TBR Lows & Highs #7

September 30, 2018


  • Link back to the original post at Howling Libraries
  • Sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, ascending
  • Find 5-10 (or more, if you feel ambitious!) titles to purge from your TBR (the “lows”)
  • Post those 5 books in the list, with a brief explanation of why you removed it
  • 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”)

Before we jump into my list, here are the posts from other bloggers:

  • Ari had some amazing queer recommendations this week!
  • Sarah made some great removals!
  • Sionna added a really exciting upcoming retelling this week!

Make sure you go give them some love, and feel free to join in with us on this meme!


1. Madness — Zac Brewer
This sounded interesting enough at first, but after reading some full-spoiler reviews and learning how it ends, I’m not interested at all.
2. Ultimate Sacrifice — S. E. Green
This just sounds… meh.
3. Corrupt — Penelope Douglas
The longer it’s been since I read my last Penelope Douglas read, Birthday Girl, the more I hate that book and it’s making me lose all interest in reading most of her other work.
4. Saga, Vol. 7 — Brian K. Vaughan
I swear I’ve removed this so many times and I keep finding it on my TBR shelf again? WTF? I’m just not interested in continuing this series.
5. The Chaos of Stars — Kiersten White
I loved the first 2 books in The Conquerors Saga by her, but I have 3 other books of Kiersten’s on my TBR that I actually own, so I’ll remove this one (which I do not own).


1. Miranda and Caliban — Jacqueline Carey (purchased)
This is a retelling of The Tempest, but that’s not why I bought it. I fell in love with the cover immediately, the hardback was only a few dollars on BookOutlet, and I’m a sucker for tragic romance.
2. Nights of the Living Dead — Jonathan Maberry & George A. Romero (purchased)
I love anthologies, I love zombies, and I love George A. Romero.
3. Suffer the Children — Craig DiLouie (purchased)
When I bought this, I thought it was about zombie children, but it’s actually about vampire children. Semantics!
4. Haunted Are These Houses — Eddie Generous & Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi (purchased)
A whole anthology about haunted houses, and there are quite a few authors in the list that I’ve been wanting to check out!
5. Middlegame — Seanan McGuire
I just see Seanan McGuire’s name and click “want to read” immediately.
6. Scream and Scream Again! — R. L. Stine
An entire anthology of middle grade horror, edited and pieced together by my childhood fave? YES, PLEASE.
7. The Weight of the Stars — K. Ancrum
Queer ladies in space! I actually thought I had added this ages ago, but I hadn’t, so here we are. Now, if I can just stay calm until its March 2019 release…
8. My Favorite Half-Night Stand — Christina Lauren (ARC)
I’ve only read one thing from this author duo before, and I really enjoyed it, so I had to request this when I saw it on netgalley (and thankfully, I was approved!). It evidently tackles a humorous, honest outlook on internet dating, and as someone with way too many cringe-y, laughable stories of my own in that field, I’m here for it.
9. The Witch Boy — Molly Ostertag
A middle grade graphic novel about a boy who wants to be a witch, even though his family swears only girls can be witches. This sounds so precious and I’m always down for challenging gender roles!
10. We Hunt the Flame — Hafsah Faizal
I know I keep saying I’m getting burnt out on “royalty” YA fantasy stories, but one written by a Muslim author, who I’m told inserted some of her own religious identity into the storytelling? I can’t pass that up. ♥

What did you think of this week’s removals and additions? Will you be adding any of these to your TBR?


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  • Reply Tammy September 30, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    I loved Miranda and Caliban, I’m glad you’re leaving it on your list:-)

  • Reply emmareadstoomuch September 30, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    i’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on My Favorite Half Night Stand – i’ve read two books by that duo and have been meh on both but something keeps bringing me back?? anyway i’m interested in the book for some reason

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 4, 2018 at 3:55 am

      So far I’ve only read Autoboyography by them, and I thought it was cute, but nothing mind-blowing? That said I’m super hoping I’ll enjoy their adult work more!

  • Reply meltingpages September 30, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    I kept seeing Miranda and Caliban on Book Outlet and I almost got it, but I wasn’t sure about it. Can’t wait to see what you think!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 4, 2018 at 3:56 am

      Same, it had been in my cart for ages but I always ended up removing it when I went to place an order, lol! It felt like time to finally cave and order it.

  • Reply Sarah October 1, 2018 at 9:16 am

    Omg, why does Saga keep coming back to haunt you????

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 4, 2018 at 3:58 am

      RIGHT? I don’t get it but I double checked and all of the unread volumes are now off of my TBR, so if they show up again later, well… 😐

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