TBR Lows & Highs

TBR Lows & Highs #55

September 15, 2019

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

THE THIEF by Megan Whalen Turner!

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!)

  • Angelfall — Susan Ee [YA paranormal fantasy]
    • I really need more “fallen angel” type stories in my life, and this sounds so cool!
  • The Beholder — Anna Bright [YA fantasy]
    • I have an overdue eARC of this that I was excited for when it was first put up on Edelweiss, but a lot of reviews I’ve seen have dampened my enthusiasm a little… That said, I still want to read it and hopefully love it because it’s so dang gorgeous. ?
  • Lily and Dunkin — Donna Gephart [MG contemporary]
    • A MG story about a trans girl and a boy with bipolar disorder becoming friends. This just sounds so sweet and like something I desperately need in my life, but I don’t get around to picking up MG titles super often these days.
  • #MurderTrending — Gretchen McNeil [YA thriller/dystopia]
    • A dystopian future in which people can watch live executions of criminal teens on an app, and our main character has found herself in line to be the next victim, but she knows she’s innocent.
  • Frostblood — Elly Blake [YA fantasy]
    • Do you ever find something on your TBR that makes you realize you had no idea what it was about or why it was on there? That was Frostblood for me until about two seconds ago. ? It actually sounds really intriguing now, though! It’s got warring classes, tournaments, enemies-to-lovers, and elemental magic (I think?).



This week’s “highs” are technically from the last three weeks since I’ve been on hiatus, so I’ll try not to let this get too out of control…

  • Chosen — R.S. Broadhead [adult horror; kindle unlimited]
    • A woman visits her hometown and starts seeing really strange, terrifying things all around her before she finds herself in a town called Hell, where no one will let her leave.
  • The Family Upstairs — Lisa Jewell [adult thriller]
    • This is one of those thrillers where I feel like the synopsis tells me exactly NOTHING about the plot, yet also convinces me I need it RIGHT NOW. ?
  • Weeping Season — Sean O’Connor [adult horror]
    • This is 100000% up my alley, I swear. A group of strangers waking up in an isolated forest, totally clueless, and then they’re forced to play a “game” to save themselves? GIMME. (I literally stopped in the middle of writing this post to go find this book on Scribd and saved it so I can start reading it after typing this up, lmao)
  • To Be Devoured — Sara Tantlinger [adult horror; kindle unlimited]
    • I’ll probably go ahead and grab this one on KU after finishing this post, because a) it’s been highly recommended to me by my mom and multiple friends, 2) it’s queer horror (f/f) which I definitely don’t get enough of, and 3) it’s only 62 pages long! So you can expect a review for this ASAP, I think.
      ✨ f/f rep! ✨

  • Girls with Razor Hearts — Suzanne Young [YA dystopia]
    • Girls with Sharp Sticks was soooo good! I can’t wait for the sequel.
  • UrnTold Tales of Horror and Dread — J.B. Lovet [adult horror; kindle unlimited]
    • This one came highly recommended from Cassie! ♥ I think this author started out on r/nosleep or a similar subreddit, and that usually equals a pretty successful horror read for me for some reason. ?
  • Eat, and Love Yourself — Sweeney Boo [adult contemporary graphic novel]
    • A graphic novel about overcoming eating disorders, body positivity, and finding happiness in yourself, plus the art is BEAUTIFUL. I wish this release wasn’t so far away! (April 2020)
      ✨ own-voice fat rep! ✨
  • Kingdom of the Wicked — Kerri Maniscalco [YA historical fantasy]
    • Witches, demons, and Kerri Maniscalco — ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?! *SCREAMS FOREVER*

  • Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? — Caitlin Doughty [adult nonfiction/humor]
    • I’d never heard of this author until a few weeks ago, and suddenly I’m completely consumed by the need to read literally anything by her? Go figure. Since I’m on a book ban, I’m holding off on this one for now while I wait for copies of another of her books to come in from another branch. If you haven’t heard of this one, she’s a mortician and this book is her answering questions about death from kids!
  • Every Reason We Shouldn’t — Sara Fujimura [YA contemporary/romance]
    • How cute is this cover! The MC is a biracial figure skater who’s apparently going to fall for her biggest rival/enemy, and it sounds like too much fun.
  • The Holy Wild: A Heathen Bible for the Untamed Woman — Danielle Dulsky [adult nonfic/spirituality]
    • A book about exploring your spirituality and feminism through ancient practices like elemental magic. I actually feel like this could easily be either amazing or not up my alley at all, but I’m really intrigued and I think it’s available on Hoopla.
  • Little Universes — Heather Demetrios [YA contemporary]
    • After how much I loved Bad Romance, I am DEFINITELY ready to get my ass handed to me by Heather Demetrios again. This one is about two sisters grieving the loss of their parents and dealing with addiction, and it sounds brutal. ?


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 Read With Katrin September 15, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    I really liked Angelfall when I read it several years ago. My reading tastes have changed over the years so, I don’t know if I’d still like it but, I think it’s an enjoyable read.

  • Reply The Book Bog September 15, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    Voting for the Beholder by Anna Bright! That COVER!!!

  • Reply CJR The Brit September 15, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    I started to read The Beholder but just couldnt get into it so I’ve put it aside for now (you know in that pile that will probably never see the light of day again but you just cant part with?!!)

    I vote Murder Trending…I haven’t read it but want to!!!!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 17, 2019 at 12:43 am

      Oh noooo! I’m sorry you weren’t able to get into it. Haha I know exactly what you mean about that pile, though ?

      Thank you! 😀 It sounds really intriguing.

      • Reply CJR The Brit September 17, 2019 at 2:42 pm

        I need to give that pile some extra love some day!!!

  • Reply Keri September 16, 2019 at 12:08 am

    OMG, ANGELFALL! I 100% vote for Angelfall–I love that series and I’ve read the first book at least 3 times.

    And oooh, Blackbird! I read the first issue of that comic but I still need to go back and read the whole volume–the art is sooo pretty! 🙂

  • Reply Brooklynne Michelle September 16, 2019 at 4:14 am

    Caitlyn also has an EXCELLENT YouTube ‘Ask A Mortician’ channel you should check out!

  • Reply Meeghan reads September 16, 2019 at 8:36 am

    Uhh, so WILL my cat eat my eyeballs???? Destiny, you can’t leave me hanging like this!!

  • Reply Melissa September 17, 2019 at 1:03 am

    So many good choices, but I’d go with Frostblood by Elly Blake.

  • Reply Victoria September 17, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    I did not know Kerri Maniscalco is starting a new series, that makes me so excited!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 30, 2019 at 11:24 pm

      Oh my gosh, I know right?!?! I love the SJTR series so much and I really can’t wait to see what she does with the new series!!

  • Reply Kelly | Another Book in the Wall September 19, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    I personally wasn’t the biggest fan of #Mudertrending, but it was a very “it’s not you, it’s me” sort of problem with the book. lol. I’ve had Angelfall on my TBR for years! If you bump that one up and eventually read, let me know if you’re ever in the mood for a buddy read! Haha! <3

  • Reply rachel @ typed truths September 20, 2019 at 1:13 am

    i had the same issue with the beholder! i was so excited to get approved on edelweiss but the review put me off so i never picked it up. i’m voting tossing up between voting for angelfall – it’s one of the oldest unread books i own and i’m not sure if i’ll ever get around to it or not – and frostblood, which i read when it came out and really loved. it’s definitely got elemental magic!

    that blackbird cover ?

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 30, 2019 at 11:33 pm

      I’m glad I’m not the only one feeling a little lackluster over The Beholder now! 🙁 Sad, though. And yes, that Blackbird cover is gorgeous! My Hoopla expired before I got to read it so I need to check it out again haha.

      • Reply rachel @ typed truths October 7, 2019 at 12:14 am

        oh dang, i hate when that happens! i swear at least 60% of my library loans have gone back this year unread because i haven’t managed to get to them in time

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