Hey guys! February is here, and it’s time for a new TBR list! I was really happy with how my reading time went in January, but I’m not really going to push myself to make that happen again this month, what with school being in full swing now. But still, I’ve got a great list here, and I’m hoping to get as many of them as possible read! Take a look!
Game Changer by Neal Shusterman
Genre: Science Fiction
Synopsis: All it takes is one hit on the football field, and suddenly Ash’s life doesn’t look quite the way he remembers it.
Impossible though it seems, he’s been hit into another dimension—and keeps on bouncing through worlds that are almost-but-not-really his own.
The changes start small, but they quickly spiral out of control as Ash slides into universes where he has everything he’s ever wanted, universes where society is stuck in the past…universes where he finds himself looking at life through entirely different eyes.
And if he isn’t careful, the world he’s learning to see more clearly could blink out of existence…
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Y’all, I get the chills every time I read this synopsis! Shusterman’s books are like, always on a whole other level. I read The Arc of a Scythe back before the time of COVID-19 (I actually had just finished finale, The Toll, just a month before it hit hard in March 2020) and I was completely blown away. I had never read anything like it, and I would love to reread it this year if I get the chance (highly recommend the series). I tried reading Challenger Deep in 2020, but the story turned out to hit a little too close to home for me and I ended up DNFing it, though it was still an excellent work of art.
So I thought it was about time I give Shusterman another try. This was his first release in 2021, and he actually had another book, Roxy, come out last December. I can’t wait to read both of them, because his writing is just phenomenal and his ideas are always WAAAY out there.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Synopsis: It was a dark and stormy night.
Out of this wild night, a strange visitor comes to the Murry house and beckons Meg, her brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin O’Keefe on a most dangerous and extraordinary adventure—one that will threaten their lives and our universe.
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I read this when I was a Sophomore in high school, and recently it’s been brought back to my mind by the TV series Manifest (excellent show). It’s one of my all-time favorites, and I can’t wait to relive the experience again!
Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess by Akira Himekawa
Synopsis: Once upon a time, wizards tried to conquer the Sacred Realm of Hyrule. The Spirits of Light sealed the wizards’ power within the Shadow Crystal and banished them to the Twilight Realm beyond the Mirror of Twilight. Now, an evil menace is trying to find Midna, princess of the Twilight Realm, and the fragments of the Shadow Crystal to gain the power to rule over both the Twilight Realm and the World of Light.
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This is another reread! So I believe that this manga series is ending this year…if it’s not, it’s probably going to be next year because it’s almost to the end of the story. But anyway, because of that, I’m going to be rereading the series since I’ve literally been with them from the start and that was a number of years ago. I’ve played the video game multiple times and I know the story backwards and forwards, but the manga added stuff that I really like and I want to go back through it before I read the final manga!
Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson
Synopsis: Shadows of Self shows Mistborn’s society evolving as technology and magic mix, the economy grows, democracy contends with corruption, and religion becomes a growing cultural force, with four faiths competing for converts.
This bustling, optimistic, but still shaky society now faces its first instance of terrorism, crimes intended to stir up labor strife and religious conflict. Wax and Wayne, assisted by the lovely, brilliant Marasi, must unravel the conspiracy before civil strife stops Scadrial’s progress in its tracks.
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I really loved Alloy of Law, and after the cameo at the end, I was way pumped for this next one! When it comes to Brandon Sanderson, I never know that’s around the corner, so I’m looking forward to being smacked in the face with some kind of giant plot twist or something that I never saw coming (he does it every time!).
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Synopsis: The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. First published in 1925, this quintessential novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the mysteriously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.
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Honestly, I hear a lot of people say they don’t like this book. In fact, I think everyone I’ve ever talked to about it said they didn’t care for it. But I’m still going to give it a try! It’s been sitting there on my shelf forever, so it’s about time!
Blood, Sweat, and Pixels by Jason Schreier
Synopsis: Developing video games—hero’s journey or fool’s errand? The creative and technical logistics that go into building today’s hottest games can be more harrowing and complex than the games themselves, often seeming like an endless maze or a bottomless abyss. In Blood, Sweat, and Pixels, Jason Schreier takes readers on a fascinating odyssey behind the scenes of video game development, where the creator may be a team of 600 overworked underdogs or a solitary geek genius. Exploring the artistic challenges, technical impossibilities, marketplace demands, and Donkey Kong-sized monkey wrenches thrown into the works by corporate, Blood, Sweat, and Pixels reveals how bringing any game to completion is more than Sisyphean—it’s nothing short of miraculous.
Taking some of the most popular, bestselling recent games, Schreier immerses readers in the hellfire of the development process, whether it’s RPG studio Bioware’s challenge to beat an impossible schedule and overcome countless technical nightmares to build Dragon Age: Inquisition; indie developer Eric Barone’s single-handed efforts to grow country-life RPG Stardew Valley from one man’s vision into a multi-million-dollar franchise; or Bungie spinning out from their corporate overlords at Microsoft to create Destiny, a brand new universe that they hoped would become as iconic as Star Wars and Lord of the Rings—even as it nearly ripped their studio apart.
Documenting the round-the-clock crunches, buggy-eyed burnout, and last-minute saves, Blood, Sweat, and Pixels is a journey through development hell—and ultimately a tribute to the dedicated diehards and unsung heroes who scale mountains of obstacles in their quests to create the best games imaginable.
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This is a book I got for Christmas some time ago after I made the announcement to my family that I wanted to be a video game developer when I grew up. And yet, I never read this, which I feel like needs to happen. Since the day I made that announcement, I’ve become more serious about becoming an Indie game developer (I’m working towards a degree in programming), so I want to read through this book to see what the development process is really like!
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Synopsis: Orphaned as a child, Jane has felt an outcast her whole young life. Her courage is tested once again when she arrives at Thornfield Hall, where she has been hired by the brooding, proud Edward Rochester to care for his ward Adèle. Jane finds herself drawn to his troubled yet kind spirit. She falls in love. Hard.
But there is a terrifying secret inside the gloomy, forbidding Thornfield Hall. Is Rochester hiding from Jane? Will Jane be left heartbroken and exiled once again?
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I can’t believe this is on this list, because I really should have read this long ago! There were multiple times I almost picked it up, but the size of it is quite daunting. The copy I have has very small font, so I’m a little hesitant to believe I will finish it this month, but I’m hopeful!
The Hedge of Thorns by John Carrol
Synopsis: Based on a true story, here is a gripping account of a young boy who learns the hard way that the choices we make can harm those we love the most. Because he desperately wants to know what is on the other side of a hedge of thorns, he puts his little sister in great danger. From his experience, we learn that God places boundaries in our lives because He loves us.
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I read this YEARS ago when I was pretty little, and I only have the vaguest of memories of it. It’s pretty short, but I’ll be needing some short books to be able to keep up with my reading goal, especially during the school semester (I’m even busier then usual this year, too :0). I’m interested in seeing how my reading experience is this time around (even though I don’t remember what happens, haha!).
So that’s all of them! February is shaping up to be a pretty busy month with work, school, and everything piled on top. I actually had to cut down on the hours I was planning to work, because there was just no possible way I could get everything done. Wish me luck that I’ll be able to keep up with my reading goal this year!
As always, God bless y’all and have a wonderful week!