TBR Lows & Highs #20

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

THE CITY OF BRASS by S. A. Chakraborty!

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. In the Woods — Tana French

2. Ever the Hunted — Erin Summerill

3. The Lies of Locke Lamora — Scott Lynch

4. Attachments — Rainbow Rowell

5. Legendary — Stephanie Garber



1. The Same Deep Water As You — Chad Lutzke (owned, review copy; releasing january 2019)
Adult horror/dark fiction

2. Perihelion Summer — Greg Egan (owned, review copy; releasing april 2019)
Adult sci-fi novella; unsolicited ARC—I hadn’t heard of this one but it sounds cool and I’m excited to have it now!

3. The Devil’s Dreamland — Sara Tantlinger
Adult horror/true crime poetry collection; rave review from Bex won me over on this one!

4. The Girl in Red — Christina Henry (releasing august 2019)
Adult horror/fantasy; I’m here for the Christina Henry retellings and this one sounds like an amazing post-apocalyptic take on Little Red Riding Hood 😍

5. Charcoal Tears — Jane Washington (kindle unlimited)
NA paranormal/reverse harem; I’ve never read any reverse harem stories before and Sionna raved about this series!


6. Collected Christmas Horror Shorts 2 — edited by Kevin J. Kennedy (kindle unlimited)
Adult Christmas horror collection; since Christmas is over, I won’t be reading this until next holiday season, honestly, but it’s 645 pages long which is HUGE for a horror collection and I’m intrigued!

7. The Summer Palace and Other Stories — C. S. Pacat (owned)
Adult fantasy; WE FINALLY HAVE A PAPERBACK COLLECTION OF THE CAPTIVE PRINCE SHORT STORIES! *screaming forever* I’ve already read 3 of them through ebooks but it’s technically still on my “TBR” until I read the 4th one, and also, I wanted an excuse to gush about this existing.

8. Swipe Right for Murder — Derek Milman (releasing august 2019)
YA thriller; I didn’t like Milman’s debut, but I’m interested in this for the own-voice m/m rep, and am somewhat considering giving his first book Scream All Night a second try.

9. Minimum Wage Magic — Rachel Aaron (kindle unlimited)
YA sci-fi/urban fantasy WITH DRAGONS

10. The Kiss Thief — L.J. Shen (releasing january 2019)
NA/adult dark romance(???); I think Sionna put this one on my radar, and it just sounds intriguing


11. Serpent & Dove (no cover) — Shelby Mahurin (releasing september 2019)
YA fantasy; a witch/witch hunter romance 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

12. Songs of Insurrection — J. C. Kang (kindle unlimited)
YA fantasy; DRAGONS

13. Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon (no cover) — Mary Fan (releasing june 2019)
YA historical fantasy; Chinese warrior girls and mechanical DRAGONS 😂

14. Offline — Kealan Patrick Burke
Adult horror/true crime short story; mostly written via FB messages and also I just really love KPB ♥

15. Master of the Moors — Kealan Patrick Burke
Adult horror/mystery novella; werewolves, creepy moors, and KPB—what else do I really need?

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

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36 thoughts on “TBR Lows & Highs #20

      1. Oh goodness! So the series does not, necessarily, have to be read in order. But, if you’re wanting to start with a true banger, I would highly recommend Faithful Place first, followed by The Secret Place and then The Trespasser.

        As far as emotions and making me wanting to cry vibes going on, Faithful Place and Into the Woods have me.

        As far as edge-of-your-seat interrogations, The Secret Place.


  1. Not to be rude, but can I vote against Attachments? I had to DNF because the premise skeeved me out a bit and the guy started out as a slut-shamey jerk. ANYWAY, I haven’t read any of your “lows” (other than that) but I’d vote for the Tara French, since I really want to read it as well!


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