We have reached March, and this means things are about to get hectic on my blog! But before the chaos that is my Kingdom Hearts 20th Anniversary event thingie goes live, I’m going to share my monthly TBR with you! Reading has been going pretty well, which is very surprising to me since I have been so busy lately. With Spring Break coming up, though, I’m hoping to get even more ahead with my reading goal! Take a look!
You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao
Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Julie has her future all planned out—move out of her small town with her boyfriend Sam, attend college in the city, spend a summer in Japan. But then Sam dies. And everything changes.
Heartbroken, Julie skips his funeral, throws out his things, and tries everything to forget him and the tragic way he died. But a message Sam left behind in her yearbook forces back memories. Desperate to hear his voice one more time, Julie calls Sam’s cellphone just to listen to his voicemail.
And Sam picks up the phone.
In a miraculous turn of events, Julie’s been given a second chance at goodbye. The connection is temporary. But hearing Sam’s voice makes her fall for him all over again, and with each call it becomes harder to let him go. However, keeping her otherworldly calls with Sam a secret isn’t easy, especially when Julie witnesses the suffering Sam’s family is going through. Unable to stand by the sidelines and watch their shared loved ones in pain, Julie is torn between spilling the truth about her calls with Sam and risking their connection and losing him forever
~ ~ ~
I first read the synopsis for this one sometime last year before this book released, and I found it pretty interesting. Plus, I’m a sucker for tragic love stories, so I was on board with this one pretty much right away. Anyway, it came out recently and of course I bought it. I actually started reading it last night, but I don’t really have any feelings or thoughts about it just yet. It’s a debut novel though, and it’s short, so I’ll probably go through it quickly.
Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Vol. 3 by Akira Himekawa
Synopsis: Link and Midna journey toward Death Mountain, seeking a power that can save Hyrule from the Shadow King. In the face of so many obstacles, Link must steel himself to overcome his own doubts and to find Ilia and the other villagers kidnapped by the forces of evil. But even if Link can defeat these challenges, he still has to find the shards of the Shadow Crystal. The quest continues in the Shadow Realm…
~ ~ ~
Like I’ve been saying in my other Princess Geek Reads posts, I’ve already read the majority of this series (I’m pretty sure I’ve read all the ones that have come out so far), but I’m reading through them again since the last volume is about to come out! I can’t wait to see how they close this series, but it’ll definitely be bittersweet…just like the video game. Anyway, it’s been a couple years since I’ve read this one, and I need a bit of a refresher.
Jane Eyre by Emily Bronte
Genre: Classic Literature
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?
~ ~ ~
Yes, this was on my TBR list last month, but I just didn’t get around to it! It is a very thick book with tiny font, and that is quite daunting for me. But I would really like to get to it! Since spring break is in a couple weeks, I think I’ll tackle this read during that week!
Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert
Genre: Science Fiction
Synopsis: Dune Messiah continues the story of Paul Atreides, better known–and feared–as the man christened Muad’Dib. As Emperor of the Known Universe, he possesses more power than a single man was ever meant to wield. Worshipped as a religious icon by the fanatical Fremens, Paul faces the enmity of the political houses he displaced when he assumed the throne–and a conspiracy conducted within his own sphere of influence.
And even as House Atreides begins to crumble around him from the machinations of his enemies, the true threat to Paul comes to his lover, Chani, and the unborn heir to his family’s dynasty…
~ ~ ~
Okay, it’s sad story time. Above I mentioned that I bought You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao, right? Well, I got Dune Messiah and a Brandon Sanderson book as well. They came yesterday. And to my horror, Dune Messiah is THE WRONG EDITION. We don’t need to get into how long I’ve been wanting to read this ever since I read the first book and went to see the movie when it came out last October. But unfortunately, Dune Messiah does not match my copy of Dune. The have the same cover designs, they’re just the wrong sizes. #BookwormProblems, am I right? Anyway, I can’t wait to read this one, and the synopsis has me a little worried…
The Captive by Christoph von Schmid
Synopsis: Kidnapped by Algerian pirates, teenaged Anselmo finds himself on the auction block in a foreign country. When offered an easy escape from life’s difficult circumstances, some will eagerly jump at the opportunity and flee the trials that God has laid in their path. Young Anselmo is made of sterner stuff and brings glory to God with his unyielding faith in God and his Savior, Jesus Christ. Watch as God unfolds a bounty of blessing simply because one young man has the courage to see the goodness of his Creator in every circumstance both good and ill.
~ ~ ~
I read this FOREVER AGO. I was pretty young, so I barely have any memory of it. In fact, I forgot if I even had this one or not and I had to go search my Lamplighter shelf. I do indeed have it, so I’ll be rereading it to see what kind of new thoughts I have about it. Not that, you know, I remember my old thoughts.
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.
~ ~ ~
Ok, ok, I know, this was on my last TBR too… I ended up putting it down for awhile, but I did start it! I started quite a few books in February, actually, and never finished them. A bad habit of mine, you know? Anyway, I’m loving the stories being told in this, even if they are making me panic a little, haha! Schreier does not sugarcoat the world of video games, and it can be stressful to imagine trying to get into such a competitive universe. Schreier recently released another book on video game companies, so I would like to read that one here soon too!
I only have six books for this month, because I don’t want to overwhelm myself. Plus, as I mentioned above, I have quite a few books I started in February that I didn’t finish within the month, but I just didn’t add them to my March TBR. I’m hoping to read a bunch this month though, so wish me luck!
What will you be reading this month? Let me know in the comments below! And as always, God bless y’all and have a wonderful week!
Synopses taken from Goodreads