You guuuuys, I’ve just finished watching season two of Stranger Things and now I have a gargantuan hole in my life so I’m desperate to find ways to fill it without resorting to anything drastic. And I’m sure that plenty of you are now in the same predicament as I am so I’ve thought that I’d make a list of the best books to read after you’ve binged on Netflix’s Stranger Things.
The Best 10 Books to Read After You’ve Binged on Netflix’s Stranger Things
You know that feeling of nostalgia you get when you’re reading one of your favorite books? That’s how I felt the whole time I was reading this. If you love the nostalgic feeling and eerie atmosphere of Stranger Things, this book will be perfect for you. The world and the characters are extremely complex and compelling, and you’ll fall so in love with it.
“Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.You need to read these books after you’ve binged on Netflix’s Stranger Things.Click To Tweet
Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?”
The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Hound of the Baskervilles is by far my favorite Sherlock Holmes novel. This tale is told through the discovery of secrets that are hidden away in the Baskervilles haunted house and come out to play at night, red herrings are thrown in and everyone has a secret – it’s hard not to be caught up in the creepiness and tension.
“Holmes and Watson are faced with their most terrifying case yet. The legend of the devil-beast that haunts the moors around the Baskerville family’s home warns the descendants of that ancient clan never to venture out in those dark hours when the power of evil is exalted. Now, the most recent Baskerville, Sir Charles, is dead and the footprints of a giant hound have been found near his body. Will the new heir meet the same fate?”
Even though The Grownup is only 65 pages long, the story is very layered and the characters are well-developed and will leave you wanting more. It’s very psychological, very scary, and has twists and turns that you won’t see coming. Just remember that just like in Stranger Things, not everything is as it seems…
“A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the “psychic” visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan’s teenage stepson, doesn’t help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.”
Guillermo del Toro is truly the master of dark fantasies and fantastic at writing about the complete destruction of the human race. It was like following the beginning of the zombie apocalypse without having to yet again read about the zombie apocalypse.
“A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Ephraim “Eph” Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.
In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust named Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. And he knows the time has come, that a war is brewing.
So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save his city – a city that includes his wife and son – before it is too late.”
The mystery in Night Film is phenomenal. While you’re reading, you will never know where the plot is going, but in a good way. This book is seriously a roller coaster. Just when you think you’re about to break the surface, everything gets flipped and you’re just swimming deeper into the unknown. It’s the sort of book that will leave you thinking about it for days, weeks, maybe forever.
“Brilliant, haunting, breathtakingly suspenseful, Night Film is a superb literary thriller by the New York Times bestselling author of the blockbuster debut Special Topics in Calamity Physics.
On a damp October night, the body of young, beautiful Ashley Cordova is found in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. By all appearances her death is a suicide – but investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. Though much has been written about the dark and unsettling films of Ashley’s father, Stanislas Cordova, very little is known about the man himself. As McGrath pieces together the mystery of Ashley’s death, he is drawn deeper and deeper into the dark underbelly of New York City and the twisted world of Stanislas Cordova, and he begins to wonder – is he the next victim?
In this novel, the dazzlingly inventive writer Marisha Pessl offers a breathtaking mystery that will hold you in suspense until the last page is turned.”
There are many angles to Black Moon. It’s a part love story, part sci-fi tale, part psychological suspense, and part post-apocalyptic survival story. And it basically gives you all the feels of an episode of Stranger Things.
“Insomnia has claimed everyone Biggs knows. Even his beloved wife, Carolyn, has succumbed to the telltale red-rimmed eyes, slurred speech and cloudy mind before disappearing into the quickly collapsing world. Yet Biggs can still sleep, and dream, so he sets out to find her.
He ventures out into a world ransacked by mass confusion and desperation, where he meets others struggling against the tide of sleeplessness. Chase and his buddy Jordan are devising a scheme to live off their drug-store lootings; Lila is a high school student wandering the streets in an owl mask, no longer safe with her insomniac parents; Felicia abandons the sanctuary of a sleep research center to try to protect her family and perhaps reunite with Chase, an ex-boyfriend. All around, sleep has become an infinitely precious commodity. Money can’t buy it, no drug can touch it, and there are those who would kill to have it. However, Biggs persists in his quest for Carolyn, finding a resolve and inner strength that he never knew he had.”
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a beautiful coming of age tale, filled with just the right amount of mysticism and creepiness. The characters were lovable and relatable, each with their own peculiar quirk, similar to the kids in Stranger Things.
“A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.
A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows. ”
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Have I ever written a post about books without mentioning The Ocean at the End of the Lane? Besides the Harry Potter series, this is my favorite book of all time. It’s dripping in magical realism, nostalgia, and contains a fairytale as old as the Universe. It’s extraordinarily brief but the story will be with you for a long time afterward.
“Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.
Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.
A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly’s wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark.”
We All Looked Up
We All Looked Up is basically The Breakfast Club meets Armageddon. It follows the lives four “stereotypical” teenagers (the slut, the stoner, the jock, the overachiever) as they discover that an asteroid has a 66% chance of hitting Earth and wiping out humanity. As the world descends into chaos, each character questions their priorities and decides how to make their last moments meaningful. As this unlikely group assembles to coordinate an epic Party at the End of the World, they break the molds of their “stereotypes” and find true friendships and love.
“Before the asteroid we let ourselves be defined by labels:
The athlete, the outcast, the slacker, the overachiever.
But then we all looked up and everything changed.
They said it would be here in two months. That gave us two months to leave our labels behind. Two months to become something bigger than what we’d been, something that would last even after the end.
Two months to really live.”
Never Let Me Go
Ishiguro doesn’t shy away from the dark parts of the world. But he is able to approach these subjects from a perspective that offers relatability and insight that is hard to recreate. Never Let Me Go is a simple story from the perspective of a simple woman, and still, it touches on so much of the complexity of human existence
“A tale of deceptive simplicity that slowly reveals an extraordinary emotional depth and resonance – and takes its place among Kazuo Ishiguro’s finest work.
From the acclaimed author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, a moving new novel that subtly re-imagines our world and time in a haunting story of friendship and love.
As a child, Kathy–now thirty-one years old–lived at Hailsham, a private school in the scenic English countryside where the children were sheltered from the outside world, brought up to believe that they were special and that their well-being was crucial not only for themselves but for the society they would eventually enter. Kathy had long ago put this idyllic past behind her, but when two of her Hailsham friends come back into her life, she stops resisting the pull of memory.
And so, as her friendship with Ruth is rekindled, and as the feelings that long ago fueled her adolescent crush on Tommy begin to deepen into love, Kathy recalls their years at Hailsham. She describes happy scenes of boys and girls growing up together, unperturbed–even comforted–by their isolation. But she describes other scenes as well: of discord and misunderstanding that hint at a dark secret behind Hailsham’s nurturing facade. With the dawning clarity of hindsight, the three friends are compelled to face the truth about their childhood–and about their lives now. ”