TBR Lows & Highs #41

May 26, 2019

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

WILDCARD by Marie Lu!

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!)

  • Godblind — Anna Stephens
    • adult grimdark fantasy; I’ve heard a lot of love given to Anna’s writing and she gets called the “daughter of grimdark”, which honestly immediately intrigued me, but I also see my friends give it a lot of mixed reviews!
  • The Novice — Taran Matharu
    • YA fantasy; I don’t have a ton of interest in this series, honestly, but SO MANY of my friends love it that I’ve promised to try it… eventually
  • Four Psychos — Kristy Cunning
    • adult paranormal romance; I’ve still never read anything reverse harem-themed, and a few friends (Kayla and Sionna are the ones coming to mind now) have told me they really recommended this as an intro to RH!
  • Rebecca — Daphne du Maurier
    • adult classic/gothic; I don’t like classics much, but everyone raves about this aaallll the time, so I feel like I gotta at least try it?
  • The Woman in Black — Susan Hill
    • adult horror; this is another one that everyone raves about!



  • Slave to Sensation — Nalini Singh
    • adult paranormal romance; I’m finally starting the Psy-Changeling series! Talia Hibbert’s been posting so many great quotes from it lately.
  • Stacking Doll — Carlton Mellick III
    • adult bizarro horror; I really don’t know what this is about but I’m told CM3 is the master of indie bizarro and this seems to be one of his more approachable titles ?
  • In the River — Jeremy Robert Johnson
    • adult horror/fantasy; a lot of my friends have raved about this one, and the setting sounds great
  • Do Not Go Quietly — edited by Jason Sizemore & Lesley Conner
    • adult sci-fi/fantasy anthology; a whole collection of short stories about sticking it to the man 😛
  • The Starless Sea — Erin Morgenstern (november 2019)
    • adult fantasy; I didn’t LOVE The Night Circus, but I want to give this author another chance!

  • The Widow of Rose House — Diana Biller (october 2019)
    • adult historical romance; I love historical romance, I love the late 1800s as a setting, and I love stories about widows and widowers ?‍♀️
  • Sin & Chocolate — K.F. Breene (kindle unlimited)
    • adult paranormal fantasy; romance with a demigod! This one was a rec from Sionna, like a lot of the additions I made this week ?
  • New Ink on Life — Jennie Davids
    • adult romance; more f/f tattooed lady romances pls
  • My Sister, the Serial Killer — Oyinkan Braithwaite
    • adult mystery; sometimes you see a million people talk about a book and none of them spark your interest until you find just the right review, and that’s what happened when I read Sarah’s review of this one a few days ago ?
  • Osgood as Gone — Cooper S. Beckett
    • adult horror/mystery; a few friends loved this recently and it sounds very Scooby-Gang-esque, which I love

  • A Five-Minute Life — Emma Scott
    • new adult romance; this sounds so tragic and sad and soft which automatically landed it on my TBR
  • Paramourn — John Edward Lawson
    • adult horror/romance; fun fact that very few people know about me: I adore horror erotica ? #monsterfuckers for life, I guess
  • Keep This to Yourself — Tom Ryan
    • YA thriller; Kal made this one sound so good, and I need more queer thrillers tbh
  • Aching God — Mike Shel (kindle unlimited)
    • adult grimdark fantasy; I think I found this through one of Grimdark Dad’s reviews? I just remember it sounding awesome!
  • Black Feathers and Dead Things — Stephen Williams
    • adult horror; Cassie’s review made this sound so good, and I’m a sucker for horror chapbooks!

  • A Violet Fire — Kelsey Quick (ARC; december 2019)
    • NA paranormal; I think this is NA, but it might be YA? It’s about vampires and the author was so kind and lovely in her request email, I just had to say yes!
  • If You See Her — Ania Ahlborn (kindle unlimited)
    • adult horror; have you ever had an author go on your auto-add-to-TBR list even though you’ve never read anything by them? Ania’s one of those for me.
  • Thirsty — Mia Hopkins
    • adult romance; when Talia Hibbert raves, I add ?‍♀️
  • Ghoster — Jason Arnopp (october 2019)
    • adult horror; this sounds SO CREEPY and amazing and I am definitely requesting a copy closer to its release!


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

Demons Strike Back | Immortal Hearts | Lost in Me | Twice in a Blue Moon |
A Reflection of Shadows | Guest: A Changeling Tale

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) May 26, 2019 at 10:17 am

    I’ll vote for Four Psychos, but I’m so biased haha. I’m on such a RH kick right now, but I swear nothing I read matches Four Psychos– I really liked it. I have been meaning to read Novice too, I think it is on my TBR somewhere haha.
    I think I added Thirsty to my TBR because of Talia Hibbert too! She always points out great books.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 7, 2019 at 9:50 pm

      This is suuuuch a late reply, but you made me excited for Four Psychos all over again haha! Is it your favorite RH you’ve read?

      • Reply Sionna (Books in Her Eyes) August 12, 2019 at 6:39 am

        It is one of my few favorites 🙂 it is also the first RH I read, so it holds a special spot too.

  • Reply Captain's Quarters May 26, 2019 at 10:58 am

    Me vote is for Rebecca. Arrrr!
    x The Captain

  • Reply mistysbookspace May 26, 2019 at 11:25 am

    My vote is for Rebecca. This is the first time I’ve been able to vote in one I’ve read yay!! It’s been a while since I read it but if I remember correctly it had a little bit of a slow start for me but overall I really enjoyed it and Classics tend to be hit or miss for me.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 7, 2019 at 9:51 pm

      Super late reply but I was glad to see you voted on this one! 😀 In case I’ve never mentioned this, if you ever just wanna vote for one you think sounds interesting (even if you haven’t read it), I don’t mind that! <3 Sometimes other people being excited about a book is enough to pique my interest in it (like with Rebecca and your comment here lol)

  • Reply Epsita May 26, 2019 at 11:35 am

    I will vote for Rebecca!

  • Reply Sarah May 26, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    I vote for Rebecca! It’s been on my TBR for a bit and while I also don’t love classics, I’ve heard such good things about it. 🙂

  • Reply abyssallibrarian May 26, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Definitely Rebecca!

  • Reply CJR The Brit May 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    I read Four Psychos and I didn’t enjoy it…..and I hated myself after! I haven’t read the others so I vote for Novice as I love the cover ?

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  • Reply MetalPhantasmReads May 26, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    I can’t vote for a LOW since I haven’t read any of them lol :p but YAY for the Starless Sea! I so can’t wait for it

  • Reply Kayla @ Books and Blends May 26, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    DESTINY! You have to read Four Psychos!

  • Reply evelynreads1 May 27, 2019 at 2:47 am

    Oh I recently read my sister, the serial killer! It was weird, but really good!

  • Reply Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea May 27, 2019 at 7:06 am

    I really think that you should give Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier a shot! The writing is a bit hard to get into at first, but in the end it became such a great and atmospheric read. And I’m someone who never reads classics! Also, I get to know of so many books through your posts! How do you always manage to mention books I’ve never heard of? And the short description you give for each of them is so convincing I MUST ADD TO MY TBR

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 7, 2019 at 9:53 pm

      Such a late reply but thank you for this! I don’t read a lot of classics either because I have a hard time getting into them so your comment really piqued my interest in Rebecca! Also, thank you so much for the kind words, that made my day <3 I always wonder if the little descriptions are helpful or if people just think it makes the post too long, so I was so happy to see this!!

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