TBR Lows & Highs

TBR Lows & Highs #54

August 25, 2019

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

EMMA IN THE NIGHT by Wendy Walker!

It was a tie between this and THE JUMBIES, so I flipped a coin. 🙂

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!)

  • Dividing Eden — Joelle Charbonneau [YA fantasy]
    • A pair of royal twins have always been close, but when they unexpectedly are forced to compete for the throne of their kingdom, they must turn against one another if they want to do what’s best for their people. I dunno about this one but I’ve had it on my kindle for ages.
  • The King’s Man — Elizabeth Kingston [adult historical romance]
    • I’m really thinking I’ll like this one, so I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet. It’s about a retired mercenary who falls in love with a widow whose husband he was hired to kill years earlier.
  • I’m Afraid of Men — Vivek Shraya [adult nonfic/memoir]
    • This is only in my lows because I don’t think I can get it from the library and I’m on a no buy, but this is a trans woman’s memoir about toxic masculinity and it sounds so good.
  • Four Three Two One — Courtney C. Stevens [YA contemporary]
    • Four teen survivors of a horrible bus bombing incident connect in hopes of healing together.
  • The Thief — Megan Whalen Turner [adult fantasy]



  • Siphon — A.A. Medina [adult horror; kindle unlimited]
    • I don’t really know what this is about, but I hear it’s really messed up. It features a doctor main character who I guess gets wrapped up in some pretty freaky accident at the hospital?
  • Stranger Rituals — Kali Rose Schmidt [NA fantasy]
  • Frozen Beauty — Lexa Hillyer [YA mystery]
    • Three sisters are all in love with the same boy, but when one of the sisters is found dead in the woods, the other two sisters try to find out who’s responsible, and if it could be the boy they all loved.
  • We Used to Be Friends — Amy Spalding [YA contemporary]
    • A story of a broken friendship, told in alternating timelines. I swear the world really does need more YA books talking about friendship break-ups, because it’s something that can hurt just as much as a romantic relationship ending sometimes, and nobody really talks about it. 🙁
      ✨ f/f rep! ✨

  • The Best Laid Plans — Cameron Lund [YA rom-com]
    • I don’t think I’ve ever read a YA book that tackled common adult romance tropes like asking someone to take your virginity just so you can get it over with. ? Among other things… this is supposed to be really hilariously cringe-y and awkward and I’m just intrigued, you know?
  • The Last Confession of Autumn Casterly — Meredith Tate [YA thriller]
    • These two sisters couldn’t be any more different, but when one of them is kidnapped, beaten, and held hostage, all she can do to save herself is to leave her body and visit her sister as a spirit, and attempt to lead her sister in the right direction to find her.
  • Pet — Awkaeke Emezi [YA fantasy]
    • In the city of Lucille, children are taught that monsters don’t exist anymore, but Jam has just learned that they do. Now she has to figure out how to protect her best friend and herself while uncovering the truth.


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) August 25, 2019 at 8:22 am

    I’ll vote for The King’s Man because that’s one I’ve been thinking of reading for awhile as well.
    Totally had to add Stranger Rituals to my TBR as well. Dark and potentially funny NA fantasy? I’m in!

  • Reply Kaya @ afictionalbookworm August 25, 2019 at 8:50 am

    I’ll vote for The Thief! I’ve had that one on my shelf for FOREVER?

  • Reply thecuriousowlbookreviews August 25, 2019 at 10:58 am

    “The King’s Men”! It sounds really interesting!

  • Reply evelynreads1 August 25, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Four Three Two One has a heavy topic, but it is beautifully written!

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  • Reply Kelly | Another Book in the Wall August 25, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    I haven’t read it yet, but I’m very intrigued by Four Three Two One! I’ll definitely look out for your review if you read that one soon! 😉

  • Reply Melissa August 25, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    The Thief — Megan Whalen Turner

  • Reply Ellyn August 26, 2019 at 1:18 am

    I’m Afraid of Men sounds pretty good, maybe try the audiobook?

  • Reply Meeghan reads August 30, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    I’m voting for Dividing Eden… but only because I want to know what you think so I know if I should read it…!! ??

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