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TBR Lows & Highs #9

Okay, so I’d been doing Down the TBR Hole for quite some time and really loved it. BUT, it started to feel a bit like a chore, which is why I’d cut down on it. Luckily, Destiny decided to create a new similar-but-different feature that’s loads of fun called TBR Lows and Highs!

She recently tweaked it a little bit, and I LOVE the tweak because I’ve been struggling to remove more and more stuff! Here is the new additional rule: I’d like y’all to pick ONE book from the “lows” that you think I should prioritize and I’ll add the top pick to my TBR ASAP shelf. So comment with your vote! 🙂

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! (Thank you for this idea, Ari!)
  • 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

Annabel
This one appears to have a main character who is intersex, which I don’t think I’ve experienced in a book before!

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
This is some real Vintage Gay. Believe it or not I haven’t seen the movie yet, so I figure I may as well read the book first!

P.O.W.ER
Seems like some fun fantasy stuff!

An Unquiet Mind & Night Falls Fast
These were both recommended by my old psychiatrist, so I’m hoping to get around to them at some point.

The Highs

I’m Telling the Truth, but I’m Lying & The Trial of Lizzie Borden
These were both featured at What’s Nonfiction? on this list of 12 titles to look forward to in 2019. There are a lot of intriguing titles on there, so definitely check it out if you like to read non-fiction — or if you want to start!

Bad Blood
This was reviewed by Hannah and sounds like an extremely fascinating read. It’s also somewhat related to the field I work in, so that makes me want to read it extra badly!

Gossip Girl
I never managed to read these when I was younger, nor did I watch the TV show BUT my sister and I recently started watching it together so I think I’d like to give the books a shot at some point.

Sugar Town
I saw my friend Kyra had rated this highly AND the blurb calls it “a bisexual, polyamorous love story” which is totally what I’m all about.

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TBR Lows & Highs #8

Okay, so I’d been doing Down the TBR Hole for quite some time and really loved it. BUT, it started to feel a bit like a chore, which is why I’d cut down on it. Luckily, Destiny decided to create a new similar-but-different feature that’s loads of fun called TBR Lows and Highs!

She recently tweaked it a little bit, and I LOVE the tweak because I’ve been struggling to remove more and more stuff! Here is the new additional rule: I’d like y’all to pick ONE book from the “lows” that you think I should prioritize and I’ll add the top pick to my TBR ASAP shelf. So comment with your vote! 🙂

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! (Thank you for this idea, Ari!)
  • 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

A Guide to Being Born
Awayland was sort of middle-of-the-road for me, but I LOVE this cover and I love the description!

Dorothy Must Die
This one seems somewhat intriguing, I just haven’t managed to get around to it yet.

The Girl With All the Gifts
This one is definitely a “must read” for me. It sounds super interesting AND I want to read it before I see the movie.

Raptor Red
I’m still a bit on the fence with this one, but still interested enough to keep it on the TBR.

The Lovely Bones
I know this one will be intense, but I’ve had people telling me to read it since middle school so I gotta!

So what do y’all think? Which of these should I prioritize reading next?

The Highs

Hark! the Herald Angels Scream
Destiny reviewed this and I was immediately SOLD!

The Last & Loyalties
These were both on Rachel’s Anticipated 2019 Releases post and I thought they might be up my alley.

Archival Quality
Another great review by Destiny prompted me to add this to my TBR!

Do You Have Kids?
This one just happened to pop up in my Goodreads feed, but as someone who plans to never have children, I find discussions on the subject to be quite interesting!  

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TBR Lows & Highs #7

Okay, so I’d been doing Down the TBR Hole for quite some time and really loved it. BUT, it started to feel a bit like a chore, which is why I’d cut down on it. Luckily, Destiny decided to create a new similar-but-different feature that’s loads of fun called TBR Lows and Highs!

She recently tweaked it a little bit, and I LOVE the tweak because I’ve been struggling to remove more and more stuff! Here is the new additional rule: I’d like y’all to pick ONE book from the “lows” that you think I should prioritize and I’ll add the top pick to my TBR ASAP shelf. So comment with your vote! 🙂

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! (Thank you for this idea, Ari!)
  • 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:

Bad Feminist
Pink is my favorite color. I used to say my favorite color was black to be cool, but it is pink—all shades of pink. If I have an accessory, it is probably pink. I read Vogue, and I’m not doing it ironically, though it might seem that way. I once live-tweeted the September issue.

In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman of color while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years and commenting on the state of feminism today. The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture.

Bad Feminist is a sharp, funny, and spot-on look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are, and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we still need to do better.

Are You My Mother?
A graphic memoir of Alison Bechdel becoming the artist her mother wanted to be.

Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home was a pop culture and literary phenomenon. Now, a second thrilling tale of filial sleuthery, this time about her mother: voracious reader, music lover, passionate amateur actor. Also a woman, unhappily married to a closeted gay man, whose artistic aspirations simmered under the surface of Bechdel’s childhood . . . and who stopped touching or kissing her daughter good night, forever, when she was seven. Poignantly, hilariously, Bechdel embarks on a quest for answers concerning the mother-daughter gulf. It’s a richly layered search that leads readers from the fascinating life and work of the iconic twentieth-century psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, to one explosively illuminating Dr. Seuss illustration, to Bechdel’s own (serially monogamous) adult love life. And, finally, back to Mother—to a truce, fragile and real-time, that will move and astonish all adult children of gifted mothers.

Kissing the Witch
Thirteen tales are unspun from the deeply familiar, and woven anew into a collection of fairy tales that wind back through time. Acclaimed Irish author Emma Donoghue reveals heroines young and old in unexpected alliances–sometimes treacherous, sometimes erotic, but always courageous. Told with luminous voices that shimmer with sensuality and truth, these age-old characters shed their antiquated cloaks to travel a seductive new landscape, radiantly transformed. Cinderella forsakes the handsome prince and runs off with the fairy godmother; Beauty discovers the Beast behind the mask is not so very different from the face she sees in the mirror; Snow White is awakened from slumber by the bittersweet fruit of an unnamed desire. Acclaimed writer Emma Donoghue spins new tales out of old in a magical web of thirteen interconnected stories about power and transformation and choosing one’s own path in the world. In these fairy tales, women young and old tell their own stories of love and hate, honor and revenge, passion and deception. Using the intricate patterns and oral rhythms of traditional fairy tales, Emma Donoghue wraps age-old characters in a dazzling new skin.

Kraken
Kraken is the traditional name for gigantic sea monsters, and this book introduces one of the most charismatic, enigmatic, and curious inhabitants of the sea: the squid. The pages take the reader on a wild narrative ride through the world of squid science and adventure, along the way addressing some riddles about what intelligence is, and what monsters lie in the deep. In addition to squid, both giant and otherwise, Kraken examines other equally enthralling cephalopods, including the octopus and the cuttlefish, and explores their otherworldly abilities, such as camouflage and bioluminescence. Accessible and entertaining, Kraken is also the first substantial volume on the subject in more than a decade and a must for fans of popular science.

Octopus
The visually arresting and often misunderstood octopus has long captured popular imagination. With an alien appearance and an uncanny intellect, this exceptional sea creature has inspired fear in famous lore and legends – from the giant octopus attack in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to Ursula the sea witch in The Little Mermaid. Yet its true nature is more wondrous still. After decades of research, the authors reveal a sensitive, curious, and playful animal with remarkable intelligence, an ability to defend itself with camouflage and jet propulsion, an intricate nervous system, and advanced problem-solving abilities.

In this beautifully photographed book, three leading marine biologists bring readers face to face with these amazingly complex animals that have fascinated scientists for decades. From the molluscan ancestry of today’s octopus to its ingenious anatomy, amazing mating and predatory behaviors, and other-worldly relatives, the authors take readers through the astounding life cycle, uncovering the details of distinctive octopus personalities. With personal narratives, underwater research, stunning closeup photography, and thoughtful guidance for keeping octopuses in captivity, Octopus is the first comprehensive natural history of this smart denizen of the sea.

The Highs:

Kiss the Girls
This one was already on my TBR but I entered a giveaway this morning, which added it AGAIN.

Dolores Claiborne
I’ll probably end up adding all Stephen King I’ve yet to read to my TBR, but this specific add was inspired by Callum’s review.

Pulp and Gentleman Jack
These both came off of this November 2017 Releases post (all queer books!).

The Good Daughter
Potentially found this via Melanie??

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TBR Lows & Highs #6

Okay, so I’d been doing Down the TBR Hole for quite some time and really loved it. BUT, it started to feel a bit like a chore, which is why I’d cut down on it. Luckily, Destiny decided to create a new similar-but-different feature that’s loads of fun called TBR Lows and Highs!

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”)
  • 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”)

To Remove:

Pornography: Men Possessing Women
I actually wrote a thesis-type paper during my senior year of college assessing pornography’s impact. It was interesting because I had gone into it with a more positive-steering-neutral view of porn, but after my research the paper itself was extremely anti-porn. With that background, I think y’all can understand why I’d find books about pornography interesting, but my one friend who has read this rated it meh, the description doesn’t give you much, and I think I can find something better to read instead.

When Houses Burn
I don’t remember how I added this, but I can be picky about thrillers and the blurb for this just doesn’t… thrill me.

Missoula
Don’t get me wrong, I know Jon Krakauer is supposed to be great, but I have a pretty good idea of how the criminal justice system fails victims/survivors and I’d rather read something written by a woman on the topic.

Just Listen
I just… don’t think this sounds like my thing.

The Girl from the Well
The blurb doesn’t grab me and it has poor reviews from friends. Byeee.

Newly Added:

The Book Collector and Rebecca
Both of these were autumn book recommendations by Rachel and both sounded like great reads!

Once and Forever
This one was featured in a weekly newsletter sent out by a local bookstore. Between the cover and the description, I thought it seemed like something I’d enjoy.

What Made Maddy Run
Someone on my GR timeline added this and I thought it sounded interesting.

A Pattern Language
Gretchen Rubin recommended this on the BookRiot podcast Recommendations recently!

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TBR Lows & Highs #5

Okay, so I’d been doing Down the TBR Hole for quite some time and really loved it. BUT, it started to feel a bit like a chore, which is why I’d cut down on it. Luckily, Destiny decided to create a new similar-but-different feature that’s loads of fun called TBR Lows and Highs!

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”)
  • 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”)

To Remove:

One More Thing
I can see why this interested me at one point (I love The Office), but it just… doesn’t anymore.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Everyone seems to love this and it sounds like an important book so I feel guilty removing it, but it just doesn’t seem like something that interests me.

Prozac Nation
Feel meh re-reading the blurb.

The Paths We Choose
Okay, how about I read the first book before I read the sequel.

Heroine Worship
Same as above: first book first, second book second!

Newly Added:

Dead Girls
I saw that Mallory O’Meara was reading this and thought it sounded suuuper interesting.

The Man in the Picture and The Small Hand
I finished my first Susan Hill read recently and had to add something else of hers to my TBR.

There Is No Good Card for This
I saw a friend of mine was reading this and, having a lot of friends who have gone through trauma recently, felt like it would be a good thing to pick up.

Courtroom 302
I started the new season of Serial (the podcast) today, and apparently this book was the inspiration!

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TBR Lows & Highs #4

Okay, so I’d been doing Down the TBR Hole for quite some time and really loved it. BUT, it started to feel a bit like a chore, which is why I’d cut down on it. Luckily, Destiny decided to create a new similar-but-different feature that’s loads of fun called TBR Lows and Highs!

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”)
  • 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”)

To Remove:

Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst
I do like nonfiction, but I found it difficult to focus just reading the summary. I need nonfiction that I can actually pay attention to.

Opium Eater: The New Confessions
I don’t think I realized this was a memoir when I added it. I’m more interested in a broader look at drugs and addiction right now.

Carrier: Untangling the Danger in My DNA
Again, I’d prefer a broader read focused on DNA and genetic testing, and I actually have one that fits the bill a couple books up on my TBR already.

The Bone Season
I’m just… really not drawn to this one.

Every Last Lie
Well, I was already thinking about removing it after the blurb and then came across an unhidden question with a spoiler ruining a “twist” in it, soooo. Bye.

Newly Added:

Kin
As a reminder to myself: I REALLY need to start making notes on Goodreads when I add books to my TBR so I don’t have to puzzle over where they came from. Anyway, Destiny included this one in her last T10T and the cover just grabbed me!

In Her Skin
Truly a mystery, but I think I saw this on my Goodreads feed? The premise was kind of interesting, but the fact that it takes place in Boston got me.

Flat: Reclaiming My Body from Breast Cancer
I read Rae’s review of this one and thought it sounded like something I really wanted to read!

Daemon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling
This was definitely one that just showed up on my Goodreads feed, but I liked the His Dark Materials series a lot, and want to read more books about writing.

Penpal
Although Bad Man didn’t end up being one of my new favorites, Dathan Auerbach does have great writing skills and I’d like to try his other book as well.

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TBR Lows & Highs #3

Okay, so I’d been doing Down the TBR Hole for quite some time and really loved it. BUT, it started to feel a bit like a chore, which is why I’d cut down on it. Luckily, Destiny decided to create a new similar-but-different feature that’s loads of fun called TBR Lows and Highs!

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”)
  • 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”)

To Remove:

How to Be Human
This isn’t something I’d add to my TBR if I saw now, and no one I know has reviewed it. I’m trying to only keep books that I actively want to read, sooo.

The Nightlife
I read very, very little poetry and the poetry I do read is typically personally recommended to me. I don’t know where this one even came from.

City of Saints & Thieves
This one isn’t calling to me, and it has pretty poor reviews by some folks I know.

Beast
Meh, another one I wouldn’t add if I saw now.

You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me
I didn’t connect to the blurb, and seeing Hannah’s review made me decide taking a step back was the right decision.

Newly Added:

The Darkest Part of the Forest
Melanie included this in yesterday’s Top Ten Tuesday and I had to add it!

The Visitors
I saw this one over on Spine Cracker and was really intrigued by the premise.

Everything That’s Underneath
I truly don’t know where I found this (Destiny??), but horror anthologies are fun, right?

This Mortal Coil
I’ve actually had this on my TBR for a while, but entered a giveaway for it recently and apparently had it re-added.

Worlds Seen in Passing
Both Destiny and Melanie reviewed this and enjoyed it, so I’m hoping to get to it sometime!

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TBR Lows & Highs #2

Okay, so I’d been doing Down the TBR Hole for quite some time and really loved it. BUT, it started to feel a bit like a chore, which is why I’d cut down on it. Luckily, Destiny decided to create a new similar-but-different feature that’s loads of fun called TBR Lows and Highs!

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”)
  • 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”)

To Remove:

All the Good Things
This one is well-reviewed, but just not appealing to me at the moment.

This Darkness Mine
Reading the premise I feel meh, and the reviews are backing me up.

The Upside of Unrequited
I know a lot of people love this, but it’s been on my TBR for a while and I just… don’t really care to get to it.

The Light We Lost
Another one that I’m just not excited about with some very all over the place reviews.

How to Ruin Everything
I’m not sure how I came across this one. It doesn’t seem bad, just not my thing!

Newly Added:

We Have Always Lived in the Castle
I believe I heard about this on the Reading Glasses podcast and decided I really needed to read it!

You Don’t Have to Like Me
Pretty sure this was also a Reading Glasses rec!

My Dear Hamilton
I saw someone I knew was reading this and I’m a big Hamilton fan, so I hope it’s worth picking up!

The Alphabet Versus the Goddess & The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
These were both off of Fran’s Top Ten Tuesday post from this week!

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TBR Lows & Highs #1

Okay, so I’ve been doing Down the TBR Hole for quite some time now and really loving it. BUT, it’s starting to feel a bit like a chore, which is why I’ve cut down on it. Luckily, Destiny decided to create a new similar-but-different feature that looks like loads of fun called TBR Lows and Highs! I’m really excited to try this one out. 🙂

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”)
  • 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”)

To Remove:

Not Now, Not Ever
I’m not (now, not ever) sure how this ended up on my TBR but the summary just doesn’t interest me and none of my friends have read it either.

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)
I know this is pretty well-loved, but there are a few iffy reviews from people I trust and I’m not intrigued by the plot, so I don’t think I’d end up enjoying this one.

Knit One, Girl Two
I’ve heard this is cute and fluffy, but I just don’t think I’ll end up getting around to it!

Long Macchiatos and Monsters
Sounds kinda cute, but it sounds meh from the reviews. Another one I think I just won’t get around to.

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
Unfortunately, I also don’t know why I added this one and I also think it looks like something that wouldn’t interest me.

Newly Added:

Modern Loss
One of my Goodreads friends added this and I thought it seemed like an interesting, potentially helpful, read.

The Boneless Mercies
Let’s be real, this was almost entirely a cover add.

Seafire
Melanie wrote a really lovely review for this and it made me really want to read it!

Something Borrowed, Something Bloodsoaked
I want more horror anthologies and when I saw Destiny review this, I knew I had to pick it up.

Penance
This was recommended by Rachel for Women in Translation Month and I thought I’d give it a shot!

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