Moms Must Read:
Five Hot Movie & TV Reads This Spring

Spring is a time for renewal and for trying new things. The weather is getting warmer and people are finally able to step outside to enjoy the weather without the burden of heavy winter gear. Spring is also the time when new books, TV shows, and movies come out. There’s nothing more exciting than binge reading the latest book sitting outside in the warm sun, is there? 

Spring is also a great time for binge watching your favorite TV show. I just recently got caught up on Outlander Season 2 and plan to read book 3 this summer.  Other popular TV shows started as books: The Mortal Instruments and The Magicians.  And of course, let’s not forget how wildly popular The Help and Hidden Figures were in book form and at the movie theater. If you’re into books and movies, following are five hot reads this spring.

1.The Shack by
William Paul Young

The Shack is a work of fiction purchased mostly by Christians. It’s been on the New York Times Bestseller list for years. I mean YEARS. So, there must be something good about the book, right? The premise: a father struggles with the brutal death of one of his children and he grapples with his spiritual beliefs afterwards. I think that’s probably true of most people: we ask a higher power for answers during difficult times.  There’s good reason to believe that others  might  find the book useful when trying to cope and heal from a tragedy. It was no surprise when The Shack was turned into a psychological drama starring Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures).  

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2. Before I Fall
by Lauren Oliver

Here’s another story that forces you to consider life and death. In Before I Fall,  teen queen Samantha dies on the most important day of her life and has to relive that day over and over and over. This premise feels like Groundhog Day for teens. Will she finally get it right?

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3. Big Little Lies
by Liane Moriarty

“…a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.”

In Big Little Lies, something bad happens in a town that seems perfect, but just under the surface are domestic violence, eating disorders and other disturbing behaviors. Perhaps that’s why HBO picked the book up as a mini series; there’s so much back story to uncover. Darkly humorous, with storylines most of us can relate to, I’m totally putting this on my summer TBR list. And maybe I’ll binge watch the series too.  

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4.  Thirteen Reasons Why
by Jay Asher 

The Thirteen Reasons Why  Netflix series also started out as a very successful book. A girl commits suicide and names several (13) students as reasons why she took her own life. This title appears on many required reading lists for good reason. We need to keep talking about suicide ideation until we can get to teens before they take their own lives. A heavy topic for sure and one that has sent a lot of people to Facebook looking for answers or to discuss the horrible behaviors the series portrays: victim blaming.  

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5. Beauty and the Beast 

Did you know that Beauty and the Beast started out as a fairy tale published in a magazine? Written centuries ago by a French woman, it has been edited and adapted to resemble the story we love today. The famous love story has been translated into an Italian fairytale, a Russian tale told from the Beast’s point of view, been placed in modern day New York City, adapted as a graphic novel, and countless other versions. Moviegoers have been enjoying the film version since 1946. In the 90s Disney released the animated version which is probably the most popular version (remember the voice of Angela Lansbury as Mrs Potts?). That is, until our beloved Hermione, Emma Watson, plays Belle, in the recent release which is getting rave reviews. I guess we will never get tired of the ultimate love story?

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Did you see a book or two that interests you?  Whether you’re a fan of the big screen or love to binge watch a TV series, you should be able to find something to occupy your free time this Spring. Or, grab a cup of tea and engage in some difficult discussion regarding life, death, or marriage.  As always, please keep up with your friends who might be considering suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.