TBR Lows & Highs #21 🌙

🌙 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 | What Should Be Wild by Julia Fine, Confessions by Kanae Minato, Come Find Me by Megan MirandaSomething Like Gravity by Amber SmithThe Best Lies by Sarah Lyu & The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

❌ LEAVES MY TBR | Pestilence (The Four Horsemen #1) by Laura Thalassa, The Rattled Bones by S.M. ParkerOther Words for Smoke by Sarah Maria Griffin

⚱️ TBR JAR | My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

 


 

🌙 The Boy and Girl Who Broke the World by Amy Reed | When the lives of these two loners are thrust together, Lydia’s cynicism is met with Billy’s sincere optimism, and both begin to question their own outlook on life. On top of that, weird happenings including an impossible tornado and an all-consuming fog are cropping up around them — maybe even because of them. And as the two grow closer and confront bigger truths about their pasts, they must also deal with such inconveniences as a narcissistic rock star, a war between unicorns and dragons, and eventually, of course, the apocalypse.
I think I added this book because of the author at the time cause I love The Nowhere Girls, so I was curious to read more of her work. Even so and leaving that aside, I don’t know how to feel about this book and how it sounds, it sounds kind of weird, I’m not sure … it sounds quite surreal and imaginative, which could work very well or be a total NO for me, you what do you think? Have you heard of it? Have you read it?


🌙 Toffee by Sarah Crossan | Allison has run away from home, and with nowhere to live, finds herself hiding out in the shed of what she thinks is an abandoned house. But the house isn’t empty. An elderly woman named Marla, with dementia, lives there – and she mistakes Allison for an old friend from her past called Toffee. And so, Toffee is who she becomes. After all, it means she has a place to stay. There are worse places she could be. But as their bond grows, and Allison discovers how much Marla needs a real friend, she begins to ask herself – where is home? What is a family? And most importantly, who am I, really?
I really like that this book is told in verse since I’ve never read this type of format it could be something that I enjoy, I also want to read something from the author since I’ve heard very good things. The plot itself perhaps, to be honest, doesn’t call much my attention, but maybe I tried it, it could be a pleasant surprise. What do you think?


🌙 How the Light Gets In by Katy Upperman | Since her sister’s tragic death, seventeen-year-old Callie Ryan has basically given up. When she returns to her aunt’s run-down coastal Victorian one year after Chloe’s death, Callie resigns herself to a summer of guilt and home renovations. She doesn’t expect to be charmed by Tucker Morgan. But even as her days begin to brighten, Callie’s nights are crowded with chilling dreams, unanswered questions, and eerie phenomenon that have her convinced she’s being haunted. Will Callie be able to figure out what her sister is trying to communicate before it’s too late?
I LOVE books that focus on stories about sisters and that kind of wonderful ties, it’s always my type of book, and this one also I think has a paranormal twist, which makes me want to read it even more, but I have never read the author, so I would love to know your opinion about it and about the author if you’ve read something by her before!


🌙 The Broken Girls by Simone St. James | Vermont, 1950. There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants – the troublemakers. It’s called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it’s located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted.
Vermont, 2014. As much as she’s tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister’s death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. Fiona can’t shake the suspicion that something was never right about the case. A shocking discovery during the renovations will link the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past – and a voice that won’t be silenced. . . .
I’ve heard incredible things about this book from my bookish friends who have read it, so I trust them and their judgment, and I’m on board to give it a chance, also I’m all for the mystery and this creepy vibe that surrounds the plot. Have you read the book? Have you heard about it? Let me know!


🌙 Getaway Girl (Girl #1) by Tessa Bailey | After a six-year absence, Addison Potts is back in Charleston to stir things up. And what better place to make her villainous return than her estranged cousin’s wedding? Only, the nuptials hit a snag when the bride doesn’t show, leaving Addison to play getaway driver for the jilted groom. Elijah Montgomery Du Pont is the future mayor of Charleston. From his military career to city hall, every detail of his life has been meticulously planned. Until now. His only respite from life’s sudden upheaval is Addison, his new, improbable best friend. She makes him happy. Grounds him. And public disapproval be damned, he’s not willing to give her up. But with an election on the line and public pressure rising, Addison — and the cruel hand of fate — might not give him a choice
I think I added this book when I was participating in the smuthathon, readathon that although it has nothing to do with what I read, I LOVE participating, I feel it gives me a breath of fresh air, I love it, so it makes sense that I added this one. Even so, I don’t know if I’m so interested in having it in my TBR, maybe if I ever participate again and want to read something romantic and steamy, then I’ll go for it, but for now, it would be better if this one goes.


🌙 Taboo for You (Love and Family #1) by Anyta Sunday | Sam’s freaking out. He’s 30 in three weeks. And what has he done in his twenties? It’s pretty simple math: nothing exciting at all.
Luke’s freaking screwed. He’s come out to his family, and his friends. Except there’s a certain someone who doesn’t know yet: his neighbor of 7 years.
Jeremy’s freaking over-the-moon. It’s the countdown to his 15th birthday, and his goal is simple. No matter what, he’s going to spend heaps of time with saucy Suzy. But first he needs to get his over-protective, no-girlfriend-’cause-you’ll-get-her-pregnant parents off his back. And what better way than pretending he’s gay?
Sam, Luke, and Jeremy. Three guys who have a lot of history together, and a lot of future too — well, if they can sort out their issues, that is.
Another book that I have no excuses, I added in my Smutathon time, and it’s another one that I don’t think I’m SO interested in reading outside the readathon, but maybe I’ll check out again later. I know it’s a pretty beloved trilogy, have you read it?


🌙 Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane | Ask Again, Yes is a deeply affecting exploration of the lifelong friendship and love that blossoms between Francis and Lena’s daughter, Kate, and Brian and Anne’s son, Peter. Luminous, heartbreaking, and redemptive, Ask Again, Yes reveals the way childhood memories change when viewed from the distance of adulthood — villains lose their menace and those who appeared innocent seem less so. Kate and Peter’s love story, while tested by echoes from the past, is marked by tenderness, generosity, and grace.
I don’t exactly remember why I added this one in the first place, but it sounds pretty good and I was surely looking for some adult books to add to my TBR. I don’t know much about it or what other readers think in general, so here I am… super interested in knowing your opinion! Should I keep it?


🌙 Jade City (The Green Bone Saga #1) by Fonda Lee | The Kaul family is one of two crime syndicates that control the island of Kekon. It’s the only place in the world that produces rare magical jade, which grants those with the right training and heritage superhuman abilities. The Green Bone clans of honorable jade-wearing warriors once protected the island from foreign invasion – but nowadays, in a bustling post-war metropolis full of fast cars and foreign money, Green Bone families like the Kauls are primarily involved in commerce, construction , and the everyday upkeep of the districts under their protection. When the simmering tension between the Kauls and their greatest rivals erupts into open violence in the streets, the outcome of this clan war will determine the fate of all Green Bones and the future of Kekon itself.
I think this is the first book of a trilogy, and I’ve heard the most wonderful things about each book, so I’m very excited to jump into it and give it a chance, I love how it sounds, I think it could be a high impact story!!


🌙 The Arrangement by Robyn Harding | Natalie, a young art student in New York City, is struggling to pay her bills when a friend makes a suggestion: Why not go online and find a sugar daddy — a wealthy, older man who will pay her for dates, and even give her a monthly allowance? Lots of girls do it, Nat learns. All that’s required is to look pretty and hang on his every word. Sexual favors are optional. Though more than thirty years her senior, Gabe, a handsome corporate finance attorney, seems like the perfect candidate, and within a month, they are madly in love. At least, Nat is… Gabe already has a family, whom he has no intention of leaving. So when he abruptly ends things, Nat can’t let go. She begins drinking heavily and stalking him: watching him at work, spying on his wife, even befriending his daughter, who is not much younger than she is. But Gabe’s not about to let his sugar baby destroy his perfect life. What was supposed to be a mutually beneficial arrangement devolves into a nightmare of deception, obsession, and, when a body is found near Gabe’s posh Upper East Side apartment, murder.
I added this book because OMG, it sounds super shocking and controversial, but lately, I’ve been seeing that it has quite negative reviews, so I’ll have to think about it a bit. What do you think?


🌙 The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett | Traveling with her treasure-hunting father has always been a dream for Theodora. She’s read every book in his library, has an impressive knowledge of the world’s most sought-after relics, and has all the ambition in the world. What she doesn’t have is her father’s permission. That honor goes to her father’s nineteen-year-old protégé — and once-upon-a-time love of Theodora’s life — Huck Gallagher, while Theodora is left to sit alone in her hotel in Istanbul. Until Huck returns from an expedition without her father and enlists Theodora’s help in rescuing him. Armed with her father’s travel journal, the reluctant duo learns that her father had been digging up information on a legendary and magical ring that once belonged to Vlad the Impaler — more widely known as Dracula — and that it just might be the key to finding him . Journeying into Romania, Theodora and Huck embark on a captivating adventure through Gothic villages and dark castles in the misty Carpathian Mountains to recover the notorious ring. But they aren’t the only ones who are searching for it. A secretive and dangerous occult society with a powerful link to Vlad the Impaler himself is hunting for it, too. And they will go to any lengths — including murder — to possess it.
First of all, I think hat this book looks SO beautiful!! the cover is EVERYTHING, and apart from this, I’ve heard many people who love this book and have transmitted that love to me, so now I’m even more excited to read it! What do you think? Have you read it?


 

Book Reviews List (5)

🌙 Breath Like Water by Anna Jarzab | “Expansive, romantic, and powerful.” —Gayle Forman, #1 New York Timesbestselling author of If I Stayand I Have Lost My Way. ( YAContemporaryRomance )


🌙 The Project by Courtney Summers | The next pulls-no-punches thriller from New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-winning author Courtney Summers, about an aspiring young journalist determined to save her sister from a cult. ( YAContemporaryMystery/Thriller )


🌙 Feed (Newsflesh #1) by Mira Grant | The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. ( AdultHorror SciFi Dystopia )


🌙 Elysium Girls by Kate Pentecost | In this sweeping Dust Bowl-inspired fantasy, a ten-year game between Life and Death pits the walled Oklahoma city of Elysium-including a girl gang of witches and a demon who longs for humanity-against the supernatural in order to judge mankind. ( FantasyYALGBT+ Characters )


🌙 Beach Read by Emily Henry |A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters. ( AdultRomanceContemporary )


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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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29 thoughts on “TBR Lows & Highs #21 🌙

  1. I think you should try How the Light Gets In by Katy Upperman even if you haven’t read anything by the author I think you should give it a try since it have so many aspects you enjoy (and because I was thinking of reading it hahaha).

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  2. Hello Sofii, did you decide to read “Ask Again, Yes? I read it not long ago and really enjoyed it, well most of it anyway. I posted a review of it here on WordPress if you would like to have a look.

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  3. I’ve read the Lady Rogue and I gave it a 3.5 stars! It was an enjoyable read but it wasn’t anything extraordinary. Beach Read is on my TBR list but haven’t gotten around to it yet. So far, I’ve heard great things about it. Let’s hope we both love it!

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    1. Thank you SO much for letting me know! It’s always very helpful to know your thoughts 🥰 & so far, I’ve heard the best things about Beach Read! I hope we enjoy it *fingers crossed* I would love to know your thoughts once you read it ❤️

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  4. I haven’t read any of your lows so can only make suggestions based on what I’ve seen others say about the books and personal opinions of the blurbs or authors other works. I have read and enjoyed another book by Sarah Crossan but haven’t tried any of her books told in verse out yet. If you weren’t sure on the blurb of Toffee I do know that she has another verse novel called One about conjoined twins. I also think the Simone St. James book sounds interesting and I’ve heard a few good things about the author recently thanks to their new release being mentioned a few times.
    I also don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone say a bad word about Jade City so I’d definitely keep that in your TBR. And I’ve seen a lot of praise for Jenn Bennett although that has been for her contemporary books mostly. I love the sound of The Lady Rogue though and am hoping to get a copy of it soon.

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    1. Thank you SO much for sharing your opinions with me, it’s always very helpful!! ❤️
      I’ve heard about One by Sarah Crossan and I should check it out! I like that it’s about twins & I’ve never heard negative things about Jade City either, so I’ll surely end up giving it a chance, I like how it sounds. 😊 Thank you SO much for your comment!! I hope you’re having a great month 🥰✨

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  5. Girl “The Lady Rogue” is so good! I’ve the author’s contemporary books and this historical fantasy is really fun being centered around Dracula and those countries. Do give it a try 🙂 it had Indiana Jones vibes a bit as well. I also have Elysium Girls on my Kindle. I read a sample before I bought it and the writing was outstanding 🙂

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    1. I’m SO glad to know you’ve enjoyed that book and the author as well because I’ve been feeling quite excited after hearing incredible things about it & also, I can’t resist that synopsis, it sounds too good. I hope I enjoy it too *fingers crossed* ❤️✨

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