TBR Lows and Highs #2

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

Love is Bliss by Leigh Ellwood

  • Erotic novel about werewolves and panthers. WHY IS THERE EROTICA ON MY TBR?

The Great Darkening by R.G. Triplett

  • Over 500 pages but under 40 reviews. This book is shelved as a Christian fantasy novel and after reading the synopsis I still don’t really know what it’s about. I wouldn’t read something that long without knowing it would be good.

Ever Hopeful by Lori Ryan

  • First off, the cover make it look like this book will be erotica. The second reason that this is being taken off the list is because it’s a western romance, unless you’re Nicholas Sparks, I’m probably not going to read anything in that genre.

The Wild Irish Wolves by Jorja Lovett

  • Another erotic shifter romance, but this one also has absolutely 0 reviews after 4 years. I don’t know who reads erotic shifter romances, but it’s not me.

Emotional Intelligence by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves

  • I can tell you exactly how this wound up on my TBR. I found out about Goodreads Giveaways and was THIRLLED at the idea of any book for free. So I wanted to win anything, even a non-fiction book that I didn’t really want.

The Highs

So this week I added probably over 100 titles to my TBR. I am looking for recommendations for good books because I got gift cards for my birthday. I added some from a bookshelf tour of Hannah’s and a bunch from my good friend Bookbuyer‘s To-Buy list on Goodreads, plus she gave me a list of personal recommendations. So I couldn’t list all of the titles, so I just listed a few highlights that I was excited to discover.

State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury

  • This was a recommendation, but looks really good. It looks emotional and super interesting. I probably would have never discovered this if I didn’t ask for recommendations

Lock In by John Scalzi

  • This is a science fiction book takes place a century after a disease had went rampant causing people to be in a conscious state, but paralyzed. Now there is some sort of mystery going on. Plus who could turn down that cover? Doesn’t that just shout interesting?

Gemini by Sonya Mukherjee

  • This is a realistic fiction novel about conjoined twins with differing wants. What an interesting topic to read about.

This is Our Story by Ashley Elston

  • Five boys went on a hunting trip and one didn’t come back. No one will say who fired the shot that killed their friend. Can you say intriguing?

Glimmerglass by Jenna Black

  • Dana is a rare Faeriewalker, meaning she can travel between both the human world and Faerie. So she finds herself in the middle of Fae politics with a potential romance as well. The title to this one is the thing that first grabbed me, then I found out it’s also about faeries, so of course it’s on my TBR!



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? Do you keep your TBR neat, or is it over flowing with titles like mine? 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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