TBR Lows & Highs #2

August 16, 2018

(If you like this idea and would like to do it yourself, please feel free! I would appreciate it if you linked back to my blog so I can see your spin on the series!)


  • 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”)
  • Post those 5 books in the list, with a brief explanation of why you removed it
  • 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”)

Before we jump into my list, here are the posts from other bloggers over the last week:

Make sure you go give them some love, and feel free to join in with us on this meme!


I’ve reached a point in my TBR shelf where I want to keep MOST of what’s on the shelf, so I’m only removing 5 a week starting now! In the next few weeks, I’m actually going to cycle back to the oldest additions and see what I’ve changed my mind on since I first began purging the shelf last fall.

1. What Happened — Hillary Rodham Clinton
This is nothing against HRC at all—hell, I voted for her!—but I’ve come to realize that I have to deal with enough agonizing political dumpster fires through the daily news, and reading this book is just going to make me sad and angry.
2. What the Hell Did I Just Read — David Wong
I totally added this for the hype, and while it does sound interesting, I’d rather read the first 2 John Dies at the End books first.
3. Inkmistress — Audrey Coulthurst
I know a lot of people loved this prequel, but it’s just not something I’m interested in picking up any time soon, and if I were interested, I’d read Of Fire and Stars before this one, because publication order and all that.
4. Lullaby — L.R.W. Lee
I won’t lie, I added this because of the cover. But, first of all, I have heard soooo many reviews saying it is downright AWFUL, and second, the author has actually harassed quite a few of my friends for their reviews, which is an immediate NOPE for me.
5. Art of War — edited by Petros Triantafyllou
I bet this huge fantasy anthology is badass, and I love that the proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders, but the only reason I’m removing this is because quite a few of the stories in it supposedly come from those respective authors’ full series and are spoiler-y. That wouldn’t be a big deal if I didn’t want to read any of those other series, but I do, so I’ll pass on this.


1. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark — Michelle McNamara
If you don’t know, this is a nonfiction/true crime book about the Golden State Killer. I have just been hearing sooo many rave reviews about this lately, and it sounds so fascinating. I’m thinking about the audiobook, since I’m hearing it’s particularly well done!
2. The Last Time I Lied — Riley Sager
You guys may remember that I hated Riley Sager’s last release, Final Girls, but maybe I’m just a glutton for punishment, because I am low key dying to see if this is any better. is supposed to be getting the audiobook at the end of the month, so I’m planning on listening to it some time in September or October.
3. The Siren and the Specter — Jonathan Janz
There are certain things I love in horror: haunted houses, ghosts, and deceased lovers. Don’t judge me, we’ve all got types. 😛 I just received an ARC of this one, but it comes out really soon (September 6th), so I’ll have a review up in time to let you guys know if you should add it to your Halloween reading lists!
4. Kill Creek — Scott Thomas
I’m seeing this everywhere lately, and just dying to read it. Even though my owned horror TBR is huge as it is, I’m definitely planning on purchasing this one to read this October! It’s about a group of horror authors who spend a night together in a haunted house, which is just such a cool vibe if you ask me.
5. Stranded — Bracken MacLeod
Okay, maybe I have a FEW “types” when it comes to horror, because I’m also obsessed with any sort of icy/wintry settings for scary stories. I also love nautical horror, and since this is about a group who gets lost at sea in the Arctic, umm, SIGN ME UP?
6. Hidden Bodies — Caroline Kepnes
I’ll have a review coming up soon for You, but suffice it to say that when I saw that the sequel’s audiobook was narrated by the same guy, between that and how intriguing I found the first book, I knew I have to continue.
7. Give the Dark My Love — Beth Revis
I kept seeing this cover around, but honestly, it kind of struck me as that “generic YA fantasy” vibe, so I kept passing it by until I heard that it had necromancy, and… I can’t explain to you guys how much I love necromancy in books, okay? Then, I read Chelsea’s review, and any part of me that hadn’t been sold before was sold now.
8. The Light We Lost — Jill Santopolo
I have never been an adult contemporary reader until this year, but I’ve learned that I hadn’t given the genre a fair chance in the past, and now it’s like I need to read all of the super emotional recent faves from the genre to make up for it or something? Anyways, this is about love and loss and second chances, and when I saw GabbyReads literally SOBBING over it in one of her booktubeathon vlogs, I was like, yep, I need to get rekt like that sometimes.
9. Sweetpea — C.J. Skuse
I don’t remember where I heard about this, but it’s about a woman who is creating a hit list of people she wants to kill. I feel like you never see women as serial killers in books or media at all, so I’m very intrigued.
10. The Red Scrolls of Magic — Cassandra Clare
A few days ago, I randomly realized I hadn’t added this to my TBR yet, and I mean, obviously I’m here for anything involving my sweet little bisexual warlock baby, so… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

What did you think of this week’s removals and additions? Will you be adding any of these to your TBR?


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  • Reply Sammie August 16, 2018 at 11:24 am

    Oh, I love this idea! It’s really cute. I recently stumbled across Give The Dark My Love, too, and wasn’t sure about it, but like you, I can’t resist necromancers. I’m horribly predictable that way.
    You know, I had completely forgotten about David Wong’s books! I had started to read the first one, but I got distracted (you know, as you do with a short attention span) and I never did finish it. Maybe I’ll have to revisit those. 🙂

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 17, 2018 at 12:33 am

      Thank you, Sammie! Hahaha I feel you. I am such a sucker for necromancy. I blame it on Sabriel being my introduction to YA fantasy as a kid!

  • Reply Kaya @ afictionalbookworm August 16, 2018 at 11:43 am

    Oh my gosh, I love this idea!! Magnus is a great reason to keep Red Scrolls??

  • Reply Mara August 16, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    I didn’t even know The Red Scrolls of Magic was even a thing! I feel like such a fake fan? Immediately added it to my TBR!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 17, 2018 at 12:34 am

      Bahaha noooo, don’t feel like a fake fan! ?? For what it’s worth I have seen almost NO hype or marketing for it at all!!

  • Reply Samantha Duffy August 16, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    110% agree with you about The Last Time I Lied. I actually didn’t even realize it was the same author until I had already made my selection for BOTM. Now it is sitting on my shelf and I am sooooooo hopeful that it will be better than the dumpster fire that was Final Girls but even that sounded like it would be a good book when it first came out…
    Here’s to hoping Sager’s 2nd book will surprise us!

    • Reply Nerd Narration August 16, 2018 at 4:37 pm

      I didn’t like the first one at all due to the cop out ending, but I thought The Last Time I Lied was MUCH better. There’s one twist that blew my mind!! It’s still not 5-star imo, but it’s definitely worth it if you have time in your reading schedule!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 17, 2018 at 12:35 am

      Dude, right?! I was so excited for Final Girls and hated it. I really hope this won’t be a repeat of that for either of us!

  • Reply owlsreads August 16, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    *slams fists on the table* I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK IS SUCH A GOOD READ! The story itself is so horrific and the beautiful writing just really adds to how much of a nightmare it all was. And considering the huge break-through they had on the case a few months after this was published, it kind of makes it all even more unbelievable :O
    And omg, thank you for the Red Scrolls of Magic add because I had no idea it was a thing! Sweet bb Malec <3

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 17, 2018 at 12:37 am

      Ahhhh, this makes me even more excited to read it!! I have a Scribd subscription and they’re adding it on September 7th, so I’m pretty sure it will be going on my September TBR. 🙂
      You’re welcome! I don’t know why Red Scrolls is getting, like, ZERO hype or marketing. I didn’t even know it existed until pretty recently!

  • Reply amystanton August 16, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    I also am looking forward to reading I’ll be Gone in the Dark. Great list!!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 17, 2018 at 12:38 am

      Thank you, Amy! It sounds so cool – hopefully we’ll both be able to fit it into our TBRs sooner rather than later. 🙂

  • Reply Megan August 16, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    What a fun idea! I might try it sometime :).

  • Reply Nerd Narration August 16, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    Okay so we’ve already discussed TLTIL and I commented back on here to reiterate my views on it, but I had no clue Hidden Bodies was on audibook on Scribd. That’s so moving up my TBR now. Especially cause the show starts next month! And I’ve only read John Dies at the End and I did it purely because my childhood friend played Dave in the movie. Nice post!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 22, 2018 at 1:29 am

      1) Why the heck is the spam filter catching your comments?! UGH.
      2) I didn’t know Hidden Bodies’ audiobook was on Scribd either, so thank you for mentioning that! I might start it some time this month. And that’s super cool about your friend playing in the movie!

      • Reply Nerd Narration August 22, 2018 at 10:42 am

        1) No clue, but boo!
        2) HA! I figured from your blurb on HB that you already knew that. Your blurb is what made me figure it out!
        3) Yeah, it was super trippy seeing him on the big screen. I was like you were one of my very first friends.

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 22, 2018 at 7:22 pm

          No, I had no idea! I think I know why I didn’t know – Scribd has been limiting a lot of my options lately and that is one of MANY audiobooks I want to listen to that is saying it won’t be available until September 7th. I tried asking them why so many books are like that for me and they said it’s just something they do when you’re a heavy user, but I think between me, Terry, and my mom, we all only go through maybe 2-3 books a month through Scribd, so I wouldn’t have thought that would get us limited. Go figure. 🙁 I love the service but we aren’t seeing 100% eye to eye right now lol.

          • Nerd Narration August 22, 2018 at 10:54 pm

            Wow that’s crazy! I’m on my 9th book this month so I’m baffled by them limiting you. *Hopes revealing this on the Internet doesn’t mean they’ll figure this out and limit me too*

  • Reply Alexa August 16, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Inkmistress was on my TBR, but I think I removed it too because I still haven’t read Of Fire and Stars. I own a copy of that one though, so I guess I’ll read it and then see if I’m interested in Inkmistress?
    Lullaby does have a very pretty cover, but I guess that can’t make up for everything :/
    Including spoilery short stories in an anthology sounds pretty weird tbh. Just, why do that?
    That’s a lot of horror books in your highs 😀

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 17, 2018 at 12:39 am

      If you do read Of Fire and Stars, let me know what you think! I remember hearing a ton of mixed reviews when it first released but I never really hear anyone talk about it anymore.
      Oh my goodness, THANK YOU for the thing about the spoilery short stories lol!! I thought that was SO WEIRD when I found out. Why would you want to spoil your own series? Seems like a bad business move to me… ?
      Oh yes. 😀 I’ve been on such a spooky reading kick lately!

      • Reply Alexa August 17, 2018 at 6:33 am

        Exactly! Anthologies are good for getting to know the writing of many NEW authors and deciding if you want to read more of them, but if they already spoiled the story for you…

  • Reply Norrie August 17, 2018 at 2:41 am

    I haven’t read the Final Girls, but Last Time I Lied was pretty neat. Didn’t agree with the ending (neither the style change in the last 10% nor the actual events) but i do want to read the Final Girls too.
    There’s just something about his writing i kinda enjoy 😀

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 20, 2018 at 4:44 pm

      Oh no, the ending was a big part of what I disliked about Final Girls! ?? I hope I’ll like TLTIL better (and that you enjoy Final Girls)!

  • Reply Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek August 17, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    This. This is the best thing ever Destiny and it’s weird because it’s like you read my mind too! I was getting tired of Down The TBR Hole because I want to keep so many too so I was going to start doing more frequent purge and added TBR posts, this is literally perfect! I’m so excited to start doing this now! 🙂

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 20, 2018 at 4:48 pm

      I know I’ve already seen your list but I just now saw this comment and thank you! ??

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  • Reply Elise @thebookishactress August 19, 2018 at 5:52 am

    LOVING that you added Give the Dark My Love. oh my god.

  • Reply TeaPartyPrincess August 20, 2018 at 5:57 am

    This is such an excellent idea!
    I might give it a go to try and get my TBR under control haha.
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  • Reply Kaleena @ Reader Voracious August 20, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    I just finished The Last Time I Lied and while I wasn’t a super huge fan of part 1, I loved the second half of the book! I hope you enjoy it – but be warned that when I messaged you the other day about Mean Girls I was talking about Vivian in this book.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 20, 2018 at 4:59 pm

      Ahhh, thank you for the heads up! I felt like that a little bit with one of the characters in his other book, Final Girls, too. I guess it’s a character trope he likes relying on. Either way, though, I’m more excited to read it now that you’ve raved about it a bit!

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