I love music so when Lais tagged me to do this tag involving books and music, I knew I had to do it. Thank you so much to Lais @ The Bookish Skies for the tag and please make sure you are following Lais. I absolutely love her blog and talking to her, she’s the best!
(2) Thank the person who tagged you (thank you Lais @ The Bookish Skies)
(3) Answer the prompts and use the original graphics
(4) Tag 5 bloggers who would enjoy doing this tag (anyone who sees this)
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Valley of The Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
Whilst I hadn’t heard of this book until recently and I’m not sure I actually want to read it, I couldn’t resist including it here. The book and song have matching aesthetics.
The book is described as “These three women become best friends when they are young and struggling in New York City and then climb to the top of the entertainment industry only to find that there is no place left to go but down into the Valley of the Dolls.” It sounds like a dark look into the entertainment industry and I love that.
The song is by my number one artist, MARINA. I love Marina and the Electra Heart album was where I first “discovered” her. The song, Valley Of The Dolls, has a beautiful, haunting atmosphere and matches the book’s themes so well.
Last Night I Sang To The Monster by Benjamin Alire Saenz…
Both the book and song deal with themes of alcohol abuse looking towards healing. I think they match well even if focusing on different times in their journeys.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid…
The song “go to hell.” is about loving someone even if others don’t approve and it captured the private rebellion of embracing your love. I think this matches Evelyn and Celia to an extent.
Well, I conveniently did a post about books featuring music earlier this year *hint hint* but I shall go with a book I think is underrated.
The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk
This book follows three characters each dealing with grief and finding comfort in music in some way, whether it be reviewing or making music. I really appreciated how we got to know these characters individually in a short space of time. You got a distinct feel of their emotions and struggles. It could be a heartwrenching read at times but ultimately about coming together to overcome hardships and what music means to them. It is definitely a book that should be more popular.
I don’t think I have a book OTP, but I loved Celia and Griffin from…
Ink in the Blood by Kim Smejkal
They had a very distinct feel. They flirted with the idea of being together but never committed, creating this atmosphere of hiding from each other but relishing/craving being together. It was a slow burn but they were vulnerable with emotions so their presence was demanding in the best way. It was beautiful, especially when paired with lyrical writing.
“….I don’t passionately want you.” // He didn’t shake his head or step back. Breathing hard, he waited for her to look at him. Then he delivered a one-word truth.”Liar.”
I needed an atmospheric song so enter Worship by LACES. It has a folksy vibe and the lyrics capture the feel of complete devotion which has overcome a lot. Plus, I couldn’t resist the religious themes of the song as this book also deals with religion.
Despite never reading the book, I am picking…
Everything I know About Love by Dolly Alderton
The TV show (which must differ from the book a fair bit as I believe the book is non-fiction) came out this year and I adored it. One of my favourite shows and the soundtrack stood out to me immediately. Not necessarily because I listened to the songs, but because they captured a melancholy vibe and it was so well-matched to the show. Plus, so much nostalgia. Many songs were from when I grew up as it is set in 2005 and I love having a window into my past in some way.