Stranger Things 2 Book Tag | let’s talk about characters

Hello everyone! Did you miss certain characters from the first Stranger Things tag? I did, so here is another one to solve that problem.

πŸ„ Stranger Things Book Tag | read if you’re searching for a manipulative villain or strange setting

As promised, I am back with the Stranger Things 2 Book Tag, inspired by season 2 of the show. Thank you to Flavia The Bibliophile, Tris’ Nook (no link available), The Hermit Librarian & Breeny’s Books for creating this tag and the graphics.

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a book that started off under-hyped but underwent a surge in popularity

The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen. Slightly debatable, but I preordered this book on a whim knowing little about it. I liked the cover and premise. Skip to when it was released, I read it and then I heard lots of people talking about it. I feel like I saw it gradually increase in popularity within the book community. It could have just been me not following it at the start, but that was how it seemed to me.

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Steve’s friendship plots >>>> romance ones

a book with a character you disliked at first, but now cherish with your whole heart

Dara in The Daevabad Trilogy by S. A. Chakraborty. I never hated him, but I liked his point-of-view least. They centred around the same thoughts a lot of the time. But then, The Empire of Gold, the final book, WOW. He carried the novel for me. Full of so much emotion and pain. I loved his complexity.

πŸ„ My Thoughts on the Final Daevabad Book | read the empire of gold with me

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one of my favourite ST characters. He’s underrated (although the last 2 series haven’t been great for him).

a book or series that promised to be unique and stayed true to itself throughout

Assembly by Natasha Brown. I loved this book. It is only short but it is unique. We follow the narrator, a Black British woman, without knowing her name as she travels to visit her white boyfriend’s family. The writing is so poignant and explores an array of topics, even the silence was screaming in meaning. I wish more people would read it.

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a book with a character who loves unconditionally, even though they might get hurt

Linus in Release by Patrick Ness. He puts himself in the position to be hurt simply by liking someone who perhaps isn’t ready for a new relationship quite yet. It is arguably one of the most common ways to get hurt through love, yet I’ve hardly read about it. Especially not in this way.

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I am so glad we got to see more from Lucas this season.

a book containing a supporting character that you wish had gotten more “screen time”

Zaynab and Muntadhir in The Daevabad Trilogy by S. A. Chakraborty. We only had Alizayd’s POV out of the three royal siblings, but having all three of them would have only enhanced the books. More politics. More characters. More emotions. They were already full of so much life as side characters. I imagine as main characters they would have given even more.

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I actually like Mike.

a book with a broody / prickly / angry hero who you have mixed feelings for

Rin from The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang was an angry character, rightfully so. When I read it years ago, I was like “Hello Darkness, I want to go home”, but now I’m like “Hello Darkness, my old friend”. Therefore I am betting I am going to love her in my reread, but as of now, I have slightly mixed feelings.

πŸ„ The Poppy War By R. F. Kuang | Spoiler-Free Book Review

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a book with a character who turned out to be the total opposite of how they started out

The Library of the Unwritten by A. J. Hackwith. I won’t say the character as I don’t want to encourage suspicion. But certain characters are introduced in specific ways, and then they ended up being a lot more layered with very different pasts than originally hinted. It was clever foreshadowing and satisfying to read.

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a book/character that’s undergone a lot of wear and tear but came out stronger in the end

Malini from The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri. I loved Malini and as you uncover her past you see the pain she has had to endure, and the duration of that pain. How she had to find her own way out because no one was saving her. She is strong in every way. She does dance with the morally grey line at times, but it is so in line with the plot and her past that it feels very fitting and powerful.

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Hopper & Joyce are another two faves of mine.

a book or series containing two characters who you think should be together, but aren’t

[avoid this section if you’ve read these books as I consider knowing whether the relationships were successful or not a spoiler]

Lott and Anden (from The Green Bone Saga by Fonda Lee). Jimmy and Lister (from I was Born for This by Alice Oseman). These two are quite unimaginative answers on my part because these couples involved crushes at some point in their lives. Either one could have easily become a couple as I thought the potential was there.

Dawes and Darlington (Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo). As this series has plenty to go, there is still a strong possibility for this couple. I think Dawes and Darlington would be great together. They would bring out different sides of each other in the best ways. Plus, I really do not want Alex and Darlington.

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she’s perfect.

a character who didn’t seem to mean much at first, but ended being really special later

Helene in An Ember In Ashes Quartet by Sabaa Tahir. She gave an interesting edge in the first book but could have easily been a side character that threw the occasional spanner into the works. Yet she became a dominant and nuanced point-of-view who captured so much pain and heart. She appeared cold-hearted and obedient, but she showcased a lot of determination, grit, care and growth. She ended up as one of the most memorable characters and ultimately deserved more in the end.

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the sauna scene is one of my favourite ST scenes.

a book containing a villain that you have mixed feelings for

A Neon Darkness by Lauren Shippen. One of the few books that are justified in saying “following a villain main character”. Damien is the protagonist and mixed feelings in the perfect phrase for him. His journey is full of bad decisions and wrong turns yet you can feel his reasons and anguish in the most compelling way. You see his pain honestly and the pain he inflicts just as honestly. It is what truly makes him feel like a villain and yeah, mixed emotions. How I feel about Damien changes in every scene and I say that as a strength because it is an intentional decision from the author.

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a book that you picked up on a whim, but ended becoming one of your favourites

I Am The Architect Of My Own Destruction by Juansen Dizon. A poetry collection that I picked up because I wanted something different. I read it all in one hour. It is Instagram poetry, so it was easy to fly through but me wanting to was something I didn’t expect. It talks about a lot of difficult times and emotions without being judgemental. It was the sadness, kindness, honesty and frail hope that made it a meaningful, and almost, comforting read. It was beautiful. I loved it!

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That’s all folks. I have completed my little Stranger Things celebration on my blog.

I need volume 2 of season 4 NOW, has anyone got any predictions?

Have you got any unique book recommendations? What makes them unique? Have you read any books where you wished you had seen more from the side characters?


14 thoughts on “Stranger Things 2 Book Tag | let’s talk about characters

  1. I loved reading this post! I’m so excited for volume 2 of season 4, so reading this was very fun because I was getting book recommendations AND increasing my excitement for the new episodes. πŸ‘€ Happy reading (and watching in a few days!)!

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    1. Thank you so much Olivia πŸ₯°
      Same 🀩, the last episode is like a film but I am so glad we are getting so much content. Finger crossed for a massive reunion 🀞🏻
      Haha books and excitement, what more do you want in life?!? πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚ But yay, I am soo happy you liked this post!
      Thank youu, happy reading and watching to you too πŸ’œ

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  2. Andenlott rights, yeah!! I really thought they were going to end up together but then they just…didn’t. I’ve never watched stranger things, but I hope you enjoy volume 2!!

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    1. Yesss, I think they could have been interesting together after they made such different decisions considering the clan. Almost opposite to what they grew up thinking for themselves, so they mirror each other in a weird reverse way. But maybe that’s why they wouldn’t have worked ultimately, but who knows. I like the potential of them still.
      Aw.. Thank youuu ❀️

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  3. ADDIHBSQBUQWGB HAVE I EVER MENTIONED THAT YOUR WRITING IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING OF EVER??? 😭😭 I AM OBSESSED WITH IT OKAY?!! also also I LOVE ALL THE BOOK RECS AND EXCUSE ME WHILE I GUSH OVER THEM ALL! Poetry SCARES ME, but I Am The Architect Of My Own Destruction sounds BEAUTIFUL??? plus that name is just 😭πŸ₯Ί also neon darkness SOUNDS PERFECT AND I NEED??? I absolutely LOVE THIS and hope you have fun watching the 2nd volume!!

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    1. Aww…. 😭 Yes you have, and you are going to make me cry again ❀️❀️ thank youuuu sooooo much πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯° *sends you all my gratitude and love*!
      Yay, thank you! There are some stunning books here. I was with you.. Poetry is scary but I Am The Architect Of My Own Destruction was very accessible and beautiful! The name of the collection is stunning 😍😍 and the quotes inside are just as stunning!
      A Neon Darkness was a really interesting read. Based on the podcast, The Bright Sessions but you don’t need to listen to it first.
      Thank youuu! ❀️ I am so excited for volume 2 😍


  4. I love that there’s a Tag for every season of Stranger Things πŸ’• I’m hoping to read The Library of the Unwritten in July, so now I’m very curious about the upcoming twists in the story πŸ‘€ You also reminded me that I need to finally read Ninth House, especially as the villain was now announced πŸ˜„

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    1. Haha it is great! I know there is a s3 one I haven’t done and I am lowkey hoping for a fourth one now the series is complete! 😍
      Ohh.. I hope you enjoy The Library of the Unwritten. I found it very enjoyable because of its differences. I’d love to know your thoughts afterwards!
      The sequel did take a while to be announced but I am sooo very excited for it! Ninth House had great characters! Hope you enjoy this book as well! πŸ₯°

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  5. AHHH I cannot believe I’m a little late but this was SUCH a joy to read just like part 1!!! πŸ’˜βœ¨οΈI really love reading about all the books you recommend because even though I might not have read all of them, it makes me so excited to hopefully get to them soon! I loved the way you talked about Assembly and The Jasmine Throne so much ❀️❀️❀️ ALSO, I agree with you completely. Jonathan is underrated. I know everyone’s always talking about how much Steve has grown but.. he was just SO awful to him in the beginning 😠😠 Jonathan definitely deserves a lot more credit for having put up with that version of Steve. Lately this show is literally ALL I’ve been thinking about (ONLY ONE DAY TO GO!!!) and honestly…things are not looking so good for Steve and Nancy which makes me SO nervous 😣 and I don’t know why but for some reason I feel like Max is still kind of in danger?? What if Vecna is secretly plotting a way to get back at her because she’s the only one who managed to escape? I don’t know..I could be wrong πŸ™ƒ
    I loved this Stranger Things celebration so much (is it silly I’m almost sad it’s over??πŸ₯Ί) it was just so much fun to know your thoughts on the show and get some amazing book recommendations as wellπŸŽ† thank you so much for these amazing posts, they were really special πŸ’—πŸ’ž

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    1. Aw… thank you so much for reading and this wonderful comment. It has made my day and it means a lot that you have enjoyed these posts so much πŸ’œπŸ’œ
      I am always glad to hear I have helped increase someone excitement for a new book and I hope you get to read them soon! The writing is Assembly was truly amazing. I am intrigued to see what the author does next.
      The Jasmine Throne was a strong start for a fantasy series for sure!

      Yayyy, I love hearing Jonathan get support. I was definitely glad for Steve’s growth because being mean to Jonathan when his brother was missing was seriously cruel! Jonathan did put up with a lot, and I would be interested to see how the two of them would interact now.
      ahh.. I don’t blame you. I keep thinking how they are going to conclude this series… I am worried about Steve and Nancy being in the upside down. Especially with Nancy at the end of v1… she got a lot of information out of Vecna in that scene. It makes me think she had some control or something though?!!?
      I feel like Max is in danger too… Especially (now this is a long stretch theory) but in the individual character posters only 4 of them are looking away… Max, Jonathan, Mike & Joyce… and I saw a comment saying that the duffer brother said this means something. I am really worried if something dark is going to be connecting them!! But Max definitely seems in the line of fire and it seems like Vecna to be determined to get her. 😭
      Thank you soooo much. It makes me soo happy to hear you enjoyed these posts as much as I loved making them! If there is a s4 tag, I would probably do that one 🀞
      Thank youuu soooo much for all the support and your amazing comment. I LOVED your comment so much ❀️❀️❀️ thank youuu πŸ₯Ί Enjoy volume 2 of the show!!

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    1. Yesss, two of my top current loves 😍😍 so glad you loved this post & my choices ❀️
      honestly, no,,, 😭 *the* scene with Lucas & Max broke me. I legit keep thinking about it!! Then there was more 😭😭


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