This tag looked like so much fun and I figured it’d be great to post for a Music Monday because I get to talk about MUSIC AND BOOKS!! So you guys get the best of both worlds 😎
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MY JAM – a song you MUST listen to every time it comes on, no matter how old or how many times you’ve listened to it / a book you’ll never get sick of
The song part of this was so hard because every time I love a song I’m like THIS IS MY JAM and I can listen to music on repeat for a month and not be sick of it. I’m going with The Divine Zero because it was the first song Pierce The Veil had released in over three years. I was in a class when this was released and I stopped everything and listened. It’s a super important song to me not only because it’s amazing, but because I relate to the lyrics A LOT.
I know the book answer is cliche, but it’s true. I specifically chose Prisoner of Azkaban because it’s my favourite and I will never get sick of it.
THROWBACK – a song that reminds you of the cringiest time of your life / a book that also reminds you of this time (or just something you wouldn’t like as much if you picked it up for the first time now)
See this was hard for me too because this would be the category were most people choose Emo songs or Disney Channel songs, but like I’m still Emo and I was well into my late teens when all the Disney Channel songs were a thing and 18/19 was my favourite years. I went with Dilemma because I was like 12/13 when I listened to this song and they were easily some of the worst years of my life. I don’t even want to think about it.
I was also invested with the Pretty Little Liars book series in my late teens. I binge read the first four books and I refused to watch the TV show because I was so angry at how much they changed. There’s NO WAY I would enjoy these books now though, haha.
REPLAY – a recent song you have on repeat right now / a recent favorite book
Waterparks are the new love of my life. I am in so totally head over heels. They are my current reason for living and breathing. I’m going to go into it more in my Top 5 post at the end of the month though! Anyway, this is the song that made me really fall in love with them.
I read We Are Okay last week and it’s honestly all I’ve been able to think about. It’s a very character driven story and it all takes place in the one place over 3 days, but oh my god. It’s so beautiful and hit so close to home for me.
GETS ME – this song IS ME / this book is me in book form
I don’t know how many people are familiar with a Powerspace because even back in 2007 they were an underrated band in the scene. I loved them though and Right On, Right Now is pretty much the story of my life. I relate to the lyrics so much because it’s all about trying to get through every day whilst dealing with depression. On the first listen it seems like this is a really happy, upbeat song but when you listen to the lyrics you realise it’s not. That’s one of my FAVOURITE things with songs. I think it’s such a great metaphor for people themselves. This is one of the most important songs in my entire life.
It’s kind of hard to choose a book that’s ME because I normally see myself scattered throughout different books. The closest would definitely be Queens of Geek though. Taylor’s anxiety mirrors mine so accurately. Plus I totally get the intense love for a fandom.
WUT – weird but I like it? – a unique book that stuck out to you for whatever reason
My music consists for A LOT of weird songs 😂 I decided to go with something more recent though which is No Friend. I’m sure A LOT of people were probably really thrown by this song, but even when I didn’t originally like this album I LOVED this song. It’s spoken word and I really dig that in music (one of my favourite bands La Dispute uses spoken word a lot). The lyrics are all references to old Paramore songs (WHICH IS ANOTHER THING I LOVE IN MUSIC) and it just sounds really cool.
Would you look at that, I’m talking about Illuminae. This is the book that made me start reading again. If it wasn’t for this book then this blog wouldn’t exist. It is one of the most unique books I’ve ever seen. The mixed media format is so amazing.
As a bonus to this I also want to give a shout out to Night Film by Marisha Pessl which follows a similar format, but it is super psychological and dark. I love it!!!
LET’S GO – best pump up song (for workouts or just life) – a book that inspired you
“Workouts” LMAO but anyway LA Devotee is a song that never fails to make me want to dance around my room. If I’m a bad mood normally playing it will instantly cheer me up. It just has such a good vibe to it. I LOVE IT.
This is more the series than the book but The Raven Cycle inspired me so much. I know there are issues with the series and Maggie, but I’m still such trash for it. This book is the reason why I wanted to get back into design and why I decided to open my RedBubble and Society6 stores. The writing is so beautiful and whimsical. I love it.
CHILL – fav chill, relaxing song / a book you’d curl up with and read on a rainy day
Chill music is not in my vocabulary. It took me SO LONG to try and find something. I decided to go with Waves because I heard it not long ago and it just seems really chill. It’s not normally what I’d listen to, but I really dig this! I suppose I could have chosen anything Ed Sheeran too, but it was too difficult trying to pick.
I’m TERRIBLE at deciding what counts as a “rainy day read” but I’m going to go with We Were Liars. It’s definitely not relaxing, but it’s a super quick read and I think the added atmosphere of a rainy day would make it even more amazing. It’s a polarising book and people either love it or hate it, but I LOVE IT.
ADDICTING – guilty pleasure song – one that’s catchy and addicting but not a whole lot of substance / guilty pleasure/trashy/fast/light read
This is such a cheat because I don’t believe in the term “guilty pleasure”. You shouldn’t feel bad about liking something just because it’s not “deep” or “intellectual”.
Anyway, I chose She’s Kinda Hot because on the surface it would seem like a really cheesy pop song about some girl being kinda hot, but it’s really not??? It’s all about not fitting in and how you shouldn’t be ashamed of being yourself. 5 Seconds of Summer are one of my favourite bands so I’m definitely not embarrassed that I love their music.
The Merciless is another one of my favourite YA horror series, but it could definitely be viewed as trashy since I am complete trash for both books and can’t wait for the third. It’s definitely VERY cliche teen slasher and I LOVE IT. Super addicting!!!!
NOSTALGIA – throwback you look back on fondly / a book you read forever ago that you look back on fondly or reminds you of a happy childhood time
I recently did an entire post dedicated to throwback songs so check that out!!! but I went with Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down because even though it’s not one of the earliest songs I listened to it’s probably the most important? This just takes me back to when I was discovering so many new bands and finally figuring out who I wanted to be and it was just so a fond time. I love this song so much. I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it wasn’t for Fall Out Boy.
Again more of a series than an individual book but Goosebumps WAS my childhood. I was so incredibly in love with the books and the TV show. It’s pretty much where my love for horror and all things weird/paranormal stemmed from. Just like Fall Out Boy these books played a huge part in who I am today.
Tagging a couple of people who I know love music just as much me, but of course only do it if you want to.
Meghan @ Meghan’s Whimsical Explorations & Reviews • Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads • & everyone who wants to (which please!!! it’s such a fun tag)!
Would love to hear your thoughts on any of the books and songs I mentioned!
I hope you’re all having a fantastic day.