Ahh! I was tagged to do something!
Thank you so much to Jess at Jessticulates for tagging me to do this! Book tags being combined with music are literally my favourite tags, so it’s very exciting to be doing this.
- Thank and link back to the person that tagged you.
- Credit the Tag creator: Daniel @ Page to Page
- Listen to your tagger’s song requests. After you’ve finished listening to the three songs the person who tagged you has chosen, choose a book that you think marries well with each of the songs and give the reason as to why you selected those book titles.
- Request 3 songs of your own. Give any three songs (and your corresponding book choices that you think go well with said song) that you want for your taggers to listen and respond to!
- Tag 5 people!
Delicate is one of my favourite songs off of Reputation so I was so happy to see this first! Also very strange: this is one of the songs I associate most with Jack and Bitty in Ngozi Ukazu’s comic series Check, Please!, which follows Bitty from Freshman year all the way to Graduation.
Jack has a reputation thrust upon him, practically from birth, and Bitty is one of the first people to see completely beyond that and see him for who he actually is, and it’s so romantic. The verses almost alternate where the chorus is Jack, and the rest is Bitty. I dunno! I overthink it!
I struggled a bit with this one, just because I never really read anything that fits how dramatic this song is anymore. I ended up going for Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa, though. Those boys go through a lot of pain in their lives, but still power through for one another and the people they meet along the way, it’s all very honourable!
This was my first time ever listening to this song. I wasn’t sure what to go for, until I realised the best possible answer: The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien. It’s a semi-joke, but it’s a semi-joke that hurts me to my core.
It took all of my power to not pick Sad Songs for this.
Hell yeah! Walking on Broken Glass! It’s one of my all time favourite songs, I love Annie Lennox. I think I’m going to go for Fleabag, from Fleabag. I recently read The Scriptures, which are the complete scripts for the show, which may be cheating. But Fleabag would definitely listen to this song, and definitely think of the Priest while it played.
There is a definite raw energy of teenagers just doing whatever they want with this song and accompanying music video that really makes me think of the teens in Nietzsche and the Burbs by Lars Iyer. It’s a strange book about a group of sixth form students in the weeks leading up to their final exams, and the general mundanity of life being challenged by the arrival of a new boy they fondly nickname Nietzsche for his general nihilism and disgust at the state of teenagers of the modern age.
Ahhhh this song. I can think of about a million horror movie characters when I listen to it, but thinking of a book is a struggle. Until I remembered that Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl is an INCREDIBLE book that I adored, and the lyrics are so applicable to Bee’s relationship with Jim and the rest of her friendship group. There’s also an eeriness to Billie Eilish’s book that makes me think of the Neverworld Wake.