TBR Lows & Highs

TBR Lows & Highs #59

October 13, 2019

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

PESTILENCE by Laura Thalassa!

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!)

  • Discount Armageddon — Seanan McGuire [adult urban fantasy]
    • I love Seanan, I love cryptozoology… why haven’t I started this series yet?
  • Sanctum — Madeleine Roux [YA horror]
    • Honestly, the first book (Asylum, review here) was kind of a dumpster fire for me, buuuut I already own book 2 and want to see if it gets any better… eventually…
  • Her Every Fear — Peter Swanson [adult thriller]
    • I’ve always heard good things about Swanson’s work — does anyone know if this is a good intro to his writing?
  • All the Light We Cannot See — Anthony Doerr [adult historical fiction]
    • So, the thing about WWII books… well.
      Me: “fuck me up fam, give me those good sad books!”
      Also me: *never reaches for this book on my shelf because I know I’ll sob my eyes out*
  • The Iron Trial — Holly Black & Cassandra Clare [MG fantasy]
    • Honestly, two authors I love co-writing a MG fantasy series sounds like a recipe for a good time if you ask me.



  • Heart2Heart: Volume 3 [queer romance anthology; kindle unlimited]
    • A whole collection of queer romance! And I think all of the authors are queer?
      ✨ queer rep! ✨
  • Madam — Phoebe Wynne [adult gothic]
    • A modern gothic tale pitched as The Secret History meets The Stepford Wives, about an all-girls boarding school with some creepy secrets!
  • Garlic & the Vampire — Bree Paulsen [MG paranormal graphic novel]
    • Book 1 in a MG graphic novel series about a town of veggies who get scared when a vampire moved in next door. It sounds freaking adorable.
  • Homeland Elegies — Ayad Akhtar [adult contemporary]
    • A partially factual, partially fictional tale inspired by the author’s experience as the son of Muslim immigrants in a post-9/11 US.
      ✨ own-voice Muslim rep! ✨
  • Burn the Dark — S.A. Hunt [adult horror/paranormal]
    • This is technically a re-release of a series that’s already out, I think?, about a YouTube celebrity witch hunter seeking revenge against a coven that wronged her mother ages ago.

  • The Night Weaver — Monique Snyman [YA horror]
    • Shadow Grove is an awful town where children go missing and bad things happen, and nobody grieves or seeks a way to right anything – and now, something in the woods is turning the residents left in town into brain-dead versions of themselves.
  • The Only Good Indians — Stephen Graham Jones [adult horror]
    • Four Native men find themselves in a supernatural battle against an entity that wants revenge on them for something they did as teens.
      ✨ own-voice Native rep! ✨
  • The Return — Rachel Harrison [adult horror/thriller]
    • After 2 years of being missing, a member of Elise’s group of friends returns suddenly, and only Elise seems to notice that the woman isn’t who she was before she left.
  • Upright Women Wanted — Sarah Gailey [adult sci-fi/western novella]
    • A futuristic/dystopian Western with queer librarians. Holy shit, I’m here for it.
      ✨ queer rep, trans author ✨
  • Riot Baby — Tochi Onyebuchi [adult dystopia novella]
    • A dystopian story about gifted siblings, racism, and police brutality.
      ✨ own-voice Black rep! ✨

  • LaGuardia — Nnedi Okorafor [adult sci-fi graphic novel]
    • An AU where aliens have come to Earth and mingled with society, featuring a Nigerian-American doctor MC who teams up with an alien plant to smuggle immigrants in.
      ✨ own-voice Black/Nigerian-American rep! ✨
  • Jack of Thorns — A.K. Faulkner [adult paranormal fantasy]
    • A NA m/m paranormal romance featuring sex debts, “narcotic nectar” (what is this, I need more deets), and a bi pagan MC who has psychic visions. I dunno, man, something about this is super sucking me in.
      ✨ bi & m/m rep! ✨
  • How Much To…? — Matt Shaw [adult horror novella; kindle unlimited]
    • I still haven’t read anything by Matt Shaw, but I keep adding his stuff to my TBR because my mom likes him so much. Supposedly this is one of his most twisted releases yet. ?
  • If I Never Met You — Mhairi McFarlane [adult romance]
    • A fake dating romance between a woman who’s just been dumped by her partner of 10+ years, and a hot colleague who needs to impress their boss by convincing them he can carry off a stable relationship.
      ✨ interracial relationship rep, biracial (Black/white) MC rep ✨
  • When You Know What I Know — Sonja K. Solter [MG contemporary]
    • A novel in verse about a girl’s uncle abusing her. I’m sure this is going to be painful but I also really think stories like this need to be told in the MG and younger YA age ranges, because a lot of preteens are dealing with this stuff & there’s not much being written for them about it yet. 🙁


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 read first?


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  • Reply evelynreads1 October 14, 2019 at 2:04 am

    The iron trial is definitely worth the read! I erally enjoyed the audiobooks for that series!


  • Reply Brooklynne Michelle October 14, 2019 at 2:32 am

    The Iron Trials is high on my TBR too… perhaps I should get to it as well. Anyway it gets my vote!

  • Reply keen23 October 14, 2019 at 11:24 am

    Seanan McGuire’s Incryptid series is a delight. I do love the way Seanan writes, but I’ve never been able to get into the Toby Daye series. I have conflicting thoughts on Wayward Children- I love some of it, and some of it totally bugs me.

  • Reply Melissa S Dingus October 14, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    My vote: The Iron Trial — Holly Black & Cassandra Clare

  • Reply Sarah October 16, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Voting for the Seanan McGuire! 🙂

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