TBR Lows & Highs #32

March 24, 2019

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!)

  • Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating — Christina Lauren
    • adult romance; two friends keep setting each other up on failed blind dates as they fall for one another
  • The Valiant — Lesley Livingston
    • YA historical fiction; a princess who wishes to become a warrior is captured and forced into life as a gladiator
  • Anna Dressed in Blood — Kendare Blake
    • YA horror; a ghost hunter meets a vicious ghost who spares his life in an uncharacteristic move of mercy (or more?)
  • The Walls Around Us — Nova Ren Suma
    • YA mystery; I don’t honestly know what this is about but I love NRS’s writing style
  • Amal Unbound — Aisha Saeed
    • MG contemporary; Amal wants to attend school, but an accident forces her into servitude for her corrupt landlord


I only added 5 last week, so I clearly more than made up for it this week! ?

  • Start Here — Trish Doller (august 2019)
    • YA contemporary; two teens go on a road trip after their mutual friend dies
  • Virtually Yours — Sarvenaz Tash (june 2019)
    • NA romance; a girl matches with both her best friend and her ex-boyfriend on a dating app, drama ensues!
  • The Art of Breaking Things — Laura Sibson (june 2019)
    • YA contemporary; Skye wants to leave town, but she can’t abandon her little sister when her mom’s toxic ex-boyfriend comes back into their home
  • Wayward Sisters — edited by Allison O’Toole (review copy; already released)
    • adult fantasy anthology graphic novel; a collection of comics about women and non-binary characters who happen to be monsters
  • Shout Out — edited by Andrew Wheeler (ARC; may 2019)
    • YA sci-fi anthology graphic novel; a collection of queer own-voice comics

  • Dead School — Laura Gia West (kindle unlimited)
    • YA horror/paranormal; a high schooler dies suddenly and finds herself in “Dead School”
  • Can’t Escape Love — Alyssa Cole
    • adult romance; a nerdy businesswoman – who happens to use a wheelchair, hell yes disability rep!! – finds herself in an online-friends-to-lovers situation with a game streamer and they bond over anime ♥
      • can we also talk about how I’m just now starting my first Alyssa Cole book ever (I’m legit on chapter 3 as I type this) but I still found it reasonable to buy books 1 & 2, both novellas, and get an eARC of the 3rd novel in this series? ???
  • Ayesha at Last — Uzma Jalaluddin (ARC; june 2019)
    • NA(?) romance; a liberal Muslim young woman unexpectedly finds herself falling for an ultra conservative man (who’s in an arranged engagement with her cousin!)
  • We Love Anderson Cooper — R.L. Maizes (ARC coming soon; july 2019)
    • adult anthology (mixed genres); stories about life as a marginalized individual (queer rep & Jewish rep)
  • The Silence — Tim Lebbon (review copy coming soon; already released)
    • adult horror/sci-fi; a young deaf girl is her family’s only chance of surviving a post-apocalyptic world full of blind monsters who hunt by sound

  • The King’s Man — Elizabeth Kingston (FREE on kindle!)
    • adult historical romance; a skilled king’s mercenary chooses a new path and becomes caught up in a political and romantic turmoil with a widow whose husband he killed years prior
  • Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors — Sonali Dev (may 2019)
    • adult romance; a desi Pride & Prejudice retelling! ♥
  • A Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics — Olivia Waite (june 2019)
  • The Chai Factor — Farah Heron (june 2019)
    • adult romance; an unlikely relationship forms between a hard-assed engineer and the baritone for a barbershop quartet who’s taken up residence in her grandmother’s basement
  • Way Down Deep — Charlotte Stein & Cara McKenna
    • adult romance; romance through text messages! this is my jam!!

  • Lords of the Deep — Patrick Lacey & Tim Meyer (kindle unlimited)
    • adult horror novella; ruthless cursed pirates & sea monsters, ahoy!
  • untitled — Sylvain Neuvel (2020)
    • adult sci-fi; I just really loved The Test and want to read more by this author!
  • The Last Post — Renee Carlino (ARC; august 2019)
    • adult romance; when Laya’s husband dies, she grieves by posting to his facebook wall, but another man sees her posts and starts leaving her anonymous gifts and notes to try to cheer her up
  • Darkling — Brooklyn Ray
    • adult paranormal m/m romance; a trans witch gets a tarot reading warning him of a “catastrophic event” while he tries to hide his love for his best friend
  • Outpost — W. Michael Gear (review copy; already released)
    • adult sci-fi; space opera with overthrown governments, psychopaths, ghost ships, and death cults!

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


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  • Reply Sionna (Books in Her Eyes) March 24, 2019 at 7:38 am

    I’m voting for Josh & Hazel’s guide to not dating. I think it is my favorite of that author duo 🙂
    You have so many good looking adds this week! Not sure if I’m adding any yet, but the potential is totally there.

  • Reply ✩ Ashley ✩ March 24, 2019 at 10:16 am

    I vote Josh & Hazel bc I’m in a romantic mood lols, tho that was a good list to pick from and you can’t go wrong! Also I’M SO EXCITED YOU’VE STARTED THE RELUCTANT ROYALS!!!! So addictive and so much fun! I’m on hold for Can’t Escape Love audiobook at my library… like come on people it’s 4 hours you can pass it along now!! ?

  • Reply anovelglimpse March 24, 2019 at 11:39 am

    You need to move Josh & Hazel up! That book is a delight!

  • Reply CJR The Brit March 24, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    Josh and Hazel…without a doubt. It was the funniest book ever. Which reminds me that I need to reread it!

  • Reply mistysbookspace March 24, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    My votes for Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating.

  • Reply RachelTroyer93 (@rachel_troyer93) March 24, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    I vote for Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating — Christina Lauren! I need to read it as well.

  • Reply eLPy March 24, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    Not sure what to tell ya about the lows but I do want to tell you I’m very interested in this Sylvain Neuvel 2020 release. I’ve not heard of him before but thanks for bringing this book to my attention. Good luck with your list! 😀

  • Reply eLPy March 24, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Ope I have to change my comment. I went to check out Sylvain and found that I TBR’d his recent release, The Test (that you said you liked). Forgive my memory, it was a giant 2019 most-anticipated book releases list. So I guess he was on my radar and now thanks to you I will pay a little more attention and probably bump The Test up on my list.

  • Reply Malka @ Paper Procrastinators March 24, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    Oh this week it’s a difficult one! I’ve only read Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, so that gets my vote, but I’ve heard such good things about all the other books! I guess it’s a good thing my choice was made for me ?

  • Reply jess @ crowing about books March 24, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    The Nowhere Girls is on my TBR too. I vote for The Walls Around Us—it’s been a while but I remember really enjoying it.

  • Reply Nicole Evans March 24, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Definitely added A Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics to my TBR list. It sounds so intriguing, based of Cole’s blurb!

  • Reply Sassy Sarah Reads March 25, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    I’m voting for The Walls Around Us! I’m a huge advocator for all things Nova Ren Suma and creepy weird things!

  • Reply yarnowlreads March 29, 2019 at 12:33 am


  • Reply Sarah March 30, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    So many of the ones you added look so good!!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries March 30, 2019 at 9:02 pm

      I’ve been trying to be more picky about what I add lately and I feel like this week was a decent example of that! Sometimes I remove things as I make these lists because, by the time I go to write them down, I’m like, “… why did I add this?”

      • Reply Sarah March 31, 2019 at 8:03 am

        Omg if that isn’t a mood! I’m definitely trying to be a bit more conscious of why I add things as I add them, but of course random stuff always manages to slip through.

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