TBR Lows & Highs

TBR Lows & Highs #56

September 22, 2019

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

ANGELFALL by Susan Ee!

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 Daemoniac — Kat Ross [adult hist-fic/mystery]
    • I got this ebook ages ago because of the Jack the Ripper-themed plot, and somehow have never read it!
  • An Unseen Attraction — K.J. Charles [adult historical romance]
    • A historical romance mystery set in the Victorian era? That was enough to catch my interest by itself, but then I’ve also been told K.J. Charles writes really phenomenal m/m romance, so that makes me even more intrigued.
      ✨ m/m & QPOC rep ✨
  • The Art of Breaking Things — Laura Sibson [YA contemporary]
    • This is about a teen girl who’s become sucked into a world of drugs and drinking after her mom’s ex-boyfriend does something awful to her. All she wants is to leave, but when he re-enters the picture, she has to find a way to save her sister from a similar fate.
  • Like a Love Story — Abdi Nazemian [YA hist-fic]
    • A story set in NYC in the late 80s, discussing the AIDS epidemic. It sounds pretty crushing but important.
      ✨ queer & POC rep ✨
  • With the Fire on High — Elizabeth Acevedo [YA contemporary]
    • I loved The Poet X so I really don’t know why I haven’t read this yet!
      ✨ own-voices afro-latinx rep ✨



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  • In the Dream House — Carmen Maria Machado [adult nonfic/memoir]
    • CMM’s memoir about surviving/escaping an abusive queer relationship. I really enjoyed Her Body and Other Parties and it was clear to see that a lot of what she wrote in HBAOP was inspired by her own life events, so I’m curious about this even though I would imagine it will be a pretty tough read.


Descriptions for all additions or “highs” 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 thebookwormofnotredame September 22, 2019 at 11:03 am

    With the Fire on High definitely deserves to be added to the “top-TBR”!! I absolutely adored it and if you loved the Poet X then I’m sure you’ll love this one, plus it’s so easy to read!! You’ll be done with it in a second 😀

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 30, 2019 at 11:35 pm

      Yaaaaaay! 😀 Excellent, and I love hearing it’s a fast read, too haha. Thank you!

  • Reply Crafty Scribbles September 22, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    Definitely read With The Fire on High. It’s a good sophomore effort.

  • Reply Brooklynne Michelle September 22, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    Like a Love Story and With Fire on High are both high on my TBR but that being said I haven’t read either of them yet either and I’m not even sure why not…

    I think I’d vote for Like a Love Story

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 30, 2019 at 11:36 pm

      They both sound so good! If only I had more hours in a day… whew. Thank you for voting lovely! <3

  • Reply Sarah September 23, 2019 at 8:19 am

    Hmm, I’m gonna vote for The Art of Breaking Things! I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.

  • Reply rachel @ typed truths September 24, 2019 at 1:29 am

    with the fire on high is so damn good! maybe one of my favourites of the year?? i mean, i adore the poet x a hecking ton but wtfoh definitely holds up. so i’m going to vote for that one!

  • Reply Kelly | Another Book in the Wall September 28, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Lovely post, Destiny!! Ah, I vote for With the Fire on High to be moved up! I haven’t read it yet, but it sounds AMAZING, so I am feeling optimistic about it. Haha!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 1, 2019 at 12:15 am

      It does sound amazing!! 😀 Let’s hope we both feel that way once we’ve read it too, haha!

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