TBR Lows & Highs #24

January 27, 2019

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

ONCE AND FOR ALL by Sarah Dessen!

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. Ice Wolves — Amie Kaufman
2. Cruel Beauty — Rosamund Hodge
3. When the Moon Was Ours — Anna-Marie McLemore
4. Six Stories — Matt Wesolowski
5. Let’s Talk About Love — Claire Kann


1. Angel Mage — Garth Nix (october 2019)
• adult fantasy
• angels & beasties ?
2. The Left-Handed Booksellers of London — Garth Nix (??? 2020)
• adult fantasy
• gimme all the books about booksellers and librarians ♥
3. Elantris — Brandon Sanderson
• adult fantasy
• I finally decided to dive into the Cosmere world! I have The Final Empire‘s audiobook on hold but also have this coming in from a local library branch, so I think I’ll read this before the other one.
4. When We Were Magic — Sarah Gailey (??? 2020)
• YA fantasy
• I love Sarah so much and I just about died when I heard they were writing a witchy YA dark fantasy!
5. The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane — Julia Nobel (owned, ARC; march 2019)
• MG mystery
• apparently getting sucked into gothic MG fantasies is A Thing™ for me now
6. Internment — Samira Ahmed (owned, ARC; march 2019)
• YA contemporary/dystopian
• a near-future dystopian about Muslims being forced into internment camps? sounds horrifying but also like I can’t miss it (thank you for the ARC, Kayla!)
7. Tell Me How You Really Feel — Aminah Mae Safi (owned, ARC; june 2019)
• YA contemporary
• a QPOC f/f rom-com. please and thank you.
8. I Wanna Be Where You Are — Kristina Forest (owned, ARC; june 2019)
• YA contemporary
• I’m so in the mood for a fluffy road trip story (all the time)
9. Lalani of the Distant Sea — Erin Entrada Kelly (may 2019)
• MG fantasy
• it’s an Filipino folklore retelling and it sounds SO LOVELY ♥♥
10. This Time Will Be Different — Misa Sugiura (june 2019)
• YA contemporary
• a girl fighting her mother’s high expectations because she just wants to be a florist—I’m always here for soft girls fighting for their dreams ♥
11. Go Ask Alice — Anonymous
• YA contemporary (from the 70s)
• I randomly found this in the back room at work and realized I’d never read it, so I brought it home to give it a whirl!
12. The Unhoneymooners — Christina Lauren (may 2019)
• adult romance
• more awkwardly-formed-but-incessantly-adorable-and-mildly-angsty romances from Christina Lauren, please
13. The Secret Loves of Geek Girls — Hope Nicholson
• nonfiction graphic novel
• a collection of tidbits and comics about famous female creators and NOBODY told me this existed?!
14. Front Desk — Kelly Yang
• MG contemporary
• a family of immigrants uses the motel they work in to hide other immigrants
• can anyone really look at this cover and NOT immediately want to read it? LOOK AT HER ADORABLE SMUG LITTLE FACE
15. untitled — Emily X.R. Pan (???)
• ???
• no cover, title, synopsis, release date… nada. yet I felt the need to add it. ?‍♀️

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


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  • Reply Ben Ace January 27, 2019 at 9:31 am

    You should add When the Moon Was Ours to your top tbr! It’s such a beautiful book

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 28, 2019 at 12:32 pm

      Thank you! Anna-Marie McLemore is brilliant so I don’t know why I haven’t gotten around to it yet!

  • Reply Kee the Reader January 27, 2019 at 10:19 am

    I’d say move up Cruel Beauty and Let’s Talk About Love. For Cruel Beauty, it’s actually the reason why I started buying physical books because I just loved it so much I just needed to hold it in my hand and it’s also the reason I started blogging.
    For Let’s Talk About Love, It’s just so fluffy and it talks about being asexual.. It just means a lot to me as a black, bisexual who is also asexual..

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 28, 2019 at 12:32 pm

      Thank you for voting! <3 That's exciting, that Cruel Beauty meant enough to you to make you buy it physically and start blogging, and I also love that LTAL meant so much to you personally. ♥♥

  • Reply Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense January 27, 2019 at 11:08 am

    When the Moon Was Ours needs to go at the top of your TBR. The writing, the story, the characters, it’s all incredible. It’s my favorite Anna-Marie McLemore novel and I can see myself reaching for it over and over for years to come.

  • Reply KateMonroeSeries (@rachel_troyer93) January 27, 2019 at 11:23 am

    I suggest Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge! 😀 I also just read the ARC for The Unhoneymooners — Christina Lauren and it was so good!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 28, 2019 at 12:34 pm

      Thank you! Oh, yay on Unhoneymooners, I just got my ARC approval for that one this morning! 😀

  • Reply mistysbookspace January 27, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Finally one I have read. My toe is for Cruel Beauty. I read this a while ago. The first few chapters are a little hard to get through but if you can get through them the rest of it is worth it in my opinion.

  • Reply CJR The Brit January 27, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Ice Wolves for the win… I haven’t read but love the cover…and I love wolves!!!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 28, 2019 at 12:34 pm

      The cover is really great! It’ll be my first time reading one of Amie’s solo works :0

      • Reply CJR The Brit January 28, 2019 at 3:35 pm

        I’ve never read her….i need to remedy that!

  • Reply ✩ Ashley ✩ January 27, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    When the Moon was Ours!! (And Ice Wolves if I can make two votes ?)

  • Reply Sofia @ BookishWanderess January 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    When the Moon was Ours is fantastic! It’s my favorite Anna-Marie McLemore book, the writing and the characters are lovely. I hope you enjoy it if you end up reading it soon! ?

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 28, 2019 at 12:35 pm

      Awww, excellent! 😀 It’s winning by a long shot so far so it looks like it’ll be on one of my TBRs in the near future!

  • Reply Sarah January 27, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    I vote for Six Stories! I haven’t read it yet but plan to sometime this year.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 28, 2019 at 12:35 pm

      Thank youuuu~ Funny enough, when I bought that one, I planned on reading it literally THE next day, and then… whomp

      • Reply Sarah January 28, 2019 at 8:37 pm

        Isn’t that always how it goes somehow?

  • Reply acquadimore January 27, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    I vote for When the Moon Was Ours! Of all the books I’ve read by McLemore, this the one I liked the most – there’s something about the way it talked about self-acceptance that made it a favorite for me. And Cruel Beauty was an interesting read, but it ended up being too messy for me to really like it.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 28, 2019 at 12:36 pm

      Thank you! Aw, that’s awesome about WtMWO, I’m so glad you loved it so much. I’m really looking forward to it ♥

  • Reply Elise @thebookishactress January 27, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    move up When the Moon Was Ours!!

  • Reply bookedunicorn January 27, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    I vote Lets talk about love, its so fluffy i think you’ll love it. Also its a bi-ace rep ,and that cover just made me fall in love with the Mc. UP Up it goes

  • Reply Ari @ Books. Libraries. Also, cats. January 27, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    Ahhh so many good ones! The Secret Loves of Geek Girls sounds amazing, totally adding to my tbr! I’m voting for Let’s Talk About Love because that one is super fluffy, adorable, & intersectionally diverse (and the main character works in a public library!).

  • Reply Rachel @ Typed Truths January 28, 2019 at 6:15 am

    we are being BLESSED by the cover gods this year!! look at all these beautiful illustrated girls of colour, front and centre. i could weep! i need them all asap
    i’ve read ice wolves – cutesy but kinda tropey?? very hp feeling – and let’s talk about love, which has fantastic ace/birom rep but was kind of ?? overall. so i think i’m going to vote for when the moon was ours because i know how much you loved blanca & roja!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 28, 2019 at 12:41 pm

      I KNOW!! I was literally just rambling to my spouse about this last night hahah! It’s amazing ♥ all the beautiful POC on covers please!
      Oooooh, thank you! I honestly have been super curious about Ice Wolves so this is good to know. And LTAL sounds fluffy and presh but let’s be honest, you’re right, I love Anna-Marie McLemore too much not to move up WtMWO ???

  • Reply Sionna (Books in Her Eyes) January 28, 2019 at 7:48 am

    Oh man, I vote for Let’s Talk About Love. It was such a sweet book.

  • Reply Mandy R January 28, 2019 at 8:58 am

    I liked Cruel Beauty. It’s a little out there, but I enjoyed it and I love the cover.

  • Reply MetalPhantasmReads January 28, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    I vote for Ice Wolves lol. That’s the only one that I have any interest in :p but I do hope that you enjoy Elantris!

  • Reply Sassy Sarah Reads January 28, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    Cruel Beauty was a lot of fun and the atmosphere was dark and alluring. I enjoyed the audiobook also!

  • Reply T10T: Most Recent Library Loans – howling libraries January 29, 2019 at 12:01 am

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  • Reply Laura Beth January 30, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    Six Stories gets my vote!
    I’ve read Go Ask Alice. Incredible book.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 31, 2019 at 8:24 pm

      Thank you for voting! And I’m so glad you liked Go Ask Alice, I’m looking forward to it!

  • Reply Ellyn January 30, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Ngl, Ice Wolves is pretty mediocre and predictable (for a middle grade) but I’ve heard nothing but good things about Let’s Talk About Love! My library is ordering this atm, so I’m really hoping to read this sometime this year!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 31, 2019 at 8:36 pm

      Oh noooo! I was worried about that with Ice Wolves. :/ Like I was honestly relieved when the publisher removed it from Edelweiss altogether, because now there’s nowhere for me to submit a review. ?

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