TBR Lows & Highs #9

October 14, 2018

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

GRAVEMINDER by Melissa Marr!

As promised, I’ll now add this book to my “top-TBR” shelf on Goodreads to remind me to read it sooner rather than later.


  • 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 this week:

  • My sweet friend Kaya joined us!
  • Katie added some awesome fantasy this week!
  • Ari always has fantastic new diverse recommendations!
  • Alexa joined us AND decided to use the “alternative” option for “lows”!
  • I feel like Sionna is always removing titles that I need to remove, too!

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


(books that are LOW on my TBR—vote in the comments for which one I should move UP on my list!)

1. The Immortal Rules — Julie Kagawa (owned)
I got this entire trilogy in a trade a while back and have all intentions of reading the books, but I also own Julie’s whole Iron Fey series (well, all the books released up to now, since I did hear she’s reviving it soon), and I recently ordered Shadow of the Fox, so this is probably taking lower priority than any of those books.
2. Juliet Takes a Breath — Gabby Rivera (owned)
A YA contemporary about a Puerto Rican lesbian? Well, you can see how it caught my eye! That said, I have so many diverse/queer contemporary titles that I never seem to catch up on them all. I’m certainly not complaining, but it makes it hard to prioritize one over another!
3. Unbury Carol — Josh Malerman
I think this western/horror story sounds like a pretty cool take on the whole “one person dying over and over” theme, but I hear it’s one of Malerman’s worst works, so I don’t want to pick it up until I’ve read one or two of his more highly rated titles.
4. Scream and Scream Again! — edited by R. L. Stine
Part of me actually really wanted to read this MG/YA horror anthology when it first came out this past summer, but I’m hearing so many mixed reviews that I think I’m going to wait a while on it—maybe next Halloween?
5. Even the Darkest Stars — Heather Fawcett (owned)
I’ve owned this YA fantasy for a while now, and it really does sound good—I love icy/snowy settings—but I just haven’t found the urge to pick it up yet!


1. The Restorer — Amanda Stevens
I’ve had such a craving for good paranormal/urban fantasy lately, but I’ve been dying for something involving lots of ghosts, and I’m told this will hit the spot, as it involves a cemetery restorer who has to work with the ghost of a dead detective to find a serial killer.
2. Evidence of the Affair — Taylor Jenkins Reid
I’ve never read any of TJR’s regular contemporary work yet, but I keep hearing rave reviews about this little novella, and I think it’s actually free for all Amazon Prime subscribers, just FYI…
3. Radiance — Grace Draven
I loved Phoenix Unbound so much that I HAVE to have something else from this author to hold me over until the sequel comes out.
4. Black Feathers — edited by Ellen Datlow
I love horror anthologies, I love creepy birds, and I love this cover.
5. My Whole Truth — Mischa Thrace
This YA contemporary sounds super dark and heavy, and Kathy’s review made me want to read it right away.
6. Foolish Hearts — Emma Mills
I wasn’t sure I wanted to read this until Dezzy’s rave review sold me on it!
7. The Halloween Tree — Ray Bradbury (purchased)
I can’t believe it either, but I’ve never read anything by Ray Bradbury! Some friends are hosting a Halloween night read-along of this book, and it was only $5 on Amazon for the paperback, so I had to join in.
8. Growing Things and Other Stories — Paul Tremblay
This literally JUST got announced, so there isn’t much information about it yet, but it’s going to be a collection of short stories, and I love Paul Tremblay.
9. With the Fire on High — Elizabeth Acevedo
loved The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, so I’m super excited to read more from her, and the fact that this is a book about a teen mom? That’s something I don’t think I’ve ever read in a YA title, and I’m excited for it.
10. Boy Erased — Garrard Conley
This is a memoir about a man who was put through a religious conversion camp. I can only imagine how tragic it’s going to be, but it feels too important to pass by.

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



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  • Reply Sionna (Books in Her Eyes) October 14, 2018 at 11:51 am

    I hope you like The Restorer. It has such a great vibe for October. I’m not big on creepy scary books anymore, but this had a nice balance. 🙂

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 16, 2018 at 12:08 am

      Thank you! I’m really excited to read it. I’m in such a mood for paranormal books right now!

      • Reply Sionna (Books in Her Eyes) October 21, 2018 at 8:53 am

        I just read #4 and still love the series. Well, I get annoyed with one aspect…but I’m hoping it will have a reason later on. Plus, it can’t take away the creepy atmosphere of the book!!

  • Reply meltingpages October 14, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    I think I would love to see your review on Even the Darkest stars from your “lows” list!

  • Reply acquadimore October 14, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    I loved The Poet X too, so I already knew I was going to read Acevedo’s next book, but I would have decided to read it just because of that cover. It’s so beautiful.
    This time I did read one of the books from your “lows”, and it’s Even the Darkest Stars. I really liked it – the only thing I didn’t really like or care about was the romance, but that world was beautiful and I had never read a fantasy book about mountain climbing before – so that’s the one I vote for.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 16, 2018 at 12:11 am

      Isn’t the cover so gorgeous? I gasped a little when I saw it! And thank you for voting! Even the Darkest Stars seems to be the winner so far!

  • Reply Dezzy @ The Thoughtful Voice October 14, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    Ahhh thank you so much for linking my review, Destiny! I’m so glad that you liked it and that it convinced you to move it up on your TBR; it makes me so happy ? I really hope you enjoy it! And great post as always ?

  • Reply malanielovesfiction October 14, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    *rushes to add so many things to Goodreads* ESPECIALLY “With the Fire on High” omggggggg the premise seems so good also the cover!!!!???????

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 16, 2018 at 12:11 am

      Oh gosh, right?! The cover is so gorgeous!! Literally one of my fave cover reveals of the year, no lie.

  • Reply Alexa October 14, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    Yay! I voted for Graveminder, so I’m happy about this 😀
    Thank you for linking me!
    I haven’t heard many good things about Juliet Takes a Breath, unfortunately. Several friends said it was difficult to read, but maybe you’ll think differently?
    That being said, I’m voting for Even the Darkest Stars!
    I’ve been looking for more ghost books as well, so I’ll check out The Restorer. And With the Fire on High has a great cover!!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 16, 2018 at 12:12 am

      Haha, excellent! And you’re so welcome! <3
      Oh no! 🙁 I feel like, now that you've mentioned it, I've heard some really poor things about it, too! Oof. Maybe that one WON'T get moved up… lol! Thank you for voting! Even the Darkest Stars is winning by a lot so far! 😀

  • Reply Meredith @ Pandora's Books October 14, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    I’ve read several of Julie Kagawa’s books and my favorite of hers, by far, is The Immortal Rules trilogy. I REALLY highly recommend you bump it up on your TBR!!

  • Reply Erin Eliza October 14, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    I love that you’re letting us vote on the lows! Such a cool idea. I’d totally vote but I haven’t read any of those. Love these posts!

  • Reply beccaleighanne October 14, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    Ooh, I loved Juliet Takes a Breath!

  • Reply MetalPhantasmReads October 15, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    I love doing these! I did my most recent one 🙂 I really want to get into Even the Darkest Stars soon since the sequel is out in December

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 16, 2018 at 12:37 am

      YAY! 😀 I’ll have to go check it out—it didn’t notify me that you posted it, for some reason! Silly wordpress. I didn’t know the sequel was coming out that soon!

  • Reply Rachel @ Typed Truths October 17, 2018 at 11:58 pm

    i loooved the immortal rules when it came out! I haven’t read it in years but it has a place in my heart. from memory, it has #ov japanese rep from memory too.
    i wasn’t personally much of a fan of even the darkest stars but i remember it was v amopsheric.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 21, 2018 at 3:09 am

      Ahhh, it didn’t win this week’s voting but tbh your comment just made me add it to my top TBR anyways (shhh, don’t tell the others) because that makes my heart happy to hear it meant so much to you! <3

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