TBR Lows & Highs #10

October 21, 2018

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

EVEN THE DARKEST STARS by Heather Fawcett!

As promised, I’ll now add this book to my “top-TBR” shelf on Goodreads to remind me to read it sooner rather than later.


  • 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! (Thank you for this idea, Ari!)
  • 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”)

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

  • Amanda added a few I’m really excited to read!
  • Kaya added some really fun new titles this week!
  • Acqua decided to do the standard AND alt options for this week’s “lows”—way to go!
  • Rachel joined us, and I’m so happy about that because she is wonderful!
  • Sionna always has such relatable decisions with her removals and additions!
  • Jamieson joined back in, and added some recent loves of mine to her shelves, yay!

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


(books that are LOW on my TBR—vote in the comments for which one I should move UP on my list!)

1. Paranormalcy — Kiersten White (owned)
I bought this from BookOutlet forever ago (before reading anything by KW), thinking for some reason that it was YA horror? It’s not, it’s paranormal fantasy with fae, apparently. I won’t unhaul it yet but it’s super low on my TBR at this point.
2. The Shadow Queen — C.J. Redwine (owned)
Funny story about this one… I just picked book 1, but I own the first 3 books in this series and haven’t read any of them. I don’t know how I keep collecting them, but I do, and I’m told you don’t have to read them in order, but my particular brand of type A personality will not allow me to even CONSIDER reading them out of order, and I haven’t had the motivation to read this one yet. MAKE ME READ THESE BOOKS.
3. Geekerella — Ashley Poston (owned)
1) I’m going to predict this will win, but 2) I really disliked Poston’s other book Heart of Iron, and the only reason I haven’t removed this from my TBR is 3) you guys keep telling me it’s better than HoI was.
4. Beyond a Darkened Shore — Jessica Leake (owned)
Every now and then, I have an ARC that’s totally a source of shame for me, because I was so pumped to read it until its release date rolled around, and then somehow it just… never happened. This is one of those.
5. The Kiss of Deception — Mary E. Pearson (owned)
Everyone loves this series, it sounds so good, it has some of the most beautiful covers ever (imo)… WHAT AM I WAITING FOR?!


1. A Great and Terrible Beauty — Libba Bray (owned)
I removed this from my TBR last year when a former friend swore to me that this book was problematic and trashy AF, but I was at a used bookstore last week and found it for $2 in great condition, so I figured I’d give it a try and decide for myself.
2. The Field Guide — Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black (owned)
LOOK HOW CUTE THE COVER IS. I love the hardbacks of these little books, they’re so precious. Same used bookstore, found books #2 and #4 for $1 each, so I grabbed those and ordered this one as well to read the series to my munchkin.
3. The Faithful — Matt Hayward (owned)
I have this new friend (hi, Erin!), and besides how sweet and funny she is and how awesome her writing is, she’s also a publicist who randomly sends me indie horror eARCs for authors she works with, and IT. IS. AWESOME. I don’t even question her at this point, I just say thank you and add it to my shelves. ?
4. Twin Lakes: The Autumn Fires — Melissa Lason & Michelle Garza (owned)
See previous comment, Erin is awesome, and I’ve been hearing rave reviews about the authors (nicknamed the “Sisters of Slaughter”—how great is that?) so I’m planning on starting this ASAP.
5. Parasite Life — Victoria Dalpe (owned)
While this one came from the author herself, it’s another horror review copy I was offered recently and it’s a queer YA horror/thriller that sounds spooky and fun.
6. The Sword and the Dagger — Robert Cochran
This is tentatively on my TBR—I’m waiting to see what reviewers say as the release date draws closer, but don’t plan on requesting an ARC as of right now. It’s a hist-fic set during the Crusaders and involves a trio of a Christian princess, her fiance, and a Muslim assassin going on a quest together to meet Genghis Khan. Miiiight crash and burn.
7. Tarot — Marissa Kennerson
Again, miiiight crash and burn. ? I dig the idea of a fantasy world inspired by a traditional tarot deck, but I hope it’s written respectfully and from an educated standpoint on tarot.
8. The Rise of Kyoshi — F.C. Yee & Michael Dante DiMartino
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH—I thought I had put this on my TBR ages ago but—AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
9. Girls on the Verge — Sharon Biggs Waller
Theatre girls road-tripping to get an abortion. I’m super intrigued by this.
10. Night Shift — Robin Triggs (owned)
A horror/thriller about murders in Antarctica! I secretly am slightly terrified of snowy tundra settings because they seem so desolate and awful, so I’m stoked for this and pleased as punch that Flame Tree Press sent me a copy recently!

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



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  • Reply Kayla @ Books and Blends October 21, 2018 at 11:33 am

    I will read The Shadow Queen with you! I have had this one on my shelf FOREVER!
    Also, Give Geekerella a chance! It was really cute!

  • Reply acquadimore October 21, 2018 at 11:56 am

    I’ve read two of the books from the Lows, The Shadow Queen and The Kiss of Deception. The first one was a straightforward retelling, which would have been fine if the execution hadn’t felt flat, but I have to say that the descriptions of the creepy plant magic were great (especially the apples. This is the kind of book that makes people who like apples stop wanting to eat apples).
    I really liked The Kiss of Deception – I’m not sure I would like it as much today, but I thought the setup was interesting and really liked the world, so I’m voting for it (also I agree, the cover is gorgeous).

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 23, 2018 at 11:57 pm

      Oooh… your comment about the apples has me super intrigued? That sounds so interesting haha! I’m sad to hear it fell flat, but at least it sounds like it has that one super unique thing going for it. Thank you for voting! 😀

  • Reply devouringbooks2017 October 21, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Do you do this a certain day of the week?
    Move up Kiss of Deception definitely and if I can vote for two, you should also move up The Shadow Queen. Kiss of Deception is amazing, I can guarantee you will be wowed, that’s all I can say.
    Tarot looks like it has potential to be amazing

  • Reply Eva | Brilliantly Bookish October 21, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    The only book I’ve read from the lows is Geekerella, but I do really recommend it!

  • Reply Kaya @ afictionalbookworm October 21, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    I vote Geekerella, it’s so adorable! And I just added Tarot to my TBR too! I honestly wish it had a better cover though LOL. Lovely post, as always!!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 23, 2018 at 11:58 pm

      Aww, okay, I do need a cute read every now and then! Thank you for voting. 😀 And lmao… yeah, I’m not wild about Tarot’s cover, either. It could have been so cool! Maybe we’ll get lucky and there will be a UK version with a cooler cover! Thank you, Kaya ♥♥

  • Reply Ally Writes Things October 21, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    I remember really enjoying A Great and Terrible Beauty. I don’t remember anything problematic, but I think I was also like 15 when I read it, so I could have totally glossed over it. But it’s high on my reread list! I hope you enjoy it when you read it!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 23, 2018 at 11:59 pm

      Everyone I know who has read it loved it besides that one person, so I don’t know what I was thinking by weighing ONE person’s review so far above soooo many people’s reviews, lol! Thank you, Ally! 😀

  • Reply Victoria October 21, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    So many people I know have loved The Kiss of Deception, but honestly I was v underwhelmed by it. It took me two separate attempts to read it because I just couldn’t get into it, and I didn’t think there was anything new to this fantasy series that hasn’t been published before. I haven’t heard about Girls of the Verge until now, but it sounds v interesting, about to add it to my tbr!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 23, 2018 at 11:59 pm

      Oh no, I’m sorry you didn’t love it! Maybe it’ll be one I pick up when I’m in a super fantasy mood and I’m not looking for something super special, haha!

  • Reply Kathy @ Books & Munches October 22, 2018 at 3:26 am

    This post reminds me of how I read Paranormalcy and Supernaturally and have not written my review yet.. Oops? They did feel kind of “meh” to me though. Probably would’ve liked them better should I have read them.. ten years ago or something? Idk. :’)

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 24, 2018 at 12:00 am

      That’s my concern, that I’ve missed the window for them. D:

      • Reply Kathy @ Books & Munches October 24, 2018 at 3:41 am

        Maybe just try reading the first one if you’re ever in the mood for it and then see. Like.. sometimes I feel totally up to reading books I’m “too old for” now and they don’t end up disappointing me; other times I really do feel too old, haha.

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 26, 2018 at 12:59 am

          True, true! Perfect example for me recently was the first book in the Mara Dyer series. I was worried it would be one of those “I should have read this years ago” things, but nope, loved the first book! I still need to continue that series… I’m also really enjoying Shatter Me despite similar concerns.

          • Kathy @ Books & Munches October 26, 2018 at 5:21 am

            I don’t think we should be surprised anymore by how our mental state influences our reading experiences, but in a way.. I think we still are sometimes. :’)
            Ooh, Shatter Me is on my TBR as well. I’m still doubting about whether or not to put them in a box. :’)

          • Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 28, 2018 at 2:07 pm

            If you want quick reads for the next couple of months, you might want to leave them out (though this comment may be too late, oops). I feel like I read the first 100 pages of the first book in five minutes. Seriously, it FLIES by.

  • Reply Alice October 22, 2018 at 8:54 am

    I need to read A Great and Terrible Beauty too but have had no motivation to pick it up. I read the Kiss of Deception series and whilst I liked the first and LOVED the second; the final book was such a disappointment to me so depending on what romantic relationships you love you might enjoy it a lot more than me

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 24, 2018 at 12:03 am

      I don’t have too much motivation to pick up A Great and Terrible Beauty, either! It was kind of just one of those things where it was only $2 and I figured, well, I might as well, lol! I’m sorry to hear the Remnant Chronicles got so much worse for you as the series progressed, though! 🙁

      • Reply Alice October 24, 2018 at 7:18 am

        Yeah, I think I got mine cheap as well… Whoops. If you want (to get it off our TBRS) we could do a buddy read??

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 26, 2018 at 1:23 am

          Aw, I would love to, but I’ve got so many ARCs and buddy reads planned for the next two months that I’m not even sure when I’d be able to get to it! 🙁 When were you hoping to read it?

  • Reply MetalPhantasmReads October 22, 2018 at 11:01 am

    Thank you Destiny! 🙂 I vote for Darkened Shore; I hear really good things about it. I read the whole Great and Terrible Beauty series a couple years ago and I really enjoyed them. I think the author does a great job of blending the magical elements with a boarding school and shows the realistic (and messy) types of friendships between girls. I’m curious to see your thoughts on it.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 24, 2018 at 12:06 am

      You’re welcome! <3 Thank you for voting!! And thank you for your thoughts on A Great and Terrible Beauty — that's actually really reassuring and makes me glad I bought the first book!

  • Reply Keri October 23, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    I vote for The Kiss of Deception! I love that trilogy! The first book is kind of tropey, but somehow it works for it?
    And ahhh, A Great and Terrible Beauty, what a throwback!
    Hope you enjoy all these books when you get around to them! 🙂

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