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TBR Lows & Highs #3

TBR Lows and Highs was created by Destiny @howlinglibriaries.

It’s a weekly meme, but I don’t add or remove enough books to participate weekly.

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”)

The Lows

This time, my lows are books that aren’t priorities, and I’m thinking about removing them from my TBR.

The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi – I recently reread the first book in this series. It was one of my favorite books of last year, but with this reread I can’t say I truly got why I loved it again. I decided to lower the rating, and while I think I am going to read this sequel at some point, I’m disappointed (and sad).

Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis – this sounds awesome. It also involves a plague, and I really don’t like reading about plagues (I talked about that in my recent post about anti-buzzwords). So, I don’t know what I’m going to do with this.

A Darkly Beating Heart by Lindsay Smith – I love this book as a concept. It’s about a queer, mentally ill Japanese-American teen girl who is literally too angry to function. I love reading about angry girls, but I tried an excerpt and reading in her point of view could be… not great for my mental health. I also didn’t love the only other book I’ve read by Lindsay Smith, Web of Frost.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – I know, this isn’t out yet, but while I do kind of want to read it, it’s never going to be a priority for me. It’s far too long for that. It’s more than 800 pages. Why

The Highs

Books I recently added to my TBR.

Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri – I got an ARC!! I can’t wait, this sounds awesome and I love desert fantasy. I also have heard nothing but good things. I may have already started this by the time this post goes up because it’s long enough to count for Tome Topple and do I ever stick to TBRs.

Ancestral Night by Elizabeth Bear – queer sci-fi is my favorite genre, of course I want to read this. It should have an f/f relationship, that’s all I know, and I like going into sci-fi books without knowing too much.

Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene GooThe Way You Make Me Feel is one of the best contemporary books I’ve ever read, I added this to my TBR the moment I knew of it.

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole – I have almost no interest in contemporary adult romance because I’m aromantic and I think I don’t completely get the appeal, but this is a novella (which is my favorite format for romances! No need for forced conflict to lengthen the story!) and it’s an f/f story about two black women. Of course I want to read it.

Have you read or want to read any of these?

7 thoughts on “TBR Lows & Highs #3

  1. Great list! Priory sounds so good to me but I can 100% understand not wanting to read a book so LONG. The only reason I’m not turned off by the page length is because she’s confirmed it’s a standalone and I feel like I almost never get to read fantasy standalones! It’s also funny that you mentioned plague stories being an “anti-buzzword” for you because they’re a huge buzzword for me! 😂 I haven’t read anything by the author yet, but Once Ghosted Twice Shy sounds SO GOOD.


    1. There are not enough fantasy standalones! I want to read Priory because of that and because I’ve heard there will be f/f content (and, of course, dragons!)
      I haven’t read anything by Alyssa Cole either, but I’ve heard only great things and this really does sound good.

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  2. I kind of want to read A Darkly Beating Heart cause it sounds interesting, but it’s got very mixed reviews and no one I know’s read it. I didn’t even know ti was about a queer girl though, so now I’m interested again. I’ll add Somewhere Only We Know and Once Ghosted, Twice Shy to my TBR right away! And I really look forward to hearing your thoughts on Empire of Sand.

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    1. I don’t know whether to trust the ADBH reviews because no one I know and trust has read it, either.
      I’m currently reading Empire of Sand and I think it’s a very slow-paced atmospheric read, but I don’t know how I feel about the characters and plot yet.


  3. Ancestral Night sounds amazing and I’m always looking forward to reading more sci-fi especially with f/f relationships. I had no idea Priory of the Orange Tree was that long but knowing it’s a standalone does make the length easier to stomach. I hope you enjoy Empire of Sand and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts about it!

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    1. I’ve heard Priory should also have f/f content! That’s the main reason I want to read it. Empire of Sand is ok so far, the world is gorgeous but the pacing is very slow and the story very heterosexual.

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