Stranger Things Day! | Books and Book Tag | #Gifted

Hi everyone,

It’s Stranger Things 3 release day, aaaaaaah I’m so excited!

Are you a fan of the show? I finally started watching it last year and was absolutely hooked, it’s brilliant!

In celebration of the third season being released today, I wanted to share with you some exciting prequel books that have been released. I also wanted to do the Stranger Things book tag… because why not?!

I saw the tag on Bookish and Tea’s blog, you can check out her post here. I’m not sure who originally created the tag, so if you know, let me know in the comments below. 😊

I hope you enjoy,


Stranger Things Books

If you’re not already aware, Century, an imprint of Penguin Books, have released a series of Official Stranger Things books that are prequels to the TV show. There are two currently released, the first focuses on Eleven’s mother and Dr Brenner, and the second on Hopper.

I was lucky enough to be #gifted copies of each book. I knew about receiving the first one, but the second one was a complete surprise so that was nice to open! Can’t wait to read the second book. Keep an eye out for my reviews, they’re coming very soon 👀.

If you’re a big fan of the TV show, then I’d really recommend giving these books a read as they give more of an insight into the characters. They compliment the show so well and help viewers have more of an insight into the characters and why they act in the ways they do. They’re brilliantly written and the authors have done well to write about the characters in such a way that they’re so similar to what they’re like in the show too!


The first book in the new series is called Suspicious Minds and is written by Gwenda Bond.

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.

It was published on 7th February, if you’d like to purchase a copy of this book you can do so here.


The second book is called Darkness on the Edge of Town and is written 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.

If you’d like to purchase a copy of this book, you can do so here.

I’d like to say a huge thank you to Century and Rachel Kennedy for for sending me #gifted copies of these books, I’m so grateful.


Stranger Things Book Tag

Can I really call myself a book blogger if I don’t scour the internet to find a Stranger Things tag to hype myself up for season 3 though??

1. The Vanishing of Will Byers

The first book in a series that left you intrigued and slightly confused

I’m going with A Darker Shade of Magic for this one. It’s a book I’m currently reading and I’ll be honest it’s taking a lot to get my head around all of the different London’s. Butttttt… I’m absolutely intrigued and can’t wait to read more!

Have you read it? Does it get less confusing? Please tell me it does! 🙈

2) The Upside Down

A book with a setting you would never want to live in

The Last by Hanna James. It’s set in a hotel in the middle of nowhere after nuclear war. The food and water is gradually running out and there’s a killer on the loose, definitely not a setting I’d like to live in!

3) Eleven

A book you own that is somewhat damaged, but loved to pieces

My copy of Lord Loss by Darren Shan. It’s definitely a well read book and is in far from perfect condition but it’s a sign of how well loved it is. It’s signed too!

4) Mike, Lucas, and Dustin

A trilogy you always go to whenever you need a pick-me-up

I’ve not read an awful lot of trilogy’s. I haven’t read The Lord of the Rings for a good few years now, but I’m going to choose it for this question.

5) The Demogorgon

A book with a terrifying beast you wouldn’t want to face in a dark alley

Probably the Basilisk from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. It terrified me when I read it as a child and I don’t think I’d stand a chance against it!

6) Dr. Brenner

A book with a villain who is both manipulative and dedicated

As I’ve recently reread it, I’m going with Wormtail from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I know he’s not the main villain, but without him, would Voldemort have come back as powerful as he did? Hiding as Scabbers for all of those years and allowing Sirius to take the fall for his own actions is the definition of manipulative and dedicated.

7) Nancy Wheeler

A book you didn’t expect to love

The Quiet at the End of the World by Lauren James. I’m not a huge Sci-Fi fan but absolutely adored this book and it’s one of my all time faves now.

8) Hawkins, Indiana

A book with a setting that’s just a little bit strange

Eve of Man by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher. It has a big dystopian/Sci-Fi feel to it and the tower in which Eve lives in definitely has a strange vibe.


Let’s chat! Are you excited for Stranger Things 3? Who’s your favourite character? Have you read any of the Stranger Things books yet? Let me know in the comments below! 😊


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13 thoughts on “Stranger Things Day! | Books and Book Tag | #Gifted

  1. bookishcoffeeblog says:

    I absolutely love the Stranger Things TV show! I adore all the characters and plot, so when I saw that they were releasing books, I was so happy. I haven’t had a chance to read them yet, but they look so good! This is such a fun tag as well!

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