TBR Lows & Highs #8

October 7, 2018


I’ve hit a snag that I didn’t expect when creating this meme: I’m running out of books to remove! I decided to follow Ari’s lead by highlighting 5-10 books at the bottom of my TBR, instead of removals! These will be titles I want to read eventually, but not right now.

Every week, I’ll ask you guys to pick ONE (1) book from the “lows” section that you think I should prioritize! Whatever book gets the most “votes” will be added to my “top-TBR” shelf on Goodreads.

I like this idea so much, I’m even amending the rules below to reflect them as a new option!


  • 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”)
    • ALTERNATIVE OPTION: Find 5+ titles that are at the BOTTOM of your TBR—books you want to read someday, just not right now! (Thank you for this idea, Ari!)
  • 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”)

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

  • Sarah broke my heart a little this week, but I love her anyways ??
  • Sionna made my TBR a little bit bigger this week with a Grace Draven addition!
  • Acqua joined us for the first time this week—even if she doesn’t make it a regular addition to her blog, please go say hello!

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


1. The Blade Itself — Joe Abercrombie
I constantly hear people recommend this as a fantastic adult grimdark/epic fantasy crossover series, and it sounds interesting, but I have so many unread adult fantasy titles on my shelves that I haven’t found a good excuse to pick this one up yet!
2. The Hollow Girl — Hillary Monahan (owned)
The synopsis of this (a girl using witchcraft to get vengeance for rape) sounded so cool, but I sort of lost interest after an incident including the author’s twitter presence earlier this year. I think I’ve managed to move past it by now, but I haven’t quite re-prioritized this one yet.
3. Tomorrow Will Be Different — Sarah McBride (owned)
I feel like this is a super important book, as it’s a nonfiction memoir about being a trans woman in US politics, but it also sounds really heavy and I haven’t worked up the courage yet.
4. Graveminder — Melissa Marr (owned)
I bought this thinking it was a fae book (because that’s what I always hear people talk about when it comes to Melissa Marr), but I think it’s actually about a girl who takes care of zombies? I’m mildly intrigued.
5. The Living Dead — edited by John Joseph Adams (owned)
I’ve had an ebook of this for ages, but never seem to get around to it. Zombie stories are just a little bit hit-and-miss for me, but there are some big names in this collection (George R. R. Martin, Joe Hill, Neil Gaiman, Laurell K. Hamilton, Clive Barker, etc.) so I don’t want to remove it, either!


1. Discount Armageddon — Seanan McGuire (ordered, pending arrival)
A little-known fact about me is that I LOVE cryptozoology (the study of potentially mythical creatures—Loch Ness monster, Bigfoot, etc.), and this is an ENTIRE SERIES about a cryptozoologist. ? I think the book is already 7 novels deep, plus there are some novellas, so it’s going to be quite an undertaking.
2. The Homecoming — Andrew Pyper
I love thrillers about people realizing their family members aren’t who they thought they were—something about that just really creeps me out! This involves that as a theme, as well as a creepy cabin in the PNW forest, so I’m pretty excited. Sadly, it doesn’t come out until 2019. ?
3. The Duchess Deal — Tessa Dare
I’ve been hearing people rave about Tessa Dare for a while, but I finally decided to add one of her books to my TBR after hearing Kayla rave about this book! Plus, she said the hero in the book is covered in scars and is a grouchy asshole at first, which is ridiculously on brand for my taste in book dudes.
4. Slothilda — Dante Fabiero
A humorous comic book about a sloth. Yes. Yes please. LOOK AT HOW CUTE SHE IS
5. I Wish You All the Best — Mason Deaver
I’ve never read a book with own-voice nonbinary rep, and this sounds so heartbreaking and lovely. ♥
6. White Stag — Kara Barbieri (ARC)
I’m told this book was a Wattpad hit, but now it’s being re-released by Wednesday Books and I was able to nab a “read now” copy during a limited release recently! It has goblins and a Goblin King, and that’s really all I needed to know.
7. Quiver — Julia Watts
A girl from a strict evangelical Christian home befriends a new neighbor who’s gender-fluid. I’m not sure if this is a contemporary romance or a coming-of-age friendship book, but either way, I’m really into it.
8. The Falconer — Elizabeth May (owned)
I’ve seen this YA fantasy/hist-fic book around a million times, but never really let it catch my eye until I recently realized it was the same author who wrote one of my favorite stories in the Toil & Trouble anthology! It has steampunk elements, fae, warrior ladies, and I’m hoping it will be just as unapologetically feminist as her short story was.
9. Off Season — Jack Ketchum
Ketchum and I have a bit of a shaky past—I think he was an incredible author with good intentions who simply went too far for my taste sometimes—but when I heard about this book’s sordid history, I had to add it. It’s a book about cannibals, and it’s evidently so disturbing that the publisher made Ketchum remove entire sections of the book before it went to print, and only in recent years has the full version been released.
10. Aetherchrist — Kirk Jones
I have a soft spot for horror involving weird shit happening in television screens and other assorted electronics, so this story about a man seeing his own violent, morbid future in television screens definitely has me intrigued.

Which book from my “lows” do you think I should add to my “top-TBR” shelf?


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  • Reply Kelly October 7, 2018 at 11:32 am

    I think either The Blade Itself or Tomorrow Will Be Different should go on your Top TBR shelf, both of them sound so interesting. I NEED to add Slothilda to my own TBR, she’s adorable ? and sloths are my spirit animal so I think that means I need to read it ?

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 9, 2018 at 12:56 am

      They do both sound really interesting! I wish I wasn’t so bad at reading books I already own. ? And omg, doesn’t Slothilda look SO CUTE?!

  • Reply authortialee October 7, 2018 at 11:35 am

    I recently read a Tessa Dare book and enjoyed it. I’ll be looking forward to your review on it whenever you get to it 🙂

  • Reply acquadimore October 7, 2018 at 11:49 am

    The InCryptid series sounds really good! I can’t believe I had never heard of it before (…and it’s seven books. What.)
    I really liked The Falconer when I read it – it was a while ago, but it’s still one of my favorite books about faeries, I love the Scottish folklore/steampunk technology combination. I hope you like it too!
    I haven’t read any of the books from the lows, but Graveminder sounds the most interesting to me.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 9, 2018 at 12:57 am

      InCryptid does sound really cool, right? Like, talk about a unique plot idea, focusing on all of those urban legend creatures and such. I’m a little intimidated by what a big series it already is, because Seanan just writes so fast, but at least I won’t run out, right? lol!
      I didn’t know that about The Falconer, that is so cool! I’m glad I grabbed the ebook while it was on sale, in that case!
      And thank you for voting! <3

  • Reply Kayla @ Books and Blends October 7, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    A million times yes doe The Duchess Deal!!!
    I just heard about the The Falconer and I’m really interested in that one.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 9, 2018 at 12:58 am

      Yeah you made it sound so good I just had to add it!! And The Falconer does sound really good 🙂

      • Reply Kayla @ Books and Blends October 9, 2018 at 12:38 pm

        I’m going to order The Falconer soon. They say if you are a fan of SJM that you would like this one!

  • Reply Alexa October 7, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    Definitely voting for Graveminder!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 9, 2018 at 12:58 am

      Thank you for voting! 😀

      • Reply Alexa October 9, 2018 at 2:54 am

        Thank you for remindig me to check what won 😀

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 9, 2018 at 12:04 pm

          I was actually thinking last night on how long I should let people vote, and I think each Sunday, in the new Lows/Highs post, I’ll just announce whatever book got the most votes during the previous week! 😀 So I’ll announce it there on Sunday!

          • Alexa October 9, 2018 at 12:49 pm

            Oh okay! 😀 I’m curious to see what wins!

  • Reply Nicole Evans October 7, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    Tessa Dare is FANTASTIC. I haven’t read her latest two yet, but I’ve read practically everything else she’s read and I can’t get enough. I hope you enjoy it!

  • Reply Rachel @ Typed Truths October 8, 2018 at 3:18 am

    i definitely plan on finally joining this wonderful meme soon!
    but ditto on the graveminder issue. i thought it was a fae book too but now it’s just sitting on my shelf needing to be read. it sounds weird enough to intrigue me but not enough to have ever actually picked it up ?
    i wish you all the best and whtie stag are definitely anticipated releases of mine too

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 9, 2018 at 1:05 am

      Yay! <3 We'll be happy to have you join!
      Lmao I'm glad I'm not the only one who secretly had no idea what Graveminder was actually about ?? I honestly love when that happens.

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