Pairing Books with Songs! A.K.A. in which Kaz Brekker and Taylor Swift have more in common than first assumed

Wow it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts! Stories & Songs was essentially a short feature on my old blog where I paired a book I’ve read with a song I think fits it in some way, whether it’s the characters, the plot or the setting. I did a few of these on my old blog, so I thought it was about time I brought it back!

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Sometimes I try to theme them, and in future I probably will try to go for more of a theme than I have going today, but these are all books I’ve read and enjoyed and three of them I’ve read this year.

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Leah on the Offbeat
by Becky Albertalli

Girls
Rita Ora feat. Cardi B, Bebe Rexha & Charli XCX

Her name is Laura, we learned a lotta
How to do it like we do it like we wanna
We just know, hey, we just know
I ain’t one sided, I’m open-minded
I’m fifty-fifty and I’m never gonna hide it
You should know, uh, you should know, ay

All summer we’ve been in the pool
’68 Chevy with nothing to do
Just rolling J’s, kush loving
And last night, yeah, we got with a dude
I saw him, he was lookin’ at you
So I said aye, kush loving

Sometimes I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls
Red wine, I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls
Sometimes I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls
Red wine, I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls
Girls, girls, girls, girls, girls, girls

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The Fifth Season
by N. K. Jemisin

Earth Song
Michael Jackson

What have we done to the world
Look what we’ve done
What about all the peace
That you pledge your only son
What about flowering fields
Is there a time
What about all the dreams
That you said was yours and mine

Did you ever stop to notice
All the children dead from war
Did you ever stop to notice
This crying earth, these weeping shores

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Crooked Kingdom
by Leigh Bardugo

Look What You Made Me Do
Taylor Swift

I don’t like your little games
Don’t like your tilted stage
The role you made me play
Of the fool, no, I don’t like you
I don’t like your perfect crime
How you laugh when you lie
You said the gun was mine
Isn’t cool, no, I don’t like you (oh!)

But I got smarter, I got harder in the nick of time
Honey, I rose up from the dead, I do it all the time
I’ve got a list of names and yours is in red, underlined
I check it once, then I check it twice, oh!

Ooh, look what you made me do
Look what you made me do
Look what you just made me do
Look what you just made me
Ooh, look what you made me do
Look what you made me do
Look what you just made me do
Look what you just made me do

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The Abyss Surrounds Us
by Emily Skrutskie

The Right Kind of Wrong
LeAnn Rimes

Know all about
About your reputation
And how it’s bound to be a heartbreak situation
But I can’t help it if I’m helpless
Every time that I’m where you are

You walk in and my strength walks out the door
Say my name and I can’t fight it anymore
Oh I know, I should go
But I need your touch just too damn much

Loving you isn’t really something I should do
Shouldn’t wanna spend my time with you
That I should try to be strong
But baby you’re the right kind of wrong
Yeah baby you’re the right kind of wrong

Are there any songs that remind you of books you’ve read? Which songs would you pair with these books?

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