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.

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. 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


thehighs

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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

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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 ♥

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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..

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  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.

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  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.

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  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!

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    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 😍😍😍

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  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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