TBR Lows and Highs #1


Hi everyone! Today I’m back with a new bookish meme that I saw over on Howling Libraries and new I had to give a go. I may do this monthly as I recently purged my TBR but I’ll definitely be doing it from time to time.


  • 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

Eek! I have quite ruthlessly just taken all of these five books off my TBR – here are the reasons why!

Memoirs of a Geisha – this book has been on my TBR for so many years and I just think I will probably never prioritise it to read despite having heard brilliant things.

The Child Thief – I added this book to my TBR back when I first joined Goodreads and saw a popular American blogger had raved abut it. On rereading the blurb now it just isn’t my kind of book at all.

The Young Elites – I really want to try some Marie Lu as all I’ve read of hers is Batman but I think that Warcross will be more my cup of tea. Open to persuasion on this one!

Behind Closed Doors – I think I added this back when it was being super hyped and I’ve still not read it. Maybe one day but for now it’s off the TBR.

The Golem and the Djinni – Whilst I think this book is right up my street it is also incredible LONG and I’m not sure I’ll ever commit to actually reading it.

The Highs

Now for the books which are new to my TBR shelf! Some of these are out this year and a couple are 2019 releases. Rather than tell you why I want to read them (because the answer would be because I want to) I’ll put links below so you can go and check them out on Goodreads for yourself!

Paper Avalanche | The Boneless Mercies | Three Strikes | You Only Live Once | The Quiet at the End of the World



Are any of these books on or off your TBRs?

What do you think of my decisions?


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10 responses to “TBR Lows and Highs #1

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  2. You really aren’t missing much with Behind Closed Doors… It was just ok.

    Ugh I feel the same way with The Golem and the Djinni! It’s been recommended to me by a lot of different people, so I know I’ll probably love it, but why is it SOOOOOO long?!

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  3. I haven’t read any of these myself, but I do have Behind Closed Doors (they say it’s the best of the three, I’ve only read the other two, but will read this one some time), Memoirs Of A Geisha (although I’m wondering whether I should delete it too) and The Young Elites (I do want to read it some time soon, although I hope it’s better than Legend) on my TBR.

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  5. I just posted my review for You Only Live Once, it had me laughing the whole way through!
    I’ve never read the Young Elites but if you want some more Marie Lu I recommend her Legend Trilogy, they’re all quite short books too.

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  6. Thank you for joining in! 🙂 I tried reading Memoirs of a Geisha once, and for what it’s worth, I don’t think you’re missing out! I am hearing loads of good about The Boneless Mercies, though, so I definitely want to check that one out at some point.

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