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7 Things You Should Definitely Do This Week

What to read, watch, play, and eat.

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1. Watch 13th.

Netflix

"It is a MUST SEE," says Elizabeth of Selma director Ava DuVarnay's newest effort, an unflinching and essential documentary about race and incarceration in America. It's not easy watching, but it is important, and the Oscar nominated director brings artistry and powerful narrative to the tough subject.

Watch it on Netflix.

Alternatively, check out Season 3 of Transparent on Amazon Prime.

2. Read Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland.

Hot Key Books

New on the YA scene this month is Krystal Sutherland's charming story of first love. It follows Henry, a hopeless but out of luck romantic, and Grace, a closed off new girl struggling to cope. The synopsis may sound cliché, but don't be fooled: it's all part of Sutherland's successful effort to dismantle the tropes of romantic teen fiction. Funny, big-hearted and bittersweet, it's an absolute gem of a book.

Buy a copy here.

For something shorter, check out this wonderful essay about cooking and mental health.

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3. Listen to Midnight Room by Springtime Carnivore.

Autumn Tone

You might recognise Greta Morgan (Salpeter) as the former vocalist/pianist of naughties indie bands The Hush Sound and Gold Motel. In 2014, she moved on to her newest project, Springtime Carnivore, releasing a sophomore record last week. Like 2014's self-titled album before it, Midnight Room is dreamy AF, and heavy with Morgan's gorgeous lyrics and emotional melodies. It's a perfect autumn weekend album in my book, and here's hoping there will be more where that came from (but also that The Hush Sound would just reunite already, jfc).

Listen on Spotify.

Not into it? Would recommend the audiobook version of Miranda Hart's Peggy and Me, read by the author.

4. Play Mom Hid My Game (or something?)

OK, I'm not actually sure what it's called, thanks to some weird translation errors, but Rachael and Ikran are really into this one.

I think this review on iTunes really sells it: "Every now and then you stumble across an app in the sea of games that is nearly hidden, underrated and brilliant. This is one of those games. Extremely simple yet challenging at times, this somewhat short Japanese game is well made and silly. The humor is mixed in well, usually as you fail at your task of using tools to find your game that mom has hidden from you. Different combinations of tool use can help you or hurt you in what I would call similar to a "Room Escape" game.

Watch out for the creepy surprises! And of course, 'Momma!'."

Get it for iOS and Android here.

If that's not your thing, check out the very chill Flowy.

5. Cook these feta-stuffed falafel burgers.

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If you haven't got physical heart eyes right now, what is wrong with you? Honestly though, these seriously impressive veggie burgers are a MUST for the last few weeks before we've moved officially into WINTER FOOD territory.

Get the recipe here.

For something sweeter, try these gingerbread chocolate truffles.

6. Try perfecting your martini skills.

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What better way to spend an officially autumnal afternoon than cuddling up in your favourite jumper and practising your your classy cocktail skills? This handy guide will get you up to speed in no time, no Bond-level wardrobe required.

(Bonus: toss on the already recommended Midnight Room for instant mood music.)

Not feeling boozy? Pick up one of these inexpensive hobbies.

7. Follow Chris Riddell on Instagram.

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The UK Children's Laureate is just such a delight on Instagram, where he posts regular sketches #nofilter. From funny animals to stunning portraits of people on the train, to illustrated event notes, his feed is never boring and always good looking.

Follow him here.

Or check out Present & Correct on Twitter for a daily dose of design.

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