Top Ten Tuesday | Thank You for the Music


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!


Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo // Haunted, Evanescence: Watching me, wanting me, I can feel you pull me down, Fearing you, loving you, I won’t let you pull me down

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.

Phoenix Unbound by Grace Draven // Fuego, Eleni Foureira: ‘Cause I’m burning up and I ain’t coolin’ down, Yeah I got the the fire, Ah yeah ah yeah ah yeah, yeah ah yeah ah yeah, Fuego

I wasn’t a huge lover of this novel, but this song is definitely Gilene’s anthem.

The Wicked King by Holly Black // Poison, Alice Cooper: I hear you calling and it’s needles and pins (and pins), I wanna hurt you just to hear you screaming my name

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.

Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence // Roots, Imagine Dragons: I’m going back to my roots, Another day, another door, Another high, another low, Rock bottom, rock bottom, rock bottom

This song gives me such strong vibes of Nona’s entire character arc in this book.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid // Rice Crispies, BIIANCO: When you’re in the air I breathe, it makes me want you now. If I’m caught up in the beat, it makes me want you now.

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.

What did you talk about this week?

30 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Thank You for the Music

  1. Rissi says:

    FUN TWIST!! Love music and books, so this is always a fun thing to see paired together (for me anyway). I’m a fan of Taylor Swift’s music, though must confess that’s not a favorite of hers, but I’m glad there’s a book that it’s tailor-made for. 🙂 Thanks so much for the Finding Wonderland visit.

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  2. Jaime says:

    This is such a fun prompt! They should make it one of the top ten tuesday prompts at some point. I’m not too great when it comes to music, but I love that you connected music and reading. That’s so cool! 🙂

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  3. Chelsies Crazy4Books says:

    Great answers. I actually know many of these songs lol. I love seeing what song ppl pair up with books/characters. I did a female villain theme song one a while back and it was a lot of fun. I have a draft for couple theme songs Ill started working on for valentines day.

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