I need to get real with you, Mandaland I have no idea where June went. Not even the slightest bit. Like, I was opening up my planner to 06/2016 and suddenly it was time to plan my work schedule around July 4 and that’s kind of crazy??? Summer is so great so far though and while the stress of not having any trips planned at the moment and no ocean within driving distance is a little frustrating, I’m still so happy to have the sun back out and food to grill and music to blast with the windows down. Legit.

Anyway, I feel like I’ve been so busy this month I haven’t really had time to consume any media, but I’ve still got a few favorites to share with you as we jump in to July! (How is it the third already?)

STUFF TO PLAY

Online Soccer Manager – Ugh, I am obsessed with this stupid little game. I found it by accident while looking up an unrelated Chrome plugin and started playing on the website, but there’s also an app for Android and iOS that you can download for free. Currently I’m managing three different soccer teams from two different leagues and if you are the kind of person who enjoys fantasy football, you will love this dumb little site. You get to buy and trade players, set your line-up, set your players to training, improve your stadium, and compete in different matches. The best thing is that unlike fantasy football you really don’t have to wait until any particular season starts, you can just jump into a game whenever. And everything is simulated!

The Sims 4 – Anyone else remember when The Sims 4 was announced and we all panicked because they told us they weren’t going to have things like swimming pools and all kinds of other necessary stuff? It turns out that since then they’ve completely gotten their shit together and made a frightfully comprehensive Sims game. My roommate and I are very different people with The Sims; she likes making characters and playing live mode and I like building houses endlessly and pretending I’m one of those HGTV people with “only” a $500 Million budget, and both of us have had great entertainment on both sides of the game. Basically, if you’ve enjoyed any of the past Sims games,  you’re going to love this addition to the franchise.

STUFF TO READ

I have had just about no time to read this month (or haven’t bothered reading this month? Your call!) but I have at least enjoyed a few things. Here’s to making room for more reading in July!

Pottermore problems: Scholars and writers call foul on J.K. Rowling’s North American magic – This is an amazing, well written article from Slate that takes a close look at the newest content for the Harry Potter series as presented on Pottermore.com. I’ve had a lot of mixed feelings about this stuff as a long time Potter fan and someone who’s spent a lot of time brainstorming how the wizarding world might look outside of the United Kingdom, and this writer puts to words and resources almost exactly how I feel about the entire thing in a way that is both interesting and easy to understand.

13 Little Blue Envelopes – Though I’m not currently reading it at this moment, Maureen Johnson’s 13 Little Blue Envelopes is a novel I always find myself re-reading whenever summer rolls around or whenever I start having an itch to wander. It’s an important story about following your gut, taking risks, and takes place across several European cities when a girl receives a letter from her aunt with cash for a passport and plane ticket and very minimal instructions to fly overseas. It’s a fast read and also an important read, and I’ll probably be picking it up again this month while I wistfully stare at Google Flights.

STUFF TO WATCH

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World – I just watched this and reviewed it, but I figured it was worth mentioning again for those of you who might have missed my original post. Though this is far from a lighthearted comedy, it was a great movie that offers a pretty different take on the post-apocalyptic themes that are so popular this time of year.

Marco Polo – Look, this Netflix series. At first glance it seems like just another story about a white guy coming in and blah blah blah but no, listen. This show is not about Marco Polo. You hear me? It’s not about Marco Polo. Marco Polo is just the vessel through which we learn about the Mongols, and this is a show about Kublai Khan. And it is an absolute work of art for those of you who like stories of adventure, especially those peppered with Asian history. Season 2 just got released and I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, but Ill probably be giving Season 1 another look first before I do.


What sorts of things are you reading, watching, and playing this month? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to have some more stuff to check out! And of course keep an eye for playlists and album reviews during the week so you can see what I’m listening to, as well as the occasional movie or book review! 🙂