TBR Lows & Highs #19

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 participants:


(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 City of Brass — S. A. Chakraborty

2. The Creeping — Alexandra Sirowy

3. The Problem with Forever — Jennifer L. Armentrout

4. The Omen — David Seltzer

5. The Boneless Mercies — April Genevieve Tucholke



1. The Bone Weaver’s Orchard — Sarah Read (releasing february 2019)
Adult horror/thriller, Tracy‘s recommendation, mysterious haunted school

2. Sailor Moon: Eternal Edition 1 — Naoko Takeuchi (owned—thanks, Cathy!)
YA fantasy manga remaster of the OG Sailor Moon series 😍😍

3. Blasphemy! — T.J. Klune (free on author’s website)
Adult m/m romance/fantasy/comedy/general sacrilege in which Satan falls in love with a cute gay human

4. soft magic. — Upile Chisala (owned, review copy; already released)
Adult poetry collection about feminism and intersectionality, written by a Malawian author

5. You Are Here — Dawn Lanuza (owned, ARC; releasing february 2019)
Adult poetry collection about self-love and healing


6. Chameleon Aura — Billy Chapata (owned, ARC; releasing january 2019)
Adult poetry collection about heartache and empowerment written by a Zimbabwean author

7. Snotgirl, Vol. 1 — Bryan Lee O’Malley & Leslie Hung
Adult mystery/contemporary graphic novel about a fashion blogger who thinks she might have killed someone

8. The Dragon Warrior (cover TBA) — Katie Zhao (releasing october 2019)
MG fantasy, pitched as Percy Jackson meets Grace Lin, a 12-year-old girl travels through various Chinatowns fighting gods and seeking her missing father

9. My Fate According to the Butterfly — Gail D. Villanueva (releasing 2019)
MG contemporary, own-voice Filipino rep, 11-year-old girl sees a black butterfly and convinces herself via superstition that her time is nearing an end

10. Spin the Dawn — Elizabeth Lim (releasing july 2019)
YA fantasy inspired by Chinese culture & mythology, pitched as Project Runway meets Mulan, teen girl must pose as a boy to take her father’s place as a royal tailor


11. Blood Heir — Amélie Wen Zhao (releasing june 2019)
YA fantasy, Anastasia retelling, runaway princess on trial for the suspicious murder of her own father

12. The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James — Ashley Herring Blake (releasing march 2019)
MG queer contemporary, MC receives a new heart from a donor and decides to instate a “New Life Plan” while discovering her own sexuality

13. Wicked Fox (cover TBA) — Kat Cho (releasing june 2019)
YA fantasy, set in modern-day Seoul, MC is a nine-tailed fox who must eat the souls of men

14. The (Alien) Nanny for Christmas — Amanda Milo (kindle unlimited)
Adult sci-fi/comedy/holiday/romance novella, recommendation from Sionna

15. Will Haunt You — Brian Kirk (releasing march 2019)
Adult horror about a book that, upon being read, enters you into the author’s deadly and twisted game

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

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23 thoughts on “TBR Lows & Highs #19

  1. I vote for The Boneless Mercies! One of the best YA fantasy books I’ve read this year, it wasn’t perfect but it was so refreshing to read about characters going on a quest because they wanted to and not because they were forced to (active protagonists! It’s been so long since I read a book about active protagonists). The City of Brass is also really good if you like atmospheric adult fantasy and political intrigue, but it’s so slow that the characters do not even get to the “city of brass” until halfway through the book…


  2. I never ended up liking The Problem With Forever (I skimmed most of it because it just wasn’t my thing), but I’m hoping it was just an unpopular opinion because I love JLA’s books so much! Great post 🙂


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