I’m so excited to see what people think of this post 🙂 A few months ago, I wrote Songs and Stories, in which I paired some of my recent favourite reads with songs I loved that bore similar meanings or messages. It was really fun to do, but I’d only ever intended it as a one-off post. However, over recent months, I’ve been scribbling down some more ideas for book and song pairings. I came up with quite a few more, so I thought, why not make a Songs and Stories #2?
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green // Soil, Soil by Tegan and Sara
“All you need to save me
And I’ll be curled on the floor
Hiding out from it all
And I won’t take any other call.”
This song is probably Tegan and Sara’s saddest, and to me some of the lines really resonate with John Green’s story – the sorrowful yet romantic lyrics go perfectly. The mood of the song is just right!
THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST by Emily Danforth // Girls Like Girls by Hayley Kiyoko
“Isn’t this why we came? Gotta get with you
Girls like girls like boys do, nothing new”
Cameron Post is about a gay teenage girl who grows up in a very conservative town and is sent aweay for being who she is. Girls Like Girls goes with the book for obvious reasons – especially because the message of the song is that being different is nothing new!
OFF THE PAGE by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer // Believe by Mumford and Sons
“I don’t even know if I wanna believe
Anything you’re trying to say to me /
So, open up my eyes
Tell me I’m alive.”
Off the Page is all about Delilah and her boyfriend Oliver, who is literally a prince from a fairytale. I love it because it’s a story about how much people believe in childhood stories and writing. This Mumford and Sons song is perfect.
THE NEXT TOGETHER by Lauren James // Someone New by Hozier
“Don’t take this the wrong way,
You knew who I was with every step that I ran to you”
In The Next Together, two characters fall in love. They will die – but they’ll be reborn again, years into the future, and the cycle will repeat – except they don’t remember their past lives. This is one of my favourite Hozier songs and it’s about someone falling in love with a different person, every day, and I think some of the lyrics fit Lauren James’s story quite well!
Do you agree with any of the pairings I made? Do you have any songs and stories suggestions?
And, of course – would anyone like to see a Songs and Stories #3? 😀