You might remember my Down the TBR Hole posts that I stopped doing a while ago because I ran out of books to delete from my TBR (among other reasons). I’ve been eyeing TBR Lows and Highs by Howling Libraries for a while, because it has the removing things from your TBR aspect, but also a chance to show off new additions. I’m not sure how regular this feature will be, but I’m giving it a go.
- 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”)
THE LOWS – books on the bottom of my TBR
- The Martian by Andy Weir (owned)
I saw many quotes from this book on Tumblr and I bought it because it sounded funny, but I still haven’t picked it up since then. I guess “funny stuff with a white guy” just isn’t appealing enough? I’ll definitely read it… eventually.
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (owned)
So, I actually own both this book and one of its sequels, in Hungarian. I think I got them in a triple deal where I got both books + Daughter of Smoke and Bone… and yet I haven’t picked up any of those three yet. It’s been years. Please help. I think it’s kinda like Every Heart a Doorway, only nothing could live up to Every Heart a Doorway?
- The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie (owned)
Got this as a gift forever ago (hey, I could actually use it for the Hades prompt in next month’s challenge?) and… I thought it was sci-fi at first, but I think it’s more fantasy? Or maybe a mix? Nevertheless, I just couldn’t make myself pick it up.
- Blueeyedboy by Joanne Harris (owned)
Okay, so this is… this is actually one of the first books I ever bought in English. Back when I just went into a Hungarian bookstore, browsed the English section, and picked up anything that sounded vaguely good. That should tell you how long I’ve had it.
- Dear Anxiety. This is My Life by John Crawford (owned)
I downloaded this for free from Amazon and I kind of want to read it because it sounds like it might be useful for dealing with anxiety. But also, naaah.
THE HIGHS – books I recently added that I’m excited about
- Out For a Hero edited by Amanda Ching
Wait, wait… an entire anthology about LGBTQAI+ superheroes?! How was this not already on my TBR? Also, the cover is awesome.
- The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White
No, I’ve never read the original Frankenstein, or anything by Kiersten White… but I’m still intrigued by this retelling with a female main character.
- How Do You Deal with a Dead Girl? by Andrew Demcak (owned)
A young adult thriller with a gay protagonist, an autistic younger brother, and the ghost of a young girl. I’m definitely intrigued.
- Enemies Like These by P.K. Gardner (owned)
I love superhero stories, especially ones with queer characters, and especially ones where the relationship between the hero and the villain is… complicated, to say the least. This book seems to have everything I want. Also, robots.
- Polyamorous: Living and Loving More by Jenny Yuen
This is a nonfiction book on polyamory with a great cover, and I really want to read more on the topic, especially about real people and not just in fiction.
Have you read any of these? Which book on the bottom of my TBR should I try to read soon-ish?