Lists, Misc.

TBR: Lows & Highs

I saw a friend of mine Becca at doing this challenge and thought it looked fun!

  • 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”)

The Lows


1. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

There was a time when I adored chick-lit novels and romances like this one. While I’m sure it’s a cute book, I loved the movie, I just can’t see myself ever sitting down to properly read it. I feel like, in this case, I’ll stick with the film.

2. Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois

I honestly don’t remember anything about this book or why I added it in the first place. Based on reading the brief synopsis and skimming through a few reviews it seems like it is a poor Amanda Knox knock-off that I could do without.

3. The Boss by Abigail Barnette

I’ve already done the Fifty Shades thing and this seems like a knock-off of that and I hated those books. I don’t really need anything even mildly akin to them in my life. That said, I’m not against smut in my books whatsoever but I have a hard time reading books solely about that.

4. The Au Pairs by Melissa de la Cruz

I would probably have eaten this book up if I read it during my Private, Mediator, or Gossip Girl phase but nowadays I can’t really get into the young adult, teenage stories, which is ironic because I still adore teen drama television shows, but books? I feel like I’ve read them all before.

5. Heart of the Matter by Emily Griffin

I think I just have a hard time reading romantic comedies. I much prefer watching them play out on my television screen than reading about them and I’m not sure why but it is what it is. I also did not like Something Borrowed, movie or book, and I tried to read Emily’s newest novel which I received an ARC for and couldn’t get into it, I think it’s time I stopped trying to force it.

The Highs


1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I’ve been hearing about these books for ages now, almost as long as The Raven Cycle (another one I need to read) and I definitely still want to check it out soon! I love the heist genre too and I’ve never really read a YA book based around that particular premise so I will say I’m intrigued.

2. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

The Grisha Trilogy is another series I’ve seen hailed as one of YA’s best. Leigh Bardugo seems to have struck a chord with the masses and I’m weak to her siren call I suppose. Her world’s just sound so lush and inviting and creatively enriching. I tend to be very picky about the YA I read nowadays as it is often so cliché but I’m willing to give her books a shot.

3. The Bankers’ Wife by Cristina Alger

It truly does not take much to get me interested in mysteries, thrillers, or novels of suspense and I’ve been hearing a lot of great buzz about this one lately so I definitely plan to check it out soon!

4. The Other Woman by Sandie Jones

Essentially the same reasons as the book before. It’s a new mystery that’s getting a lot of hype! Sadly couldn’t secure an ARC for this one but still eager to read it soon! Also, sucker for twisted mother/daughter relationships I don’t know why, Gillian Flynn did this to me.

5. An Unwanted Guest by Shari LaPena

I’m mixed on Shari’s books. I quite liked The Couple Next Door but was less enthused about her follow-up to it so I’d like to read this one and see if I’m a real fan or not.

4 thoughts on “TBR: Lows & Highs”

    1. Haha, I feel you! I probably am gonna just end up adding twice as many back onto the list, oh well at least I can say I tried!


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