TBR Lows & Highs #1

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I’ve decided to stop doing my “Down The TBR Hole” posts since I’ve just reached a point where I’d like to keep most of them and I feel they aren’t as fun anymore. It just so happens my wonderful friend Destiny @ Howling Libraries came up with the GENIUS idea of doing a sort of combo post where we can discuss the books we have purged from our TBRs and the books we have added. Which is perfect in my opinion because I love discussing both!

I’m going to do 5 each for now but let me know if you guys would prefer to see more (10) next time!

If you would like to participate in this meme as well I will list the rules and please remember to credit and link back to Destiny’s blog so she can see your posts!


  • 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”)

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1.) Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies by Lindsay Ribar

This just seems like an odd book and not one that I would enjoy so much anymore. I’m sure it’s for the right kind of reader but I don’t have time to waste on books I’m not interested in anymore.

2.) Eve & Adam by Michael Grant

I’m always tempted to keep this one since it’s by Michael Grant and it’s an interesting concept with Eve creating the perfect boy. However, I just don’t think I’d like it all that much.

3.) The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

So pretty much the only reason I even added this was because it has a supernatural bounty hunter, which is just cool. However, after reading several reviews I think this one has too many tropes for me to enjoy it.

4.) Gated by Amy Christine Parker

I do enjoy cult books but this one seems to not be too…explained or in depth. I just don’t think this is one I would enjoy a whole lot anymore.

5.) Seed by Lisa Heathfield

Another cult book that I just don’t really want to read anymore, zero interest.

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1.) Gates of Stone by Angus MaCallan

This is a 2019 Fantasy release about an emperor’s daughter that’s denied the throne because she’s a woman and seeks out a way to regain the kingdom. And a prince whose kingdom is attacked by a sorcerer who also steals the royal sword, the prince must track the sorcerer across pirate infested waters (yay pirates!). And lastly the sorcerer who is seeking out the Seven Keys in order to release the evils of the Seven Hells.

I mean really it just sounds awesome and the cover is actually really gorgeous.

2.) What The Woods Keep by Katya de Becerra

For some reason this wasn’t on my TBR or it got removed somehow but I’ve been so excited for this book for so long! It’s about a girl who has strange, dark dreams of rituals in the Colorado woods and whose father has an obsession with a lost supernatural race but she inherits her childhood home and must return to the place. Sounds super spooky and dark and awesome!

3.) Sadie by Courtney Summers

I’ve heard so many amazing things about this book and it comes of as a mystery/thriller, with all the 5 star reviews I had to add it! (Click here for Destiny’s review, the one that made me add it!)

4.) Other Words for Smoke by Sarah Maria Griffin

I received an ARC of this and it sounds like a horror but more on the subtle side with some magic and fantasy for good measure. It’s just one of those books that has a very long synopsis and it’s so odd (in a good way) that it’s hard to explain what the book is even about!

5.) American Royals by Katharine McGee

Another 2019 release (sadly, no cover yet) that’s a re-imagining of America as a monarchy and tells the American Royal Family’s tale.

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Have you read any of these books? What did you think?
Do you have any on your TBR? Which ones?
Would you prefer to see more books added and purged next time?
Let me know in the comments!

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12 thoughts on “TBR Lows & Highs #1

  1. Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 17, 2018 / 3:43 pm

    Thank you for being so sweet, Heather! I’m so glad you decided to join in on this meme!

    I hadn’t heard of most of your removals, but The Edge of Everything is one that I removed from my TBR not too long ago. Like you said, it just sounds way too trope-y! I also love cult books, but I like ones where there’s a lot of depth given for how the cult runs, what it’s like, etc. I typically stay away from ones that don’t explain it much.

    I hadn’t heard of Gates of Stone, but it sounds awesome so I’m adding that! I’m also going to make sure I have What the Woods Keep on my TBR. I had seen the cover around and it looked cool but I guess I didn’t realize what it was about. I love stories about people having to go back to haunted places from their childhood – I know that’s a really specific theme but it always just works well for me lol. 🙂 And I am so glad you added Sadie, it’s excellent! I also have an eARC of Other Words for Smoke and I’m really curious about it because like you said, it sounds like a mix of fantasy and horror, and I tend to usually really like those. (Speaking of fantasy/horror mixes, I can’t remember, but do you have Sawkill Girls on your TBR or have you read it? It’s a horror/fantasy mix and I really liked it!)

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek August 21, 2018 / 11:20 am

      I’m so incredibly thankful you made this meme, seriously Destiny, I can’t even explain! It’s perfect for what I’m doing with my TBR currently!

      And yay so glad you added Gates of Stone as well! I saw that synopsis and had to add it, it really does sound amazing and that cover is gorgeous too! Hopefully What The Woods Keep won’t be a disappointment, we really need more subtle YA horror like this and it sounds so unique and I agree I love the “return to haunted places from the past” thing as well. I actually think a 2019 release called Dreaming Darkly has a theme that’s kind of similar if you haven’t heard of it yet!
      And yes I HAD to add Sadie after seeing your glowing review for it, I am beyond excited for it now!

      I thought of Sawkill Girls as well when I read the synopsis for Other Words for Smoke and yes I have an ARC on my TBR of Sawkill Girls and I’m very excited to get to it, especially since both you and Melanie really enjoyed it! 🙂


      • Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 22, 2018 / 5:05 pm

        Yes, I love the Gates of Stone cover! And I had forgotten that about Dreaming Darkly but I’m so excited now because I have an eARC of that one! It sounded really cool at the time but I have a bad tendency to forget the synopsis of books I request. 😂

        I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Sawkill Girls! I loved it so much, it has such great diverse rep and I loved the subtle spookiness to it!

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  2. Norrie August 17, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    Only came across Sadie this week, but it’s defo something for my list as well 🙂

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek August 21, 2018 / 10:36 am

      Thank you and I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed it so much! I feel like everyone has been raving about it so I am definitely excited to read it! 🙂

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  3. Mara August 18, 2018 / 8:43 am

    I’ve been seeing Sadie everywhere recently, must mean it’s really good! I don’t read a lot of mystery thrillers but it might be a perfect read once September rolls around 😀

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek August 21, 2018 / 12:25 pm

      Same! It really is everywhere and I feel like it must be worth the read with all the 5 star reviews, hopefully we will both end up enjoying it! 🙂


  4. Captain's Quarters August 18, 2018 / 10:28 am

    I love this new meme! Funny I just added Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies by Lindsay Ribar to me list. Glad ye pointed out gates of stone to me. It sounds awesome and has pirates. Of course I have to read it. Arrr!!
    x The Captain

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