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TBR Lows and Highs

TBR Lows and Highs was created by Destiny @howlinglibriaries.

As I have a fairly small TBR (almost always < 200 books), I don’t purge it often and this is the reason I usually don’t participate in memes like this or Down the TBR Hole. This week, however, I added a lot of books and realized I wanted to remove some, so I’m joining this meme even if it’s only for a week.

The Rules

  • 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”)
  • Post those 5 books in the list, with a brief explanation of why you removed it
  • 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

I just started university, I’m going to have no time – I’m not going to keep books I won’t realistically get to soon.

The Deepest Roots by Miranda Asebedo – I added this because I love the cover (everything involving plant symbolism is something I want to keep an eye on), and it was just released, but most reviews I’ve seen say it’s mediocre. I wasn’t that interested in it to begin with so it’s going.

Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson – I’ve read the whole trilogy of the Remnant Chronicles. It was enough. If I really wanted to revisit that world, I’d reread them, I don’t think I have any interest in a companion sequel at the moment.

Wildcard by Marie Lu – I really liked Warcross, but ever since ARC reviews of this sequel started coming in, I haven’t seen a positive one, or one that said this is better than the first book. I don’t think I want to read this now, and the kind of ugly cover doesn’t help.

The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin – it doesn’t make sense to keep a sequel I don’t own on my TBR when I haven’t read the first book yet. I’m probably going to read this eventually but I don’t need to keep it there right now.

The Highs

I added many of these because of new cover reveals.


The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert – I haven’t read a novel by Colbert since Pointe, which I had mixed feelings about, but I think I’m going to try this one if the reviews are good. Mostly because I love the cover, it’s so bright and colorful.

Miranda in Milan by Katharine Duckett – this is a book set in Italy written by an author who, as far as I know, isn’t Italian. I am, so this could be a recipe for disaster, but I want to read it anyway because it’s a f/f retelling of The Tempest and this is the first book set in Italy that doesn’t take place in Venice (or a place inspired by Venice) I’ve found in American speculative fiction. Also, that cover.

The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djèlí Clark – I love this cover! Maybe not as much as the one of P. Djèlí Clark previous novella The Black God’s Drums, but almost. The Black God’s Drums is also the main reason I’m reading this novella – while they have nothing to do with each other, I want to read more from this author.

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire – that cover is really mysterious and also pretty in its own way and I want to know what’s on the inside. I really liked many of Seanan McGuire’s previous books, so I want to try this one too.


Stormsong by C.L. PolkWitchmark, one of my favorite books of this year, is getting a f/f sequel with a gorgeous purple cover and I can’t wait. This is going to be so good.

Fence by C.S. Pacat & Johanna the Mad – many of my goodreads friends love this graphic novel. It finally became available on google play, so I’m going to try it.

Sadie by Courtney Summers – I actually had no interest in this when I first heard of it, but after reading so many five star reviews of it I want to give it a try. I’m not sure whether this is my kind of book but we’ll see.

Odd One Out by Nic Stone – I didn’t know whether I was going to read this one or not as I hadn’t heard much about it apart from the fact that it’s diverse (it’s about queer teens of color) but I saw that it was “read now” on netgalley.co.uk [it should appear that way to you too if you’re European. Not sure what happens if you’re not] and so, why not?

Have you read or are you anticipating any of these?

14 thoughts on “TBR Lows and Highs

  1. I loved Little & Lions, so I really want to read more by Brandy Colbert and The Revolution of Birdie Randolph sounds great. I love that cover as well. But not as much as love the cover for Greystar, it’s so purple and perfect!

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    1. I haven’t read Little & Lion, but that cover is enough – I love bright colors in illustrations.
      …and I love bright purple. I didn’t know a cover could manage to be in the same style as Witchmark and be better, but Greystar totally went there


  2. I really want to try & get to Sadie this month! I’ve just continued to hear so many amazing things! & I enjoyed Fence, its really immersive & fast-paced (though the characters are a bit static), its still a fun read! + TBH same as you, I read The Remnant Chronicles & have no interest in the new series 😂✨📚

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    1. I liked the Remnant Chronicles, but I don’t feel like it needs a continuation, even if it’s a companion. And same, hopefully I’ll be able to get to Sadie soon (…the hype is working).
      And I’m glad to hear you liked Fence!

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    1. Same. I never know with this kind of things – I hope I’m able to get an ARC because I’m not completely sure I would try it otherwise. (If it hadn’t been gay, I probably wouldn’t have added it to my TBR at all)

      …you/your reviews/your Twitter are 90% of the reasons Fence is on my TBR

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      1. “If it hadn’t been gay, I probably wouldn’t have added it to my TBR at all” is the mood of 80% of my TBR.

        And…that makes me so happy! Convincing people to read Fence is my raison d’être tbh

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  3. Welcome to the meme! 🙂 Happy to have you, even if you decide to do it just this once. If it suits you better, tomorrow (Sunday)’s post is going to detail a new, alternative option for the “lows”—I’m going to start using the “lows” section to highlight books at the bottom of my TBR, instead of removals. You’re more than welcome to try that, too, if you don’t want to purge! ♥ I’m excited to see you add Sadie, because it was one of my favorite reads of the year so far!

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