TBR Lows & Highs #18 🌙

🌙 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 | An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani, The Humans by Matt Haig, Power to the Princess: 15 Favorite Fairytales Retold with Girl Power by Vita Murrow & Julia Bereciartu (Illustrations),  Since We Last Spoke by Brenda RufenerWe Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett 

❌ LEAVES MY TBR | The Wicker King (The Wicker King #1) by K. Ancrum,  Difficult Women by Roxane Gay & The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters 

⚱️ TBR JAR | A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti

 


 

🌙 What the Woods Keep by Katya de Becerra | This is a YA Fantasy Mystery book. In this book, we follow a girl named Hayden who is trying to live a normal life leaving her past behind even though her mother disappeared a decade ago and her father had these crazy stories about a supernatural race and she still has strange dreams where she sees symbols. But when she inherits her childhood home and returns to her hometown, strange things begin to happen, neighbors begin to whisper things about her mother, and Hayden feels that the forest is calling her. When she dares to answer that call she will discover something incredible, threatening reality itself.
I love the idea of ​​this book, especially since I think it will be atmospheric, and I usually like it a lot when apparently “normal” stories introduce paranormal aspects. It could be a great discovery, have you heard of this book?


🌙 Given to the Sea (Given Duet #1) by Mindy McGinnis | This is a YA Fantasy book. The book I think follows several POVs, on the one hand, Khosa who was born to feed the sea and prevent a giant wave from destroying her kingdom. Dara and Donil, who are the last of their kind, the Indiri, a race that can control magic. Witt leads the Pietra, the fierce warriors who are now marching on the Kingdom & Vincent the heir to the throne and in love with Khosa, who must now choose among his people and protect the person he loves. While royals scheme, Pietrans march, and the Indiri struggle to survive, the rising sea calls for its Given, and Khosa is destined to answer.
I think that the only book that really interests me right now from the author is Not a Drop to Drink, because I think it has a unique promise, but this one really doesn’t feel like something that calls my anticipation anymore, I could enjoy it, though, because it’s fantasy and I adore the genre, but I’ve read many similar plots, so I have to be very selective with this type of genre. I think I’ll let this one go, but I would still love to hear your thoughts on it!


🌙 A Treason of Thorns by Laura E. Weymouth | This is a YA Hitorical-Fantasy. In this book, we follow Violet, who all she has ever wanted is to return to Burleigh House, a magical place in England. Violet’s father committed treason trying to free Burleigh from the king’s oppressive control and was killed, this led to Vi living in hiding. When she’s given a chance to go back, she discovers Burleigh has run wild with grief. Vi would do anything to help, and soon she finds herself walking the same deadly path as her father’s all those years before.
I really don’t know what to do about this book, on the one hand, I LOVE the cover and I have to say it, this author has wonderful covers, but I don’t know if the blurb is really enough to get my attention and want to read it. I’m open to listening to your suggestions and thoughts to make my decision.


🌙 The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson | This book is a YA Fantasy featuring LGBT+ characters. Follow a girl named Elena Mendoza who’s the product of a virgin birth. This can be scientifically explained, but not all the miracles that begin to happen around Elena’s life, like miraculously healing her friend from a gunshot. After all the only logical answer to that is that the end of the world is near and Elena is possibly the only one who can do something about it.
This book has the most interesting idea and concept that I’ve come across in a while, and I’m very curious to read it! I’ve never read the author before, but I have others of his books on my TBR that sound unique as well, so I’m on board. What do you think?


🌙 The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie | This is an Adult High-Fantasy featuring LGBT+ characters. In this story, we know a place, the kingdom of Irade, which is protected by a god known as the Raven. His will is enacted through the Raven’s Lease, a human ruler chosen by the god himself. His magic is sustained via the blood sacrifice that every Lease must offer. And under the Raven’s watch, the city flourishes. Until one day some impostor takes the throne and makes an alliance with other gods. It’s into this unrest that the warrior Eolo arrives and in seeking to help Mawat reclaim his city, Eolo discovers that the Raven’s Tower holds a secret.
I’d never heard of this author or read any of her books, so I have no basis. The book has incredible reviews which is great, and I love that it focuses on gods, it’s always something fascinating to me, but I have my doubts. My first and greatest fear is that it’s too dense and heavy to read, so tell me, have you heard about it, what do you think?


🌙 Omens (Cainsville #1) by Kelley Armstrong | This is an Adult Urban-Fantasy/Mystery. In this book, we follow a woman named Olivia Taylor Jones, who’s the heir to a very wealthy family and therefore has always had her life settled. Until one day she finds out that she’s adopted and her birth parents are the Larsen, a couple of serial killers who are serving their life sentences. Olivia wants to find out the truth about the Larsen, and because of this she ends up in Cainsville and aided by her mother’s former lawyer, Gabriel Walsh, Olivia focuses on the Larsens ’last crime, the one her birth mother swears will prove their innocence. Olivia finds herself drawing on abilities that have remained hidden since her childhood, gifts that make her both a valuable addition to Cainsville and deeply vulnerable to unknown enemies.
I think this book sounds REALLY good. Unbelievably, I’ve never read the author despite being super recognized, so I think this is the perfect opportunity, not only I find myself super engaged by the promise, but also many of you have recommended it to me, so I can’t wait! This one stays, without a doubt.


🌙 State of Sorrow (Sorrow #1) by Melinda Salisbury | This is a YA Fantasy book. By day, Sorrow governs the Court of Tears, covering for her grief-maddened father. By night, she seeks solace in the arms of the boy she’s loved since childhood. But one ghost won’t stop haunting her, and when enemies old and new close ranks against her, Sorrow must decide how far she’s willing to go to win …
I really don’t know what to do about this book, it’s another one of those where the blurb is so vague that I don’t know if I liked it or it’s something that I would really be interested in reading, you know?. Even so, I want to read the author, so if you have any recommendations, leave me in the comments, I would really appreciate that! I would like to know more, especially if you have read it, what do you think?


🌙 The Breakdown by B.A. Paris | This is an Adult Mystery/Thriller. We follow a woman named Cass, who has been having a difficult time since she saw a car in the woods with a murdered woman inside. She tries to put that behind her and get the crime out of her mind, but the guilt is heavy and she starts to forget even the smallest things, where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn’t have a baby. Besides this, Cass has a strong feeling that someone is watching her.
This book sounds pretty good, in fact, I think I could enjoy it if I read it. I don’t remember exactly why I added it to my TBR, I suppose I see someone talking about it and since I want to read more of one of my favorite genres, this looks like a very good option. Of course, let me know what you think about it!


🌙 The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski | This is a YA Fantasy Scifi book & the only thing you and I need to know about this book is this: “The wood is poisoned, changing into something more sinister. Once brightly colored leaves are now bubbling inky black. Vicious creatures that live in the shadows are becoming bolder, torturing lost travelers.”
It couldn’t sound more to me, I can’t wait to read this book, perhaps closer to the month of horror, but it definitely remains in my TBR. Have you read it?


🌙 Everything I Never Told Youn by Celeste Ng | This is an Adult Historical-Fiction Mystery book. So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos.
I’ve heard the best things about the author and also about this book, but I’m aware that you love the book or you hate it, so that makes me somewhat nervous, but equally curious to know how it will be for me. What do you think? Is it worth reading?


 

Book Reviews List (5)

🌙 We Were Restless Things by Cole Nagamatsu | Set over the course of one heartbreaking, mystifying, and ultimately hopeful year, this remarkable debut heralds the arrival of an incredible new voice in young adult literature. ( YAFantasyLGBT+ Characters )


🌙 Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson | Enchanted is dazzled by Korey’s luxurious life but soon her dream turns into a nightmare. Behind Korey’s charm and star power hides a dark side, one that wants to control her every move, with rage and consequences. Except now he’s dead and the police are at the door. Who killed Korey Fields? ( YAContemporary Mystery )


🌙 Don’t Look for Me by Wendy Walker | The greatest risk isn’t running away.
It’s running out of time. Women disappear, desperate to leave their lives behind and start over. But is that what really happened to Molly Clarke? ( Adult Thriller Mystery )


🌙 Lovely War by Julie Berry | A sweeping, multi-layered romance with a divine twist, by the Printz Honor-winning author of The Passion of Dolssa, set in the perilous days of World Wars I and II. ( YA Historical Fiction Romance )


🌙 The City We Became (Great Cities #1) by N.K. Jemisin | Five New Yorkers must come together in order to defend their city in the first book of a stunning new series by Hugo award-winning and NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin. ( Adult Fantasy SciFi )


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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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30 thoughts on “TBR Lows & Highs #18 🌙

  1. Ok, so I just finished Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng and absolutely LOVED it! I read it in one day!! Everything I Never Told You is on my TBR & I definitely think it’ll be another favorite of mine!

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    1. YAY!! ✨ It makes me happy that you liked it, I’ll read it without a doubt, it sounds very interesting 😍 & I’ve heard incredible things about Everything I Never Told You, so maybe I kept it in my TBR to read it at some point, I would love to know your thoughts about it! Happy Reading, My love ❤️❤️

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  2. I haven’t read State of Sorrow (I think I got it in a book box), but every time I think about unhauling it, someone on instagram screams about how it’s the best book they’ve ever read, so I keep putting it back on my shelf… 🤷🏻‍♀️

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  3. I recently read Everything I Never Told You and I’d really recommend it if you want some heart-wrenching mystery and sadness. If you’re not feeling it, you won’t enjoy it!

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  4. GIRL read Lovely War! It’s such a wonderful book and her other book The Passion of Dolssa is one of my favorite historical fiction books ever 🙂 Highly recommend both! I would not recommend what the woods keep though…that didn’t offer enough answers to make sense let alone have a satisfying ending

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    1. Lovely War is in my Highs, so I’ll definitely be reading it, I recently added it to my TBR because I’ve heard brilliant things, I can’t wait! Thank you SO much for letting me know your thoughts on What The Woods Keep, I didn’t know much about it, so it’s good to have more information 🥰👏🏻

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  5. Ah I’m so, so curious of your thoughts if you end up reading Everything I Never Told You. I also heard amazing things about the author’s writing and books and I’m still on the fence about reading them or not at all ahah 🙂 I hope you’ll keep it! 🙂
    Happy reading! ❤

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