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TBR Lows & Highs #4

Okay, so I’d been doing Down the TBR Hole for quite some time and really loved it. BUT, it started to feel a bit like a chore, which is why I’d cut down on it. Luckily, Destiny decided to create a new similar-but-different feature that’s loads of fun called TBR Lows and Highs!


  • 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”)

To Remove:

Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst
I do like nonfiction, but I found it difficult to focus just reading the summary. I need nonfiction that I can actually pay attention to.

Opium Eater: The New Confessions
I don’t think I realized this was a memoir when I added it. I’m more interested in a broader look at drugs and addiction right now.

Carrier: Untangling the Danger in My DNA
Again, I’d prefer a broader read focused on DNA and genetic testing, and I actually have one that fits the bill a couple books up on my TBR already.

The Bone Season
I’m just… really not drawn to this one.

Every Last Lie
Well, I was already thinking about removing it after the blurb and then came across an unhidden question with a spoiler ruining a “twist” in it, soooo. Bye.

Newly Added:

As a reminder to myself: I REALLY need to start making notes on Goodreads when I add books to my TBR so I don’t have to puzzle over where they came from. Anyway, Destiny included this one in her last T10T and the cover just grabbed me!

In Her Skin
Truly a mystery, but I think I saw this on my Goodreads feed? The premise was kind of interesting, but the fact that it takes place in Boston got me.

Flat: Reclaiming My Body from Breast Cancer
I read Rae’s review of this one and thought it sounded like something I really wanted to read!

Daemon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling
This was definitely one that just showed up on my Goodreads feed, but I liked the His Dark Materials series a lot, and want to read more books about writing.

Although Bad Man didn’t end up being one of my new favorites, Dathan Auerbach does have great writing skills and I’d like to try his other book as well.

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(Covers courtesy of Goodreads.)

7 thoughts on “TBR Lows & Highs #4”

  1. I had to laugh, because I know exactly what you mean about not even being able to focus while reading the summary of some books – a dealbreaker for me too! Some interesting-sounding titles here, looking forward to which one you read about DNA.

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  2. I want to be a little bit sad about The Bone Season because I adored it, BUT to be totally fair, it’s one of those books that I almost never recommend to anyone because I feel like it has the potential to be SO FUCKING BORING if you’re not the exact right audience for it, you know what I mean? I don’t know if this makes any sense, it’s like 3am and I’m about to go to sleep lmao.

    But on a more important note I am so stoked you added Kin! I don’t know if you know this, but just in case, fair warning – I’m told it is SUUUUUPER gore-filled and has lots of trigger warnings (though I’m not sure what all they are, I’m just kind of expecting the worst). Everyone I’ve talked to who has read it has said it was really extreme, and Kealan was talking about it on twitter a few days ago and saying that all of his horror is more psychological or weird/fucky, and then Kin is like his singular foray into “extreme horror”. So I just wanted to let you know just in case! If I read it before you, I’ll definitely make a list of TWs in case you want it. ♥

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    1. Haha no worries, it makes sense! I definitely have some books that are on my favs list that I know other people may find super boring (House of Leaves comes to mind immediately lmao).

      Thank you so much for the warning! I’m usually okay with anything wild like that if I have some kind of heads up. If I don’t read your review before I start in on it, I’ll just do the same and expect the worst in an effort to be prepared! ❤


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