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By Christina B.

Just finished an amazing book, movie, or show and have no idea what to get next? Here are a few suggestions!

FICTION

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris & We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter

If you liked The Tattooist of Auschwitz, read We Were the Lucky Ones. Both of these are biographical novels which tell deeply affecting stories about the suffering endured by Jews during WWII and what hopes they clung to in order to survive.

 

 

 

 

 

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett & The Everything Box by Richard Kadrey

Looking for another witty, madcap take on the end of the world? The Everything Box depicts an edgier future, where an angel loses the doomsday device and must hunt all over the globe for it–before it falls into the wrong hands.

 

 

 

 

 

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides & Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

Mysteries with unreliable narrators and dark twists are always popular. Fans of The Silent Patient may want to check out Sometimes I Lie which has a similar tone and situation–in this case, a woman who is trying to figure out what happened to her, while she’s in a coma.

 

 

 

 

 

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens & My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

If you’re longing for another character-driven coming-of-age story, try My Absolute Darling. It features another isolated young girl, growing up in disturbing circumstances with a focus on nature.

 

NONFICTION

 

Educated by Tara Westover & The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner

“These gut-wrenching memoirs highlight the troubled childhoods of young girls raised in extreme circumstances. Through grit and determination, the authors overcame the difficulties of their pasts and reflect on how these experiences shaped them.” — Novelist

 

 

 

 

 

I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening) by Sarah Steward Holland and Beth Silvers & The Red and the Blue by Steve Kornacki

If you enjoyed Beth and Sarah’s gracious approach to political debate and understanding, try The Red and the Blue. In this book, MSNBC correspondent Steve Kornacki details recent history and explains how 1990s trends set the stage for our current political climate.

 

 

 

 

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande & Knocking On Heaven’s Door by Katy Butler

Gawande’s honest examination of medicine and end-of-life care is mirrored in Knocking On Heaven’s Door. Driven by her parents’ health situation, Katy Butler dives into the medical system that focuses on “maximum longevity, often creating more suffering than it prevents.”

 

 

 

 

 

Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven & 12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson

This little book challenges readers to learn 10 principles gathered from Navy SEAL training and apply them to their lives. If you’re looking for a step up from that, try the challenge thrown down by renowned clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson in his best-selling book, 12 Rules for Life.

 

 

 

 

 

MOVIES/TV

Black Mirror & The Twilight Zone (original)

Have you already binge-watched the newest season of Black Mirror? Give the mind-bending 1960’s classic —The Twilight Zone –a shot!

Free Solo (2018) & Meru (2015)

If you’re up for another documentary about the vertigo-inducing adrenaline rush of rock climbing, try Meru, which is available for streaming on Hoopla. It follows three climbers as they battle the elements and attempt the most dangerous peak in the Himalayas.

Game of Thrones & The Last Kingdom, Black Sails, Vikings

Wondering what to watch now that this epic series has ended? There are a number of promising options to fill the gap, including The Last Kingdom, Vikings, and Black Sails.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile (2019) & My Friend Dahmer (2017)

Did you watch Netflix’s original film for something other than Zac Efron? Then you may be ready for a look at another infamous serial killer in My Friend Dahmer.

Avengers: Endgame (2019) & Shazam! (2019) or Twelve Monkeys (1995)

Here are two suggestions to tie you over as you wait for the next film in Marvel’s saga. If you like the interplay of characters and humor, try DC’s Shazam!, which can be placed on hold now, prior to its official release. Or if you want more time travel shenanigans, try the classic Bruce Willis/Brad Pitt team-up, Twelve Monkeys.

Christina B.
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Christina B.


Christina's definition of a good day involves drinking tea, cuddling her cat, and reading whatever tickles her fancy. She also enjoys traveling, playing strategy board games, and is forever mourning the cancellation of Firefly.

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