TBR Lows & Highs #27

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


(Though, so many of you “anti-voted” for it that I’m a little worried now…)

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 Doll Collection — Ellen Datlow

2. Running With Lions — Julian Winters

3. The Storm Runner — J. C. Cervantes

4. How to Keep Rolling After a Fall — Karole Cozzo

5. Kingdom of Ash and Briars — Hannah West


Ummm… I somehow accidentally added SEVENTY books to my TBR shelf this week? So… I’m just gonna pick and choose the ones I’m most excited about. 👀


1. Limbs: A Love Story — Tim Meyer (kindle unlimited)
• adult horror “romance” novella; it’s Tim so it’s sure to be twisted AF

2. Trick — Natalia Jaster (kindle unlimited)
• new adult fantasy/romance recommended by Sionna; jester/princess romance?

3. Signs of Cupidity — Raven Kennedy (kindle unlimited)
• adult reverse harem/fantasy, fae, “Cupid” MC

4. Deadline — Stephanie Ahn (kindle unlimited)
• queer (f/f) adult fantasy/romance novella, BDSM rep, witch MC

5. The Fever King — Victoria Lee (releasing march 1st, 2019)
• queer (m/m) YA fantasy set in a dystopian futuristic USA


6. Storm and Fury — Jennifer L. Armentrout (ARC; releasing june 11th, 2019)
• YA paranormal fantasy involving ghosts, demons, gargoyles… oh, and this will be my first JLA read ever!

7. Naturally Tan — Tan France (ARC; releasing may 14th, 2019)
• adult memoir from one of the softest sweetest queer men ever ♥

8. DeadEndia: The Watcher’s Test — Hamish Steele 
• queer YA fantasy graphic novel, rec’d by Sionna

9. Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories — Doug Murano (kindle unlimited)
• adult horror short story collection featuring “beauty within horror”

10. The Worst is Yet to Come — S. P. Miskowski (releasing february 22nd, 2019)
• adult horror novella about… ghosts? tbh I added this because the cover looked cool and the title reminded me of my favorite Still Remains song from back in the day 🤷‍♀️


11. Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune — Roselle Lim (releasing june 11th, 2019)
• adult romance with tons of Asian rep; also, Helen Hoang has been raving about it so that’s enough for me

12. The Right Swipe — Alisha Rai (ARC; releasing july 2nd, 2019)
• adult romance about a cynical dating app creator giving a former one-night-stand a second chance

13. A Prince on Paper — Alyssa Cole (ARC; releasing april 30th, 2019)
• adult romance about a woman searching for the dream life and finding it in her favorite love-to-hate celebrity prince

14. The Takeover Effect — Nisha Sharma (releasing april 2nd, 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. A Monster Like Me — Wendy S. Swore (releasing march 5th, 2019)
• semi-autobiographical MG contemporary about a girl with a blood tumor on her face, who is obsessed with monsters and compares her bullies to them


16. The Book of Cthulhu II — Ross E. Lockhart 
• adult horror short story collection of Lovecraft retellings, rec’d to me by Sarah as her favorite

17. The Babysitters Coven — Kate Williams (releasing september 17th, 2019)
• YA paranormal/contemporary being pitched as “Adventures in Babysitting meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer” with witches, yes to all of this

18. Fake Blood — Whitney Gardner
• MG paranormal graphic novel about a boy who has to pretend to be a vampire to impress his crush

19. Nightlights — Lorena Alvarez Gomez
• MG dark fantasy graphic novel

20. The Disasters — M. K. England (owned)
• queer YA sci-fi/adventure — huge thank you to Delara/@bookwnoname (one of my all-time fave bookstagrammers) for the giveaway prize! ♥

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 #27

  1. I vote for the Storm Runner! I had started reading it on vacation late last year and seriously loved what I read. His dog is the freaking cutest 🙂 I recently heard about Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune recently and want to give it a try. I also need to read Fake Blood!


  2. Ok once again I haven’t read any of your low books and I haven’t heard of any of them so idk what they are about but the wheelchair on the cover of How to Keep Rolling After a Fall caught my attention so I am going to pick that one. I myself am in a wheelchair so if that has a character in a wheelchair that’s awesome.


  3. Omg, you added so many books I’m also looking forward to on your tbr this week! I’ve requested a few on netgalley, and waiting not so patiently with my fingers crossed hoping I get approved. I hope you get to your new additions soon and enjoy them!


    1. Oh good! 😀 I’m glad you liked Fake Blood. And I’m catching up on comments so I can’t remember if it was you or someone else I’ve already said this to on *last* weekend’s Lows & Highs, but you can vote based on the cover or just whatever sounds interesting to you if you haven’t read the lows but still wanna vote!! I know it makes it a little less scientific but that’s okay by me. 😂😂


  4. I vote for The Storm Runner! I still haven’t read it yet (idk why it’s not on kindle) but I’m really excited to. All the books in the Rick Riordan Presents imprint seem promising. Great post 💖


  5. noooooo, i can’t believe a great & terrible beauty won!! i’m so interested to see your thoughts on it now but wow

    i’m going to vote for the storm runner 😊

    *inhales* the disasters IS SO GOOD and underhyped and deserves so much more love than its getting. there’s so much poc and queer rep – bi, trans, gay – and TWO of the mcs have anxiety. the author is also such a sweetie and #ov. it’s spacey and fast-paced and absolutely glorious!! i hope you love it


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