I did this as a tag a while ago, but it was so much fun that I wanted to do it again. The tag said specifically songs that you have to listen to when they come on, but I wanted to do a more randomized version. For a bit of background information, I listen to music mainly through the music app on my IPhone (or ITunes on my computer), but I also listen to a lot of my music on YouTube, since I can’t buy music through ITunes for stupid reasons not worth getting into here, despite having ITunes money. What I’m going to do is make a playlist of songs I listen to through YouTude, and shuffle it, picking the first 5 songs that come up. I’m also going to shuffle my entire ITunes library and do the same thing. The ITunes songs could be more of a hit or miss since some of them are songs my dad gave me that I don’t listen to. After the 10 songs have been selected, I will match a book I have read to it and give my reasoning for why that song fits that book (just like in the tag). Also, the songs I used for the tag (Bleeding Out by Imagine Dragons, Counting Stars by One Republic, The Take Over, the Break’s Over by Fall Out Boy, Your Obedient Servant from Hamilton, and Say Goodbye by Green Day) are ineligible for this. Now that everything has been explained, let’s get into in.
Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time by Panic! At the Disco
I listened to a few Panic! At the Disco songs for the first time a few days ago, so picking a book to go along with a song I hadn’t listened to a whole lot made this more difficult than I thought it was going to be. Ultimately, I ended up going with The Girl Who Wasn’t Dead by Samantha Boyette for this one. Despite really not enjoying this book, it’s set at the prom, which fits the partying depicted in the song. There’s even a character in the book that frequently does cocaine.
Emperor’s New Clothes by Panic! At the Disco
This is an even more recent addition to my playlist than the other two Panic! At the Disco songs in this post. I actually really think this song fits with Lada’s storyline in Now I Rise by Kiersten White. I know I used this series the last time I did this, but looking back the only match I’m happy with from that post is paring The Star-Touched Queen and Counting Stars by One Republic, so let’s pretend the rest of those didn’t happen. With lyrics like “I’m taking back the crown” and “I see what’s mine and take it”, this song feels like one Lada would appreciate.
Requiem from Dear Evan Hansen
I’m going with When I Cast Your Shadow by Sarah Porter for this one (another book I did not enjoy). I think When I Cast Your Shadow fits the song, since it shows 3 different reactions to Dashiell’s death (however poorly it was executed), just like how the song show cases the 3 family members grieving differently.
The Ballad of Mona Lisa by Panic! At the Disco
This was another hard one for me. Shuffle was not my friend in this exercise. The first book I thought of for this one was Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (review coming in the near future). I’m not really sure why (I’ve been writing this post for days at this point), but the character of Mona Lisa in the song just reminds me of Xifeng.
Death Valley by Fall Out Boy
This is actually the Fall Out Boy song that I listen to that I know the least lyrics to, so I’m glad shuffle picked it for this (she says sarcastically). Having looked up the lyrics (which I had to do for a lot of the other songs), I think Hunted by Meagan Spooner fits this one. Forgive me for the lack of explanation, but I’m not kidding when I say I started this post on the 24th (of December), and have been staring at my Goodreads read shelf and song lyrics for a large portion of the past 3 days (most of this post was written on December 29th).
Forever Now by Green Day
I needed a book with some sort of rebellion against the government for this one, because this is a Green Day song after all. I ended up going with The Young Elites by Marie Lu, since the Dagger Society is trying to change the way things are for those like them in it.
Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story from Hamilton
In the context of Hamilton, this song is about Eliza, a character who really isn’t a major focus of the show compared to her husband (for obvious reasons), finally getting a chance to tell her story to the audience. Because of this, I think A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi fits with this one pretty well. Gauri is a part of The Star-Touched Queen, but she actually gets her story told in A Crown of Wishes.
Blow Us All Away from Hamilton
Out of the entire musical of 46 songs, this and Helpless are by far my least favourites, so you can imagine my displeasure when it came up. However, here was a chance to pick a character/ book I did not like on purpose. Enter Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller. Sal is brash and annoying, with a goal of avenging their homeland. I think that fits perfectly with Philip Hamilton in this song.
Sugar, We’re Going Down by Fall Out Boy
While at first I was excited to be able to match a book to this song, there’s a whole lot going on in the lyrics. My solution to this was to simply go off of the line “A loaded God complex, cock it and pull it”, which I thought went well with Celaena from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.
Hackensack by Fountains of Wayne
I was originally going to go with a book featuring small town for this one, but I looked the lyrics up (despite knowing them) and found that didn’t quite fit the song. I ended up going with Where She Went by Gayle Forman (which I don’t recommend), since it shows two people who used to know each other comparing careers years after they knew each other.
Despite the complaining, I really did enjoy doing this. I actually think I want to do this on a more regular basis (though maybe with fewer songs per post). Do you disagree with any of my choices? Do you listen to similar music? I’d love to talk with you in the comments.