TBR Lows & Highs #38

May 5, 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!)

  • An Unkindness of Magicians — Kat Howard
    • adult fantasy; magic is fading fast in NYC, and nobody knows why except Sydney, a rare new magician who wants to destroy the world of magic for good.
  • Truthwitch — Susan Dennard
    • YA fantasy; Safiya must keep her talents as a Truthwitch hidden to avoid being taken captive during the war coming to her lands, so she teams up with other Witches to seek escape
  • Glitter — Aprilynne Pike
    • YA fantasy; in an AU Versailles, Dani starts selling the illegal drug Glitter to save up money to escape the palace before she’s forced to marry a cruel king
  • Come Closer — Sara Gran
    • adult horror; Amanda begins to hear a voice in her head telling her to do strange things, and begins to think she is possessed
  • And the Ocean was Our Sky — Patrick Ness
    • YA fantasy; in a war between whales and men, we follow the whales as they find a mythical monster that will change the course of history for both sides.


  • Heathen, Vol. 2 — Natasha Alterici (july 2019)
    • adult fantasy graphic novel; volume 2 in a series about a badass queer viking lady!
  • Full Throttle — Joe Hill (ARC; october 2019)
    • adult horror; a new short story collection from Joe Hill! *screams forever*
  • The Whisper Man — Alex North (ARC en route; august 2019)
    • adult thriller; 20 years ago, “The Whisper Man” lured people to their deaths by whispering at their windows. Today, there seems to be a copycat killer on the loose Tom’s young son keeps hearing someone whisper by his window…
  • Whisper Network — Chandler Baker (pending ARC request; july 2019)
    • adult thriller; when 4 women learn their abusive boss is next in line to become the new CEO, they set into motion a revenge plan to stop him.
  • Beyond the Black Door — A.M. Strickland (ARC; october 2019)
    • YA fantasy; Kamai is a soulwalker who can visit people’s souls. Each soulscape she visits has a black door that her mother has warned her never to open, but after a tragedy, she must finally see where it takes her. (own-voice ace rep & loads of queer characters!)

  • In the Shadow of Spindrift House — Mira Grant (ARC; june 2019)
    • adult horror; Harlowe and her friends decide to end their teen detective agency’s lifespan with a bang by exploring the mystery behind a terrifying abandoned house.
  • 29 Seconds — T.M. Logan (ARC; september 2019)
    • adult thriller; after saving the daughter of a crime lord, she’s offered a repayment: he can make all of her problems disappear… including the sexually abusive professor at her workplace
  • Sabbath — Nick Mamatas (ARC; november 2019)
    • adult horror; an infamous 11th-century warrior avoids Hell by claiming to be an angel, only to be dropped into modern Manhattan with no supplies and a mission to track down and kill living personifications of the Seven Deadly Sins.
  • When the Stars Lead to You — Ronni Davis (november 2019)
    • YA contemporary; Devon is finally getting over being dumped by the boy she fell in love with last summer, when he shows back up in her life on the first day of school.
  • Lord of the Butterflies — Andrea Gibson
    • adult poetry/nonfic; a poetry collection about gender, love, loss, and family

  • The Voice in My Head — Dana L. Davis (ARC; may 2019)
    • YA contemporary; Indigo has always lived in the shadow of her sister Violet, until Violet is diagnosed with a terminal illness and begins to seek out euthanasia as an option.
  • The Merciful Crow — Margaret Owen (ARC; july 2019)
    • YA fantasy; Fie and her team of undertakers and mercy-killers collect the royal dead, including the prince, who has faked his death in hopes of finding protection from the cruel queen.
  • Who Put This Song On? — Morgan Parker (ARC; september 2019)
    • YA contemporary; seemingly autobiographical story of a depressed teen black girl, struggling to find happiness and a place to feel at home.
  • Scars Like Wings — Erin Stewart (ARC; october 2019)
    • YA contemporary; after surviving a terrible fire, Ava is scarred and known as Burned Girl. She’s forced to return to public school, where she finds unexpected friendship and maybe even a new romance.

  • Gravemaidens — Kelly Coon (ARC; october 2019)
    • YA fantasy; in Alu, Nanaea is chosen (as an “honor”) to be sacrificed to join their dying leader in the afterlife, but her sister Kammani is determined to find a way to save her.
  • The Tenth Girl — Sara Faring (ARC; september 2019)
    • YA thriller; Patagonian myth retelling about an isolated boarding school in South America, where strange rumors and happenings abound.
  • Going Off-Script — Jen Wilde (ARC; may 2019)
    • YA contemporary; when a TV intern’s boss steals her idea for a character and changes said character to be heterosexual, Bex sets out on a mission to win back her queer-written character and get the writing credit she deserves.
  • The Grace Year — Kim Liggett (ARC; september 2019)
    • YA dystopia; girls in this world are banished in their sixteenth year because they are told their bodies force men to commit infidelities if they come in contact during this time frame.

Descriptions for all items below this point can be found in yesterday’s Stacking the Shelves post!

The Town That Feared Dusk | A Lush and Seething Hell | P.S. I Miss You | Clean Room, Vol. 1 | Heavy Vinyl, Vol. 1 | Fresh Romance, Vol. 1 | Misfit City, Vol. 1 | Joe Hill: The Graphic Novel Collection | Victor LaValle’s Destroyer | Gideon Falls, Vol. 1 | Infidel | Crossed, Vol. 1 | The Best We Could Do | Spinning | As the Crow Flies| Regression, Vol. 2 | Terminal | Bellamy

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


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  • Reply Eleanor May 5, 2019 at 8:19 am

    I think Truthwitch is a really good book! It has some really awesome female friendships and the sequel is even better, so my vote is for that one.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 6, 2019 at 1:45 am

      Super late reply, but heck yes to strong female friendships! That immediately made me more excited to read it! 😀

  • Reply softheartandwarmeyes May 5, 2019 at 9:44 am

    I’m kinda cheating here because I’m going to vote for both Truthwitch and Come Closer. I wasn’t completely in love with Truthwitch but the second book, Windwitch, definitely hooked me and I can’t wait to finally get my hands on the next two books. Come Closer sounds incredibly interesting and I also have that one on my TBR so I would for sure be very excited to see what you think and maybe make myself read it sooner if you’d really like it. c:

  • Reply jess @ crowing about books May 5, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    I’m going to vote Truthwitch as well; it’s been a while since I read it but I definitely enjoyed it.

  • Reply mistysbookspace May 5, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    My vote is for an unkindness of magicians. I’ve heard nothing but great things about this book and I would love to know your thoughts on it.

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  • Reply Ellyn May 5, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    I haven’t read any of the books on your Lows tbr but, I’ve heard the Booktuber Merphy Napier talk about An Unkindness of Magicians a bunch of times and she loves it! I fully intend on reading it later this year because she speaks so highly of it!

  • Reply Brooklynne Michelle May 6, 2019 at 1:27 am

    I haven’t read any of the books on your Lows, but can highly recommend Lord of The Butterflies, it was a great book of poetry, especially if you are familiar with spoken word!

  • Reply evelynreads1 May 6, 2019 at 3:13 am

    Oh hard one this time!
    I’m about to start truthwitch, I think I will like an unkindness of magicians, and I love And the ocean was our sky, but I don;t think that one is for everyone!

  • Reply MetalPhantasmReads May 6, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    I don’t know which “lows” to vote for lol. The only one I read was truthwitch and I really didn’t like it lol :p I also love your new picture!

  • Reply Kara Harrington Keenan May 6, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    An Unkindness of Magicians is a long book, but it is SO GOOD. I gave it my only 5 star rating of 2018, and it’s a standalone story that won’t need sequels or anything like that. It was about as close to perfect as a book can be.

  • Reply Meeghan reads May 8, 2019 at 9:00 am

    I vote for Patrick Naess. I want to hear what this book is like!!

  • Reply CJR The Brit May 9, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    I haven’t read any of the lows but Susan Dennard is am author I want to read so I vote for that!!!

  • Reply Jenna @ Falling Letters May 17, 2019 at 12:42 am

    I haven’t read And the Ocean Was Our Sky yet but I’d be curious to hear what you think! I tried reading Truthwitch a few months ago and couldn’t get into it – I think you might enjoy it, though.

  • Reply gryphongirl2007 May 21, 2019 at 9:09 pm


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