2019 is quickly disappearing, so whilst it’s still kind of, (but not quite) at the mid point of the year I thought I would share with you my top entertainment picks for the first half of 2019. Keep reading to find out my favourite books, films, and TV shows that I have watched/read in the first half of this year.
I would love to hear if any of mine match yours, equally I would love to hear if you hated anything that I picked!
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The Jane Austen Book Club (2004) by Karen Joy Fowler
A group of six, (five women, and one man) meet once a month to discuss a different Jane Austen book. Interwoven in their reading and thoughts on each classic title are their own individual lives and hardships.
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (2018) by Stuart Turton
A gripping murder mystery, where Evelyn’s death will keep occurring until the murderer is discovered. As one guest, (Aiden) relives the fateful day over and over, his escape will only come through discovering the identity of the killer. The question is, will he manage to find them before they get to him?
The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) by Margaret Atwood
Enter the dystopian world of The Republic of Gilead, where fertile women are forced to breed for the elite or face death. Meet Offred, who despite the oppression that surrounds her, and the barbaric treatment that she is subjected to, has spirit and desire that cannot be controlled. Will this be enough survive?
The Woman in Black (1983) by Susan Hill
A classic ghost story narrated by Arthur Kipps who recounts his time as a young solicitor, sent to attend the funeral of Alice Drablow and put her legal affairs in order. He soon discovers there are secrets surrounding Alice and her isolated house. As events become more haunting Kipps strives to solve the mystery of the woman in black.
Bird Box (2018)
Something unknown is quickly killing anyone who sees it. With blindfolds as the best defence we follow Malorie as she embarks upon a dangerous mission to reach a place of potential sanctuary with her two children. Will they reach safety before the unknown threat reaches them?
The Boy (2016)
Greta takes a job as nanny to a young boy. Upon her arrival to the family home she is surprised to discover the child is in fact a doll, cared for as if human by a couple who have struggled with the death of their son. Initially believing this will be an easy job, increasingly sinister events take place which lead Greta to believe that the doll may in fact actually be alive.
The Captive (2014)
Parents Matthew and Tina see their marriage fall apart following the disappearance of their young daughter Cassandra. With no clues as to what happened the years pass by. Until, eight years after she vanished when events point to her still being alive.
Murder Mystery (2019)
Years after they married, a couple finally go on their honeymoon to Europe. A chance meeting on the plane leads to them getting caught up in a murder. Wrongly accused of being responsible they must find the real killer in order to clear their names.
The Circle (2017)
Mae has just secured an amazing job opportunity working for a top technology company. It soon becomes too good to be true however when she is convinced to participate in a groundbreaking social experiment that will see not only her life change but the lives of those closest to her. Can she stop it before it is too late?
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Gossip Girl (2007)
The lives of privileged upper east side teenagers are thrust under the spotlight by an anonymous blogger who will ensure all their secrets are laid bare.
Sisters Macy, Mel, and Maggie discover they are powerful witches following the death of their mother. With the power of three, The Charmed Ones must fight for the greater good to protect humanity.
This powerful miniseries recounts the events, including the devastating aftermath, and attempted cover up regarding the nuclear disaster that took place in Chernobyl on 26th April 1986.
Big Little Lies (2017)
Life appears to be great for this group of women, but that is only an illusion. Cracks soon appear, fracturing to the point of murder. The attempt at a coverup leads to more and more lies.
And there’s my favourites, it was certainly easier said than done to narrow them down to what you have just read! What are your top entertainment picks for 2019 so far?
Thanks for reading, I hope that you enjoyed!
Until the next time…Jess x