The WINNER of last week’s “lows” vote was… *drumroll*
BIRD BOX by Josh Malerman!
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 had some pretty interesting additions this week *eyebrow waggle* 😂
- Mandy removed a ton of titles this week!
- Lauren made the most gorgeous custom graphics for her take on the meme!
- Ari tried something new with this week’s post!
- Rachel added some super exciting new reads this week!
(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!)
I added a *LOT* this week… sorry, everyone. 😅
1. Dark Cities — anthology edited by Christopher Golden (owned)
An adult horror/urban fantasy anthology including stories from Seanan McGuire, Jonathan Maberry, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kealan Patrick Burke, and more
2. Unravel — Calia Read
Dark NA contemporary romance/mystery
3. Untitled (The Gilded Wolves, #2) — Roshani Chokshi
YA historical fantasy. Book 1 was so good and that ENDING!
4. Misery — Stephen King
Adult horror/thriller about a woman who stalks her favorite author. I feel like I keep seeing it pop up lately so I finally added it.
5. My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness — Kabi Nagata
I asked for graphic novel and manga recs on GR this week and added a ton, this being the first from that list. LGBTQ+ nonfiction!
6. Wayward, Vol. 1 — Jim Zub
Adult fantasy graphic novel
7. Giant Days, Vol. 1 — John Allison
YA contemporary graphic novel
8. Fatale, Vol. 1 — Ed Brubaker
Adult horror/mystery noir graphic novel
9. Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant — Tony Cliff
YA historical fantasy graphic novel
10. Baggywrinkles — Lucy Bellwood
Nonfiction graphic novel
11. I Let You Go — Clare Mackintosh
Adult thriller about a girl trying to heal from the loss of her child as a pair of PI investigate the accident
12. Heartstopper, Vol. 1 — Alice Oseman
LGBTQ+ YA contemporary graphic novel
13. SuperMutant Magic Academy — Jillian Tamaki
YA fantasy/humor graphic novel
14. Skim — Mariko Tamaki
YA LGBTQ+ graphic novel
15. Ten Count, Vol. 1 — Rihito Takarai
Adult (NA?) LGBTQ+ manga with mental health (OCD) rep
16. The Bride Was a Boy — Chii
An adult LGBTQ+ nonfic manga about a trans woman! (HOW CUTE IS THIS COVER?!)
17. MPD Psycho, Vol. 1 — Eiji Otsuka & Sho-u Tajima
Adult horror manga
18. The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, Vol. 1 — Eiji Otsuka
Adult horror manga
19. Ajin: Demi-Human, Vol. 1 — Tsuina Miura
Adult horror manga
20. Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 1 — Sui Ishida
Adult horror/fantasy manga
21. Deadman Wonderland, Vol. 1 — Jinsei Kataoka
Adult horror/sci-fi manga
22. Binti: The Complete Trilogy — Nnedi Okorafor (owned—review copy)
This is a bind-up of the 3 Binti novellas (which are adult sci-fi novellas with own-voice black/African rep!), plus an extra short story never before published, and it releases from DAW Books in February 2019!
23. Clouded By Envy — Candace Robinson (owned—review copy)
This is a YA fantasy novella releasing in February. Huge thanks to Candace for reaching out and offering me an ARC! ♥ It has fae-like creatures and family curses, and sounds super cool.
24. The Playing Card Killer — Russell James (owned—review copy)
An adult thriller about a man who has nightmares about murder victims, but then the victims start turning up on the news.
25. Black Wings — Megan Hart (owned—review copy)
An adult paranormal fantasy about a little girl who’s gifted and has a raven for a best friend. I think this author is already really well-known for romance books, but it’ll be my first book by her.
26. Wilder Girls — Rory Power
A YA mystery novel that is being marketed as a feminist Lord of the Flies retelling!
27. His Cocky Valet — Cole McCade (kindle unlimited)
I adored my last Cole McCade read, Over and Over Again, and when I found this in a missed Goodreads rec (from FREAKING TALIA HIBBERT herself, I DIED), I realized I hadn’t read anything else by Cole since then! It’s a new adult contemporary and features a BDSM m/m romance.
28. The Midwinter Mail-Order Bride — Kati Wilde (kindle unlimited)
This is another KU romance I was recommended, and I’m told it’s super feminist and lovely! It’s a fantasy about a man who’s expected to take on an arranged marriage, but he rejects her because he doesn’t want to violate her consent, and then they end up falling in love, anyways, I think.
29. Creatures of Want and Ruin — Molly Tanzer
This is a historical dark fantasy, I think? I just keep seeing it everywhere and hearing that it’s really well-written and I love the cover.
30. Get a Life, Chloe Brown — Talia Hibbert
This isn’t expected to come out until the end of next year, but I’m just so excited about Talia being signed to Avon for a whole trilogy(!!!) that I had to go ahead and add it!
31. Iron Hearted — Jessica Bibi Cooper
This YA fae book doesn’t even have a release date as far as I know, but this fanart totally caught my eye on twitter, and then I saw on the author’s page that it’s like Pan’s Labyrinth meets Buffy, so… YES PLEASE.
— Jaria Rambaran: Commissions Open! (@velanadesigns) December 7, 2018
32. Wild Blue Wonder — Carlie Sorosiak
This is a dark YA contemporary involving some major trauma that has happened to a girl and her family. I think it’s one of those books you’re supposed to go into without knowing much, so I haven’t read any reviews, but I know Chelsea raved about it on her booktube channel!
33. Color Outside the Lines — anthology edited by Sangu Mandanna
This anthology doesn’t have much info available besides being a 2019 release, but I know every short story is about interracial relationships and there’s an f/f Hades/Persephone retelling, which is all I need to know.