WELCOME TO THE OMG THIS SONG BOOK TAG.
I’M GOING TO POST BOTH BOOKS AND SONGS.
WHAT A GREAT DAY.
(A note to my dad:
Some of these songs have swears)
a song you MUST listen to every time it comes on, no matter how old or how many times you’ve listened to it / a book you’ll never get sick of
SO. MANY. OPTIONS. TO. CHOOSE. FROM.
Whenever I hear “Bad Romance,” I stop whatever I’m doing and sing along.
The French part is my favorite.
I wish I had Gaga’s range — I haven’t had the guts to sing this masterpiece at karaoke.
For books, last time I picked a Princess Diaries book.
This time…I’m going to pick another Princess Diaries book.
I may have issues with this series and the follow-up novel, but my heart warms when I read Princess in Love.
A climactic school dance is one of my favorite clichés.
ESPECIALLY a wintertime dance.
Winter is the most romantic season, fight me.
a song that reminds you of the cringiest time of your life / a book that also reminds you of this time (or just something you wouldn’t like as much if you picked it up for the first time now)
In the 2000s, growing up in the evangelical movement meant participating in dance routines set to worship songs.
Some of you think I’m joking. I assure you this really happened.
I, a bitter rule-follower, scowled my way through many a performance.
One of my cringiest memories comes from the song “Every Move I Make.”
I remember snippets of the dance routine I had to do, which involved
- arm waving
- singing “Na na nananana na”
- wave motions
I finally bowed out of dance routines when I turned 18, but I couldn’t protect younger generations from their scourge.
The above dance routine is from 2018, proof that evangelicalism WON’T LET BAD SONGS DIE.
In keeping with the evangelical theme, I used to looove the Sierra Jensen series by Robin Jones Gunn.
In With This Ring, the sixth book in the series, Sierra attends the wedding of her friends Doug and Tracy.
Because the bride and groom have never kissed before, the wedding employs a white color scheme to emphasize the couple’s purity.
Let me emphasize again: EVERYTHING IN THIS WEDDING IS WHITE.
Teenage Lauren thought this was so inspiring.
Now I think this sets a completely unrealistic standard for teens and young adults.
Inexperience does not equal righteousness.
YOU CAN KISS YOUR PARTNER BEFORE YOU MARRY THEM.
COUPLES WHO CHOOSE NOT TO KISS AREN’T MORE PURE THAN COUPLES WHO KISS.
DO BOTH PARTIES LOVE AND RESPECT ONE ANOTHER?
DO THEY COMMUNICATE WELL?
IS ONE OF THEM CONTROLLING, DISHONEST, OR PERFORMATIVE?
WORRY ABOUT THOSE THINGS INSTEAD.
FURTHERMORE, PLEASE INTRODUCE SOME JEWEL TONES INTO YOUR COLOR SCHEME.
WHITE MEANS DEATH, YOU AMATEURS.
a recent song you have on repeat right now / a recent favourite book
I can’t stop listening to Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts.”
I frequently ask my coworker, “Why men great till they gotta be great?”
For favorite books, I will NOT stop talking about In the Dream House because it is THAT good.
Be warned that it is very triggering.
If you have the emotional bandwidth, READ IT.
this song IS ME / this book is me in book form
Tyler Glenn’s “Devil” helped me deconstruct some harmful teachings and general grief from past church experiences.
It was the first song I ever listened to that nailed how feeling like an outsider hurts one’s faith.
I feel much freer since finding this song and since letting go of destructive theology.
Even though this wasn’t my favorite book of all time, I think Hope Never Dies best represents me.
It has an off-the-wall premise that gets oddly serious the further on you read.
TONGUE-IN-CHEEK MISERY IS WHAT I’M KNOWN FOR AROUND THESE PARTS.
weird but I like it? / a unique book that stuck out to you for whatever reason
I discovered “Dive in the Pool” through a Seattle couple’s wedding playlist.
It is the weirdest song I know, but I can’t stop listening to it.
LET’S GET SOAKING WET!
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a memoir written as a novel written as a comedy? I never expected this book to be funny, but it’s hilarious.
It also uses books of the Bible as chapter titles, which is a REALLY NEAT TOUCH.
In case you thought this was an easy read: haha, nope.
best pump up song (for workouts or just life) / a book that inspired you
I’m going to share two songs that inspire me in different ways.
The first is “I’m Ready to Move On / Wild Heart (reprise)” featuring Yoko Ono.
I used to end every single playlist with this song. It makes for a beautiful finale.
After listening to it, I always feel ready to face the day.
The other song I like is “Run Boy Run” as featured in The Umbrella Academy.
It makes me want to run, so good for it.
How about one more?
Take a listen to “Just Got Paid.”
I play this song every other Friday for OBVIOUS REASONS.
Okay, now I have to share a book.
I’ll share two but NO MORE.
Red, White, and Royal Blue gave me so much hope for this next election.
The love story and the political victories are truly inspiring. Casey McQuiston writes from the heart.
CLAIRE HAS MY COPY, SO I CAN’T REREAD THIS ONE, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO SOON.
I just finished Many Love by Sophie Lucido Johnson and I really loved its take on relationships.
I love how Johnson validates the many form that love takes.
I have amazing friends and supportive family members and I don’t want to take them for granted.
FINE, ONE MORE.
The final story in Toil & Trouble bummed me out, but it also showed me what women can accomplish when they resist.
These women did not go quietly.
fav chill, relaxing song / a book you’d curl up with and read on a rainy day
I’m going to pull this train STRAIGHT into Bummer Town for a second:
I really like “Still Hurting” from The Last Five Years.
The melody is gorgeous.
I turn on the 2014 soundtrack whenever I feel contemplative.
On an EVEN SADDER NOTE:
Girl Made of Stars is a tough, emotionally-draining read, but it’s also the perfect book for a good cry.
If I had a free afternoon on a rainy day, I’d reread this beautiful novel.
guilty pleasure song (one that’s catchy and addicting but not a whole lot of substance) / guilty pleasure/trashy/fast/light read
“Gross,” says my coworker, “‘Work Bitch’ is all about reckless consumption.”
“Yeah, gross,” I agree as Britney Spears’ faux-British accent bumps through my earbuds.
This song might be dumb and problematic, but I have listened to it almost every day of NaNoWriMo.
Not only does it motivate me, it’s the anthem for one of my characters.
Also, Juliette Lewis does a great dance to this song and I can’t stop thinking about it.
For books…I know Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon isn’t the greatest manga ever written.
It’s pretty, sure, but it lacks the emotional depth of my beloved Fruits Basket or, say, Death Note. (I still refuse to read Death Note.)
Guess what, though?
I DON’T CARE.
The characters are ICONIC.
The artwork is GORGEOUS.
This series EMPOWERS ME.
This most recent translation is VERY EXCELLENT, so I am happy to keep rereading this series INTO THE SILVER MILLENNIUM.
throwback you look back on fondly / a book you read forever ago that you look back on fondly or reminds you of a happy childhood time
“Canned Heat” is a masterpiece and I will brook no arguments.
As many know, this song was featured in the climactic dance scene at the end of Napoleon Dynamite.
IT WAS ALSO used in the final ballet in the 2000 trainwreck Center Stage.
I watched this amazing mess of a film with my roommate during my first year of college.
THERE WERE ECLAIRS INVOLVED.
AS FOR BOOKS….
Hm…let me search my memory banks.
You know I love dog literature.
One of my favorite dog books from kindergarten was Akiak: A Tale of the Iditarod.
Thanks to Balto, I was obsessed with the Iditarod for a WHILE.
(This was the ’90s. I had no choice.)
EVERYONE LIKES THIS BOOK. IT’S A CROWD FAVORITE.
I mean, come on. Akiak is a hero…and she’s a GIRL dog?
Secondary favorite book from this time period is The Rainbow Fish.
I had an amazing preschool teacher who read tons of great books to our class.
This book reminds me of her.
It was nice doing this tag again!
Much has happened since I did it last.
I am not going to tag anyone, but I welcome ANY AND ALL PARTICIPATION.
Also, listen to these songs. I’m proud of this miniature playlist.