Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
Did I just post a book tag where I recommend a bunch of songs to you guys and talk about books, like, a week ago? Yes. But I wanted to participate in Top Ten Tuesday, and audio is this weeks theme, and I don’t listen to enough audiobooks or podcasts to write an entire post about them. So I guess you can all have more music recommendations 🙂 Basically, I’ll be counting down my top ten current favourite songs. And because I want to make this bookish in some way, I’ll pair each song with a book that it reminds me of.
10. 7 Minutes by Dean Lewis
“If I came back now would you still be there?
If I come around would you even care?
Is it too late to turn around?
I’m already halfway out of town”
*Spoilers for Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare*
Three words: Kit and Ty. I still low key want to murder Cassandra Clare for the emotional torment that she put me through when, not only did she not sail my favourite ship from this series, but she ripped them apart, along with my heart. And now whenever I listen to this song, all I can think of is Kit leaving because he thinks Ty doesn’t love him (which is total bulLSHIT) and Ty thinking over the moments before Kit left again and again and realising why he did, and holy shit I’m kind of crying just thinking about it?? Yeah, I’m a mess, but are we surprised?
9. Ready to Let Go by Cage the Elephant
“‘Times I wonder, are we just a puff of smoke? yeah
Underneath this bed of ashes, still withholding everything
Like we were never close”
*Spoilers for The Jennifer Scales series by MaryJanice Davidson*
This entire song is basically about realising that you want to break up with someone. And this is the book when Skip and Jennifer realise they need to break up (breaking my heart in the process). There’s tons of books that have break ups in them, but the themes of fire within the song meant that this book came to mind, because Jennifer being a weredragon and Skip being a werearachnid was a massive factor in their breakup. (Lmao, I’m just imagining all of you who haven’t read this series, but read this despite the spoiler warning because you couldn’t care less about these books, thinking “What the actual fuck is a werearachnid?!?)
8. My Best Habit by The Maine
“To you, I don’t exist
Ain’t what you’re looking for
Good thing I don’t exist for you at all anymore”
“If you’re not you, you’re everyone else
Who are you, who are you now?”
This song is basically about being proud to be an individual and refusing to pretend to be something else just so that others will like you. Ever since I read this book, I can’t hear or see anything with that message without thinking of Blue. She’s just so unapologetically herself, and I love her for it. On top of that, the bridge of the song explores the question of who you are when you’re not you, which makes me think of Blue’s identity struggle in this book when she starts to realise that maybe everything she knew about raven boys was wrong. She always prided herself on seeing through the money and charm of the raven boys, and then here she was falling in love with a group of them, and she had to question who she was now.
7. Escapade by The Sherlocks
“Why is everybody so in love
With the feeling of having a pulse?
‘Cause you can dance all night when the lights start to flicker
And you know I won’t let you go”
Yeah, so this song really isn’t that deep. I like it more for the tune and the beat than for the lyrics. But it’s essentially about someone who goes out and gets drunk a lot because life is kind of shitty, and someone else making sure they know that they aren’t alone. So, uhh, pretty self explanatory why I’ve chosen this book. The whole thing is basically Ronan being self destructive and Gansey being a loving dad, and I’m obsessed.
6. Times Won’t Change Me by Circa Waves
“We cut the corners
Cut the labels from our necks
If God is coming
Well, God can save us”
Ok, I’m gonna be honest with y’all: I have no idea what this song is about. There’s just something about piano chords over heavy drums that gets me so pumped up that lyrics don’t even matter. But based on the feel of the song and the lyrics, it feels like it’s about staying strong in the face of adversity; staying true to yourself when shit goes down. And if Day doesn’t embody that, then I don’t know who does. Plus, I just feel like this song would fit really well in the soundtrack of a dystopian movie, and this is my favourite dystopian series, so this book was the first that came to mind when I was listening to this song.
5. 2all by Catfish and the Bottlemen
“Oh, convinced me every time
That I needed fooling
So that I’d go and get it right”
This song is about love, loyalty, and lies, all of which remind me of Cassel. He’s incredibly loyal to his family, and loves them almost unconditionally, but considering his family is a bunch of conning criminals, it’s slightly naive for him to trust them as much as he does. This book starts out with Cassel suspecting that his family is lying to him and keeping secrets, and whilst he fell for their lies in the past, he knows better now, and is preparing to con them back.
4. Turn by The Wombats
“I like the way your brain works, I like the way you try
To run with the wolf pack when your legs are tired
I like the way you turn me inside and out
I like the way you turn”
This song is basically about a guy who loves this girl, not just despite her crazy, but because of it. Now, I’m not saying that Nina is crazy, but she is vivacious and wild and kind of a lot for Matthias and his controlled, serious manner. But somehow they still work really well together? Like, they fit together in a way that I wouldn’t have expected, but that I ended up adoring. Also, there’s a line in this song that goes “you could give an aspirin the headache of it’s life” and Matthias would 100% say that to Nina.
3. Fluctuate by Catfish and the Bottlemen
“Why pass all the times?
The disciplines left me
Left me with you”
“And you were ’round mine singing
And you’d act out the lines with an arm up to the sky”
This song is basically a friends-to-lovers story with a heavy focus on a shared love of music, and this book immediately came to mind. It follows Amy and Roger, who kind of got stuck on a road trip together, end up becoming friends, and then find that there’s something more between them. On top of that, they make different playlists throughout this book, because they’re on a road trip, and the playlists, along with photos, post cards, receipts and other knick knacks they collect on their journey, are all included in the book, which I thought was a really fun detail.
2. Turn by The Night Café
“Am I alone or is this me in the zone of my head again?
I don’t care
I don’t believe it when you tell me that it’s alright
I’m overthinking things, my dear”
Cue all of you trying to work out if my obsession with this series is unhealthy enough to warrant sending me away to a mental institution (hint: probably). Ok, but seriously, I can’t help it, this series is on my mind 24/7, so it’s only natural that literally everything reminds me of it. But yeah, I kind of ended up ignoring the rest of this song, because these lyrics reminded me so much of Adam (and therefore myself, because, as we’ve established multiple times on this blog, I am Adam Parrish and Adam Parrish is me) that I had to go with this book. I mean, he basically spends this entire book having an existential crisis over whether or not he’s alone and unknowable, but really he’s just overthinking literally everything (lmao same).
1. Mardy Bum by The Arctic Monkeys
“Well, now then mardy bum
I see your frown
And it’s like looking down the barrel of a gun
And it goes off”
This whole song is about a couple arguing, and when I think of fictional couples arguing, I really only think of Ron and Hermione. Not to shit on anyone’s OTP or anything, but I kind of hate them together? Wow, what a positive end to this post. But nah, seriously, they argue so much in this book that it was honestly the only one I could think of when listening to this song.
But yeah, this was way harder than I thought it would be. Turns out, I don’t really think of books when I listen to music, and when I do, I only think of The Raven Cycle lol (though that’s more just because I’m always thinking of The Raven Cycle :P). But it was super fun. And, I finally managed to post something on this blog other than a tag! Even though this really isn’t that much different to a tag. I swear I’ll be reviewing something soon, but I kind of need to read something to review it, and apparently I suck at that. (You’d think one shouldn’t be a book blogger when they can’t even finish a bloody book, but here I am. Ughhh, why am I like this??) But yeah, if you take anything away from this post, it’s that The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater owns my soul. I think that’s all I want to say, so bye, I guess.