Today, I’m writing the third post where I recommend books based on my recently most played songs. For each song from the first 10 on my “on repeat” playlist, I’m giving you a book recommendation that fits the theme of the song. If you want to read the first two posts I wrote, click HERE and HERE. I’m going to be linking the videos, but I will no longer provide a Spotify playlist, as I don’t feel it’s really necessary. Also I’ve changed the format again because I can’t make up my mind.
The past few weeks I haven’t been listening to music as much—instead I’ve been on an audiobooks roll—, and when I have I’ve been replaying the same stuff over and over, and this is the product. I wanted to write this a while ago but since it basically featured only three groups—oops—I decided to wait until it got some more diversity. So, without further ado, here we go:
1) Tomboy by Destiny Rogers
I discovered this song because of Lisa from Blackpink. She made a choreography to it, which I later learnt and became sort of obsessed with the song.
I’m makin’ sure you get the memo, yeah I’ll meet you up on any level, yeah Independent don’t need help, underestimate me, you’ll be playing yourself
The perfect book for this song is Bernardine Evaristo’s Manifesto: On Never Giving Up. It is a non-fiction where she tells us all about the hurdles she had to face in life, and how she overcame them.
2) good 4 u by Olivia Rodrigo
Very much like every other person on the planet, I’ve been playing Olivia Rodrigo’s music on loop. I liked SOUR when I first listened to it, but with every replay it gets even better.
Well, good for you, I guess you moved on really easily You found a new girl, and it only took a couple weeks Remember when you said that you wanted to give me the world?
The more I think about this song, the more I think it fits quite well for Maurice by E.M. Forster, and since I’ll hold on to any chance I have to talk about this book, I’m going with it.
3) Mary by The Happy Fits
Now, I first listened to this band and song in December, and as soon as I heard this song I knew I was going to become obsessed. I then proceeded to listen to this for about 20 times without stopping, like any other well-balanced person would do. I do not know what they laced it with but it’s addictive because I’m simply incapable of listening to it only once.
Mary's an animal, as sick as they come Taste of a cannibal, on top of her tongue She'll fill you with loving and drink out your blood She's trying to kill me but I just want your—
Am I using this post as an excuse to talk about my favourites? Perhaps. But this song made me think of the protagonist in Boy Parts by Eliza Clark, who—without spoiling anything—is definitely an unnerving character.
4) The Cult of Dionysus by The Orion Experience
This song has been on my most listened songs of the year for, I believe, three years in a row, which says a lot about how much I love it. And I encountered it by accident, which makes it all the more special!
Or start a secret society for the wild and free, Our ideology is “You can do what you want, Too much is never enough”. We are the Life, we are the light, we are the envy of the Gods above.
Seeing as I started listening to this song after reading The Secret History by Donna Tartt and falling down the rabbit hole of all things dark academia, I cannot choose another book. This song and the plot of the book simply go perfect together.
5) Sex, Drugs, Etc. by Beach Weather
Another song that belongs to my dark academia playlist! I listened to a ridiculous amount of Beach Weather in December, but this is probably still one of my favourites, there’s just something special about it.
Out of touch in harmony Designer drugs from dead end streets Break the air to feel the fall or just feel anything at all
In a very not fun way, Crank by Ellen Hopkins is all about addiction, so that’s the book I’m going with. And because this is an eerie song to a degree—and well, all about sex and drugs—this book is a good match for it.
6) brutal by Olivia Rodrigo
This song is simply so. good. It’s definitely one that I keep going back to because I can’t get over how much I love it.
They say these are the golden years But I wish I could disappear Ego crush is so severe God, it’s brutal out here
An eureka moment occurred when I realised how perfectly The Nobleman’s Guide to Scandal and Shipwrecks by Mackenzi Lee went with this song! Now, this is the third book in a trilogy—I actually recommended the first one in another one of these posts—, but you could argue it can definitely be read as a standalone.
7) THAT BITCH by Bea Miller
I discovered Bea Miller thanks to a mutual on twitter, and I’ve truly enjoyed her music in the time that I’ve been listening. She has some really fantastic songs which should get more attention.
And everyone wants to hear a strong opinion If it's the same as you And they say honesty is the best policy If that were true Don't think all of my friends would hate me
Choosing the book for this was a whole process, but in the end I’ve chosen Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown. The protagonist in this is very frustrated at being expected to act like a lady, and she rebels against that idea.
8) HALF MAN HALF GOD by DON BROCO
I really really love DON BROCO, they’re at the top of my favourite bands, but considering how much I listen to them, I have no idea how this is the only song that keeps making it into this playlist.
I just want to live with my gods I just want to live with my gods I just want to see what you got Half-man half-god
Since this song is about idolising somebody, I’m going with I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman. The tone of the song and that of the book are definitely different, but the messages of both are still pretty well-aligned.
9) Someone’s Disaster by Beach Weather
Another Beach Weather song… This band is simply addictive, and it’s a shame they have such a short discography. I had to actually wait to write this post because almost every song on my “on repeat” playlist was theirs.
I've been searching for a drug like you You've been looking for a wreck like me I've been searching for a drug like you Oh for a drug like you
This song was the hardest to match a book with, but I ended up going with One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston. August is totally a bit of a wreck at the beginning of the book, so I thought those lyrics fit quite well. And Jane, oh yeah, she’s definitely a drug.
10) cotton candy by YUNGBLUD
YUNGBLUD’s music always manages to put me in a great mood, there is just something about his voice. I especially enjoy this song because it’s sweet and upbeat.
I figured out that the modern world is turnin' the wrong way 'round There's somethin' about the way our bedsheets turn religion upside down So we just have sex to solve all our problems, let's do it again And I wanna get stuck between your teeth like cotton candy So you remember me darlin'
I decided to go with The Princess Trap by Talia Hibbert especially based on the above lyrics, just add the whole world to the line about religion. Everyone wants to know what exactly is going on with our protagonists, Cherry and Ruben.
Is there a particular song you associate to your favourite books? Have you listened to the artists I mentioned?