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”)
As a part of Tidyathon I decided that I would remove 15 titles every week instead of 5.
I don’t read many contemporary novels, but when I do I would read something more popular than this one. It sounds pretty good, but I’m probably not going to read it.
This one also sounds pretty good, but I don’t really like time travel novels. Once again it sounds alright, but I am probably not going to read it.
This is another one that sounds like something I would read. The reviews from my friends aren’t very good though. I’d probably never actually read this.
Bad boy NA novel with only 7 reviews. Sounds promising, but it’s unlikely that I will ever actually read it.
Shirtless guy on the cover = does not belong on my TBR.
Got pretty bad reviews from my friends and I hate the cover.
I am SUPER selective about anthologies. I hardly ever read them, and I’m not going to read this one.
I hate this cover and it doesn’t sound too interesting to me. It has gotten great reviews though, so who knows? I’m not going to find out though.
Only 3 reviews, but it does sound kind of interesting. I can see why this was on my TBR, but I’m not going to pick it up.
Another shirtless man on the cover. Byeeee. Also, why is Melissa Marr listed as an author, but not on the cover? Weird.
This is about the aftermath of rape. While I’m not COMPLETELY opposed to a book that contains that, I don’t want to read a book exclusively about it.
I typically don’t read pure historical romance novels. I have no idea why this is on my TBR.
Now I can see why this was on my TBR. It’s about vampires and has a gypsy curse. But with so few reviews I’m never going to read it. There are so many other books about vampires that I could read.
This looks like an NA novel that is basically all smut. Nope.
Okay first off the girl is described to be “no beauty” but the girl on the cover is gorgeous. But also it sounds like a book all about being the victim. NOPE.
Since I am sharing so many lows, I might as well a bunch of highs too! Since that’s what people really want to see!
I got a review copy of this via Librarything! It’s gotten great reviews so far. Hoping this is a hidden gem!
This looks amazing and I can’t believe that it wasn’t on my TBR.
I got a copy from Edelweiss. I am really excited for this one!
This looks good, but has gotten mixed reviews. I’m not super sure about this one.
This is another book I got from Edelweiss. I’m pretty sure they compared it to Laini Taylor’s books. It sounds great, forbidden magic and a prince in danger.
This is about a daughter and her mother has Munchausen syndrome by proxy and is treating her daughter for an illness that she doesn’t have. I got a physical copy in the mail and can’t wait to read it.
This looks like a great middle grade novel that I should really check out. I have been pretty biased against reading middle grade novels, but sometimes they are great to get you out of a slump.
This upcoming YA fantasy looks AMAZING. It doesn’t come out until April, but is definitely on my TBR.
A mash up of Cinderella and The Odyssey? I have to see how that turns out!
I LOVE Heather Dixon’s Illusionarium, so I had to check this out. Plus it’s the perfect season to read a nutcracker re-telling.
This is a retelling that is diverse and apparently really captures the culture. This review totally talked me into reading it.
I believe this was a freebie that I got by signing up for a newsletter. This one looks great.
This looks great. I got this as a freebie as well and it’s one of my free reads that I’m most excited about.
Do you want to read any of these titles? Have you already read some of them? Are there any that you’re going to add to your TBR now? Are there any titles that are on my low list that I should keep? Do you have a never ending TBR mountain as well? Don’t forget to comment below!