Top Ten Tuesday | Pairing more books with songs


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week you compile a list of ten books which coincide with that week’s theme. You can find everything you need to know about joining in here!

Stories & Songs was a feature I used to do from time to time on my old blog where I’d pair a book with a song, and it’s something I did again here on my new blog fairly recently. As this week’s theme is a freebie I thought I’d do it again and challenge myself to find some fitting songs for books I’ve read this year, whether they fit a particular character, theme or plot!


The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia // If You’re Over Me, Years & Years: There you go, there, I said it/ Don’t look at me all offended/ You played games and it ended/ I’ve got to look out for me

This song works for both of the romantic relationships in this book. I’m not usually a fan of love triangles, but this isn’t a typical love triangle and is also an example of a love triangle done really well.

The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin // Natural, Imagine Dragons: A beating heart of stone/ You gotta be so cold/ To make it in this world/ Yeah, you’re a natural/ Living your life cutthroat/ You gotta be so cold/ Yeah, you’re a natural

Not only does this song sum up this vicious, post-apocalyptic world perfectly, but it fits the heroine, Essun, perfectly, too. This trilogy is exquisite – read it!

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough // Bloody Mary, Lady Gaga: I won’t cry for you/ I won’t crucify the things you do/ I won’t cry for you, see/ When you’re gone I’ll still be bloody Mary

This song is full of Biblical imagery, as is Blood Water Paint, and the lyrics here make me think of Artemisia, who is only recently being widely remembered as an artist and not the victim of sexual assault.

Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire // 1999, Charli XCX and Troye Sivan: Yeah, I just wanna go back/ Nike Airs, all that/ CD, old Mercedes/ Drive ’round listening to Shady like, oh/ Never under pressure, oh/ Those days it was so much better, oh/ Feelin’ cool in my youth, relaxin’/ No money, no problem/ It was easy back then

I still haven’t decided if I like this song, but as poor Toby is trapped in the body of a fish for 14 years and finally escapes in 2009, entering a world completely different to the one she left in the ’90s, I think this song fits her pretty well.

Romancing the Inventor by Gail Carriger // Girlfriend, Christine and the Queens: Don’t feel like a girlfriend/ But lover/ Damn, I’d be your lover/ Girlfriend/ Don’t feel like a girlfriend/ But lover/ Damn, I’d be your lover (touché, touché yeah)

I love Christine and the Queens and I love Genevieve Lefoux, and as they’re both queer French women they seemed like the perfect match.


Dread Nation by Justina Ireland // Zombie, Jamie T: ‘Cause I’m a sad sack post-teen/ Caught up in the love machine/ No dream, come clean/ Walking like a zombie, like a zombie/ And I’m a coal train, fast lane/ Caught up in the dirty rain/ No pain, no gain/ Walking like a zombie, like a zombie

I have no excuse for this one. I just couldn’t resist.

Timeless by Gail Carriger // Walk Like an Egyptian, The Bangles: All the old paintings on the tombs/ They do the sand dance don’t you know/ If they move too quick (oh whey oh)/ They’re falling down like a domino/ All the bazaar men by the Nile/ They got the money on a bet/ Gold crocodiles (oh whey oh)/ They snap their teeth on your cigarette

Alexia visits Cairo in Timeless and falls in love with the city. This seemed like the perfect song for her.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo // Heathens, Twenty One Pilots: All my friends are heathens, take it slow/ Wait for them to ask you who you know/ Please don’t make any sudden moves/ You don’t know the half of the abuse

I doubt I’m the first person to pair this song with this book. It’s a perfect fit.

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee // Hey Girl, Lady Gaga and Florence Welch: Hey girl, hey girl/ We can make it easy if we lift each other/ Hey girl, hey girl/ We don’t need to keep on one-in’ up another/ Hey girl, hey girl/ Hey girl, hey girl/ If you lose your way/ Just know that I got you/ Just know that I got you

Felicity’s story is all about getting over her ‘not like other girls’ syndrome and learning that, by thinking she’s better than other women just because she’s not into traditionally feminine things, she’s complicit in society’s misogyny. This is the perfect song for her girl gang.

The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie // Whatever You Want, P!nk: I feel like our ship’s going down tonight/ But it’s always darkest before the light/ And that’s enough for me to try/ Whatever you want/ Whatever you need/ Whatever you do, ah-ah-ah/ Even if I say that it’s over now/ Even if we want to move on somehow/ And just like that we come alive/ Whatever you want/ Whatever you need/ Whatever you do, ah-ah-ah

Cas and Swift’s relationship is something they both need to work at in the second half of this sci-fi LGBT+ duology, and just when they think they’re ready to go their separate ways they end up back in each other’s arms.

What did you talk about this week?

24 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Pairing more books with songs

  1. Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight says:

    Oooh I love this! I love when you feel like a song really goes well with a book! I definitely agree with Heathens of course, but I definitely want to read The Broken Earth series immediately- especially because I used Naturals for a The 100 episode, so if it has even a somewhat similar vibe, I am obviously there!

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  2. Greg says:

    I love mixing books and songs- great post! Walk Like An Egyptian lol- I’ll have THAT song in my head for the rest of the day now. 🙂

    And yeah Natural and The Stone Sky seem like they’d match up really well.

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  3. Mikky says:

    There are some books that I read that I end up giving them a theme song in my head but it hasn’t happened in a long time! I like the song Heathens but I have yet to read Six of Crows 🙂

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