It’s time for a new TBR! If you saw yesterday’s post, then you know that reading didn’t go so well for March. But that’s okay! I’m going to do my best to get more reading done this month, even with the end of school coming up and things will be getting more chaotic (if that’s even possible!). Let’s take a look at what I hope to read in April!
Game Changer by Neal Shusterman
Genre: Alternate Reality/Sci-Fi
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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This was on my TBR a couple months ago, but I never got around to finishing it. I think I’m almost halfway through it though! It’s really cool so far, but it’s a lot to take in all at once! Shusterman can come up with some bizarre stuff, so I like reading his books! I’m sure I’ll be able to get it done here soon.
You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao
Genre: Tragic Romance
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.
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I believe this is another book that was on a past TBR, but I can’t remember. As you can tell, there’s a theme going on for the April TBR, so it’s mostly going to be books I’ve started but haven’t finished, because I really have to stop doing that! Anyway, I’m almost fifty pages into this, so ALMOST to the halfway point. It’s a debut novel, and you can tell, so it’s a little harder for me to get into. However, I like the idea of it, so I’m going to try and keep reading. Wish me luck!
The Moon and the Sun by Vonda N. McIntyre
Synopsis: In seventeenth-century France, Louis XIV rules with flamboyant ambition. In his domain, wealth and beauty take all; frivolity begets cruelty; science and alchemy collide. From the Hall of Mirrors to the vermin-infested attics of the Chateau at Versailles, courtiers compete to please the king, sacrificing fortune, principles, and even the sacred bond between brother and sister. By the fiftieth year of his reign, Louis XIV has made France the most powerful state in the western world. Yet the Sun King’s appetite for glory knows no bounds. In a bold stroke, he sends his natural philosopher on an expedition to seek the source of immortality — the rare, perhaps mythical, sea monsters. For the glory, of his God, his country, and his king, Father Yves de la Croix returns with his treasures: one heavy shroud packed in ice…and a covered basin that imprisons a shrieking creature.
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My Nana got me this book last month, since I was going to read through it with her. It was right on the brink of when school was going back to being in-person though, so soon after that my time for reading was cut short and I got caught up in reading other books. I did get a few chapters into it, and it’s pretty interesting, so I’m hoping to just get it done!
Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Vol. 5 by Akira Himekawa
Synopsis: Midna has been Link’s traveling companion and ally since the start of their journey, but will her ultimate goal of saving the Twilight Realm drive her away from Link? Link’s own quest to save Hyrule leads him to seek the advice of Princess Zelda—and learn that to defeat the ultimate evil plaguing the world they will need a particular weapon: the Master Sword!
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I can’t wait to read this one and the two following it, because they are the three best ones in the series so far! The art is just spectacular! It’s mostly stuff that didn’t happen in the game, so that’s probably another reason I loved 5-7 so much, since they are new content. I will definitely be getting to this one soon!
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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Another one that I’m STILL trying to get through. It has been an interesting read so far, but really, I need to just get it done so I can move on to Schreier’s new book! I’m sure I’ll be able to finish it, especially since I’ll be focused on books I’m about halfway through for April.
The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson
Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.
The Bands of Mourning are the mythical metal minds owned by the Lord Ruler, said to grant anyone who wears them the powers that the Lord Ruler had at his command. Hardly anyone thinks they really exist. A kandra researcher has returned to Elendel with images that seem to depict the Bands, as well as writings in a language that no one can read. Waxillium Ladrian is recruited to travel south to the city of New Seran to investigate. Along the way he discovers hints that point to the true goals of his uncle Edwarn and the shadowy organization known as The Set.
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At the time of writing this, I am ALMOST done with Shadows of Self, so I’ll be looking forward to The Bands of Mourning! Sanderson recently announced four new projects he had been working on secretly, and they look really cool, so I’m really going to be trying to catch up with all his books!
That’s all for this month! I’m hoping to get all of these read so I can start some new books, so wish me luck! Hopefully I can find reading time in all the chaos of work and school. Anyways, what will you be reading this month? Let me know in the comments below! And as always, God bless and have a wonderful weekend!