TBR Lows & Highs #30

March 10, 2019

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

A TIE?!?!

Two titles got 7 votes each: STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel and THE FIFTH SEASON by N. K. Jemisin! So… I guess I’m adding them both?!

As promised, I’ll now add this book these books to my “top-TBR” shelf on Goodreads to remind me to read it them 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!)

  • The Fall — Bethany Griffin
    • YA horror; The Fall of the House of Usher retelling
  • The Way I Used to Be — Amber Smith
    • YA contemporary; story of a teen coping with having been assaulted by her brother’s best friend
  • Labyrinth Lost — Zoraida Cordova
    • YA fantasy; queer witchy Alice in Wonderland retelling
  • The Mansion — Ezekiel Boone
    • adult horror/thriller/sci-fi; evil supercomputer house
  • The Last Namsara — Kristen Ciccarelli
    • YA fantasy; dragons & dragon slayers


  • Lock Every Door — Riley Sager (ARC; july 2019)
    • adult thriller; creepy apartment complexes, ghost stories
  • Sin and Ink — Naima Simone
    • adult romance; former MMA champ falls in love with his late brother’s wife; pretty sure I added this after seeing Sionna talk about it and then also seeing that Talia Hibbert gave it 5 stars!
  • Vampires Never Get Old — anthology (september 2020)
    • YA anthology; a collection of vampire stories from marginalized authors ♥
  • Where Dreams Descend — Janella Angeles (2020)
    • YA fantasy; The Phantom of the Opera meets Moulin Rouge
  • Deathless — Namina Forna (2020)
    • YA fantasy; West African-inspired, deeply patriarchal society, MC learns she is a demon

  • Goddess in the Machine — Lora Beth Johnson (2020)
    • YA scifi; a girl wakes up from cryogenic sleep on a planet she doesn’t recognize
  • Ibitsu — Haruto Ryo
    • adult horror manga; a little girl in lolita clothing shows up and terrorizes/murders people
  • Ten Count, Vol. 2 — Rihito Takarai
    • adult yaoi manga; story continues of a man with OCD falling in love with his therapist ♥ (the first volume was SO GOOD)
  • I Am Alfonso Jones — Tony Medina
    • MG/YA contemporary graphic novel; a young black boy is killed by police in a misunderstanding and his ghost meets other police brutality victims in the afterlife
  • The Cardboard Kingdom — Chad Sell
    • MG fantasy graphic novel; sixteen kids transform cardboard boxes into a kingdom

  • How the Light Gets In — Katy Upperman (ARC; august 2019)
    • YA contemporary; Callie goes to spend the summer with her aunt after her sister dies, begins to think her sister is haunting her there
  • We Are the Ghosts — Vicky Skinner (ARC; august 2019)
    • YA contemporary; when Ellie’s estranged brother dies, she goes on a road trip with his ex-girlfriend and best friend
  • New Orleans Rush — Kelly Siskind (ARC; april 2019)
    • adult romance; Beatrice catches her boyfriend cheating and keys the wrong car, ending up indebted to work as a handsome magician’s assistant in NOLA
  • Garden of Fiends: Tales of Addiction Horror — anthology (kindle unlimited)
    • adult horror anthology; short stories including substance abuse coupled with horror
  • Idol — Kristen Callihan 

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) March 10, 2019 at 8:32 am

    Adding Diary of a Bad Boy to my list! hahaha
    I also need to read Station Eleven this year. Maybe we can read it together if we ever find the time!

  • Reply CJR The Brit March 10, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    I vote for The Last Namsara as I have it to read as well!!!

  • Reply mistysbookspace March 10, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Going by the description I am going to vote for The Way I Used to Be

  • Reply jess @ crowing about books March 10, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    Labyrinth Lost gets my vote!

  • Reply RachelTroyer93 (@rachel_troyer93) March 10, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    I vote for The Last Namsara — Kristen Ciccarelli, I keep hearing that it is a great read and want to see what you think of it.

  • Reply evelynreads1 March 10, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    Last namsara, last namsara, last namsara!! (does it count three times now..?)
    The sequeal was my favourite read of January!! It is so good, I loved it 🙂

  • Reply Meeghan reads March 10, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    The Last Namsara!! I had to be cajoled into reading it by a friend, but it’s seriously such an amazing book. The Caged Queen is really different, but just as good as well. The final book in the trilogy (The Sky Weaver) is out in September and is easily one of my most anticipated reads for this year!!

  • Reply Sarah March 18, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    I will say that by 50 pages into The Mansion, I had to DNF due to casual misogyny, racism, and ableism BUT there are people who did end up liking it a lot! Just wanted to throw that out there so you got a heads up. 🙂

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries March 30, 2019 at 8:54 pm

      NOOOOOOO ? I hadn’t heard about any of this!!! YIKES. Thank you for letting me know, though. I have a very strong feeling I’ll end up DNFing it, too, in that case, because I feel like (from what I’ve seen) you and I tend to find similar levels of problematic content DNF-worthy, if that makes sense? UGH. Why do authors have to be like this??

      • Reply Sarah March 31, 2019 at 8:02 am

        Sorry to be the bearer of bad news! That does make sense, we definitely are similar in what we tolerate. From what I remember, the writing wasn’t super strong either. The concept is just soo soooo good though!

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