TOP NETFLIX + BOOK PICKS

7th May 2017

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I don’t know if it’s just me, but as much as I like Spring, I find it’s one of those seasons that we’re all just sitting and tapping our feet through. We’re waiting not so patiently for the warmer days and holidays, festivals and BBQs that Summer brings upon us. So with that , this week’s post is all about books you can bury your nose in and Netflix shows you can lose hours away to, with the hope that by the time we’re all finished, our Summer adventures will be even closer!
BOOKS
Between you and me Lisa Hall
You know when you want people to read a book purely because of the ending? Yeah, that. Nowhere is that more applicable than Between you and me. Sal and Charlie are a married couple who while they love each other, aren’t happy. Yet despite what Charlie does, Sal cannot leave. Naturally, you have a lot of questions that you want answering with this book but even when you think you know the full story, you really don’t. And that is what I love about this book, it is so incredibly clever. It will grab you, chew you up and then spit you out. I really don’t want to say anything else in case I spoil it, but I’ll leave you with this: READ IT!

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Behind closed doors B. A. Paris
I was utterly obsessed with this book, as was my Mum who I almost frantically made read it so we could talk about it. It’s another book about a married couple, Grace and Jack and we focus on their relationship. They are charming and affluent, seemingly perfect but what’s up with Grace? Why is it she doesn’t work yet can’t make social gatherings with friends? And what’s with the bars on the bedroom windows? We flick between the past and present which I can often dislike in a story but which here works really well, especially as they are all narrated by the same character. BCD is written fantastically, you really do feel for the characters as if you know the personally. It’s so good that it’s actually been picked up for a film adaption so get on this book before it becomes a trend like Gone Girl so you can be oh-so smug.
Unravelling Oliver Liz Nugent
I do love a good opening line and this one has got a corker: ‘I expected more of a reaction the first time I hit her.’ This is the most recent book I’ve read and as the title suggests, the charismatic author Oliver Ryan is our protagonist. One evening, after a delightful meal cooked by his wife Alice, Oliver savagely beats her into a coma. The book (via Oliver) examines how he got to this point and we dip into his history across five decades, unfolding every crevice of our main character. To be perfectly honest, I bloody love screwed up characters so this was a major selling point for me. Character development is always so interesting and something I crave more from in books and this has got buckets of it.
NETFLIX
13 reasons why
I’ve no doubt you’ve heard of this latest Netflix hit, based on the book of the same name by Jay Asher. I read this years ago but having forgotten the majority of what happens, I was more than happy to invest in the 13 episodes. The story follows American teenager Clay Jensen as he discovers why his classmate Hannah Baker killed herself weeks earlier. Clay has been left a box of tapes recorded by Hannah herself which dictates the ’13 reason why’ she committed suicide. We, the audience, listen alongside Clay as he pieces together the story of Hannah’s life and her experiences with their fellow classmates. This one is worth a watch simply because of the wide variety of themes it covers and the issues it tackles. It is unashamedly raw and honest and although at times I grew a little frustrated with certain characters, I was hooked and you will be too.

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Black Mirror
While I feel like I may have spoken about Black Mirror on M&M before, I kind of don’t care because it’s just so good! Each episode is unrelated to the next although they all very dark and satirical stories. The majority of time, technology is a hot topic in many different ways and it’s not hard to imagine how we could end up in a similar situation as the creator Charlie Brooker (a genius fyi) concentrates primarily on the modern world. The series were originally only three episodes long but then BAM, series three hit Netflix with six brilliant new episodes for us to gorge on. They are all beautifully produced from start to finish, like mini movies without having to cut through all on the crap. Notable mentions go out to the following episodes: Be Right Back, White Bear and Nosedive.
Louis Theroux
I’m cheating a bit with this one as I haven’t chosen one particular Louis Theroux documentary, I’m simply grouping all the awesomeness together. Louis is a British filmmaker who covers a vast amount of challenging but fascinating topics. He delves into worlds you are completely oblivious to, shedding light on situations which we should all sit up and pay attention to. These are not always easy viewing but then they aren’t supposed to be. They offer a realistic insight into something you wouldn’t normally get to encounter and that is all because of Louis who embeds himself in some seriously volatile surroundings. Just a few of the titles include: Louis and the Nazis, The Most Hated Family in America and Behind Bars, but really, there are so many to sink your teeth into. Louis is an incredibly likeable, unwavering journalist who has perfected being able to take absolutely anything on the chin. Watch for Louis alone.

Have you read or seen any of the above? What did you think? Let me know any Netflix or book recommendations in the comments as I’m always looking for more great finds!

Emily>