TBR Lows and Highs #1

TBR Lows and Highs

I’ve seen a bunch of variations on this idea, but I like this one the most. Plus I love Destiny at Howling Libraries, who created this prompt, check her out, she is amazing. I love reading her posts every week, so I finally decided to join in. I have a ridiculously long TBR and will probably concentrate more on the highs.


  • 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”)

The Lows

Ravage Me by Ryan Michele – As a rule I don’t read books where a man is shirtless on the cover. I have never taken titles OFF of my TBR though and that was a rule that I made after experience. I don’t mind some NA titles, but I’m not a fan of erotica.

Destroyed by Pepper Winters – Another erotica title with a shirtless man on the cover. Nope, it’s gotta go.

Second Hand Stops by Katie St Claire – This actually sounds cool despite the bad cover, but I have so many books to read and I know I’m never going to get to this one

Leviticus by Daniel Seltzer – This clearly wound up on my TBR because some of my friends gave it 5 star ratings. It could be good, but once again, I’m probably not going to pick it up as there are so many more titles that look better than this.

Turned by Virna DePaul – I used to think that these novels were right up my alley. The more that I have read though, the more I have found out about what I like. While I do love paranormal romances, I don’t like erotica. I will read some NA, but only if it’s light on sex, these novels with shirtless men on them will never be for me. YES I JUDGE BY THE COVERS!

The Highs

Victoria Marmont and the Meddling Goddess by Virginia McClain – I saw this series up for request on Netgalley and I am thinking about requesting it. It sounds pretty good, looks like a cool Urban Fantasy.

Ice Massacre by Tiana Warner – I just saw this on a friend’s blog post about books that she would have liked to read as a teenager. This sounds like murderous mermaids.

Open Your Eyes by Paula Daly – I just saw a really good review for this novel and added it to my TBR right then. Apparently it is a really good twisty thriller. Sounds good to me!

The Supes by Matthew Pritt – This sounds like a fun fluff read for me. A kid who has the lamest super power ever who goes to a school for kids who have super powers? It has very few ratings, but I would give it a chance. One of my friends just reviewed it highly.

All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry – This book is on the longlist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. It is a YA title with magical realism and that cover is gorgeous. There is currently a Goodreads Giveaway for this title. I was scrolling the giveaways and this book caught my eye. So onto the TBR it goes.


Can you tell why my TBR is so long? I add books all the time based on friend’s reviews, blog posts, author emails, giveaways and sometimes just because the title catches my eye. I think getting rid of 5 a week might keep me a little bit lower, but I probably add more than 5 titles to my TBR every week. I originally didn’t want to do this because I wanted to give every book a chance, but I think it would be nicer if I cleared out some titles that are on my TBR that I won’t read.


Let’s Chat!

Have you read any of these books? Do certain covers turn you away from books? Are you picky about adding titles to your TBR or do you add everything like me? Did you also do a TBR purging recently? Link it below! Comment below and we can talk about our never ending to be read piles.


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