🌙 Hi, guys! I hope you’re having a wonderful day full of good readings. Super excited cause this weekly series will be focused on helping me clean my Goodreads shelves and also prioritize some readings and organize myself in general. I LOVE this idea, I know that many of you already know it and do it as well, the creator is the incredible Destiny | Howling Libraries | 💫 whom I love as a human being and I respect a lot as a book blogger ❤️, so it’s really a pleasure to start with this new project especially because it’s created by someone who I admire a lot and that makes me very happy, I also really need help to organize my books, So here we go! 👏🏻
This weekly meme has its rules of course, as you see, but I also wanted to give it my own twist to make it more fun and also fit my needs or what I hope to do with my books and my readings. So I’ve decided that as well as Destiny, I’ll be opening voting every week so that you can participate in the whole process and help me decide which books to prioritize, for this: I’ll ask you to vote for one of the books in the “LOWS” section and not only I’ll be adding it to my priority list, but I’ll also be creating my own TBR Jar with each of your choices!. So, every week the book you choose from my selection will be added to my TBR Jar and then at the end of the month, I’ll choose one of them to read and finally give a real chance to it. I’ll not be removing all my “LOWS”, only some if necessary, maybe one per week or sometimes none, I’ll be super honest about them and I hope you can help me make a decision anything can happen in these posts! LOL 🥰
I hope you like this idea, I think it will be fun, I’ll be cleaning my Goodreads shelves a bit, which is great, but you can also participate in the process and so will have a super interactive experience, so we can all have a little fun ❤️. I hope you enjoy it, thanks for the support always, from the bottom of my heart & LET’S START! 🌙
- 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”)
Thank you SO much if you voted on the previous week post and thanks to you as well that have let me know your thoughts, it was really helpful to make my decisions ❤️
✔️ I KEEP ON MY TBR | The Next Together (The Next Together #1) by Lauren James (This is honestly the only one that really catches my attention right now, I adore that is part of a duology and I’ve also heard very good things that you have let me know about the author. So I decided to give it a chance and keep it in my TBR, it has really interesting complements that I feel I’ll enjoy.)
❌ LEAVES MY TBR | Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young, See How They Lie by Sue Wallman & Unplugged (The Wired #1) by Donna Freitas (None of these books has given me or transmitted too much information to want to give them a real chance, they’ve almost had no votes, so I’ll let them go and I think it’s the wisest decision right now. I’m still interested in reading something by Suzanne Young, but I have some titles in my TBR so that’s fine.)
⚱️ TBR JAR | Warcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu (To my surprise, this book received most of the votes, so I’ll be adding it to my TBR Jar. I’m glad it’s a book by an author that I’ve really enjoyed in the past, so I hope the concept works for me.)
🌙 Blackbird (Blackbird Duology #1) by Anna Carey | I have this book in my TBR because I’ve read and loved Eve from the same author, in fact, it’s one of my favorite trilogies if you like dystopian worlds and survival stories I recommend that trilogy so much. So, I basically decided to add this work of the author to read something else by her. This is the first book of what is a duology and we follow a girl who doesn’t remember anything about her past, the only thing she knows is that she wakes up one day on the subway tracks without knowing how she got there, the only thing that she knows is there are people after her looking to kill her, so she should learn to escape and survive.
The blurb is very vague, and it makes sense because it’s a mystery/thriller so it’s normal for them to give little information. What catches my attention is that I love stories when the main character has no memories, I think it’s super addictive and interesting, but on the other hand, I have doubts due to the negative reviews I’ve read that say it’s a story that although full of action, is unsatisfactory and messy … we’ll see what I’ll do with this.
🌙 Am I Normal Yet? (The Spinster Club #1) by Holly Bourne | I have heard only incredible things about this author and how she touches feminism in her books, which I think is incredible. This particular book is about Evie, a girl who just wants to be normal, she has recently left her meds and now that she’s in a new college is the opportunity to start over, go to parties and make friends, but things get complicated for Evie when it comes to relationships and she’ll try to handle that situation, while her new friends are still unaware of her past.
I think it’s very important that it touches mental health, that’s always a point in favor of the book. So I’m interested, I know that the author has a series of similar books that deal with different topics around mental health and feminism, I don’t know if it’s a series or are companions but they look very promising. So, I’ll think about it and I would love yo know your opinion!
🌙 Fireworks by Katie Cotugno | I think that at some point I’ve read a short story by Katie Catugno, and I enjoyed it very much, so I’ve been wanting to read one of her full novels for a while, but I’m never sure where to start. I decided to add it because I heard a couple of Booktubers mention it and it seemed very fun and simple to start with, you know? This book is about a girl who’s competing with her best friend to become the new pop star of the moment — and all the drama and romance that comes with it — set in Orlando during the late-’90s boy-and-girl-band craze.
I’m really not 100% sure right now if this is something I’ll love, but it could be entertaining, I like stories that involve female friendships, so on that side, maybe it will work … we’ll see. If you’ve read a book by the author and want to recommend it, it would be helpful!
🌙 The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy | This story sounds SO fascinating, really of all the books that are here this week, this is probably the only one I want to keep in my TBR. It’s about a place called Sterling where the most common things, such as reflections or flowers, disappear every seven years. Aila, the main character, is determined to find out what’s causing these disappearances, and how her mother could be involved in all this.
I still can’t believe I didn’t read it, but it sounds great, and I would love to know if you’ve read it and if you think it’s worth it, that would be incredible for me and I appreciate it very much.
🌙 Far From You by Tess Sharpe | That is the story about Sophie, a girl who has just come out of rehab for drug addiction and she used to have a best friend named Mina, who died in what everyone believes was a drug deal gone wrong, but only Sophie knows the truth, that there was no drugs deal and that her best friend was murdered. Now that she’s free she’ll get to the bottom of everything and take justice for her friend.
I used to think that this was something I wanted to read because I like dark stories and this one really had a lot of hype at the time and that’s why I added it to my TBR. But now I’m not so sure, I’m unsure that maybe this story is too heavy to follow, for some reason every time I see it I think of this possibility, but it has amazing reviews of people who loved it and that’s why I still have it … so tell me! What should I do with this book?
🌙 I Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall | This is the story about a girl named Jess that has to survive in the Canadian wilderness after the cabin where she lived with her father has been burned, now with her father dead, she should survive in a very cruel place looking for food and shelter. .. but Jess knows she has to survive because she knows who her father’s killer is.
I think this will be a super hard-touching story, but at the same time, I’m very interested in the survival aspects, and the mystery behind the murder of her father. It could be a great surprise, so I’m excited to read it.
🌙 Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories by Kelly Barnhill | This is basically the promise of the book: “From award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Kelly Barnhill comes a stunning collection of stories, teeming with uncanny characters whose lives unfold in worlds at once strikingly human and eerily original.” Sounds very interesting, recently I saw Lala talking about it and I think it sounds very good and I also think that combines reality with some magical elements, and I love that idea. And I also think it’s a good idea to have a book like this one, which you can read a story every time you feel like it, you know?.
🌙 Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks | I’ve been hearing about this book, I’ve read some reviews and added it immediately because it sounds very mysterious and great. It’s about a woman who loses her best friend’s son when she should have been taking care of him at a fair. And then the police begin to investigate and dark secrets begin to come to light and things get twisted.
I don’t know much more, but that’s fine because I want to get into it knowing as little as possible, I just know that I want to start giving psychological thriller more chances.
🌙 The Dark Tide (The Dark Tide #1) by Alicia Jasinska | The first thing I saw is that this book is recommended for fans of The Wicked Deep, and that was all I need to add it to my TBR and it also sounds INCREDIBLE. It’s a fantasy in which every year at St. Walpurga’s Eve, Caldella’s Witch Queen lures a boy back to her palace. An innocent life to be sacrificed on the full moon to keep the island city from sinking. Lina, our main character suspects that her brother will be chosen that year to be sacrificed, and therefore asks her friend Thomas for help, since he’s the only one who has escaped from the palace. But then something goes wrong and the queen wants to sacrifice Thomas, but Lina offers herself in exchange for her friend’s release, the queen accepts and both girls wait for the full moon together, but in the meantime, both will meet and Lina discovers that the queen is not what she thought and they begin to fall in love with each other. Now they must choose who to save: themselves, each other, or the island city relying on them both.
GOD!!! I need this book right now, I can’t wait. This romance reminds me of The Darkling & Alina in her best moments lol, I’m feeling it, I LOVE that it’s a f/f relationship cause in fantasy it doesn’t usually happen so that’s even better.
🌙 The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper | This seems to be a super adorable first love story between two boys, and I confess that the cover has me in love! It’s about Cal a successful social media journalist with half a million followers, who love to share his life online and one day his father is selected for a NASA mission to Mars and so they must move to Houston where he meets and begins to feel things for Leon. But when secrets about the program are uncovered, Cal must find a way to reveal the truth without hurting the people who have become most important to him.
Honestly, it’s not having the best reviews, so I’ll go with lower expectations, looking for an easy-to-read love story that makes me feel good. *fingers crossed*
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🌿 Now is YOUR time to decide! Choose one of the books in my “The LOWS” section and I’ll add it to my TBR JAR to give it a chance at some point.
I’ll be making the decision of which books I’ll be letting go of my TBR completely, cause I really need to clean this out, after knowing your opinion and in the next week I’ll let you know 🌿