TBR Lows & Highs #52

August 11, 2019

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

SHEETS by Brenna Thummler!

I actually had such a strong feeling this would win, I went ahead and put it on hold from a neighboring branch, and it’s on its way to me now. ?

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 Nightingale — Kristin Hannah [adult historical fiction]
    • This has been on my TBR forever and I really want to read it, but I keep putting it off because I expect it to be so sad!
  • Somewhere Only We Know — Maurene Goo [YA contemporary]
    • I was super excited to get this eARC, but then the slump happened, and, well… I dunno, now it’s getting mixed reviews and I’m a little less excited. ? But I still wanna read it! (And to be fair, I did like her last book more than most of my friends did, too!)
      ✨ own-voice Korean rep! ✨
  • Mary Shelley: The Strange True Tale of Frankenstein’s Creator — Catherine Reef [YA non-fic]
    • A biography of Mary Shelley’s life, pretty self-explanatory.
  • Daisy Jones & the Six — Taylor Jenkins Reid [adult hist-fic]
    • I have the eARC for this AND bought the audiobook, so… how have I not read it yet?
  • Unwritten Law — Eden Finley [adult romance]
    • A KU m/m romance about a guy who falls for his twin brother’s ex! This sounds potentially super yikes tbh, but the reviews are really good so I think it must be handled fairly well? Hopefully?
      ✨ m/m rep! ✨



  • Human Flesh — Nick Clausen [adult horror; available on KU]
    • Originally a Danish short story, this is pitched as a dark winter crime horror, which sounds atmospheric and fantastic.
  • The Cold — Rich Hawkins [adult horror; available on KU]
    • A creature feature in a blizzard setting! … can you tell I’m really sick of summer lately? ?
  • The Nightmare Room — Chris Sorensen [adult horror; available on KU]
    • A haunted farmhouse with spooky, evil entities… I never get tired of haunted house stories.
  • The Devilish Duke — Maddison Michaels [adult historical romance]
    • A marriage-for-money situation between a man known as the “Devil Duke” and a woman who wants nothing to do with him, but will do anything to save her orphanage.

  • Among the Fallen — Virginia Frances Schwartz [YA hist-fic; ARC en route]
    • Based on the true story of the Tothill prison, a young woman’s memories of being abused and exploited in a Victorian workhouse as well as her new life as she finds a way to freedom.
  • The Library of the Unwritten — A.J. Hackwith [adult fantasy; ARC en route]
    • Claire is the head librarian of a place called the Unwritten Wing: a neutral space in Hell where unfinished stories go to reside. When the stories’ characters come to life and try to escape, it’s her job to stop them.
      ✨ own-voice queer rep! ✨
  • Wonderland: An Anthology — edited by Marie O’Regan [adult fantasy/horror; ARC en route]
    • A collection of short dark fantasy and horror stories based on the world of Alice in Wonderland! I love Alice-themed horror retellings, and I’m betting I’ll love the fantasy stories, too.


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

  • Fair Game — Patricia Briggs [adult paranormal fantasy; used bookstore purchase]
  • River Marked — Patricia Briggs [adult paranormal fantasy; used bookstore purchase]
  • nectar — Upile Chisala [adult poetry; eARC]

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


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  • Reply Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books August 11, 2019 at 8:53 am

    Daisy Jones and the Six!! And definitely listen to the audiobook!

  • Reply abyssallibrarian August 11, 2019 at 10:22 am

    I would say either The Nightingale or Daisy Jones. If I had to pick just one, The Nightingale since you’ve been waiting to read that one longer.

  • Reply evelynreads1 August 11, 2019 at 10:34 am

    Ooh I loved daisy Jones and the six on audio! It would not surprise me if that o e wins this week haha!

  • Reply Malka @ Paper Procrastinators August 11, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    I’d love to hear what you think about Daisy Jones and the Six!

  • Reply mistysbookspace August 11, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    Hmm I can’t chose just one. There’s four that sound really interesting to me. So I’m going to cheat and put a vote in for all four of them. The Nightingale, Daisy Jones, the Maureen Goo one and the m/m romance. Sorry I can’t remember the titles of those last 2 even though I just read the post ??‍♀️

  • Reply CJR The Brit August 11, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    I vote Daisy Jones! I have it but like you, haven’t read yet!

  • Reply obsessedwithfairytales August 11, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    I vote for Daisy Jones & the Six — Taylor Jenkins Reid! I read the eARC and gave it 5 stars but I heard the best way to experience it is through audiobook format!

  • Reply Classy x Book Reviews August 11, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Daisy Jones! But the audiobook for sure.

  • Reply Melissa August 11, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    Mary Shelley: The Strange True Tale of Frankenstein’s Creator — Catherine Reef

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  • Reply Sionna (Books in Her Eyes) August 12, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    I vote for Unwritten Law since it is also on my TBR. ?

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