TBR Lows & Highs #25

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

WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore!

(this was the first week I’ve gotten SO many votes, and 3 books were almost tied for the winner! it’s AWESOME!)

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. The Duchess Deal — Tessa Dare

2. Snow Like Ashes — Sara Raasch

3. Little & Lion — Brandy Colbert

4. Allegedly — Tiffany D. Jackson

5. Everything Leads to You — Nina LaCour



1. Grimoire Noir — Vera Greentea & Yana Bogatch (owned, ARC; july 2019)
• YA fantasy graphic novel
• a world where all women are witches!

2. Magic for Liars — Sarah Gailey (owned, ARC; june 2019)
• adult fantasy/mystery
• modern fantasy meets investigative noir
• I love Sarah and want to read everything they touch ♥

3. The Casquette Girls — Alys Arden (kindle unlimited)
• YA fantasy
• vampires in New Orleans! I need more vamps, don’t judge me

4. An Orchestra of Minorities — Chigozie Obioma
• adult literary fiction
• a contemporary Odyssey retelling about tragedy befalling a young Nigerian farmer

5. The Wizards of Once — Cressida Cowell (owned)
• MG fantasy
• wizards and warriors, maybe enemies-to-friends?
• I wasn’t sure I wanted to read this until I saw the audiobook on sale for $2 and it’s narrated by David freaking Tennant so here we are


6. Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Astrology — Kris Brandt Riske (library loan)
• adult nonfic
• just something I found at the library this week!

7. Empire of the Vampire — Jay Kristoff (september 2020)
• adult fantasy
• AAAAAAAAAHSIUHDHUHDUEBJHEB *screams incoherently forever*

8. These Witches Don’t Burn — Isabel Sterling (may 2019)
• YA fantasy
• queer witches!! yes please forever!

9. A Heart So Fierce and Broken — Brigid Kemmerer (january 2020)
• YA fantasy
• I loved A Curse So Dark and Lonely so much and when I saw the title of this, right after I finished Curse, I literally had tears in my eyes over the character I think this title is referring to and now I just want to go cry some more 😭

10. That Kind of Guy — Talia Hibbert (may 2019)
• adult romance
• middle-aged woman + hot younger nerd guy = Talia’s going to knock this out of the park just like she does with every other freaking thing she writes ♥♥♥


11. If I’m Being Honest — Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka (april 2019)
• YA contemporary
• “queen bee” has to make amends with her victims in order to win over her crush
• I don’t think I’d be interested in this from most authors but for some reason, despite having not read anything by them yet, I’m obsessed with this author couple??

12. Return to Dyatlov Pass — J. H. Moncrieff (kindle unlimited)
• adult historical horror novella
• I’ve always been so intrigued by the Dyatlov Pass incident and Lauren’s review completely sold me on this

13. Monsters in Our Wake — J. H. Moncrieff (kindle unlimited)
• adult horror/sci-fi novella
• while adding Return to Dyatlov Pass, I saw this cover and my sea-cryptid-loving-self was like NEED, WOW

14. The Witch’s Kind — Louisa Morgan (owned, ARC; march 2019)
• adult historical fantasy
• all the badass witches and female empowerment forever, please ♥♥

15. Where Stars Won’t Shine — Patrick Lacey (kindle unlimited)
• adult horror novella
Bex’s review was all I needed to convince me to add this one!

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


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49 thoughts on “TBR Lows & Highs #25

  1. The Duchess Deal was so good! I’ll vote for that one 🙂

    I love how I just told myself I wouldn’t be taking out any more library books or books from KU, then I see your highs and instantly my TBR gains books and I’ve got The Casquette Girls out from KU hahaha.
    I’m loving all the upcoming vampire books!! The Beautiful this year and Empire of the Vampire in 2020! Hopefully more people will jump on this and make 2021 the year of the vampires haha.


    1. Thank you! It’s funny because I had written this post a few days ago and wasn’t super in a romance mood, so when I randomized my TBR shelf and that was one of the first ones, I was like, “Sure, I’d say that’s pretty low priority” (that’s how I figure out my ‘lows’ which is why they’re such an odd mix sometimes haha). But then literally the day after scheduling this I almost picked it up. 😂 I guess I forgot I’d put it on this week’s lows list until seeing your comment just now so now I’m hoping it wins.

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      1. That is a weird thing with large TBR lists. You forget things are on it, or you consider removing something, only to see it another time and have an intense need to read it haha. I really hope it wins too, it is such a delightful book ^_^


  2. ALDBISSFUSKSBISHAHWBSSKBNWJSJNS *screams along with you over EotV!!!* 😆 oh and my vote is for Snow Like Ashes as it’s been on my kindle for ages lol… and I recently saw a book blogger started the series and loves it!


  3. I vote for Everything Leads to You – it’s one of the two books from the Lows I read and the only one I liked (Snow Like Ashes was just ok for me). While it’s not my favorite LaCour book, I thought it was a really cute story.


  4. Little & Lion – I haven’t read it myself, but I’ve seen it around and I’m curious about this book. Maybe if you read it and I see your review it will finally help me decide whether to read it or not.


  5. i’ve only read everything leads to you and i really loved it, so that’s my vote!!

    these witches sounds so good and i want to cry over the gorgeous cover.
    i’m not even a massive kristoff fan but adhsdhjlkl i’m so excited for eotv! and the fact it is going to be illustrated,, just !!!!


    1. Thank you, darlin’! I saw some excerpts of it on twitter this morning that honestly made me almost start it right then and there, so now I’m hoping it wins just so I can quickly read it and be like, “HA! Marked one off my list! Definitely didn’t plan this, nope, not me, no way…”

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