I’ve basically decided that August is the month of “Catching up on Tags from Loretta”. So here’s another one, and listen, I am NOT Umbridge in this one, okay?
Honestly I’m still a little traumatized.
The Song Request Book Tag is all about music and books and I love that. Also, the rules of this one are kind of fun, and part of the game is to listen to the challenger’s music, so I’d like to apologize in advance to the people I tag because even as I type this intro I have IDEAS and they may be a bit… eclectic.
- Thank and link back to tagger. (Hi, Loretta!)
- Credit to Daniel @ Page to Page
- Listen to tagger’s song requests! After you’re done listening to the three songs the person who tagged you has chosen, choose a book that you think best goes along with that song and tell us why you chose it!
- Request 3 songs of your own! Give any three songs (and your corresponding book choices that think go well with said song) you want for your taggers to listen and respond to!
- Tag 5 people!
“Preacher Man” by The Driver Era
The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
Not for Dee, the protagonist, but for James. I feel like this is sort of the desperate song his heart would be singing. If, you know, he hadn’t sold it. Also James is one of my favorite love interests in a book, largely because of the ENDING which is AWESOME.
I’ve never heard this song before (now love it, thanks Loretta) and since I was listening for book-related inspiration, James came immediately to mind. Also I really like this song, so thanks for that!
See, this is the beauty of song-related tags. You never know what you’ll find!
“#1 Crush” by Garbage
Drawn Away by Holly Bennett
Whelp. I am not crazy about this song? Also I don’t think I’ve seen Romeo + Juliet since high school, so I don’t even remember it? High school sorta wore that movie out for me because I think we watched it at least once a semester. It could pop up in any class at anytime. Like – AHA! LETS WATCH ROMEO + JULIET TO ENTERTAIN THE STUDENTS BECAUSE IT’S A SHORT WEEK. IT’S PERFECT.
So anyways, this song has some very serious “I love you so much I murdered all these people!” vibes. And while I feel like this is a trope used a lot, especially in faerie books, for some reason, I couldn’t think of any. Scrolling through my “Read” books shelf, I came up with Drawn Away by Holly Bennett. The Little Matchstick girl has some serious “I would commit murder so you love me” vibes. Creepy ghost child.
“Without Me” by Halsey
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkowski
I love Halsey. There’s something about her voice that feels like vacation and young dreams and old school Hollywood. It’ hard to explain? But anyway, I like her.
This song in general reminds me of The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkowski. The relationship between the two POV of characters and the power struggle and you know… the general plot? I get vibes from this song. Especially within the complications of Kestrel and Arin’s relationship and the … yeah the plot. I’m trying not to have spoilers, but I feel like the lyrics line up pretty well with the book for me.
“Friday I’m In Love” by The Cure
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
So small confession? I didn’t actually start listening to The Cure until about a year ago. I don’t know how I missed them, but I really enjoy their discography. “Friday I’m In Love” is a particular favorite, as I’m sure it is for most people. The Cure (as well as a bunch of other artists and groups!) feature prominently in This Song Will Save Your Life, so including this book in the tag was a no-brainer for me.
As for as its actual relationship to the story (other than just being featured)… the romance, I felt, was really hot and cold in this novel. Additionally, the progression through the days of the week in the song seemed to line up well with Elise’s healing process in the story. And also I like the song. 🙂
“Dance With the Devil” by Breaking Benjamin
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Ahhhh, guys, I love Rosamund Hodge? Her writing is so pretty and her world-building sublime. I’m actually reading Bright Smoke, Cold Fire right now and thoroughly enjoying it. Always happy to promote something of hers.
Cruel Beauty and “Dance With the Devil” are so well suited, to me, because of the title itself. Nyx’s relationship with Ignifexis very much a tango between the two. There’s love and tension and stakes of good and evil. Her family married her to Ignifex and essentially left her for dead as a sacrifice so they might continue their way of life. The whole book is about trying to negotiate between the two characters and find the truth. Also the dark vibes in the song work with the dark vibes in the book.
“I Am the Fire” by Halestorm
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
Okay so first of all, I feel the need to be a little hipster and say I LIKED THIS BAND BEFORE SUPERNATURAL. This song was used for the “Wayward Sisters” episode, which would have served at the spin-off if it had been well-received (it wasn’t, generally speaking). I could go on and on about the proposed spinoffs of Supernatural failed to capture the heart of the show, but this is a book thing.
One of the themes in The Poppy War is Rin’s rise to power, and this some is just soooo empowering to me. It just feels doubly good because of her power as the Phoenix. Rin is, literally “the fire” and she is “burning brighter, roaring like a storm”.
The Dragon Republic just came out and I am so pumped to read it, guys. I loved this book, and I love this song.
TAG! YOU’RE IT!
Hi all! I know not everyone does tags, so please know that is totally okay if this isn’t your jam! Still, if you do decide to participate, I’d love to read your answers.
And, as always, if I didn’t tag you, please feel free to steal the tag and do it anyway!
Do you ever find yourself matching up music and books? It isn’t something I think about most the time, but I do always find myself reading books and thinking “that should be a movie!”. I’d love to hear about times you all compare books with other kinds of media!