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: “Bad Bad World” by Guster
The Book: Eve by Anna Carey
This is a hopeful song about living in a bad world yet believing you can find the good that’s buried deep, “standin’ in the dark” but “waiting up for the light.” Because no matter how bad it gets, “There is love / there is peace / in this world.”
2) The Song: “If I Could Be Where You Are” by Enya
The Book: Ash by Malinda Lo
I love the fairy tale feel of this song, which is perfect for Ash. I also enjoy the way the sad, searching quality of the music speaks to Ash’s grief for her mother and her desire to seek her out with the help of Sidehean and the other fairies. Here’s the chorus: “Is there a way I can find you? / Is there a sign I should know? / Is there a road I could follow / To bring you back home?”
3) The Song: “One of These Nights” by Eagles
The Book: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
I may not have been a fan of Beautiful Creatures, but I sure love “One of These Nights.” It’s full of references to the fight between darkness and light, making it spot-on for Garcia and Stohl’s story about a witch whose powers will be claimed either for good or evil: “I’ve been searching for the daughter of the devil himself / I’ve been searching for an angel in white / I’ve been waiting for a woman who’s a little of both / And I can feel her but she’s nowhere in sight.
4) The Song: “All of Me” by John Legend
The Book: Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles
I don’t usually listen to John Legend, but I’m crazy about “All of Me.” The song speaks of loving everything about a person – “your curves and all your edges / all your perfect imperfections.” This reminded me of Derek and Ashtyn in Wild Cards, as the things that drive them crazy about each other are also the things that make them fall in love. This line especially resonates: “What would I do without your smart mouth? / Drawing me in, and you kicking me out. / You’ve got my head spinning, no kidding, I can’t pin you down.”
5) The Song: “If We Are The Body” by Casting Crowns
The Book: Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker
This praise and worship song perfectly expresses the dismay Lacey feels in Small Town Sinners over the difference between the way her church is supposed to treat people and the way the church actually treats people. As the singer states, “Jesus paid much too high a price / For us to pick and choose who should come.”
6) The Song: “Say Something” by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera
The Book: Pieces of Us by Margie Gelbwasser
I think of “Say Something” as the theme song for Kyle and Katie, and it’s so beautiful and sad it makes my chest hurt. The singers sound so weary, broken, and defeated, singing about loving someone but having no choice but to give up on that love. It’s a gorgeous song. Heartbreaking, but gorgeous.
7) The Song: “Mister Cellophane” by John C. Reilly
The Book: Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
I’ll admit it, I feel pretty clever for coming up with this book / song pairing. “Mister Cellophane” is written from the point of view of a man who’s easy to overlook, just like Nix in Nobody: “You can look right through me / Walk right by me / And never know I’m there.”
8) The Song: “Addicted” by Saving Abel
The Book: Handcuffs by Bethany Griffin
I actually found myself humming “Addicted” nonstop while reading Handcuffs; it’s almost uncanny how well the two go together. The song really captures the hot and heavy and oh-so-unhealthy relationship between Parker and her ex-boyfriend, talking about a couple that breaks up, gets back together because of the crazy attraction they share, breaks up again, etc.
So, 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!