Sarah and I frequently talk about video games, and I thought it would be fun to find pairings of video games and books that work well together. We’d also love to hear what games you’ve been playing recently and what books may complement them.
Stardew Valley ( A ) is a cozy, farming game that Sarah and I have streamed many times. You revive a farm in a small town. Maybe you spend your day fishing or wooing one of the townspeople, but overall, it’s low angst.
I’d pair this one with Spellbinding Love by Elizabeth Davis, which features a farm witch with a crush! The romance is light on conflict and makes for a quick read.
I’ve been super into Dredge lately, if you listened to the recent podcast. I’d call it cozy horror. There are cosmic horror elements with a series of fishing islands besieged by abnormal and massive fish. You play a fisherman who must collect them all and fulfill quests for the islanders.
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant is my obvious recommendation, with its killer mermaids and mysteries of the deep!
World of Warcraft is one of my vices. (Is anyone playing the new expansion?)
The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood ( A | BN | K | AB ) has an orc main character who goes on a grand quest, and accumulates party members. I think any epic fantasy with an ensemble cast would work well!
Let’s get a little weird!
Overcooked ( A ) is a multiplayer game I often play with my friends around the country. It’s very chaotic and tensions can run pretty high.
I haven’t played this one myself, but I know Sarah has been loving Pentiment, a mystery game with monks, murder, and illustrated manuscripts.
This would go well with another of Sarah’s favorites: the Cadfael series, which features a crime-solving monk.
Which video games are you loving right now? Which books would you pair with them? Tell us!