Books and music just go together beautifully. Personally, I think it’s because they both evoke emotions so well, and songs can very much enhance the emotions from a book for me.
But, while I do enjoy making whole playlists, sometimes I just end up connecting one song in particular to a book, so here are three book and song match-ups that I think go together perfectly!
Book: Slowly We Rot by Bryan Smith
Song: “I Need Some Sleep” by Eels
Why It’s Perfect: The melancholy vibe of the song fits the feel of the book perfectly. And some of the lyrics also fit the story because it takes place years after the apocalypse when most of the zombies are dead and is about an MC, who’s struggling with alcoholism and mental illness, trekking across the country to find a girl he used to date. Except he spirals downward and for a while just spends his days drinking and stumbling forward until he passes out only to wake back up, keep drinking, and keep stumbling forward. So the line “I need some sleep” seem appropriate since he really did need some sleep. And the lines “Everyone says I’m getting down too low // Everyone says you just gotta let it go” seem fitting too—he did reach a low point, and he was obsessive and therefore it probably would’ve been healthy to just let go of some things.
Book: House of Pawns by Keary Taylor
Song: “Castle” by Halsey
Why It’s Perfect: The main character was supposed to be the one in charge of the vampires in her area, but another vampire took that role and didn’t want to relinquish the leadership. This book, which is the second in the series, is basically about the MC playing the game, getting all the vampires on her side, and taking control in order to get her rightful position of leadership. This song just seems to suit the plot as well as the MC’s kickass attitude.
Book: Vespers by Irene Preston & Liv Rancourt
Song: “Demons” by Imagine Dragon
Why It’s Perfect: This song goes well with the whole series I think, not just the first book. I don’t claim to understand all the meaning in the song, but I feel like it could be Thad’s anthem for the lines “Don’t get too close // It’s dark inside // It’s where my demons hide” and “Don’t wanna let you down // But I am hell bound.” Thad hates the fact that he’s a vampire so much that he tries to disassociate himself from it and refers it as a separate entity, “le monstre.” He considers himself evil even though he’s devoutly religious, and he always seems to feel like he doesn’t deserve his lover, Sara, because of the evilness he feels is inside him.