TBR Lows & Highs #19

December 23, 2018

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”)

This week’s participants:


(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. The City of Brass — S. A. Chakraborty
2. The Creeping — Alexandra Sirowy
3. The Problem with Forever — Jennifer L. Armentrout
4. The Omen — David Seltzer
5. The Boneless Mercies — April Genevieve Tucholke


1. The Bone Weaver’s Orchard — Sarah Read (releasing february 2019)
Adult horror/thriller, Tracy‘s recommendation, mysterious haunted school
2. Sailor Moon: Eternal Edition 1 — Naoko Takeuchi (owned—thanks, Cathy!)
YA fantasy manga remaster of the OG Sailor Moon series ??
3. Blasphemy! — T.J. Klune (free on author’s website)
Adult m/m romance/fantasy/comedy/general sacrilege in which Satan falls in love with a cute gay human
4. soft magic. — Upile Chisala (owned, review copy; already released)
Adult poetry collection about feminism and intersectionality, written by a Malawian author
5. You Are Here — Dawn Lanuza (owned, ARC; releasing february 2019)
Adult poetry collection about self-love and healing
6. Chameleon Aura — Billy Chapata (owned, ARC; releasing january 2019)
Adult poetry collection about heartache and empowerment written by a Zimbabwean author
7. Snotgirl, Vol. 1 — Bryan Lee O’Malley & Leslie Hung
Adult mystery/contemporary graphic novel about a fashion blogger who thinks she might have killed someone
8. The Dragon Warrior (cover TBA) — Katie Zhao (releasing october 2019)
MG fantasy, pitched as Percy Jackson meets Grace Lin, a 12-year-old girl travels through various Chinatowns fighting gods and seeking her missing father
9. My Fate According to the Butterfly — Gail D. Villanueva (releasing 2019)
MG contemporary, own-voice Filipino rep, 11-year-old girl sees a black butterfly and convinces herself via superstition that her time is nearing an end
10. Spin the Dawn — Elizabeth Lim (releasing july 2019)
YA fantasy inspired by Chinese culture & mythology, pitched as Project Runway meets Mulan, teen girl must pose as a boy to take her father’s place as a royal tailor
11. Blood Heir — Amélie Wen Zhao (releasing june 2019)
YA fantasy, Anastasia retelling, runaway princess on trial for the suspicious murder of her own father
12. The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James — Ashley Herring Blake (releasing march 2019)
MG queer contemporary, MC receives a new heart from a donor and decides to instate a “New Life Plan” while discovering her own sexuality
13. Wicked Fox (cover TBA) — Kat Cho (releasing june 2019)
YA fantasy, set in modern-day Seoul, MC is a nine-tailed fox who must eat the souls of men
14. The (Alien) Nanny for Christmas — Amanda Milo (kindle unlimited)
Adult sci-fi/comedy/holiday/romance novella, recommendation from Sionna
15. Will Haunt You — Brian Kirk (releasing march 2019)
Adult horror about a book that, upon being read, enters you into the author’s deadly and twisted game

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) December 23, 2018 at 9:21 am

    Hahahaha omg you added the Allen Christmas book! I hope you get a kick out of it 😀

  • Reply ✩ Ashley ✩ December 23, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Ohh this is an awesome meme!! ‘City of Brass’ is the only from my TBR on your lows, so that one!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries December 23, 2018 at 10:56 am

      Thank you Ashley! 😀 It’s a lot of fun to do every week. And thank you for voting!

  • Reply acquadimore December 23, 2018 at 11:25 am

    I vote for The Boneless Mercies! One of the best YA fantasy books I’ve read this year, it wasn’t perfect but it was so refreshing to read about characters going on a quest because they wanted to and not because they were forced to (active protagonists! It’s been so long since I read a book about active protagonists). The City of Brass is also really good if you like atmospheric adult fantasy and political intrigue, but it’s so slow that the characters do not even get to the “city of brass” until halfway through the book…

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries December 24, 2018 at 12:16 pm

      Thank you! You’ve completely succeeded in making me WAY more excited for The Boneless Mercies now, haha!

  • Reply CJR The Brit December 23, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    City of Brass is what I vote for! And let me know how it is as I’ve been eyeing it up!!

  • Reply taylortalksbooks December 23, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    I never ended up liking The Problem With Forever (I skimmed most of it because it just wasn’t my thing), but I’m hoping it was just an unpopular opinion because I love JLA’s books so much! Great post 🙂

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries December 24, 2018 at 12:28 pm

      Oh no! What book of hers would you recommend most highly? I’ve never read anything by her! And thank you 🙂

      • Reply taylortalksbooks December 24, 2018 at 11:02 pm

        I looove her adult crime romance called Till Death and her Lux series is definitely my fave from her!! Both are so addicting 🙂

  • Reply Mandy R December 23, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    I haven’t actually read any on your low list, but I usually like Jennifer L Armentrout’s books.

  • Reply Kaleena @ Reader Voracious December 26, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    Yay my choice won again, muahahhaa!
    This week I am voting for The City of Brass — S. A. Chakraborty, which is also on my owned TBR.

  • Reply Ari @ Books. Libraries. Also, cats. December 26, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    So many good ones! I’m voting for the Boneless Mercies.
    I’m super excited for the Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James and My Fate According to the Butterfly! They both sound amazing.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries December 27, 2018 at 7:12 pm

      Thank you!! And yes, I’m so excited for both of those. I’m still debating on requesting an ARC of Sunny St. James because I just already know I’m going to love it.

  • Reply Meredith @ Pandora's Books December 27, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    I’ve clearly been living under a rock and had not heard of Blood Heir until now. THANK YOU FOR PUTTING IT ON MY RADAR BECAUSE IT SOUNDS EPIC!!!!!!!!!!

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