TBR Lows & Highs #34

April 7, 2019

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


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!)

  • Heart of Thorns — Bree Barton
    • YA fantasy; a demon-hunting teen is sold into marriage with a prince and learns she has the same magic she tried to wipe out
  • Folsom — Tarryn Fisher & Willow Aster
    • adult dystopian romance; in the future, there are only 12 non-sterile men left in the world and they’re expected to repopulate society
  • More Happy Than Not — Adam Silvera
    • YA contemporary, m/m rep; after a family tragedy, Aaron becomes closer to his new friend Thomas, and discovers confusing things about his sexuality
      • NOTE: I have loved 1 of Adam’s books and hated the other, plus I hated What If It’s Us, so I’m high key nervous that I’ll hate this buuuut I already own a copy ?‍♀️
  • Sweet Black Waves — Kristina Perez
    • YA fantasy; the princess’s lady-in-waiting discovers she holds a powerful magic, one mighty enough to change the course of the war on her own
  • Onyx and Ivory — Mindee Arnett
    • YA fantasy; Kate lives as an outcast and a dragon hunter, but the kingdom who hates her doesn’t know she’s a powerful magic-wielder


I only added 9 last week, so I added quite a few this week… oh, how the pendulum swings ? A ton of this week’s additions are historical romance, because I asked for recs on Twitter this week.

  • Fence, Vol. 3 — C.S. Pacat (august 2019)
    • YA/NA contemporary graphic novel; I love this series so much. I’m pretty sure all of these issues are available on their own but I always prefer to just buy the final volumes
  • Harley & Rose — Carmen Jenner (kindle unlimited)
    • adult romance; Rose has been in love with her best friend forever, and he just got left at the altar. I added this because I heard it was super angsty besties-to-lovers and that’s my forever jam
  • False Bingo: Stories — Jac Jemc (october 2019)
    • adult horror short story collection; “the mundane becomes sinister”
  • Cold Day in the Sun — Sara Biren
  • Kinfolk — Matt Kurtz (kindle unlimited)
    • adult horror novella; Bex’s recommendation — she comp’d it to Texas Chainsaw Massacre The Hills Have Eyes, 2 of my all time FAVORITE horror comps

  • Well Met — Jen DeLuca (september 2019)
    • adult romance; a Ren Faire romance?!?!
  • Legacy — Jesikah Sundin
    • YA eco-fantasy/scifi; sold by Paige’s rec & this tagline: “She is from the past, locked inside a world within a world. He is from the future, haunted by her death” ?
  • The Warlord Wants Forever — Kresley Cole
    • adult paranormal romance; vampires and Valkyrie, plus the series seems pretty beloved?
  • An Extraordinary Union — Alyssa Cole
    • adult historical romance; Civil War setting — a former slave returns to slavery to spy on the Confederate Army and falls for another secret agent
  • When a Scot Ties the Knot — Tessa Dare
    • adult historical romance; Madeline writes letters to a pretend Scottish lover, only the guy she’s writing to is real, and received the letters!
      • this is book #3 in the series but I was specifically recommended this one – does anyone know if I need to read 1 & 2 first or if these are just companions?

  • A Wicked Kind of Husband — Mia Vincy
    • adult historical romance; an arranged marriage in the Regency era goes wrong, then right, in an enemies-to-lovers rom-com
  • A Lily Among Thorns — Rose Lerner
    • adult historical romance; a courtesan-turned-inkeeper has become feared across all of London, but she was helped once by a kind chemist who’s turned back up in her life, grieving and sad, and she wants to repay her debts
  • An Unseen Attraction — K.J. Charles
    • adult historical m/m romance; slow-burning Victorian romance between a lodge-keeper and the lodger he’s suddenly become wrapped up alongside in a murder mystery
  • The Soldier’s Scoundrel — Cat Sebastian
    • adult historical m/m romance; a romance between a thief/street urchin/scoundrel and a fancy/wealthy soldier
  • A Summer for Scandal — Lydia San Andres
    • adult historical fiction; in Arroyo Blanco in 1911, a woman tries to keep her pseudonym a secret while another writer is determined to find her out

  • Romancing the Inventor — Gail Carriger
    • adult historical f/f steampunk, paranormal romance; that genre classification is a MOUTHFUL but it’s a romance between a maid and the local vampires’ “pet” inventor (and it takes place in the Parasolverse, which I want to start soon)
  • Poison or Protect — Gail Carriger
    • adult historical steampunk, paranormal romance; this “series” of novellas is also set in the Parasolverse, and features a widow who’s been killing off her husbands for her job as an assassin, but has developed feelings for her latest target
  • The Butterfly Bride — Vanessa Riley
    • adult historical romance, Christmas; Frederica must find a groom by Yuletide, or her father will set her up with one of his friends, so she enlists the help of a friend, but finds romance in an unexpected place
  • A Lady Awakened — Cecilia Grant
    • adult historical romance; a new widow needs to produce an heir quickly to save her estate from a greedy brother-in-law, so she seeks a no-strings-attached agreement with her bad boy neighbor
  • Lessons from a One-Night Stand — Piper Rayne
    • adult contemporary romance; Sam’s rec; a teacher has a one-night stand with the woman he doesn’t realize is his new boss, drama ensues (i.e. Destiny is a sucker for Meredith/Derek storylines)

  • The Studying Hours — Sara Ney (kindle unlimited)
    • new adult contemporary romance; another rec from Sam; douchebro x nerdy smart girl
  • The Rest Falls Away — Colleen Gleason
    • adult historical paranormal romance; vampire x vampire hunter romance
  • The Duchess War — Courtney Milan
    • adult historical romance; quiet, shy wallflower type x handsome, popular duke
  • Cold-Hearted Rake — Lisa Kleypas
    • adult historical romance; enemies-to-lovers, scoundrel x widow
  • Lost Among the Living — Simone St. James
    • adult historical gothic romance;  a widow moves with her family to their countryside estate, where she begins having ghostly interactions and finding secrets about her late husband

  • The Confectioner’s Guild — Claire Luana (kindle unlimited)
    • YA fantasy romance; a magical confectioner accidentally kills the head of the Confectioner’s Guild, and must befriend an inspector to learn her own powers and to find out who framed her
  • Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water — Vylar Kaftan (ARC; may 2019)
    • adult f/f sci-fi novella; telepathic murderous lesbians!
  • untitled (The Kiss Quotient, #3) — Helen Hoang (2020)
    • adult contemporary romance; ?‍♀️
  • The Gladiator’s Downfall — Kristen Banet (kindle unlimited)
  • Fable — Adrienne Young (2020)
    • YA fantasy; again… ?‍♀️ I had to!
  • Survivor — J.F. Gonzalez
    • adult horror; a woman is kidnapped to be used in a snuff film, and is forced to make some horrible decisions to save herself and her unborn child

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) April 7, 2019 at 8:37 am

    Wow lots of adds this week! But most of them look really good ^_^ Definitely adding a few to my TBR 😉
    As for your lows…. I’ll say Onyx and Ivory since it is on my TBR, but I’m not 100% I want to read it haha.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 8, 2019 at 11:44 pm

      Haha thank you! 😀 And I’m glad we can always increase the size of each other’s TBRs. ?

  • Reply MetalPhantasmReads April 7, 2019 at 11:39 am

    All the adding of books 🙂 I’m not sure which of the lows to pick. I DNF’d sweet black waves because I felt like nothing was happening and I have heard many negative reviews of heart of thorns that I’m not even sure if I want to try it :/

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 8, 2019 at 11:44 pm

      Too many, lol! Oh noooo, I’ve heard mixed reviews on both of those too! :/

      • Reply MetalPhantasmReads April 9, 2019 at 10:39 pm

        Yeah so I’m still on the fence and probably will be until I finally decide lol :p

  • Reply obsessedwithfairytales April 7, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    My vote is for More Happy Than Not — Adam Silvera! 😀

  • Reply Nicole Evans April 7, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    I vote for Onyx Ivory, only because it’s now on my TBR after reading this post. 😛
    But also, definitely recommend Tessa Dare! She is one of my favorite historical romance authors! I really loved her “Any Duchess Will Do,” which is fourth in a series, but I read them out of order and thought it was fine to do (I haven’t read her Scottish series yet, so I do apologize I can’t give you advice on that!). I also really loved “A Lady Awakened” by Cecilia Grant! “Seven Secrets of Seduction” by Anne Mallory is also really good!
    Also also, do you like steampunk romance at all, by chance? If so, I have a few authors that are INCREDIBLE.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 8, 2019 at 11:49 pm

      Thank you!
      Ooooh, yesss, thank you for the recommendations! And I’ve never read steampunk romance (though I did literally JUST get an email this weekend offering me a copy of a book – I think the author’s name was Anne something? – and she said it was a steampunk romance, so I gave her my info to send a copy over). Recommend away!

      • Reply Nicole Evans April 9, 2019 at 5:24 pm

        Oh gosh, steampunk romance is what got me into reading romance in the first place, so I HIGHLY recommend: Bec McMaster’s London Steampunk series (though she’s also written a ton more and I can’t keep up, but I’m so excited to read her other series) and Meljean Brook’s The Iron Seas series.
        But also, Amanda Bouchet’s Green Mythology inspired trilogy is INCREDIBLE and then she just started a sci-fi romance trilogy that was also positively lovely (so, not steampunk, but she is one of my favorite romance writers right now).
        I’m curious if you like the book emailed to you! I’m always looking for more steampunk romance, so if you like it and you have time, I’d love to know what it is. 🙂

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 10, 2019 at 4:10 pm

          That’s awesome! I’ll check these out, thank you 🙂
          Oh, and the book is A Reflection of Shadows by Anne Renwick! She said it’s part of a series but each book is meant to stand alone. She’s sending me a copy in a couple of weeks and I’m looking forward to trying it!

          • Nicole Evans April 10, 2019 at 6:47 pm

            Sorry it was an sudden onslaught of recommendations. 😛 But I hope you enjoy them!
            Shit, I read the blurb from the first of the series and that sounds incredible. I will definitely have to check them out. Thank you so much for putting it on my radar!

          • Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 12, 2019 at 3:21 am

            Don’t be sorry, I’m excited haha! And awesome, I hope you like it! 🙂

  • Reply mistysbookspace April 8, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    My votes for More Happy Than Not

  • Reply Ellyn April 12, 2019 at 4:41 am

    I actually thought More Happy Than Not was pretty good though, I’ve not loved any of Adam Silvera’s books.

  • Reply TBR Lows & Highs #33 – Books In Her Eyes April 12, 2019 at 3:20 pm

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  • Reply Eleanor April 13, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    I really enjoyed Sweet Black Waves when I read it last year, so my vote is for that one!

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