Recommending Books Based On Songs: Part 3

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.


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?

10 thoughts on “Recommending Books Based On Songs: Part 3

  1. You not listening to as much music lately because of audiobooks — Why is this so relatable?? 😭 Especially since I usually listen to both while riding the bus or driving, that has resulted in my music consumption dropping to abysmal levels, because, you know, I haven’t really been going places since covid…

    I always love these kinds of posts though! I must admit, I’m currently a bit sick of Olivia Rodrigo – all radio stations and stores around here have apparently forgotten that other songs exist outside of SOUR and Ed Sheeran’s Bad Habits and Shivers 😅 – but pairing those good 4 u lyrics with Maurice is ingenious! I suppose I’ll be thinking of Clive every time I go shopping now 🤣 And that Cult of Dionysus song? Somehow, it’s totally weird and utterly perfect at the same time 🤩 I can’t get over those “it’s sad”s and think maybe this will have to go on my own playlist…

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    1. It’s always the same for me, when my audiobook consumption increases, my music one decreases, and the other way around. I mean, there’s just so many hours in a day. The only time where one doesn’t impact the other is shower time because I just cannot hear audibooks properly then, so music it is!

      Oh, I get that, it just rarely happens to me because I never listen to the radio 😂 About that Maurice pairing, I’m simply too shameless at this point and I won’t hesitate to shove that book down everyone’s throat, whoops. The Cult of Dionysus is simply addictive!! If you have the time and feel like it I definitely recommend listening to other songs (All Dolled Up or Obsessed With You, for example) by The Orion Experience because they’re so good and weird and amazing 💕

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      1. I actually listen to quite a bit of radio in the car because when I drive, it’s usually my dad’s ancient wreck of a car that has a) no way of connecting your phone to the stereo and b) a super loud motor that drowns out a substantial part of any melodies I might want to listen to. So since the car radio is much louder than my maximal phone volume, listening to that is definitely preferable 😂😂😂 But still, I’ll definitely look into The Orion Experience! 🤗

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