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!
This week’s theme is a thankful freebie! We don’t have Thanksgiving here in the UK, so I’ve twisted the topic a little this week to do another round of pairing books with songs which I’ve done a few times before – you can see the previous rounds here, here and here.
These are songs that make me think of a book either because of the lyrics or because the general feel of them gives me the same vibes a certain book does. Let me know which songs you’d pair with a book below!
I think this song sums up Alina and the Darkling perfectly. I still don’t really get the hype around the Darkling, but I also find that the older I get the less time I have for whiny bullshit from men who are old enough to know better.
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuistion // Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince, Taylor Swift: It’s you and me, There’s nothing like this, Miss Americana and The Heartbreak Prince (okay!), We’re so sad, we paint the town blue, Voted most likely to run away, With you
I couldn’t resist! These two are a match made in heaven.
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia // Recuérdame, Carlos Rivera: Recuérdame, hoy me tengo que ir, mi amor, Recuérdame, no llores, por favor, Te llevo en mi corazón y cerca me tendrás, A solas yo te cantaré soñando en regresar
This is the Spanish version of ‘Remember Me’ from Disney Pixar’s Coco, and trust me when I say it fits this novel perfectly.
I wasn’t a huge lover of this novel, but this song is definitely Gilene’s anthem.
There’s something so extra about this song, and Cardan is the most extra YA prince out there. These lyrics sum up his relationship with Jude perfectly, in my opinion.
Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman // Devil’s Backbone, The Civil Wars: Don’t care if he’s guilty, don’t care if he’s not, He’s good and he’s bad and he’s all that I’ve got, Oh Lord, Oh Lord, I’m begging you please, Don’t take that sinner from me
I haven’t read this one yet – the UK edition is FINALLY being released in 2020! – but considering it involves our heroine, Carol’s, outlaw ex-lover coming to her rescue, I’d say this song suits it nicely.
This song gives me such strong vibes of Nona’s entire character arc in this book.
Maybe it’s because I discovered this song (which I’m obsessed with) while I was reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, but something about it and its music video gives me serious Evelyn and Celia vibes.
After the Eclipse by Fran Dorricott // Big Girls Cry, Sia: I’m at home, on my own, Check my phone, nothing, though, Act busy, order in, Pay TV, it’s agony, I may cry ruinin’ my makeup, Wash away all the things you’ve taken, And I don’t care if I don’t look pretty, Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking
Poor Cassie lives with the guilt of her younger sister’s disappearance for years, and when we meet her at the start of this debut novel her life’s become a bit of a mess.
The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig // If I Could Turn Back Time, Cher: If I could turn back time, If I could find a way, I’d take back those words that hurt you, And you’d stay, If I could reach the stars, I’d give them all to you
I love a bit of Cher, and while she might not have been the first person I thought of when I read this time travel YA novel set in Hawaii, those lyrics definitely bring Nix’s father, Slate, to mind.