This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish was really hard for me. The challenge was to give theme songs to ten books. Confession time: I don’t really listen to music. So, I started with some obvious ones and that got the old gears turning and I managed to eek out a pretty decent list.
Obviously the song for If I Stay by Gayle Forman is Girlfriend in a Coma by The Smiths.
Again, I went for the obvious. A zombie book like This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers kind of screams out for Thriller by Michael Jackson.
Amber Appleton, the heroine of Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick, is the Queen of Optimism. This book demands to have an uplifting theme song and how can you not feel uplifted after listening to Light and Day by The Polyphonic Spree?
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is heartbreaking, gut-wrenching, heartrending…and for me the perfect song for a love story such as this is Do You Realize? by The Flaming Lips.
I just finished I am The Messenger by Markus Zusak and thought The Gambler by Kenny Rogers may be a good theme song. But then I realized it was a much better theme song for The Cardturner by Louis Sachar.
Going Bovine by Libba Bray is an oddball, trippy, road-trippy little gem. So is Beck. I can picture Balder chiming in on all the na na na na na nas, so I picked E-pro as the theme song, but really, just about any Beck will do!
It’s not a perfect fit, because there aren’t really any robots in Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, but Deryn Sharp would totally do battle against the Clanker machines. Mostly I just have strong feelings about Yoshimi Battle the Pink Robots by The Flaming Lips being a totally awesome theme song. Deryn deserves a kicka** song.
For the book Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King I chose We’re Going to be Friends by The White Stripes, because this is how I like to imagine Vera and Charlie before things fell apart.
I think I am going about this the wrong way-I keep coming up with songs (you know, from the ten I know) and then I need a book to pair it with. That’s what happened with this one. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare needs the theme song Gin Soaked Boy by The Divine Comedy. Why? It’s a feeling I have. I love the song, I love the book. I can’t explain it, sorry.
This is only 9, but like I said, this was a challenge for me. I gave it my all and I really do not have another one in me. I like my little list!
Happy reading and listening!