I’ve always been in love with reading books. It’s what first made me want to write them. When I read books, like most other people, I try to visualize what’s happening in the story. Something that I also do when I read books is picture what they sound like. I don’t mean how they sound read aloud, but what songs they sound like. I often find myself thinking, “Oh this scene sounds like this song,” or, “This is the song that would be playing in this character’s mind right now.”
So, I’m starting a new series here on my blog where I’m going to compare books I’ve read (some old and some new) to songs (mostly new but some oldies-but-goodies). To start things off, I’ve picked three of my favorite books to give you a feel for how this is gonna go…
(Warning: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t read these books. And if you haven’t read them, please go do that now)
1. Pride and Prejudice and “I’m Yours”
This is, by far, my favorite classic book to read. Jane Austen really outdoes herself with this one. The main premise of this story is Elizabeth Bennet, a young lady coming out to society, has all these prejudices and has made up her mind that she is fine on her own. Then Mr. Darcy comes along, and she falls for him. It’s just all too sweet and really funny.
A similar kind of story is told in “I’m Yours” by Alessia Cara. The song starts off with Alessia singing lyrics like, “Some nerve you have to break up my lonely and tell me you want me. Oh, how rude of you to ruin my miserable and tell me I’m beautiful, ‘cuz I wasn’t looking for love, no.” And by the chorus, she’s singing, “But I tore down my walls and opened my doors and made room for one, so baby I’m yours.” If Elizabeth Bennet was alive in the 21st century, she would be singing this song.
2. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and “Change”
Really just an all-around precious book, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares is one of those classic high school reads. In the story, four girlfriends go their separate ways for the summer but stay united by a pair of jeans. The summer brings each of them different experiences, and they all come out of it different people.
I’m a firm believer that there’s a Taylor Swift song for every occasion/situation in life, and I think “Change” is the song that goes best with The Sisterhood. I imagine it playing at the end of the book when everyone’s summer is coming to an end. All four of the girls were still growing and changing, but overall, the book left you with hope for them.
3. I’d Tell You I Love You, but Then I’d Have to Kill You and “Art of Letting You Go”
Ally Carter is my all-time favorite YA author, and this book started my love for her stories. In this book, Cammie is a teen that goes to a secret spy school for girls. One day, she’s in the local town and meets a sweet, local boy. Long story short, Cammie’s relationship with this boy causes all sorts of lies and spy-related problems, and eventually, she knows she has to give the relationship up.
In “Art of Letting You Go”, Tori Kelly sings about a lost relationship she keeps wanting to go back to, even though she knows it’s “danger.” I feel like this is the same place Cammie is at by the end of ITYILY.
There you have it! Are there any books that remind you of songs you’ve heard?