Music + Books

I’m going to be completely honest here, I haven’t posted reviews because I’ve been slacking on reading. Blahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. It’s driving me nuts because I want to read but I have so many classes and things to do. When I have free time, I’m so tired and read like 3 pages before crashing. I’m internally sobbing…

So with that, comes lack of posting. BUT I HAVE AN IDEA GUYS, I ACTUALLY USED MY wittle BRAIN. 

I will be making a “playlist” for books. Incorporating 4 of my favorite songs with 4 of my favorite books. If you have song suggestions that remind you of a book feel FREE AS A BIRD to put it in the comments, I love seeing y’alls comments. They make my day.

Number One:

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White Fur

The song I thought of while reading White Fur by Jardine Libaire was Rise Up by Andra Day.

The Book- Jamey and Elise had so many hardships and all you could do was hope for the best. Their relationship is very raw and reckless, but it’s so damn bold you can’t help to fall in love right along with them.  They had a very intimate relationship where a lot of couples lack intimacy. Although there were so many external conflicts going on in their lives they always came together at the end of the night and it’s something I admire about them. Being set back in the late 1980’s it covered all of the important things that our society today is still going through; power, being broke as one can be, school dropout, mixed race, and privileged. They come from two very different worlds but they both have the same mentality and it works out for them. 

The Song- If you haven’t listened to this song, go, go do it right now. I’ll link it below. 

The song easily became a beacon of hope, it’s been spreading a message of perseverance. “All we need is hope/don’t forget we have each other,” Day sings aloud on the now certified gold track. The lyrics are a canticle for Black Lives Matter, and for Mothers of the Movement (Mothers who lost their sons during police or gun violence).

“There’s a lot going on culturally and socially right now that I think needs to be talked about, and as an artist I’d be remiss not to bring up what’s going on in our society socially and politically,” says Day.

This song and this book tap into the same political side and same social side of things that they can’t help but be a match. Not only that, but when I listen to the song I see all of the struggle, the conflict, the outside issues that Jamey and Elise went through. It just fits extremely well.

Song Cited: Rise Up – Andra Day

Works Cited: http://chicago.suntimes.com/entertainment/andra-day-still-spreading-the-message-to-rise-up/ 

 Number Two

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All The Bright Places

The song that comes to my mind when I see All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven is All Night by The Vamps ft. Matoma.

The Book+The Song- I know I know I know there’s so much controversy about this book, but I like it. A lot actually. I’m a hopeless romantic and this broke my heart, just let me drown in my tears here. 

Because of it having the main plot of mental illness the song in a way reminds me of the book. The lyrics say “Sometimes I tend to lose myself when I’m out here on my own
I never seem to get it right, but I guess that’s how it goes; Ever since you came around, can’t nobody hold me down, You showed me how to find myself when I needed it the most” Ring a bell, anyone?? It’s one of those cliché tropes, the book and song BOTH have it. *shocker* 

There’s not a whole lot to say about that one, it’s just the most similar parts that remind me of each other.

Song Cited: All Night – The Vamps

Number Three

PQR
Pale Queen Rising

The most perfect song for this book is Do it Like a Dude by Jessie J.

The Book- Claire is without any doubt a badass and I freaking loved her character from the beginning. She’s fierce and doesn’t let anyone walk all over her. She grew up with her mother beating “you cannot be useless” into her thoughts. Claire wasn’t really in touch with her feelings and didn’t want anything to do with emotional attachment throughout this book. This really shaped her character’s personality. Claire’s mother Mab, also told her friendship makes you weak. Don’t trust people, and Emotional Attachment is for the useless. She was always being used as a tool for her mother, always had to do the dirty work. As a female assassin she is extremely admirable. 

The Song- Jessie explained the song in an interview with Global Grind: “‘The deeper meaning is that everyone is equal. No one should make you feel intimidated and you can go, you know what, eff you, I can be who I wanna be and stand on my own two feet and not feel like I can’t because you’re making me feel like I can’t. But at the same time it’s a parody of the typical male that exists today and it’s kind of a tongue in cheek, a way of going, you know, this is funny. It’s not that I hate men. It’s not like we’re saying, women are better, we hate men. That’s not it at all. But you know, sometimes it’s nice to have an empowered feeling that makes everybody so equal.”

That description right above ↖⬆↗ is exactly why I feel like this book and song are meant to be together.  It’s empowering both the book and song, prove that women can be badass’s and can be strong. Claire is a freakin’ assassin and she’s damn good at it too. If that doesn’t have powerful, influential, compelling strength written all over it, I don’t know what does. As Jessie says, it doesn’t mean we’re sexist and hate men. It’s more an equality thing where it shows women that we can be just as strong, just as empowered as men and that’s a really great moto to spread.

Song Cited: Do It Like A Dude – Jessie J

Works Cited: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=21599

Number Four

Gone
Gone (Repressed #2)

Fix You by Coldplay to me, is an ideal representation of this book, Here’s Why:

The Book- Alec McClane and Raegan Devereaux lived every parent’s worst nightmare: their one-year-old daughter, Emma, was abducted from a park when Alec turned his back for just a moment. Emma was never found, and presumed dead. The crushing trauma, plus Alec’s unbearable guilt, ended the couple’s marriage. Now a four-year-old girl matching Emma’s profile is found wandering a local park. Alec and Raegan are heartbroken to discover she’s not their daughter but are newly motivated to find closure…and each secretly feels desperate to be in the other’s presence again. As Alec and Raegan race to uncover the truth, a long-burning spark rekindles into smoldering passion, and they realize they need each other now more than ever.

The Song- Coldplay hasn’t specifically stated what the story behind the song was, but a lot of people say it was written for his wife when her father died. It’s a very sentimental type of song. Because of the lyrics and the suggested meaning, I feel it fits because they both embody tragedy and wrap around with love. It’s quite symbolic and full of meaning. 

Song Cited: Fix You – Coldplay

THANK YOU- THANK YOU- THANK YOU

To all of my followers (That sounds like a cult). Thank you to all of my SUPPORTERS and FRIENDS, you all are amazing and beautiful. I’m ever so grateful for every single person who interacts/supports with me. I couldn’t ask for a better bookish fam, and I love you guys. I read your comments and every single one makes me smile. There’s never hate and I’m overwhelmed with so much appreciation. 

I had a lot of fun writing this post and listening to really great songs. If you have any song to book thoughts, please please please write them in the comments I would absolutely love to read them and reply to them. Y’all are wondrous! I have a review and an award post coming out sometime this week, so stay tuned for those!!

Short Girl Out; Signed,

-Ash

 

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