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TBR Lows & Highs #26

February 10, 2019

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

EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU by Nina LaCour!

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.

Rules:

  • 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”)


thelows

(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!)

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1. Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge — Paul Krueger
2. The Deep — Nick Cutter
3. The Hundredth Queen — Emily R. King
4. Atheists Who Kneel and Pray — Tarryn Fisher
5. A Great and Terrible Beauty — Libba Bray


thehighs

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1. Witchcraft and Monsters — Kala Godin
• YA poetry collection
• added thanks to Kathy’s review!
2. The Girl Who Hid in the Trees — Steve Stred (february 2019)
• adult horror novella
• urban legends!
• added thanks to Becca’s review!
3. The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried — Shaun David Hutchison (february 2019)
• YA contemporary/paranormal
• I’ve never read anything by SDH and this feels like a good place to start!
4. Drive Me Wild — Julie Kriss
• new adult romance
• another rec from Kathy!
5. All the Bad Apples — Moira Fowley-Doyle (august 2019)
• YA mystery
• I really love Moira’s brand of weird, semi-fantasy mysteries
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6. The Princess and the Fangirl — Ashley Poston (owned, ARC; april 2019)
• YA contemporary
• I don’t remember requesting this (I don’t think I did, anyways?), but it showed up in my mailbox this past week and, even though I haven’t read Geekerella, I was super excited because, uhhh, queer geeky girls?!!?
7. Kill For Satan! — Bryan Smith (kindle unlimited)
• adult horror novella
• Satanic cults and Halloween, how can I say no
8. Blue Demon — David Bernstein (kindle unlimited)
• adult horror novella
• more cults!
9. Ghosts of the Shadow Market — Cassandra Clare (june 2019)
• YA fantasy
• no, I do not feel the need to catch up on the Shadowhunters books before adding this to my TBR and pre-ordering it, why would you even think that
10. The Quiet You Carry — Nikki Barthelmess (march 2019)
• YA contemporary
• abuse(?), foster homes, tough themes
Bex never stops adding to my TBR and I’m not even mad about it ?‍♀️
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11. Stay Up With Hugo Best — Erin Somers (april 2019)
• adult contemporary
• recommended by members of the EarlyWord galley chat on twitter as an “exploration of the #MeToo movement in modern times”
12. The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls — Anissa Gray (february 2019)
• adult literary fiction
• you just gotta check out the reviews on GR, because the synopsis doesn’t sound that special, but the reviews I’ve seen have been PHENOMENAL
13. While You Sleep — Stephanie Merritt
• adult thriller
• I’m told this is gothic, creepy, and atmospheric AF
14. A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World — C. A. Fletcher (owned, ARC; april 2019)
• adult dystopian
• this was an unrequested ARC that Orbit sent me and I’m so appreciative but also super nervous because… books about dogs?!?! ? But it sounds so good so I’m pumped.
15. Things You Save in a Fire — Katherine Center (owned, ARC; august 2019)
• adult romance
• sometimes you meet a publicist who could probably sell you on trying absolutely anything and the publicist who reached out to offer me this ARC? yep, she fits the bill, because I’d never heard of this and by the end of her email I was (am) SO EXCITED
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16. Maybe This Time — Kasie West (july 2019)
• YA contemporary
• I’ve embraced the Kasie West love ♥
17. Criminal Intentions: The Cardigans — Cole McCade (kindle unlimited)
• adult m/m romance
• I reread Over and Over Again a few days ago and decided it’s past time for me to check out more of that author’s work, so I’m starting this series~
18. Pumpkinheads — Rainbow Rowell (owned, ARC; august 2019)
• YA contemporary graphic novel
• fall, pumpkin patches, friends, cuteness
19. The Infinity Courts — Akemi Dawn Bowman (??? 2021)
• YA sci-fi
• “Warcross meets Black Mirror” YES PLEASE
• I want to read everything Akemi ever writes
20. The Bone Houses — Emily Lloyd-Jones (september 2019)
• YA historical fantasy/horror
• “Buffy meets Sky in the Deep”
• the MC is a gravedigger?!?! and there are ZOMBIES?!?! *swoons*


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

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  • Reply ✩ Ashley ✩ February 10, 2019 at 10:26 am

    My vote is for A Great and Terrible Beauty!! I have it on my kindle but you know… it’s been buried somewhere in there for ages?! ? I received an ARC of The Princess and the Fangirl too! Geekerella wasn’t my favorite but I liked it well enough and I hope the sequel will be awesome ????

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 18, 2019 at 2:12 am

      Thank you for voting! Sorry for the late reply — I counted your vote when tallying them up, but I didn’t get the chance to reply at the time. ♥ and I hope you like The Princess and the Fangirl!!

      • Reply ✩ Ashley ✩ February 18, 2019 at 9:46 am

        Hehe that’s okay!! I saw it got the most votes and anti-votes ? which always makes me more curious about it! We’ll see when I get to it on my backlog!?!

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 18, 2019 at 8:39 pm

          It did! ? It literally got almost as many anti-votes as it got votes, and yet it STILL won – how weird is that?!

  • Reply Mandy R February 10, 2019 at 11:45 am

    I haven’t read any of your lows, but Athiests Who Kneel and Pray makes me go hmmmmm?

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 18, 2019 at 2:07 am

      Thank you for voting! Sorry for the late reply — I counted your vote when tallying them up, but I didn’t get the chance to reply at the time. ♥

  • Reply acquadimore February 10, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    I vote for Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge! I read it a while ago so I don’t remember much about it, but I really liked it at the time – it was a fun, fast-paced read.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 18, 2019 at 2:12 am

      Thank you for voting! Sorry for the late reply — I counted your vote when tallying them up, but I didn’t get the chance to reply at the time. ♥

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  • Reply Keri February 10, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    I vote for A Great and Terrible Beauty! Omg, what a throwback. Middle-school-me loved that series!
    Also wow, The Boy and his Dog at the End of the World does look like a crier! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it and The Princess & the Fangirl!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 18, 2019 at 2:12 am

      Thank you for voting! Sorry for the late reply — I counted your vote when tallying them up, but I didn’t get the chance to reply at the time. ♥

  • Reply emmareadstoomuch February 10, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    me to me: emma, stop reading kasie west, it rarely goes well
    also me: that cover……..any YA contemporary………read read read must read

  • Reply Ola February 10, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    The only book I know from your lows list is  A Great and Terrible Beauty and I wouldn’t vote for it to bump it up on your list. Stick to your heighs and read them first 🙂

  • Reply mistysbookspace February 10, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    I don’t have a vote for this week unfortunately because I haven’t heard of any of these books.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 18, 2019 at 2:10 am

      Oh no! If you ever wanna vote just based on the covers or something you can, too, I won’t mind 🙂 it’s just fun to see your comments either way! I’ve been debating on starting to add the little mini-synopsis to the “lows” like I do with the “highs” and your comment made me think maybe I should go ahead and do that?

      • Reply mistysbookspace February 18, 2019 at 9:01 am

        Your most recent TBR Lows & Highs post I ended up voting for a book based on its cover.

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 18, 2019 at 8:39 pm

          Haha I couldn’t remember who it was I had commented to last night saying they could vote based on covers, it must have been you!! ? I’m sorry for saying the same thing twice at you!

  • Reply Malka @ Paper Procrastinators February 10, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    I haven’t read any of the books that are in the lows, so I’m skipping out on voting this week, but I’m also RIDICULOUSLY excited for Pumpkinheads to come out! I’ve gone too long without a new Rainbow Rowell book!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 18, 2019 at 2:10 am

      Pumpkinheads looks so cute! 🙂 And just so you know, if you ever want to vote and haven’t read anything, you can totally just vote for whatever sounds coolest to you! <3 You don't have to of course!

  • Reply Chana @ Paper Procrastinators February 10, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    Yes! The Princess and the Fangirl was so cute! I don’t think you need to read Geekerella to understand what’s going on, but I’d definitely recommend it.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 18, 2019 at 2:08 am

      Thank you! I’m glad to hear I don’t have to read Geekerella first since I’m not sure I’ll get the chance to, but I’m hoping I’ll like Princess enough to be motivated to read Geekerella ASAP!

  • Reply rachel @ typed truths February 11, 2019 at 1:26 am

    i’m voting last call at the nightshade lounge because it sounds really interesting and i want to know what you think! i’m anti-voting (totally a thing ?) a great and terrible beauty because it uses sexuality as a plot twist and no one seems to talk about it??

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 18, 2019 at 2:08 am

      Bahahah I love the “anti vote”, but OH NO about the sexuality as a plot twist! 🙁 That’s such a shame!!

  • Reply Ally Writes Things February 11, 2019 at 8:42 am

    I read A Great and Terrible Beauty ages ago and remember enjoying it. I think it might be one of those books that was fine when it was published but has issues now. But I’d still recommend it!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 18, 2019 at 2:07 am

      Thank you for voting! Sorry for the late reply — I counted your vote when tallying them up, but I didn’t get the chance to reply at the time. ♥

  • Reply Laura Beth February 11, 2019 at 11:52 am

    A Great and Terrible Beauty! I stumbled upon it at the library years ago, and loved it.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 18, 2019 at 2:07 am

      Thank you for voting! Sorry for the late reply — I counted your vote when tallying them up, but I didn’t get the chance to reply at the time. ♥

  • Reply KateMonroeSeries (@rachel_troyer93) February 11, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    A Great and Terrible Beauty — Libba Bray! I loved that series.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 18, 2019 at 2:07 am

      Thank you for voting! Sorry for the late reply — I counted your vote when tallying them up, but I didn’t get the chance to reply at the time. ♥

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