TBR Lows & Highs #26

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


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. Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge — Paul Krueger

2. The Deep — Nick Cutter

3. The Hundredth Queen — Emily R. King

4. Atheists Who Kneel and Pray — Tarryn Fisher

5. A Great and Terrible Beauty — Libba Bray



1. Witchcraft and Monsters — Kala Godin
• YA poetry collection
• added thanks to Kathy’s review!

2. The Girl Who Hid in the Trees — Steve Stred (february 2019)
• adult horror novella
• urban legends!
• added thanks to Becca’s review!

3. The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried — Shaun David Hutchison (february 2019)
• YA contemporary/paranormal
• I’ve never read anything by SDH and this feels like a good place to start!

4. Drive Me Wild — Julie Kriss
• new adult romance
• another rec from Kathy!

5. All the Bad Apples — Moira Fowley-Doyle (august 2019)
• YA mystery
• I really love Moira’s brand of weird, semi-fantasy mysteries


6. The Princess and the Fangirl — Ashley Poston (owned, ARC; april 2019)
• YA contemporary
• I don’t remember requesting this (I don’t think I did, anyways?), but it showed up in my mailbox this past week and, even though I haven’t read Geekerella, I was super excited because, uhhh, queer geeky girls?!!?

7. Kill For Satan! — Bryan Smith (kindle unlimited)
• adult horror novella
• Satanic cults and Halloween, how can I say no

8. Blue Demon — David Bernstein (kindle unlimited)
• adult horror novella
• more cults!

9. Ghosts of the Shadow Market — Cassandra Clare (june 2019)
• YA fantasy
• no, I do not feel the need to catch up on the Shadowhunters books before adding this to my TBR and pre-ordering it, why would you even think that

10. The Quiet You Carry — Nikki Barthelmess (march 2019)
• YA contemporary
• abuse(?), foster homes, tough themes
Bex never stops adding to my TBR and I’m not even mad about it 🤷‍♀️


11. Stay Up With Hugo Best — Erin Somers (april 2019)
• adult contemporary
• recommended by members of the EarlyWord galley chat on twitter as an “exploration of the #MeToo movement in modern times”

12. The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls — Anissa Gray (february 2019)
• adult literary fiction
• you just gotta check out the reviews on GR, because the synopsis doesn’t sound that special, but the reviews I’ve seen have been PHENOMENAL

13. While You Sleep — Stephanie Merritt
• adult thriller
• I’m told this is gothic, creepy, and atmospheric AF

14. A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World — C. A. Fletcher (owned, ARC; april 2019)
• adult dystopian
• this was an unrequested ARC that Orbit sent me and I’m so appreciative but also super nervous because… books about dogs?!?! 😭 But it sounds so good so I’m pumped.

15. Things You Save in a Fire — Katherine Center (owned, ARC; august 2019)
• adult romance
• sometimes you meet a publicist who could probably sell you on trying absolutely anything and the publicist who reached out to offer me this ARC? yep, she fits the bill, because I’d never heard of this and by the end of her email I was (am) SO EXCITED


16. Maybe This Time — Kasie West (july 2019)
• YA contemporary
• I’ve embraced the Kasie West love ♥

17. Criminal Intentions: The Cardigans — Cole McCade (kindle unlimited)
• adult m/m romance
• I reread Over and Over Again a few days ago and decided it’s past time for me to check out more of that author’s work, so I’m starting this series~

18. Pumpkinheads — Rainbow Rowell (owned, ARC; august 2019)
• YA contemporary graphic novel
• fall, pumpkin patches, friends, cuteness

19. The Infinity Courts — Akemi Dawn Bowman (??? 2021)
• YA sci-fi
• “Warcross meets Black Mirror” YES PLEASE
• I want to read everything Akemi ever writes

20. The Bone Houses — Emily Lloyd-Jones (september 2019)
• YA historical fantasy/horror
• “Buffy meets Sky in the Deep”
• the MC is a gravedigger?!?! and there are ZOMBIES?!?! *swoons*

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


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32 thoughts on “TBR Lows & Highs #26

  1. My vote is for A Great and Terrible Beauty!! I have it on my kindle but you know… it’s been buried somewhere in there for ages?! 😆 I received an ARC of The Princess and the Fangirl too! Geekerella wasn’t my favorite but I liked it well enough and I hope the sequel will be awesome 🤞🏼🤞🏼


  2. I vote for A Great and Terrible Beauty! Omg, what a throwback. Middle-school-me loved that series!
    Also wow, The Boy and his Dog at the End of the World does look like a crier! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it and The Princess & the Fangirl!


  3. me to me: emma, stop reading kasie west, it rarely goes well

    also me: that cover……..any YA contemporary………read read read must read


  4. The only book I know from your lows list is  A Great and Terrible Beauty and I wouldn’t vote for it to bump it up on your list. Stick to your heighs and read them first 🙂


    1. Oh no! If you ever wanna vote just based on the covers or something you can, too, I won’t mind 🙂 it’s just fun to see your comments either way! I’ve been debating on starting to add the little mini-synopsis to the “lows” like I do with the “highs” and your comment made me think maybe I should go ahead and do that?

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  5. i’m voting last call at the nightshade lounge because it sounds really interesting and i want to know what you think! i’m anti-voting (totally a thing 😂) a great and terrible beauty because it uses sexuality as a plot twist and no one seems to talk about it??


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