TBR Lows & Highs #22

January 13, 2019

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

MONDAY’S NOT COMING by Tiffany D. Jackson!

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. How to Hang a Witch — Adriana Mather
2. Bone Gap — Laura Ruby
3. Love & Gelato — Jenna Evans Welch
4. Beautiful Creatures — Kami Garcia
5. Crane — Stacey Rourke


Since I only added 5 things last week, I clearly made up for that this week. ?

1. You Must Not Miss — Katrina Leno (releasing april 23)
• YA contemporary
• slut-shaming, broken family, trauma(?), slight fantasy elements
2. Chasing American Monsters — Jason Offutt (owned, ARC; releasing march 8th)
• adult nonfiction
• details of 250+ US cryptid and monster accounts (banshees, black dogs, etc.)
3. PERfunctory afFECTION — Kim Harrison (owned, ARC; releasing march 31st)
• adult fantasy/thriller novella
• I honestly can’t tell what to expect from this synopsis but I hear rave reviews about Kim Harrison all the time!
4. A Place for Wolves — Kosoko Jackson (owned, ARC; releasing april 2nd)
• YA queer hist-fic
• a hist-fic about the Kosovo War featuring gay black and Portuguese boys ♥
5. A Danger to Herself and Others — Alyssa B. Sheinmel (owned, ARC; releasing february 5th)
• YA contemporary
• mental illness, institutionalization, mystery/thriller
6. The Wolf in the Whale — Jordanna Max Brodsky (owned, ARC; releasing january 29th)
• adult historical fantasy
• Inuit mythology taking place in 1000 A.D.
• rave review from Jes Reads Books
7. The Afterwards — A. F. Harrold (owned, ARC; releasing march 19th)
• children’s/MG fantasy
• a little girl finds her way into the “afterworld” after her best friend dies
8. Wishtree — Katherine Applegate
• MG fantasy
• main character is a “wishing” tree who watches over the neighborhood people
9. The Dragonet Prophecy — Tui T. Sutherland
• MG fantasy
10. Inside Out & Back Again — Thanhha Lai
• MG historical fiction/poetry (novel in verse)
• a family flees Vietnam during the Vietnam War and has to adapt to the southeastern USA
• autobiographical story based on author’s childhood
11. Your Tarot Court — Ethony Dawn (owned, ARC; releasing may 8th)
• adult nonfiction
• general tarot deck reading guide offering a contemporary spin on the traditional deck (including discussions on how gender is a social construct, hierarchy of the deck, etc.)
12. On the Hunt for the Haunted — Robin Strom (owned, ARC; releasing april 8th)
• adult nonfiction
• recollections of paranormal investigations
13. Tarot Elements — Melissa Cynova (owned, ARC; releasing march 8th)
• adult nonfiction
• guide to 5 new readings & advice for applying tarot to your life
• I loved Cynova’s Kitchen Table Tarot and really recommend her writing—super easy and fun to read and she tackles topics in a very inclusive way ♥
14. The Easiest Way to Learn the Tarot—Ever!! — Dusty White
• adult nonfiction
• recommendation from Sarah
15. The Monster of Elendhaven — Jennifer Giesbrecht (releasing ??? 2019)
• adult fantasy/horror
• dark fantasy Jack the Ripper retelling, villain MC?!?!
16. Stargazing — Jen Wang (releasing september 10th)
• MG contemporary graphic novel
• two little girls become best friends and bond over one of the girls’ visions of aliens
• from the creator of The Prince and the Dressmaker ♥♥
17. Song for a Whale — Lynne Kelly (releasing february 5th)
• MG contemporary
• a deaf girl (and technology whiz! yes to girls in STEM please!) and her deaf grandmother set out on a road trip to find Blue 55 (the loneliest whale in the world)
18 & 19. Throne of Jade & Black Powder War — Naomi Novik (owned)
• adult historical fantasy
• I already had book 1 of the Temeraire series on my TBR, and there was a kindle sale on the collection of books 1-3 where you got all 3 books for $2.99 total, so I snatched it up and added these to my TBR
20. Once Ghosted, Twice Shy — Alyssa Cole (owned)
• adult romance novella
• I could’ve SWORN this was already on my TBR months ago but whatever, LOOK AT IT ♥ In 2019, a major romance imprint is publishing a story with queer black girls on the cover and one of them is masc, this is giving me so much life ??

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


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  • Reply Kelly January 13, 2019 at 9:20 am

    One thing I love about reading your posts is how many books I end up putting on my TBR as a result ?
    I vote for either How to Hang a Witch or Love & Gelato. I’ve not read any of the books in your ‘lows’ so these could be absolutely terrible books but they’re the ones that sound the most enticing!

  • Reply Sionna (Books in Her Eyes) January 13, 2019 at 9:26 am

    The Monster of Elendhaven is one I recently added too…maybe like yesterday?? It looks so dark and exciting 😀 I can’t wait for it to be in my hands ^_^
    annnnnddd I totally just added Crane to my TBR, so I’ll vote for that one from your lows so you can tell me if I should actually read it or not hahaha.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 19, 2019 at 12:34 am

      It really does look so good! Haha and thank you! I bought Crane FOREVER ago, I’m not even sure if I paid for it or if it was free for a day or what… but for some reason I always forget I have it!

  • Reply KateMonroeSeries (@rachel_troyer93) January 13, 2019 at 10:33 am

    I suggest Love & Gelato — Jenna Evans Welch, it is so cute!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 19, 2019 at 12:34 am

      Thank you!! It sounds really cute and I’ve had it sitting there on my shelf for way too long!

  • Reply mistysbookspace January 13, 2019 at 11:47 am

    Eventually you are going to mention one that I have read lol. I vote for Love & Gelato because it is on my TBR as well.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 19, 2019 at 12:36 am

      Bahahah eventually!! Thank you for voting though, I love that you still vote! A bunch of people don’t vote if they haven’t read anything and I can respect that but I prefer it when you all vote anyways 🙂 ?

  • Reply Victoria January 13, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    I recommend Love and Gelato, it was a super cute and quick read!
    Also omg Once Ghosted, Twice Shy was SO GOOD. I read it last week, and enjoyed it so much. I read the first book in the series, but haven’t gotten to the second yet, and now I’m itching to pick it up and complete the series so far!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 19, 2019 at 12:37 am

      Thank you! Ohhh I’m so glad you loved Once Ghosted Twice Shy. I’ve gotta hurry up and start that series! I know they can probably be read separately but I’m a sucker for reading series in order haha.

  • Reply What's She Reading? January 13, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    I vote for Bone Gap! It was one of my top reads from 2018.

  • Reply the (book) supplier January 13, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    After a friend of mine sent me a picture of the cover of Once Ghosted, I decided I was going to really break from my usual reading habits and pick it up. So it on hold at the library. I also said #hairgoals because same haircut but my locs aren’t quite that long yet.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 19, 2019 at 12:39 am

      Aww that’s awesome!! I hope you like it! 🙂 And that’s also awesome about the #hairgoals haha. I showed the cover to one of my friends and we were both talking about how stunning both of the models were and it’s just such a great cover in general!

  • Reply Sarah January 13, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    I have the one I recommended to you sitting on my altar. I love the exercises it has towards the beginning! It really made it so much easier for me to get into tarot without feeling totally lost. <3

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 19, 2019 at 12:39 am

      Yaaaay, that sounds awesome! I’ve been looking for some “easier” books on tarot and gems and such lately. There are so many good books out there but there’s just SO MUCH info that it can be hard for me to keep it all straightened out sometimes.

  • Reply CJR The Brit January 13, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    I vote for Beautiful Creatures!

  • Reply Sarah J. January 13, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    I’m going to vote for Bone Gap!

  • Reply Meredith @ Pandora's Books January 14, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    How to Hang a Witch was so, so, so, so amazing!!! Highly recommend moving it up on your TBR!! And the sequel was just as good!!!

  • Reply Laura Beth January 16, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    Love and Gelato gets my vote!

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