Pairing 10 books I recommend with 10 songs I love

Hi friends! I hope you all are doing okay πŸ’›

This idea for a post had been sitting in my drafts for like, half a year or something, but…. I haven’t tackled it properly, because I was a little scared of messing it up. Still, I loved the idea so much, I couldn’t give it up.

So… after spending long hours, searching for the perfect fit, here it is. I’m happy (and a little nervous) to share with you all 10 books I adore and the songs on my playlist I picked out for them! This was no easy feat, let me tell you, but in the end, I’d say I am pretty happy with the final result, sooo I hope you’ll enjoy it, too!

Also for those of you who were a bit curious about my musical taste, well… here you go!

πŸ“š My Books & Songs Pairings πŸ’›

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Taylor Jenkins Reid

The song I’m pairing it with 🎢 Taylor Swift – The Man

“I’m so sick of running as fast as I can
Wondering if I’d get there quicker if I was a man
And I’m so sick of them coming at me again”

Why I’m pairing them together πŸ”Ž Two ultimate favorite need to go together, am I right?

Evelyn Hugo is that character I can’t stop thinking about. Her fierceness, determination, her living in a cruel, unforgiving Hollywood world dominated by white men. I adore and really recommend reading this book and Taylor Swift’s song, The Man, is perfectly fitting for her.

β€œMake them pay you as much as they would a white man.”

▢️ listen to the song πŸ“– find it on goodreadsπŸ“– read my review

The Last Thing You Said, Sara Biren

The song I’m pairing it with 🎢 Coldplay, The Scientist

“Nobody said it was easy
It’s such a shame for us to part
Nobody said it was easy
No one ever said it would be this hard
Oh take me back to the start

Why I’m pairing them together πŸ”Ž The Last Thing You Said is an incredibly moving story about grief and trying to find your way back to each other despite the obstacles and weight of the past. I really enjoyed this book and The Scientist is a beautiful song that fits with it!

▢️ listen to the song πŸ“– find it on goodreadsπŸ“– read my review

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, Michelle Hodkin

The song I’m pairing it with 🎢 Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, Shallow

“And in the bad times I fear myself
I’m off the deep end, watch as I dive in
I’ll never meet the ground

Why I’m pairing them together πŸ”Ž Mara Dyer is such a… messed-up book, I want to say. I don’t want to spoil it too much if you haven’t read it at all, but it’s an addictive mystery with stunning writing and characters and one of my favorites for sure. Mara is one of the most complex characters ever and the song Shallow completely represents her feelings thorough the book.

▢️ listen to the song πŸ“– find it on goodreads

Nothing Left To Burn, Heather Ezell

The song I’m pairing it with 🎢 The Veronicas, You Ruin Me

“‘Cause you play me like a symphony
Play me till your fingers bleed
I’m your greatest masterpiece
You ruin me

Why I’m pairing them together πŸ”Ž Nothing Left To Burn is one of my favorite books EVER, okay, so go read it please. More seriously, this book is about a toxic relationship, told in between past and present, with incredible writing and tension and I adore it. The song, You Ruin Me, is so fitting to illustrate the messy, toxic relationship of the story.

▢️ listen to the song πŸ“– find it on goodreadsπŸ“– read my review

When The Stars Lead To You, Ronni Davis

The song I’m pairing it with 🎢 Jonas Brothers, Hesitate

“Pull me close and I’ll hold you tight
Don’t be scared ’cause I’m on your side
Know there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for you

Why I’m pairing them together πŸ”Ž I love this book and I love this song. That’s why.

Okay, more seriously, When The Stars Lead To You is a consuming first-love with someone dealing with depression and I really loved it. Hesitate is a song that makes me bawl like a baby and they’re both really great okay.

▢️ listen to the song πŸ“– find it on goodreadsπŸ“– read my review

A Thousand Perfect Notes, C. G. Drews

The song I’m pairing it with 🎢 Marina Kaye, Homeless

“Heavy steps on hardwood floors
Into my room trough broken doors
Try to leave this day behind me
But peace will never find me

Why I’m pairing them together πŸ”Ž A Thousand Perfect Notes is about Beck, hating his home and his abusive mother and it’s an emotional, stunning debut I really enjoyed. Marina Keye’s song, Homeless, fits the book perfectly, about trying to find a home and losing yourself and I love this song so much.

▢️ listen to the song πŸ“– find it on goodreadsπŸ“– read my review

Permanent Record, Mary H. K. Choi

The song I’m pairing it with 🎢 Snow Patrol, Chasing Cars

“If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

Why I’m pairing them together πŸ”Ž I feel like Chasing Cars goes perfectly with Permanent Record. I mean, Pablo is a university drop-out struggling with money and… well, life, and Leanna is an international star. They meet randomly at 4 a.m in Brooklyn and I feel like their entire relationship could fit in these couple verses from the song. It’s a wonderful song and book, really.

▢️ listen to the song πŸ“– find it on goodreadsπŸ“– read my review

The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas

The song I’m pairing it with 🎢 Emeli Sande, Read All About It

“I wanna sing, I wanna shout
I wanna scream ’til the words dry out
So put it in all of the papers,
I’m not afraid

Why I’m pairing them together πŸ”Ž If I found one perfect fit in this post, it’s that. I could only fit a couple lines, but Emeli Sande’s entire song perfectly encompasses The Hate U Give and the voice Starr needs to find and dare using, to speak up for the best friend she lost because of police violence.

β€œWhat’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?” 

▢️ listen to the song πŸ“– find it on goodreadsπŸ“– read my review

We Used To Be Friends, Amy Spalding

The song I’m pairing it with 🎢 No Doubt, Don’t Speak

“I really feel that I’m losin’ my best friend
I can’t believe this could be the end
It looks as though you’re lettin’ go

Why I’m pairing them together πŸ”Ž A book about friendship, yes! I loved We Used to Be Friends, because it’s an incredible story about friends growing apart and it’s very relatable and I love it. No Doubt’s song is just so, so good and so fitting for the book, too.

▢️ listen to the song πŸ“– find it on goodreadsπŸ“– read my review

You’d Be Mine, Erin Hahn

The song I’m pairing it with 🎢 Selena Gomez, Vulnerable

“If I hand you my emotions, would you even want to take it?
If I give you all my trust, then would you fumble it and break it?
If I let you cross my finish line, then would you wanna make it?

Why I’m pairing them together πŸ”Ž You’d Be Mine has one of my favorite romances ever. Annie and Clay are country artists finding themselves on tour together, slowly falling for each other but not really wanting to leave themselves vulnerable enough to get hurt. I love this and Selena Gomez’s song goes perfectly with that!

▢️ listen to the song πŸ“– find it on goodreadsπŸ“– read my review

What do you think of my picks? Did you read any of these books? Do you like any of these artists?

Let me know in comments!





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94 thoughts on “Pairing 10 books I recommend with 10 songs I love

  1. This was such a great post idea Marie!! It sounds fun to pick out a song for your favorite books. I usually make a playlist everyday depending upon how I’m feeling for something to listen to. Music is a nice accompaniment to everything ❀


  2. Oh, I love this post, it’s such a great idea πŸ₯° A lot of the songs definitely filled me with SO much nostalgia – like The Scientist, Chasing Cars and Read All About It – me and my friends loved them so much back in the day 😊 I also think that ‘The Man’ fits perfectly for Evelyn Hugo – she’s a badass πŸ˜„

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  3. Not only is this a super clever blog post idea, but now I have all kinds of new music to listen to! I’m not familiar with all of these, but I do love your choices for A Thousand Perfect Notes and The Hate U Give. And because I love “Chasing Cars,” now I need to read Permanent Record. I love this!

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    1. Oooh this makes me so happy, thank you so much! ❀ ❀ I hope you'll find some new songs you'll love ❀
      And ahh read Permanent Record please! It's such an incredible read πŸ˜€


  4. I’m really digging your first two choices. I need to go listen to that Selena Gomez song to see how it fits with the last book (just read and loved it). I’m also more curious about Mara because of that song choice.


  5. ahh… I love music so much so this was such a fun post to read !! It can be hard to match them to books but you did so well!! The Man and Evelyn Hugo really do go so well together, I think Evelyn would definitely be empowered by that song. I always thought primadonna by Marina went well with Evelyn as well (although I find a reason to match a Marina song to every book haha)
    I love that you paired Chasing Cars with Permeant Record and your reasoning. It has definitely made me very excited to pick it up!! I CAN’T WAIT!!
    I haven’t read THUG yet but I can see how it would go with Read All About It, such a great song. I love it so much and Emeli has such a stunning voice, I love it !!
    Great post, I loved reading it so much and the way you set it out was wonderful !!! ❀

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    1. Ahh thank you, I’m so happy you enjoyed this post Sophie! πŸ˜€
      I’m so glad you like my picks and I’m so excited for you to read Permanent Record, I hope you’ll enjoy it πŸ™‚
      Thank you! ❀

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  6. I LOVE this idea for a post! I usually end up relating whatever music I’m listening to to books, so it’s right up my alley πŸ˜€ I can tell you put a lot of thought into all of your choices, and I love what you’ve come up with!

    Your choice for Evelyn Hugo is PERFECT. I’ll admit that I have an entire playlist dedicated to that book, and there is a lot of Taylor Swift on there. Great minds think alike!

    Wow, I hadn’t heard the song you paired with THUG before now, but it’s so spot-on that I have chills. Was that song written specifically for Starr?? I love it!!

    And the song you’ve picked with We Used To Be Friends really captures the mood of the book. It’s amazing when a song can give you that same feeling!

    Wonderful post, Marie, I really enjoyed all of your song and book pairings! πŸ˜€

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    1. Ahh thank you so much, I’m so happy you enjoyed this post ❀
      OH I want to see that entire Evelyn Hugo playlist, I'm sure it's PERFECT ahhhhhh that would be so awesome. ❀
      Thank you so, so much, I'm so happy you liked my pairings! πŸ˜€


  7. It’s so exciting to me seeing someone talking about The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer in 2020 πŸ˜€ I loved the trilogy so much – it really is addictive. I think you chose the perfect song for it too!
    Even though I haven’t read most of the books, I can tell you put a lot of thought into your song choices for them. Awesome post!

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  8. I actually love this idea so much! (hi, I’m Germaine, I’m new to your site!) I’ve barely read any of the books on this list, but I really appreciated that A Thousand Perfect Notes is on here — it’s just so underrated πŸ™‚

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  9. I’m so so SO late, but I’m catching up on the end of my feed at this point, and I still wanted to say that I *love* this post! I love Taylor Swift and Evelyn Hugo, so that pairing is my favorite and such a great pick. The other that I adore the most is THUG with Read All About It – I love both the song and the book, and you’re right, they fit each other perfectly. Lovely post! πŸ™‚

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  10. I need need need to read Mara Dyer! I’d kind of forgotten it existed until you mentioned it here but your summary of it makes me really want to read it now. I love that I know a lot of the songs here haha and also that you had little excerpts; I actually wrote a similar post matching five books with songs a while ago that I’m planning on posting in the next two weeks haha but I just love how you picked the excerpts and talked about how the lyrics matched the story!

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    1. Ooooooh, I’d be SO CURIOUS and so eager to hear your thoughts on Mara Dyer if you ever decide to read the series. I really loved it πŸ™‚
      Ahh that’s amazing! I’ll be looking forward to your post! πŸ˜€

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