TBR Lows & Highs #14

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

POISON STUDY by Maria V. Snyder!

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:

  • Sionna made my TBR bigger as always!
  • Ari always has amazing lists!
  • Mandy was ruthless with those removals! 😂


(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. Red RisingPierce Brown (owned)

2. When It’s RealErin Watt

3. Ivory and Bone — Julie Eshbaugh (owned)

4. Sleeping Beauties — Stephen King & Own King (owned)

5. The Queen’s Rising — Rebecca Ross (owned)


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


1. I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1 — Skottie Young (owned)
Adult fantasy/humor, graphic novel, marketed as Adventure Time/Alice in Wonderland/Tank Girl/Deadpool crossover

2. Daisy Jones & the Six — Taylor Jenkins Reid
Adult hist-fic, 60s/70s rock bands, told through interviews

3. You’d Be Mine — Erin Hahn (ARC)
YA contemporary, musicians/singers, country music (which I high key HATE but I’m hearing SUCH good reviews for this???)

4. My Boyfriend is a Bear — Pamela Ribon
Adult fantasy/romance, graphic novel, self-explanatory title, morbid curiosity

5. Changeling — William Ritter
MG fantasy, goblins, fae folk, adventures/mayhem


6. The Lights — Carrie Pack
YA horror, Christmas horror, f/f rep

7. Making Faces — Amy Harmon
YA contemporary, loose Beauty and the Beast retelling, wounded veterans, tearjerker

8. Wolfsong — T.J. Klune
New adult paranormal, m/m romance, werewolves

9. In Another Life — C.C. Hunter (ARC)
YA thriller, adopted MC

10. Pan’s Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun — Guillermo del Toro & Cornelia Funke (ARC)
YA/MG??? fantasy, illustrations, I literally just requested this the millisecond I saw it because I love the movie so much ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


11. The Beholder — Anna Bright (ARC)
YA fantasy, alternative history, fjords(!!!! my fave!), ships (!!!! also my fave!), pitched as The Odyssey/Cinderella crossover

12. Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me — Mariko Tamaki
YA contemporary, graphic novel, queer rep, GORGEOUS artwork

13. Savage Species — Jonathan Janz (ARC)
Adult horror, re-release/novella bindup(?), baby-snatching evil creatures

14. The Nightmare Girl — Jonathan Janz (ARC)
Adult horror, re-release, cult members being cult-y

15. The Haunting of Henderson Close — Catherine Cavendish (ARC)
Adult horror, ghosts, Edinburgh setting

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


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28 thoughts on “TBR Lows & Highs #14

  1. Oooh Daisy Jones and the Six, and the Beholder sound so interesting! Although I haven’t read it, I’ve heard Red Rising is great! It’s one of my TBR lows as well, but I’m hoping to push it up my list! Haha. Great post, love! ❤️


      1. I never do either and I don’t know why!! It’s a slow build but such beautiful world building, and sort of like Game of Thrones but minus all the blood and gore LOL 😂 Hope you enjoy when you get around to reading it 😉


  2. I’ll be really curious about your thoughts with YOU’D BE MINE. Erin is an absolute *gem* of a person, but I’m not much for contemporary books, usually (though this one might be an exception, so yes, definitely curious).


    1. Oooh, nice! I don’t know anything about the author at all so that makes me super happy to hear, I love supporting authors who double as just all-around good human beings haha! I’m hoping I’ll enjoy it. I love YA contemporary when the mood strikes me and I’ve been in the mood for it lately so I might end up picking it up sooner rather than later!


    1. I feel you! I’m trying lately to stop forcing myself to wait until right before the release date because sometimes I get a book that doesn’t come out for a while but I just want SO BADLY to read it ASAP. I figure I can always start writing my reviews as soon as I finish reading and saving them in my drafts until closer to the release date.

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      1. I can understand about not reading the book right before the release date. I’m so bad at that! But I do like your idea of reading and saving my review until closer to the release date.
        If you ever want to read either one of these together, I’m game!

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    1. I’m so ready for it!! Technically my copy isn’t here yet but I went ahead and marked it since they’ve already confirmed it for me, but I’m seriously so stoked, it just sounds really intriguing and I’m typically a fan of novellas being bound into one full novel, which I assume is what’s going on there.


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