August is usually a month of travel for me, but for a variety of reasons this year we’re staying put here in Wisconsin. Which isn’t all bad; the summers up here are absolutely gorgeous and there’s plenty to do (which I should talk more about, but in the mean time you can check out one of my favorite weird Wisconsin spots in this post) and also in a few days we’ll be going to my very first State Fair, which I’m hoping will be a lot of fun.
The weirdest thing about summer as an Adult Type Person is that it just feels like it goes by way too fast. I remember being a kid and it felt like summer stretched on for ever, like you ever see the cartoon Phineas & Ferb? It was like that. Now, suddenly, before you even have a chance to think about what you want to DO during the summer the sun is already setting earlier, the school supplies are already tempting you in Target, and you’re starting to worry about how you’re going to spend the next six months with dreary cold.
But anyway. Before the dreary cold, the fun stuff: there is still plenty of summer left and plenty of things to do. Let’s get on with it!
STUFF TO PLAY
I could say Pokemon Go, but I know you’re all already playing that anyway (#TEAMVALOR) so here’s some other stuff that I’ve been loving!
Tap My Katamari – I always kind of wanted to play Katamari but never had the right console at the right time or never knew where to start, whatever. This one is one of those “clicker” style games where the objective is just to tap tap tap the screen to your heart’s content, with of course the Katamari objective of making your ball-o-stuff bigger and bigger to turn it into a star. As far as clicker games go, this one has been the most fun, and I love watching stuff get rolled up and stuck to each other. Oh, right: it’s also a free app that’s available on both iOS and in the Google Play Store, so you can start playing RIGHT NOW if you choose!
Tsuro – Another game I always wanted to play and never had the chance to check out, we were finally able to play Tsuro while visiting the 42 Ale House in Milwaukee for Harry Potter Trivia night (a story for another time.) If you like games like Entangled and Pipe Dream, you’ll love this tile placement board game where you control a dragon trying to navigate the skies. It’s very quick to learn and can be played with 2-8 people, which makes it a great one to keep around if your game night group varies in size. It’s also only about $22 USD on Amazon, or you can pick one up at your own Friendly Local Game Store.
STUFF TO READ
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – As I keep telling everyone, this
book script is a fun romp through J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world that is… not exactly the strictest example of canon I’ve ever seen, having been considered to be like fan fiction to some. All in all, though, if you’ve been wanting to return to the wizarding world and are willing to put aside your thoughts about reading scripts, since this is very much not a novel, it was a great deal of fun to read and in spite of the things I didn’t like about it, I absolutely loved revisiting Hogwarts again after so many years away.
Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter – I have been reading this book for a Long Ass Time; it’s pseudo-nonfiction style makes for a slow pace at times while you sift through “historical documents” and “first hand accounts,” but if you’re remotely a fan of alternate history type stories, this is a great one. It pulls on all of the right aspects of the genre and tells a story that feels so real you’ll begin to wonder if our famed former president wasn’t actually a very real, bonafide vampire hunter.
STUFF TO WATCH
Deadwood – Holy HELL do I love this show. I love it so much that I might start watching it from the beginning again once we’re finished with the last season. We started watching as a sort of Ode to Ian McShane marathon to get pumped for the new American Gods TV show, but it turned out to just be a REALLY DAMN GOOD WESTERN. The swearing and objectification of women is at times a little much, but the stories told are absolutely incredible and every single member of the cast really brings it in full force. Luckily this series is also completely finished, so you don’t have to worry about having to catch up or falling behind. I watched on HBO Now, but you can also find Deadwood on Amazon and iTunes.
Spy – I wasn’t expecting to love this movie, but I thought I might at least like it. Turns out, Spy is honestly, genuinely hilarious. Melissa McCarthy’s character is an incredibly well written CIA official who usually works as a “bug in someone’s ear,” so to speak, and she is thrown right into the middle of a serious situation due to the fact that she is the only qualified person who won’t be recognized by the people they’re spying on. It’s definitely got a pretty strong message about how capable women are, but all in all the movie was hilarious. Like Deadwood, this is also available on both HBO Now and Amazon, as well as iTunes.
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! 🙂