I find myself recommending the same services and products and recipes and pop culture stuff all the time, so I decided it'd be more efficient to put all these recommendations in one place (except my accessibility recs - those are on my Work page). Updates made whenever I think of them.
- Doomsday Book, To Say Nothing of the Dog, actually pretty much anything by Connie Willis.
- Guards, Guards and Wyrd Sisters and everything Terry Pratchett ever wrote.
- Player of Games and Use of Weapons by Ian M Banks.
- Persuasion is my favourite Jane Austen novel, although they are all classics for a reason.
You can see more of what I read over on Goodreads.
I love playing short puzzle games on my iPad, preferably ones with pretty graphics and soundtracks. If it lasts longer than 15 hours I don't have time for it! A lot of my favourites are designed for kids because I'm looking for entertainment and a gentle brain-stretch rather than a fiendishly difficult achievement-oriented experience. Many of these are available on Android as well.
- Monument Valley and it's sequel - a beautiful and peaceful journey through MC Escher-like landscapes. One of the makers said it was like a reverse Lara Croft game because the heroine is braving dangers to return artefacts instead of 'discover' them.
- Oquonie - similar game play to Monument Valley, but in a black and white isometric tile landscape with monstery creatures and strange symbols.
- Hidden Folks - like Where's Wally but with hand-drawn black and white line art and voice-generated sound effects. Always makes me laugh. New levels are released every now and again.
- I Love Hue - sort colours into smooth gradients. Remember to blink once in a while.
- Alphabear - beat levels of word puzzles to collect adorable bears who say strange things to you.
- Godus - I didn't know about the Kickstarter shennanigans when I started playing this god game, I just loved shaping the land with my fingers and accidentally setting things on fire. I spent way more than 15 hours on it though.
- Projekt - make 3D shapes in a restricted playing area, then try to do it again with a minimum or maximum number of blocks.
- Her Story - a crime story you solve/reconstruct by sorting through snippets of full motion video of a suspect being interrogated.
- Gorogoa, Device 6 and Year Walk - puzzle stories. I don't know if kids would enjoy the retro style of Device 6, and Year Walk is quite melancholy so it might not be suitable for some.
- Threes! and Two Dots - my exceptions to games that only last a few hours. Threes is an endless challenge to beat my own high score, and Two Dots is a pretty matching game that releases new levels faster than I complete them.