You didn’t mean to do it, but it happened: you’ve already binge-watched the third season of Stranger Things. Who can blame you? Stranger Things has it all: creepy monsters, tight friendships, suspense, and warm, fuzzy nostalgia (not to mention an amazing soundtrack). The downside: with only eight episodes, it’s over way too fast. What are you supposed to do now? We have some suggestions for books to read that will fill the Mind Flayer-sized hole in your heart while you wait for season 4.
Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds by Gwenda Bond
Suspicious Minds is the first in a series of novels that will serve as a prequel to the series; here, you’ll learn more about Eleven’s mother and her involvement with the MKUltra program. Other Stranger Things novels include Darkness on the Edge of Town and Runaway Max, in-depth journeys into the backgrounds of Chief Hopper and Max Mayfield.
My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
Two teenagers see their friendship put to the test when a supernatural power comes to their small South Carolina town.
The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
Three teenagers band together to fight the Gray, another dimension that holds a terrifying monster that is threatening the town of Four Paths, New York.
Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
The Blyton Summer Detective Club solved its last crime in 1977, but 13 years later, they’re brought back together as adults to confront a case from their past.
Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang
A group of newspaper delivery girls encounters a mysterious force from the future and they are swept up in the conflict between warring groups of time-travelers.