Songs That Remind Me of Books | Top 5 Wednesday

Hey, back with another one that I haven’t posted in a million years: it’s Top 5 Wednesday!

Top 5 Wednesday is a fun meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes, where you discuss five books/bookish topics related to the prompt given for that day.

Today’s prompt: “Songs that remind you of your books! Explain why a specific song reminds you of a book. You can do five songs for five books or five songs for a single book, do what y’all feel.”

This one sounded like a lot of fun, so here we go~

5. Merry Go Round of Life by Joe Hisashi from/for Howl’s Moving Castle by Diane Wynne Jones

Okay, this is totally cheating, but I don’t care. Howl’s Moving Castle is one of my favorite Ghibli movies, and the song Merry Go Round of Life is so beautiful. I recently started reading the novel version for the first time (at the behest of my best friend who’s read it and loved it more than the film, which is saying something), and I got to say that even though I’m not very far into it, it’s already so different from the movie! In a good way, though. But of course, this song is obviously playing in my head while reading it, because how could it not be? Honestly, the whole soundtrack for the movie is, so yeah lol

4. Songs composed by Jeremy Soule for The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Movie and video game scores are seriously inspiring when it comes to, well, anything, let’s be real. This particular compilation of songs are from various games such as Skyrim and Oblivion. I love listening to instrumental music a lot, and I can say that I often get lost in my own world when listening to tracks such as these because they allow your mind to really craft its own world to their sounds. I think that this mix really speaks to The Way of Kings because it’s an epic fantasy with many ups and downs, twists and turns, glory and defeat, and I think the varying music really speaks to that.

3. LION by (G)I-DLE for Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I love this song LION by (G)I-DLE. It’s so powerful and sultry and makes me feel strong and like I can kick ass. The first thought that came to my mind was Celaena and her journey to get to where she is, and I thought that it was an appropriate song for her.

2. Scared of the Dark by Lil Wayne & Ty Dolla $ign for The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

As I was listening to this song, I was thinking about how much strife Starr went through, and how she was scared of many things after what happened to her friend, Khalil. The Hate U Give deals with a lot of topics of racism, police brutality, self-identity, family, gangs, and more. This song really talks about not being afraid, even if your environment and the people around you are against you. I think Starr really learns that in this book, so it fits.

Also, the whole Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse album is a bop, so go watch the movie, then go listen to the soundtrack.

1 . Paper Rings by Taylor Swift for Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

Alrighty, this series is probably one of the cutest, heartwarming, diverse LGBT+ reads I’ve ever read, and I love it so much. I also love the song Paper Rings, and I thought it was appropriate because it’s all about being content with the person you’re with, and how you want to be with them no matter the circumstance. I think it’s a cute song fitting for a cute series.


Alright, this was harder than I thought it would be haha! But I think that these songs fit these stories. Do you agree?

What song(s) do you think fit the current book you’re reading? Or what about a song that fits one of your favorite books? Let me know!

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?

Top Ten Tuesday: Songs I Wish Were Books

Hey peeps and welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by the lovely people of The Broke & the Bookish. Today’s topic is all about music, and so I wanted to talk about songs that I wish were books. I’ve actually never really thought about this until now, but I think this is pretty cool, so here are my selections!

  1. Enchanted by Taylor Swift – Honestly, who wouldn’t want this one to be made into a book? A girl who’s just trying to get by in her day sees a guy (or girl) across the way, their eyes meet, and then it’s fate. I mean, it’s been done before and everything, but that still doesn’t make it any less adorable. I needs it.
  2. Halo by Beyonce – I think that this one could make a really good angel story because, well, it’s about someone who is so good inside and out, and the lyrics even say, “Standing in the light of your halo / I got my angel now,” so why not have it be about angels?
  3. Where Are U Now by Skrillex & Diplo with Justin Bieber – I think this would be a good book about maybe siblings that had a falling out and maybe one goes missing or something and the other has to find them and try to make amends. I can see it being either a thriller or a contemporary kind of book, really.
  4. If I Die Young by The Band Perry – This would be a pretty melancholy book, but I would want to know why this girl died and how her family copes with it. I think it could start with her funeral and then backtrack through her life and her accomplishments and shortcomings. That would be interesting, really.
  5. Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen – You know you want this song turned into a book. It would be a cute YA contemporary about a girl pining over a boy and how she really wants his number and to date him and stuff. Classic.
  6. Vanilla Twilight by Owl City – This one would be a cute one that I think could take place in the future and that it would be about a couple who are separated over a great distance and they both look up at the sky and just think of one another, reminiscing over the time they had together. Ahhhh, so cute. I can’t even. Well, it’s cute in my mind anyway, haha!
  7. Shatter Me by Lindsey Stirling ft Lzzy Hale – I think that this one would be a good one about overcoming obstacles in your life, or trying to escape the life you might be leading and change it for the better. This one can be a powerful one. Maybe throw in some steampunk elements if you feel so inclined, but yeah.
  8. Bright by Echosmith – This would just be a cutesy romance about a guy and girl falling in love. If you want to spin on it, since the lyrics talk about Neptune and the stars, make it a sci-fi and about him sprinkling stardust on her pillowcase, as the lyrics go.
  9. Sofi Needs a Ladder by Deadmau5 – I think this could be a good rebellion song, like a bunch of teens or something going up against some kind of enemy. Or maybe just one person taking on the world, and by world, I mean their own enemies. This just sounds like a cool soundtrack that could be listened to with a variety of different scenarios. I can just imagine a very sarcastic, witty protagonist with this song.
  10. Closer by Ne-Yo – This would be New Adult to Adult in age, for sure. This is a more sultry song and so I can totally picture the sexy times for this one.

There you have it! This was actually harder than I thought because I was stuck on what songs to put for the longest time.

What songs would you want to be turned into books? What kind of plots could you see forming with them? Let me know!