Here are the rules: Shuffle your playlist (no skipping!) and pick a book that reminds you of that song! It can be a character, a scene, etc. You can do this for as many songs/books as you would like.
1. “Light Me Up” by Birdy — Damaged Goods by Talia Hibbert
This song reminds me of the wonderful love story from the novella Damaged Goods. Basically, the two main characters were once in love as teenagers, but ultimately torn apart. They meet again and so many things have changed. This song is about moving past previous heartbreak and finding someone who loves you know matter what.
2. “Glory” by Bastille — Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith
This book features its two main characters taking a walk down memory lane before heading off to college. In a way, this song is very much about that. It reflects on past experiences, mistakes and looking forward to the future.
3. “Where’s the Revolution” by Depeche Mode — The Black Key by Amy Ewing
The final book in The Lone City trilogy is all about rising up against the royals who suppress, abuse and manipulate their subjects for their own benefit. I really think that this song perfectly captures the techniques used by the royalty to maintain power. It’s also a call to arms for a revolution, which is basically what the entire series is all about.
4. “Big God” by Florence + The Machine — Monstress, Vol. 2: The Blood by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda
This is one of my all time favourite graphic novels! With this edition, Maika Halfwolf takes on ancient gods in order to find out more about her past. While the lyrics of the song don’t really match the subject matter of the book, I do think the tone and darkness of it do.
5. “Talking Man” by Bedouin Soundclash — The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen
This song is all about how people like to talk trash and spread rumours about others. The Way to Game the Walk of Shame opens up with the lead character, Taylor, being gossiped about because of an incident that happened at a party. She wants people to just stop being so cruel, but they don’t seem to care and find great happiness in her misery.
6. “Lions in Cages” by Wolf Gang — Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria
The song is all about suppression and feeling constrained by society. In Beneath the Citadel, the main characters are fighting against a society where a small group of privileged people have complete control over the lives of many. The story begins with the characters in prison and trying to break free.
7. “Mathematics” by Little Boots — Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
This song reminds me of the relationship between Lara Jean and Peter. Over the three books their relationship goes through a lot of ups and downs. They learn that love isn’t just something that is there, you actually need to work hard at maintaining it. However, no matter what obstacles were thrown in their path they battled through it. I don’t want to say anymore and spoil things for people who haven’t read the trilogy. If you haven’t you honestly really should!