Bored during quarantine? Recommendations from the whole community!


By Abby Keenley

Below are three lists of books, television shows, and movies with suggestions from our very own Branson faculty and students.

Lori Deibel, our beloved librarian, has a wonderful resource on the Haiku Library Page. With almost all public libraries closed due to shelters-in-place and campus closure, Overdrive is an easy way to access these titles using your Branson account. From the Library tab on Haiku, click Overdrive E-books and sign in.

Titles with ** are some of my favorites.



A Pleasure and A Calling by Phil Hogan

Arc of a Scythe Series by Neal Shusterman

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean

Warcross by Marie Lu

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Emmie Ruth Lang

The Shining by Stephen King

The Brothers K by David James Duncan

Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler

Emma by Jane Austen

All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren

The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman**

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Exhalation by Ted Chiang

The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction by Richard Bausch

Story of Your Life and Others (a collection of sci-fi short stories) by Ted Chiang

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline**

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

 Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

White Fang by Jack London

The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall**


Movies (and where to find them):

Finding Nemo (Disney+)

Space Jam (Amazon Video)

Monsters vs Aliens (Amazon Video)

The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Netflix)

When Harry Met Sally (Hulu, Amazon Video)

Knives Out (Amazon Video)**

Lone Star (Amazon Video)

Do the Right Thing (Amazon Video, iTunes)

Arrival (Amazon Video, iTunes)

Cool Hand Luke (Amazon Video, iTunes)

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Amazon Video, Hulu, iTunes)

Apocalypse Now (iTunes, HBO Go, HBO Now)

The Great Escape (Amazon Video, Hulu, iTunes)

The Sound of Music (Amazon Video, iTunes, Disney+)**

American Sniper (Amazon Video, iTunes)

Saving Private Ryan (Amazon Video, iTunes)

Die Hard (Amazon Video, Hulu, iTunes)

Gamenight (Amazon Video)

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (Netflix)**


TV Shows (and where to find them):

SKAM (the original version from Norway)

Sherlock (BBC)

Atypical (Netflix)

The Dragon Prince (Netflix)

The Mandalorian (Disney+)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Hulu, NBC)**

The Good Place (Netflix)

Hunters (Amazon Prime)

Silicon Valley (Hulu, HBO, Amazon Video)

Little House on the Prairie (Amazon Video)

Seinfeld (Hulu, Amazon Video)

A Letter for the King (Netflix)**

Homeland (Hulu, Showtime)