Hey all! Vera and I were recently tagged by the lovely Tasya @ The Literary Huntress to do the OMG That Song! Book Tag brought to the blogosphere by The Book Nut. There were definitely some tricky prompts in the tag, and some that I had an answer for right away! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed putting it together.
🌼 MY JAM 🌼
a song you have to listen to no matter how many times you’ve heard it and a book that you’ll never get sick of
Vera: After participating in Swiftathon and doing the Lover Book Tag, I doubt y’all will be surprised to hear that my pick is, indeed, a song by Taylor, namely “I Did Something” Bad. (But also, “Don’t Blame Me” – okay, actually, the whole Reputation album is my jam.) As for books… I have a lot like that, but I just have to mention the Psy-Changeling series. I always reach for multiple novels from the series every year.
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Sabrina: There are so many songs that I listen to every time they come up, but I’m going to go with Keep This Up by The Story So Far. For the book, it is obviously Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones – I read it every year and I have no intentions to stop talking about it.
🌼 THROWBACK 🌼
a song that reminds you of the cringe-iest time in your life and a book you read that you wouldn’t like if you read it now
Vera: Sabrina’s answer reminded me of the time we performed a dance to “Don’t Stop The Music” by Rihanna on our class’s Christmas celebration. and let me tell you, it was exactly as bad as you would expect. We were about ten, not dancers, and yet, we created our own choreography. 🙈 As for the book, my pick is City of Bones – I loved, loved, LOVED the first three books in the series, but I would hate all the (unnecessary) drama today.
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Sabrina: To be fair, I was only a child, but looking back… I shudder. I’m With You by Avril Lavigne was a song I sang in front of my class in primary school – but, let’s just say I definitely do not have the voice of an angel. So yes, very cringe-y times. This is tricky, because I didn’t exactly love this book when I first read it, but I think I would dislike Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins even more if I read it now.
🌼 REPLAY 🌼
a recent song that you have on repeat and a recent favourite book
Vera: I’ve been loving Dua Lipa’s recently released songs, the latest being “Physical“. My most recent favorite book was Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas, which is (I think) the final novel in her Ravenels series. I can hardly wait to see her next project.
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Sabrina: “Recent” is relative, I guess! The most recent song that I’ve been replaying a bunch is MANIFEST by STARSET along with a few other songs off the album DIVISIONS (I’m sorry for the caps, but it’s just how it’s written). My most recent book added to my favourites shelf is Jade War by Fonda Lee! If you haven’t started The Green Bone Saga yet, I 100% recommend you get on it.
🌼 GETS ME 🌼
a song that is literally me and a book that is me in book form
Vera: This is hard! I think I’ll go with Mabel’s “OK“, because I just love the message – it really is “okay not to be okay” sometimes. (Also, y’all should support Mabel, because she is incredible.) As for a book, I will have to go with Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, a book that’s all about friendship and women supporting women.
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Sabrina: I struggled to choose a song for this one, but in the end I’ve gone with Turn Off The Radio by A Day To Remember, my favourite band. I like my interpretation of the message of the song and the sound of it too, of course. And Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor appears in another post! I couldn’t not pick it for this prompt though, considering it somehow contains a piece of my soul.
🌼 WUT 🌼
a weird song that you liked anyways and a unique book that stuck out to you for some reason
Vera: I don’t think I listen to a lot of weird songs, haha. It’s more likely the music video of a song that can make me frown with confusion. I love “Do Not Disturb” by Halestorm, and I was so surprised by the direction they took the video into. I had to think real long and hard about my pick for a unique book, and my choice ultimately fell on the Lunar Chronicles. The series is in no way perfect, but I loved the way Meyer included the most memorable aspects of the original fairytales in the story. I haven’t seen this done quite this well since.
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Sabrina: For the song, I’m picking ouch by Bring Me The Horizon. I’m sure it’s nothing groundbreaking, but it heavily references the lyrics of a past song of theirs that I love – Follow You – and it was weird for me to realise how things had changed between the times the songs were released. Whilst Follow You is a love song, ouch is… definitely not. For the book portion, I’m going with This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone. It is unlike anything I’ve ever read, all whilst being beautiful, action-packed and romantic.
🌼 LET’S GO 🌼
pick your best pump up song and a book that inspires you
Vera: “Unstoppable” by Sia is a pretty damn good pump up song. As for a book, one that inspired me and reminded me that it’s okay to be an introvert was Quiet by Susan Cain.
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Sabrina: My best pump up song by far is Gold Steps by Neck Deep. It never fails to lift my spirits and get me ready for a tough day. Paint Yourself Positive by Jean Haines is a book that inspired me when I read it and when I think back on the lessons it taught me about watercolour painting – especially about how painting can, and should, be therapeutic.
🌼 CHILL 🌼
your best chill or relaxing song and a book you’d curl up with on a rainy day
Vera: I know, I know, I’ve already picked a song by Taylor Swift, but I need to mention “Delicate” for this question, I love the melody of the song. It’s fast-ish, but very relaxing, imo. As for the book(s), I adore the way Simone St. James mixes romance, mystery, and paranormal elements in her novels, making them the perfect rainy day reads.
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Sabrina: The Calm by Of Mice & Men isn’t a song exactly as there are no words but it is definitely relaxing (which you probably can tell from its name). Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh is a nice cozy read and you might even be able to finish it by the time the rain stops. I’m so excited that there’s going to be a sequel!
🌼 ADDICTING 🌼
a guilty pleasure song and a light, trashy read you can’t help but love
Vera: I don’t really feel guilty about any of my song, or book choices, I guess? And I dislike the words trashy and guilty pleasure, to be honest. 🙈 But I’m not going to leave the above space empty and unsymmetrical, lol, so I’ll choose a book, namely The Selection series. I loved the first three books, even if they are filled with so! much! unnecessary! drama!
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Sabrina: Unfortunately I must admit here to enjoying I’m Not A Vampire by Falling in Reverse. I’m not linking to it because I heard bad things about the singer, and I believe them. Moving on, I don’t read many “trashy” books, in my opinion anyway lol, but Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick will always have a special place in my heart. Being one of my first ventures into YA, rereading it reminds me of another time in my life. Plus, I like the atmosphere.
🌼 NOSTALGIA 🌼
a throwback song you look back on fondly and a book you read and loved when you were young
Vera: My favorite throw back song could be anything by the Spice Girls or Britney Spears. They were my favorites growing up, and I still think of them fondly. As for the books, despite losing my enthusiasm for her, Meg Cabot is still my go-to pick for questions like this. From around the ago 12 until now, her books have been a big part of my life.
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Sabrina: I’m going to go back to 2004, when I was merely 7 or 8 years old, and give you Mistaken Identity by Delta Goodrem as my throwback song. I’m listening to it now for this post and I can confirm, I still like it well enough. Though I couldn’t tell you much about this series now, I remember loving the Dragon Keeper books by Carole Wilkinson when I was in primary school. Looking at all the awards on that cover, a lot of other people must have loved it too.
🌼 LET’S CHAT! 🌼
What would your answers be to these questions? Do you like the artists and books we mentioned? What’s your favorite song at the moment?