This is a first in a series of recommendations that I hope you’ll enjoy. In this music edition, I will be recommending a book that I associate with a particular song. If you like the song (all titles will link to the song), you might want to check out the book I’ve paired it with. It works in the reverse, too! If you like the book that I’ve recommended, you might want to check out the song I’ve paired it with.
The Good the Bad and the Dirty —–> The Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo
If you like the song “The Good the Bad and the Dirty” by Panic! at the Disco, then you might enjoy the Six of Crows duology. This song encompasses the crew from Six of Crows so well, but particularly Kaz Brekker. Everyone in this duology is constantly trying to one-up everyone else; they’re always trying to stay one step ahead of the game. “The Good the Bad and the Dirty” is a song about being in control, always, which is definitely the most important aspect of this crew’s heists. So, if you like the song “The Good the Bad and the Dirty”, you might want to check out Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows.
Little Talks —-> The Firebird Trilogy by Claudia Gray
If you like “Little Talks” by Of Monsters and Men, you might like The Firebird Trilogy. This song is a duet between a man and a woman who are talking to each other about their mistrust of the people around them, as well as their inability to trust themselves. They both reassure each other that no matter what, “this ship will carry our bodies safe to shore”. This pretty much sums up the relationships between all of the characters in The Firebird Trilogy. It starts out with our main character finding out that her best friend, and her parents’ assistant, murdered her parents. The rest of the series is a roller coaster of no one knowing who to trust, and sometimes not even being able to trust themselves. If you like “Little Talks”, you might like The Firebird Trilogy.
The Emperor’s New Clothes —–> Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
If you like “The Emperor’s New Clothes” you might like the Throne of Glass series. While I can’t go into too much detail about the connections for this one due to spoilers, this song pretty much encompasses our main character Celaena’s personality. She’s a sassy firecracker who doesn’t let anyone get in the way of what she wants. She hasn’t had a good life, but she fights for what she believes in, and she’s a lot stronger than most people give her credit for. You don’t mess with Celaena. If you like “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, you might like the Throne of Glass series.
Superman —–> Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
If you like the song “Superman” by Ivory Layne, you might like the book Me Before You. I’m not going to go into too much detail with this one, because spoilers…. but, yeah. There’s a pretty strong correlation between these two.
Superheroes —–> Dreadnought by April Daniels
If you like the song “Superheroes” by The Script, then you might like Dreadnought by April Daniels. For the obvious reason, they have the “superheroes” part in common. For a not so obvious reason, both the book and the song suggest that superheroes don’t always have powers, and that the struggles superheroes face are not always evil villains. Our main character, Danny, faces much more in life than the super villains that seek to destroy her. In fact, it is the people who are closest to her that pose the most threat to her. Both “Superheroes” and Dreadnought show that ordinary people can be superheroes.
The Impossible Year —–> The Walled City by Ryan Graudin
I didn’t realize until just now that I have three Panic! at the Disco songs from the same album on this list… Oh, well. If you like “The Impossible Year” by Panic! at the Disco, then you might want to pick up The Walled City by Ryan Graudin. “The Impossible Year”. The song is about what the title suggests. An impossible year. In Ryan Graudin’s book, our main characters live in the Walled City, a place of gang violence, drugs, prostitution, and political schemes. The entire book is a fight for survival, and an attempt at the impossible. Escape. There is no happiness in their world, but they somehow have managed to keep just enough hope to keep on fighting, and get what they want from their world.
Castle —–> A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
Halsey’s “Castle” pretty much sums up all of the political turmoil in the A Song of Ice and Fire series. Everyone is vying for as much power as they can get their hands on, and their motives are more complex than anyone could imagine. So many of the characters in this series will do anything to get power, but there are also a few who want nothing to do with it. This warring world falls apart regularly, but still manages to somehow survive, if only through sheer will-power.
Roses —–> History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
If you like the song “Roses” by Against the Current, you might like History is All You Left Me. Both are heart-achingly beautiful, and about missing the one you love so much it hurts. In History is All You Left Me, our main character is suffering the loss of his ex-boyfriend, Theo, while also getting to know the only other person who loved Theo the way he did, Theo’s new boyfriend. “Roses” is about missing all the things about a relationship that were good, and losing true love. They are both painful to experience, but they are also beautiful, and I love that I made the connection between them.
Let’s Hurt Tonight —–> The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
If you like OneRepublic’s “Let’s Hurt Tonight”, then you might want to check out The Sky is Everywhere. Like my previous comparison, both of these are pretty painful to experience, but they are also incredibly poignant and beautiful. “Let’s Hurt Tonight” shows that love isn’t always easy. Sometimes it’s pretty dang hard. This is a theme that’s explored a lot through The Sky is Everywhere. Our main character has just lost her sister, and she struggles with this, while also juggling a new relationship, and desperately clings to any memory she can find of her sister, spending more and more time with her sister’s boyfriend. The book is raw and emotional, but insists that love prevails throughout, even if it isn’t necessarily perfect or easy.
No Name —–> Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
If you like the song “No Name” by Ryan O’Shaughnessy, then you might want to pick up Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Both the song and the book are so adorable, they’re almost too cute and sweet for words. If you’re looking for something to make you feel completely warm and fuzzy inside, this is the way to go.
And there you have it! I hope you enjoyed the first installment in my “If you like that… Try this!” series. Let me know what you thought below! Do you have any songs that you associate with books? Tell me in the comments!