TBR Lows and Highs #6

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.


The Lows

Divergent Thinking: YA Authors on Veronica Roth’s Divergent Trilogy

While I think the opinions of YA authors on this series might be interesting, I will never actually read this.

Millicent by Felicia Rogers

I rarely read historical fiction, but when I do I won’t be reading one with less than 100 ratings unless it’s an ARC or something that looks REALLY good.

The Duke’s Quandary by Callie Hutton

This also has less than 100 ratings and it’s the second in a series that I haven’t read.

Indigo Incite by Jacinda Buchmann

I hate the cover on this book and it has so few ratings. I’m not going to read this.

Forbidden Bond by Jessica Lee

I hate these kinds of paranormal romance novels. It’s gotta go.

As Above, So Below by Loren Rhoads, Brian Thomas

A book that’s nearly 400 pages but only has 9 reviews and has been on my TBR for 4 years… I’m probably never going to read this.

Kanji-Kan by Elizabeth Plain

While I love puzzle books, this doesn’t really belong on my TBR.

The Human Part by Randy Blythe

I don’t read poetry books unless it is something really special. So no thanks.

All Beautiful Things by Nicki Salcedo

Romantic suspense novel that sounds pretty good. But with so few reviews after 4 years I’m probably not going to read it. This one was kind of hard to remove.

Designated Mourner by Catherine Owen

I probably put this on my TBR because of the cover. But it is a collection of poetry, and I am never going to read it.

Drawing Amanda by Stephanie Feuer and S.Y. Lee (Illustrator)

This is an illustrated book that is probably only on my TBR because my name is Amanda.

Sister Wolf by Ann Arensberg

This book has very few ratings, and the ones that it does have are pretty low.

Midnight by Mari Adkins

As a short vampire book, I can see why it was on my TBR. With such few ratings I probably won’t check it out though.

Beginnings by Logan Byrne

The description of this book sounds great, but the few reviews make it look pretty bad.

In The End by Tracey Ward

This is the second in a series, so it shouldn’t be on my TBR until I read the first book.


The Highs

The Test by Sylvain Neuvel

I saw this on a post about under hyped books that are coming out in 2019.

Second Star by Alyssa B Sheinmel

This is a real life re-telling of Peter Pan and I need it. I entered into a giveaway, hopefully I win.

The Deceivers by Kristen Simmons

This book I actually already read. The ARC showed up at my house and I had to read it right away. It’s about a school for con artists.

Dreaming Darkly by Caitlin Kitteredge

This is another under hyped book that comes out in 2019.

The Blessed by Tonya Hurley

I love the cover of this one. It came out in 2012 and is about three ghost girls.

The Night Before by Wendy Walker

This is another ARC that showed up at my house. I’m really excited about this one.

The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton

This is a psychological thriller that looks really good. I am excited for this one, I love psychological thrillers.

Charm and Strange by Stephanie Kuehn

YA fantasy that looks pretty good. It’s pretty short too so there is nothing to lose by reading this one.

The Young Ones by Chris Weitz

When a sickness wipes out all of the adults, NYC is ruled by teens. This is a back list title that looks really interesting.

The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan

Comes out in January, this book is about three young thieves in a fantasy world.

The Wild Lands by Paul Greci

This is a YA dystopian that is coming out at the end of January. It is a story of survival after natural disasters and the breakdown of civilization.

The Perfect Assassin by K.A. Doore

The title of this caught my attention, but it is also a high fantasy with LGBT representation.

Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy

I have seen this everywhere lately. This is a YA re-telling of Excalibur. I was always fascinated with this tale, but have never actually read about it.

The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

A historical fantasy that sounds super interesting from an author known for her cultural representation.

Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith

This is another one that caught my attention just based on it’s title. The description says it also has fantastical espionage and a character who can walk through dreams. This one is pretty high on my list of back list titles that I want to check out.




22 thoughts on “TBR Lows and Highs #6

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    1. My papa’s been going through a lot so I wasn’t on my blog much either. I have to stop back in and post a bunch of my reviews as well, but I was trying to catch up on everything that’s been going on with the blog.


  1. Great post! My TBR is so clogged up with books I’m probably never going to read so this looks like a great way of doing some cleaning before New Year… that said, The Bird King looks great and I may have to request it 😂

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