TBR Lows and Highs, I

I’ve been looking for a weekly meme and my book BFF created one that will let me gush about new titles I’m excited about AND clean up my Goodreads TBR. Sounds perfect. ^_^

(Also, yes, I’m using Roman numerals in the title like a dork. 🤷🏻‍♀️)


  • 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 I’m removing from my Goodreads TBR)

  • Exposure (Virals, #4) by Kathy Reichs and Brendan Reichs: If I ever do read this I’ll definitely need to reread the first three books. I’m not going to do that anytime soon, so for now this can go.
  • Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins: This is another case of maybe someday, but this sounds like something I would have enjoyed much more a few years ago.
  • All Fall Down by Ally Carter: The premise of this one still intrigues me, but I definitely DNFed it when I tried to read it ages ago.
  • UnSouled, UnDivided, and UnBound (Unwind #3, 4, 5) by Neal Shusterman: Unwind was one of my absolute favorite books in high school and undergrad, so when it was announced he was continuing the series I added everything to my TBR. I read the second book soon after it came out, and while it was fine I wasn’t sure I liked it as much as the first one. That was about 5 years ago and I haven’t continued the series since. Again, never say never, but if I do decide to finish this it’ll be after rereading books 1 and 2.
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowing): Here’s one that I got to take off my TBR because I’ve already read it! And really didn’t like it. I checked and none of the others are on my TBR, so hopefully I can just never think about this series again.

The Highs (books I’ve added to my TBR recently that I’m the most excited about)

  • The Lights by Carrie Pack: This is a f/f sci-fi-ish YA horror novella about Christmas lights possessing kids. Let’s just say that December is the perfect month for this to come out and it will be making an appearance in a certain readathon. 😁
  • Check, Please!: Sticks and Scones, Vol. 2 by Ngozi Ukazu: I didn’t realize that the second volume of Check, Please! had a title until I got my physical version of volume one, and once I saw it I immediately added it on Goodreads. It doesn’t come out until fall 2019, but I can be patient, right… right??
  • Sugar Town by Hazel Newlevant: A graphic novel about a polyam f/f BDSM relationship with a soft domme? I can’t even express how much I want this in my hands.
  • Fortitude Smashed by Taylor Brooke: Though soulmate AUs aren’t my very favorite tropes, they’re up there. This is a m/m soulmate story between a thief and the investigator tailing him and Taylor Brooke is one of the featured authors for the Queer in Space readathon, which made it a perfect TBR add. (Even though I don’t think I’ll get to it in December… there are just so many queer sci-fi stories!)
  • The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air, #3) by Holly Black: I’m halfway through Tbe Wicked King and I’m already confident I’ll want to read the third one.

Apparently this was the week of “series I’ve lost interest in and/or need to reread.” We’re there any lows you think I should give another shot? Any highs you’re excited about too? Let me know in the comments.

Author: SeeOwlRead

They/She. I’m a queer reviewer and librarian.

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