Winter is here, so it’s the perfect time to ditch that pesky social life and curl up with a good book or unhealthily addictive television show. After all, Netflix isn’t a hobby—it’s a lifestyle choice.
Here’s everything you should be reading and watching this month.
Based on the Battle of Dunkirk during the Second World War, Christopher Nolan’s next masterpiece takes centre stage in July. The movie centres around the military evacuation and defence of British and Allied forces in France (Dunkirk, in case you haven’t guessed). Whether or not you’re a) into war films b) into Christopher Nolan or c) into movies, you’re going to end up watching this.
The third Spiderman revamp in a decade has crawled into our lives, and like the bedroom-invading air-breathing arthropod it’s named after, you probably won’t be able to shake the feeling that you’ve (bloody) seen this before. Luckily Tom Holland already has the TUL’s office respect after this lip sync battle.
Hermione Granger has escaped the clutches of Hogwarts and landed herself a job at the world’s biggest tech company. She renamed herself Mae, and Accio’s herself into some trouble. The film is an apt and clever approach to the contemporary discussion of privacy, surveillance and freedom. It’s one for all tech-heads.
War For The Planet Of The Apes
Remember when every person on the planet was declaring Planet of the Apes complete and utter trash? The third instalment is coming out. Jokes on us, humans.
Game of Thrones
Season seven of Game of Thrones is coming. It’s been so long, winter has practically past.
With our favourite, wet-eyed underdog out prison, everyone is wondering where Suits is going in season seven now that Mike (Patrick J. Adams) has re-joined PSL as a fully-fledged lawyer. Wherever the show is headed, the Mike-Harvey duo are going with style.
The award-winning prison drama on this century, the fifth season of Wentworth has just wrapped up. If you’ve managed to avoid any tantrum-induced spoilers, there’s still time to get on the bandwagon.
Friends From College
Friends From College has everything that makes up easy, snuggly, winter cuddly television. A Netflix original comedy series, the plot follows a group of college friends as they enter the next terrifying stage of their lives: their 40s.
The Breakdown by B.A. Paris
The latest, mind-spinning creation from the author of Behind Closed Doors is here. Cass bypasses a stranded car in the middle of a rural road. It’s late, dark, and she’s rushing home on a shortcut she promised she wouldn’t use. She doesn’t pullover, and the woman in the car is killed. Playing on the ideas of guilt and humanity, B.A. Paris brings life to the grippingly intense novel that will drag you through Cass’s experience.
What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum
Endlessly charming and captivatingly youthful, What To Say Next is Julie Buxbaum’s latest novel (author of Tell Me Three Things). Spun around the unlikely and unexpected connection between two bright teenagers, it’s the type of novel that will make your teeth rot in the best sugary sweet way.
Final Girls by Riley Sager
Ten years ago, Quincy went on a vacation with her five closest college friends. She came back alone—the only survivor of her horror movie-scale experience. The media labels girls like Quincy a Final Girl. When one of the Final Girls turns up on Quincy’s doorstep, she’s forced to face what happened ten years ago.
The Idiot by Elif Batuman
Set in 1995 (that’s pre-Instagram, and pre-email), The Idiot isn’t a traditional romance novel, or a traditional bildungsroman. It is untraditionally good writing, spearheaded by Batuman’s dry wit and sharp prose.
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