Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Top Ten Books to Which I'd Give a Theme Song

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Books to Which I'd Give a Theme Song
Top Ten Tuesday post by Kayla

Call me crazy, but I do not listen to a lot of music anymore. If I’m in the car, I’m listening to an audiobook. If I’m hanging out around the house, I like to have peace and quiet when I’m reading. Also, I am one of those people that needs to be in a windowless, soundproof room to write. I do not do background noise. All of that being said, I do have an iPod and my phone filled with awesome songs that I love. In order to do this list, I’m going to put my Droid music collection on random and pick a book for each song. Brace yourselves.

1. “Set Fire to the Third Bar” Snow Patrol – Stone of Tears by Terry Goodkind

Don’t ask me, I honestly do not know. When the song started playing, I immediately thought of this book. I haven’t read it since I was pregnant with the aforementioned five year old, and I have forgotten most of it. I guess it is because of Richard and Kahlen’s love for each other and their fight to be together.

2. “Rape Me” Nirvana – The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

Just trust me – it fits.

3. “Enter Sandman” Metallica – Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

This is the scariest dystopian that I have ever read. Here are some lyrics that will explain a little why these two fit together:
Dreams of war, dreams of liars
Dreams of dragon's fire
And of things that will bite

Dreams of war: Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia
Dreams of liars: It is Winston Smith’s job consists of “historical revisionism”, which means that he changes various historical works, photographs, and other important documents to reflect that the government is always right and always has been.
Dreams of dragon’s fire: This can totally be Julia and Winston’s bowchickabowwow. (It was first published in 1949 – there’s hardly anything shocking or distasteful.)
And of things that will bite: Oh man, the rats…

4. “Here’s A Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)” Travis Tritt – New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

I’m not a fan of the series, but if Bella wasn’t so twitterpated, she would have gone with Jacob. Edward, you should have just stayed gone.

5. “Apologize” Timbaland ft. One Republic – Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris

Oh Bill, I never liked you from the start. “It's too late to apologize, it's too late. I said it's too late to apologize, it's too late. Woahooo woah!” Hopefully Sookie never looks back to you.

6. “Hey Jude” The Beatles – The Gunslinger by Stephen King

First, let me ask you not to judge me. I’m not a music person. It interrupts my reading. So when I say that I had never heard of this song before reading The Gunslinger, please don’t start gathering your pitchforks and torches. I mean, I recognized the song but never paid any attention to it before. And it’s a major player in my playlist now! The best thing about this situation is I can get all swoony over Roland Deschain every time I hear it.

What? He’s the ultimate unattainable bad boy.

7. “Vienna” The Fray – The Diary of Anne Frank

There has been a lot of discussion as to what this song is really about. I liked the explanation given about it relating to the Holocaust (that many do not agree with), so right now I’m thinking about Anne Frank. This portion has been explained as the individuals being shipped the concentration camps:

The day's last one-way ticket train pulls in.
We smile for the casual closure capturing.
There goes the downpour.
There goes my fare thee well.

And this explaining that those people couldn’t be reached and then it was too late:

There's really no way to reach me.
There's really no way to reach me.
There's really no way to reach me,
'Cause I'm already gone.

It works for this exercise, no?


That’s all I could come up with this week, folks. I’ll be back on my game next week.


  1. FANTASTIC to see Nirvana on the list :-)

    1. Haha, that song always shows up at the most "unique" times. When I took my daughter to school on her first day of kindergarten, I had been blasting a Disney song for her. I parked and suddenly "Rape Me" came on just as loud, right when I was surrounded by the other parents. Awkward is not a strong enough word. :-)

      Kayla @ Krazy Book Lady

  2. Those are all fantastic choices! I never thought of Enter Sandman for 1984 but it definitely fits! Have you heard The Resistance by Muse? It's based on 1984. i <3 that song.

    My Top Ten Tuesday

    1. Yes, it's one of my favorites, too! :-)

      Kayla @ Krazy Book Lady

  3. I actually think this was a great list! That Metallic song seems perfect for 1984, and I love Timbaland...almost as much as I dislike Bill. Putting your music on shuffle was a smart move--I'll have to try that myself next time there's a book/music challenge!

    1. It was the only way I could complete the challenge! And don't get me started on stinky old Bill Compton... ;-)

      Kayla @ Krazy Book Lady

  4. This category was so hard this week! I couldn't even come up with one haha. Wish I'd thought of your method!

    1. You can use it next time! :-D

      Kayla @ Krazy Book Lady

  5. Interesting question this week. I like your answers. I see that you are reading Starters. I hope that you like it! I loved it myself.
    -FABR Steph@FiveAlarmBookReviews

  6. I thought this week's theme too difficult so I did my own random top ten. :) Nice to see some Nirvana :)

  7. Found your choices interesting. I love music but use it when reading to help me focus on the written word since my head injury 20 years ago affected my reading ability. Good music can be like white noise removing all distractions. Your choice for 1984 was fantastic.Read that after a year spent as an exchange student in a socialist country in high school. Loved the country, could see some positives about socialism but also alot that made me really uncomfortable and feeling like the government had too many rights. The words you chose from that song really described what I felt when reading that book.



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