews (owned)
Adult paranormal fantasy, #1 in Kate Daniels series, mercenaries, magic, murder mystery

14. Call it What You Want — Brigid Kemmerer
YA contemporary, family drama, TW for suicide attempt (character’s parent)

15. Enchantee — Gita Trelease (owned)
YA historical fiction, fantasy, Marie Antoinette & Louis XVI


16. Ink Knows No Borders — edited by Patrice Vecchione & Alyssa Raymond
YA poetry collection, own-voice stories about immigration and refugees from immigrants and children of immigrant parents

17. Witching Hour Theatre — Jonathan Janz (owned)
Adult horror short story, horror film night gone wrong

18. Shout — Laurie Halse Anderson
YA nonfiction poetry memoir, TWs for sexual assault

19. Starry Eyes — Jenn Bennett (owned)
YA contemporary, best-friends-turned-enemies-turned-lovers

20. Shifting Shadows — Patricia Briggs (owned)
Adult paranormal anthology, collection of Mercy Thompson novellas

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



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41 thoughts on “TBR Lows & Highs #13

  1. I vote for Feed. I have so many feelings about that book.

    Looks like you’ve added a lot of great books this week! I haven’t read that Mariana Zapata book yet, but it is so on my TBR. It is a shame my library doesn’t own more books by her!! My favorite short story in the Mercy Thompson book is about Ben who is one of my faves… I need a book about him haha.
    Also I’m so excited for The Bride Test! I’m glad the author is writing more books 🙂

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    1. Haha, good feelings, I take it?!

      My library doesn’t seem to have any of her books, either! I think I’ll just have to get them from the kindle store every so often. I’ve been trying to buy more ebooks and less physical books lately because my shelves are so full, but I almost always only spend about $2 or less per book – I think hers are in the $5 range, so I haven’t gotten any yet. I really am dying to read one though so maybe this week. 🙂


  2. oh lord i had to read Feed for school (i go to a very strange school) and i did not like it at allll. so long & repetitive. i think i one-starred it, which i almost NEVER do for assigned readings. bleh bleh.

    also i love Gillian Flynn but Dark Places is my least favorite of her books so…wouldn’t be a heartbreaking loss imo


    1. Aww, sorry you didn’t like Feed! I love everything I’ve read by Seanan/Mira so far so it’s definitely one I want to check out, but it made the “low” end of my TBR just because I have so many other unread books by her and this one gets such mixed reviews that it’s not a big priority :/


  3. You have so many great books on here that I want to read as well. I loved the Kiss Quotient, so I can’t wait for The Bride Test. Pennies I hear is amazing even if it deals with some darker elements. And I adore anything with Curran and Kate…so highly recommend Magic Bites.


    1. Thank you! I am actually soooo excited to start the Kate Daniels books. I’ve never read anything at all from the authors (it’s a couple under one name, right?), but I hear so many rave reviews. I found that the introductory novella is free on their website, so I have it bookmarked to read later this week, hopefully. 🙂


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