TBR LOWS & HIGHS #22 🌙

🌙 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 🌙


 

Before starting, I want to share with you that this is one of my lastest post-cleaning my TBR and then it will be over! OMG, I love making them and I LOVE interacting with you every Sunday and talking about books, it has been a lot of fun & of course, I really thank the creator Destiny, who has done a great job with this idea and also all of you for joining me in this series every week. I’ll come back with more posts on Sunday, I want to start another series… so we’ll see! but I’m not yet saying goodbye, because I’ll have my last post next Sunday, anyway I wanted to share it with you, and thank you for the support of always and my TBR is in fact much more organized now!  🥰 🥰 🥰 

 


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 | The Boy and Girl Who Broke the World by Amy Reed, How the Light Gets In by Katy Upperman, The Broken Girls by Simone St. James, Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth KeaneJade City (The Green Bone Saga #1) by Fonda Lee

❌ LEAVES MY TBR | Toffee by Sarah Crossan, Getaway Girl (Girl #1) by Tessa Bailey, Taboo for You (Love and Family #1) by Anyta SundayThe Arrangement by Robyn Harding

⚱️ TBR JAR | The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett 

 


 

 

🌙 By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery | This is a YA Contemporary featuring LGBT+ characters. On the day Torrey officially becomes a college freshman, he gets a call that might force him to drop out before he’s even made it through orientation: the bee farm his beloved uncle Miles left him after his tragic death is being foreclosed on. But as notice letters pile up and lawyers appear at his dorm, dividing himself between family and future becomes impossible unless he sacrifices a part of himself.
I know this isn’t a very popular book, but the few things I’ve heard about it are incredible, in fact, I’ve seen it a bit on other blogs, and some reviews on Goodreads as well, and everyone says how strong this story is and how important is the main character’s voice, so I think I would like to give it a chance at some point, especially because of how seems to portray society and its opinion on culture.


🌙 On the Island (On the Island #1) by Tracey Garvis Graves | This book is an Adult Contemporary Romance. When thirty-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family’s summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts without hesitation; a working vacation on a tropical island trumps the library any day. Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.’s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a fatal heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Their basic needs might be met but as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the possibility that T.J.’s cancer could return. As T.J. celebrates yet another birthday on the island, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man.
This isn’t my type of book, you know, I don’t usually read books that are so focused on romance, but I’ve heard the most incredible things about this one and it doesn’t stop appearing everywhere, so I had to add it to at least have it in mind. I’ve also heard that, in addition to being a “taboo” romance story, it touches other important themes and the story itself is heartbreaking. I want to give it a chance? Maybe. What do you think? Let me know in the comments.


🌙 The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary | This book is an Adult Contemporary Romance. Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time. But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…
I’m not sure about this one, I think I added it because I heard Chelsea talking about it and I love her so I added it, but now I don’t know guys, maybe it’s not the book for me. Still, I’ve heard amazing things too, and I know most of you love it, so tell me … is it worth giving it a chance?


🌙 A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell #1) by Deanna Raybourn | This book is a Historical-Fiction Romance/Mystery. After burying her spinster aunt, orphaned Veronica Speedwell is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry — and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as with fending off admirers, Veronica intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime. But fate has other plans when Veronica thwarts her own attempted abduction with the help of an enigmatic German baron, who offers her sanctuary in the care of his friend Stoker, a reclusive and bad-tempered natural historian. But before the baron can reveal what he knows of the plot against her, he is found murdered — leaving Veronica and Stoker on the run from an elusive assailant as wary partners in search of the villainous truth.
I really want to give this series a chance, it sounds INCREDIBLE and every day I see someone talking about it, I feel like I could enjoy it & Plus, I love the covers so I think it would be a beautiful collection to own on my shelves & it’s set in LONDON!!. Have you read it? I would love to know your opinion.


🌙 Fortuna Sworn (Fortuna Sworn #1) by K.J. Sutton | This is an Adult Fantasy/Romance setting on a Fairy world. Fortuna Sworn is the last of her kind. Her brother disappeared two years ago, leaving her with no family or species to speak of. She hides among humans, spending her days working at a bar and her nights searching for him. The bleak pattern goes on and on … until she catches the eye of a powerful faerie. He makes no attempt to hide that he desires Fortuna. And in exchange for her, he offers something irresistible. So Fortuna reluctantly leaves her safe existence behind to step back into a world of creatures and power. It soon becomes clear that she may not have bargained with her heart, but her very life.
I LOVE how this book sounds and I think it’s just the beginning of what will be a very long fantasy series. I’m very excited to give it a chance, I think I added it because I saw Raven talking about it on her blog, I may be wrong… but I think that’s why & I think it sounds like everything I love. I know it has pretty hard-hitting moments to read and it’s pretty gory, but I’m on board to read it, I think it could be a great reveal. Have you heard of it?


 

🌙 The Vine Witch (The Vine Witch #1) by Luanne G. Smith | This book is an Adult Fantasy/Paranormal about Witches. A young witch emerges from a curse to find her world upended in this gripping fantasy of betrayal, vengeance, and self-discovery set in turn-of-the-century France. For centuries, the vineyards at Château Renard have depended on the talent of their vine witches, whose spells help create the world-renowned wine of the Chanceaux Valley. Then the skill of divining harvests fell into ruin when sorcière Elena Boureanu was blindsided by a curse. Now, after breaking the spell that confined her to the shallows of a marshland and weakened her magic, Elena is struggling to return to her former life. And the vineyard she was destined to inherit is now in the possession of a handsome stranger.
I was super excited to read this book when it barely came out, but since then I’ve been seeing quite negative opinions about the book and even reviews saying that it’s average or that it just has no impact, so I don’t know … I should think about it. It’s in my TBR because I LOVE a good story about witches, but I don’t want to read something too dense and boring. What do you think?


🌙 The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude | This is a YA Mystery/Thriller book. Those are the rules in Rowan’s Glen, a remote farming community in the Missouri Ozarks where Ivy Templeton’s family has lived for centuries. It’s an old-fashioned way of life, full of superstition and traditions, and sixteen-year-old Ivy loves it. The other kids at school may think the Glen kids are weird, but Ivy doesn’t care — she has her cousin Heather as her best friend. The two girls share everything with each other — or so Ivy thinks. When Heather goes missing after a May Day celebration, Ivy discovers that both her best friend and her beloved hometown are as full of secrets as the woods that surround them.
I love stories with this kind of creepy vibe, I usually enjoy them, but at the same time I’ve heard the main character is insufferable, so that has stopped me from picking this one up until now. Have you read this book yourself? I would love to know your thoughts, it would help me a lot to make a decision.


🌙 The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher | This is an Adult Horror Mystery/Fantasy book. When Mouse’s dad asks her to clean out her dead grandmother’s house, she says yes. After all, how bad could it be? Answer: pretty bad. Grandma was a hoarder, and her house is stuffed with useless rubbish. That would be horrific enough, but there’s more — Mouse stumbles across her step-grandfather’s journal, which at first seems to be filled with nonsensical rants… until Mouse encounters some of the terrifying things I have described for herself. Alone in the woods with her dog, Mouse finds herself face to face with a series of impossible terrors — because sometimes the things that go bump in the night are real, and they’re looking for you. And if she doesn’t face them head on, she might not survive to tell the tale.
SO excited to read this book!! I’ve heard the best things of people I’ve trust and besides, I think it sounds like something that I’ll enjoy for sure. I’m waiting for the horror season to finally read it! Have you heard about it?


🌙 The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor | This is an Adult Mystery/Thriller book. In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code: little chalk stick figures they leave for one another as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever the same. In 2016, Eddie is fully grown, and thinks he’s put his past behind him. But then he gets a letter in the mail, containing a single chalk stick figure. When it turns out that his friends got the same message, they think it could be a prank. . . until one of them turns up dead. That’s when Eddie realizes that saving himself means finally figuring out what really happened all those years ago.
It seems that you either love this book or hate it, so I’m interested to see which side I’ll be on! I know many of you love it and it really sounds very intriguing, so I will absolutely give it a try!


🌙 The Muse by Jessie Burton | This is an Adult Historical-Fiction Mystery book. A picture hides a thousand words. . . On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, knowing that her life is about to change forever. Having struggled to find her place in the city since she arrived from Trinidad five years ago, she has been offered a job as a typist under the tutelage of the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick. But though Quick takes Odelle into her confidence, and unlocks a potential she didn’t know she had, she remains a mystery – no more so than when a lost masterpiece with a secret history is delivered to the gallery. The truth about the painting lies in 1936 and a large house in rural Spain, where Olive Schloss, the daughter of a renowned art dealer, is harboring ambitions of her own. Into this fragile paradise come artist and revolutionary Isaac Robles and his half-sister Teresa, who immediately insinuate themselves into the Schloss family, with explosive and devastating consequences. . .
Another book that’s very polarized within the community, either you love it or you hate it, so I’m interested in giving it a chance. I’m always intrigued when there’s a diversity of opinion because I tend to have an unpopular opinion, so I think it will be a fun experience. I know Stephen really likes this book, so I have expectations! Have you read it?


 

Book Reviews List (5)

 

🌙 The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games #0) by Suzanne Collins | It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capital, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. ( YADystopianFantasy )


🌙 How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories (The Folk of the Air #3.5) by Holly Black | This new installment in the Folk of the Air series is a return to the heart-racing romance, danger, humor, and drama that enchanted readers everywhere. Each chapter is paired with lavish and luminous full-color art, making this the perfect collector’s item to be enjoyed by both new audiences and old. ( YAFantasyNovella )


🌙 The Court of Miracles (A Court of Miracles #1) by Kester Grant | Les Misérables meets Six of Crows in this page-turning adventure as a young thief finds herself going head to head with leaders of Paris’s criminal underground in the wake of the French Revolution. ( YAFantasyHistorical Fiction Retelling )


🌙 Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia | An isolated mansion. A chillingly charismatic artistocrat. And a brave socialite drawn to expose their treacherous secrets. . . . FantasyHistorical Fiction – Gothic )


🌙 Bookish and the Beast (Once Upon a Con #3) by Ashley Poston | In the third book in Ashley Poston’s Once Upon a Con series, Beauty and the Beast is retold in the beloved Starfield universe. YA – ContemporaryRomance – Retelling )


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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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39 thoughts on “TBR LOWS & HIGHS #22 🌙

  1. I adored The Vine Witch, I personally didn’t find it dense at all! There’s lots of witchy stuff going on, from beginning in an unusual manner to regular mentions and scenes about magic. There are a few different subplots that drive thing along, so there aren’t any filler chapters or down moments. It was a fast read for me, as I recall, and plenty of moments of action (magical action mostly).

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  2. Of the lows I picked Fortuna Sworn, The Twisted Ones and the Vine Witch. On the island sounds weird and creepy to me; makes me think how if it were the other way around, older guy and younger girl it would likely be a purposefully creepy book and not portrayed as an actual romance. Just saying…

    Good luck!

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  3. Haha, well you know where I stand with The Chalk Man! READ IT!!! 😅
    I’ve read The Muse… it wasn’t my favourite. It was good, don’t get me wrong, but there was a lot of back and forth in time periods where I found it hard to keep track of everything. It’s worth reading because both the plot and characters were interesting.

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    1. I know, honey!! Every time I see you talking about it, I get more and more excited. 😍 Thank you so much for sharing your experience reading The Muse, I’ll have that in mind, but usually I enjoy leaps in time, so I’ll be giving it a shot for sure and I’m glad you think it’s worth reading ❤️✨

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  4. Of the lows A Curious Beginning sounds like a lot of fun! But then I would never disregard anything with witches. Maybe you can try a sample chapter or something of the Vine Witch and see how it goes? Good luck with your reading!

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    1. I already feel a little more excited about The Vine Witch after hearing some great stuff, so I think I’ll read it. Like you, I could never not read something that says it’s about witches, it goes against what I am 😅 Thank you so much for your vote, A Curious Beginning sounds incredible ❤️

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    1. The Chalk Man is absolutely my type of reading, so I’ll surely give it a chance, on the other hand I wasn’t so sure about The Flat Share, but I’ve heard very positive things, so I’ll think about it. Thank you so much for sharing your opinion ❤️✨

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  5. I’m very excited to read bookish and the beast, it sounds adorable, I am hoping to read the princess and the fangirl soon

    I have flat share and fortune sworn on my TBR as well, I have heard good things about this both the books and from people who’s reviews I trusts

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    1. So excited about those books too! I only read Geekerella, but I loved it, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy her other stories & I’ve been seeing very positive things about The Flat Share, I was thinking about deleting it, to be honest, but now I don’t know… I’ll have to think about it. Thanks for sharing your opinion with me, lovely ❤️✨

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  6. I’m so looking forward to all the books on your highs! A Ballad was a solid read. I hope you enjoy! But I’m really looking forward to Bookish and the Beast and I just love the cover to Mexican Gothic ❤ I didn't know there'd be a short story for the Cruel Prince series! I have to make sure to add that to the shopping list. Thanks for bringing my attention to it. I would definitely have missed it haha

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    1. I’m excited for A Ballard, it will be fun to explore a bit of the origins of it all. OMG, I LOVE the cover of Mexican Gothic, and I think the book will be amazing. 😍
      I’m SO glad you added the short stories for The Cruel Prince, it sounds super good! 🥺✨✨✨

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  7. I haven’t read Mexican Gothic yet, but I am so excited for its release and I have such high expectations for it!! I feel like it will be a really great atmospheric read 😍 If you do end up keeping it on your TBR, I hope you love it !!

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  8. I haven’t read any of your lows again but I think Fortuna Sworn sounds pretty interesting and I’ve heard a lot of good things about The Flatshare. I also love the fact that – I think – the main characters initially communicate through notes; if I’m remembering rightly I think that’s the main factor that pushed me to add it to my TBR.
    I want to read all of your high!! I can’t wait for Mexican Gothic to come out and I’m determined to pick up the new Hunger Games book soon as it sounds incredible. I’m really interested in A Court Of Miracles too – I got a gorgeous special edition of it so I’m hoping it’s as good as it sounds – and I can’t wait for the new Holly Black novella to come out. I hope you love all of your highs when you get to them, as well as any of the lows that you decide to keep.

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    1. I LOVE what you mention about the notes! Sounds great and I’ve been hearing the best things about The Flatshare for a few days now, so maybe I end up giving it a try & Thank you SO much, Charlotte, all the books in my High section sound too amazing to miss, I can’t wait 😍✨❤️

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  9. I haven’t read The Flatshare, but I HAVE read The Switch by beth O’Leary and it’s probably going to make my top 10 reads of the year. I really loved it.
    Also, Bookish and the Beast was AMAZING!! I hope you love it!!

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