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TBR Highs & Lows #25

Welcome back to a snapshot of my TBR 🙂 


  • 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!
  • 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 ✘✘✘

So, we’ve gone through my TBR… I really didn’t remove much, about 75 books if I’m doing my math right. So, what to do now? 
While I still want to remove books as I go, I’ll instead be showing all my TBR, 5 books at a time. I’m going to try reading the first chapter of the books too, and maybe that will help give me more insight. WE WILL SEE! 

Odd Thomas (Odd Thomas, #1)Croak (Croak, #1)Shadowshaper (Shadowshaper, #1)New Moon (Luna #1)The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)

  • Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
    This is the book that has been on my TBR the longest. It is also a series I am challenging myself to reading this year!
    Thoughts on first chapter: Fascinating. I’m slightly confused, sometimes things seem over explained, but I’m so interested. The ending of the chapter really brings home the desire to continue reading. 
    Totally going to read it and it might be my next read. 
  • Croak by Gina Danico
    This is another series I’m challenging myself to reading this year. 
    Thoughts on the first chapter: Huh… interesting, although there isn’t much here. It isn’t super enticing, but there are a few little things which make me think I’ll like this book. Also, there is a cute little map at the front of the book. 
    Definitely will read this.
  • Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
    This one I couldn’t get a hold of, but I do plan on reading this one in 2019. 
  • New Moon by Ian McDonald
    Another series I plan on reading this read. 
    Thoughts on the first chapter:  First thought? There are a TON of characters on the character list and so many words I don’t know…and a glossary at the back. It is a bit intimidating. It is told in present tense which doesn’t work for me usually– eventually I got into it. Unfortunately, I just wasn’t into this. Sci-fi like this is hard for me to get into. 
    5% in (halfway through chapter 1) and I decided to stop. I’ll be removing this one from my TBR.
  • The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Person
    I’ve been recommended this one a few times, but I never get around to it… the love triangle always makes me slide past it.
    Thoughts on the first chapter: I love the look of the map. I’m a sucker for books about/with royalty and I did like this first chapter. We are given some insight into the main character and customs. I like it so far, but I’m not dying to continue it. 
    Keeping it on the TBR.

1/5 removed

♛ The Highs ♛

My last post had only 5 adds… this week’s? Oh man, I went overboard *sigh* 17 adds.
I’ll try to keep my comments to a minimum.

Signs of Cupidity (Heart Hassle, #1)The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #2)Deadline (Harrietta Lee, #1)Shortcake Cake, Vol. 4The Casquette Girls (The Casquette Girls #1)

  • Signs of Cupidity by Raven Kennedy
    A Reverse Harem book with a exiled cupid as the main character? It sounds like this would be an interesting read. 
  • The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket
  • Deadline by Stephanie Ahn
    Someone in one of my GR groups is reading this one and it just looks so good! 
  • Shortcake Cake, Vol. 4 by Suu Morishita
  • The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden
    Saw this one on one of Destiny’s posts and just had to add it!

These Witches Don't Burn (These Witches Don't Burn, #1)Princeless, Vol. 3: The Pirate PrincessPretty Reckless (All Saints High, #1)Rich Boys Don't Have Hearts (American Gods, #1)Blank 133x176

The Consequence of FallingDeadEndia: The Watcher's TestThe Winter WitchPolaris Rising (Consortium Rebellion #1)If It Makes You Happy

  • The Consequence of Falling by Claire Contreras
    I went down the Most Anticipated Romance Novels of 2019 list… whoops! This looks so good though! 
  • DeadEndia by Hamish Steele
    This one has been staring me down at the library forever. I have no idea what it is about, but I finally broke down and checked it out this week. 
  • The Winter Witch by Paula Brackston
    This was given as a recommendation in a GR as a good historical fiction with fantasy elements. Not a recommendation to me, but I still added it anyhow haha. 
  • Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik
    Found this one on Twitter
  • If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann
    Saw this one on Netgalley! I really hope I get it 🙂 

Nero (Made Men, #1)Dirty Headlines

  • Nero by Sarah Brianne
    CJR The Brit tried a chapter from another book in this series annnnddd the excitement over it meant I had to add the first book of the series to my TBR. 
  • Dirty Headlines by L.J. Shen
    Because looking at CJR The Brit’s posts made me realize I needed to read more L.J. Shen. 

TBR Total: 681 — 7 UP from last week. 
Oh well. A big difference is I only removed 1 book this week instead of my usual 5. This coming well maybe I’ll be more picky with my adds and get back down into the 670s! Also, some of these adds are graphic novels which I’ll be reading through quickly since I have them out from the library. 

What do you think I should read ASAP from my lows?
What do you think of my highs? 

10 thoughts on “TBR Highs & Lows #25

      1. A few to keep you going!!!

        Cora Reilly..any of hers!
        Blurred Red Lines by Cora Kenborn
        Ruthless People by JJ McAvoy
        Carter Reed by Tijan
        Scarred Souls by Tillie Cole
        Raw by Belle Aurora
        Dangerous Royals series by Annika Martin
        Indebted series by Pepper Winters

        Ones my friend raved about and I’ve bought but not read yet….
        Hearts of Darkness by Catherine Wiltsher
        Benedetti Brothers by Natasha Knight
        Because You’re Mine by Claire Contreras


  1. Mwahahaha… I don’t even feel bad about increasing your TBR because you do the same thing to me every week! 😂 *quietly ignores the 3 tabs I have opened from this post to go add to my GR TBR after typing this comment*

    I’m so stoked that you dug the first chapter of Odd Thomas! I read it years and years ago and loved it. I want to reread it sometime this year and finally continue the series. 🙂

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    1. Hahaha we are the best enablers! I’m so glad you added Trick! I finished it and automatically thought of you. I really want to know what you think — bi people everywhere and it is totally normal, but being mentally disabled is the one that gets you locked up which is something the MCs are starting to change. Honestly, I’m going to read the whole series eventually, especially because the fourth book I think will star an autistic MC and have two guys falling in love.

      I’m hoping to start Odd Thomas today! ^_^ That first chapter… dang I just really dug the writing style and I need to know what is going on!

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