TBR Lows & Highs #28

February 24, 2019

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

THE STORM RUNNER by J. C. Cervantes!

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. Little Fires Everywhere — Celeste Ng
I guess this is an adult literary fiction about… motherhood? Family drama? I’m not really sure. It doesn’t sound very interesting but I’ve heard so many people rave about it!
2. Ugly Love — Colleen Hoover
A new adult romance about abuse, I think? It sounds very interesting, but I have so many CoHo books on my TBR that it ended up in the “lows”.
3. Seraphina — Rachel Hartman
YA fantasy about dragons! I hear some “meh” things about this series but I bought the first book ages ago.
4. The Sun and Her Flowers — Rupi Kaur
nonfiction poetry collection. I liked Rupi’s first collection a lot, but keep putting this one off.
5. Before She Ignites — Jodi Meadows
Another YA fantasy including dragons… I think? Also heard mixed reviews here.


1. All the Things We Do in the Dark — Saundra Mitchell (october 2019)
• A YA horror/thriller featuring queer girls, and that’s really all I needed to know.
2. A Constellation of Roses — Miranda Asebedo (november 2019)
• A YA fantasy/magical realism story with… witches? Maybe?? It’s a companion to her debut The Deepest Roots (which I have not read).
3. Crown of Oblivion — Julie Eshbaugh (november 2019)
YA fantasy involving an MC who is a princess’ surrogate (this is a trope I’m really fond of, I’ve learned) and there are trials/competitions (which I am always trash for). Also, Rin confirmed that there is lesbian & bi rep, PTSD rep, disability rep, and Asian rep.
4. The Never Tilting World — Rin Chupeco (october 2019)
• YA fantasyFrozen meets Mad Max, goddesses, all the good things in life.
5. Beware the Night — Jessika Fleck (march 2019)
YA fantasy where the world is divided between the Sun (a not-so-benevolent ruler who requires human sacrifices) and the Night (a dangerous group who abducts people).
6. Clueless: Senior Year — Amber Benson & Sarah Kuhn
• I mean, it’s a YA graphic novel based on Clueless. I gotta give it snaps!
7. Level Up — Cathy Yardley
• A new adult romance about geeks. YES.
8. I Love You So Mochi — Sarah Kuhn (may 2019)
• A YA contemporary about a Japanese girl with a love for fashion design visiting her estranged grandparents in Kyoto. Also, how cute is that title?!
9. Let’s Get Textual — Teagan Hunter (kindle unlimited)
• A new adult rom-com where people fall in love via text message, which is SUPER my brand when it comes to NA romance tbh.
10. Kingdom of Exiles — Maxym Martineau (june 2019)
• An adult paranormal fantasy/romance marketed as ‘Fantastic Beasts meets Assassin’s Creed‘.
11. Girls with Sharp Sticks — Suzanne Young (ARC; march 2019)
YA contemporary/thriller that’s being hyped as a contemporary YA Handmaid’s Tale with awesome girl-on-girl friendships. Yes.
12. Dealing in Dreams — Lilliam Rivera (ARC; march 2019)
YA dystopia about a 16-year-old all-girl gang leader.
13. Black Butler, Vol. 1 — Yana Toboso
YA historical fantasy manga about an Earl who sells his soul to a demon, and said demon starts working as his butler? I feel suuuuper late to the party on this one.
14. Anyone But You — Chelsea M. Cameron (march 2019)
New adult enemies-to-lovers romance between a yoga studio owner and her new landlord, a gym owner.
15. The Wall of Winnipeg and Me — Mariana Zapata (kindle unlimited)
New adult sports romance (enemies-to-lovers? second chance? something). I couldn’t decide what Zapata title to read next and this was Sam‘s rec.
16. Kristy’s Great Idea — Raina Telgemeier & Ann M. Martin
Middle grade graphic novel about… did you see that cover? This title? Yeah. It’s a motherloving BABYSITTER’S CLUB adaptation. How did I not know this existed?!
17. Hex Life: Wicked New Tales of Witchery — anthology (october 2019)
• An adult paranormal anthology about FEMINIST WITCHES. Wow. I’m so here for this it physically pains me.
18. Jack of Hearts — Lev A.C. Rosen
YA/NA contemporary about a super sex-positive gay teen. Ashleigh’s review completely sold me on this one.
19. Dream Daddy — Leighton Gray & Vernon Shaw (ARC; may 2019)
• An adult graphic novel based on the video game Dream Daddy (which I own on Steam because I adore all things Game Grumps, so I’m going to play that before reading this).
20. Bloom — Kevin Panetta
• YA contemporary graphic novel about baking and super sweet gay boys falling in love. ♥

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


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  • Reply Kelly February 24, 2019 at 9:12 am

    I’ve been hearing a lot of people rave about Little Fires Everywhere as well and have been tempted to read it based on the reviews but the content isn’t one that’s drawing me in… Seraphina sounds interesting, though! Dragons? YES! I’ve not heard much about it but what I have heard has made it sound pretty good – it’s been given 4-stars by a few I’ve seen, so I think I’ll vote for Seraphina! I love reading these posts by you – I always find some great recs!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 24, 2019 at 6:02 pm

      Thank you, lovely! Hard same on Little Fires Everywhere, the hype makes me want to check it out but the synopsis, eh, not so much. ?

  • Reply BrigidDowney February 24, 2019 at 11:14 am

    I’m SO excited for Girls with Sharp Sticks! Also Black Butler is great! Have you watched the anime?

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 24, 2019 at 6:03 pm

      I haven’t, actually! My younger cousin used to be obsessed with it so I learned a little about the anime series from her years ago but I never checked it out and she and I haven’t hung out in a while so I kind of forgot about it!

      • Reply BrigidDowney February 24, 2019 at 8:45 pm

        It’s so good! You should check it out. Past the first season it doesn’t follow the manga at all, but those are honestly some of my favorite seasons.

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 26, 2019 at 12:02 am

          Awesome, I definitely will! We have a Funimation sub and I feel like I’ve seen it on there. 🙂 Thank you!

  • Reply RachelTroyer93 (@rachel_troyer93) February 24, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    My vote is for Before She Ignites — Jodi Meadows! 😀

  • Reply Malka @ Paper Procrastinators February 24, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    I’m having something similar with Little Fires Everywhere. I bought it a few months back, but haven’t been motivated to pick it up. Since I’ve heard great things I really do want to give it a chance though, so if you’d like to buddy read it, I’d be up for that!
    But since I’ve read and enjoyed Ugly Love, I’m going to give it my vote, only because I can’t vouch for Little Fires Everywhere.
    I also read Bloom this month and adored it! Hope you enjoy it!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 24, 2019 at 6:10 pm

      Thank you, Malka! Maybe we can finally motivate each other!! I don’t own a copy but I’m pretty sure we have one at work that is usually available for me to borrow. 🙂
      And thanks for voting! I’m also glad to hear you adored Bloom, I look forward to that one!

  • Reply CJR The Brit February 24, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    I vote for CoHo! I follow her on FB and she is so funny and just seems so lovely!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 24, 2019 at 6:12 pm

      Thank you! Aww she does seem so lovely. I just finished It Ends With Us by her and her author’s note at the end made me cry. She just seems so genuine and like she really cares so much about people that it makes it hard for me to understand why so many people I know dislike her! But I guess to each their own. 🙂 I’ll have to go follow her on FB too.

      • Reply CJR The Brit February 25, 2019 at 2:21 am

        Her and Tarryn Fishers friendship have me cracking up alllll over the place!!

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 26, 2019 at 12:03 am

          They are so funny together! I’ve only read one TF book so far, but it was so good and I really want to read more from her, too. They’re both just so good at hurting your heart while making you happy at the same time lol!

          • CJR The Brit February 26, 2019 at 2:17 am

            I’ve not read TF but I really need to!!

  • Reply abyssallibrarian February 24, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    I vote for Little Fires Everywhere. I read it last year, and I really enjoyed it.

  • Reply Sam || Fictionally Sam February 24, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    OMG I AM SO HAPPY WALL OF WINNIPEG AND LETS GET TEXTUAL ARE HIGHS! Honestly those two are both my favorite indie authors and their stories keep me smitten like a kitten. 10/10 would recommend them. UGH YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE LETS GET TEXTUAL!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 24, 2019 at 6:20 pm

      They’re both thanks to your recs, lovely!! ♥♥ Ahaha I might start Let’s Get Textual tonight, I feel like I could use a cute romance pick-me-up!

  • Reply Victoria February 24, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Colleen Hoover is a hit or miss author for me. I love Confess and It Ends With Us, but I’m not a big fan of Ugly Love. Hopefully you enjoy it more than I did! Omg, I read Bloom and it’s super cute! Also, the Clueless graphic novel looks amazing and I definitely need to check it out!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 26, 2019 at 12:01 am

      Oh no haha! Confess and IEWU are the only CoHo books I’ve read so far, so hopefully they won’t be the only ones I enjoy. 🙂 I’m so glad to hear you loved Bloom, it looks precious! ♥

  • Reply mistysbookspace February 24, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    I’m going to vote for Colleen Hoover!

  • Reply wildheartreads February 25, 2019 at 5:42 am

    I hope you enjoy Jack of Hearts! Blooms looks so cute!

  • Reply MetalPhantasmReads February 25, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    I vote for before she ignites! I hear the anxiety rep is great and there’s lots of cool dragons 😀

  • Reply Sarah February 27, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    I vote for Rupi Kaur because I still have her second on my TBR as well!

  • Reply Elise @thebookishactress February 27, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    Little Fires Everywhere is so excellent – it’s a meditation on class and race and motherhood in suburbia, and it’s so subtly heartwrenching, I feel like you’d like it!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries March 4, 2019 at 2:27 am

      Oooooh, why has nobody ever described it like this to me before?! Thank you! I’m sold now. ♥

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    Level Up and Let’s Get Textual sound so good! I am DYING at some of the reviews over on GR. ?

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