Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

I played the original Lego Star Wars on the Wii as a kid and was terrible at it. This is going so much better for me. There is a single player and multi player so you can hard core grind by yourself or goof around with friends. The game is organized in to 10 separate 'worlds', one for each movie from the three trilogies and a tenth 'world' for the galaxy free play. The nine worlds that represent the movies all contain three levels with different challenges and objectives to complete. To start off you go through story mode and as you complete each 'world' you unlock the free play associated with it.
It's a really good game if you like having a story line to follow but once that story is complete it is open for complete chaos. It's also really cute and goofy and it is not nearly as serious as the source material while still maintaining that original story line.
10/10 I'm terrible at videogames and this one I'm doing pretty good.

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is available from the library on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Playstation 5.


The Extraordinaries

The Extraordinaries by T.J Klune focuses on Nick, an average everyday teenager who is openly queer and happens to have ADHD. In a world where there are normal people and Extraordinaries (people with superpowers) Nick struggles with feeling of inadequacy, a feeling that he tries to solve by becoming an Extraordinary himself. The story was full of relatable situations as Nick navigates through all his emotions and deals with the people in his life. Nick himself is just a really relatable character and I can see a lot of myself in him, which made the story all the more fun. This story has all the cringe involved with being a teenager, a lot of humor, a couple sad bits, and a good sprinkling of a cute romance. My absolute favorite thing about the book was the plot twist! It took the story in completely different direction in the best way possible. There's also a sequel!!! 

Available as an eAudiobook through Hoopla.

The Song of Achilles

In a retelling of the Homers the Iliad, Madeline Miller spins a ridiculously sweet and heartbreaking story of the two young Greeks. The Song of Achilles (2011) is told from Patroclus perspective starting in his early childhood and continuing on through his and Achilles adventures. It really dives into the romance between the two in a really tasteful way that does not take away from the story but adds to it. It is a sad story, it's a Greek tragedy, so if you definitely do not want to cry, I would not recommend. However, my favorite types of stories are the ones that inspire strong emotions, so I loved it. It is an easier read than the original story, using modern language and grammar. So, if you like Greek mythology and epic poetry but sometimes struggle this is a good alternative. 

Visit Libby to read the ebook or listen to the eaudiobookThe Song of  Achilles is also available as an ebook and eaudiobook on Hoopla.