I make no attempts to try and keep my geek under wraps. I mean, I used to, and then I rediscovered my love for all things YA and decided that it was much too exhausting to try and conceal my geeky side. So here I am. In addition to being an unapologetic geek, I am also a runner. I try to run every day in order to compensate for the large quantities of cheese/bread/chocolate I consume. I realize, this is probably (definitely) not the best system, and it doesn’t work quite as well as I’d like, but I obviously can’t not eat the bread, right? Right.
Back to the point of this post.
Running every day for an extended period of time tends to lead the same songs being played over and over and over again. So, like every other person on the planet, I have created playlists in order to mix up the music I listen to. Each of my playlists have names that are related to books in some way or another. Some are titles and characters, while others are short lines that I love. There really is no rhyme or reason to these lists; sometimes I create a playlist with a specific book in mind and then add songs that I think go along with the plot and theme. Other times I am just looking to add some variety to my morning runs and create lists with songs I haven’t listened to in a while. If it’s been a while since I created a new playlist, I spend some time thinking about recent books I’ve read and what about them stuck with me, and then come up with a title.
It’s really all a way for me to constantly stay connected with books.
But really, it’s because I’m apparently in the running to be the biggest, geekiest, future librarian. In the world.
My literary playlists
Book: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
The playlist’s name is also the name of the section in Ravensbrück where Rose Justice and her fellow prisoners were forced to reside. I agonized for a longgggg time over what line/character/place to use for a new playlist. In the end, I decided on this one because it was where Rose found her “more than sisters.”
Kiss Me Hardy!
Book: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
I required no time to mull over the title of this playlist. Anyone who has read- and by read, I mean experienced- this book, knows that this occurs in one of the gut-wrenching, emotionally-destroying scenes EVER. This is one of my favorite lines from ANY book I’ve read; I’ve written it on my bookcases and am considering getting it as a tattoo. It would have been wrong for me to not make this a part of my music library in some way.
Call Me Irresistible
Book: Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
I’m not sure if anyone writes witty banter better than Susan Elizabeth Phillips. This book is the second to last book in a series that actually brings in characters from her other series, which is totally awesome, because in my mind, all of my favorite characters would know and interact with each other despite being in different books.
Full of Grace
Book: Full of Grace by Dorothea Benton Frank
This isn’t even my favorite book by Dorothea Benton Frank, but I love most- if not all- of her books, and wanted to use a title that was pretty.
Book: Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
All of Sarah Dessen’s books have fantastic titles, and since this one happens to incorporate music into the title and story, it seemed fitting to include it in my library.
Book: Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner
As I’m going through my playlists, I’m impressed with how many I’ve named after books that are not actually YA. In my mind, I assume that I’ve only ever read YA literature, but that is clearly not the case. I went through a Jennifer Weiner phase right after I read In Her Shoes, and I remember thinking that this book had so many elements included in the plot, and all of them worked well together and in the overall story. Plus, I just liked the books’ title.
Book: Mockingjay (Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins
I’m pretty sure I wanted to put together a list of songs that were fast-paced and would help in my “Amy is a badass” running fantasy. Also, I loved that it was one word rather than a longer phrase.
One the Jellicoe Road
Book: Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
I’ve already discussed (at length) my love for this book, so naturally I needed to create a new playlist using any element of this book. The original title of the book is, in fact, On the Jellicoe Road, so I thought I would mix it up and use that name rather than the one published in the U.S. I know, cray.
Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
It only seemed fitting that I name a playlist after anything that has to do with one of my favorite books.
Book: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I’m pretty sure that I just wanted to make a new playlist and was still suffering from a Hunger Games hangover, and chose a character with an interesting name. Now I’m thinking that I should have gone with Finnick Odair. Because, great name.
Book: This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
Real talk: Sarah Dessen just comes up with some of the best titles ever. Even though this is one of my favorite titles, I wouldn’t have minded naming the playlist after the book’s main boy, Dexter. One, because I love the name Dexter, and two, because that character was fantastic. Also, as this is another Dessen novel with a title having to do with music, it seemed like an obvious choice.
What You Will
Book (play): Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
I made this playlist during my junior year of college while I was taking my first class on Shakespeare. I loved that this play had two titles, and both were happy and fun sounding. We had also just come off a string of Shakespearean tragedies and I was so happy to finally read a play that didn’t end with the death of EVERY CHARACTER. This play involves a shipwreck, mistaken identity, romance and a whole lot of comedy, so who wouldn’t want to create a list of songs for such a fantastic play?
As of right now, those are my only playlists with literary titles, but I have no doubt that I’ll be adding more very soon. Especially since I’m buying and reading books like it’s my job. Which is, in fact, not my job. Not yet.