TBR Lows and Highs was created by Destiny @howlinglibriaries.
As I said in my first post in this series, I won’t be able to participate weekly – and that’s why I skipped last week – but whenever I have enough books to talk about, I will post one. Also, an alternative option was added to 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”)
- 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”)
This week, the option to list “books that aren’t a priority” for your TBR lows instead of “books I removed” was added. I am going to do both, because I can.
The Lows I Removed
Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller – this isn’t going to happen. I liked Mask of Shadows, it was a fun read and I loved the diversity (it has one of the first aromantic characters I’ve found in YA, even if she’s only a side character) but I don’t think I liked it enough to buy and read the sequel. I might consider it again in the future, but it’s not likely, and I want to keep on my TBR only things I want to read at the moment.
Press Start to Play edited by Daniel H. Wilson – I have mixed feelings on anthologies. I love short fiction and short stories, but what I like the most about short fiction is that a) it’s usually free and that b) I get through it quickly. Both do not apply to anthologies. I also don’t care about gaming and the only reason I wanted to read this was the Yoon Ha Lee short story set in the Hexarchate, but it will probably be reprinted (…I hope?) in the Hexarchate Stories collection. If it turns out I’m wrong, I will consider it again, but for now it’s going.
Toil & Trouble edited by Tess Sharpe – witchy gay women is a theme that I find much more interesting than gaming, but I think I have lost all my interest in this anyway. After being disappointed by All Out this summer, I’m just not that interested in YA anthologies. I might reconsider this, again – removal doesn’t necessarily mean “forever removed” because I have a small, very dynamic TBR.
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo – m/f YA fantasy needs to really stand out to be interesting to me. While I liked the first chapter well enough, I don’t think I care that much and I don’t feel the need to pick it up. I have read enough white straight YA fantasy for one life.
These I didn’t remove, they’re just Low on my TBR
Should I add one of these to my priority TBR? (If you haven’t read any of these, which one sounds more interesting?)
An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard – I loved the only thing I’ve ever read by Kat Howard (a short story), I love this cover, I love the premise, and yet I always forget this exists. I don’t know exactly why – maybe the fact that it’s neither a new release nor an arc nor part of a series – but it’s not a priority, even if I want to read it.
Bright We Burn by Kiersten White – I’m not sure I want to read this at all. The first two books were both four stars for me, I liked them, but… they’re so slow. I have no time. I want to know how the story ends but I don’t know if I will ever get to it at all.
Unbroken by Marieke Nijkamp – As I said before, I don’t know how I feel about anthologies. This time, however, I find the theme really interesting – there aren’t enough stories about mental illness or disability in YA – so maybe I’m going to read this? I don’t know.
Authority by Jeff VanderMeer – I liked Annihilation, I own this, but I feel no need to pick it up soon, even if I know I may want to do it someday.
Hexarchate Stories by Yoon Ha Lee – I’m not sure this is the final cover because there hasn’t been an official cover reveal yet as far as I know, but I found it on goodreads and it looks like a final cover, so!! It’s here! This is already my most anticipated book for next year because I’m predictable. I love Yoon Ha Lee’s short fiction, I love everything set in the Hexarchate, and this is short fiction about the Hexarchate…
Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean – (I got an ARC!) This is Japanese-inspired YA fantasy and I’ve heard mostly good things about it. I had never heard of this author before and this isn’t a debut, which could be interesting.
The Perfect Assassin by K.A. Doore – this is about f/f assassins. As the title says, this sounds like a perfect premise. This will be released in March, so I won’t read it soon, but I’m so glad I have an ARC of it.
Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone – striking cover, author I’ve heard mostly good things about, set in space. All of this already sounds great, but I’ll be honest and tell you that I added it just because I’ve heard it’s going to be gay.
The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad – this is already one of the prettiest covers of 2019. Also, I’m always looking for non-western YA fantasy as much as I like pretty covers.
Hungry Hearts edited by Elsie Chapman & Caroline Tung Richmond – I’m talking about a lot of anthologies in this post. I just really like the idea of short stories that have to do with food and the ties between food, culture and society.
Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan – this is, without a doubt, my most anticipated debut for 2019. I have been waiting for this for years. Please give me all the blood magic and monster boys.
Have you read/want to read any of these? Should I prioritize one of the books from the Lows I haven’t removed? What do you think of anthologies?