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.