Hello my beautiful BookNerds!!
So I have been meaning to post this like ALL summer, but just got so caught up with school and work, that I hadn’t had time, but today is the day!!
So I saw this video on Youtube a few months ago, where Hannah from A Clockwork Reader, paired books with the songs from Panic! at the Disco’s latest album, “Pray For The Wicked.” After listening to the album, I was in LOVE!! It has been on repeat all summer, and so I decide to do the tag too! Here is the original video, if you guys would like to check it out. I love her choices, but my goal was to pick completely different books, although her choice for Twilight to be paired for “The Overpass” is perfection. So, the way this is how it works: I listen to the song, and based on the lyrics, or vibe of the song,I will pick a book that goes with it. Seems easy enough! I will briefly explain my selections below. Here we go!!
1. “Silver Lining”- Squirrel Girl Meets the World by Shannon Hale. Squirrel Girl’s unbeatable optimism and spunk, makes her outlook on life so upbeat, just like this song. Why settle for silver when you can have gold?
2. ” Say Amen (Saturday Night)”- The Outsiders by SE Hinton. This is perfect! All Ponyboy did was pray for Saturday night, in order to hang with the fellas and the greasers were unapologetic about who they were and what they did.
3.”Hey Look Ma, I Made It”- Patina by Jason Reynolds. Patina runs track because her mother can’t. Her mother is in a wheelchair due to being an amputee as a result of progressed diabetes. The whole book Patina is trying to make her mother proud.
4.”High Hopes”- Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. This is one of my all time favorite books! “High Hopes” fits as the center of the book is on Miss Teen Dream beauty pageant contestants, as they a re stranded on a deserted island. Who has higher hopes for survival, all while staying pretty than Miss Teen Dream contestants? No one!
5. “Roaring 20s”- Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger. I chose this book, based on this lyrics “Everyone here is a trophy/ And I’m sipping bourbon/ The future’s uncertain.” This fits Holden Caulfield to a tee. Everyone is a phony.
6.” Dancing’s Not A Crime”- Drama byRaina Telegemeir. This middle grade graphic novel has middle school drama, while literally talking about drama (club). There is a school dance scene in the book that is a huge plot twist/ turning point for the novel.
7.”One of the Drunks”- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.These lyrics ” Searching for a new high, as high as the sun, uncomfortably numb” to me, summarize how Guy Montag feels once he starts stealing and hiding books, especially after the woman who decided to burn with her books, than leave without them. These feelings grow stronger, the further the novel goes.
8. ” The Overpass”- Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater, “Sketchy girls and lipstick boys. Need I say more? Lol. I just feel like this fits so well!
9.” King of the Clouds”- A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab. I feel like this is KL’s song. He trusts no one, (until Delilah), he gets bored where he is out and goes out to the different Londons to escape. It’s a song of restlessness, that definitely resonates with KL.
10.”Old Fashioned”- Girl On A Train by Paula Hawkins. This is actually my favorite song, even though this was was just okay to me. Haha. My favorite line is when the beat changes and Brendon Urie says “Get boozy, boozy, boozy.” I don’t even drink! Lol. This line made me think of this book, as the main character, Rachel, is a lush. Actually she’s definitely is an alcoholic, as it does affect her daily activities and way and quality of life. Any who, that line goes along with Rachel’s Gin and Tonic breakfasts.
11.Dying in LA- Caraval by Stephanie Garber . This song embodies the mystery, Magic and false reality that Caraval is, The lure and the appeal of the mysterious and glamorous island isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. The paradise quickly turns as Scarlett finds that this game to save her sister, Donatella is more deadly, devious and demented that she ever thought.
So that’s my long ass word vomit on which books I would pick. What do you think? Do you agree with my picks? Do you have even better suggestions than the ones I chose? Let me know! Also, this was way more fun than I thought it would be, so let me know of any other albums I should try and make book pairings for. Thanks for reading and as always: “Get up, go out into the world, and do awesome shit.”
– Hollie 😊
P.S. I am also switching up the format a little (again 🙄). Let me know what you think! Should I keep ending it like this or go bad to the “dorkily and [insert post related adverb here] yours”? Any and all suggestions re welcome.
P.P. S Please forgive my horrible pic. I swear it was clear in editing mode, before I posted it! 😬😅🙃