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Here’s what we’re reading, watching, playing, and listening to this week

How we're spending our leisure time.

Everyone has a bit of quiet downtime once in a while. Whether you're sitting quietly at home or trying to relax on a plane or just giving your busy mind and hands a break, it's important to relax.

A good way to do that is to read a book, listen to some music or watch a movie or show. See what's caught our attention for the week of May 26th.

Ara Wagoner

The new YouTube Music is here, and as I continue to dig into every nook and cranny of the new app looking for new quirks, old flaws, and more tips to our loyal AC readers, I'm also indulging an ungodly amount of music. YouTube Music has a selection that is unparalleled, between official music from the labels, remixes, covers, and live concert recordings from musicians and roadies of every shape and size, and so, so many songs that users have uploaded after seeing them missing from the catalog.

YouTube Music's recommendations have also been taking me back in time with albums like Play, Disneymania and Baby Got Back, which has been stuck in my head for days and refuses to get out. Among the newer suggestions, I've been rocking a lot of Ariana Grande, including her gospel-backed take on Hercules 'Zero to Hero' from We Love Disney Vol. 1. It's also a fitting song for an app that most people had completely written off before last week, don't'cha think?

Marc Lagace

Netflix keeps churning out docu-mini series on different gruesome topics and it can be a bit exhausting to watch them all. Having said that, I gotta recommend the new show "Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist".

The four-part series takes a deep dive into the 2003 Pizza Bomber mystery, in which a man named Brian Wells robbed a bank with a live bomb locked to his neck. The story became the inspiration for the 2011 comedy film "30 Minutes or Less" starring Jesse Eisenberg, but the true story is dark and disturbing. This one is not for those with a weak stomach for violence and murder, but if you enjoyed "Making a Murderer" then you'll like Evil Genius, too.

Joe Maring

I've been in a podcast mood this week, and to crave that itch, I've been spending a lot of my time listening to The Moth. The Moth is a non-profit based out of New York that frequently hosts live events around the country where people come to tell their life stories.

These stories are selected from the various events and compiled into about an hour-long program based around a certain theme, and the end result is phenomenal. It's incredibly easy to keep listening to episode after episode without any intention of stopping, and that's fine by me. Some stories have made me laugh out loud while others have sent chills down my spine, but they all have one thing in common — they're raw, uncut, and human.

As much as I'm loving The Moth, I did take a break to watch Deadpool 2 on opening night in IMAX. I think I still enjoy the first one just a tad more, but that didn't stop me from having a great time with the movie. Just like the first Deadpool, the sequel is action-packed, gut-busting funny, and has the best mid-credits scene ever.

Tom Westrick

I saw Deadpool 2 this week, and while it's not as enjoyable as the first one, it's still an entertaining movie in its own right. Since we've already seen most of the characters interact with each other, it's nearly impossible for a sequel to have the same magic that the original does. Without giving away any spoilers, I will say the last act dragged on more than it needed to. But overall, the movie was hilarious while still having an emotional story, like the first.

Elsewhere, I'm almost at the end of watching Frasier, and I'm debating what to jump into next. It's between Cheers (yes, I know I should have watched that before Frasier), The West Wing, or diving back into my Plex library.

I've also been listening to Jake Bugg, an English singer that sound an awful lot like Hank Williams (Sr, not either of the crazy Jrs.). I've only listened to the album Shangri La, but I'll give the rest of his albums a listen before long.

Essa Kidwell

I've never been the type that watches shows as soon as they come out. My attention span is in a thousand places at once, so sitting down and designating times for me to catch up on the latest shows and movies was never really something that was ever on my to-do list. Instead I wait till there's enough to marathon on a streaming service and binge watch all of it at once while I'm writing.

This week I'm addicted to American Gods.

Much like what happened to me when I binged Game of Thrones I ended up addicted and needing more. I already know when I finish the last season available on my PlayStation I'm going to be dying for more. Good thing the American Gods book is waiting for me on my bookshelf! Checkmate!

Kennedy Weston

My fiance and I recently invested in the latest multiplayer game, A Way Out. It's a pretty awesome game that has a unique way of using multiplayer. Instead of being able to do your own thing that still helps out the other player, you have to actually work together in order to progress in the game. It's an interesting way to make sure that you and your friend or significant other can and will actually work well together.

I've also recently got to Season 3 of a TV show called Community, which takes place in a community college and it's all about the shenanigans that go down. It's absolutely hilarious and has wonderful actors and actresses like Joel McHale, Donald Glover, and Yvette Nicole Brown. If you have a Hulu membership or Crackle, you can watch all of the seasons of the show on those streaming services.

Quentyn Kennemer

Being a big fan of the original State of Decay and disappointed when they eventually canceled plans to bring out a multiplayer mode, you know I was all over State of Decay 2. This Xbox One and PC zombie survival game is just as much about battling the scarcity of resources as it is battling a zombie plague, and doing it with friends makes the experience infinitely more fun. I'm also still getting my butt kicked by Nordic trolls in God of War, so that's fun.

When I need a break from all the zombies and draugrs, I'm turning to my huge backlog of Marvel shows and movies I have yet to watch. Yes, spoiler alert, I haven't seen Avengers: Infinity Wars, and I have a lot more to catch up on before I do that. I've just finished the first season of Luke Cage. Next stop: Jessica Jones, followed by season 2 of Luke Cage on Netflix next month.

Your turn

What are YOU reading, watching, or listening to this week? Let us know in the comments!

Update, May 26, 2018: This is a weekly series where we tell you what we're into, so check back every weekend!

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