The WINNER of last week’s “lows” vote was… *drumroll*
RED RISING by Pierce Brown!
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:
- We have THREE newbies this week: Abigail, Mandy, and Owl!
- Acqua and I learned we have some pretty neat differences in our reading tastes (because it takes all kinds)!
- Ari reminded me that I hadn’t officially added the upcoming Maurene Goo title to my Goodreads shelves, and honestly what was I doing with my life?!
- Sionna poured a bunch of Insta-Gro fertilizer all over my TBR, as she does… 😂💖
(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. The Arsonist — Stephanie Oakes
2. Love & Other Carnivorous Plants — Florence Gonsalves
3. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock — Matthew Quick (owned)
4. The Knife of Never Letting Go — Patrick Ness
5. Hunted — Meagan Spooner (owned)
1. The Switch House — Tim Meyer (kindle unlimited)
Adult horror novella, supernatural thriller, nightmares and visions, couple switches houses with another family for a reality TV show and returns to find their home “tainted”
2. Pretty Marys All in a Row — Gwendolyn Kiste (kindle unlimited)
Adult horror novella, “Mary”s from urban legends combine on a mission to find out who they were before their legends were written
3. Rafe — Rebekah Weaterspoon
Adult contemporary romance, steamy, fluffy, diverse, feminist, employer/nanny relationship
4. Last Will and Testament — Dahlia Adler
New adult contemporary romance, tough topics (grief, loss of family), student/TA relationship
5. The Storm Crow — Kalyn Josephson
YA fantasy, pitched as Eragon meets And I Darken, crows everywhere
6. The Bone Garden — Heather Kassner
MG fantasy, magical girl made of bone dust flees her keeper on a journey to find magic to make her “real”
7. Small Town Hearts — Lillie Vale
YA contemporary, originally a Wattpad success, queer MC (bi/pan?), barista-meets-artist fluff
8. The Grief Keeper — Alex Villasante
YA contemporary/slight sci-fi, queer (f/f), refugees, MC must take on other people’s grief in an experiment to keep her place in the US
9. Merry Inkmas — Talia Hibbert (owned)
Adult contemporary romance, Christmas, barista heroine/tattoo artist hero
If you want to read this one, it’s free in the Kindle store now, and @chandlerainsley on twitter is hosting a group read of it from Dec 2nd-7th!
10. A Darkly Beating Heart — Lindsay Smith
YA contemporary/hist-fic cross, bisexual Japanese MC spends summer with family in Japan to work on her mental health but gets sucked into the life of a 19th century girl
11. Here and Now and Then — Mike Chen
Adult sci-fi, time travel, man from the future gets stuck in the present long enough to have a family before being called back to the future
12. The Ruin of Kings — Jenn Lyons
Adult fantasy, dragons, lost prince is taken prisoner and must find a way to dismantle the kingdom
This author is being hyped as the next Brandon Sanderson or GRRM, and she’s from my home town (Atlanta), so you know I had to add this! There’s an extended excerpt available as “read now” on NetGalley US, if anyone wants to snag it!
13. A Holiday by Gaslight: A Victorian Christmas Novella — Mimi Matthews (owned)
Adult historical romance novella, “second chance” romance, recommendation from Sionna
14. Belly Up — Eva Darrows (Hillary Monahan)
YA contemporary, teen pregnancy
15. Race the Darkness — Abbie Roads
Adult paranormal fantasy, mind-reading investigator hears the voice of a tormented woman, tormented woman has reoccurring dreams about the investigator finding her, how cool does this sound? 👀
I also added a handful of titles from the #Novel19s on twitter a few days ago. None of them have cover titles and many don’t have release dates yet, so I’m just adding a quick list:
- Within and Without — Deborah Maroulis
- YA contemporary, eating disorder rep, toxic relationship/abuse
- Fireborne — Rosaria Munda
- YA fantasy, “Aegon Targaryen and Hermione Granger with dragons”
- Dear Haiti, Love Alaine — Maika & Maritza Moulite
- YA contemporary, Haitian-American girl visits Haiti for the first time
- Slay — Brittney Morris
- YA contemporary, black gamer/geek girl battling trolls on the RPG she created, accusations of “reverse racism”
- Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters — Emily Roberson
- YA fantasy/mythology retelling, pitched as Minotaur meets Kardashians meets Hunger Games
- House of Salt and Sorrows — Erin A. Craig
- YA fantasy/gothic retelling, MC must unravel a curse that is slowly killing her sisters one by one, Twelve Dancing Princesses meets Crimson Peak