TBR Lows & Highs #48

July 14, 2019

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

IN A DARK, DARK WOOD by Ruth Ware!

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 Call — Peadar O Guilin [YA horror]
    • I heard this was pretty creepy!
  • The Perfect Child — Lucinda Berry [adult thriller]
    • Another one I heard was creepy, though friends have given it fairly mixed reviews.
  • Amina’s Voice — Hena Khan [MG contemporary]
    • I know I’ll love this, it’s just so rare that I reach for MG contemporary!
  • Little Peach — Peggy Kern [YA contemporary]
    • This sounds reeeaaaally dark, but I keep forgetting it’s on my TBR.
  • The Black God’s Drums — P. Djeli Clark [adult steampunk]
    • This one comes really highly recommended, I just have hit-and-miss experiences with the genre.



  • Saint — Chantal Fernando [adult romance]
    • I’ve never gotten into the whole motorcycle club romance deal, but this sounds interesting and I hear the author is pretty widely loved.
  • The Ghost Collector — Allison Mills [MG paranormal]
    • In this family, all of the women catch ghosts in their hair, and then they help the ghosts move on. When Shelly’s mom passes away suddenly, Shelly starts hoarding ghosts instead of helping them, but she can’t figure out why her mom’s ghost hasn’t shown up.
      ✨ indigenous (Cree) rep! ✨
  • Loveboat, Taipei — Abigail Hing Wen [YA contemporary]
    • This sounds like SO much fun! A bunch of teens sneaking off to Loveboat, where they can have rebellious fun — I know this is going to be a disaster in the best way haha. I also dig that it’s a series starter since we don’t see YA contemp series often, and how gorgeous is that cover?!
      ✨ own-voice Asian rep! ✨
  • A Dead and Stormy Night — Steffanie Holmes [adult paranormal romance]
    • I’m a sucker for books with bookstores or libraries as settings, and in this one, new bookseller Mina finds that the shop has a curse that brings characters to life (“in lust-worthy bodies”, the synopsis adds). There’s also a murder mystery, ooh… and Sionna liked it, which is really recommendation enough on its own!

  • Tikka Chance on Me — Suleikha Snyder [adult romance]
    • 1) it’s a diverse romance; 2) it’s only a dollar in the kindle store; 3) it’s only 72 pages long, and 4) Talia Hibbert loved it. Yep, that’s all I needed to know!
      ✨ own-voice Indian rep! ✨
  • Taaqtumi: An Anthology of Arctic Horror Stories — anthology [adult horror]
    • An entire anthology of horror short stories written by indigenous authors, set in the icy tundra. This sounds AWESOME.
      ✨ own-voice indigenous (Inuit/Inuk) rep ✨
  • Violet — Scott Thomas [adult horror]
    • I really liked Thomas’ debut, Kill Creek, so I’m very excited for this one. Creepy imaginary friends seems to be becoming a liiiittle bit of a horror theme right now and I’m super here for it. This doesn’t come out until October and I’ve yet to decide if I want to request an ARC or just pre-order it as a birthday gift for myself.
  • The Deep — Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes [adult fantasy/sci-fi/Afro-futurism]
    • Yetu is her sea-dwelling community’s “historian”, the one person tasked with the terrible burden of carrying the memories of their ancestors: pregnant African slave women who were thrown overboard ages ago. I’ve heard such amazing things about Rivers Solomon’s writing, plus the book was inspired by a song from the group clipping., who are… so awesome. (Their song ‘Body and Blood’ has been one of my favorites for years)
      ✨ own-voice black rep! ✨


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

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


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  • Reply CJR The Brit July 14, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    I haven’t read any of your knows but Aminas Voice is my vote, sounds fab and I love the cover ?

    • Reply CJR The Brit July 14, 2019 at 2:01 pm

      Bloody phone, lows not knows!!!

  • Reply Nikki @The Night is Dark and Full of Books July 14, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    Little peach is an amazing book! Very hard hitting though. Difficult topic to read about .

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  • Reply Malka @ Paper Procrastinators July 14, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    I haven’t read any of the books mentioned in this post but I’ve heard great things about both The Call and Amina’s Voice!

  • Reply Musings of a (Book) Girl July 14, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    I definitely vote for Little Peach by Peggy Kern! It’s a really amazing book and such a fast read because it’s short and a story that will punch you in the gut.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 28, 2019 at 9:50 pm

      I know Little Peach didn’t win the week that this post was up but you saying this has me wanting to read it really badly so I think I’m gonna see if I can borrow it from the library soon! Thank you!

  • Reply marydrover July 15, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    The Call is creepy and then some. Ó Guilín’s version of the faery realm is truly terrifying, and I gobbled this duology right up.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 28, 2019 at 9:50 pm

      Ahhh, excellent! Thank you for the recommendation! I didn’t know it was just a duology and for some reason thought I would have to wait on another book’s release, so knowing now that it’s just the two books makes me even more eager to pick it up.

  • Reply rachel @ typed truths July 16, 2019 at 2:28 am

    amina’s voice is absolutely and utterly phenomenal!! i love it a hecking ton and would highly recommend. i’ve heard that the call is really creepy too so i’ll be interested to see what you think
    and wow, loveboat taipei sounds so good and that cover – it’s stunning.

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