TBR Lows & Highs #33

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!)

  • How to Disappear — Sharon Huss Roat
    • YA contemporary, mental health; a lonely teen creates a fake life for herself on instagram
  • The Wrath and the Dawn — Renee Ahdieh
    • YA fantasy; A Thousand and One Nights retelling
  • Seafire — Natalie C. Parker
    • YA fantasy; a teen becomes a pirate captain with a crew of other girls who have also lost their homes and families, sets on a revenge mission
  • This is What it Feels Like — Rebecca Barrow
    • YA contemporary; queer girls in a band contest!
  • We Set the Dark on Fire — Tehlor Kay Mejia
    • YA fantasy; in a society where girls are considered “privileged” to be raised for the purpose of being good wives/mothers, Daniela is asked to betray those who raised her in order to spy for a resistance group


  • Dine With Me — Layla Reyne (september 2019)
    • adult romance, m/m; a dying chef is on a tour of his favorite restaurants, but his companion is determined to stop them from being the chef’s last (brb crying already??)
  • A Lesson in Thorns — Sierra Simone
    • adult dark contemporary/romance; a librarian takes a new job in a creepy manor with a frightening, tortured owner (also this was literally pitched to me as The Raven Cycle, but sexy and disturbed (isn’t TRC a little bit already??))
  • The Luminous Dead — Caitlin Starling (april 2019)
    • adult horror/sci-fi; a caver gets stuck on a terrifying foreign planet with a boss who seems to have sinister plans for her
  • All the Bad Apples — Moira Fowley-Doyle (august 2019)
    • YA mystery; Deena’s sister disappears, and letters from her start appearing, raising suspicions that she didn’t run away but was taken by a family curse
  • Hotel Dare — Terry Blas (ARC; june 2019)
    • YA fantasy graphic novel; siblings visit their grandmother’s hotel and find a different portal behind each door

  • Hook Shot — Kennedy Ryan (kindle unlimited)
    • adult romance; an emotionally wounded basketball legend falls for a hilariously snarky younger woman (and Talia Hibbert has been raving about this new release all week!)
  • Teach Me — Olivia Dade (ARC; may 2019)
    • adult romance; an “ice queen” high school teacher falls for her cinnamon roll new colleague
  • untitled (The Singh Family, #2) — Nisha Sharma (???)
    • adult romance; no synopsis or cover yet, but I enjoyed book 1 enough to want to read this one, too
  • In Darkness, Delight: Masters of Midnight — edited by Andrew Lennon & Evans Light (ARC; may 2019)
    • adult horror anthology; I’m not sure if it’s literally themed around the midnight hour or if that’s just the title (the anthologies from this group of creators are typically themed from my experience)

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


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19 thoughts on “TBR Lows & Highs #33

  1. I hope you enjoy Josh & Hazel when you get to it 🙂
    This week I’ll vote for… The Wrath & The Dawn. I really liked that one.
    A Lesson in Thorns looks good… buuuutt I think I’ll wait and see what you think before adding it to my TBR 😉


  2. I vote for This Is What It Feels Like! I was conflicted because The Wrath and the Dawn is a solid fantasy (especially if one likes stories that are slow-paced, atmospheric, and heavy on the romance) and because We Set the Dark on Fire also sounds amazing, but This Is What It Feels Like is one of my favorite contemporaries ever, so I couldn’t not vote for it. It’s such a gorgeous story about recovery.


  3. I’m currently reading we set the dark on fire, and though it has its flaws, ultimately I care about the characters and it’s so easy to flip the pages. I think the revolution aspect is done marvelously, and the f/f romance is good so far (I’ve read so little sapphic books that I have nothing to compare it too). I think the romance is healthy, and has the right amount of steaminess while still being YA, though! The wrath & the dawn was a book I read years ago around the time it came out, and I would say that you shouldn’t read if you’re not a fan of overprotective love interests, insta-love, and/or revenge plots getting abandoned easily. But if you enjoy angsty romances, the wrath & the dawn is perfect! Some of the quotes are just 👌🏼👌🏼. This comment is soo long, but every book on your highs has such an intriguing description IM NOT KIDDING I GOTTA GO ADD THEM TO MY OWN TBR NOW


    1. Hahaha I love this comment! Thank you! You made We Set the Dark on Fire sound way more interesting tbh. And thank you for the heads-up on TW&TD having insta-love. That’s something that bugs me most of the time, but sometimes, I’m in a mood where I can ignore it, so I’ll probably save that book for one of those moods. I do love me a good angst session. 😂

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