Media Reviews

With being stuck at home for the majority of our lives now, many people have been finding new hobbies or sources of entertainment. Whether it is binging shows on Netflix, trying out new recipes, or getting sucked into compelling storylines of novels, everyone has been finding ways to stay busy. If you have reached the end of your “to-watch” and “to-read” lists, then this article is for you. 

BOOKS:

Where the Crawdads Sing by Celia Owens:

A novel that will not fail to keep you on the edge of your seat. The intricate storyline that jumps back and forth between the slowly intertwining “now” and “past” creates undeniable suspense. Throughout the story, the reader follows the protagonist, Kya, also known as the Marsh Girl, and her endeavors as a once abandoned child who was left to fend for herself. You meet numerous fascinating characters; however, the only question that will stay on your mind is “Who killed Chased Andrews?” While truly grabbing your attention with suspense, you will also fall under the spell of enchanting descriptions of nature that the zoologist author provides. 

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton:

A classic coming-of-age novel told from the perspective of a familiar to many Ponyboy. Set in the 1960’s, the reader fully immerses themself into the rivalry between two gangs, sympathizing with one side, and developing unpleasant feelings towards the other. Although not a very long or intricate storyline, one of the main topics entwined into the plot is the socio-economic division of the society. The story also explores a family-like dynamic between the 3 brothers, Ponyboy, Sodapop, and Darry, and the rest of the “gang” members, known as the Greasers. 

TV SHOWS:

Money Heist:

An extremely well thought out TV show that leaves you shocked after every episode. The Professor, the mastermind of the gang, seeks out the most talented criminals in Spain, and offers them to take part in the grandest heist in history, which he has been planning for half of his life. With an elaborate plan that the identity-less, characters named for cities study and prepare for months, they go into the Bank of Spain, and the show begins. It is difficult not to get attached to the characters, to not sympathize with them, or to not pick any favorites. The show will suck you in and leave you wanting more after every episode.

The Umbrella Academy:

A recent Netflix original inspired by The Umbrella Academy comic book series, written by Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Bá. Although it may seem like a childish plot about superpowered siblings trying to save the world from undergoing an apocalypse, the intricate details, unique ideas, and mind-blowing production all hook you into the show. Each character reveals their own backstory, and the talented actors handpicked for the roles do not fail to add their personal touch to their roles. Only a few episodes into the first season, all you can think about is what causes the end of the world, whether the Umbrella Academy will stop it, and, if so, how. And the newly released second season does not disappoint! The intrigue is just as remarkable as the one from the previous season and will easily catch anyone’s attention.

PODCASTS:

The Michelle Obama Podcast:

Who doesn’t want to get an insight on the personal life of the former first lady Michelle Obama? In her podcast, she explores her relationships with friends and family, shares stories from her childhood, family, and time as the first lady, while also bringing  up topics of current importance, sharing her beliefs and ideas regarding them. Her very easy to listen, conversational way of structuring the podcast lets the listeners engage in meaningful discussions, and explore their thoughts without feeling like they are taking in a ton of heavy information. 

We Bought a House:

The most lifestyle podcast out there. A celebrity producer Finneas, who is mostly known for his work with his sister, Billie Eilish, and his lifestyle YouTuber girlfriend, Claudia Sulewski, decided to spice up their quarantine life by creating this podcast. It is super easy to listen while on a walk, a ride, or even when falling asleep. The listener gets an insight on the couple’s everyday life and activities, as well as interesting stories from the past, ranging from getting an AC fixed, to their adventures at the Oscars and Grammys.

TAKE OUT PLACES:

Om Indian Cuisine:

Address: 1668 Haight St

Phone number: (415) 525-3705

An extremely affordable, delicious Indian restaurant that will not leave you hungry. Their variety of curries, vegetable, meat and fish dishes, appetizers, drinks, and desserts make it difficult to settle on just one choice. The portions are very generous, especially for its price. A curry could be easily shared between two people and still fill you up. The food is prepared very promptly after the order, so your stomach will not be growling for long. 

Vanida Thai Kitchen on Taraval Street:

Address: 3050 Taraval St

Phone number: (415) 564-6766

A delicious Thai restaurant easily accessible to anyone that lives in the Sunset. They offer a variety of starters, rice dishes, noodles, and vegetable and meat dishes. Fairly affordable for the amount of food given, the flavor of which never fails to be exquisite. Most dishes can easily be stored in the fridge and still taste just as good the following day. So, if you ever get a craving for Thai food, this is your place!