OMG That Song Book Tag

Let’s take a break from the Booker!  I saw this tag on Callum’s blog and it looked like fun.  Also, go follow Callum who has an excellent taste in music as well as books.

MY JAM: A song you have to listen to no matter how many times you’ve heard it and a book that you’ll never get sick of

SONG: Conversation 16 by The National.  I love everything about this song.

BOOK: The Iliad by Homer.  I want to read as many different translations as possible.

THROWBACK: A song that reminds you of the cringiest time in your life and a book you read that you wouldn’t like now

SONG: Jenny Was a Friend of Mine by The Killers.  This song is actually objectively very good so it’s not the song that’s cringy, it’s me being 14 that was cringy.

BOOK: Anything by Sarah Dessen.  I’m not sure I even liked her books back then, but I kept reading them because my friends were reading them and I hadn’t been introduced to books that are actually good when I was in middle school.

REPLAY: A recent song that you have on repeat and a recent favourite book

SONG: Nina Cried Power by Hozier.  I’m actually not the biggest Hozier fan in the world (I think he’s fine but the hype around his last album was blown a little out of proportion), but I admittedly adore this song.

BOOK: In Our Mad and Furious City by Guy Gunaratne was simply brilliant.

GETS ME: A song that is literally me and a book that is me in book form

SONG: To Belong by Daughter.  I really connect with Daughter’s music in general, but this song always stands out to me.

BOOK: The Idiot by Elif Batuman.  The narrator of that book is me.

WUT: A weird song that you liked anyways and a unique book that stuck out to you for some reason

SONG: The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down by Joan Baez (cover – originally by The Band).  It’s not so much that it’s a weird song, just that it’s noticeably different from most of the other stuff I listen to.  But, I listen to it a lot.

BOOK: The Vegetarian by Han Kang.  So weird, so haunting, so good.

LET’S GO: Pick your best pump up song and a book that inspires you

SONG: God is a woman by Ariana Grande.  I mean, enough said.  This song is everywhere and for good reason.

BOOK: Fire From Heaven by Mary Renault.  Mainly for the line: “He stood between death and life as between night and morning, and thought with a soaring rapture, ‘I am not afraid’.”

CHILL: Your best chill or relaxing song and a book you’d curl up with on a rainy day

SONG: Black by Pearl Jam.  I mean, this song is incredibly sad, but there’s something relaxing about listening to a song you’ve heard approximately five million times because Pearl Jam is your favorite band and this is just one of the greatest songs ever written.

BOOK: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent is one of the most atmospheric things I’ve ever read, and definitely a good fall/winter read.

ADDICTING: A guilty pleasure song and a light, trashy read you can’t help but love

SONG: Literally anything by ABBA, but I’ll go with Waterloo.  People tend to be surprised when they find out how much I love ABBA, so, let’s just get this straight.  I love ABBA.

BOOK: I would describe this book as neither light nor trashy, but The Pisces by Melissa Broder is probably the closest thing to a ‘guilty pleasure’ book for me, since it’s essentially literary erotica.  But, that book is incredibly good.

NOSTALGIA: A throwback song you look back on fondly and a book you read and loved when you were young

SONG: Don’t Look Back in Anger by Oasis.  If I had to choose a favorite song of all time, this would probably be it.  I am also aware that liking Oasis is deeply unhip.  I do not care.

BOOK: Harry Potter!

Tagging whoever wants to do this!

What kind of music do you guys like?  Clearly my tastes are all over the place.


21 thoughts on “OMG That Song Book Tag

  1. omg I love this tag, though I imagine it takes forever to do!

    Also, I just listened to “Conversation 16” and it’s so good. I feel like last time I visited you I kept asking who was playing in your car and you kept saying “The National” and I kept meaning to check them out lmao.

    Same with Daughter. I feel like I’ll love them but I keep forgetting to find time to listen to them.

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    • I did it over a couple of days but it actually went quicker than I thought it would! You should do it!

      And YES that’s The National, I have soooooooo many of their songs on my phone lmao. I’ll play them and Daughter when you visit!


  2. For some reason that I really can’t pinpoint I also love the Night they Drove Old Dixie Down, I was so delighted to see that here!! I also listen to it a lot, who knows why. I have to check some of these other ones out, I’m embarrassingly behind on lots of recent music. And Jenny was a friend of mine is still so good but also reminds me of a cringe time, ugh.

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    • OH YAY I’m so glad someone gets me with that song!!! I can’t put my finger on what it is about it either… do you listen to the Joan Baez version or the original? I just love her voice so much. I like a lot of her other music but this is just in a different league. For some reason.

      Hot Fuss is still one of my favorite albums of all time but it’s also like my cringe era anthem.


  3. I love this!
    But, and this is going to hurt to say, I hardly ever listen to music anymore. And I haven’t in years. Which is shame because I did it a lot during my last years of school and my undergrad (my flatmate had THE best taste in music and approximately a million cds) but for some reason I just don’t anymore. (semi interesting side note: you know how I overwhelmingly read women? Most of my favourite artists are men.)

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    • Actually, I relate to this! In high school and college music was SO important to me, I went to concerts all the time and I was always buying CDs and listening to them straight through a hundred times. Now I can easily go a week or two without listening to music, especially now that I work from home and I’m not really driving. I’m trying to get back into it though. And also, SAME. Rock music will forever be my favorite and all of my fave bands (Pearl Jam, Radiohead, etc) have male vocalists.

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  4. Love this! I also love Daughter, The National, ABBA, The Killers and have been listening to Nina Cried Power a lot lately. I completely agree with you about Burial Rites being one of the most atmospheric books I’ve ever read too. And I’m dying to read The Pisces and The Idiot.

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    • Oooh you have fantastic taste in music, then! I love it when people who mainly listen to rock/indie/etc also love ABBA. Their music is just infectious.

      I really hope you love The Pisces and The Idiot! They’re hands down two of the most memorable books I’ve read all year. But both a bit ‘love it or hate it’ so I hope you fall on the love side.

      Also I love the new profile pic!

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