Today I am finally having a go at a tag that I have always wanted to do ever since I first saw it making its way round. I absolutely love music, and so the idea of combining that with books was something I always loved as it allows me to join together two of my favourite things. I was also curious to see if I could match a random song to a book, as I am so used to doing it the other way round, trying to match a song to a particular book.
So here is the Playlist Book Tag!
In my opinion, this song just perfectly embodies the story within We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach, from the disregarding of labels to living for the time you have left. Despite the possibly sombre concept of this book, that follows four high school students who come together after discovering that they have two months to live before an asteriod hits earth, I really see this book in a more positive light, as this song reflects, as it shows our characters making the most of the time they have left instead of fearing for the future.
The overall tone of this song for whatever reason just reminds of I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak. Possibly because of Ed conflict over the cards and journey to helping others and beginning to almost find himself in the process, or maybe it is simply because I can imagine him and his friends sitting around playing cards and listening to this song, but for whatever reason I just seem to find myself connecting this book to this song when I hear it.
Honestly, I think it is simply the light-hearted nature of this song combined with the lyrics that just really reminds of Night Owls by Jenn Bennett. Due to Jack possibly being one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists, Jack and Beatrix’s relationship includes that element of not being right as in this song, and overall I can just imagine both of them running round the streets at night to this song.
So many lines of this song just remind me of Elias from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, and so I had to go with that book for this song. There’s a particularly line in this song ‘no sensitivity in a fog of war’ that just reflects Elias struggle with the Empire at the very start of the book, and his desire to leave, and so I definitely think that this song makes me think of his character and of all of the struggles and challenges he and Helene have to combat within this story.
This song just instantly reminds of the spectacular, action-packed book that is Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. This book just constantly leaves you on the edge of your seat, and is filled with so many plot twists and tense moments that I just couldn’t not fit this awesome book to this similarly awesome song.
How could the dark nature of this song not make me think of This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab? It just reminds me of the dark, corrupt nature of this city filled with monsters, and Katherine and August trying to escape it and running together away from Verity, which I definitely think encompasses so many of the immoral, dystopian ideas mentioned within this song.
A feel good contemporary combined with a feel summer book in the form of Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. So many of these lyrics just remind me of a road-trip similar to the one these two go on within this book, with the mention of rest-stops and songs just cementing this as the perfect song to go with this book.
The upbeat nature of this song just instantly makes me feel the same way I did when reading The Sun is Also Star by Nicola Yoon. It really reflects that infatuation and strong connection between Daniel and Natasha, and the line ‘fate can be so tongue in cheek’ just reminds me of the short-lived nature of their relationship due to Natasha’s deportation, and so how unfair it seems that they met with only one day to really spend together.
Just the name of this song should be enough to link it with The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith that sees our two main characters move across the world as they continue to exchange postcards and emails between them, and the struggles this causes. I just found this to be such cute read that really demonstrated the struggles of a long distance relationship, especially as they really don’t know each other too well before they separate, and so I definitely felt that this book had to go with this song.
Finally, the emotion within this song is just too heartbreaking to not remind me of one of History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera. Although the central idea of this song doesn’t reflect Griffin’s view of his relationship with Theo, I definitely think that just the pure, honest emotion this song portrays is so similar to that in this book as Griffin tries to grief for him, with particular lines such as ‘As if a plane crash were timely, There’s no good time for bad news’ and ‘Don’t waste your tears on me’ just cementing this for me.
What do you think? Do you agree with the books I choose for these songs? Do you have any songs that remind you of a particular book?