TBR Lows & Highs #37

April 28, 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!)

  • Jade City — Fonda Lee
    • adult fantasy; a clan war comes to a boil between the only two crime syndicate families who control the island of Kekon, where magical jade is formed
  • Girl at the Grave — Teri Bailey Black
    • YA mystery/hist-fic; when Valentine becomes the suspect for a string of murders, the only person who believes in her innocence is the son of the man her mother murdered years ago
  • The Cabin at the End of the World — Paul Tremblay
    • adult horror; two husbands and their daughter are trying to have a cozy vacation when a strange man arrives and warns them that the world is ending and this family must stop it
  • Foolish Hearts — Emma Mills
    • YA contemporary; Claudia is made to work alongside an unlikely partner in producing the school’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but finds friends and new love
  • Trigger Warning — Neil Gaiman
    • adult fantasy/horror anthology; a collection of disturbing short stories


  • Where the Crawdads Sing — Delia Owens
    • adult hist-fic; in 1969, a man turns up dead and a strange, wild girl named Kya is suspected, but all she wants is to find love and a home
  • Abbott — Saladin Ahmed
    • adult fantasy/horror graphic novel; while investigating Detroit police brutality in the 70s, Elena Abbott uncovers supernatural forces controlled by politicians
  • When I Arrived at the Castle — Emily Carroll
    • adult horror graphic novel; an erotic gothic horror within the Countess’ castle
  • The Seven Deadliest — edited by Patrick Beltran & D. Alexander Ward
    • adult horror/fantasy anthology; an anthology revolving around stories of the seven deadly sins

All items below this point can be found in yesterday’s Stacking the Shelves.

Faker | The Toll | One Word Kill | The Empty Man | Monstress, Vol. 2 | American Gods, Vol. 1 | We Are the Perfect Girl | Crown of Coral and Pearl | Kingdom of Souls | The Resurrectionists | The Survival List | Super Fun Sexy Times

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


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  • Reply rachel @ typed truths April 28, 2019 at 9:13 am

    your lows all sound super intriguing! i haven’t read any of them myself but i think i’m going to vote for the cabin at the end of the world but i’d really love to see your thoughts.
    and omfg, there’s a new emily carrol! how did i not know this??

  • Reply jess @ crowing about books April 28, 2019 at 11:12 am

    I haven’t read any of them but I’ve heard SO MUCH about Jade City, so that one has my vote.

  • Reply CJR The Brit April 28, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    I haven’t read any of your lows….but go with Neil Gaiman!

  • Reply Brooklynne Michelle April 28, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    The only one I have read of your lows is Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman! I recommend the audiobook read by the author who is a delightful narrator!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries July 28, 2019 at 1:43 am

      I’ve heard so many good things about Neil Gaiman’s narrations that I’ll definitely have to check out the audio for Trigger Warning! Thank you!

  • Reply evelynreads1 April 28, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    I’m honestly not interested in any of the books on your low list ahah, even though I feel like I might enjoy the Neil Gaiman book?!

  • Reply obsessedwithfairytales April 28, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    My vote is for The Cabin at the End of the World — Paul Tremblay.

  • Reply mistysbookspace April 28, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    I vote for Foolish Hearts because it’s one I’m interested in reading as well.

  • Reply Malka @ Paper Procrastinators April 28, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    I’m going to say Foolish Hearts even though I haven’t read it, because everyone always tells me how great it is!

  • Reply Habbisham April 29, 2019 at 5:27 am

    I vote for Cabin at the End of the World – I would be interested to see your views on it. I personally loved it yet I know some people who didn’t like or rate it very highly (but have also loved Headful of Ghosts)

  • Reply Kelly | Another Book in the Wall April 29, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    The only book I’ve read on the “lows” is Girl at the Grave, but I personally thoughts it was just alright. I have heard wonderful things about Jade City, so I vote to move that one up! Hehe. 🙂

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