What I’m watching, reading and listening to while on lockdown.

2020 has been a weird one. Now, we’re all in the midst of a global health crisis where we’ve all been made to stay at home, leisure activities aren’t a thing, no more McDonalds and everyone and their mother is constantly on zoom.

Unlike most, I really like my own company and enjoy some good old-fashioned alone time. But honestly, I’m now on day 18 of quarantine, have been furloughed from my job and I will admit – I’m going stir crazy. Finding a routine is the only thing keeping me sane and currently, that’s three meals a day, exercise, skincare, having a project, family time, downtime and enough bloody sleep!

Reading literature, watching series’, films, documentaries and listening to new podcasts have the ability to transport your mind from the four white walls of your home and the lack of normality you’ve been thrust into.

Watching.

Tiger King – Netflix Series.

This series has already become meme gold! A gun-wielding, drug-taking, mullet-wearing, gay hillbilly in a throuple, who was also a presidential candidate (yes you read that right), who happens to own the largest private collection of tigers in the world and is in constant fights with ‘Carole fucking Baskin’, an animal rights millionaire-ess with a husband who mysteriously vanished twenty years ago. Expect fights, murder plots, cute baby animals, and really awful country songs.

The Invisible Man – Movie via Amazon Prime.

I managed to catch this movie before all the cinemas shut, but if you’re a massive cinephile, you can catch new films released early on Amazon Prime. If you’re after a suspense-filled thriller, this is for you. An abused girlfriend finally escapes her rich abuser through his death, but all is not as it seems… this movie will definitely have you on the edge of your seat and hiding behind the popcorn!

Love is Blind – Netflix Series.

I am sick of dating shows quite honestly. I’ve never been into Love Island and the latter, but this show is insane! Imagine dating in the dark mixed with married at first sight – but everyone is obnoxiously American. Fights, man-stealing, brides on the run, dumped at the altar and a few true loves. A show where people are proposing to someone they’ve never seen within three days and all the craziness that goes with it.

Submarine – Movie via Amazon Prime

A classic coming of age movie but written, directed and soundtracked by Alex Turner from Arctic Monkeys. Its cinematography is stunning to look at and the story is hard hitting and emotional. Honestly, this is in my top ten films.

Some other notable watches are ….

  • Killing Eve – Series via BBC iPlayer.
  • The Stranger – Series via Netflix.
  • Parasite – Movie via Amazon Prime.
  • Anything on Disney+ lol.

Reading.

This is Going to Hurt – Adam Kay.

I can’t begin to explain how amazing this book is. Adam is an NHS doctor-turned-comedian who published his diary from medical school through to becoming a fully-fledged doctor. Through his book he touches on the realities of the NHS, overworking, parking fees, funny stories and deaths in a matter-of-fact but beautiful way. This book makes you appreciate all those in healthcare so much more, as well as angry at how fucked up the NHS has gotten.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – Mark Manson.

STOP CARING ABOUT UNIMPORTANT STUFF! Nowadays, we have so much and so many opportunities that we don’t know what to give a fuck about anymore. This witty and smart ‘self-help book’ focuses on repurposing your energy to more meaningful stuff in your life to really give a fuck about.

14,000 Things to Be Happy About – Barbara Ann Kipfer.

This gem is not a book in the traditional sense, but a little pick-me-up as and when you want to dispel negative feelings. The taste of cake batter, summer dresses and tree swings, this book is full of nostalgia and a great one to keep on the bedside table.

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge.

This book has won more awards than I could ever list and I understand why! Originating as a blog post by a frustrated journalist, this hard-hitting book explores historical to current issues minorities (in particular black people) face. From the eradication of black history to the secularities of class and whitewashed feminism. Coming from a Black British household myself, Reni challenged the very idea of being ‘Black British’ and honestly I was shocked. Don’t be fooled, this book is not just for black people and black culture. This book has been called an ‘essential’ and ‘a wake-up call to a country in denial’ and I implore you to pick it up.

Listening.

The Receipts Podcast – Via Spotify.

The most laugh-out-loud podcast I’ve ever listen to. Three amazing women in their own rights, answer all you situation-ships and dilemmas. Expect to hear some outlandish stuff like people posing in bath-tubs (yes- really), fuck boys and plenty of singing. Honestly, I have full-on belly laughed in public listening to them.

Room 2: Urban Classics – Playlist via Spotify.

I miss a good night out and this is the nostalgia I need. I put on a cute outfit, make a quarantini (yes I just said that) and share the playlist with your mates while having FaceTime drink

My Dad Wrote a Porno – Via Spotify.

Yes, you read that right! Self-named Rocky Flintstone was challenged to write a blue book by his son and yes it’s as cringeworthy as you think. Complete with sexy 80s jazz music, the novel ‘Belinda Blinked’ is read chapter by chapter by the bewildered son and his friends – a real laugh.

Emo Kids – Playlist via Spotify.

Sometimes, you just want to feel like your 14-year-old self and this is it (for me at least). Panic! At The Disco, You Me At Six and Paramore are just a few of the artists on here and honestly, the whole playlist is a banger.

10 Summers You Won’t Forget – Playlist via Spotify.

Looking back on summers past and hoping for the best this year, this playlist is here to help. From blasting a bit of bad bitch Ariana, rapping along with Kendric or dancing in your kitchen to Dua Lipa this playlist is sure to get you off of your feet.

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8 Comments

  1. Xander
    April 4, 2020 / 7:44 am

    Tight recommendations, love the commentary; Adam Kay is absolutely essential reading!

    • renycerosalia
      Author
      April 7, 2020 / 9:27 pm

      Thank you! And glad you think so – me too! xxx

  2. Jess
    April 4, 2020 / 12:52 pm

    I’ve dipped in and out The Receipts podcast – can always rely on it to make me feel like I am doing alright at life.

    • renycerosalia
      Author
      April 7, 2020 / 9:27 pm

      Honestly, it makes me appreciate the weird things Alex does and thankful they aren’t anything like what people write in about! I hope you’re well lovely xx

  3. Lisa Giaccari
    April 4, 2020 / 8:30 pm

    Such variety in the recommendations, thank you!! Listening to “10 Summers You Won’t forget”, and I already know I’m going to be weeping to this throughout the quarantine summer that awaits…Also, somehow Adam Kay just made it to the top of my “must-read” list?? Great post!

    • renycerosalia
      Author
      April 7, 2020 / 9:36 pm

      Glad you enjoyed reading them Lisa 🙂 Fingers crossed artists continue releasing through this summer. Honestly, Adam Kay’s book is amazing I even cried at the end. Enjoy x

  4. Bronagh
    April 6, 2020 / 2:06 am

    This is such a fab idea to keep positive and focusing on having a creative outlook at these crazy times… Getting lost in a good book or series seems like the perfect treatment right now.
    I’ll have to check out this “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” sounds funny and DEFINITELY something I need to get better at!
    Thanks for the inspo, glad to see you are still setting trends from the comfort of quarantine! Massive fan of the hat, u r my style icon 😉

    • renycerosalia
      Author
      April 7, 2020 / 9:25 pm

      Bronagh! Thank you for reading – I can’t wait till this is all over and I can see you! Love you lots x

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