TBR Lows and Highs #5

Happy Tuesday! Today’s post is another TBR Lows and Highs, which apparently I haven’t done since April. Woops.

  • 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”)

I decided to do one of these because recently I’ve decided to purge a bunch of books. The ones I’m going to list aren’t all of them. I did get rid of more, but they were already taken by a buddy and I don’t remember what they were. So bear with me, you get to see some, pbtbt.

The lows

I’m not gonna go through each of these individually, but overall, my motivation for this purge was to meet my tbr goal. I set a goal in January to have my fictional tbr down to 200 by the end of the year. After this purge, it’s sitting at 212 or something, which I think is doable. There are a few books in there that I did read and disliked or DNF’d as well, but most of these are unread.

The highs

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout – This is a bit outside my normal genre but not by much. I’m really in the mood for a fast paced, kind ridiculous book and this seems to be it.

Goodreads synopsis: A Maiden…

Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.

A Duty…

The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.

A Kingdom…

Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson – I think I missed my window to read this, as it’s now November. Buuut you never know, creepy books are fun year round.

Goodreads synopsis: In the lands of Bethel, where the Prophet’s word is law, Immanuelle Moore’s very existence is blasphemy. Her mother’s union with an outsider of a different race cast her once-proud family into disgrace, so Immanuelle does her best to worship the Father, follow Holy Protocol, and lead a life of submission, devotion, and absolute conformity, like all the other women in the settlement.

But a mishap lures her into the forbidden Darkwood surrounding Bethel, where the first prophet once chased and killed four powerful witches. Their spirits are still lurking there, and they bestow a gift on Immanuelle: the journal of her dead mother, who Immanuelle is shocked to learn once sought sanctuary in the wood.

Fascinated by the secrets in the diary, Immanuelle finds herself struggling to understand how her mother could have consorted with the witches. But when she begins to learn grim truths about the Church and its history, she realizes the true threat to Bethel is its own darkness. And she starts to understand that if Bethel is to change, it must begin with her.

Prosper’s Demon by K. J. Parker – This one popped onto my radar thanks to Katy @bookbinderway. It sounds neat!

Goodreads synopsis: In a botched demonic extraction, they say the demon feels it ten times worse than the man. But they don’t die, and we do. Equilibrium.

The unnamed and morally questionable narrator is an exorcist with great follow-through and few doubts. His methods aren’t delicate but they’re undeniably effective: he’ll get the demon out—he just doesn’t particularly care what happens to the person.

Prosper of Schanz is a man of science, determined to raise the world’s first philosopher-king, reared according to the purest principles. Too bad he’s demonically possessed.

In the Watchful City by S. Qiouyi Lu – This one doesn’t have a cover yet! All I know is that it’s a fantasy 1984 – sounds neat!

Goodreads synopsis: None. Literally, all I know is ‘fantasy 1984’.

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig – I haven’t actually read a Matt Haig yet but there are a few of his books on my list at this point. This one is just the latest.

Goodreads synopsis: Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?

And that’s it! Lemme know what you think! Happy reading!

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