As many individuals continue to practice social distancing, many of us have a bit more time on our hands to indulge in movies, shows and books. However, rewatching or re-reading the same ones can get old, so now is the perfect time to experiment with new genres. We have put together a few binge-worthy movies, shows and books that you won’t be able to take your eyes off of.
If you are craving something that has investigative journalism, and is both riveting and crime-related, then the “Tiger King” documentaries are perfect for you. There are now eight episodes that take the viewer through the adventures of owning large cat parks and it includes a potential murder! Also available on Netflix is the “Love Is Blind” series. As the name would suggest, this reality show is all about testing the well-known theory: is love truly blind? This social experiment shows single men and women looking for love and getting engaged, all before actually seeing the other person. If Hulu is more your speed, then “Big Little Lies” will be your next addiction. It’s all about three mothers’ lives unraveling to the point of murder, with stars like Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley.
Sometimes committing to an entire TV show series is too much, so that’s where movies come into play. Grab some popcorn, sit back and relax — there are plenty of new movies to enjoy across all streaming services. Based on the popular book, “The Perks of Being A Wallflower” has just made its debut on Netflix. Another trending movie on Netflix is “Love Wedding Repeat” which is in the top 10 movie list in the United States right now. Hulu is now streaming “A Simple Favor” which brings both comedy and mystery to the table, complete with household names like Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively. There are also now a few ways to watch even more shows and movies for free.
If you want to decrease your screen time and use your imagination, there are plenty of quality books to enjoy that you won’t be able to put down. If you are obsessed with mystery then “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is right up your alley. This murder mystery plot is paired with family drama and love. “Little Fires Everywhere” challenges and explores motherhood, race and social critique. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with your work area, try reading “Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life” which is co-authored by organizational-icon Marie Kondo. Although many individuals are currently working from home, this can still apply to organizing your temporary home office space. For a larger selection and a couple of ways to read for free, check out this list of listening apps.
As a bonus, SirusXM recently announced that the platform will offer free access to its full lineup of premiere streaming content (more than 300 channels) until May 15. If you’re not a subscriber you can either download the official app or click here.
Social distancing offers a great opportunity to use that extra downtime to enjoy a good new book, movie or TV series. While you enjoy these, sprinkle in some more fun by hosting virtual viewing parties and book clubs with family and friends to stay connected!