Hi all! I hope you’re staying safe and healthy and staying in the comfort of your own home if you’re able to. While being quarantined isn’t the most fun, it’s the least we can do to keep everyone as safe as possible and let this pass as quickly as it can.
With that being said, today marks eleven days without leaving my apartment. To pass the time, I’ve binge-watched my fair share of TV shows, dusted off a few books that I’ve been meaning to read for months, and discovered a few new podcasts that I’m now addicted to. I’d say there has been a healthy balance between lounging around and staying productive, which I guess is the best way to tackle this new, unprecedented time that we’re in.
Today I wanted to share a few recommendations with all this new content I’ve been consuming. We’re sometimes so busy we don’t get the time to sit and start a new Netflix series, or we’re too tired and don’t have the energy to finish that book we started weeks ago. Since (almost) all of us have plenty of time now, I figured there was no better time than to give you some ideas. I hope you enjoy! x
- Love Island UK. Found on Hulu. Okay — Love Island is one of my favorite TV shows, and pretty much the only reality show I watch. I think I’ve gotten literally all of my friends hooked. I started watching it a few seasons back, because Cody and Noel would talk about it on their podcast each week. If you haven’t ever watched before, you’re in for a real treat.
- Schitt’s Creek. Found on Netflix. My sister has been telling me to watch this show for a little while now, but I kept putting it off. I recently started watching, and was hooked within the first few minutes — it’s so good. I think it’s a love or hate style of humor/acting, but I can’t get enough of it. If you watch, who are your favorite characters? David has to be mine, though I really like all of them.
- One Strange Rock. Found on Disney+. This is one of my favorite docu-series of all time. It’s narrated by Will Smith (so you already know it’s going to be good), and all about how our universe works. I may be a little biased because I love anything and everything that has to do with space, but this is seriously mind-blowing and put together incredibly. There are anecdotes from astronauts who have spent time in space, and it’s so interesting to hear their perspectives.
- The Game Changers. Found on Netflix. Even after being vegan for years, I still love finding new documentaries about a plant-based lifestyle. This documentary is one that was new to me (though released in 2018), and it was so well-done. Some vegan documentaries focus on animal welfare, some focus on the health benefits and some focus on the environmental impacts. This one tackles the question, “Where do you get your protein?” in the best way I’ve ever seen, sharing stories about Arnold Schwarzenegger and other top athletes from across the globe.
- Prison Break. Found on Hulu. Prison Break is a show that I used to watch with my family when it was on TV, and for some reason it stuck with me for years and years — I’ve still been obsessed. A lot of people I talk to have never seen it, but those who have all seem to love it. If you’ve never watched (or if you used to watch and completely forgot about it), it’s a great one to binge-watch.
- Super Attractor. This is my latest discovery as far as spiritual books go. These are the books I read most often, and I’m always on the hunt for new ones. Gabby Bernstein is a powerhouse in the industry, and I’ve quickly become a big fan of her work.
- The Buddha Walks Into a Bar. On the topic of spiritual books, this one is one of my all-time favorites. It approaches the topic of spirituality in a very down-to-earth way. It’s easy to read and understand, making it a great one to start with if this is something that’s new to you (or even if it’s not!). It tackles the topics of mindfulness, compassion, and other Buddhist and metaphysical principles.
- Little Fires Everywhere. On another note, this is a novel that I’m starting right now. @Marianna_Hewitt is starting a virtual bookclub to help get us all through this time, so I’ll be joining her and all the others with this book. Let me know if you’ll be following along, too, so we can all share our thoughts 🙂
- What the Dog Saw. Malcolm Gladwell is one of my favorite authors; I’ve read a few of his books. This one in particular is a collection of his writings from his column in The New Yorker, where he writes short essays ranging from topics like “what is the difference between choking and panicking?” and “what does hair dye teach us about the history of the 20th century?”
- Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard. This is one of my favorite podcasts, and another recommendation from my sister. Dax and his co-host Monica are fun to listen to, and they always have really interesting guests, ranging from Ashton Kutcher to Rainn Wilson, Steve Madden and Eric Garcetti, the Mayor of Los Angeles. The conversations are always really interesting and introspective; each episode I’m left with a new perspective.
- Congratulations with Chris D’Elia. I only recently “discovered” Chris D’Elia… I don’t know where I’ve been. So, as I’ve been working from home, I’ve been putting his podcast on in the background, and it has definitely helped lighten the mood and get me to laugh a bit. I can already feel his mannerisms and cadence seeping into how I speak.
- The goop Podcast. I will admit that this podcast is a bit hit or miss for me; I don’t listen to each and every episode. However, some episodes really hit the nail on the head as far as my personal interests go. Some examples are “Determining Your Life’s Purpose,” “The Quarter-Life Crisis,” and “The Power of a Balanced Immune System.”
Since there are never enough recommendations, I’d love to see yours as well! To share your own, you can save the image below, then fill it out and put it on your Instagram story to share! Don’t forget to tag me @emilykgannon so I can see 🙂
Thanks so much for reading! x