Today is the first day of my Saturday blog posts and I am very excited to begin it with a blog post filled with music and books.
My music taste mostly revolves around the classic rock from the 70s and 80s and of course, some pop bands like The Beatles. My favourite band in the ENTIRE world though is Queen. However, I only included two of their songs here because, for some of their songs, I had a hard time coming up with books that matched them.
Here are 10 songs from my playlist matched with 10 books.
“Summer Song” by Himesh Patel
& Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
This song is from the movie, Yesterday, which I saw and adored, so I had to include some of its soundtrack here. “Summer Song” reminds me of Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson because it is a summer-y contemporary book. Most importantly, though, I feel as if the entire book is summarized in the first verse of Summer Song:
Sun’s in the sky
And nothing can go wrong
Kiss winter goodbye
And sing this summer song
This first verse is basically what the main character’s best friend, Sloane, is saying to her in the letter she leaves behind after mysteriously disappearing. She encourages Emily to forget about her and live her life to achieve the best summer ever.
“Across the Universe” by The Beatles
& The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth
The Light Between Worlds is a YA urban fantasy that is extraordinarily atmospherical and whimsical. The book is about two sisters struggling to settle back into their world after living in a magical forest for several years. However, one struggles more than the other. This plot pairs beautifully with Across the Universe by The Beatles.
Images of broken light
Which dance before me like a million eyes
They call me on and on across the universe
Thoughts meander like a
Restless wind inside a letter box
They tumble blindly as they make their way across the universe
I feel that this is such an accurate description of how Evelyn feels throughout the story. She is living in the real world yet feels a call from her true home, which might as well be across the universe. Even when surrounded by loved ones, a piece of her is missing and is lost back in The Woodlands.
“My Fairy King” by Queen
& The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
The dark and strange lyrics and tone of My Fairy King by Queen remind me of the story and atmosphere in The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. The Cruel Prince is about the dark side of faeries often not portrayed in literature, which is exhibited well in this song. Also, the beauty of the Fairyland is shown through Queen’s lyrics and relates to how I picture the world in The Cruel Prince.
They turn the milk into sour
Like the blue in the blood of my veins
(Why can’t you see it?)
Fire burnin’ in hell with the cry of screaming pain
(Son of heaven set me free and let me go)
Sea turns dry no salt from sand
Seasons fly no helping hand
Teeth don’t shine like pearls for poor men’s eyes
These words just really remind me of how I think our main character, Jude, sometimes views the Fairy world. Even if she loves it and wishes to be a part of it, she knows that she must be terrified of all it can do.
“Chances by Five” for Fighting
& Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
In Everything, Everything, the main character Maddy has a disease where she is allergic to almost everything and, therefore, cannot leave the house. When a boy named Ollie comes along, she starts realizing she needs to take chances in her already chanced life to feel like she is truly living. Considering the name, I think this fits what our main character is going through in Everything, Everything.
Chances are we’ll find a new equation
Chances roll away from me
Chances are all they hope to be
These words reflect what I think Maddy felt before meeting Ollie and after. Chances are chances. It is our choice if we want to take them.
“I Want to Break Free” by Queen
& When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
In When Dimple Met Rishi, our main character, Dimple, has always struggled with her parents understanding her desire for education over finding a boyfriend/husband. Finally, she convinces her parents to let her attend a summer camp for aspiring web developers. However, she doesn’t realize it’s not because she wants to go because her parents plotting to set her up with the son of their friends. Because of this, I feel like I Want to Break Free is a fitting song.
I want to break free
I want to break free
I want to break free from your lies
You’re so self satisfied I don’t need you
I’ve got to break free
God knows, God knows I want to break free
This is basically what Dimple feels towards her parents. She is mad when she learns the truth and thinks that they aren’t listening to what she wants, but what they want.
“Kiss Me by Sixpence” None the Richer
& The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
It has been a while since I read this book. Still, I vividly remember the main character, Belly, in love with her older family friend, Conrad. “Kiss me” is what Belly constantly thinks when she thinks of him.
Oh, kiss me beneath the milky twilight
Lead me out on the moonlit floor
Lift your open hand
Strike up the band, and make the fireflies dance
So kiss me
Again, I would NOT be surprised if these lyrics were something Belly said in the book. Not at all.
“Dog Days Are Over” by Florence + The Machine
& The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I associated this song and this book because, in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Charlie struggles to make friends as he starts his first year at high school. This is hard, but even before that, Charlie has had a difficult life. I feel like Dog Days Are Over perfectly symbolizes how he feels once he meets Sam, Patrick, and their friends and finally becomes a part of their group.
The dog days are over
The dog days are done
It’s simple, but once Charlie finds his group in school, he finally feels like he belongs. Indeed, his dog days ARE over.
“Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield
& To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Unwritten is the MOST 2000s song I have heard, but at the same time, I love it for that. It reminds me of To All the Boys because Lara Jean writes love letters to all the boys she has loved before and, for the most part, lives in a fantasy world regarding love and relationships.
Her life is definitely not unwritten, but eventually, she learns to live her life as more of a “go with the flow” and take more chances than she did at the beginning.
I am unwritten, can’t read my mind, I’m undefined
I’m just beginning, the pen’s in my hand, ending unplanned
These lyrics are a great reminder of how we should all live unwritten and unplanned lives. Well, okay, maybe plan a little bit because otherwise, you might be wandering around, but don’t pass up on opportunities just because they aren’t written into your 5-year life plan!
“Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac
& Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
I am surprised it took me THIS long to include a Cassandra Clare book, but finally, we made it. I feel like all the characters get hit by a landslide, whether in their relationships or life. I feel like I get swept away by the rubble of my heart with every gut-wrenching plot point after heartbreaking plot point…
Oh, mirror in the sky, what is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changing ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?
I hear a lot of Julian and Emma in these lyrics if you know what I mean…just because they are struggling with some things…I also think a common theme throughout this book is that many characters realize they aren’t children anymore and have to learn to understand everything they are feeling almost constantly.
“Let It Be” by The Beatles
& Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
I think many of us relate to Eliza Mirk as a quiet and introverted main character. I know I do. Not only is she a creative person, being the creator of the webcomic Monstrous Sea, but she also deals with anxiety, which I can definitely relate to. However, she lets her anxiety for most of the book get the best of her.
When people try to help her and tell her how her life isn’t that healthy, she says, “let it be.” It takes her a while to realize things need to change and that “letting it be” isn’t always the best answer.
And when the night is cloudy, there is still a light that shines on me
Shine on ’til tomorrow, let it be
I wake up to the sound of music, Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
So many people in Eliza’s life try to help her and get her out of her chair, and I think these lyrics reflect her internal conflict.
Wow! That was a long one, but there it is, me matching books with my playlist…anyways, I hope you enjoyed it because I had so much fun creating this blog post!
Don’t forget to comment below on some of your favourite songs on your playlist, and also make sure you check out my last blog post, which will be linked below. Thanks for reading 🙂
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