This week, we at The City Voice decided it was time to take a breather. There’s another quarter just around the corner, but for now it’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy a more leisurely weekend. If you’re looking for a good book to curl up with, or a fantastic movie or show to binge, City Voice writers have it covered with their picks for the best entertainment to celebrate the successful end of the first two months of school. Have a great weekend everybody!
Dune. If you’ve been reading The City Voice this last year then you’ve probably already seen more writing about Dune a few times, so I won’t waste your time with further thoughts. Suffice it to say the trailers are stunning and the reviews outstanding, and it seems the perfect escapist space opera to celebrate the end of the marking period. Dune will be out this weekend in theaters and on HBO Max.
As the first marking period comes to a close, I like to snuggle into a fluffy couch, envelope myself into a warm blanket and read The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. This book is truly a masterpiece, moving you from tranquil to anger to mass confusion in the matter of a couple page turns. But most important of all, the suspense found throughout the book, along with hints of comedy, immerses you into the plot, making you not want to put the book down. Have an enjoyable weekend and I hope you enjoy The Westing Game!
My favorite show to watch after a stressful or work filled week is Schitt’s Creek (TV-MA) on Netflix. It’s great for a good laugh and can be played in the background while doing other things like cleaning or crafting. The show tells the story of a rich family who loses everything and must move to their last asset, a town in Canada called Schitt’s Creek. While there they go on a journey to sell the town, and go back to their old life, but things don’t go quite to plan, and each of them change for the better because of it.
To celebrate the marking period end, maybe curl up and watch a movie. My personal favorite is to take out a board game or card game. You can get a nice mix of the two by playing codenames.
“Ranger’s Apprentice” series by John Flanagan. An 11-book series filled with adventures in a fantasy world. The main characters are Halt, a legendary member of the mysterious rangers, Will, a 14-year old orphan wanting to be a knight like his father, and Horace, a 14-year old at the Ward of Castle Redmont with Will who also wants to be a knight. When they turn 15, they will choose what Craftmaster they will be apprentice to. There is also a companion series, “The Brotherband Chronicles”, and numerous other books set in the same world. It is a must-read series!
In the book department, I recommend Middlegame by Seanan McGuire. It is a story filled with Alchemists and mystery. While I have only just started to dig deeper into the story I can already tell its going to be great. An engaging read, perfect for October, to help you decompress from the last marking period! If you are more of a TV person I would highly recommend Over The Garden Wall. It is a short series, beautifully animated that tells the story of two brothers lost in a mysterious woods where not all is as it seems. A lighthearted story with a dark and deep underneath, it is another perfect story to get lost in after a marking period.
One book I would suggest is The Hunger Games. It may be an older book, but it is filled with action, adventure, and a bit of romance. The Hunger Games has exquisite characters and each moment of the book will keep you on the edge of your seat. It is not just for those who have not read it, I personally am re-reading it and it is as good as ever. It is definitely one of my favorite books and I hope it becomes one of yours as well. Enjoy the end of the Marking Period and happy reading!
One show I love is “The Baby-Sitters Club” on Netflix. I just finished watching it with my mom, and while its a young-teenager type show, it is enjoyable for every age. The series is based off the original book series by Ann M Martin of the same name.
Truthfully, I’m not a big Halloween movie fan. If I’m being honest, I couldn’t tell you one Halloween movie off the top of my head. I’ve never really watched any, and I don’t plan on it. I am a huge Christmas movie fan, though!
“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” is a stress free laugh that I can always enjoy. As Ferris rounds up his friends to take on Chicago in one day I can always just sit back and enjoy. With laughs in every scene this movie will make you forget any stress you may have had. Whether for the first time or the one-hundredth time this movie is one that I would recommend to watch.