Winter Storm Survival Kit

With the upcoming nor'easter Winter Storm Stella about to hit the Tri-State area, we need to prepare! Being cooped up inside all day due to the weather is definitely not for everyone, so we're here to help make your cabin fever a little bit more enjoyable. Here are some things you can enjoy reading, watching, or listening too after you shovel all of that snow!

Shows To Binge Watch

'Love' Season 2 just hit Netflix this weekend! Watch and laugh while rebellious Mickey and good-natured Gus navigate the thrills and agonies of modern day relationships in this bold comedy. 

If you haven't seen Stranger Things  you're missing out! Winter Storm Stella is the perfect time to binge watch this Netflix hit series that came to life this summer. When a young boy vanishes from a small town in Indiana, his friends gather together to uncover a mystery involving secret experiments, terrfying supernatural forces, and one strange little girl.

HBO's Westworld  has also received a lot of hype throughout the media. It is an science fiction western thriller television series that takes place in the fictional Westworld. It's a technologically advanced Wild-West themed amusement park populated by androids dubbed as "hosts". Westworld caters to high-paying visitors called "guests", who may indulge in whatever they wish within the park, without feat of retaliation from the hosts. Sounds intriguing! 

Podcasts You'll Love

Podcasts are great because they are entertaining, portable, and FREE! One of the most listened to podcasts of 2017 so far is Missing Richard Simmons. The plot is based around the disappearance of fitness guru Richard Simmons. He stopped teaching his regular exercise class, cut off his closest friends, and removed himself from the public eye. The podcast explores all the speculations of Richard's whereabouts and the deeper they dig, the stranger it gets.

For those who want something a little bit lighter, 2 Dope Queens will have you laughing out loud. Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams are two funny BFFs who host a live comedy show in Brooklyn. Join the 2 Dope Queens, along with their favorite comedians, for stories about sex, romance, race, hair journeys, living in New York, and more!

If you haven't listened to Serial yet, it's time to get on that! There are already two seasons out which should keep you busy throughout the snow day. The podcasts tells a true story, investigating the murder of Han Min Lee, an 18-year-old high school student. Her ex-boyfriend was convicted of the crime and sentenced to a life in prison, but some think he was not the killer. Serial explores the case in detail and will have you hanging off the edge of your seat! 

Books You Won't Be Able To Put Down

Noah Hawley's Before The Fall is everything you could want in a book; drama, romance, with some humor thrown in there. The story is about ten wealthy people who were in a plane crash with only two survivors- Scott Burroughs, a down-on-his-luck painter who happened to get a last minute seat on the flight, and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family. The novel continues to explore the relationship between Scott and the young boy after the crash, with many dramatic twists ahead.

Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett explores the lives of two families over five decades who spend summers together in Virginia. They forged a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them. This book will have you alternating between crying, and laughing the whole time.

Fans of Jodi Picoult will go crazy over her latest novel, Small Great Things, which explores the relationship between race, privilege, and compassion. Ruth Jefferson is an African-American nurse who comes into an encounter with white supremacist parents who doesn't want Ruth to touch their child in need. The next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene to save the life of the child even though it could cost her her job?

Hopefully, these activities will keep you sane until that snow melts away!

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