You made it! I see you’ve gathered your supplies.
If you read my last post, introducing The Couch Fort Files, you should be prepared. You’ve got all the various popcorns, ice cream sundae toppings, and rehydrating drinks that any Couch Fort adventurer might require.
Are you snuggled into the perfect array of cushions, pillows, and blankets Do you have a cuddly animal (real or plush) to keep you company?
Perfect. Let’s begin!
And it is ambitious. There’s a lot here. But! As wee-baby-Katie was always encouraged, “You can do anything you put your mind to!”
Confident-baby-Katie might then have been seen dragging a chair over to the VCR – all on her own. She could watch The Little Mermaid without waiting for a grown-up now, because she put her mind to it.
So, let’s put our minds to our new job, shall we? We can do it!
Whether, at the end of this project, I do or do not manage to finish this list, remains to be seen. At the very least, you can get some inspiration for your own list.
Finally (Drrrumrrroll): The List!
Let’s all drag our proverbial chairs over to our proverbial VCR and hit play together.
- The Starless Sea – Erin Morgenstern
- Dangerous Alliance: An Austentacious Romance – Jennieke Cohen
- The Bookish Life of Nina Hill – Abbi Waxman
- Woven in Moonlight – Isabel Ibañez
- The Guinevere Deception: Camelot Rising, Book 1 – Kiersten White
- Enchantée – Gita Trelease
- Sky Without Stars (System Divine Book 1) – Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell
- Hello Girls – Brittany Cavallaro & Emily Henry
- Valentine – Elizabeth Wetmore
- Beach Read – Emily Henry
- Untamed – Glennon Doyle
- Braving the Wilderness – Brené Brown
- Call Down The Hawk (The Dreamer Trilogy, Book 1) – Maggie Stiefvater
- Get In Trouble – Kelly Link
- Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance – Ruth Emmie Lang
- Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward
- Circe – Madeline Miller
- Artemis – Andy Weir
- The Philosopher’s Flight – Tom Miller
- The Fifth Season (Broken Earth Trilogy, Book 1) – N.K. Jemison
- The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton
- Probable Claws – Rita Mae Brown
- The Vanished Birds – Simon Jimenez
- Lucky Caller – Emma Lee
- Jade City – Fonda Lee
- Hey Ladies! – Michelle Markowitz
- Followers – Megan Angelo
- Love Lettering – Kate Clayborn
- Keep Going – Austin Kleon
- Growing Gills – Jessica Abel
THE TV SHOWS
- Doc Martin (Acorn TV)
- Dispatches from Elsewhere (AMC on Demand)
- Devs (FX on Hulu)
- Bosch (Amazon Prime)
- Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu)
- Shrill (Hulu)
- Baskets (Hulu)
- Miracle Workers (TBS on Demand)
- The Morning Show (Apple TV+)
- Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet (Apple TV+)
- Homecoming (Amazon Prime)
- Sharp Objects (HBO)
- Fleabag (Amazon Prime)
- Documentary Now! (IFC)
- Russian Doll (Netflix)
- Umbrella Academy (Netflix)
- Under the Silver Lake (Amazon Prime)
- Brittany Runs a Marathon (Amazon Prime)
- Late Night (Amazon Prime)
- Always Be My Maybe (Netflix)
- Dolemite Is My Name (Netflix)
- Honey Boy (Amazon Prime)
- Troop Zero (Amazon Prime)
- Paterson (Amazon Prime)
- Lost City of Z (Amazon Prime)
Remember, The Couch Fort Files List is a living document. I will absolutely continue to add, delete or revise as I go.
Do you need some surefire hits to add to your list? If you can’t think of any, you can peruse the following section for some ideas.
PREVIOUSLY CONSUMED AND HIGHLY RECOMMENDED DELIGHTS!
- The Murderbot Diaries is a brilliant and hilarious 4-novella sci-fi series by Martha Wells. It has a full-length novel sequel coming in May!
- Mr. Robot is an intense hacker TV series available on Amazon Prime. RAMI MALEK & CHRISTIAN SLATERRR!!
- Schitt’s Creek is the most indescribably hilarious and heartfelt Canadian TV series you could ever want. It’s available on Netflix or Pop OnDemand – or CBC Gem in Canada.
- Legion is a trippy, mind-blowing, and frequently scary X-Men-adjacent FX TV series. It’s available on Hulu.
- Chef is a sweet and delicious Jon Favreau movie about a chef opening a Cuban-inspired food truck. It’s available on Netflix
- Dark is a very dark (no, seriously DARK) sci-fi German TV series revolving around the consequences of time-travel. It’s available on Netflix (there are subtitles).
- She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is a fantastic animated series reboot of the original She-Ra. It’s available on Netflix
- Garth Marenghi’s Dark Place is a preposterous and unexplainably funny horror-parody TV series. You can find it for free on YouTube
- The Mandalorian is the super buzzed-about Star Wars TV series (Baby Yoda – need I say more??). It’s available on Disney+.
- Singstreet is an infectiously fun Boy George/80s-inspired movie. It’s available on Netflix.
- Unicorn Store is a darling and magical Brie Larson movie (she writes and directs as well)! It’s available on Netflix.
- Well Met is a super fun, sweet, and slightly spicy romance novel by Jen DeLuca, set at a Ren Faire! SO CUTE.
- GLOW is a hilarious 80s-set dramedy series (with the MOST amazing female cast), set in the world of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. It’s available on Netflix.
- Superstore is a goofy retail-based NBC comedy series set in a Target-like big box store. It’s available to stream on Hulu.
- True Detective, Season 1, the first (and, hands-down, the best) season of True Detective. Director Cary Joji Fukunaga and actors Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey created absolute magic. It’s available to stream on HBO Go.
- Maniac is a genre-bending, weird, yet strangely heartwarming series, with Jonah Hill and Emma Stone (ALSO directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, cuz he’s brilliant). It’s available on Netflix.
- Derry Girls is a riotously funny comedy series about four Irish teen girls in the 1990s during the Catholic/Protestant conflict. It’s available on Netflix.
(Fair warning: before setting up an all-family watch party for any of the above, double-check ratings on, say, IMDB!)
Okay, I know I’ve finally got my makeshift-Snuggie in the perfect position, but I want to check in with you before I go.
Do you need one last bathroom break before we get going? Extra whipped cream and sprinkles on your sundae? NOW’S THE TIME!
Join me in my virtual Couch Fort Kingdom (aka private Facebook group), and tell me what you’re starting with!
Stay tuned as I update with reviews and brilliant epiphanies and extra bits!
And share yours too – along with any fun projects you’re creating, if that’s your mode of quarantine survival.
Any and all creative coping mechanisms are allowed and encouraged in the fort!