#SciFiMonth Top Ten Tuesday | Backing tracks for sci-fi novels


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 ‘Book Titles that Would Make Great Song Titles (submitted by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse)’ but, as it’s SciFiMonth, I thought I’d return to something I love doing and pair some books with songs! Naturally, this time they’re all sci-fi books.

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir // Girls in Bikinis, Poppy

If you’ve read Gideon the Ninth, just give this song a listen and try to tell me it’s not the most Gideon thing you’ve ever heard. I read this one recently and loved it, so look out for my review this Friday!

Doomsday Book by Connie Willis // A Spaceman Came Travelling, Karliene

The original version of this song by Chris de Burgh is probably my favourite Christmas song, but I love this cover by Karliene, too, and there’s something about it that feels just right for Doomsday Book, which is set over Christmas and features an academic time travelling back to the Middle Ages.

Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland // Devil’s Backbone, The Civil Wars

This is one of my favourite songs by The Civil Wars and, for me, it suits Jane and Jackson’s tumultuous relationship so well. If you like zombie stories and you haven’t read this duology yet, you need to!

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami; translated by Yuji Oniki // Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen

I’m cheating a little here because this song is mentioned in Battle Royale more than once, but there’s no denying it suits the relentless, unputdownable pace of this story.

Blood Red Road by Moira Young // Survivor, 2WEI feat. Edda Hayes

It’s been years since I read this post-apocalyptic YA western and I still love it so much. Saba is one of those heroines I’ve never forgotten, and if anyone deserves to have this song playing whenever they enter a room, it’s Saba.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins // Glory and Gore, Lorde

I believe one of Lorde’s songs was included on the soundtrack of the Catching Fire film adaptation, and I have no idea why it wasn’t this one which, in my opinion, suits it perfectly.

Feed by Mira Grant // Read All About It, Pt. III, Emeli Sandé

If you like books about politics, journalism and truth, and if you’re mentally in a state where you can read about a post-pandemic world, then you need to give this book a try. It’s one of my favourite novels and this song always makes me think of it.

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin // Natural, Imagine Dragons

The heroine of this science fantasy trilogy, Essun, does not have an easy time of things. If this song is about being the kind of person who’s able to stand up to any kind of adversity that comes their way, then it’s a song for Essun.

Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman // Long Way to Go, Gwen Stefani feat. André 3000

I first heard this song around the same that I first read this book, and with both of them having a focus on an interracial relationship they’ve always been paired in my mind.

Fairest by Marissa Meyer // Cosmic Love, Florence + the Machine

This song has never sounded like it’s about a particularly happy relationship, and there’s nothing remotely happy about the relationship between Levana and Winter’s father.

What did you talk about this week?

47 thoughts on “#SciFiMonth Top Ten Tuesday | Backing tracks for sci-fi novels

  1. lindseyhabets says:

    Love your take on the topic and the songs you chose! That Lorde song fits Catching Fire perfectly, and I think Imagine Dragons and Florence + the Machine are made to be on book soundtracks 🙂 Definitely need to read Gideon the Ninth!

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