Things to Read After Stranger Things 3

So, you just finished watching Stranger Things 3 after sitting there for nine hours straight. This might even be your second time watching it. What now? Well, I’ve compiled a list of all things Stranger Things to read after watching season three!

I haven’t read any of the Stranger Things books or comics but I plan to pick up the comic!

1. Suspicious Minds by Gwenda Bond

40535559._SY475_“A mysterious lab. A sinister scientist. A secret history. If you think you know the truth behind Eleven’s mother, prepare to have your mind turned Upside Down in this thrilling prequel to the hit show Stranger Things.

It’s the summer of 1969, and the shock of conflict reverberates through the youth of America, both at home and abroad. As a student at a quiet college campus in the heartland of Indiana, Terry Ives couldn’t be further from the front lines of Vietnam or the incendiary protests in Washington.

But the world is changing, and Terry isn’t content to watch from the sidelines. When word gets around about an important government experiment in the small town of Hawkins, she signs on as a test subject for the project, codenamed MKUltra. Unmarked vans, a remote lab deep in the woods, mind-altering substances administered by tightlipped researchers . . . and a mystery the young and restless Terry is determined to uncover.

But behind the walls of Hawkins National Laboratory—and the piercing gaze of its director, Dr. Martin Brenner—lurks a conspiracy greater than she could have ever imagined. To face it, she’ll need the help of her fellow test subjects, including one so mysterious the world doesn’t know she exists—a young girl with unexplainable, superhuman powers and a number instead of a name: 008.

Amid the rising tensions of the new decade, Terry Ives and Martin Brenner have begun a different kind of war—one where the human mind is the battlefield.”

 

2. Stranger Things: The Other Side 

41392452.jpg “The hit Netflix series from the Duffer Brothers is now a spine-tingling comic that recounts Will Beyers’ harrowing survival in the treacherous Upside Down!

When Will Byers finds himself in the Upside Down, an impossible dark parody of his own world, he’s understandably frightened. But that’s nothing compared with the fear that takes hold when he realizes what’s in that world with him!

Follow Will’s struggle through the season one events of the hit Netflix show Stranger Things! Written by Jody Houser (Mother Panic, Faith) and illustrated by Stefano Martino (Doctor Who, Catwoman)”

 

 

3. Stranger Things: Worlds Turned Upside Down: The Official Behind-the-Scenes Companion

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The official behind-the-scenes companion guide to the first two seasons of Stranger Things and beyond, featuring exclusive color photos and stunning concept art.

Note: This book has been designed to mimic a used book. The marks, scuffs, and tears on the cover and pages are an intentional design element.

Stranger things have happened. . . .

When the first season of Stranger Things debuted on Netflix in the summer of 2016, the show struck a nerve with millions of viewers worldwide and received broad critical acclaim. The series has gone on to win six Emmy Awards, but its success was driven more than anything by word of mouth, resonating across generations. Viewers feel personal connections to the characters. Now fans can immerse themselves in the world—or worlds—of Hawkins, Indiana, like never before. Inside you’ll find

• original commentary and a foreword from creators Matt and Ross Duffer
• exclusive interviews with the stars of the show, including Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, and David Harbour
• the show’s earliest drafts, pitches to Netflix, and casting calls
• insights into the Duffers’ creative process from the entire crew—from costume and set designers to composers and visual-effects specialists
• deep dives into the cultural artifacts and references that inspired the look and feel of the show
• a map of everyday Hawkins—with clues charting the network of the Upside Down
• the Morse code disk Eleven uses, so you can decipher secret messages embedded throughout the text
• a look into the future of the series—including a sneak preview of season three!

Adding whole new layers to enrich the viewing experience, this keepsake is essential reading for anyone and everyone who loves Stranger Things.”

 

4. Runaway Max by Brenna Yovanoff

 “Don’t miss this gripping, emotional prequel to the hit Netflix series, Stranger Things! The never-before-told backstory of the beloved Dig Dug maven, Max Mayfield, written by New York Times bestselling author Brenna Yovanoff.

This must-read novel, based on the hit Netflix series, Stranger Things, explores Max’s past–the good and the bad–as well as how she came to find her newfound sense of home in Hawkins, Indiana”

 

 

 

 

5. Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town by Adam Christopher 

 “Chief Jim Hopper reveals long-awaited secrets to Eleven about his old life as a police detective in New York City, confronting his past before the events of the hit show Stranger Things.  

Christmas, Hawkins, 1984. All Chief Jim Hopper wants is to enjoy a quiet first Christmas with Eleven, but his adopted daughter has other plans. Over Hopper’s protests, she pulls a cardboard box marked “New York” out of the basement—and the tough questions begin. Why did Hopper leave Hawkins all those years ago? What does “Vietnam” mean? And why has he never talked about New York?

Although he’d rather face a horde of demogorgons than talk about his own past, Hopper knows that he can’t deny the truth any longer. And so begins the story of the incident in New York—the last big case before everything changed. . . .

Summer, New York City, 1977
. Hopper is starting over after returning home from Vietnam. A young daughter, a caring wife, and a new beat as an NYPD detective make it easy to slip back into life as a civilian. But after shadowy federal agents suddenly show up and seize the files about a series of brutal, unsolved murders, Hopper takes matters into his own hands, risking everything to discover the truth.

Soon Hopper is undercover among New York’s notorious street gangs. But just as he’s about to crack the case, a blackout rolls across the boroughs, plunging Hopper into a darkness deeper than any he’s faced before.”

 

I’ve heard iffy things about some of these so let me know if you have read them or if you’re going to! I’m interested in the comic but that’s about it.

Movies I’ve Watched Recently

So, I might’ve gotten back into watching films whenever I’m bored instead of re-watching old TV favorites like Friends or Greys Anatomy. I have a profound love for indie movies or independent films. I don’t know why — a lot of them tend to be just okay but some of them become my favorites. I have a list of nostalgic movies and some of my favorite indie films are on there! Without further ado, here’s a list of the movies I’ve watched recently.

Quick Disclaimer: I’m not a movie expert or anything. I’m just sharing with you stuff I’ve watched recently. I’m not also fully reviewing these movies. Just giving you what comes to mind whenever I think of it!

 

  • Always Be My Maybe (2019)

Image result for always be my maybe “Childhood sweethearts have a falling out and don’t speak for 15 years, only reconnecting as adults when Sasha runs into Marcus in San Francisco. Although the old sparks are still there, the couple live in different worlds.

Watch the trailer here.

Director: Nahnatchka Khan
Production company: Good Universe
Screenplay: Ali Wong, Randall Park, Michael Golamco
Producers: Ali Wong, Randall Park, Nathan Kahane

Watch it on Netflix.

My rating: five stars ★★★★★ out of five stars ★★★★★

I’m not really a big fan of romantic comedies. However, I noticed a bunch of people talking about this movie (mainly Jenny Han) and it’s on Netflix so I decided to watch it. It’s also an all Asian cast so HELLO Asian excellence. I loved seeing a strong, independent female lead. While it is a romantic comedy, the main character is still a full character. She’s not nothing without the love interest and I loved that. I also loved the friendship in this movie too. Overall, this movie was insanely adorable, hilarious and sentimental. I totally cried at the end and would recommend it to others!

 

  • the Edge of Seventeen (2016)

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“Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson). All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever, until an unexpected friendship with a thoughtful teen (Hayden Szeto) gives her a glimmer of hope that things just might not be so terrible after all.

Watch the trailer here.

Director: Kelly Fremon Craig
Production company: STX Entertainment
Screenplay: Kelly Fremon Craig
Producers: James L. Brooks, Richard Sakai, Julie Ansell

Watch it on Netflix.

My rating: four stars ★★★★ out of five stars ★★★★★

I’ve seen this movie on every coming-of-age recommendation lists so I decided to finally watch it even though I heard it’s pretty “cringe.” I didn’t think it was horrible but it was incredibly emotional. I liked it but didn’t love it like everyone else seems to!

 

  • Then Came You (2019)

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Watch the trailer here.

Director: Peter Hutchings
Production company: Voltage Pictures
Screenplay: Fergal Rock
Producers: Nicolas Chartier, Alissa Phillips, Claude Dal Farra, Brice Dal Farra, Derrick Tseng, Brian Keady

Watch it on Netflix.

My rating: 3 ★★★½ out of five stars ★★★★★

 

I wanted to hate this movie because it’s literally a cancer romance movie mixed with a manic pixie dream girl but I didn’t. I didn’t hate it because the actors in this movie are too good. I love Asa Butterfield so I decided to watch it on a whim. Maisie Williams plays the lead female character who has cancer and finds out she only has very little time to live. It’s weird seeing her playing this type of character but I think she still did a great job. I can confirm this movie isn’t for everyone but I still found it enjoyable and definitely cried at the end. It must be too easy to make me cry during films now, eh?

 

  • Rocketman (2019)

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An epic musical fantasy about the uncensored human story of Sir Elton John’s breakthrough years.

Watch the trailer here.

Director: Dexter Fletcher
Production company: Paramount 
Screenplay: Fergal Rock
Producers: Elton John, David Furnish, Matthew Vaughan, etc.

Watch it on Netflix.

My rating: 4 ★★★★ out of five stars ★★★★★

 

My boyfriend and I went to see this in theaters recently and it was an insanely good movie! I didn’t know much about Elton John before but I’ve been listening to all his music after seeing this movie. I think Taron Egerton did an AMAZING job as Elton John and he looks so much like him when he was younger. I feel like it was kind of all over the place but it was still so much fun to watch. Also, I’ve heard people not watching this movie because it’s rated R and Elton John is gay but I’m telling you now, this movie isn’t as “vulgar” as everyone seems to be saying. I think they’re just saying that because they’re not used to seeing gay couples on screen. Anyways, great movie!

 

  • Miss Stevens (2016)

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A high school English teacher (Lily Rabe) becomes a weekend chaperone for three students (Timothée Chalamet, Lili Reinhart) at a drama competition.

Watch the trailer here.

Director: Julia Hart
Production company:Gilbert Films, Big Beach
Screenplay: Julia Hart, Justin Horowitz

Watch it on Netflix.

My rating: 3 ★★★½ out of five stars ★★★★★

 

 

 

What movies have you watched recently?

 

 

Edgy Coming of Age Movies to Cure Your Nostalgia

I frequently search the web for coming of age movies set in different eras to make me feel better on a bad day. I decided that I would give you the list of movies I have in my journal that never fail to make me feel better. I’m not quite sure if all of these are considered coming of age films, but I’m almost positive they’re all edgy and definitely cure some form of nostalgia. These are the movies that help me whenever I’m feeling down. Hopefully, they can do the same for you! Enjoy 🙂

  • Almost Famous (2000)
  • Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
  • Juno (2007)
  • Dead Poets Society (1989)
  • Lady Bird (2017)
  • Pretty in Pink (1986)
  • Me, Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)
  • Into the Wild (2007)
  • The Breakfast Club (1985)
  • Submarine (2010)
  • Heathers (1988)
  • Th Spectacular Now (2013)
  • Stuck in Love (2012)
  • Good Will Hunting (1997)
  • The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)
  • Can’t Hardly Wait (1998)
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)
  • Paper Towns (2015)
  • Eighth Grade (2018)
  • The To Do List (2013)

Have you seen any of these films? Let me know!

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Books to Read After Watching the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

This is an archived post from my old blog that has now been deleted. So, if you’ve seen it before, that’s why! Enjoy. 🙂

 

I recently watched all of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and I’m totally obsessed. I’d read the comics when I was younger because I’m a giant Archie fan but I never knew they were going to recreate Sabrina the Teenage Witch in a non-cheesy, terrifying way. Immediately after watching, I found myself wanting to indulge in more stories about witches. Of course, I’ve made an entire list of the books that include witches and more!

 

  • Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Akata Witch transports the reader to a magical place where nothing is quite as it seems. Born in New York, but living in Aba, Nigeria, twelve-year old Sunny is understandably a little lost. She is albino and thus, incredibly sensitive to the sun. All Sunny wants to do is be able to play football and get through another day of school without being bullied. But once she befriends Orlu and Chichi, Sunny is plunged in to the world of the Leopard People, where your worst defect becomes your greatest asset. Together, Sunny, Orlu, Chichi and Sasha form the youngest ever Oha Coven. Their mission is to track down Black Hat Otokoto, the man responsible for kidnapping and maiming children. Will Sunny be able to overcome the killer with powers stronger than her own, or will the future she saw in the flames become reality?”

  • The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.”

  • Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft 

From good witches to bad witches, to witches who are a bit of both, this is an anthology of diverse witchy tales from a collection of diverse, feminist authors. The collective strength of women working together—magically or mundanely–has long frightened society, to the point that women’s rights are challenged, legislated against, and denied all over the world. Toil & Trouble delves deep into the truly diverse mythology of witchcraft from many cultures and feminist points of view, to create modern and unique tales of witchery that have yet to be explored. “

  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.”

  • The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may claim otherwise. If there’s anything I’ve learned from him in the years since, it’s that the dead hide truths as well as the living. 

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha-one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.”

  • Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.”

  • How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather
  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller 
  • The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston

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