Friday 31 May 2019

Book Tag | OMG This Song

I spotted this tag over on The Literary Phoenix whilst blog hopping and thought it was a really interesting way to combine books and music so I thought I'd give it a go. The tag was created by Kate's Book Date and involves choosing one book and one song that fits the category.

I'm going to apologise in advance for my varied taste in music. I listen to a lot of different genres but my favourites tend to be 80's and indie pop with plenty of guilty pleasures thrown in for good measure. I think the only music that I would never voluntarily listen to is the really hard metal stuff, it just makes my ears bleed and I have a headache after about 5 seconds!

MY JAM - 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 

I'm going to be a very stereotypical book nerd and go for the Harry Potter Series. I'm sorry, ok! These books mean the absolute world to me, I don't think any other book series will make me feel like I do every time I crack open one of these books. The characters and the settings just feel like home at this point and I honestly could never get sick of them. They'd be the series I'd take with me if I got stuck on a deserted island or something.
For the song I decided to go with Summer of 69 by Bryan Adams. This is such a feel good song and I have to sing a long everytime it comes on the radio. It's a go to when I need to be put in a good mood as it's so fun and upbeat, it reminds me of family road trips and BBQ's.    

THROWBACK - a song that reminds you of the cringest 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)

I actually had trouble trying to think of what would qualify as being 'the cringiest time of my life' as I don't think i've ever really associated books with my awkward moments before. Eventually I settled on the Rachel Riley Series by Joanna Nadin. These books were a series that I was obsessed with when I was around 14 and I completely devoured them. They're written in the style of a diary and whilst Rachel's life was much more interesting then mine, I decided to give the whole diary thing a go. I actually found my old diaries a few weeks a go and lets just say they contained either a fight that i'd had with a friend that day or the fact that I'd had fish fingers for dinner! Riveting stuff!
Whilst I love Oops!... I Did It Again by Britney Spears, I do not wish to relive all those hours me and my friends wasted coming up with the cringiest dance routine that we were immensely proud of and were adament we were going to enter into our year 6 talent show. Luckily we didn't but instead I got roped into singing a High School Musical song and ended up winning!

REPLAY - a recent song you have on repeat right now / a recent favorite book

My most recent favourite book would have to be A Skinful Of Shadows by Frances Hardinge. I loved this book so much, it's a historical fantasy about a young girl who can absorb spirits and communicate with them in her brain. I had no idea what I was getting myself into with the synopsis but this was such an enthralling magical read. It had me tearing through the pages and I can't wait to start making my way through the authors backlog.
A song that I've had on repeat a lot lately is Talk by Khalid which I heard on an episode of Skam (the Dutch version) and I couldn't get it out of my head. I'm not a massive fan of Khalid, I like a few of his songs but I've never really sat down to listen to much of his stuff. Seeing as I really like this song though, I might have to check out his album.

 GETS ME - this song IS ME / this book is me in book form

I had no idea what to put for this category so I just went with the book who's main character I could relate to the most. I decided to go with Lara Jean from the To All The Boys I've Loved Before Series by Jenny Han. Me and LJ both have a lot of things in common. We both love to bake, we like writing lists and letters and scrapbooking, we prefer old fashioned things, we get on well with old people and we're both pretty shy. We're both also head over heels in love with Peter Kavinsky but I guess I'll let her win that one for now.

For this category I automatically thought of Breakaway by Kelly Clarkson. I was obsessed with Kelly Clarkson growing up, she remains one of my idols to this day and this song was one of my favourites by her. The lyrics felt like I had written them as I spent so much of my time daydreaming about my what life would be like when i'm older, the things I'd do and the places i'd go. I always felt so enclosed in my small town and I just wanted to go out and explore the world.

WUT - weird but I like it? / a unique book that stuck out to you for whatever reason

I think the weirdest book I've ever read would have to be The Bees by Laline Paul. It was just an overall bizarre experience reading from the POV of a bee and the mysterious goings on within the hive. This was also quite a graphic book with some really violent scenes that I wasn't expecting and were a little uncomfortable to read. It could definitely be described as a unique book!

Who remembers Gareth Gates from Pop Idol!? His cover of the 70's classic Spirit In The Sky was one of my favourite songs growing up, I just thought it was so fun and upbeat and I still have a guilty listen every now and again. What makes this a pretty weird song is that it's interspersed with The Kumars who were a fictional family on a British comedy show. Their running commentary is hilarious but it definitely gives this song a weird edge!

LET’S GO - best pump up song (for workouts or just life) / a book that inspired you

Rise Up Women! The Remarkable Lives Of The Suffragettes by Diane Atkinson really inspired me when I read it. I loved learning about the beginning of the suffragette movement, the action they took in order to secure themselves the vote and the consequences they faced for their militancy. It really was inspiring to read about the lengths these women went to and how much they fought for their rights and refused to be bullied into submission. It makes me proud to identify as a feminist knowing that I'm following in the footsteps of these courageous and remarkable women.

My current go to workout song is Confident by Demi Lovato. This really gets me pumped up and is a great running song. It's also a perfect girl power anthem and for some reason it makes me feel like i'm in a training montage when i'm working out and this song is playing.

CHILL - fav chill, relaxing song / a book you’d curl up with and read on a rainy day

It's becoming so hard to not just answer Harry Potter for all of these questions! Honestly, I don't really have a specific type of book that I like to curl up with on a rainy day as I pretty much read anything. If I had to choose though I'd probably go for something a little darker and maybe a fantasy series would be a good match. I've chosen the Shadow And Bone Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo even though technically i've only read the first book in the series but I'm definitely planning on continuing soon. I just feel like the themes within this book would suit my reading mood on a wet and windy day.

I love James Morrison's music, it's very chilled and mellow. He has such a soothing voice and I Won't Let You Go is one of my favourites. I have a whole playlist dedicated to chilled songs and there are about six James Morrison songs on there so I think he was a perfect fit for this category.

ADDICTING - guilty pleasure song – one that’s catchy and addicting but not a whole lot of substance / guilty pleasure/trashy/fast/light read

I don't read much of what most people would call 'guilty pleasure' books and most of the time they're not really my cup of tea. I am quite partial to a good cozy mystery though and I read some of the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries by Charlaine Harris a while ago and eventually I might read the rest of the series if my library has them. They weren't particularly good but I love a good mystery so I think these would count as a guilty pleasure.

I listen to so much guilty pleasure music it was difficult to just narrow it down to one in the end. I eventually settled on Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom! by Vengaboys cause nothing says guilty pleasure like a good bit of cheesy europop. I think I first heard these songs on a cd my sister had and I used to dance around the living room to them, they're just too catchy to forget.

NOSTALGIA - 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  

Again, why is Harry Potter the first thing I think of for everything? I had a lot of favourite childhood books but one that sticks a lot in my head is Matilda by Roald Dahl. Roald Dahl was one of my favourite authors growing up and I read all of his books but my favourite was always Matilda. I loved being able to read about a fellow bookworm and Dahl's style of writing was great for kids. It really gives me a nostalgia kick and I remember reading the book and watching the film straight after.

My ultimate throwback has got to be What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction. Yes, I'll admit it, I was a massive 1D fan back in their heydays. This song takes me straight back to being fifteen and going to their concerts with my best friends and watching every single one of their interviews at sleepovers. If you're wondering who my favourite member was, it was Liam but I think if I had to choose out of them all now, I'd probably have to go with Niall!

I really enjoyed doing this tag although i'll admit it was very time consuming! I'm not very good at tagging people but if you feel like this is something you want to do go ahead and link your own tags in the comments!   

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