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: “Head Is Not My Home” by MS MR
The Book: When the Sea is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen
“Head Is Not My Home” has an edgy, dark sensuality, perfect for Felicita’s move from her opulent family estate to the streets of Pelimburg, where magic, sex, and secrets reign.
2) The Song: “Raise Your Glass” by Pink
The Book: Audacious by Gabrielle Prendergast
Pink’s catchy and irreverent song is an apt theme for Ella, who revels in setting herself apart from the crowd and making people uncomfortable: “So raise your glass if you are wrong / In all the right ways, all my underdogs / We will never be, never be anything but loud / And nitty, gritty, dirty little freaks.”
3) The Song: “Living Louder” by The Cab
The Book: The Wrap-up List by Steven Arntson
When Gabby receives notice that she’s going to die, she decides to make the most of the time she has left. This means doing things she’s never dared to try before and helping her loved ones find happiness. This is exactly what “Living Louder” is about: “If today’s the day I die / Lay me down under the lights / Let me fall in love / Let me save a life.”
4) The Song: “Rebel Girl” by Bikini Girl
The Book: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Strong, brash, and upbeat, “Rebel Girl” captures the spirit of Calaena Sardothien, the female assassin who can take down any opponent without breaking a sweat. She’s a badass, and she knows it.
5) The Song: “Tonight, Tonight” by Smashing Pumpkins
The Book: Grunge Gods and Graveyards by Kimberly G. Giarratano
“Tonight, Tonight” is Danny and Lainey’s “song” in Grunge Gods and Graveyards, and it’s easy to see why. Like the lovers in the song, the two will always have a piece of each other no matter what life – or death – brings.
6) The Song: “Cause I’m a Blonde” by Julie Brown
The Book: My Best Friend, the Atlantic Ocean, and Other Great Bodies Standing Between Me and My Life with Giulio by Jane Harrington
I’m not sure whether Delia’s a blonde, brunette, or redhead, but this cheerfully ditzy song about a girl who gets by on looks rather than brains is spot-on.
7) The Song: “Staring at the Sun” by The Offspring
The Book: The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand by Gregory Galloway
Like Adam, the singer in “Staring at the Sun” is fed up with life; he’s stuck, jaded, ready to escape. Here’s a telling verse: “If I seem bleak / Well you’d be correct / And if I don’t speak / It’s cause I get disconnected.”
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!