TBR Lows & Highs #40

May 19, 2019

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

NIGHT FILM by Marisha Pessl!

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 titles to purge from your TBR (the “lows”) OR 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 (BUT NOT BEING REMOVED)vote in the comments for which one I should move UP on my list and I’ll read it within 18 months!)

  • Wildcard — Marie Lu
    • YA sci-fi; book 2 in the Warcross duology! I really loved book 1 so I have no idea why I haven’t gotten to this one yet, but maybe if it wins, it’ll motivate me to do it really soon ?
  • Different Seasons — Stephen King
    • adult horror novellas; a collection including the stories that inspired The Shawshank Redemption and Stand By Me
  • The Naming — Alison Croggon
    • YA fantasy; a slave girl learns she is secretly a powerful Bard of Lirigon, and sets out on a harsh journey to join a battle against otherwordly enemies
  • The Girl with the Red Balloon — Katherine Locke
    • YA historical fantasy; when Ellie accidentally time-travels to 1988 East Berlin, she finds herself caught up in a scenario in which people are using magical balloons to help people escape over the Wall
  • Discount Armageddon — Seanan McGuire
    • adult urban fantasy; despite being trained from childhood to take on the family task of cryptozoology, Verity wants nothing to do with it until her hand is forced when lizard-men start appearing in the sewers



  • Chase the Dark — Annette Marie (kindle unlimited)
    • YA urban fantasy; Piper wants to become a Consul and keep peace between humans and daemons, but there’s a hot incubus (among other obstacles) standing in her way
      • I asked people for KU recs this week, and SO MANY people suggested this series!
  • The Lost Coast — Amy Rose Capetta
    • YA fantasy; a story of 6 queer witches in the California redwood forest
      • I didn’t like this author’s writing when I tried it in the past, frankly, but friends keep badgering me to check this out, so this is a very “MAYBE” addition
  • Forgotten Love — J.M. Davies (kindle unlimited)
    • adult romance; a “second chance” romance between a former Navy SEAL and the girl who got away
  • Court of Lions — Somaiya Daud (may 2020)
    • YA fantasy; I loved Mirage and am so ready for the sequel to come out!

I also added a ton of witchcraft-related books to my TBR, so I’m not going to give a synopsis for each one, but ALL OF THESE are on Kindle Unlimited!

(PSA: if you, like me, aren’t Wiccan but are following other journeys with your craft, please be aware that a lot of books based on Wicca can actually still be supremely helpful for non-Wiccans as many Wiccan authors don’t interject specific religious beliefs into their books!)


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

The Water Dancer | The House Witch | Empire of Silence

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


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  • Reply Malka @ Paper Procrastinators May 19, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    I’m voting for Wildcard since I really want to get to that book super soon as well!

  • Reply alisbooks May 19, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    I haven’t read any of these yet, but I do enjoy Marie Lu.

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  • Reply Kayla @ Books and Blends May 20, 2019 at 9:17 am

    You should definitely move Wildcard up on the list!

  • Reply Sarah May 21, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    I vote for Different Seasons. 🙂 And am excited to see all the witchy books you’ve added!

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