TBR Lows & Highs #35

April 14, 2019

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

MORE HAPPY THAN NOT by Adam Silvera!

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!)

  • A Taste of Honey — Kai Ashante Wilson
    • adult fantasy novella; a god’s son and member of the royal family falls in forbidden love with another man
  • The Unremembered Girl — Eliza Maxwell
    • adult mystery; a feral child becomes obsessed with a family in rural Texas
  • Defy the Stars — Claudia Gray
    • YA sci-fi; a rebel girl is forced to work alongside an enemy AI to end a war between their respective sides
  • You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone — Rachel Lynn Solomon
    • YA contemporary; a pair of Jewish twins learn that one of them has Huntington’s disease, while the other one tests negative
  • Savage Woods — Mary SanGiovanni
    • adult horror; a policeman has to enter a massive haunted forest to search for a missing woman


  • Stillhouse Lake — Rachel Caine
    • adult thriller; a woman discovers her husband is secretly a serial killer
  • The Matrimonial Advertisement — Mimi Matthews
    • adult historical romance; a business arrangement marriage turns into something more serious
  • Scary Stories for Young Foxes — Christian McKay Heidicker (ARC; august 2019)
    • MG horror; illustrated anthology featuring 2 fox kits traveling through a haunted/beast-filled forest
  • This is Not a Love Scene — S.C. Megale (ARC; may 2019)
    • YA contemporary; a teen with muscular dystrophy thinks her crush will never return her feelings, but finds out otherwise when he agrees to star in her senior film project
  • Birthday — Meredith Russo (ARC; may 2019)
    • YA contemporary; 2 kids share their birthdays through small glimpses every year as we watch them grow into themselves, including one teen’s transition (own-voice trans rep!)

  • Eight Will Fall — Sarah Harian (ARC; november 2019)
    • YA fantasy; 8 criminal teens are sent into a cave full of evil beasts
  • Light it Up — Kekla Magoon (ARC; october 2019)
    • YA contemporary; a young girl is shot by a cop and the aftermath is told through a multitude of perspectives
  • salt slow — Julia Armfield (ARC; may 2019)
    • adult speculative short stories; a collection of spec-fic stories about being a woman in today’s society
  • This Was Our Pact — Ryan Andrews (ARC; june 2019)
    • MG contemporary graphic novel; a group of boys go on a mission to see where the Autumn Equinox paper lanterns end up
  • I’m Not Dying with You Tonight — Kimberly Jones & Gilly Segal (ARC; october 2019)
    • YA contemporary; when a football game turns to a riot, a black teen and white teen learn to see the event through each other’s perspectives (own-voice rep for the black MC, and it’s set in Atlanta!! ??)

  • I Dare You — Shantel Tessier (kindle unlimited)
    • new adult dark romance; not sure what the plot is and I don’t remember whose suggestion put this on my TBR ?
  • Dying for a Living — Kory M. Shrum
    • adult paranormal fantasy; a woman is paid to die for other people and constantly is revived, but abruptly finds herself in the center of an FBI murder investigation where she’s been framed as the suspect
  • An Unwanted Guest — Shari Lapena
    • adult thriller; a cozy winter lodge turns foreboding when a blizzard cuts off the power and all communication, and dead bodies start piling up
  • My Lovely Wife — Samantha Downing
    • adult thriller; a couple whose joint obsession is murdering people
  • Maybe in Another Life — Taylor Jenkins Reid
    • adult contemporary; in concurrent storylines, every time the MC makes a decision, the book carries out what would have happened if she’d made either choice

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 14, 2019 at 8:11 am

    I’ll vote for You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone. I enjoyed that one.
    Also, I’m so happy you added Stillhouse Lake to your TBR. I will admit to finishing it and thinking “wow, Destiny needs to try this one” haha though I think my expectations with thrillers will differ from you since I don’t read them often.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 19, 2019 at 2:01 am

      Thank you! If you enjoyed something, I typically just assume I will too at this point haha <3
      Ooooh, awesome haha!! I'm looking forward to it so I'll definitely let you know what I think 🙂

      • Reply Sionna (Books in Her Eyes) April 19, 2019 at 11:04 am

        Truly, this is a system I use on TBR list now “has Destiny read it? What did she rate it?” haha

  • Reply rayasreads April 14, 2019 at 8:55 am

    I really like the sound of You’ll miss me when I’m gone. So I guess I vote for that. And you’ve got some really good books in your highs! Hope you have a great time reading the .

  • Reply Paige @ BookishPaige_ April 14, 2019 at 10:50 am

    I really like the sounds of You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone, so I’ll vote for that one too ^_^

  • Reply Kayla @ Books and Blends April 14, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    I tried to read I Dare You but that has a hard pass!

  • Reply obsessedwithfairytales April 14, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    I vote for Defy the Stars — Claudia Gray! I just bought it from kindle and it is a series I’ve been meaning to read as well. 😀

  • Reply jess @ crowing about books April 15, 2019 at 12:45 am

    I haven’t read any of them, but You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone sounds interesting.

  • Reply MetalPhantasmReads April 15, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    I vote for you’ll miss me when I’m gone. I hear that it’s a great book with looking into Jewish culture and the hard hitting thought of the twins and Huntington’s. I haven’t read it but heard good things 🙂

  • Reply mimich42 April 16, 2019 at 11:42 am

    You should bring up A Taste of Honey. I’ve only ever heard great things about it, it’s short, and the cover is gorgeous

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