A Reading List for the Netflix Obsessed
Today was a good day because we finally got some sunshine here in NJ. A little rain is one thing but it's been ridiculous. The one thing that this rainy weather has been good for is getting a chance to relax. Whenever it's nice out, I can't spend a moment inside, especially in the winter, but when it's wet and cold, no thank you. Usually when I'm stuck inside I pop on a new Netflix show. But now I'm trying to get back to one of my favorite hobbies: reading.
I honestly did not spend a lot of time reading in the last year. I'm kinda ashamed to admit that reading falls way, way down on my list when it comes to my free time. I'm a teacher for goodness sake!
It's time to combine my love of reading and my obsession with Netflix for a good cause. So today here's a whole list of books all inspired by my Netflix watch list.
If you're obsessed with THE CROWN, try THE ROYAL WE by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (a.k.a. the Fug Girls)
The Crown follows the ups and downs and scandals of Queen Elizabeth II (yes, England's reigning monarch) from the beginning of her rule. You also get a healthy dose of the royal family. I spend as much time googling and fact checking as I do watching! But I love it. If you're royals obsessed, you will absolutely love The Royal We, written by amazing blogging duo behind Go Fug Yourself. It's a fictional story of an American college student falling in love with the prince of England, a fun take on Kate Middleton and Prince William's love story. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will start looking for your own royal.
If you tried to solve MAKING A MURDERER, try THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY by Erik Larson
You know I have a "healthy" obsession with true crime. Podcasts or documentaries, give them all to me! Though I still don't know if Steven Avery did it, I do know that he is nowhere near as terrifying as Dr. H.H. Holmes, one of America's first serial killers. He lured his prey in to his hotel of horrors during the Chicago's World's Fair. Even if you're not usually a non-fiction reader, this book will have you hooked. (Oh, and Leo DiCaprio bought the rights to the book and is making it into a movie!)
If you cringed while watching LOVE, try MODERN ROMANCE by Aziz Ansari
I don't know if I cringed as much as I did watching awkward Gus and disaster Mickey as they fell in and out of love. I'll be honest that it isn't my favorite Netflix show but I couldn't stop watching (I'm looking forward to the new season coming next month!). As a boring married person, the subject of love and dating in the modern age is fascinating. When we were in London this past summer, I dug into Aziz Ansari's Modern Love. Still packed with Ansari's signature wit, it's chock full of research on the subject of dating, what love looks like with social media, and how different cultures look at marriage. Another nonfiction book to add a little knowledge to your everyday!
If you were a little creeped out by OZARK, try SHARP OBJECTS by Gillian Flynn
Jason Bateman and Laura Linney are THE BEST in Ozark. It's kind of a thriller, kind of weird, and totally addictive. Like, after watching I wasn't quite sure if I was into it but I'm waiting for that second season. I had that same creeped-out-can't-look-away feeling when reading Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. This book was on my radar after devouring her breakout novel Gone Girl. Sharp Objects is way more dark, way more twisty, and just so crazy weird.
If you wanted to intern on THE WEST WING, try WHO THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA by Alyssa Mastromonaco and Lauren Oyler
I'll start with a disclaimer on this one: I still haven't finished my binge of The West Wing and Who Thought This Was a Good Idea is sitting on my to-be-read pile. BUT when I started watching The West Wing again (yea, I watched that in middle school/high school) I was like, I want to know more about life in the White House. I'm all about that behind-the-scenes life. Who Thought This Was a Good Idea popped up. This is written by a former Obama White House staffer and I CAN'T WAIT.
If you wanted a part of the universe of THE OA, try A WRINKLE IN TIME by Madeleine L'Engle
Sci-fi isn't really my thing. The only reason I know anything about the Star Wars universe is my brother's hardcore obsession from the age of 6-9. So it's surprising that The OA was a show I couldn't stop watching. It's weird and sci-fi but has a story that draws you. It's the same thing with A Wrinkle in Time. Yes, this book was a staple of the early middle school years and it challenged all concepts of time, space, and the UNIVERSE. So yea, read it, at least before watching the power house Disney version coming out soon.