Books are amazing — they’re more than amazing, to be precise — but they aren’t always the thing that occupies our time every day. Sometimes, by the fortune of luck or bad decisions, we splurge or binge on something else — often with regret, but who cares?!
Our What We Loved feature is committed to sharing our favorite things each month. See which things topped as our favorites for November, below.
What Melissa Ratcliff Loved in November 2018: Detroit: Become Human + Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind Audiobook
Over the past year, I’ve been obsessed with story-based video games, and Detroit: Become Human has outshined almost every other game I’ve played in 2018. By combining a branching storyline featuring multiple routes with an incredibly cinematic experience, Quantic Dream developed and published a brilliant game that fans of storytelling will not want to miss. Each route is full of surprises and every choice matters in this cinematic adventure that takes into consideration what the world would be like if realistic androids existed. (Amazon, Check on Amazon)
Before November I had never experienced an audiobook, which made delving into my favorite series an easy go-to to try out a new medium for reading. Although I’ve read Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind countless times since its publication back in 2007, the audiobook really adds a new level of depth to the series. Hearing each scene rather than reading offered a fresh perspective and was an immersive and enjoyable experience overall. (Amazon, $26.99)
What Paris Close Loved in November 2018: Suspiria (and the soundtrack) + homemade kombucha
I expected nothing but bloody gore going into Suspiria. Paired with Dakota Johnson’s usually boring presence and my lack of respect for the supernatural scare factor, I was certain I’d be in for a macabre mess of a movie. This is the part when I eat my words. Johnson’s performance was not only transformative and commanding but a much-needed break from the confines of her damsel Anastasia Steele. Loved in part for its peculiar play on witchcraft and dancery, the soundtrack was as equally beguiling as the masterwork that somehow succeeds its predecessor. (Amazon, Out of stock)
I’ve been brewing my own kombucha for a little over a month now and it’s probably the best decision I’ve made as a frugal shopper. What started as a daunting endeavor — my first SCOBY grew mold — has become such a cool, scientific experiment that I plan to continue for the rest of my life. I tried kombucha for the first time a few years ago but hadn’t continued because of how costly it became. So when I learned I could “brew” my own from home I was thrilled. I can now say I have five healthy SCOBYs that continue to grow and create the most delicious health drink for weeks on end. (Amazon, Check on Amazon)