Books and Songs

Books + Songs!

Hi everyone!

Today I thought I’d do something a little different.

I’ve always loved when music is a significant part of a book’s plot. It makes the story stand out to me more and it makes it easier to connect to. I’m a music person, it’s an enormous part of my life, so what I thought I’d do is go on Goodreads, select numbers out of a hat that correlates to a book on one of my shelves then associate a song to go along with the book that’s selected.

Simple but it should be a bit of fun.

I’m probably going to need my iPod for this. *runs off to get it*

Ok, I’m back. Let’s start!

1. The first book/number that comes out of that hat is…Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen.

Hmm obviously I’m thinking a song that is circus-y. On my iPod, the only song that has that word is Circus by Britney Spears I’m pretty sure.

Ok, I’ve found the perfect song in the C section of the alphabet on my iPod anyway. Carousel by Melanie Martinez. I think the feel of this song fits exactly to the mood of the book. Creepy but full of magic and love. Always a hint of darkness and trouble but ultimately, it’s fun and games in the circus.

And it’s all fun and games,
‘Til somebody falls in love,
But you’ve already bought a ticket,
And there’s no turning back now.

2. Alright, number two is…We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Ooh this is a good one. I found a song really quickly actually. As soon as I saw the book I thought, ‘crazy’. When I looked to find anything to do with that word I found Crazy by Gnarls Barkley. Yep, this is the one.

There was something so pleasant about that place.
Even your emotions had an echo
In so much space
And when you’re out there
Without care,
Yeah, I was out of touch
But it wasn’t because I didn’t know enough
I just knew too much

Does that make me crazy?

3. The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien is out of the hat next. This was a really hard one. Even the song I picked I’m not really sure of. Anyway, when we think of the Hobbit, we think adventure, don’t we? I couldn’t find anything to do with that on my iPod but then I stumbled across Breakaway by Kelly Clarkson. The mood doesn’t really go with the book but I think the lyrics have some remarkable similarities to the feelings of The Hobbit.

Out of the darkness and into the sun
But I won’t forget all the ones that I love
I’ll take a risk
Take a chance
Make a change
And breakaway

I feel like Bilbo wants to be taken seriously and prove his worth which this song has elements of in it. Take from that what you will.

4. Driven by K. Bromberg. Ok, so many of you probably don’t know this book. It’s an adult/new adult romance full of all the angst and individual problems that you can take. I love this series actually. It’s pretty steamy and romantic and you could cut the tension with a knife. I’m going with Crazy In Love by Beyoncé (original and Fifty Shades of Grey versions both work). I definitely recommend you checking out this book if you’re a fan of romance.

Such a funny thing for me to try to explain,
How I’m feeling and my pride is the one to blame.
‘Cuz I know I don’t understand,
Just how your love can do what no one else can.

Got me looking so crazy right now

5. Lastly, Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon comes out of the hat. Again, I had a little trouble trying to find a song to match here. Because I think this book is mainly about stepping out of your comfort zone, taking a risk with someone you trust despite the danger.That’s why I think Treacherous by Taylor Swift is the perfect song to fit the book, characters especially.

I’d be smart to walk away,
But you’re quicksand

This slope is treacherous
This path is reckless
This slope is treacherous
And I, I, I like it

Your name has echoed through my mind
And I just think you should, think you should know
That nothing safe is worth the drive and I would
Follow you, follow you home..


 

There you have it, the made-in-heaven combination of books and songs! This was so much fun, let me know if you’d be interested in me doing something like this again.

Do you agree with my song choices? Do you have any other suggestions? Or maybe you have the perfect song for a different book? Let me know!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll talk to you in my next post!

Liam

Twitter: @liamslibrary83      Goodreads: Liamo’d       Instagram: @liamslibrary

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29 thoughts on “Books + Songs!

  1. I loved this! Is a great way to recommend books and music plus I find new music/ books I didn’t know about. It’s a creative way! I definitely want to see more of these!
    I’ll check Driven. And you recommended great songs! I love the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack and I’m happy to see one of the songs here! 😀

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    1. That’s awesome to hear, thanks! Yes, I hope you find some good music. I think I’ll be doing mostly pop for these posts so everyone can get the connection between book and song.
      Driven would be a good one for you to try from what I’ve seen and heard in our conversations. Oh my god, I looooove the FSoG soundtrack. I’m actually pretty excited for the next movie (because I liked the second book a lot more than the first.) Hope you enjoy the book!

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      1. Just checked Driven and I know those books! I haven’t read them but I definitely will! In the ‘Readers Also Enjoyed’ is the Fixed trilogy by Laurelin Paige, I love that trilogy so much! It’s a romance contemporary NA too, if you haven’t read it I highly recommend it! It is really good!!

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      2. I hope so for the soundtrack too. Driven is amazing and so underrated. I hope you like it. Thanks for the recommendation, I’ll definitely check out Fixed. ‘Readers Also Enjoyed’ gives me so much help. 🙂

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  2. Okay, I loved this! 😀 Books and music are both integral parts of my life and I love them both, so I always enjoy pairing them up together. And your songs were all well chosen!
    When I first saw Breakaway paired up for Hobbit, though, I didn’t quite agree. But then you quoted the words, and I was like “Ohhhh… NOW I get it!”
    Great post, Liam! 😀

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    1. Thank you! Feel free to do one of your own. Music and books…there really isn’t a better combination to me.
      Oh my god, The Hobbit was such a hard one to find a song for. I only chose Breakaway for the character side of things. The feel isn’t really similar and it doesn’t match the plot but I think the message can resonate a bit with Bilbo. Thanks again!

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      1. Yep, it’s the best combo ever! 😀

        Yes, that’s exactly why I didn’t understand your choice at first. But then… reading the lyrics that you quoted and the explanation you gave… then I got it.

        Oh, you’re welcome! 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much! Of course, go right ahead. I’d be so excited to see what you come up with. Oops, I tried to go with well known songs (which narrowed down the choices a bit) but I guess everyone’s tastes are different. Glad we agree on all the books. Enjoy doing this!

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  3. This was such a good idea, and I love the song choices too! I agree though, it can be really frustrating when a song has the perfect lyrics for something but the wrong feel or context…would it be okay if I did a post similar to this?

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  4. Yes this is such a stunning idea for a blogpost – also your song-choices were brilliant (particular Taylor Swift: can I just fanboy for a minute *eagerly nods* thanks!) I can definitely see where you are going with your choices as well, they’re all so accurate whether lyrically or mood-provoking.

    I think I would pair “We Were Liars” with “I’m not calling you a liar” by Florence and the Machine (not sure if you’ve heard it) but I think it encapsulates that haunting, crazy mood:

    “I’m not calling you a liar, just don’t lie to me,
    I’m not calling you a thief, just don’t steal from me,
    I’m not calling you a ghost, just stop haunting me.”

    Now off I go to delve into the depths of your blog – I’m so glad I stumbled upon it, and it’s great to see another male (book) blogger! Based on your song choices, I think we’ll get along aha! 😛

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