Having been recovering from surgery for the past couple of weeks I’ve been watching a lot of TV and playing a lot of video games, so it could be pretty easy to make this list go on for days and days and days, but luckily I’ve had a few things stand out this month. That said, if you’re looking for new stuff to read, watch, or play, I think I’ve got some awesome stuff for you guys this month. Are you ready? I’m ready. Let’s go.
STUFF TO PLAY
Spelunky – I know most of the games I share with you guys are usually free, but this one is well worth the $14.99… or, you know, if you throw it on your wishlist for the next Steam Sale, it’s well worth whatever low, low cost you’ll get then. It’s a very silly platforming game that puts you in the shoes of an Indiana Jones type character as you embark on an old school exploration of randomly generated levels filled with monsters, loot, and surprises. The goal for each level is simply to survive, and to rescue the “Damsel in Distress”…which can be either a lady, a buff dude, or a dog, making for some well done diversity. This game frustrates the hell out of me, but it also keeps bringing me back over and over again, so you’re going to love it. (I’ve also just discovered there’s a free version of the original online through the developer, too, if you’d like to check it out in super old school mode! You can also find it on the XBox Live and PSN stores as well.)
Zootopia Crime Files: Hidden Object – I think this game is also available on mobile, but I actually first discovered it while looking through the Windows 10 store for free games to keep me busy. It’s a cute little seek and find detective game set in the world of Zootopia, and even if you haven’t seen the movies it’s challenging enough and fun enough for something to pass the time between doing other things or while you watch TV. The only drawback to this game is that it uses a timer mechanic a LOT, and there are several things that will take you a day or more to wait for them to process, but if you don’t mind that and want a super casual seek and find game, this one is great.
STUFF TO READ
The Night Circus – My roommate loaned me her copy of this book by Erin Morgenstern, and while I’m not very far in it yet it’s so far shaping up to be the perfect October read. The story of two young magicians and a circus that appears without promotion or warning and only runs at night, this novel was also originally written for NaNoWriMo, so it should be a great read for those of you looking for some motivation to get writing next month! I’ll have to report back once I’ve finished it to let you know what I think about the book as a whole, but in the mean time feel free to grab a copy if you’d like to read along!
Strange and Unusual – The idea of subscribing to an email newsletter that isn’t geared toward coupons, or something, might seem a little odd to some of you, but my friend Lillian Cohen-Moore (who I’ve previously interviewed here on the blog!) has a fantastic TinyLetter that she sends out on occasion that is chock full of…well, things that are both strange and unusual. Her collections of links include both the unique and bizarre, the beautiful and peculiar, and usually keep me busy for what feels like hours on end. If you’re interested in beauty and fashion, too, she often includes links to sales and deals, as well as a number of anthologies or websites that are accepting writing submissions. And of course, it’s free to sign up, so you might as well break up the monotony of spam and promotional emails and bills with some seriously cool links!
STUFF TO WATCH
Captain America: Civil War – True story, I completely forgot how much I loved this movie until we went to the store right after it came out on blu-ray and I was reminded just how great it is. If we’re being honest, the superhero saturation problem is real for me right now, but Captain America is my favorite and this movie was just fantastic all around and helped to make amends for all of the things I didn’t like about the last Avengers film. If you’ve been avoiding the last few Marvel movies either on purpose or on accident, you’ll want to come back to this one. My advice, though? Check out Ant Man first for maximum enjoyment.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine – Somehow we managed to miss an entire season of this show while not paying attention, so after my surgery Nick and I spent a few days binge watching all of Season 3, which very well might have been their best season yet. Even after several seasons Brooklyn Nine-Nine continues to go strong as a hilarious workplace comedy set in a New York police precinct, and though they continue to bring up the occasional real life issues that are surrounding police officers these days every single moment of this show continues to be on point and both funny and understanding while never really “punching down” at everyone. Also, we end up with a huge cliffhanger starting off Season 4, so I’m really looking forward to seeing where that goes this season. It’s currently airing every week and can be found on Hulu if you’d like to watch with me!
Ugly Betty – On one hand, I can NOT believe how old this show is now, but I also can’t believe how well it’s held up after all this time. I watched most of Ugly Betty during its original run, but after being stuck in bed I decided to give it another shot. Now that I know a lot more about fashion and different designers it’s actually made for a completely different viewing experience, but it’s also great how much of the show is still relevant today. It also very much feels like a predecessor to Jane the Virgin with its telenovela format, which I talked about last month, and it’s amazing how much of the show is still relevant today…like the episode that focuses on whether or not photos of models should be retouched or photoshopped before publication.
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! 🙂 You can also back this blog on Patreon if you’d like to help support getting more reviews and content up throughout the month!