Every couple of weeks, I’ve been going through my top 25 most played songs and pairing them with books. I know music + books is normally a winning combination, but while many people make literary playlists, I wanted to challenge myself to pair books and songs starting with the songs and then choosing a book. Because 25 songs + book pairings would be overwhelming all at once, I’ve been doing this in sets of five. You can read part 1, part 2, and part 3 as well.
16. White Blank Page by Mumford & Sons
Book Pairing: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Granted, the first verse of this song and the book don’t pair especially well, but I think there’s a similar mood to both–quite a bit of rage, anger, and loss of innocence. Poor Todd Hewitt.
17. Take Me as I Am by Tonic
Book Pairing: Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Ah. This could be the song of the kids who are sent off to be unwound. Quite a heart-wrenching book and musical pairing, in my opinion, but it was the first book I thought of when I wrote the song title down.
18. Swallow the Sea by Matthew Perryman Jones
Book Pairing: Looking for Alaska by John Green
When I hear this song, I think of wanting to run away from problems and everything else in life, and this song reminds you that it’s not normally possible. I think it’s so fitting from Alaska because she’s constantly running away from her pain, only to be forced to embrace it at points.
19. Holding You by Katie Herzig
Book Pairing: As soon as I started drafting this post, I knew the perfect book to go along with this song: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. It’s seriously perfect for Hadley and Oliver’s relationship. I just cannot think of a more perfect song and book match. I love that book and I love this song and I love both of them together.
20. Sit Down by the Fire by The Veils
Book Pairing: Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
There’s a timeless quality in this song; sitting by the fire, time passing, and yes, sorrow. I remember those types of ideas featuring prominently in Tuck Everlasting, which made me think it would be a great book for this song.