Books, Music

Musical Shuffle Book Tag: Round 1

I found this tag on Avery’s blog and loved it so much, I did it twice.

Basically, you put your music on shuffle (I used my Favorite Songs playlist on Spotify) and attribute each song to a book, character, ship, or something else book-related.

I used to make bookish playlists like these in college, so once I started again, I found it hard to stop.

My first playlist included the following 10 songs:


“Make a Move” by Whosah

Willowdean from Dumplin’


I’ll be the first to
I’ll be the first to
Make a move towards you
Make a move towards you
It’s frightening to go first at anything
To take a leap and not know what’s underneath
So I’ll take a step and hope that you’ll go with me

Willowdean eventually makes a move on cute love interest Bo.

She might not have made the first move, but she overcame her fear and pursued vulnerability, so the lyrics fit.


“Perfect Places” by Lorde

Kate from You Know Me Well


All of the things we’re taking
‘Cause we are young and we’re ashamed
Send us to perfect places
All of our heroes fading
Now I can’t stand to be alone
Let’s go to perfect places

Kate’s anxiety causes her to seek out classmate Mark after watching him win a dance contest during Pride Week. Terrified after ditching a potential set-up, Kate triggers the plot by asking Mark to talk her down.

The two escape into San Francisco, go to a crazy party, and become best friends.


“When He Sees Me” by Sara Bareilles

Molly Peskin-Suso from The Upside of Unrequited

Simon 2

I’m scared of breaking open
But still I can’t help from hoping
To find someone to talk to
Who likes the way I am
Someone who when he sees me
Wants to again

Molly is so used to unrequited crushes, she starts to expect them.

She wants to be loved in spite of her anxiety disorder and her insecurity about her weight.

After meeting two different guys, she starts to hope something will change.

(One of them is a redhead. Regrettably, that relationship doesn’t work out.)


“Weather the Storm” by Benjamin Schauer

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader


If you try to stand tall, but you slip and you fall
In the earth is the sound of the stars
Truth gets revealed when you’re broken and healed
Every heart is made stronger by scars

I initially had The Horse and His Boy in mind.

The lyrics about scars stood out to me; both books include traumatic lion attacks.

(Eustace submits willingly, though he later regrets it.)

Healing through pain is a theme in both novels.

The star imagery reminds me of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I’m fairly positive the characters meet a star in the flesh…and Caspian marries her? It doesn’t sound as plausible when I say it out loud.


“Maybe/Tomorrow” by The Broadway Boys

Franny Banks from Someday, Someday, Maybe


The sun’ll come out tomorrow
So you better hang on ’til tomorrow
Come what may

Because so much of Franny’s life in New York is mere survival, she struggles to stay optimistic about her career.

Franny eventually adopts a new motto and gives up on her three-year deadline.

She hangs on, gets a new agent, and (MAYBE) lands a part.


“A Long December” by Counting Crows

Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl

Me Earl Dying Girl

The smell of hospitals in winter
And the feeling that it’s all a lot of oysters, but no pearls
All at once you look across a crowded room
To see the way that light attaches to a girl

I never want to read this book again if I can help it.

I think about two scenes from this book fairly often:

  • Rachel’s despair over dying
  • Earl telling Greg, “I have to deal with my own shit.”

I left some friends like Earl behind when I went to college. I hope they’re okay.


“Wrapped Up” by Olly Murs and Travie McCoy

Cameron from Sometime After Midnight


You got me wrapped up
Around your finger
I’d do anything for your love now
And when you touch it, the feeling lingers
Takes me up so I high I can’t come down

After a disastrous meeting at an indie concert, Cameron gets his sister’s followers to search for Nate on social media.

Before I read the book, I pictured the boys dancing to this song.


I might be banned from Cinderella stories for the time being, as I also hated Geekerella.

I TRIED SO HARD and all I got were indie boys and fandom jargon.


“This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things” by Taylor Swift

Lara Jean and Gen from P.S. I Still Love You

PS I Still

This is why we can’t have nice things, darling
Because you break them
I had to take them away
This is why we can’t have nice (nice things)
Things (baby) honey
Did you think I wouldn’t hear all the things you said about me?

Though these lyrics could apply to either character, I’m directing them at Gen.

Gen ends her friendship with Lara Jean for petty reasons and goes on to further wreck any chances at reconciliation.

Gen also threatens Lara Jean’s relationship with Peter (though HE SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER.)



“The Man I Used to Be” by Thomas Borchert

Saleh from The Golem and the Jinni

Golem Jinni

The man I used to be
Dreams I dared to dream
When love was all
The innocence of youth
Like memories of truth return
To learn forgiveness

I had Ahmad in mind when I heard these lyrics, but they better fit ice cream man Saleh.

A curse turned Saleh from cool dad to sad ice cream man.

Of course, as soon as he’s cured, he sacrifices his life to save our boring main characters.