I sometimes share songs in my weekly updates, but other than that, I don’t talk about music much. Which is a little odd considering I even have a page with book playlists I’ve created, and I love listening to music while I read and blog. I guess maybe I’m not the biggest music lover there ever was, but I do still love it! So this seemed like a fun tag :-)
1. MY JAM – a song you MUST listen to every time it comes on, no matter how old or how many times you’ve listened to it / a book you’ll never get sick of
I can’t think of any one song I ALWAYS have to listen to, so I’m using “Your Love is My Drug” by Kesha because, when that song was popular and on the radio, it was totally my jam. Every time it came on at gym (when I still did gymnastics), I’d run around lip synching and dancing and overdramatically performing, to the point that, apparently, even when I wasn’t there, people would be like, “Hey, it’s Kristen’s song!” when it came on lol.
For a book, I’m just going with the whole Thieves Series by Lexi Blake [review] since it’s the only book/series I can recall ever reading more than twice, and I hope I never get sick of it!
2. THROWBACK – a song that reminds you of the cringiest time of your life / a book that also reminds you of this time (or just something you wouldn’t like as much if you picked it up for the first time now)
Well, middle school is the cringiest time of my life that I can think of, and the one song that immediately comes to mind when I think of that time is “I Miss You” by Blink182. “Don’t waste your time on me you’re already the voice inside my yead.” You gotta use the Y or it doesn’t count ;-)
Other possible song choices: “Tipsy” by J Kwon (I still know all the words, and it’s all my friend’s fault because she was the one who loved this song and listened to it all the time and I think made me learn the words lol)
As for books, there are quite a few. The Georgia Nicholson Series and the Gossip Girl Series are the ones that stand out the most in my mind, and they are definitely the types of books I would not like if I read them nowadays since my taste has changed.
3. REPLAY – a recent song you have on repeat right now / a recent favorite book
I actually haven’t obsessed over any songs too recently, but I do remember listening to “Wings” by Hurts on repeat for a while a few months ago.
Other possible song choices: “We Don’t Have to Dance” by Andy Black, “Heathens” by 21 Pilots,
The most recent book I’ve given 5 stars to is Chester 5000 XYV: Isabelle and George (Book 2) by Jess Fink [review]. Well, it’s actually a webcomic/GN that has no words, but it counts!
4. GETS ME – this song IS ME / this book is me in book form
I don’t know that I’ve ever heard a song and thought, “This is me,” but I have heard songs and just had them relate to some specific emotion or situation or belief. And “Stay the Night” by Zedd ft. Hayley Williams is one such song. To me, the song is about how just because a relationship is temporary, that doesn’t mean it’s not worth it. Plus the video is probably my favorite music video ever. So gorgeous. Embedding has been disabled, but I ABSOLUTELY recommend watching it here on YouTube.
Same goes for books, I’ve never felt like an entire book represented me, so I’ll get serious for a moment and go with a character I related to instead. I totally get why, in arguments about diversity, people say it’s important for people to find themselves in books and characters because, when I got back into reading a few years ago, Lupin from the Harry Potter Series was the first character I came across who had anything like a chronic illness, and I related to some of his struggles, and that meant something to me. (Btw, I actually looked it up, and his werewolf-ism was meant to be a metaphors for AIDS. So not quite the same as CFS/ME, but still.)
5. WUT – weird but I like it? / a unique book that stuck out to you for whatever reason
Ok guys, “Frontier Psychiatrist” by The Avalanches is probably the weirdest song I know. It was on some sort of mix CD thing my mom got for free somewhere or something when I was in maybe middle school. But it’s so weird that it’s good in a creepy kinda way lol. Also I’m really good at singing the part of the parrot at the end :-P
As for a book, Obscura Burning by Suzanne van Rooyen [review] and Slowly We Rot by Bryan Smith [review] both stand out in my mind in kind of a class all their own because of their darkness and mindfuck…ness. Maybe the premise of each alone (alternate realities for Obscura Burning, zombie apoc for Slowly We Rot) aren’t unique, but what the authors did with them makes them unique.
6. LET’S GO – best pump up song (for workouts or just life) / a book that inspired you
“Best of Times” by Sage Francis is my go-to for a life pick-me-up. It was recommended to me once, and when people give me random, un-asked-for song recs, I tend to listen to them because there’s usually a reason they’re so excited to share the song. I’m rarely disappointed. And this song is amazing.
As for workout songs, oh man, I have lots of those. This was a hard decision! I decided to go with “WARP” by The Bloody Beatroots ft. Steve Aoki because that bass drop was always so awesome to tumble to, and it reminds me of the gym where I used to train. Also, I wanted to share this, which I tweeted while making this post:
I just Googled "that song that goes woop woop and then the bass drops" and it was literally the first video in results. I love Google.
— Kristen Burns (@whykristenburns) June 22, 2017
Other possible song choices: “Birthday Suit” by Swayze Styles, “Spitfire” by Prodigy, “Freaks” by Timmy Trumpet
I don’t know that I’ve ever really been inspired by a book?
7. CHILL – fav chill, relaxing song / a book you’d curl up with and read on a rainy day
Pretty much all alternative rock and even some punk/emo is chill to me. It’s why I love it. Like, I can fall asleep to MCR. But also, it’s like, alt rock is chill when I need it to be, but it can also pump me up if that’s what I need. But instead of going with one of my favorite bands, I’m going with “Float On” by Modest Mouse because this song just kind of calms me when I’m especially struggling or upset.
Other possible song choices: Pretty much anything by My Chemical Romance or Say Anything
Well, I don’t read many cutesy rainy day type books. I like reading dark, bleak books on rainy days because the storminess really sets the mood lol. And I specifically remember it just so happened to be storming while I was reading Withered + Sere by TJ Klune [review] because it complemented the book perfectly, so I’ll go with that.
8. ADDICTING – guilty pleasure song (one that’s catchy and addicting but not a whole lot of substance) / guilty pleasure/trashy/fast/light read
Like Lindsey, I don’t believe in guilty pleasures since I think people should never feel guilty or ashamed for what they like (as long they don’t like, say, murdering people or something). But I get it, it’s just a term. So anyway… The video is so weird, and the lyrics aren’t anything special, but I just like the feel of the song “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus. Embedding is disabled, so here’s a link.
For a book, I’m going with Lux and Lies by Meg Collett [review] because what I actually ended up liking most about the book was the reality TV show drama, haha, and I wasn’t expecting that.
9. NOSTALGIA – throwback you look back on fondly / a book you read forever ago that you look back on fondly or reminds you of a happy childhood time
For true nostalgia purposes I went all the way back to elementary school. I had a lot of choices since dance parties were the “in” thing in 5th grade, and I went to one or two almost every weekend, meaning I heard lots of the same songs over and over. I’m going with “World’s Greatest” by R. Kelly since that’s one of the ones that really stands out. If I really wanted to go far back, I could’ve gone with “I Believe I Can Fly” since I associate that one super strongly with kindergarten. I eventually asked my mom about that once since I didn’t actually know why I associated that song with kindergarten, and it turns out my class did a performance to it or something. Apparently R. Kelly was the soundtrack of my childhood. How ironic.
Other possible song choices: “Ride Wit Me” by Nelly, “Underneath Your Clothes” by Shakira, “Jump On It” by Sir Mix-A-Lot, “Pop” by NSync
I don’t remember much of the reading I did in elementary school, but some of the books I do remember reading are Bunnicula (I still laugh about it because the idea of a vampire bunny is so absurd), The Baby-sitters Club books, and the Animal Ark books (they were all named things like ‘Kittens in the Kitchen’ and ‘Puppies in the Pantry’ lol).