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TBR Lows & Highs #6

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:

Pornography: Men Possessing Women
I actually wrote a thesis-type paper during my senior year of college assessing pornography’s impact. It was interesting because I had gone into it with a more positive-steering-neutral view of porn, but after my research the paper itself was extremely anti-porn. With that background, I think y’all can understand why I’d find books about pornography interesting, but my one friend who has read this rated it meh, the description doesn’t give you much, and I think I can find something better to read instead.

When Houses Burn
I don’t remember how I added this, but I can be picky about thrillers and the blurb for this just doesn’t… thrill me.

Don’t get me wrong, I know Jon Krakauer is supposed to be great, but I have a pretty good idea of how the criminal justice system fails victims/survivors and I’d rather read something written by a woman on the topic.

Just Listen
I just… don’t think this sounds like my thing.

The Girl from the Well
The blurb doesn’t grab me and it has poor reviews from friends. Byeee.

Newly Added:

The Book Collector and Rebecca
Both of these were autumn book recommendations by Rachel and both sounded like great reads!

Once and Forever
This one was featured in a weekly newsletter sent out by a local bookstore. Between the cover and the description, I thought it seemed like something I’d enjoy.

What Made Maddy Run
Someone on my GR timeline added this and I thought it sounded interesting.

A Pattern Language
Gretchen Rubin recommended this on the BookRiot podcast Recommendations recently!

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10 thoughts on “TBR Lows & Highs #6”

  1. Just Listen is my favorite Dessen title ever, so I’m a little sad to see it in your “lows”, but Dessen is honestly one of those authors I don’t recommend to people very often because, no matter how much I love her writing, it’s a bit… basic? 😂 So I can’t really blame you.

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  2. If you’re interested in reading about the negative effects of porn, I would recommend “The Porn Myth: Exposing the Reality Behind the Fantasy of Pornography” by Matt Fradd. It’s a short, quick read that packs a punch. I also need to get around the reading Rebecca. It’s been on my TBR probably since I was probably 13, but I never took the time to read it. I’ve seen the original movie of it and it looks like such an interesting gothic novel! I feel like our TBRs are never-ending. The moment you start reading ones already on your list, you add more!

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    1. Thank you! I’ll definitely have to check that one out. 🙂 I’ve never seen the original movie for Rebecca either, but it sounds SO good and I hope I get to it soon. My TBR is definitely growing exponentially.. at least we’ll never run out of things to read??

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