The playlist tag was created Little Red Reader, and I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but I decided to do it after seeing Elisabeth Paige’s video. Basically, you just have to set your playlist to random, and pick a book to go with each song that comes up.
If you’re interested, I’ve made a video playlist of my songs, for your listening pleasure~
1) Vienna Teng, Anna Rose
Since this is a lullaby, I thought it was only fitting that I chose a book about dreaming and imagination, so my pick for this song is A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett: Sara, left destitute after her father dies, is forced to become a servant to pay off his debt to her fancy boarding school, and finds refuge in the stories she learnt when she lived with him in India.
Anna Rose, it’s time to dream:
I see that your imagination knows no bounds.
There it flows like some magical stream,
And carries you on its journey.
2) Lucie Silvas, Twisting the Chain
This song fits Lena and Alex from the Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver pretty well, I think. There’s a lot of love between them, but everything that’s happened to them just seems to make them constantly on edge around each other.
I can see you’re hurting –
You wear it like a coat of armour.
3) Lee Ann Womack, I Hope You Dance
Of course, I can’t seem to do any kind of tag without mentioning my favourite author, so the book I chose for I Hope You Dance is Melting Stones by Tamora Pierce. In this book in particular, Evvy has to decide who she wants to be in the future – whether she’ll be a force for good, or for destruction.
I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance,
Never settle for the path of least resistance.
4) Journey South, English Rose
This song will forever make me think of Rose and the Doctor from Doctor Who (and, in fact, the only version of the song that I could find on youtube was a Doctor/Rose fan-video… 😳 ), but since that’s not a book (or rather, I haven’t read any of the Doctor Who books…), I had to go with my second choice: The Bronze Horseman trilogy by Paullina Simons! Tatiana and Alexander have to go through so much, but even so, they never give up on each other~ ❤
No bonds… nothing… no one… will ever keep me from she.
5) The Dresden Dolls, Girl Anachronism
I knew as soon as this showed up on my playlist that I was going to have to pick the Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi! Juliette’s not quite as messed up as the girl in this song, but the people who locked her up still have a lot to answer for.
I might be catching, so don’t touch.
6) The Dandy Warhols, Bohemian Like You
Number six is Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson, which I chose mostly for the feel of it – near-strangers who both get along so well, dancing around the issue of possibly-more-than-friends, but having a great time of it regardless. 🙂
It’s you that I want, so please,
Just a casual, casual easy thing,
Is it? It is for me.
7) Billy Joel, Only the Good Die Young
Another contemporary, of course, but this time it’s Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen, where dependable Halley falls in with the charming but slightly wild Macon.
They say there’s a heaven for those who will wait,
And some say it’s better, but I say it ain’t.
I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints –
The sinners are much more fun.
8) Belle & Sebastian, Waiting for the Moon to Rise
This time it’s the Half Life trilogy by Sally Green, which is all about the journey – running from the past, along a path with an uncertain destination. The books have a rather more urgent pace than this mellow song, but I think it still fits…
I was following a trail
I’d never been along before,
Chasing darkened skies above me.
9) Belle & Sebastian, Get Me Away from Here, I’m Dying
This one’s a bit of a stretch, as the song can be a little random in places, but I ended up picking the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, mostly because there’s a verse that reminds me so much of how I felt the first time I read it. 😉 (Bear with me, this quote is kind of long…)
I’ll settle down with some old story about a boy who’s just like me:
Thought there was love in everything and everyone – you’re so naïve!
They always reach a sorry ending; they always get it in the end.
Still it was worth it as I turned the pages solemnly, and then,
With a winning smile, the boy with naïvety succeeds!
At the final moment, I cried – I always cry at endings…
10) Avril Lavigne, Anything But Ordinary
For this final song, I chose Crash Into You by Katie McGarry – a book about love and teenagers and wanting to be seen. And driving. Very fast.
Sometimes I drive so fast,
Just to feel the danger.
I want to scream,
It makes me feel alive.