TBR Lows & Highs #42

June 2, 2019

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

REBECCA by Daphne du Maurier!

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!)

  • The Demonologist — Gerald Brittle
    • adult nonfic; a collection of events from Ed and Lorraine Warren’s lives, which sounds pretty interesting even if I might not believe the same things they believed
  • The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures — Aaron Mahnke
    • adult nonfic; a guide to cryptids and monsters I’ve been eyeing forever
  • The Witch Boy — Molly Ostertag
    • MG fantasy graphic novel; a graphic novel about a boy who wants to be a witch, and it looks so cute!
  • Bones Are Made to Be Broken — Paul Michael Anderson
    • adult horror short stories; I read one of PMA’s shorts in another anthology and loved it so I’ve been meaning to check out more from him!
  • Baby Teeth — Zoje Stage
    • adult horror; this has gotten SUCH mixed reviews but I love creepy-kid stuff



  • Immunity — Erin Bowman (ARC en route; july 2019)
  • Frozen Pact — Kat Green (kindle unlimited)
    • adult horror; it sounds creepy & it’s hella short
  • Cuckoo Song — Frances Hardinge
    • YA horror; tbh, I don’t add YA horror to my TBR often, but this involves some creepy dolls and stuff, and sounds pretty cool
  • Gumption — Nick Offerman
    • adult nonfic/humor; I actually got this as a freebie at work while a co-worker was weeding the nonfic collection and I’m pretty excited for it
  • How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind — Dana K. White
    • adult nonfic; I’m reading her book Decluttering at the Speed of Life right now and it’s been incredibly insightful (and funny!), so I’m gonna check this out


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

  • The Hive — Barry Lyga (ARC; september 2019)
    • YA dystopia; this reminds me of a Black Mirror episode so I’m intrigued
  • The Twisted Ones — T. Kingfisher (ARC; october 2019)
    • adult horror; this sounds so spooky!
  • Small Kingdoms and Other Stories — Charlaine Harris
    • adult mystery; I’m in a Charlaine Harris mood lately ?‍♀️
  • My Absolute Darling — Gabriel Tallent
    • adult thriller; reading this one for a GR group read!
  • The Turn of the Screw — Henry James (kindle unlimited)
    • adult horror; another GR group read
  • Dahlia Black — Keith Thomas (ARC; august 2019)
    • adult sci-fi; this is comp’d loosely to World War Z with aliens and genetics weirdness, so it sounds really neat

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


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  • Reply Alexa June 2, 2019 at 9:18 am

    I’m voting for The Witch Boy!

  • Reply eLPy June 2, 2019 at 10:09 am

    I’m going for Bones Are Made to Be Broken.
    Daphne du Maurier was an author I found several books from in my Grandmother’s collection of books. I too have been meaning to read her. You’ve got me thinking about them again. Thanks.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 3, 2019 at 9:08 pm

      Thank you for voting! And that’s really cool, I bet that makes those books even more meaningful for you! Hopefully you will love them as much as your grandmother must have. <3

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  • Reply singerofstories June 2, 2019 at 11:50 pm

    Graphic novels are pretty much always auto-reads for me so I might bump that. Baby Teeth is also on my TBR but I haven’t been watching all of the reviews. I own a copy so I need to read it anyway.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 3, 2019 at 8:59 pm

      Since you already own Baby Teeth, I’ll go ahead and say I hope you like it when you read it! 😀

  • Reply MetalPhantasmReads June 3, 2019 at 10:09 am

    I’ve heard Lore is good but I haven’t read any of them again lol. I kinda have Immunity on my TBR even though I haven’t read Contagion yet

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 3, 2019 at 8:58 pm

      Contagion was SO GOOD! I haven’t read much YA sci-fi/horror (I feel like that crossover doesn’t happen much outside of adult releases, you know?), but it was so much fun.

      • Reply MetalPhantasmReads June 4, 2019 at 2:47 pm

        That’s good to know! I got it in a book box last summer and I figure it’s time to finally try to read this year lol 🙂

  • Reply Malka @ Paper Procrastinators June 3, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    The Witch Boy sounds really cute, so I’m voting for that one!

  • Reply alisbooks June 3, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    I want to read Rebecca, too. Maybe I’ll get to it soon.

  • Reply Sarah June 6, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    I vote for Baby Teeth!! I read an ARC of it off NetGalley and really enjoyed it.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 25, 2019 at 1:00 am

      I missed this somehow but I’m excited that you enjoyed Baby Teeth! Just the title alone sounds… foreboding? lmao

      • Reply Sarah August 26, 2019 at 12:24 pm

        It is quite foreboding and spooky!

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