Book Recap – In Song! is a monthly feature where I create and share a playlist inspired by the books I read during the previous month.
1) The Song: “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
The Book: When the World Was Flat (and we were in love) by Ingrid Jonach and The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller
This Christina Perri song is very fitting for two of the books I read last month. Like the characters in Jonach and Miller’s books, Perri has found a love that spans the ages and multiple dimensions: “And all along I believed I would find you / Time has brought your heart to me / I have loved you for a thousand years / I’ll love you for a thousand more.”
2) The Song: “Give Me Back My Life” by Papa Roach
The Book: Boy Toy by Barry Lyga
For Boy Toy, I wanted a song that could convey the frustration, betrayal, and guilt Josh feels whenever he thinks about his past. “Give Me Back My Life” does just that and also captures the feelings of panic and entrapment that Josh sometimes experiences: “I can’t breathe I can’t fight / I don’t wanna feel like I’m alive / I’m not taking this tonight / Give me back my life.”
3) The Song: “God Gave Me You” by David Barnes
The Book: The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson
“God Gave Me You” is both a love song and a homage to the God who grants that love. This makes it ideal for The Fairest Beauty, which is a retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves that prominently features religious themes and pure, God-given romance.
4) The Song: “Hands” by Jewel
The Book: My Book of Life By Angel by Martine Leavitt
Like “Hands,” Leavitt’s novel is a beautiful reminder of the resiliency of the human spirit. Angel can find hope in even the bleakest of circumstances, and despite her trials she always perseveres. As the chorus in Jewel’s song so wonderfully proclaims, “My hands are small, I know / But they’re not yours, they are my own / But they’re not yours, they are my own / And I am never broken.”
5) The Song: “Friends We Won’t Forget” by Lee Brice
The Book: Winger by Andrew Smith
This country song paints a picture of rowdy but good-natured boys embracing life, sharing secrets, and getting into trouble. The hijinks and brotherly love in the song bring to mind Ryan Dean and his friends in Winger. As Brice sings, “Here’s to the nights we don’t remember and the friends we won’t forget.”
What do you think? Are there any other songs you feel would be a great match for the books I listed above? If so, please share in the comments section – I’d love to hear from you!