Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is: Top Ten Books I’d Give Theme Songs To.
I’ve been looking forward to this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic for ages! I’m a big music buff for the same reason I love to read – like books, music entertains, enlightens, transports, and inspires. One of my biggest regrets is that I don’t have a musical bone in my body (my parents rejoiced the day I quit the saxophone, and I was one of only two people from my group of friends not accepted into the high school chorus). Since I can’t sing or play an instrument, I settle for compiling book-inspired playlists (check them out here). So, as you can imagine, I had plenty of material for today’s TTT list.
1) The Book: Red Rising by Pierce Brown (Review)
The Song: “Glory and Gore” by Lorde
This song gets me pumped up every time I hear it! I can just imagine Darrow, the hero of Red Rising, gearing up to go into battle, ready to avenge his enslaved race and make a name for himself through conquest and victory: “Now we’re in the ring and we’re coming for blood.”
2) The Book: Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler
The Song: “This Is What Makes Us Girls” by Lana Del Rey
When I first heard “This Is What Makes Us Girls,” I knew there had to be a book that encapsulated the spirit of the song. When I read Afterparty, I knew I’d found it. Both song and story tell of a friendship that grows increasingly unhealthy and out of control, spiraling toward a disastrous end.
3) The Book: Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater
The Song: “So Hard To Breathe” by B.O.B.
“So Hard To Breathe,” which talks about fame and how it can crush you, is a fitting anthem for Cole, one of the narrators in Sinner. Cole is drowning, swept under by the current of his own success. He’s got everything he could ever want – fortune, fame, girls, drugs – but can’t keep his head above water: “Someone called my cell and left a voicemail / That said congratulations on the million record sales / As I’m flipping over furniture knocking shit off the shelf / I told myself I’ll never get too deep not to take a breath / But I’m sinking.”
4) The Book: Shine by Lauren Myracle
The Song: “Merry Go ‘Round” by Kacey Musgraves
When you’re stuck in a small town, life can feel like being caught on a never-ending merry go ’round that you just can’t escape from. You’re trapped, doomed to walk the same paths and repeat the same mistakes as your parents and their parents before them: “Just like dust we settle in this town / On this broken merry go ’round.”
5) The Book: Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
The Song: “Clarity” by Zedd and Foxes
Maya and Lochan realize their feelings for one another go beyond that of a normal sibling relationship. They realize the world will see their love for one another as sick and perverse. But how can it be wrong for them to be together when they’re each other’s only comfort? “If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? / If our love’s insanity, why are you my clarity?”
6) The Book: Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
The Song: “Wish You Were Here” by Incubus
A year after the death of her high school sweetheart, Anna travels to the beach with her best friend in an attempt to find happiness and learn how to move on with her life. I can’t think of a more fitting song for this book than “Wish You Were Here,” which talks about sitting on the beach in a rare moment of peace, making the most of that moment yet still yearning for a person who’s missing.
7) The Book: Stolen by Lucy Christopher
The Song: “Stranger” by Secondhand Serenade
Stolen is written as a letter from a teenage girl to her abductor, a well-meaning but very misguided man who doesn’t comprehend that he is victimizing the object of his obsession rather than “saving” her. “Stranger” is the perfect theme song for this abductor: “You call me a stranger / You say I’m a danger / But all these thoughts are leaving you tonight / I’m broke and abandoned / You are an angel / Making all my dreams come true tonight.”
8) The Book: FML by Shaun Hutchinson (Review)
The Song: “Night Of Your Life” by David Guetta and Jennifer Hudson
The pulsing beat of David Guetta’s song makes the perfect soundtrack for a wild party like the one in FML. The song is all about giving someone a night they’ll never forget, which is exactly what Simon, the book’s narrator, is looking for.
9) The Book: Just One Day by Gayle Forman
The Song: “Almost Lover” by A Fine Frenzy
While traveling through Europe, Alison meets Willem, a young actor who sweeps her up in a spontaneous, whirlwind romance that begins, peaks, and ends all in the course of 24 hours. “Almost Lover,” painful and poignant, captures the longing and heartbreak of a love that has slipped through your fingers.
10) The Book: Winterspell by Claire Legrand
The Song: “Castle” by Halsey
Clara, the protagonist of Winterspell, spends part of the book held captive in the palace of a wicked fairy queen. The fairy court is corrupt and terrible, yet strangely alluring. “Castle” evokes this same feeling with its twisted, dark, seductive sound.
Have you read any of the books listed above? If so, do you think the songs are fitting? Are there any other songs you feel would be a great match? Let me know in the comments section below!