I love books. I love music. So you’ll excuse the narcissism if I say that I feel like this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) was tailor-made for me! This week it’s all about music and books that go together—books that could have theme songs, songs that should become books, etc. Obviously I could go on and on about my favorite books and favorite songs but here are ten that really fit together perfectly (at least in my mind).
“Immigrant Song” (Led Zeppelin) / The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson. This is slightly cheat-y since Trent Reznor and Karen O covered this song for the movie. But I feel like you could queue up a lot of Zeppelin as a soundtrack for Lisbeth Salander.
“Crystallize” (Lindsey Stirling) / A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin. I think this fits the wild North.
“Chop Suey!” (System of a Down) / The Broken Empire trilogy, by Mark Lawrence. For some reason this fits the character of Jorg for me: a little self-righteous and feeling forsaken by everyone who should have been loyal to him, clawing his way back up from outlaw to emperor.
“Hurt” (Johnny Cash) / Wolf in White Van, by John Darnielle. I feel like both this song and this book are about characters who are self-destructive and in turn hurt those around them, for no really good reason. And it’s that lack of a reason that’s so much more tragic than any made-up backstory.
“Outro” (M83) / Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. This book didn’t end quite how I envisioned, but if it had, this would have been the song to play over the final scene.
“Indra” (E.S. Posthumus) / The Sellswords trilogy, by R.A. Salvatore. This seems like a perfect theme for the adventures of the assassin Artemis Entreri and the drow outlaw Jarlaxle. (FYI, these books mesh in with The Legend of Drizzt around book #11, so it’s probably better to read that series first and then move on to this trilogy.)
“How You Like Me Now” (The Heavy) / Phoenix Rising, by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris. I could totally picture feisty Eliza Braun shooting her way through the House of Usher to this song.
“Cosmic Love” (Florence and the Machine) / The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern. Because an epic book needs an epic love song.
“Maw” (Chelsea Wolfe) / Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel. I just recently started listening to Wolfe and her songs could be the soundtrack to so many haunting stories.
“Of the Night” (Bastille) / Night Film, by Marisha Pessl. I don’t exactly know why these two go together for me, except that they’re both odd and dark. (Especially the song. It sounds upbeat until you watch the video and after that I don’t think you can hear it as an upbeat song anymore.)