TBR Lows & Highs #17 🌙

🌙 Hi, guys! I hope you’re having a wonderful day full of good readings. Super excited cause this weekly series will be focused on helping me clean my Goodreads shelves and also prioritize some readings and organize myself in general. I LOVE this idea, I know that many of you already know it and do it as well, the creator is the incredible Destiny | Howling Libraries | 💫 whom I love as a human being and I respect a lot as a book blogger ❤️, so it’s really a pleasure to start with this new project especially because it’s created by someone who I admire a lot and that makes me very happy, I also really need help to organize my books, So here we go! 👏🏻 

I wanted to give it my own twist to make it more fun and also fit my needs or what I hope to do with my books and my readings. So I’ve decided that as well as Destiny, I’ll be opening voting every week so that you can participate in the whole process and help me decide which books to prioritize, for this: I’ll ask you to vote for one of the books in the “LOWS” section and not only I’ll be adding it to my priority list, but I’ll also be creating my own TBR Jar with each of your choices!. So, every week the book you choose from my selection will be added to my TBR Jar and then at the end of the month, I’ll choose one of them to read and finally give a real chance to it. I’ll not be removing all my “LOWS”, only some if necessary, maybe one per week or sometimes none, I’ll be super honest about them and I hope you can help me make a decision anything can happen in these posts! LOL 🥰 

I hope you like this idea, I think it will be fun, I’ll be cleaning my Goodreads shelves a bit, which is great, but you can also participate in the process and so will have a super interactive experience, so we can all have a little fun ❤️. I hope you enjoy it, thanks for the support always, from the bottom of my heart & LET’S START! 🌙


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!
  • 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”)

 

Thank you SO much if you voted on the previous week post and thanks to you as well that have let me know your thoughts, it was really helpful to make my decisions ❤️

✔️ I KEEP ON MY TBR |This Lie Will Kill You by Chelsea Pitcher,  Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys DaytonYour Turn to Die by Sue Wallman, The Geography of Lost Things by Jessica BrodyThe Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

❌ LEAVES MY TBR | Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale,  Blackberry & Wild Rose by Sonia Velton & Spectacle (Spectacle #1) by Jodie Lynn Zdrok

⚱️ TBR JAR | Foundryside (The Founders Trilogy #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett & Fire and Heist by Sarah Beth Durst


 

🌙 The Wicker King (The Wicker King #1) by K. Ancrum | This is a YA Contemporary (featuring LGBT+ characters & Mental Health). In this book, we follow August realizing that his best friend Jack, suffers from degenerative hallucinatory disorder, where he begins to have hallucinations with a fantastical world ruled by the Wicker King, and although all that Augustus wants is to help him, he begins to wonder what it’s real and what it’s not.
I’ve heard many different things about this story, but especially that it’s quite strange, and I know that there’s a group of people who LOVED it and others who simply couldn’t cope with such a story. I’m really intrigued to know what happens here and discover it myself, but I’m still not sure, so your opinion would help me a lot


🌙 An American Marriage by Tayari Jones | This is an Adult Contemporary Fiction. In this book, we follow a seemingly perfect marriage of Roy & Celestial who are abruptly separated under unexpected circumstances when Roy is sentenced to jail for a crime that Celestial knows he didn’t commit. As Roy fulfills his sentence, Celestial finds herself closer to her childhood best friend, Andre. 5 years later Roy can finally return to his home to resume life with the person he loves but isn’t ready for what he will find.
I can already know exactly what will happen in this drama, and I haven’t read the book yet, I know it will be painful for me to read so I don’t know if it would be a good idea, on the other hand, I can see why people have read it so much, it’s a promise of a family drama that can take many turns. So tell me, have you read it? What do you think? It has mixed reviews, so I’ll think about it.


🌙 The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani | This is a Middle-Grade Historical Fiction. In this story, It’s 1947, and India, newly independent of British rule, has been separated into two countries: Pakistan and India. The divide has created much tension between Hindus and Muslims, and hundreds of thousands are killed crossing borders. We follow a girl named Nisha, Half-Muslim, half-Hindu, and when her Papa decides it’s too dangerous to stay in what is now Pakistan, Nisha and her family become refugees and embark first by train but later on foot to reach her new home.
This seems to be a very powerful, sad, and eye-opening book. I haven’t heard many things, but what I do hear are very good things, so I’ll think about it, because although the genre isn’t usually something that I read a lot, it could be an opportunity to give it a chance and perhaps enjoy the experience reading it. Let me know if you know about it!


 🌙 The Humans by Matt Haig | This is a Sci-Fi/Humor Adult Fiction. After an ‘incident’ one wet Friday night where Professor Andrew Martin is found walking naked through the streets of Cambridge, he is not feeling quite himself. He feels lost among a crazy alien species and hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton, and he’s a dog. Who is he really? And what could make someone change their mind about the human race. . . ?
I’ve heard the best things about this book and it’s one that I’ll undoubtedly be putting on my priority list! People say that mixed perfectly humanity themes with humor, so I’m intrigued. What do you think? Have you read it?


 🌙 Power to the Princess: 15 Favorite Fairytales Retold with Girl Power by Vita Murrow & Julia Bereciartu (Illustrations) | This is a Children Retelling book. What if princesses didn’t always marry Prince Charming and live happily ever after? In this stunning anthology, 15 favorite fairytales have been retold for a new generation. These princesses are smart, funny, and kind, and can do anything they set their minds to.
This is a super short book that gives a very unique and empowering twist to princesses and fairies tales, and I would love to give it a chance, I think it could be fun.


 🌙 Difficult Women by Roxane Gay | This is a short story fiction book. This is a collection of stories of rare force and beauty, of hardscrabble lives, passionate loves, and quirky and vexed human connection. The women in these stories live lives of privilege and of poverty, are in marriages both loving and haunted by past crimes or emotional blackmail.
I haven’t heard anything about this book, to be honest, I added it a while ago because I think I found it interesting, I don’t remember, and I still think I could enjoy it. Anthologies aren’t usually something I read a lot, so I could try this one and see how it goes. I know this book must be full of powerful and impactful stories, so if you have read it, let me know! I would love to know.


 🌙 The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters | This is a YA Historical Fiction Retelling. Seventeen-year-old Edgar Poe hungers for his upcoming life as a student at the prestigious new university, almost as much as he longs to marry his beloved Elmira Royster. However, on the brink of his departure, all his plans go awry when a macabre Muse named Lenore appears to him. Muses are frightful creatures that lead Artists down a path of ruin and disgrace, and no respectable person could possibly understand or accept them. But Lenore steps out of the shadows with one request: “Let them see me!”
This book seems to hold a clever idea, portraying young Edgar Allen Poe. I’m very intrigued to know which direction the author decides to take with this book, but I haven’t heard much about it so that makes me doubt, would it be interesting enough? What do you think?.


 🌙 Since We Last Spoke by Brenda Rufener | This is a YA Contemporary Romance. In this story, we follow Aggi & Max, who have finally declared their love for each other, but a car accident involving their older brothers changed everything and with restraining order now in place between the two bitter households, Aggi and Max’s love runs cold. Until a year after, they meet at a mutual friend’s party, but just as they began to fix their relationship, Aggi’s little sister, Grace, flees from home after their father spirals into a fit of rage. With a support system of friends close by, Aggi and Max must confront each other and their families in the hopes of mending all the broken pieces.
This seems to be a love story with a lot of drama and family issues, something like Romeo and Juliet but modern and I like that a lot, it sounds very good to me and I would like to give it a chance. What do you think? Have you read it?


 🌙 We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett | This is a YA Fantasy, which promises to be part Shadow and Bone & part Code Name Verity. Seventeen-year-old Revna is a factory worker, manufacturing war machines for the Union of the North. When she’s caught using illegal magic, she fears being branded a traitor and imprisoned. Meanwhile, on the front lines, Linné defied her father, a Union general, and disguised herself as a boy to join the army. They’re both offered a reprieve from punishment if they use their magic in a special women’s military flight unit and undertake terrifying, deadly missions under cover of darkness. Revna and Linné can hardly stand to be in the same cockpit, but if they can’t fly together, and if they can’t find a way to fly well, the enemy’s superior firepower will destroy them – if they don’t destroy each other first.
This one sounds SO good, but I have deep inside that little fear that promising it sounds better than executing actually is, you know? It has good reviews, which gives me hope, and also that cover has me in love, so I don’t think I can resist and surely give it a chance. Have you heard of it?


 🌙 A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti | This is a YA Contemporary Fiction. This is the story about a girl named Annabelle who feeling a great load of guilt and grief decides to leave Seattle to Washinton DC, through mountain passes and suburban landscapes —muscles burning, heart pumping, feet pounding the earth. But no matter how hard she tries, she can’t outrun the tragedy from the past year, or the person — The Taker — that haunts her. Followed by Grandpa Ed in his RV and backed by her brother and two friends (her self-appointed publicity team), Annabelle becomes a reluctant activist as people connect her journey to the trauma from her past. She just keeps running, to the destination that awaits her. There, she’ll finally face what lies behind her — the miles and love and loss… and what is to come.
I’ve heard the most incredible things about this book, I’ve heard how heartbreaking it is, but above all how wonderfully meaningful and profound it is as well. I’m very excited to read it, I know it will not be an easy journey because it also involves a relationship between granddaughter-grandfather and that type of bond breaks me, it’s my weakness, so I must be very prepared when I go into it, anyway I really want reading it. Have you read it?


 

Book Reviews List (5)

 🌙 The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman | Luna’s thinks she’s going crazy, but if she can truly travel back in time, she can change things. But in doing anything – everything – to save her mother’s life, will she have to sacrifice her own? ( Adult FictionSciFiRomance )


 🌙 The Dark In-Between by Elizabeth Hrib | A terrible accident brings sixteen-year-old Casey Everett’s life to a halt—literally. Pronounced dead on the beach during the year-end harbor party, Casey’s sudden return to the living is shadowed by the drowning of her best friend, Liddy. ( YA – Paranormal )


🌙 I Am Here Now by Barbara Bottner| Set in the 1960s, Barbara Bottner’s I Am Here Now is a beautiful novel in verse about one artists coming of age. Its a heartbreaking, powerful and inspiring depiction of what it’s like to shatter your lifeand piece it all back together. ( YA – Contemporary – Poetry )


🌙 The Midnight Lie (The Midnight Lie #1) by Marie Rutkoski | Set in the world of the New York Times–bestselling Winner’s Trilogy, beloved author Marie Rutkoski returns with an epic LGBTQ romantic fantasy about learning to free ourselves from the lies others tell us—and the lies we tell ourselves. ( YA – Fantasy – Romance )


 🌙 Pax by Sara Pennypacker |This is the story of Peter, Pax, and their independent struggles to return to one another against all odds. Told from the alternating viewpoints of Peter and Pax. ( Animal – Fiction)


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 🌿 Now is YOUR time to decide! Choose one of the books in my “The LOWS” section and I’ll add it to my TBR JAR to give it a chance at some point.
I’ll be making the decision of which books I’ll be letting go of my TBR completely, cause I really need to clean this out, after knowing your opinion and in the next week I’ll let you know 🌿

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Let me know EVERYTHING you think in the comments, you know I LOVE to know and talk with you  🥰 

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19 thoughts on “TBR Lows & Highs #17 🌙

  1. I love the idea. I really have to take a good look at all my tbr books, maybe take some out, give older ones a chance.
    Unfortunately I don’t know any of your lows, so I can’t really suggest anything. 🙂

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  2. Uhh, some really good books on your “Lows” there this time! I loved the audiobook of An American Marriage, it was such a powerful story, highly recommend!
    And I also loved The Humans by Matt Haig, it was a little bit boring at the start but fascinating nonetheless.

    Can I vote for both of them??? 😀

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  3. Ah, I love this series so much!! i’ve only read A Heart in a Body in a World from all of these i think, but its themes are really super impactful. you’ll probably cry when you read it, or at least your perspective on some things will shift 😅 while i had some problems with the writing and the romance, i think that that was just me! i really feel like you’ll enjoy it! also, i’m so excited for The Midnight Lie 🥺 i can’t believe the author who wrote one of my fave series came out with an f/f book, and i still haven’t read it :((

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    1. It makes me happy that you like it, darling! I LOVE doing this series, it helps me a lot to clean my TBR! 😄✨ Oh, A Heart in a Body in a World sounds amazing, I’m glad that despite some things you enjoyed it. I’m sure I will cry because I’m the most sensitive when I read such books, I can’t wait, though, I feel it will be a great experience and I’m glad you think I’ll enjoy it.❤️
      The Midnight Lie sounds SO good, I hope you enjoy it a lot once you read it 🥰

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  4. A Heart in a Body in the World is on my TBR & I’ve heard amazing things about it as well! I definitely want to give it a try, and I hope if you decide to read it then you end up loving it 🙂

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  5. Wow what an intense list! You got me thinking about a lot of these books, some I’ve heard of others I’ve not.

    Fire and Heist from your TBR Jar is a book I’ve heard of but haven’t read or plan to. HOWEVER I am a fan of Sarah Beth Durst. I haven’t read all her work or any of her children’s but I AM looking forward to her new adult fantasy Race the Sands.

    I’ve added The Humans, not The Wicker King (just not my cup of tea); Power to the Princesses sounds pretty interesting and almost got me but a few lower reviews tipped my scales against it not living up to its hype; added Difficult Women by Roxane Gay; almost added the Raven’s Tale but I’m afraid it doesn’t live up to the hype; added We Rule the Night does sound pretty darn cool, and different and my Gma was a Women’s Airforce Service Pilot and this makes me think of her; almost added A Heart in a Body in the World but the fear of it kind of dragging on has me turning away; The Dark in Between I almost added but I saw a review that said it’s very YA’y and that’s just not for me, afraid it falls short; I am Here Now has caught my attention a few times but like the last one I think it just doesn’t reach far enough out to me.

    Just some reflections of my own on what you presented here. When I look briefly at reviews I go to some of the bad or middle-ground reviews to see what people are saying because the good ones don’t exactly teach me as much. Those that stuck out helped tip scales for me. Good luck, I’ll be curious to see how it all works out for you.

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    1. What an amazing and detailed comment! I LOVE that you took the time to tell me your thoughts on each of these books, I appreciate that very much! 🥰 And I’m glad you added some to your TBR, I’d love to hear your thoughts on them ❤️✨

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