Pairing books with songs is something I’ve enjoyed doing a few times before, so when Dini @ Dini Panda Reads tagged me in the Song Request Book Tag I had to take part – thanks for tagging me, Dini!
- Thank and link back to the person that tagged you.
- Credit the Tag creator: Daniel @ Page to Page
- Listen to your tagger’s song requests. After you’ve finished listening to the three songs the person who tagged you has chosen, choose a book that you think marries well with each of the songs and give the reason as to why you selected those book titles.
- Request 3 songs of your own. Give any three songs (and your corresponding book choices that you think go well with said song) that you want for your taggers to listen and respond to!
- Tag 5 people!
Don’t Delete the Kisses – Wolf Alice
Oddly enough, like Dini, I’m also going to pick a Taylor Jenkins Reid novel! I couldn’t help thinking of Evelyn and Celia from The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo when I listened to these lyrics, and even the way the song moves from uncertainty to certainty about a relationship echoes their relationship throughout their lives.
Good Lord – Birds of Tokyo
I must admit I found this one quite difficult! I don’t tend to read a lot of books that involve relationship break-ups, they’re not something I tend to enjoy reading about, but I don’t think any marriage I’ve read about quite goes through the ringer like Yejide and Akin’s in Stay With Me. It’s a fantastic debut and reads like a thriller about a marriage.
Take Me To Church – Hozier
I love this song and I loved the reasons behind Dini’s choice for this one. On listening to this song again, something about the mood of it made me think of Nina’s storyline in King of Scars, and her time spent in Fjerda amongst many people who would kill her if they knew what she really was.
Delicate – Taylor Swift
This is one of my favourite Taylor Swift songs, I could happily listen to it on repeat, and listening to it for this tag it actually gave me Circe vibes. Particularly Circe’s final romantic relationship, which I won’t mention here just in case it’s considered a spoiler, because I think ‘delicate’ is the best way to describe their budding feelings for each other. They don’t entirely trust one another at first, but they’re still drawn to each other.
Believer – Imagine Dragons
I love Imagine Dragons, I saw them live in Cardiff a few years ago and they were amazing, and this is one of my favourite songs of theirs. Considering so much of Ali’s journey through The City of Brass and The Kingdom of Copper is his relationship with his faith, this feels like the perfect song for him.
Orinoco Flow – Enya
I will never not love Enya. Her voice is gorgeous, and I have such fond memories of listening to her album The Celts in my parents’ car when I was a little girl. This song is a classic, and I found myself listening to it as soon as I finished The Ten Thousand Doors of January because it made me think of Ade’s yearning for adventure.