TBR Lows & Highs #30

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

A TIE?!?!

Two titles got 7 votes each: STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel and THE FIFTH SEASON by N. K. Jemisin! So… I guess I’m adding them both?!

As promised, I’ll now add this book these books to my “top-TBR” shelf on Goodreads to remind me to read it them 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!)

  • The Fall — Bethany Griffin
    • YA horror; The Fall of the House of Usher retelling
  • The Way I Used to Be — Amber Smith
    • YA contemporary; story of a teen coping with having been assaulted by her brother’s best friend
  • Labyrinth Lost — Zoraida Cordova
    • YA fantasy; queer witchy Alice in Wonderland retelling
  • The Mansion — Ezekiel Boone
    • adult horror/thriller/sci-fi; evil supercomputer house
  • The Last Namsara — Kristen Ciccarelli
    • YA fantasy; dragons & dragon slayers


  • Lock Every Door — Riley Sager (ARC; july 2019)
    • adult thriller; creepy apartment complexes, ghost stories
  • Sin and Ink — Naima Simone
    • adult romance; former MMA champ falls in love with his late brother’s wife; pretty sure I added this after seeing Sionna talk about it and then also seeing that Talia Hibbert gave it 5 stars!
  • Vampires Never Get Old — anthology (september 2020)
    • YA anthology; a collection of vampire stories from marginalized authors ♥
  • Where Dreams Descend — Janella Angeles (2020)
    • YA fantasy; The Phantom of the Opera meets Moulin Rouge
  • Deathless — Namina Forna (2020)
    • YA fantasy; West African-inspired, deeply patriarchal society, MC learns she is a demon

  • Goddess in the Machine — Lora Beth Johnson (2020)
    • YA scifi; a girl wakes up from cryogenic sleep on a planet she doesn’t recognize
  • Ibitsu — Haruto Ryo
    • adult horror manga; a little girl in lolita clothing shows up and terrorizes/murders people
  • Ten Count, Vol. 2 — Rihito Takarai
    • adult yaoi manga; story continues of a man with OCD falling in love with his therapist ♥ (the first volume was SO GOOD)
  • I Am Alfonso Jones — Tony Medina
    • MG/YA contemporary graphic novel; a young black boy is killed by police in a misunderstanding and his ghost meets other police brutality victims in the afterlife
  • The Cardboard Kingdom — Chad Sell
    • MG fantasy graphic novel; sixteen kids transform cardboard boxes into a kingdom

  • How the Light Gets In — Katy Upperman (ARC; august 2019)
    • YA contemporary; Callie goes to spend the summer with her aunt after her sister dies, begins to think her sister is haunting her there
  • We Are the Ghosts — Vicky Skinner (ARC; august 2019)
    • YA contemporary; when Ellie’s estranged brother dies, she goes on a road trip with his ex-girlfriend and best friend
  • New Orleans Rush — Kelly Siskind (ARC; april 2019)
    • adult romance; Beatrice catches her boyfriend cheating and keys the wrong car, ending up indebted to work as a handsome magician’s assistant in NOLA
  • Garden of Fiends: Tales of Addiction Horror — anthology (kindle unlimited)
    • adult horror anthology; short stories including substance abuse coupled with horror
  • Idol — Kristen Callihan 

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


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