TBR Lows & Highs #23

January 20, 2019

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

LOVE & GELATO by Jenna Evans Welch!

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. MARY: Unleashed — Hillary Monahan
2. Lullaby — Chuck Palahniuk
3. Dreamfall — Amy Plum
4. Suffer the Children — Craig DiLouie
5. Once and for All — Sarah Dessen


1. Sand Chronicles, Vol. 1 — Hinako Ashihara
• YA romance manga
• recommendation from Paloma
2. Dreamin’ Sun, Vol. 1 — Ichigo Takano
• YA romance manga
• I loved Orange so much I’m going through Ichigo Takano withdrawals??
3. Mera: Tidebreaker — Danielle Paige (owned, ARC; releasing april 2019)
• YA superhero comic about Mera (from Aquaman?? I guess? I don’t follow any DC comics besides Batman and even that barely happens)
• I’m just checking this out to decide if I want to put it on my order sheet for the YA collection in a few months ?‍♀️
4. Hope and Other Punchlines — Julie Buxbaum (releasing may 2019)
• YA contemporary
• I loved Tell Me Three Things a lot (and still need to read What to Say Next)
5. Hungry Hearts — edited by Elsie Chapman (owned, ARC; releasing june 2019)
• YA contemporary anthology
• short stories about the importance of food to various cultures—I’m so excited for this I danced around my living room when I got the ARC approval ♥ ?
6. The Smoke — Simon Ings (owned, ARC; releasing january 22nd)
• adult sci-fi/dystopian
• you just gotta read the GR synopsis, it sounds so weird but I couldn’t NOT say yes when they offered me a copy because I’m so intrigued!
7. The Collected Schizophrenias — Esme Weijun Wang (releasing february 2019)
• adult nonfiction (essays) about mental health
• a quote from the author sold me on this so fast:

Good morning.
How frightening every day is,
and how brilliant.
May we have what we need.
May we face our terrors head-on,
& never alone.
Eyes up. Let’s go.

8. Me, Myself, They — Joshua M. Ferguson (releasing may 2019)
• adult nonfiction/memoir
• an own-voice memoir on being enby!! My NB spouse and I are so excited for this ♥
9. The Tradition — Jericho Brown (releasing april 2019)
• adult nonfiction/poetry
• poetry memoir on life as a gay black man and trauma survivor
10. Dragon Unleashed — Grace Draven (releasing september 2019)
• adult fantasy
• we finally have an official synopsis and cover for the sequel to Phoenix Unbound and I could cry tears of joy forever ?
11. Something Like Gravity — Amber Smith (releasing june 2019)
• YA contemporary
• a trans boy’s love story! ♥
12. Technically, You Started It — Lana Wood Johnson (releasing june 2019)
• YA contemporary
• kids falling in love through text messages will get me every time
13. No One Here is Lonely — Sarah Everett (releasing february 2019)
• YA contemporary (sci-fi lite?)
• a girl falls in love with her dead crush’s voice recordings/AI? Idk I’m here for the weird tragic stuff
14. The Weight of Our Sky — Hanna Alkaf (releasing february 2019)
• YA hist-fic
• a Malaysian girl with OCD who believes she has a djinn inside her, sounds good to me
15. The Gutter Prayer — Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan (releasing january 22nd)
• adult dark fantasy
• someone told me there are ghouls and I just immediately added it and regret nothing

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) January 20, 2019 at 9:27 am

    Couldn’t pass up The Gutter Prayer and Technically , You Started It — just added both to my TBR. I love stories where they fall in love through letters/texts and mistaken identity might make it even better!! Thanks for making my TBR grow even more!! Hahaha.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 20, 2019 at 10:56 am

      They both sound so good! Haha I love the letters/texts romances, too. Have you ever read Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum? They fall in love through emails and I remember really liking it!

  • Reply KateMonroeSeries (@rachel_troyer93) January 20, 2019 at 10:47 am

    Thanks for the recommendations! My vote is for Once and for All — Sarah Dessen

  • Reply Meredith @ Pandora's Books January 20, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    MARY: Unleashed was kind of a disappointment for me :\ Not scary and kinda blah.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 20, 2019 at 6:15 pm

      Oh no! 🙁 I wasn’t a huge fan of the first book so I was worried the second might be ‘meh’. I only have it on my TBR because I unfortunately bought them both at the same time.

  • Reply mistysbookspace January 20, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    Oh this ones harder because I haven’t heard of any of the TBR low books but I have read a Sarah Dessen book so that’s the one I’m going to vote for this time.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 20, 2019 at 6:15 pm

      I love Sarah Dessen, so that sounds like a good reason to me! 🙂

      • Reply mistysbookspace January 20, 2019 at 6:15 pm

        I’ve only read one of her books and I loved it.

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 20, 2019 at 6:19 pm

          She was my intro to YA contemporary as a kid and I’ve always loved her! I actually feel kind of bad that I haven’t read her 2 latest releases yet because I adore her old work so much.

          • mistysbookspace January 20, 2019 at 6:24 pm

            I think I read that one book like 2 years ago maybe 3 I’m not really sure. It was The Truth About Forever.

  • Reply Aimee (Aimee, Always) January 20, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    I feel bad because I haven’t read any of these yet??? But now you have me curious about Dreamin’ Sun. I need my manga fix. D:

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 21, 2019 at 1:22 am

      You shouldn’t feel bad! There are too many books and there’s too little time to read them all! ?

  • Reply Laura Beth January 21, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    I want to read so many of these! Especially Technically, You Started It. I’m super intrigued!
    My vote is for Once and for All — Sarah Dessen

  • Reply CJR The Brit January 22, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    I totally vote for Lullaby based only on the cover!

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