TBR Lows & Highs #5

September 20, 2018

I asked you guys last week if you’d prefer to see this become a biweekly meme or for me to double post sometimes on Thursdays, and the results were overwhelmingly in favor of double posting so that this could remain a weekly meme!


  • Link back to the original post at Howling Libraries
  • Sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, ascending
  • Find 5-10 (or more, if you feel ambitious!) titles to purge from your TBR (the “lows”)
  • Post those 5 books in the list, with a brief explanation of why you removed it
  • 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”)

Before we jump into my list, here are the posts from other bloggers:

  • Sionna added some delightful contemporary reads here
  • Sarah made me feel super loved by adding TWO of my recommendations here!
  • Katie joined up here, so go give a warm welcome!
  • Ari put a fun spin on this post, and this one (go check out her blog to see what I mean)!

Make sure you go give them some love, and feel free to join in with us on this meme!


I’m having a harder time finding books that I want to remove due to lack of interest, so some of these are being removed just because I have other books by those authors and want to read the ones I own first!
1. Since You’ve Been Gone — Morgan Matson
I have two of Matson’s other books, so I’ll read those, and if I enjoy them, I’ll add this one back!
2. Talon — Julie Kagawa
My “owned TBR” includes not one, not two, but SEVEN of Julie Kagawa’s books. This is not one of them, so… I’ll read those first. ?
3. Nemesis — Brendan Reichs
I thought this sounded cool when it came out, but the longer it’s been out, the more “meh” reviews I’ve seen from people I trust the opinions of, so I think I’ll pass.
4. Empress of a Thousand Skies — Rhoda Belleza
I think I tried to remove this in the early days of Down the TBR Hole, and was talked out of it, but I want to read it even less now than I did then, so…
5. Abigale Hall — Lauren A. Forry
This sounded interesting when I first added it, but wow, the average rating is super low, and even the positive reviews are saying it’s super repetitive, which is something that annoys me a lot in writing.


1. Heart of the Fae — Emma Hamm (purchased)
A bookstagram friend was raving about this series and showing off some fanart that looked so intriguing, and then I learned that the first book was only a few dollars on the kindle store, so I had to check it out!
2. Gates of Stone — Angus Macallan
Overall, I’m getting a little weary of YA fantasy about princesses and princes, but the synopsis of this sounds so cool (and murder-y!). Plus, check out that cover! ?
3. Dracul — Dacre Stoker, J. D. Barker
As soon as I heard that Bram Stoker’s great-grandnephew was the author of this, I was immediately intrigued. It’s a prequel to the classic Dracula, and is actually (in part) about Bram Stoker himself. I believe it’s inspired by his own notes that were found after his death.
4. What the Woods Keep — Katya de Becerra
I was hesitant to add this to my TBR at first because YA mysteries are hit and miss for me, but I keep hearing such good reviews, and I’m told it has some really unique, dark elements to it that I think I’ll like!
5. The Simple Wild — K. A. Tucker
I don’t read a ton of new adult romance, but I’m always looking for good recommendations in the genre, and tons of my favorite booktubers have been raving about this new release!
6. Descendant of the Crane — Joan He
First, I’m obsessed with this cover. Second, this Chinese-inspired fantasy story just sounds really lovely and I low key predict it’s going to be a hit when it comes out next year.
7. Children of the Dark — Jonathan Janz (purchased)
If you’ve somehow missed hearing me gush nonstop about Jonathan Janz’s recent release The Siren and the Specter, check my review out here. It was so good, I feel like I need to read his entire backlog immediately!
8. Sorcery of Thorns — Margaret Rogerson
This one doesn’t have a cover yet (I hear it’s going to be revealed soon!), but I adored An Enchantment of Ravens so much that I rushed to add this as soon as I realized it had been listed on Goodreads.
9. Evenfall — Gaja J. Kos, Boris Kos (ARC)
I won’t lie, the first thing about this that caught my eye was the stunning cover (I love Merwild’s art more than I can express), but several of my friends have been totally raving about it! I pre-ordered a finished copy, but while talking to the author on Instagram, she actually offered me an ARC, so I’m excited to get to this one soon.
10. Kin — Kealan Patrick Burke (purchased)
I always hear people raving about Kealan Patrick Burke’s horror stories, so I decided on a whim to add one to my Barnes & Noble order during the Labor Day sale, and I’m really looking forward to it! I hear it’s his most twisted and “extreme” work, and since I mostly lean more towards subtle and “gothic” horror, I think this should be really interesting!

What did you think of this week’s removals and additions? Will you be adding any of these to your TBR?


You Might Also Like


  • Reply booksandblends September 20, 2018 at 10:30 am

    The Simple Wild has been everywhere recently!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 22, 2018 at 2:51 am

      It really has been! I’ve seen a good dozen or more booktubers talk about it over the last couple of weeks, so I had to finally add it lol.

      • Reply booksandblends September 22, 2018 at 5:51 pm

        I’ve been waiting for my library to get it, but I might just have to purchase it because its taking forever lol!

  • Reply emmareadstoomuch September 20, 2018 at 11:29 am

    Since You’ve Been Gone is my FAVORITE morgan matson book so…even if you don’t LOVE other books by her maybe consider picking it up still ?
    as always i’m obligated to mention i love these posts!!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 22, 2018 at 2:54 am

      Will do! <3 I honestly HIGH KEY think I'm going to love her. I don't know why, I just feel it in my bones?? I have to be in the right mood for fluffy contemps but when I am, they're all I want to read (like the 3 consecutive years in my teens where I read almost exclusively Sarah Dessen books…)

  • Reply Kaya @ afictionalbookworm September 20, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Oh, I’ve been anticipating Descendent of the Crane!! It truly is a beautiful cover. Great post!!

  • Reply Kelly September 20, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    I love this idea! Most of these have such gorgeous covers. I have to admit I haven’t heard of any of these (for a book blogger, I’m absolutely dreadful ?) but I do like the sound of some of these, especially Children of the Dark, Dracul, and Descendant of the Crane. Although I’m gonna check out most of these because you can never have too many books on your TBR… can you?

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 22, 2018 at 2:55 am

      Hahaha you are NOT dreadful! <3 And nope, I always say a TBR can never really be TOO big… ;P

  • Reply Kaleena @ Reader Voracious September 20, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    Dracul is the next ARC I am going to tackle when/if I ever get caught up on our buddy read, lmao!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 22, 2018 at 2:56 am

      Ooooh, lemme know what you think of it! And yeah… I swore to myself that I would catch up tonight and instead I’ve been working on this weekend’s blog posts for the last THREE HOURS. My brain is mush.

  • Reply Flavia September 20, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    I’ve been feeling intrigued by Dracul! But am not sure how to feel because I have some feelings about Stoker and how he represented my country LOL but I forget exactly what gave me that feeling. I’ve also seen What the Woods Keep around but haven’t actually heard anything good or bad until now. I hope that I’ll be able to read Descendant of the Crane and may now have to look up the synopsis for Evenfall! Great post, as always! 😀 <3

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 22, 2018 at 2:57 am

      Oh no, I’m sorry to hear that! 🙁 Well, if you do ever pick Dracul up, I hope it’s better for you. <3 Thank you so much, love! Happy reading 😀

  • Reply chucklesthescot September 21, 2018 at 6:55 am

    I love this idea but the problem is I own either a digital or paperback copy of everything on my tbr and they are all things I want to read! Culling them has become really hard as I’m only grabbing the ones I really want to read! Gah, book obsession is out of control for Chuckles! I added Dracul just this week and Kin is on my ereader waiting for me to look at next month!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 22, 2018 at 2:58 am

      Oh that does make it hard to cull your TBR! One blogger has put a twist on it since she didn’t want to cull her TBR, so instead of removing books, for her “lows” she highlights 5 books that are on her TBR but are very low priority – I thought it was such a cool spin on the idea!

      • Reply chucklesthescot September 28, 2018 at 6:51 am

        That’s a pretty good idea for a different spin. Might need to consider that!

  • Reply calypte September 22, 2018 at 10:06 am

    I hadn’t read this before I had a big Goodreads purge – felt good. Still have faaaar too many books on it, though! o_O

  • Reply ReadyouLeyre September 23, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    I had no idea Margaret Rogerson was coming ot with a new book!! I am so excited to read it I absolutely loved and Enchantment of Ravens and I have been waiting ever since to read something else by her

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 24, 2018 at 4:05 pm

      Yep! She’s been talking about it a little bit lately on her instagram if you want to go see – she hasn’t been at liberty to say much yet, though. I’m hoping soooo badly to get an ARC when they’re printed!

  • Reply vinny (@artsydraft) September 24, 2018 at 10:14 am

    Hey, Destiny! I’m Vinny and I’m blogging over This is such an interesting meme! I just featured this meme on my blogging meme & link-ups directory. I hope you don’t mind! But if you do, please let me know! 🙂 x

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 26, 2018 at 1:20 pm

      Hey, Vinny! Thank you so much! Yes, I am totally cool with that. 🙂 Appreciate you!

    Say hello! ♥

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    %d bloggers like this: