TBR Lows & Highs #21

January 6, 2019

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

LEGENDARY by Stephanie Garber!

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!)

1. Flawed — Cecelia Ahern
2. The Forest of Hands and Teeth — Carrie Ryan
3. Paper Princess — Erin Watt
4. Monday’s Not Coming — Tiffany D. Jackson
5. Dark Lover — J. R. Ward


I, uh… only added 5 things this week? ?

1. Amber & Dusk — Lyra Selene
• YA fantasy
• this is a tentative add so I can remember to check out reviews over the next few months
2. Colder, Vol. 2 — Paul Tobin
• adult horror graphic novel
• I loved Colder, Vol. 1 and need to continue the series!
3. How Long ’til Black Future Month? — N. K. Jemisin
• adult SFF short story collection
• these stories examine a magical alternate reality revolving around topics such as post-Katrina New Orleans, a black mother in the south, and more
4. Gyo — Junji Ito
• adult horror manga
• at this point, I think I just want to read everything Junji Ito creates!
5. Aquicorn Cove — Katie O’Neill
• middle grade fantasy graphic novel
• I adored The Tea Dragon Society so much and I need more from Katie O’Neill!

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

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  • Reply Laurie January 6, 2019 at 9:27 am

    Number 3! It’s basically the only book I know and it really surprised me. I wanted to stay away from that series as far as I could, but I caved in and turned out to like it!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 6, 2019 at 10:23 am

      Hahaha I hear so many people say that, that they weren’t going to read it but ended up enjoying it! Thank you Laurie!!

  • Reply Sionna (Books in Her Eyes) January 6, 2019 at 9:44 am

    Oh man, I’d totally remove The Forest of Hands and Teeth which wasn’t amazing… I had to read it for a YA materials course. To move up on your list… I’d recommend Dark Lover.
    I’m impressed!! Only five adds?! Aquicorn Cove is a new book at my branch that I keep staring at… it isn’t on my TBR, but I know eventually I’ll cave and check it out.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 6, 2019 at 10:24 am

      Oh noooo! I got it in a trade some time early last year because I loved one of the author’s short stories. I hope I have better luck if I ever get around to it. ? And Dark Lover sounds so good, so I’m leaning towards that one, too! Thank you!
      Oh my gosh, I know, right? I think it’s just because I was off of twitter and goodreads most of the week ??? And you should check out Aquicorn Cove and let me know what you think! 😀

      • Reply Sionna (Books in Her Eyes) January 6, 2019 at 12:31 pm

        I went into Forest of Hands and Teeth expecting a horror, but it really… isn’t? Maybe if you go in with lower expectations than I, you’ll enjoy it more.
        Getting off Twitter… yeah I really need to take a break because I keep finding future releases that pull at my heart. I might just have to check out Aquicorn Cove next week… if I read enough of the graphic novels I have out currently hahaha

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 7, 2019 at 9:57 am

          Ooooh, thank you for the heads up, because I also thought it was horror! That makes me a little sad haha. 🙁
          Twitter is just… a mess and a half. Are we mutuals on there? I remember looking for you while posting a tag forever ago and not finding you and assuming you weren’t on there. ?

          • Sionna (Books in Her Eyes) January 7, 2019 at 10:51 am

            I am on Twitter but I don’t post much 🙂 I mostly just read other people’s posts and drama haha. I’ve been thinking about changing up how I use it, but still deciding.

  • Reply Danielle @ Life of a Literary Nerd January 6, 2019 at 10:43 am

    Paper Princess was so entertaining in the most guilty pleasure way. I didn’t love Monday’s Not Coming buy it was still an impactful & emotional read.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 7, 2019 at 8:56 am

      That’s what I keep hearing about Paper Princess haha! I’m sorry you didn’t love Monday’s Not Coming, though! I think someone gave me that in a trade so I guess at least if I don’t love it, I won’t have lost any money on it!

  • Reply Keri January 6, 2019 at 10:55 am

    Oooh, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, what a throwback! Let’s see…I bought the sequel right before Borders closed, so I probably read that book, oh, at least 8 years ago. ? But sure, I’ll vote for it! Lol, all I really remember is that the zombies and apocalyptic setting depressed my preteen self when I read it. (lol sorry, that was not very encouraging, tho I’m eager to see what you think of it!)

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 7, 2019 at 8:57 am

      That’s awesome haha. I miss Borders! I used to love shopping their clearance sales. ? Hahaha no you’re good, thank you for voting!

      • Reply Keri January 7, 2019 at 11:13 am

        Yesss same, I will forever mourn Borders! ?

  • Reply Becca Leighanne (Bex) January 6, 2019 at 10:59 am

    I’m gonna vote for Monday’s Not Coming, because I also need to read that book 😉

  • Reply Madam Mim January 6, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    I’ve heard great things about Aquicorn Cave 🙂

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 7, 2019 at 9:58 am

      It sounds so cute and I loved her other book The Tea Dragon Society so much!

      • Reply Madam Mim January 7, 2019 at 10:05 am

        It does sound cute! Everyone’s been raving about it as well

  • Reply mistysbookspace January 6, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    Again I’m going to suggest a book I haven’t read yet but I really want to and that’s Monday’s Not Coming.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 7, 2019 at 9:58 am

      Thank you! It sounds really good, I don’t know why I keep putting it off!

      • Reply mistysbookspace January 7, 2019 at 10:16 am

        There are so many books and not enough time to read them all. ?

  • Reply KateMonroeSeries (@rachel_troyer93) January 6, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    Monday’s Not Coming — Tiffany D. Jackson, I’ve heard that was good! 🙂

  • Reply Alexa January 6, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    I vote for Monday’s Not Coming!

  • Reply abyssallibrarian January 6, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    Definitely voting for Monday’s Not Coming!

  • Reply CJR The Brit January 6, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    I’m so glad Legendary won!!!
    I loved Paper Princess, but it was a couple of years since I read it…..I didn’t like the other books in the series as much though…..

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 7, 2019 at 9:59 am

      I’ve heard a lot of people say they loved book 1 but not to continue with the series! ? I’m not sure if I’d continue after reading it after hearing such mixed reviews about the other books, but I tend to be the kind of person who has to see things for myself, so I guess if I like PP, I’d ultimately end up continuing.

      • Reply CJR The Brit January 7, 2019 at 12:03 pm

        PP was a great read…..May be read and see how you feel after…..but I would say don’t carry on!!!!

  • Reply Sarah January 6, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    I’d vote for The Forest of Hands and Teeth! I’ve read it twice and still intend to continue the series at some point.

  • Reply What's She Reading? January 7, 2019 at 12:51 am

    I’ll be honest, I got an ARC of Amber and Dusk and just could not get into it. I ended up DNFing, but I think I’ve seen some pretty good reviews for it since. Just wasn’t for me I guess ??‍♀️

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 7, 2019 at 10:02 am

      Oh noooo haha! I’m sorry you didn’t care for it! I honestly have a gut feeling that it’s not going to impress me much so if I do read it, it’s definitely gonna just be a library borrow.

  • Reply Kara Keenan (@keen23) January 7, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    I enjoyed Flawed, but the sequel left me meh. Thankfully, it’s only a duology, and both books are pretty short.

  • Reply Laura Beth January 7, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    Monday’s Not Coming — Tiffany D. Jackson

  • Reply Rachel @ Typed Truths January 8, 2019 at 1:20 am

    flawed was awful so i’m voting for monday’s not coming (because i really need to read it myself!)
    i’m also dying to get my hands on more katie o’neill after the wonder that was the tea dragon society

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 9, 2019 at 2:45 pm

      Oh noooo, what was awful about Flawed?
      YES to Katie O’Neill, can she please just never stop writing?!

  • Reply Kathy @ Books & Munches January 8, 2019 at 6:57 am

    HA. My vote won anyway! Go me! [I didn’t cheat – I swear. Seriously.]
    And this time I’m going with Paper Princess, simply because I remember adding it to my Goodreads once, but never.. doing something with it? Maybe if you end up raving, I’ll actually put it on my buy-list or something?

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 14, 2019 at 10:23 pm

      SUUUUUUURE YOU DIDN’T… >_> lmao I know. ♥
      Paper Princess was SO CLOSE to winning. I think it was down by 1 vote? Maybe 2? I was shocked at how many votes I got this week because normally it’s like, less than 10 total…

      • Reply Kathy @ Books & Munches January 16, 2019 at 2:36 am

        Oh BOO. Well okay then. It’ll just stay stuck in the hole of “books I might someday read but who knows when” :’)
        Strange things happen! I often find myself frustrated when a certain post suddenly gets more traffic than similar ones and I can’t figure out WHY.

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  • Reply Ellyn January 13, 2019 at 4:08 am

    Ooh, I hope you love Legendary, but if you have the time I recommend re-reading caraval first because there’s so many little details that are easy to forget! Either way, I hope you enjoy it!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 19, 2019 at 12:28 am

      Thank you!! I’ve actually been wondering if I should reread Caraval first so this is very good to know!

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