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The coronavirus pandemic has brought countries around the world to a virtual standstill and has millions of us at home for the foreseeable future. You’re indoors, we’re indoors, Ellen Degeneres is indoors… almost everybody is indoors. And whether you’re working from home or just chilling, it’s good to take a break from the headlines or simply just to pass the time.

With schools, movie theaters, bars, and restaurants all closed, we’re all in need of some distractions while we’re at home. Thankfully, there are many shows, movies, and books that offer an escape and some comfort in what seems like a storm of distressing news.

Not sure what to watch or read? We’ve got your back. We asked some of our team what they’re currently watching and reading, to give you some ideas. Let’s get right into it!

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Dolev, Security Engineer

Currently watching:

Shark Tank. I get inspired by crazy innovative ideas and how people grind and become successful.

Currently reading:

The Phoenix Project. Understanding business priorities and overcoming tough situations at work is important for me, this book helps me understand leadership better.

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Megha, Data & Machine Learning Engineer

Currently watching:

I’m currently watching The Leftovers. It has been entertaining so far and deals with the different ways people deal with the aftermath of 2% of the world’s population disappearing suddenly. Also watching Tiger King, but let’s face it, who isn’t?

Currently reading:

I just finished reading Embassytown by China Mieville. It got off to a rocky start but it got much better towards the end. The story is set in the far future, and revolves around an alien species with a very unique language, and how humans interact with them.

Nadeem, Operations

Currently watching:

I just finished watching Tiger King. It was a rollercoaster of weirdness, but I loved it. I’m looking for the next binge now.

Currently reading:

The Day The World Came to Town by Jim DeFede. It’s a book full of funny and feel-good stories of airline passengers from all over the world stranded in Gander, Newfoundland during the 9/11 crisis.

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John, UI/UX Designer

Currently watching:

I’m currently watching Jack Ryan on Amazon. I read the Tom Clancy books as a kid so naturally, when Amazon made a TV series with an actor as good as John Kradzinski I was in.

Sofia, Office Administrator

Currently watching:

Brooklyn Nine-Nine! It’s a hilarious show, I’d highly recommend.

Currently reading:

Articles online on how to DIY disinfectant wipes.

Aditya, Web Developer

Currently watching:

Tiger King and Parks and Recreation (for the 5th time). I love Parks and Rec, and I like to watch it whenever I’m eating.

Currently reading:

That Will Never Work by Marc Randolph. A great book about the early days of Netflix, alongside that I am also reading The Intelligent Investor.

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Jeff, Software Engineer

Currently watching:

I watched a few pilot episodes (The Blacklist, Avenue 5, High Maintenance), but they mostly lost my interest so I’ve fallen back into watching repeats of Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Currently reading:

I’ve been listening to audiobooks recently. Right now I’m listening to a book of short stories by David Sedaris.

Robert, Mobile Application Developer

Currently watching:

Kingdom, a South Korean TV series on Netflix, which tells a story around a very deadly and mysterious plague. I’m rewatching Season 1 along with the newly released Season 2.

Currently reading:

Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond, a well-known and fascinating book about human history, inspected from a very interesting and fundamental angle. I’m also reading How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems by Randall Munroe, a very casual, delightful and inspirational book explaining the most common but very useful science with real-world scenarios and problems.

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Bruno, Software Engineer

Currently watching:

I am currently watching season 3 of Ozark. It has an outstanding cast and the plot is very intriguing. I never know what’s going to happen next.

Currently reading:

I just started reading 1984 by George Orwell.

Anurag, Engineer

Currently watching:

I’ve started watching Parks and Recreation (I watch almost 6-7 episodes a day!)

Currently reading:

Nothing right now, but I’ve been spending a lot more time cooking, which I love to do!

Naqiyah, Growth & Strategy

Currently watching:

I’m rewatching The Sopranos. I also just started Vikings on Netflix – if you love Game of Thrones, you’d really like it.

Currently reading:

Anne of Green Gables. I’ve also been reading my daughter, Dr. Suess, every night.

Kay, Android Developer

Currently watching:

I am watching Ozark season 3 right now, which just came out. What I like about the show is I can’t easily guess how the story will move forward and how it will end. I especially love the actor’s acting skills.

Currently reading:

I am reading Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire. I think this is my 3rd time reading it but I am surprised how fun it is.

Amy, Customer Care

Currently watching:

I’m re-watching Psych on Amazon Prime. It’s a great show to have in the background while I work. Plus, it’s funny and entertaining which is just what we all need right now! Also, there are so many clever jokes and references that I always get something new out of it every time I watch it.

Currently reading:

I just finished Invisible Women by Caroline Criado-Pérez. It’s a super interesting book about data bias and the gender data gap. It’s a great book to open an interesting perspective and has lead to some awesome and insightful discussions.

Edward, Operations

Currently watching:

I am currently re-watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It’s a very funny show and always makes me laugh. I didn’t like it originally when I first watched it but I grew to love it!

Currently reading:

Not reading a book currently, but I do look up various articles online about anything and everything that catches my interest, which usually sends me into a deep hole of researching about it…

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Nish, Product

Currently watching:

Right now I’m watching Hunters. It’s a really fun show on Amazon Prime, but I only watch one episode a week to make the season last longer.

Currently reading:

I’ve been listening to the Tim Ferris show now more than ever. His show with Josh Waitzkin on self-actualization and advice from your future self is very thought-provoking, especially during quarantine – I’d recommend checking it out.

Steven, HR

Currently watching:

Bad Boys III – I’ve been doing a re-run of bad boys trilogy since I really miss the old action movies from back in the day. I’m also watching Black Lightning. I’ve always been a huge comic book nerd, so when I found out they made Black Lightning into a live-action tv-show, I had to check it out. I’m on Season 3 right now!

Currently reading:  

I always read 1 fiction and non-fiction at the same time. So, I’m reading Throne of Glass, since I heard it was a popular series, as well as A Random Walk down Wall Street. It’s a book about stocks for beginners and with the market the way it is, I wanted to learn more about stocks and investments!

Hanisha, Marketing

Currently watching:

I’m re-watching Friends on Netflix. It’s a classic that I never get bored of, so I normally have it on in the background. I also just finished Tiger King which was… interesting.

Currently reading:

I’m almost done reading Atomic Habits by James Clear. It’s a really interesting book on how you can build good habits and break bad ones. Next up is You Are the Placebo by Dr. Joe Dispenza, which I’ve heard amazing things about.

Marc-Antoine, Engineer

Currently watching:

Castlevania on Netflix. Castlevania is an animated web series based on the video games of the same name.

Phil, Facility Manager

Currently watching:

Magicians, Picard, and West World. All are SCI-FI and just allow me to think about other things that are SO different from what everyone is thinking about right now!

Currently reading:

I’ve never been a big reader, but I recently subscribed to the Motley Fool – Stock Newsletters. They are helping me to keep up building my newfound joy of investing.

Harinder Takhar, CEO

Currently watching:  

I barely watch TV/Netflix, but recently my son has become obsessed with the show Young Sheldon, so we all watch it during dinner time.

Currently reading:

What You Do Is Who You Are by Ben Horowitz. This is the second book by the author. We used to give his first book (The Hard Thing About Hard Things) to everyone who joined the company. Outside of reading, I find time to write a couple of hours a week. It’s mostly out of my fondness for using fountain pens with weird colored inks, however, I do believe reading and writing go hand in hand.

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Hopefully, these recommendations can help you out the next time you’re stuck on what to watch or read. If you’re looking for more ideas of things to do while you’re at home, check out our recent post for 14 ways to stay busy while physical distancing.

Want to watch one of the most recent movie hits? Some of last year’s Oscar-nominated movies are now available to stream, rent or purchase, including:

  • The Irishman” (what better time to watch this three-hour-plus film…) and “Marriage Story,” – both are on Netflix.
  • Parasite,” “Knives Out,” “Uncut Gems,” “Ford v Ferrari,” “1917,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” – all are available for rent on iTunes, Amazon and other digital video platforms

Let us know what you’re currently reading and watching by tweeting us at @paytmcanada. 💙