There are some amazing people out there who are so adept at multi tasking that they can read and listen to music at the same time (looking at you, little sis 😏) Unfortunately, whilst I can simultaneously juggle a bowl of rice, Instagram, catch up on booktube videos and pen a letter to the Australian prime minister with my left foot, when I’m reading I absolutely cannot focus on anything else.
However, there are certain songs that instantly made me think of a particular book, and now they are forever engraved in my mind as an inseparable entity. They just go together like peanut butter and jelly.
5. Wings (Birdy) & Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
“Oh damn these walls
In the moment we’re ten feet tall
And how you told me after it all
We’d remember tonight
For the rest of our lives”
4. Try (specifically the Max Schneider cover) & Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
Seriously though, listen to this song and then tell me you don’t immediately picture Warner whispering the words to Juliette.
“Wait a second
Why should you care what they think of you
When you’re all alone, by yourself
Do you like you? Do you like you?
You don’t have to try so hard
You don’t have to give it all away
You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up
You don’t have to change a single thing.”
3. Strong (One Direction) & Allegiant by Veronica Roth
“I’m sorry if I say I need you
But I don’t care, I’m not scared of love.
Cos when I’m not with you I’m weaker.
Is that so wrong?
Is it so wrong?
That you make me strong?”
2. Fight Song (Rachel Platten) & Disruption by Jessica Shirvington
Because aside from being one of the most intelligent, ruthless female leads I’ve ever read about, Maggie literally kicks ass. As in, she can muay thai you into the next century.
“This is my fight song
Take back my life song
Prove I’m alright song
My power’s turned on
Starting right now I’ll be strong
I’ll play my fight song
And I don’t really care if nobody else believes
Cos I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me.”
Style basically the whole 1989 album (TSwizzle, who else?!) & the Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin
“I should just tell you to leave cos I
Know exactly where it leads but I
Watch us go round and round each time.”
I actually made a book playlist for the Mara Dyer trilogy on my Youtube channel, so if you want to check it out, I’ll embed it below 😀
Let me know – do you guys have book playlists? Can you listen while you’re reading, or can you only concentrate on reading when it’s dead silent?