TBR Lows & Highs #3

August 23, 2018

(If you like this idea and would like to do it yourself, please feel free! I would appreciate it if you linked back to my blog so I can see your spin on the series!)


  • 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”)
  • Post those 5 books in the list, with a brief explanation of why you removed it
  • 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”)

Before we jump into my list, here are the posts from other bloggers over the last week:

Make sure you go give them some love, and feel free to join in with us on this meme!


1. The Walking — Bentley Little
Bentley Little’s writing is hit and miss for me, so I’ve gotten a little more picky about which of his works I keep on my TBR, and this synopsis about people randomly… walking… just doesn’t sound interesting to me.
2. The Supernatural Enhancements — Edgar Cantero
I bought this years ago just for the cover, but in the 4-ish years I’ve owned it, I have never once been tempted to actually read it, and that’s probably pretty telling, right?
3. Teeth — Hannah Moskowitz
I added this just because so many of my Twitter mutuals are obsessed with this author, but I’m just not interested in any of her books and it’s time that I accept that.
4. Obsidian — Jennifer L. Armentrout
I was interested in this to begin with because it’s a paranormal fantasy, but with aliens, and that’s not something you see often! Unfortunately, though, I am extremely confident that the window for me enjoying this series passed a few years ago.
5. Saga, Vol. 6 — Brian K. Vaughan
Oh god, you’re all going to hate me… sigh. The first 5 volumes were hit and miss for me. I loved some, and was bored out of my mind with others. The bottom line, though, is that it’s been almost a year since I read volume 5, and I have no motivation to read further.


1. Phoenix Unbound — Grace Draven (ARC)
I hadn’t heard of this series until a Berkley publicist offered to send me a copy earlier this month, but as soon as I read the synopsis, I was so down for it. In this society, each village must send a woman to be a human sacrifice once a year, so this witch has taken on the burden of being the sacrifice, year after year, to save other women. It’s such a unique idea for a story, and I think it’s going to be a big hit, because there’s already some pretty well-loved fanart floating around (pictured on the side here, credit to @MelieScribbles on twitter!).
2. Pestilence — Laura Thalassa (purchased)
Hi, my name is Destiny, and my aesthetic is lusting after Laura Thalassa’s books constantly, while never actually getting around to reading them. Anyways, this is a New Adult urban fantasy (I think?) series where the love interests are The Four Horsemen? I mean, why have I never seen this done before? Sign me up, please and thank you, for everything apocalyptic.
3. Priest of Bones — Peter McLean (ARC)
This is being marketed as Peaky Blinders, but with swords, and what you need to know about that is that, despite having never seen Peaky Blinders, I know myself well enough to know I will love it whenever I eventually get around to watching it, and also that this is absolutely the sort of weird grimdark shit I need in my life.
4. The Doll Collection — Ellen Datlow (purchased)
If there are three things in life I will never get tired of, they are: 1) horror anthologies, 2) creepy dolls, and 3) anything with Seanan Maguire’s name and/or face on it. (By the way, if you want to grab a copy of this for your spooky fall TBR, I got it from BookOutlet for just a few dollars last week!)
5. We Sold Our Souls — Grady Hendrix (ARC)
I owned two of Grady Hendrix’s books already and hadn’t read either of them, but do you think that stopped me from requesting an ARC of this? HA. No. Horror stories + heavy metal bands + a Satanic rehab center = cha-ching. It’s so ridiculous, it just might work.

What did you think of this week’s removals and additions? Will you be adding any of these to your TBR?


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  • Reply Kelly Brigid August 23, 2018 at 11:14 am

    Lovely post, Destiny! I’ve had Phoenix Unbound on my tbr too. The premise sounds so interesting! ❤️

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 24, 2018 at 2:47 pm

      Thank you so much, lovely! It really does sound so interesting – I was honestly sold on it the second I read the synopsis!

  • Reply madisonsinkwell August 23, 2018 at 11:43 am

    Really great idea for a post! I need to put more effort into adding books on goodreads, then I’ll give this a go! ?

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 24, 2018 at 2:48 pm

      Thank you! I hope you will, it’s really fun! 😀 I get such a kick out of showing off my new TBR additions, especially because, since I’ve just added them, I know they always fit my “mood” of my reading tastes at that time!

  • Reply booksandblends August 23, 2018 at 11:50 am

    nooo!!! Don’t count Obsidian out! It was one of my favorites!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 24, 2018 at 2:49 pm

      Awww, I’m sorry love! I might give it a go some time if I am really in the mood for a throwback PNR read, it just isn’t really striking me right now 🙁

      • Reply booksandblends August 24, 2018 at 6:16 pm

        I can understand. If you ever want somebody to read it with you, I volunteer!

  • Reply Malka @ Paper Procrastinators August 23, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    I just added Phoenix Unbound to my TBR! Honestly, I think that fan art is amazing and want to read the book to see what inspired such beauty!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 24, 2018 at 2:49 pm

      Yaaaay, success! 😀 Yeah, if I hadn’t already had it on my TBR, that fanart would have made me add it, too!

  • Reply Kaleena @ Reader Voracious August 23, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    I found the Four Horseman a little problematic but a lot of people really enjoyed it (I don’t often read romance but was swooned by the premise of this).
    I have an ARC of Priest of Bones – let me know if you wanna buddy read it! xoxo

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 24, 2018 at 2:50 pm

      Oh no! I hope I’ll enjoy it despite that – I’ve heard a lot of people say that author’s writing in general tends to be a little sketchy at times but overall enjoyable.
      I would love to buddy read Priest of Bones with you! I’ve promised the publicist I’ll have a review up on October 1st, so any time in September would work for me.

      • Reply Kaleena @ Reader Voracious August 24, 2018 at 3:32 pm

        Honestly I kind of liked it even though I have some issues with it, which I don’t know what that says about me but whatever. Haha. I hope you enjoy it!
        YAY YES! I will DM you to schedule the Priest of Bones buddy read!

  • Reply Alexa August 23, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    The… Four Horsemen?! That sounds like it’s gonna be either super epic or super cringy, but I can’t say I’m not intrigued.
    Honestly, based on this I think we have a pretty different taste 😀 These all sound awesome, but not really for me. Still, I hope you’ll enjoy them!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 24, 2018 at 2:51 pm

      Haha, same! And it was only $1 on the kindle store so I figured, if I hate it, at least I won’t lose much!
      Totally understandable! I find that my tastes are very widely varied, but lately I’m definitely in a paranormal and horror mood, so I haven’t been adding much from any other genres. Maybe we will luck up and you’ll see something that calls to you a bit more in future weeks, once I get out of this weird craving! 🙂

  • Reply Ellyn August 24, 2018 at 8:02 am

    I own the whole Lux series (one of my major buying sprees when I first realised I was into YA) and I’ve only read books 1 & 2 but I really think the window for me enjoying the series has passed too. I still have hope though (I’m pretty sure it’s more like wishful thinking but whatever).

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 24, 2018 at 2:53 pm

      Oh nooo! I hate when that happens. It makes me nervous to start a series that I own every book for, because I know how much I’m gonna kick myself if I don’t like it. Thankfully, I’ve had good luck so far with it! I almost bought that whole series last January, funny enough, but for some reason I never got around to it. I’m sorry you didn’t love it, though!

  • Reply Nicole Evans August 28, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    I hadn’t heard of Phoenix Unbound until this post, but now it is definitely on my Goodreads list! It sounds so intriguing and that fanart! *heart eyes* Thank you for putting it on my radar and for creating such a cool meme! I may have to join up, one day. 😀

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 31, 2018 at 10:08 am

      Awesome! ☺️ You’re welcome, and please do! And yeah, isn’t that fan art just everything ??

      • Reply Nicole Evans September 2, 2018 at 11:03 am

        YES, I can’t get enough of it!

  • Reply Jen August 28, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    Oh this is a really fun idea, I love it! Obsidian is one of my favorite series ever, but I get that paranormal and going to backlist books isn’t for everyone.
    I added Pestilence to my tbr a few months ago, it sounds like an amazing books, here’s hoping we both love it when we pick it up!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 31, 2018 at 10:10 am

      Thank you! I hope we both love Pestilence, too! ? and maybe I will end up giving Obsidian a try someday when I’m focusing on a lot of backlist releases!

  • Reply Ari August 29, 2018 at 2:01 am

    I’d love to join in on this meme! Is it okay if I do a slight variation? I don’t have a lot I want to remove from my TBR so I was thinking for the lows, I could just highlight older stuff on my TBR that I’ve forgotten about but still want to read.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 29, 2018 at 5:35 pm

      Yes, absolutely! I actually LOVE that idea! 😀 I might have to steal it from you on occasion when I don’t have anything I want to remove, haha. But yes, please go ahead!

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