Popular new movies, TV shows, books worth snuggling up with

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After the hubbub of the holiday season and the excitement of the New Year — and New Year’s resolutions — February can feel a bit jaded. The temperatures are cold and the days are still short. There’s not much you can do outdoors in freezing Ohio, so most activity takes place indoors.

Whether you live alone or share a space with a partner, roommates or family, there are plenty of books, cookbooks, movies and shows to keep you busy in this otherwise slow season.

BOOKS

Grab a cup of coffee or tea and curl up on the couch with one of these reads.

1. “Beautiful World, Where Are You” by Sally Rooney

From the author of the popular “Normal People” comes “Beautiful World, Where Are You”. Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a warehouse, and asks him if he would like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend, Eileen, is recovering from a breakup and starts flirting with Simon, a man she has known since childhood. Alice, Felix, Eileen and Simon are still young, but life is catching up with them. They desire each other, they delude each other, they come together, they separate. They have sex, they worry about sex, they worry about their friendships and the world they live in. Are they standing in the last lighted room before dark, testifying to something? Will they find a way to believe in a beautiful world?

2. “The Last Thing He Said to Me” by Laura Dave

We all have stories we never tell. Before Owen Michaels disappears, he manages to get a word out to his beloved wife of a year: Protect her.

3. “Malibu Rising” by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of summer. But over the course of 24 hours, their lives will change forever.

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4. “Why We Sleep” by Matthew Walker

Neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker offers a groundbreaking exploration of sleep, examining how it affects every aspect of our physical and mental well-being. Showcasing the most advanced scientific breakthroughs and bringing together his decades of research and clinical practice, Walker explains how we can harness sleep to improve learning, mood and energy levels, regulate hormones, prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes, slow the effects of aging, and increase longevity. It also provides actionable steps to get a better night’s sleep every night.

5. “Under the Whispering Door” by TJ Klune

“Under the Whispering Door” is a contemporary fantasy about a ghost who refuses to cross and the ferryman he falls in love with.

6. “People We Meet on Vacation” by Emily Henry

Two best friends. Ten summer trips. One last chance to fall in love.

7. “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig

A dazzling novel about all the choices that go into a life well lived, from the international bestselling author of ‘Reasons to Stay Alive’ and ‘How To Stop Time’.

8. “Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know” by Adam Grant

“Think Again” is a book about the benefit of the doubt and how we can better embrace the unknown and the joy of being wrong. Evidence has shown that creative geniuses are not attached to an identity but are constantly willing to rethink their positions and that leaders who admit they don’t know something and seek out critical feedback lead more productive and innovative teams.

9. “Crying in H Mart” by Michelle Zauner

An unwavering and powerful memoir about growing up as a Korean American, losing his mother, and forging his own identity.

10. “Just As I Am” by Cicely Tyson

“As I am” is my truth. This is me, plain and unvarnished, with the sequins and garland aside. Here I am indeed Cicely, the actress who has been blessed to be on stage and screen for six decades. Yet I am also the church girl who in the past rarely spoke a word. I am the teenager who sought solace in the lines of the old hymn for which this book is named. I am a daughter and a mother, a sister and a friend. I am an observer of human nature and the dreamer of bold dreams. I am a woman who has hurt as immeasurably as I have loved, a child of God divinely guided by his hand. And here, in my ninth decade, I am a woman who finally has something meaningful to say.

11. “How to do nothing: Resist the attention economy” by Jenny Odell

When the technologies we use every day transform our experiences into 24/7 availability, personal branding platforms and products to monetize, nothing can be as drastic as… doing nothing. Here, Jenny Odell sends a flare from the heart of Silicon Valley, offering an action plan to resist capitalist narratives of productivity and techno-determinism, and to become more meaningfully connected in the process.

COOKBOOKS

Grab one of these cookbooks, head to the grocery store to buy some ingredients, and head into the kitchen to try out a new recipe.

1. “Simply Julia: 110 Easy Recipes for Healthy Comfort Foods” by Julia Turshen

New York Times bestselling cookbook author Julia Turshen returns with her first collection of recipes featuring a healthier take on the simple and satisfying comfort food she’s known for.

2. “Cook This Book: Techniques That Teach and Recipes To Repeat” by Molly Baz

If you seek out, celebrate and obsess over good food but lack the skills and confidence to prepare it at home, you have just won a ticket to a life filled with supreme delights. “Cook This Book” is a fundamental new kind of cookbook from Molly Baz, who’s here to teach you absolutely everything she knows and equip you with the tools to become a better, more efficient cook.

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3. “Half Baked Harvest Super Simple” by Tieghan Gerard

Tieghan Gerard is known, both on her blog and in her first cookbook, “Half Baked Harvest Cookbook”, for her stunningly beautiful meals and thoughtful recipes that taste even better than they look. . “Half Baked Harvest Super Simple” takes what fans loved the most from its debut and promises all those comforting, freshly made recipes distilled into faster, more manageable dishes using trending techniques that sell – at all – powerful Instant Pot at night- before meal preparation.

4. “The Great British Baking Show: A Bake for All Seasons” by Great British Baking Show Bakers, Paul Hollywood

‘A Bake for All Seasons’ is The Great British Baking Show’s ode to nature, filled with timely baked goods lovingly created to showcase seasonal ingredients and draw inspiration from changing moods and events in the world. year.

5. “Once Upon a Chef: Weeknight/Weekend: 70 Quick Fix Weeknight Dinners + 30 Succulent Weekend Recipes” by Jennifer Segal

Years before launching her popular blog, when she became a new mom, Jennifer Segal kept a recipe binder divided into two sections: Weeknight and Weekend. That’s how she thought about what to cook for dinner, and 18 years later, she still does. In this versatile collection, you’ll find 70 recipes for quick and easy weeknight meals and 30 recipes for slow, soothing weekend cooking.

TV SHOWS

There are so many great shows out there, and we snagged eight of them that we think you’ll enjoy.

1. “Love Life” on HBO Max

Romantic comedy anthology series about the journey from first love to lasting love, and how the people we’re with along the way make us who we are when we finally end up with someone forever. The first season follows Darby (Anna Kendrick) after a quick romance and breakup; in season two, the focus shifts to Marcus (William Jackson Harper) after his divorce.

2. “The Chair” on Netflix

At a major university, the first woman of color to become president tries to meet the dizzying demands and high expectations of a failing English department.

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3. “Scenes from a Wedding” on HBO Max

“Scenes from a Wedding” is a modern adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s classic Swedish series of the same name, centering on Mira (Jessica Chastain), a confident and ambitious tech executive left unfulfilled by her marriage, and Jonathan (Oscar Isaac) , an accommodating, hyper-intellectual philosophy professor desperate to keep their relationship intact.

4. “And just like that… A new chapter of Sex and the City” on HBO Max

The new chapter of “Sex and the City” follows Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) as they navigate the complicated reality of life and love in their 50s.

5. “Sort of” on HBO Max

Follows a gender-fluid millennial who straddles various identities, exposing identities and labels that no longer apply.

6. “A Million Little Things” on Hulu, ABC

A group of friends band together to help each other through life’s unpredictable vagaries. *Trigger warning: we often talk about suicide.

7. “Maid” on Netflix

After fleeing an abusive relationship, a young mother finds a job as a cleaner as she struggles to provide for her child and build him a better future.

8. “The Great British Baking Show” on Netflix

A batch of talented amateur bakers compete in a

10-week competition, cooking up their best dishes in the hope of being named the best in the UK.

MOVIES

Pop the popcorn, snuggle up to a blanket and turn on one of these movies.

1. “CODA” on Apple TV+

As a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults), Ruby is the only hearing person in her household. When she discovers a passion for singing, Ruby must choose between family obligations and her dreams.

2. “Don’t Look Up” on Netflix

Two astronomers go on a media tour to warn mankind that a planet-killing comet is hurtling towards Earth. The response from a distracted world: Meh. With Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep.

3. “I Care a Lot” on Netflix

A court-appointed legal guardian, played by Rosamund Pike, swindles his older clients and traps them in his custody. But his latest brand comes with an unexpected baggage.

4. “The Father” on Apple TV+, Amazon Prime Video

A man refuses any help from his daughter as he ages and suffers from dementia. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind, and even the fabric of his reality. The film is a little disorienting, as it is from his point of view.

5. “The Guilty” on Netflix

A demoted police officer assigned to a call dispatch office is conflicted when he receives an emergency phone call from a kidnapped woman. With Jake Gyllenhaal.

6. “Sound of Metal” on Amazon Prime Video

A heavy metal drummer’s life goes into a tailspin when he begins to lose his hearing. With Riz Ahmed.

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