TBR Lows and Highs #4

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Hi! It’s been a long while since I’ve done one of these, and I think my Goodreads lists needs a good clean-out, so the lows are going to go over ten books.

  • 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

As I said, there are a lot. I’m purging 114 books this time around. Because of that, I’m not going to go into them, just show their covers:

114 books, luckily none of them I actually own. All of these are books that I went ‘huh that might be neat’ to over the years, but obviously never got to them. Some of them I’ve held in my hands at the store and ended up putting back on the shelf. So if that doesn’t say ‘I don’t wanna read this’ then I don’t know what does.

The highs

Pandora Hearts, Volume 2

Pandora Hearts vol 2 by Jun Mochizuki – I picked up the first volume of this a couple weeks ago or so and really enjoyed it. Due to the plague I haven’t been out to get more yet but this is definitely high on the list.

Goodreads synopsis of vol 1: The air of celebration surrounding fifteen-year-old Oz Vessalius’ coming-of-age ceremony quickly turns to horror when he is condemned for a sin about which he knows nothing.

Thrown into the Abyss – an eternal prison from which there is no escape – Oz meets a young girl named Alice who is not what she seems. Now that the relentless cogs of fate have begun to turn, will they lead only to crushing despair for Oz, or will Alice provide him with some shred of hope?

A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor (An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, #2)

A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green – I added this right after finishing the first book, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. I believe this comes out this summer so I’m pretty pumped about it.

Goodreads synopsis of book 1: The Carls just appeared.

Roaming through New York City at three a.m., twenty-three-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. Delighted by its appearance and craftsmanship–like a ten-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armor–April and her best friend, Andy, make a video with it, which Andy uploads to YouTube. The next day, April wakes up to a viral video and a new life. News quickly spreads that there are Carls in dozens of cities around the world–from Beijing to Buenos Aires–and April, as their first documentarian, finds herself at the center of an intense international media spotlight.

Seizing the opportunity to make her mark on the world, April now has to deal with the consequences her new particular brand of fame has on her relationships, her safety, and her own identity. And all eyes are on April to figure out not just what the Carls are, but what they want from us.

Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre

Devolution: A First Hand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre by Max Brooks – This is the same guy who wrote World War Z, which is also on my list. This just sounds utterly bizarre though and I’m fascinated.

Goodreads synopsis: As the ash and chaos from Mount Rainier’s eruption swirled and finally settled, the story of the Greenloop massacre has passed unnoticed, unexamined . . . until now.

But the journals of resident Kate Holland, recovered from the town’s bloody wreckage, capture a tale too harrowing–and too earth-shattering in its implications–to be forgotten.

In these pages, Max Brooks brings Kate’s extraordinary account to light for the first time, faithfully reproducing her words alongside his own extensive investigations into the massacre and the legendary beasts behind it.

Kate’s is a tale of unexpected strength and resilience, of humanity’s defiance in the face of a terrible predator’s gaze, and inevitably, of savagery and death.

Yet it is also far more than that.

Because if what Kate Holland saw in those days is real, then we must accept the impossible. We must accept that the creature known as Bigfoot walks among us–and that it is a beast of terrible strength and ferocity.

Harpy's Flight (Windsingers, #1)

Harpy’s Flight by Megan Lindholm – It’s Robin Hobb, how could I not?

Amazon synopsis: Harpies don’t give up of blood debts. Neither do the men who serve them. A life must be given in return. Devastated by the slaughter of her family and haunted by memories of her own violent revenge, Ki rejects the comfort of her husband’s gypsy people and wants only to wander in solitude as an outcast. Across mountains sheathed with ice, through the treacherous shadow of the impassable Sisters, Ki finds herself running for her life, pursued by frenzied Harpies sworn to vengeance; and by one stubborn, dark-haired man who seems intent on being part of her future.

What's Michael?: Fatcat Collection Volume 1

What’s Michael? Fatcat Collection vol 1 by Makoto Kobayashi – I’ve actually started reading this one! I never had the whole series when I was younger, just bits and pieces, but man it’s so nostalgic. It’s just a collection of Japanese one-off comics about this cat named Michael and the people he’s around. It’s cute and funny and I love it so far.

Goodreads synopsis: What’s Michael? FatCat Collection Volume 1 contains the out-of-print original What’s Michael? Volumes 1 to 6. Over 500 pages of tumultuous fun, including the out-of-print volumes Michael’s Album, Living Together, Off the Deep End, A Hard Day’s Life, Michael’s Favorite Spot, and Michael’s Mambo.

And that’s it! I shaved enough books off my list now that I have more listed as ‘Read’ on my Goodreads than ‘Want to Read’ and this is the first time that’s ever happened. I think it’s kind of neat! The next time I post one of these, it’ll definitely be back to five and five.

Happy reading!

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