What to read after you’ve binged Stranger Things Season 3


So, you’ve binged all of Stranger Things Season 3 and are feeling lost and alone and still a bit teary. We get it. So do the 40 million other Netflix users who have watched the newest season.

We’re not going to encourage you to get over your obsession. We want to enable it. We’ve picked out some stellar reads to help you stay in the Upside Down for juuuust a little while longer.

Whether it’s a storm-chasing 14-year-old, a trio of girls who vanished into the Australian bush, or a darkly controlling (potentially murderous) father, we’ve got the perfect post-Stranger Things pick for you.


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by Jeff VanderMeer

For thirty years, Area X has remained mysterious and remote behind its intangible border – an environmental disaster zone, though to all appearances an abundant wilderness.

The Southern Reach, a secretive government agency, has sent eleven expeditions to investigate Area X. One has ended in mass suicide, another in a hail of gunfire, the eleventh in a fatal cancer epidemic.

Now four women embark on the twelfth expedition into the unknown.



The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone

The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone

by Felicity McLean

Part mystery, part coming of age story, The Van Apfel Girls are Gone is set in a distant suburb on the encroaching bushland, over the long hot summer of 1992. It’s the summer of the school’s Showstopper concert. The summer Tikka never forgot. The summer the Van Apfel sisters disappeared. Blackly comic, sharply observed and wonderfully endearing.




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by Michelle Paver

“Something has been let loose…”

Spanning five centuries, this is a darkly Gothic thriller about murderous obsession and one girl’s longing to fly free. Wakenhyrst is an outstanding new piece of story-telling, a tale of mystery and imagination laced with terror. It is a masterwork in the modern Gothic tradition that ranges from Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker to Neil Gaiman and Sarah Perry.




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Boy Swallows Universe

by Trent Dalton

Brisbane, 1983: A lost father, a mute brother, a mum in jail, a heroin dealer for a stepfather and a notorious crim for a babysitter. It’s not as if Eli’s life isn’t complicated enough already. He’s just trying to follow his heart, learning what it takes to be a good man, but life just keeps throwing obstacles in the way – not least of which is Tytus Broz, legendary Brisbane drug dealer.





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1980s Fashion Sticker Book

by Laura Cowan, illustrated by Ingrid Liman

Explore fashion for the MTV generation, from power dressing, leg warmers and pastel blazers to big hair and prom dresses. Informative notes, photographs and sketches explain each ‘look’ and add historical context.






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Ball Lightning

by Cixin Liu

On his fourteenth birthday, right before his eyes, Chen’s parents are incinerated by a blast of ball lightning. Striving to make sense of this bizarre tragedy, he dedicates his life to a single goal: to unlock the secrets of this enigmatic natural phenomenon . His pursuit of ball lightning will take him far from home, across mountain peaks chasing storms and deep into highly classified subterranean laboratories as he slowly unveils a new frontier in particle physics.




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