How to Entertain Yourself During the Coronavirus Outbreak

If you have been asked to “shelter in” and hunker down in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus,  here are a few movies and books (available in audiobook form too) that may be of interest to you.  If you find any of these options particularly entertaining, be sure to share them with friends via email, text, a phone call, Skype or Facetime (if you have an iPhone).  Perhaps you can forget the coronavirus and get in some lively discussions going and exchange ideas with your friends and neighbors.  All movie descriptions and information provided by



March of the Penguins

Oscar-winning nature documentary

Highlight:  Morgan Freeman

Watch it on: Amazon, Netflix, iTunes, Fandango Now, Google Play, YouTube, Vudu.


Knives Out

A star-studded murder mystery – who will inherit the dough?

Highlight:  Christopher Plummer

Watch it on: Amazon, Fandango Now, Google Play, YouTube, iTunes, Vudu.


Downton Abbey: The Movie

PBS hit series about Britain’s aristocratic Crawley clan in the year 1927

Highlight:  Maggie Smith

Watch it on: Amazon, Fandango Now, Google Play, YouTube, Vudu.


A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

The story behind Fred Rogers, the kids’ show host of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.

Highlight:  Tom Hanks

Watch it on: Amazon, Fandango Now, Google Play, YouTube, Apple TV, Vudu.


The Good Liar

An entertaining film about attempted marriage fraud.

Highlight:  Helen Mirren

Watch it on: Amazon, Fandango Now, Google Play, YouTube, Vudu


Apollo 11

Documentary about the first mission to the moon

Highlight:  Buzz Aldrin

Watch it on: Amazon, Fandango Now, Google Play, YouTube, iTunes, Vudu, Hulu



Audiobooks are a terrific way to enjoy books.  Listed below are a variety of books: one from the religion genre, one from the history genre, one from the suspense and thriller genre, and one from the humor genre.  Choose one or choose them all.  Available in audio, hardcover and paperback.  All book descriptions provided by:

By Mark Batterson

The question isn’t whether God speaks. The question is what does He have to say to you? The New York Times bestselling author of The Circle Maker teaches readers how to listen to God.

D-Day Girls
The spies who armed the resistance, sabotaged the nazis, and helped win World War II
By Sarah Rose

The dramatic, untold history of the heroic women recruited by Britain’s elite spy agency to help pave the way for Allied victory in World War II


The Red Lotus
By Chris Bohjalian

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Midwives and The Flight Attendant comes a twisting story of love and deceit: an American man vanishes on a rural road in Vietnam, and his girlfriend, an emergency room doctor trained to ask questions, follows a path that leads her home to the very hospital where they met.

The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth
And other curiosities from the history of medicine
By Thomas Morris

A wryly humorous collection of stories about bizarre medical treatments and cases offers a unique portrait of a bygone era in all its jaw-dropping weirdness.


We hope that everyone reading this blog stays safe at home and does their part to slow the spread of the coronavirus in their community.


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