PRO TIP: watching “how it’s made” is SUCH a good way to combat an anxiety attack! There’s soothing music, a soothing narrator who’s intonation never changes (narrators never yell or change their speaking pace), it’s engaging enough to keep you occupied but doesn’t force you to think too hard!
also sometimes the narrator makes bad puns
- Aokigahara: Suicide Forest
- How to Mend a Broken Heart
- How Much is Your Dead Body Worth?
- I Am Alive
- The Dark Side of Porn: The Real Animal Farm
- Real Life Hannibal Lecters
- Pornography: The Secret History of Civilisation
- Louis Theroux- Extreme Love: Dementia
- Graphic Sexual Horror
- Saving Face
- Mental: A History of the Madhouse
- National Geographic: Moment of Death
- Elephant Man Autopsy
- SICK: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan
- Blood & Guts: A History of Surgery
- National Geographic: Secrets of the Body Farm
- My Flesh and Blood
- Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die
- Bulgaria’s Abandoned Children
In no particular order, though, but these are some of my favourite documentaries, for various reasons.
I should mention that most (if not all) of these documentaries call for viewer discretion, as some do deal with topics/imagery that can be disturbing/offensive to some people.
- little brother by cory doctorow - it’s about a teenage hacker and his group of badass friends who try to overthrow the government and it’s cool as hell. i’ve read this book at least five times just because i thoroughly enjoy the experience of reading it. awesome book.
- ready player one by ernest cline - set in the year 2044 where everyone is continually hooked up into a virtual reality videogame and then the creator of the game puts a virtual scavenger hunt into the game that promises immense money and power to whoever finds the final prize. if you like video games you will love this book, there are references EVERYWHERE to classic games. plus it’s just a fun book. you will feel like a geek but in a good way.
- game of thrones series by george r.r. martin - yes, i did read every single one of these books. yes, they were all awesome. if you like the show, not reading the books is basically blasphemy. there are a fair amount of smaller storylines and minor characters in the books that didn’t make it into the show, and i think it’s interesting to note those discrepancies. i was initially worried about the length of these books but honestly they are super quick reads. the story is amazing and martin writes beautifully. you won’t be disappointed.
- john dies at the end by david wong - they made a movie out of this but it sucks, just read the book, trust me. anyway this book is about a world where a drug called soy sauce begins to make the rounds - except it gives the users a window into another dimension where terrible beings and forces from that dimension can fuck with them. this book is absolutely ridiculous but so much fun to read - i’d definitely take this one to the beach. the pages fly by because the plot is just so downright absurd that you can’t help but love it.
- the secret history by donna tartt - this is a different kind of geeky: a classics kind of geeky. i was given this book as a high school graduation present from my latin teacher and i’m so glad i was. it’s a super intriguing mystery about a bunch of students at a new england liberal arts college who connect with each other through their latin class and under the influence of their eccentric classics professor. basically they do some fucked up shit. it’s not the best book in the world (it was tartt’s first novel) but it’s a super good beach read as well, just because the plot grips you almost immediately. kinda dark, but in a cool philosophical way.
hope this helps some people!! if you ever want book recommendations or want me to review a book or anything please let me know because i honestly love doing that kinda stuff!! :)
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Out of My Mind (MC uses a wheelchair and learns to communicate via assistive tech)
Say What You Will (MC uses a walker and computerized voice box)
Summer on the Short Bus (secondary characters)
The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin (MC uses sign language)
El Deafo (MC uses hearing aid)
Five Flavors of Dumb (MC uses sign language)
Invincible Summer (secondary character; uses sign language)
Wonderstruck (one MC is deaf in one ear, other MC is completely deaf)
100 Sideways Miles
Otherbound (MC communicates via sign language)
Freaks Like Us
Before I Die (leukemia)
The Fault in our Stars (thyroid cancer with metastasis forming in her lungs)
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (secondary character; leukemia)
Side Effects May Vary (leukemia)
WHEELCHAIR USERS (not including those already listed in other categories)
Knife (secondary character)
Rules (secondary character)
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