TBR Lows & Highs #22

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

MONDAY’S NOT COMING by Tiffany D. Jackson!

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.

Rules:

  • 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”)


thelows

(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!)

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1. How to Hang a Witch — Adriana Mather

2. Bone Gap — Laura Ruby

3. Love & Gelato — Jenna Evans Welch

4. Beautiful Creatures — Kami Garcia

5. Crane — Stacey Rourke


thehighs

Since I only added 5 things last week, I clearly made up for that this week. 😂

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1. You Must Not Miss — Katrina Leno (releasing april 23)
• YA contemporary
• slut-shaming, broken family, trauma(?), slight fantasy elements

2. Chasing American Monsters — Jason Offutt (owned, ARC; releasing march 8th)
• adult nonfiction
• details of 250+ US cryptid and monster accounts (banshees, black dogs, etc.)

3. PERfunctory afFECTION — Kim Harrison (owned, ARC; releasing march 31st)
• adult fantasy/thriller novella
• I honestly can’t tell what to expect from this synopsis but I hear rave reviews about Kim Harrison all the time!

4. A Place for Wolves — Kosoko Jackson (owned, ARC; releasing april 2nd)
• YA queer hist-fic
• a hist-fic about the Kosovo War featuring gay black and Portuguese boys ♥

5. A Danger to Herself and Others — Alyssa B. Sheinmel (owned, ARC; releasing february 5th)
• YA contemporary
• mental illness, institutionalization, mystery/thriller

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6. The Wolf in the Whale — Jordanna Max Brodsky (owned, ARC; releasing january 29th)
• adult historical fantasy
• Inuit mythology taking place in 1000 A.D.
• rave review from Jes Reads Books

7. The Afterwards — A. F. Harrold (owned, ARC; releasing march 19th)
• children’s/MG fantasy
• a little girl finds her way into the “afterworld” after her best friend dies

8. Wishtree — Katherine Applegate
• MG fantasy
• main character is a “wishing” tree who watches over the neighborhood people

9. The Dragonet Prophecy — Tui T. Sutherland
• MG fantasy
• DRAGON WARS!

10. Inside Out & Back Again — Thanhha Lai
• MG historical fiction/poetry (novel in verse)
• a family flees Vietnam during the Vietnam War and has to adapt to the southeastern USA
• autobiographical story based on author’s childhood

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11. Your Tarot Court — Ethony Dawn (owned, ARC; releasing may 8th)
• adult nonfiction
• general tarot deck reading guide offering a contemporary spin on the traditional deck (including discussions on how gender is a social construct, hierarchy of the deck, etc.)

12. On the Hunt for the Haunted — Robin Strom (owned, ARC; releasing april 8th)
• adult nonfiction
• recollections of paranormal investigations

13. Tarot Elements — Melissa Cynova (owned, ARC; releasing march 8th)
• adult nonfiction
• guide to 5 new readings & advice for applying tarot to your life
• I loved Cynova’s Kitchen Table Tarot and really recommend her writing—super easy and fun to read and she tackles topics in a very inclusive way ♥

14. The Easiest Way to Learn the Tarot—Ever!! — Dusty White
• adult nonfiction
• recommendation from Sarah

15. The Monster of Elendhaven — Jennifer Giesbrecht (releasing ??? 2019)
• adult fantasy/horror
• dark fantasy Jack the Ripper retelling, villain MC?!?!

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16. Stargazing — Jen Wang (releasing september 10th)
• MG contemporary graphic novel
• two little girls become best friends and bond over one of the girls’ visions of aliens
• from the creator of The Prince and the Dressmaker ♥♥

17. Song for a Whale — Lynne Kelly (releasing february 5th)
• MG contemporary
• a deaf girl (and technology whiz! yes to girls in STEM please!) and her deaf grandmother set out on a road trip to find Blue 55 (the loneliest whale in the world)

18 & 19. Throne of Jade & Black Powder War — Naomi Novik (owned)
• adult historical fantasy
• DRAGONS
• I already had book 1 of the Temeraire series on my TBR, and there was a kindle sale on the collection of books 1-3 where you got all 3 books for $2.99 total, so I snatched it up and added these to my TBR

20. Once Ghosted, Twice Shy — Alyssa Cole (owned)
• adult romance novella
• I could’ve SWORN this was already on my TBR months ago but whatever, LOOK AT IT ♥ In 2019, a major romance imprint is publishing a story with queer black girls on the cover and one of them is masc, this is giving me so much life 😍😭


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

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26 thoughts on “TBR Lows & Highs #22

  1. One thing I love about reading your posts is how many books I end up putting on my TBR as a result 😂
    I vote for either How to Hang a Witch or Love & Gelato. I’ve not read any of the books in your ‘lows’ so these could be absolutely terrible books but they’re the ones that sound the most enticing!

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  2. The Monster of Elendhaven is one I recently added too…maybe like yesterday?? It looks so dark and exciting 😀 I can’t wait for it to be in my hands ^_^

    annnnnddd I totally just added Crane to my TBR, so I’ll vote for that one from your lows so you can tell me if I should actually read it or not hahaha.

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  3. I recommend Love and Gelato, it was a super cute and quick read!

    Also omg Once Ghosted, Twice Shy was SO GOOD. I read it last week, and enjoyed it so much. I read the first book in the series, but haven’t gotten to the second yet, and now I’m itching to pick it up and complete the series so far!

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  4. After a friend of mine sent me a picture of the cover of Once Ghosted, I decided I was going to really break from my usual reading habits and pick it up. So it on hold at the library. I also said #hairgoals because same haircut but my locs aren’t quite that long yet.

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    1. Aww that’s awesome!! I hope you like it! 🙂 And that’s also awesome about the #hairgoals haha. I showed the cover to one of my friends and we were both talking about how stunning both of the models were and it’s just such a great cover in general!

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  5. I have the one I recommended to you sitting on my altar. I love the exercises it has towards the beginning! It really made it so much easier for me to get into tarot without feeling totally lost. ❤

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