TBR Lows & Highs #21

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

LEGENDARY by Stephanie Garber!

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”)


(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. Flawed — Cecelia Ahern

2. The Forest of Hands and Teeth — Carrie Ryan

3. Paper Princess — Erin Watt

4. Monday’s Not Coming — Tiffany D. Jackson

5. Dark Lover — J. R. Ward


I, uh… only added 5 things this week? 🤯


1. Amber & Dusk — Lyra Selene
• YA fantasy
• this is a tentative add so I can remember to check out reviews over the next few months

2. Colder, Vol. 2 — Paul Tobin
• adult horror graphic novel
• I loved Colder, Vol. 1 and need to continue the series!

3. How Long ’til Black Future Month? — N. K. Jemisin
• adult SFF short story collection
• these stories examine a magical alternate reality revolving around topics such as post-Katrina New Orleans, a black mother in the south, and more

4. Gyo — Junji Ito
• adult horror manga
• at this point, I think I just want to read everything Junji Ito creates!

5. Aquicorn Cove — Katie O’Neill
• middle grade fantasy graphic novel
• I adored The Tea Dragon Society so much and I need more from Katie O’Neill!

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

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46 thoughts on “TBR Lows & Highs #21

  1. Number 3! It’s basically the only book I know and it really surprised me. I wanted to stay away from that series as far as I could, but I caved in and turned out to like it!


  2. Oh man, I’d totally remove The Forest of Hands and Teeth which wasn’t amazing… I had to read it for a YA materials course. To move up on your list… I’d recommend Dark Lover.

    I’m impressed!! Only five adds?! Aquicorn Cove is a new book at my branch that I keep staring at… it isn’t on my TBR, but I know eventually I’ll cave and check it out.


    1. Oh noooo! I got it in a trade some time early last year because I loved one of the author’s short stories. I hope I have better luck if I ever get around to it. 😂 And Dark Lover sounds so good, so I’m leaning towards that one, too! Thank you!

      Oh my gosh, I know, right? I think it’s just because I was off of twitter and goodreads most of the week 😂😂😂 And you should check out Aquicorn Cove and let me know what you think! 😀

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      1. I went into Forest of Hands and Teeth expecting a horror, but it really… isn’t? Maybe if you go in with lower expectations than I, you’ll enjoy it more.

        Getting off Twitter… yeah I really need to take a break because I keep finding future releases that pull at my heart. I might just have to check out Aquicorn Cove next week… if I read enough of the graphic novels I have out currently hahaha


      2. Ooooh, thank you for the heads up, because I also thought it was horror! That makes me a little sad haha. 😦

        Twitter is just… a mess and a half. Are we mutuals on there? I remember looking for you while posting a tag forever ago and not finding you and assuming you weren’t on there. 😂


  3. Oooh, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, what a throwback! Let’s see…I bought the sequel right before Borders closed, so I probably read that book, oh, at least 8 years ago. 😅 But sure, I’ll vote for it! Lol, all I really remember is that the zombies and apocalyptic setting depressed my preteen self when I read it. (lol sorry, that was not very encouraging, tho I’m eager to see what you think of it!)


    1. I’ve heard a lot of people say they loved book 1 but not to continue with the series! 😂 I’m not sure if I’d continue after reading it after hearing such mixed reviews about the other books, but I tend to be the kind of person who has to see things for myself, so I guess if I like PP, I’d ultimately end up continuing.


  4. HA. My vote won anyway! Go me! [I didn’t cheat – I swear. Seriously.]
    And this time I’m going with Paper Princess, simply because I remember adding it to my Goodreads once, but never.. doing something with it? Maybe if you end up raving, I’ll actually put it on my buy-list or something?


      1. Oh BOO. Well okay then. It’ll just stay stuck in the hole of “books I might someday read but who knows when” :’)

        Strange things happen! I often find myself frustrated when a certain post suddenly gets more traffic than similar ones and I can’t figure out WHY.

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  5. Ooh, I hope you love Legendary, but if you have the time I recommend re-reading caraval first because there’s so many little details that are easy to forget! Either way, I hope you enjoy it!


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