Top 5 Wednesday: Book Theme Songs

Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday as hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. Today’s topic is our top five book theme songs that we associate with books. So this can mean matching the lyrics to the book, if the tone fits the story, or because we listened to it a lot while reading a book. These aren’t really in any particular order, so let’s jump right in:

5. Bring Me to Life by Evanescence for Shatter Me

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Alright, let’s just all appreciate the gloriousness that is Evanescence, okay? If you listen not only to the lyrics of this song, but also the tone of it, I feel like it really matches the overall theme of this trilogy. It starts out kind of melancholy like how Juliette is at the beginning, and gets more intense as the song continues.

Lyrics:

How can you see into my eyes like open doors?
Leading you down into my core where I’ve become so numb
Without a soul my spirit’s sleeping somewhere cold
Until you find it there and lead it back home
Wake me up inside
(I can’t wake up)
Wake me up inside
(Save me)
Call my name and save me from the dark
(Wake me up)
Bid my blood to run
(I can’t wake up)
Before I come undone
(Save me)
Save me from the nothing I’ve become

4. Demons by Imagine Dragons for Daughter of Smoke & Bone

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Look at the lyrics of this song! I mean, a lot of this trilogy is about monsters and angels and having secrets. There’s so many good lyrics in this song that I think really fits well with Akiva and Karou, especially.

Lyrics:

When the days are cold
And the cards all fold
And the saints we see
Are all made of gold
When your dreams all fail
And the ones we hail
Are the worst of all
And the blood’s run stale
I wanna hide the truth
I wanna shelter you
But with the beast inside
There’s nowhere we can hide
No matter what we breed
We still are made of greed
This is my kingdom come
This is my kingdom come
When you feel my heat
Look into my eyes
It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide
Don’t get too close
It’s dark inside
It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide

3. We Are Giants by Lindsey Stirling (feat. Dia Frampton) for The Raven Boys

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Okay, after thinking about it and listening to this song, I think this song fits the characters in this book so well because they’re all misfits in their own rights, but they are also all bigger than life in the group that they form. And then I think that the beat of the song really encompasses the feeling of the book.

Lyrics:

Do you feel like you’re second-hand?
Do you feel you’re afraid to stand alone?
Cut away every safety net
Live your life so you won’t regret the road
Feels like you’re standing there so small
Just the space between the stars
Don’t be afraid to risk it all
Cause we are we are
We are giants
We are giants
We are giants
We are we are
We are giants
We are giants
We are giants
We are we are

2. I Knew You Were Trouble by Taylor Swift for Their Fractured Light

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I had to pick this song for this book in particular because Gideon and Sofia are both trouble and when they walked into each other’s lives? Oh man.

Lyrics:

Once upon a time a few mistakes ago
I was in your sights, you got me alone
You found me, you found me, you found me
I guess you didn’t care, and I guess I liked that
And when I fell hard you took a step back
Without me, without me, without me
And he’s long gone when he’s next to me
And I realize the blame is on me
‘Cause I knew you were trouble when you walked in
So shame on me now
Flew me to places I’d never been
‘Til you put me down, oh
I knew you were trouble when you walked in
So shame on me now
Flew me to places I’d never been
Now I’m lying on the cold hard ground
Oh, oh, trouble, trouble, trouble
Oh, oh, trouble, trouble, trouble

1 . Shooting Star by Owl City for A Court of Mist and Fury

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Other than the fact that this song has shooting stars in it and the book does, too, the lyrics itself I think really fit with Feyre and her mental illness in this book. She struggles a lot in the beginning, but with the help of a strong support group she realizes just how strong she is.

Lyrics:

Close your tired eyes, relax and then
Count from 1 to 10 and open them
All these heavy thoughts will try to weigh you down
But not this time
Way up in the air, you’re finally free
And you can stay up there right next to me
All this gravity will try to pull you down
But not this time
When the sun goes down and the lights burn out
Then it’s time for you to shine
Brighter than a shooting star
So shine no matter where you are
Fill the darkest night with a brilliant light
‘Cause it’s time for you to shine
Brighter than a shooting star
So shine no matter where you are tonight
Woah-oh, woah-oh, woah-oh
Brighter than a shooting star
Shine no matter where you are tonight
I loved this topic! It was also a lot more difficult than I was expecting it to be. But I think that songs are so powerful because they can fit so many different stories as well as tell many different stories.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

What are some songs that you associate with books or characters? Do you think that music can really tell its own story? When you hear a song do you automatically think of any characters from some of your favorite books?

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