TBR Lows & Highs #24

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

ONCE AND FOR ALL by Sarah Dessen!

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. Ice Wolves — Amie Kaufman

2. Cruel Beauty — Rosamund Hodge

3. When the Moon Was Ours — Anna-Marie McLemore

4. Six Stories — Matt Wesolowski

5. Let’s Talk About Love — Claire Kann



1. Angel Mage — Garth Nix (october 2019)
• adult fantasy
• angels & beasties 😍

2. The Left-Handed Booksellers of London — Garth Nix (??? 2020)
• adult fantasy
• gimme all the books about booksellers and librarians ♥

3. Elantris — Brandon Sanderson
• adult fantasy
• I finally decided to dive into the Cosmere world! I have The Final Empire‘s audiobook on hold but also have this coming in from a local library branch, so I think I’ll read this before the other one.

4. When We Were Magic — Sarah Gailey (??? 2020)
• YA fantasy
• I love Sarah so much and I just about died when I heard they were writing a witchy YA dark fantasy!

5. The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane — Julia Nobel (owned, ARC; march 2019)
• MG mystery
• apparently getting sucked into gothic MG fantasies is A Thing™ for me now


6. Internment — Samira Ahmed (owned, ARC; march 2019)
• YA contemporary/dystopian
• a near-future dystopian about Muslims being forced into internment camps? sounds horrifying but also like I can’t miss it (thank you for the ARC, Kayla!)

7. Tell Me How You Really Feel — Aminah Mae Safi (owned, ARC; june 2019)
• YA contemporary
• a QPOC f/f rom-com. please and thank you.

8. I Wanna Be Where You Are — Kristina Forest (owned, ARC; june 2019)
• YA contemporary
• I’m so in the mood for a fluffy road trip story (all the time)

9. Lalani of the Distant Sea — Erin Entrada Kelly (may 2019)
• MG fantasy
• it’s an Filipino folklore retelling and it sounds SO LOVELY ♥♥

10. This Time Will Be Different — Misa Sugiura (june 2019)
• YA contemporary
• a girl fighting her mother’s high expectations because she just wants to be a florist—I’m always here for soft girls fighting for their dreams ♥


11. Go Ask Alice — Anonymous
• YA contemporary (from the 70s)
• I randomly found this in the back room at work and realized I’d never read it, so I brought it home to give it a whirl!

12. The Unhoneymooners — Christina Lauren (may 2019)
• adult romance
• more awkwardly-formed-but-incessantly-adorable-and-mildly-angsty romances from Christina Lauren, please

13. The Secret Loves of Geek Girls — Hope Nicholson
• nonfiction graphic novel
• a collection of tidbits and comics about famous female creators and NOBODY told me this existed?!

14. Front Desk — Kelly Yang
• MG contemporary
• a family of immigrants uses the motel they work in to hide other immigrants
• can anyone really look at this cover and NOT immediately want to read it? LOOK AT HER ADORABLE SMUG LITTLE FACE

15. untitled — Emily X.R. Pan (???)
• ???
• no cover, title, synopsis, release date… nada. yet I felt the need to add it. 🤷‍♀️

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


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48 thoughts on “TBR Lows & Highs #24

  1. I’d say move up Cruel Beauty and Let’s Talk About Love. For Cruel Beauty, it’s actually the reason why I started buying physical books because I just loved it so much I just needed to hold it in my hand and it’s also the reason I started blogging.
    For Let’s Talk About Love, It’s just so fluffy and it talks about being asexual.. It just means a lot to me as a black, bisexual who is also asexual..


  2. Finally one I have read. My toe is for Cruel Beauty. I read this a while ago. The first few chapters are a little hard to get through but if you can get through them the rest of it is worth it in my opinion.


  3. I vote for When the Moon Was Ours! Of all the books I’ve read by McLemore, this the one I liked the most – there’s something about the way it talked about self-acceptance that made it a favorite for me. And Cruel Beauty was an interesting read, but it ended up being too messy for me to really like it.


  4. we are being BLESSED by the cover gods this year!! look at all these beautiful illustrated girls of colour, front and centre. i could weep! i need them all asap

    i’ve read ice wolves – cutesy but kinda tropey?? very hp feeling – and let’s talk about love, which has fantastic ace/birom rep but was kind of ?? overall. so i think i’m going to vote for when the moon was ours because i know how much you loved blanca & roja!


    1. I KNOW!! I was literally just rambling to my spouse about this last night hahah! It’s amazing ♥ all the beautiful POC on covers please!

      Oooooh, thank you! I honestly have been super curious about Ice Wolves so this is good to know. And LTAL sounds fluffy and presh but let’s be honest, you’re right, I love Anna-Marie McLemore too much not to move up WtMWO 😍😍😍


  5. Ngl, Ice Wolves is pretty mediocre and predictable (for a middle grade) but I’ve heard nothing but good things about Let’s Talk About Love! My library is ordering this atm, so I’m really hoping to read this sometime this year!


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