TBR Lows & Highs #2

TBR Highs and Lows

TBR Lows & Highs was created by Destiny @ Howling Libraries as a way to showcase your recent additions to your TBR as well as being a method to clean up your TBR by removing books (or showing books you want to read, but aren’t an immediate priority). I’ve had my Goodreads account for nearly 8 years so it’s an absolute mess.


  • 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

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A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin – Potentially my most controversial removal 😂😂 ??? Honestly I totally get how well loved this and that it’s probably an amazing piece of fiction and I’ve had it on my TBR since the TV series first aired but I just kept thinking to myself that I’m never going to read it??? I can’t handle fantasy at the best of times, never alone at epic proportions like this. It’s just not for me and that’s okay!!! Maybe I’ll give the TV series another go one day in the future.

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins – Another case of this just being something in 2018 that I’m no longer interested in. There’s way more important books on my TBR.

Red Dragon by Thomas Harris – This has been on my TBR forever too because I know it’s like a ‘classic’ but again it’s just something I’m never going to read???

Night School by C.J. Daugherty – Again another paranormal fantasy from the early 10s that I just don’t care about.

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones – I know this is a well loved book in the paranormal/romance genre, but it’s not something I want to read anymore. There’s also like 13 books in this series and??? I know it’s supposed to be fun and addicting, but I think I just missed the hype train. Maybe if I read these series as it was being published it’d be different but….

Taken by Erin Bowman – The trend of paranormal/fantasy/dystopian that I’m no longer interested in continues!!!

The Highs

** I’m only counting books that are already published **

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The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen – This is a book I was aware of, but didn’t think I’d be interested because I’m not /huge/ on domestic thrillers but kyleigh @ spookyism on Twitter recommend it when I was asking for a good trashy thriller and then not long after I watched a booksandlala video and she said it was the highest rated thriller she’d read this year so I was like OKAY IT’S GOING ON THE TBR.

Harley Quinn: Mad Love by Paul Dini & Pat Cadigan – I stumbled across this on Goodreads and saw that it was a novelisation of Harley Quinn’s story and immediately added it to my TBR because I need all the Harley content I can get my hands on. She’s one of my favourite characters ever. I’m crossing my fingers that this is good!!!

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney – This is a similar situation to The Wife Between Us. I didn’t think I’d be interested in it until booksandlala said it had one of her favourite kinds of plot twists so then I became super curious and was like ‘okay I need to find out what this is’ lmao.

Hocus Pocus & the All New Sequel by A.W. Jantha – I thought this was already on my TBR, but apparently it wasn’t??? Anyway, I know there’s been lots of not great reviews about this but it’s HOCUS POCUS so I can’t not at least give it a try??? Plus I think there’s a f/f relationship in the sequel story???

The Likeness by Tana French – This is the second book in Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series. I have no interest reading the first book, but I added this because it was in a youtube video that was recommending books similar to The Secret History (which I haven’t read, but I know that’s similar to If We Were Villains which I still haven’t gotten over and wanted more books to read that was like it) and apparently you don’t need to read the first book to read this one.

The Poppy War by R.F. Kaung – Even though I’ve heard nothing but incredible praise for this book I wasn’t going to add it to my TBR because it’s high fantasy and I just don’t mix with that genre. However, my ability to not be able to avoid hype and always have constant FOMO is stronger and I finally gave in and added it. I’m not sure when I’ll read it, but maybe it’ll be a surprise and I’ll end up loving it???


I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of the books I’ve mentioned!

I hope you’re all having a fantastic day.

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15 thoughts on “TBR Lows & Highs #2

  1. I looooove your graphics, they’re always so pretty! Also, this:

    “I didn’t think I’d be interested in it until booksandlala said it had one of her favourite kinds of plot twists so then I became super curious and was like ‘okay I need to find out what this is’ lmao.”



  2. This is a great post Lauren. I have read the Game of Thrones books up until book five, but honestly I feel like that one will be removed from my TBR list soon because I’ve lost all motivation to pick up a book that long.
    I also have The Poppy Wars on my to-read list. Like you I wasn’t going to add it because it isn’t really my thing but I was unable to resist all the hype I kept seeing, and the incredible reviews everyone seemed to be writing. 😀 Here’s hoping we both enjoy it, and that you enjoy the other ‘highs’ on your TBR list too. 🙂 ❤️


    1. Thanks so much, Beth! Ah props for having read them! They look like such intense books, but definitely seem like they’d be good for the right person. Finally removing it off my TBR actually felt so good 😂 I’m glad it’s not just me who is unable to read hype. I really hope we both end up loving it 😀

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  3. Hmmm, for The Likeness, it might not be strictly necessary to read Into the Woods first, but there is a lot about the MC in The Likeness that you will miss by not reading the first one. 😦 FWIW Into the Woods is really good. 😉 Totally get it if it’s not your thing though.


  4. Honestly, Game of Thrones is only okay. The first three books are good, the last two are not, and it doesn’t look like the series is every going to finish, so I don’t think you’re going to miss much by not reading them. Also, The Harley Quinn book was not at all on my radar! I’m adding it to my own TBR for sure! Great lists!


  5. Ooooh I looooved Sometimes I Lie, definitely one of my favorite thrillers! I first listened to it last year on audio and it was a great experience, would definitely recommend the audiobook if you can find it. Then recently I read it again, physical book this time, which is something I have never done before with thrillers! So I think that says a lot. There are so much details and things to theorize about. Hope you enjoy it too! 🙂


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