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Today’s Topic is: Book Theme Songs
Book Theme Songs? This week’s topic is absolutely awesome! There are so many songs that spring to mind when I am reading books – I make playlists up in my head all the time! Some songs I associate with the story and others just seem to fit with the characters and the situations they find themselves in. I had a lot of fun matching books and songs – it was almost too hard to narrow it down to just five though. 😉
Every good book deserves its own theme song amirite? It’s been fun to try and match my favourite books with some of my favourite songs. Here are some of my top picks:
1. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Benjamin Alire Sáenz
I love Simon and Garfunkel and for some reason the Bookends Theme always clicked with me when I was reading Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Benjamin Alire Sáenz. It’s one of my favourite pieces of music ever and it suits the nostalgic feel of the book and the sense of longing that exists between these two wonderful characters. You can read my review here.
2. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
This one was kind of a given! 😉 Seriously though, this Rolling Stones classic ran through my head the whole time I was reading The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. It became something of an anthem for me during this time so I had to pick this particular song.
3. Suicide Watch by Kelley York
This is my go-to song when I’m feeling low (I’m not really sure why since it is rather depressing and not a pick-me-up song at all). I love the Johnny Cash version but it is the Nine Inch Nails version of Hurt that speaks strongly to me. I can imagine this would be a song the main character Vincent from Kelley York’s Suicide Watch would gravitate towards. My review of this heart-wrenching book can be found here.
4. Sweethearts by Sara Zarr
Sweethearts by Sara Zarr is one of my most favourite non-conventional love stories (in that it is actually not a love story at all). The relationship between Jennifer and Cameron is undoubtedly love though not strictly romantic (although there is certainly something of an undercurrent of romance between them). They complete each other but also tear each other apart. I Know, I Know, I Know by Tegan and Sara feels like a really fitting song for them. You can read my review of this fabulous book right here.
Warchild by Karin Lowachee
My poor, damaged Jos from Karin Lowachee’s Warchild makes all of my emotions spill out all over the place every darn time I pick up this amazing book. Hallelujah is a song that always plays through my head on every re-read (the Jeff Buckley version – no offence meant to Leonard Cohen – his original version is incredible too).