TBR Lows & Highs #14

November 18, 2018

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

POISON STUDY by Maria V. Snyder!

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”)

This week’s posts:

  • Sionna made my TBR bigger as always!
  • Ari always has amazing lists!
  • Mandy was ruthless with those removals! ?


(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!)

1. Red RisingPierce Brown (owned)
2. When It’s RealErin Watt
3. Ivory and Bone — Julie Eshbaugh (owned)
4. Sleeping Beauties — Stephen King & Own King (owned)
5. The Queen’s Rising — Rebecca Ross (owned)


Since I’ve been adding so many, I’m going to shorten this by adding just a few keywords for each book!

1. I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1 — Skottie Young (owned)
Adult fantasy/humor, graphic novel, marketed as Adventure Time/Alice in Wonderland/Tank Girl/Deadpool crossover
2. Daisy Jones & the Six — Taylor Jenkins Reid
Adult hist-fic, 60s/70s rock bands, told through interviews
3. You’d Be Mine — Erin Hahn (ARC)
YA contemporary, musicians/singers, country music (which I high key HATE but I’m hearing SUCH good reviews for this???)
4. My Boyfriend is a Bear — Pamela Ribon
Adult fantasy/romance, graphic novel, self-explanatory title, morbid curiosity
5. Changeling — William Ritter
MG fantasy, goblins, fae folk, adventures/mayhem
6. The Lights — Carrie Pack
YA horror, Christmas horror, f/f rep
7. Making Faces — Amy Harmon
YA contemporary, loose Beauty and the Beast retelling, wounded veterans, tearjerker
8. Wolfsong — T.J. Klune
New adult paranormal, m/m romance, werewolves
9. In Another Life — C.C. Hunter (ARC)
YA thriller, adopted MC
10. Pan’s Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun — Guillermo del Toro & Cornelia Funke (ARC)
YA/MG??? fantasy, illustrations, I literally just requested this the millisecond I saw it because I love the movie so much ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
11. The Beholder — Anna Bright (ARC)
YA fantasy, alternative history, fjords(!!!! my fave!), ships (!!!! also my fave!), pitched as The Odyssey/Cinderella crossover
12. Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me — Mariko Tamaki
YA contemporary, graphic novel, queer rep, GORGEOUS artwork
13. Savage Species — Jonathan Janz (ARC)
Adult horror, re-release/novella bindup(?), baby-snatching evil creatures
14. The Nightmare Girl — Jonathan Janz (ARC)
Adult horror, re-release, cult members being cult-y
15. The Haunting of Henderson Close — Catherine Cavendish (ARC)
Adult horror, ghosts, Edinburgh setting

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


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  • Reply Kelly Brigid November 18, 2018 at 10:12 am

    Oooh Daisy Jones and the Six, and the Beholder sound so interesting! Although I haven’t read it, I’ve heard Red Rising is great! It’s one of my TBR lows as well, but I’m hoping to push it up my list! Haha. Great post, love! ❤️

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries November 19, 2018 at 11:37 pm

      Don’t they?! I totally need to read them both haha. Have you read anything by Taylor Jenkins Reid yet? She’s so talented! And thank you, Kelly! ♥♥

  • Reply frayedbooks November 18, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    I loved The Queen’s Rising and the next book is coming out early next year, so I’d recommend that one to move up on your TBR 😉

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries November 19, 2018 at 11:39 pm

      Ooooh, awesome! I never hear anyone talk about it! Thanks for voting <3

      • Reply frayedbooks November 20, 2018 at 12:15 am

        I never do either and I don’t know why!! It’s a slow build but such beautiful world building, and sort of like Game of Thrones but minus all the blood and gore LOL ? Hope you enjoy when you get around to reading it 😉

  • Reply Nicole Evans November 18, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    I’ll be really curious about your thoughts with YOU’D BE MINE. Erin is an absolute *gem* of a person, but I’m not much for contemporary books, usually (though this one might be an exception, so yes, definitely curious).

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries November 19, 2018 at 11:40 pm

      Oooh, nice! I don’t know anything about the author at all so that makes me super happy to hear, I love supporting authors who double as just all-around good human beings haha! I’m hoping I’ll enjoy it. I love YA contemporary when the mood strikes me and I’ve been in the mood for it lately so I might end up picking it up sooner rather than later!

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  • Reply Meeghan reads November 19, 2018 at 8:08 am

    I love Poison Study!! I vote for Red Rising (and then can you inspire me to read it as well?)

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries November 19, 2018 at 11:53 pm

      Thank you! Your vote has been counted 😀 Haha I have a feeling Red Rising might win!

      • Reply Meeghan reads November 20, 2018 at 12:05 am

        You could do it as a book club / readalong. It looks like there’s a few of us who haven’t read it either… ?

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries November 20, 2018 at 12:14 am

          Bahaha maybe I should do that! A group read on twitter and here in the spring or something!

          • Meeghan reads November 20, 2018 at 12:28 am

            Sounds perfect!!

  • Reply Kayla @ Books and Blends November 19, 2018 at 9:33 am

    I’m super excited for You’d Be Mine and In Another Life! I have them on my kindle and I’m trying REALLY hard to not read them this early!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries November 19, 2018 at 11:54 pm

      I feel you! I’m trying lately to stop forcing myself to wait until right before the release date because sometimes I get a book that doesn’t come out for a while but I just want SO BADLY to read it ASAP. I figure I can always start writing my reviews as soon as I finish reading and saving them in my drafts until closer to the release date.

      • Reply Kayla @ Books and Blends November 20, 2018 at 12:53 pm

        I can understand about not reading the book right before the release date. I’m so bad at that! But I do like your idea of reading and saving my review until closer to the release date.
        If you ever want to read either one of these together, I’m game!

  • Reply Kaleena @ Reader Voracious November 19, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    SAVAGE SPECIES I need it in my life so badly.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries November 20, 2018 at 12:13 am

      I’m so ready for it!! Technically my copy isn’t here yet but I went ahead and marked it since they’ve already confirmed it for me, but I’m seriously so stoked, it just sounds really intriguing and I’m typically a fan of novellas being bound into one full novel, which I assume is what’s going on there.

  • Reply Jenna @ Falling Letters November 20, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    OMGGGG what is that Pan’s Labyrinth book I love Cornelia Funke and theoretically love Pan’s Labyrinth (I’ve never actually watched the film…….) *runs to Goodreads*

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries November 23, 2018 at 9:56 pm

      Omg, you gotta see Pan’s Labyrinth! It is SO GOOD. It’s pretty creepy though so I guess you might want a heads up for that if you don’t like creepy movies haha! But it’s excellent, so well done.

      • Reply Jenna @ Falling Letters November 25, 2018 at 5:30 pm

        I like creepy things on the page but not so much the screen ? One day I will work up the nerve to watch it, hopefully!

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  • Reply emmareadstoomuch November 23, 2018 at 10:52 am

    i added Daisy Jones and the Six to my tbr tooooo

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