TBR Lows & Highs #49

July 21, 2019

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

AMINA’S VOICE by Hena Khan!

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 Silence of the Girls — Pat Barker [adult hist-fic/fantasy]
    • This is the story of the Battle of Troy, told from the POV of a woman who’s given to Achilles as a slave.
  • The Smell of Other People’s Houses — Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock [YA hist-fic]
    • I… literally know nothing about this except a ton of my friends love it, and it’s set in Alaska in the 70s.
  • No One Here is Lonely — Sarah Everett [YA contemporary/sci-fi]
    • This is a slightly sci-fi-esque near-future where people’s memories can be uploaded to an AI that creates a computer version of them after they die, which is what’s happened with Eden’s crush, Will, who’s just passed away.
  • These Shallow Graves — Jennifer Donnelly [YA hist-fic/mystery]
    • Jo wants to become a journalist, and has to take on her first mystery-investigating case when her father dies unexpectedly due to supposed suicide, but she refuses to believe it wasn’t murder.
  • Crazy Rich Asians — Kevin Kwan [adult romance]
    • For anyone who doesn’t know the plot: Rachel agrees to a summer in Singapore with her boyfriend’s family, but he didn’t tell her his family is incredibly wealthy and judgmental.



I added a lot this week… whoops.

  • One of Us is Next — Karen M. McManus [YA thriller]
    • I really disliked the first book in this series, One of Us is Lying, but this past Tuesday, I made a list of 10 authors I would give another chance, and she made the list so I added this one. (The same goes for the next 3 additions, too)
  • You Asked for Perfect — Laura Silverman [YA contemporary]
  • Corrupt — Penelope Douglas [new adult romance]
  • The Book of Ezra — Carolyn Lee Adams [YA horror]
  • Along for the Ride — Mimi Grace [new adult romance]
    • An enemies-to-lovers road-trip story, yes please, and HOW GREAT IS THIS COVER
      ✨ black rep! ✨
  • Earning Her Trust — Adore Ian [adult romance]
    • Sometimes you just need a super angsty dom/sub romance

  • Madhouse — Miguel Estrada [adult horror]
    • A super short horror story about a boy who runs away from home in hopes of getting his folks back together, but gets abducted and wakes up shackled in an abandoned house in the middle of nowhere.
  • Accidental Knight — Nicole Snow [adult romance; KU]
    • An arranged marriage with a stoic grump-butt who doesn’t talk? Sounds like my kind of read…
  • Oz — Lily Morton [adult m/m romance; KU]
    • A rom-com between a wild young man looking for nothing serious and a disciplined, respectable (older?) man wanting to settle down
      ✨ m/m rep! ✨
  • Black Sheep — Kay Simone [adult m/m romance; KU]
    • A newly rehabilitated former drug addict returns home to help his family during his father’s dying days, and falls in love with his brother’s best friend
      ✨ m/m rep! ✨
  • Hell and Gone — Tal Bauer [adult m/m western romance; KU]
    • (Can you tell I fell down a “related to this product” hole on the kindle store?) A murder mystery/western romance between two cowboys ?
      ✨ m/m rep! ✨
  • Gretel — Christopher Coleman [adult horror; KU]
    • I think it’s a Hansel & Gretel retelling where Gretel has become an evil entity in the woods…? Maybe?

  • Daughters of Darkness — anthology [adult horror; KU]
    • An all-woman-created horror anthology ?
  • Don’t Scream — Blair Daniels [adult horror; KU]
    • Another horror collection, except these are all written by the editor of Daughters of Darkness
  • Dark Ride — Iain Rob Wright [adult horror; KU]
    • If you didn’t know I’m obsessed with haunted theme park stories, well, now you know!
  • Unwritten Law — Eden Finley [adult m/m romance; KU]
    • Twin #1 gets Twin #2 to stand in for him during a breakup, except Twin #2 falls for the intended ex-boyfriend… (potential yikes but the ratings are so good!)
      ✨ m/m rep! ✨
  • Always Mine — Sloane Kennedy [adult m/m romance; KU]
    • I really, really, REALLY love childhood-friends-grow-up,-reconnect,-and-fall-in-love stories ? Oh, and this is another one about cowboys, or… well, ranch hands? Close enough, maybe ?‍♀️ For those of you who are specifically into that setting.
      ✨ m/m rep! ✨
  • Midnight Snack — Terry M. West [adult horror; KU]
    • A super short story about a guy who ends up on a “hellish” back road late at night.


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 Sionna (Books in Her Eyes) July 21, 2019 at 8:39 am

    You Asked for Perfect was a pretty good read, I think you would like it.
    Also, totally just added Along for the Ride, Accidental Knight, and Unwritten Law to my TBR list. You are in fact, my favorite enabler haha.

  • Reply evelynreads1 July 21, 2019 at 8:46 am

    I wouldn’t recommend crazy rich asians, I really did not enjoy my time reading it! (probably a bit of an unpopular opinion..)

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 28, 2019 at 9:52 pm

      Oh noooo! Was it just not enjoyable or something specific you disliked?

      • Reply evelynreads1 August 29, 2019 at 2:29 am

        For me there was way too much ‘unimportant’ background information, that really took me out of the story

  • Reply Malka @ Paper Procrastinators July 21, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    I think Crazy Rich Asians was so much fun! It’s very over the top and I love that! I also really need to check out Along for the Ride now! Enemies to lovers is one of my favorite tropes!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 28, 2019 at 9:53 pm

      Ahhh I’m so glad to hear it! I hear such mixed reviews on CRA but it really sounds like a lot of fun to me so I feel like I should just try it for myself some time!

  • Reply Wish Fulfillment Sylwia ✨ (@exsixtwosix) July 21, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Crazy Rich Asians was worth reading, but no where near as good as the hype claimed!

  • Reply Sara @ Book Confessions July 21, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    I really loved Crazy Rich Asians. It was fun and I’m excited to now watch the movie.
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  • Reply Kelly | Another Book in the Wall July 25, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Great post, Destiny! I still need to read Crazy Rich Asians at some point (I feel kind of required to, lest my Asian bibliophile ancestors slap me from the grave)! I have mixed feelings about One of Us is Next too, since I found the first book pretty problematic. I still want to give the author another chance, so I might read it? I’m still undecided. Haha.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 28, 2019 at 9:54 pm

      “lest my Asian bibliophile ancestors slap me” LMAO. I’m dying at this comment Kelly!! And I feel you on the issues with the author of One of Us is Next. It’s a hard call to make!

  • Reply Ellyn July 26, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    I have heard AMAZING reviews for The Smell of Other People’s Houses. I still haven’t read it myself but I will *laughs nervously looking at my over-flowing tbr*

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 28, 2019 at 9:54 pm

      *laughs nervously looking at my over-flowing tbr*

      I feel like you just summed up my entire way of life… ?

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