TBR Lows & Highs #4

September 13, 2018

In order to get caught up on reviews, I’ve had to move this to a biweekly meme for a little while, but I might just start posting this AND a review some Thursdays. What do you guys think?


  • 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”)
  • Post those 5 books in the list, with a brief explanation of why you removed it
  • 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”)

Before we jump into my list, here are the posts from other bloggers over the last couple of weeks:

  • Sionna had some exciting additions here, here, and here!
  • Heather dodged some bullets here and here!
  • Sarah added some great creepy reads here and here!
  • Ari joined up here, and adding a super anticipated read of mine here!

Make sure you go give them some love, and feel free to join in with us on this meme!


1. Furiously Happy — Jenny Lawson
Let’s just go ahead and get the controversial titles out of the way, shall we? I know this is such a widely loved nonfiction book about mental health, but I tried reading it last year and legitimately HATED it. I didn’t think it was funny and it didn’t work for me at all, and I’m now granting myself permission to just let it go.
2. Wicked Like a Wildfire — Lana Popovic
I think this was mainly a cover buy, but I’m getting really burnt out on a lot of YA fantasy tropes lately like sisters discovering family curses and stuff—I dunno, it feels like every other YA fantasy release right now is revolving around that sort of plot and I’m getting to the point where I’m not even going to try it until I’m less burned out on it, unless it’s an author I already love.
3. The Impostor Queen — Sarah Fine
I low key feel really bad about putting this one on here, because it was in a Down the TBR Hole post a while back and when I removed it back then, some of you guys talked me into adding it back… but it’s been several months now and I’m even less interested in it now than I was then, sadly. 🙁
4. The Library of Fates — Aditi Khorana
When this came out last summer, I remember so many friends telling me it was awful, and I was just like, “No way a cover that gorgeous belongs to a book THAT bad,” but you know, if there is anything 2018 has taught me, it’s that there ARE, in fact, a LOT of terrible books with amazing covers. Anyways, I don’t think this would be terrible, but it doesn’t have my interest much now, either.
5. Crossing Ebenezer Creek — Tonya Bolden
As important as this Civil War-themed MG historical fiction story sounds, I know in my gut that I’m probably not going to get around to reading it any time soon.


1. Written in Red — Anne Bishop (purchased)
I kept seeing this cover around lately, but didn’t know what it was or why it should matter to me until I learned that it’s full of great diverse rep throughout the series (and is supposedly just a damn good read, which I would believe, given that 40k+ ratings has it at a 4.28 average on Goodreads right now!).
2. The Raven’s Tale — Cat Winters
A YA hist-fic retelling about Edgar Allan Poe being swayed to darkness by a wicked Muse named Lenore. I don’t know if I’ve ever clicked the “want to read” button quite so fast. I’m just sad that this doesn’t come out until April of 2019!
3. The Ballad of Black Tom — Victor LaValle
So, if you didn’t already know, HP Lovecraft was a walking dumpster fire (just Google it), but he also made huge impacts on the world of horror. The Ballad of Black Tom is evidently the sort of incredible retelling you get when an author of color reminisces on his childhood of reading Lovecraft, and decides to subvert the gross parts and just keep the good. HELL, YEAH.
4. Winter Tide — Ruthanna Emrys
This is another Lovecraftian retelling, set in the 1920s. A woman is enlisted by the FBI to help the US Government deflect an impending Communist attack, and somehow, Cthulhu is involved, which is all I really needed to know…
5. Doorbells at Dusk — edited by Evans Light (ARC)
This is a new Halloween anthology—and I’m worried you heard “horror anthology”, which it is, but even better, it is literally a collection of Halloween-themed short stories(!). I love anything related to Halloween, I’m living for this cover, and just… I’m so excited for this collection.

What did you think of this week’s removals and additions? Will you be adding any of these to your TBR?


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  • Reply Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams September 13, 2018 at 10:10 am

    I had the same experience with Library of Fates! Everyone told me it was Not a good book, but the cover had me convinced it would be. ?

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 16, 2018 at 1:28 am

      Right! It’s such a bummer when we get sold on a cover and then hear bad reviews or it ends up being a bad read for us. 🙁

  • Reply Sarah September 13, 2018 at 10:25 am

    Okay, now you’re making me want to dig into some Lovecraftian inspired books!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 16, 2018 at 1:29 am

      Hahaha, success! I love the vibes he inspired and the strides he made in horror and horror/sci-fi crossovers, but the guy himself was such a dick, so I’m always here for seeing marginalized authors re-do his work (and do it better, hopefully).

  • Reply Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books September 13, 2018 at 10:34 am

    I was so excited for Library of Fates just based on the cover and the title but I also heard some not so great things about it. I hate when that happens!

  • Reply Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum September 13, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    I recently added The Raven’s Tale to my TBR too, for the same reasons you did, I suspect! A retelling about Poe sounds awesome!

  • Reply MetalPhantasmReads September 13, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    I’m dying for Raven’s Tale as well 🙂 Cat Winters is one of my auto buy authors!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 16, 2018 at 1:39 am

      Ooooh, excellent! I haven’t read anything by Cat Winters yet. I do own Odd & True, though, so I should try to read it soon!

      • Reply MetalPhantasmReads September 17, 2018 at 11:53 am

        Yay I do hope you like it 🙂 the Leeds Devil legend in that book is really cool since it’s not well known

  • Reply yarnowlreads September 13, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    I am really interested to hear what you think about Written in Red. It’s usually the series I recommend to folks who enjoy Mercy Thompson, but I’ve got a whole slew of mixed feelings about it. I’ve got a list of trigger warnings for the series up on my blog if you’re interested. ^_^

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 16, 2018 at 1:39 am

      Thank you, love, I will absolutely check out the TWs! I’m super excited to start it.

  • Reply emmareadstoomuch September 13, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    oh my god i ALSO hated Furiously Happy!!! i feel so close to you right now.
    also how is this the first time i’m seeing this post format?? so cool! my stupid constant hiatuses making me miss all the fun stuff

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 16, 2018 at 1:41 am

      Omg THANK YOU. It was just… I just did not like anything at all about her writing??
      Awww it happens! I’ve been mostly on a hiatus from blog hopping lately because my ARC schedule and classes are destroying my life and I feel like I’m missing so much.

  • Reply Tammy September 13, 2018 at 11:51 pm

    The Ravens Tale is on my list, I love Cat Winters!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 16, 2018 at 1:41 am

      I really can’t wait to read something by her! I have Odd & True on my shelf but haven’t read anything by her yet.

  • Reply Danielle @ Life of a Literary Nerd September 14, 2018 at 1:34 am

    Library of Fates was okay, but largely forgettable. Wicked Like a Wildfire read much more like a magical realism book to me, which might have been why I liked it. I also appreciated the sister relationship in the story (because it always a draw for me) and the diversity. But the story was slow in the beginning.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 16, 2018 at 1:45 am

      “Forgettable” seems to sum up a lot of the feelings I’ve heard about Library of Fates! And you know, it’s one of those things, where a few years ago I would have still given it a try, but now it’s like, I have so many things to read that sound so much more exciting? Sigh.

  • Reply Cam @ Camillea Reads September 14, 2018 at 4:33 am

    I’ve heard about Written in Red so many times! Will have to look into getting it!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 16, 2018 at 1:50 am

      It sounds really good! I feel like I’m seeing it pop up everywhere lately, too 🙂

  • Reply booksaworldinbetween October 3, 2018 at 3:14 am

    Hello there, I have one question, it might be slightly unusual. So: I just bought myself a copy of Fierce like a Firestorm (the sequel to Wicked like a Wildfire) but I read the first one a year ago now and I don’t remember a lot of things. My question is, if you can and have the time, would you like to give me a spoilery summary of some key things that happen in this book? (Of course not in the comments here so no one reads a spoiler). It’s totally fine if you don’t want to and if so sorry for this question.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 3, 2018 at 3:17 am

      Hello! Sorry, but I’m not able to help you. As the post mentioned, that list is a list of unread books I don’t plan on reading anymore – so I’ve never read Wicked Like A Wildfire and don’t really plan to. 🙁 I hope you can find someone who is able to help, though!

      • Reply booksaworldinbetween October 3, 2018 at 4:59 pm

        I’m really sorry.
        From reading what you said about the book I thought you started it and then left it for a different time. I was also getting ready for college.
        Once again, I’m really sorry for this.

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 4, 2018 at 4:19 am

          Oh no, please don’t be sorry!! I’m so sorry if my comment came across as rude or irritated earlier. I was having a really bad day and I think I came across poorly. You didn’t bother me at all, though. <3

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