Readathon Mini Challenge – Music is Muse

“Music is a total constant. That’s why we have such a strong visceral connection to it, you know? Because a song can take you back instantly to a moment, or a place, or even a person. No matter what else has changed in you or the world, that one song stays the same, just like that moment.” –Sarah Dessen

A huge welcome to hour 15! I hope you are all having fun with today’s Readathon. I know things can get a bit tough in the middle, you’re not quite at the point when you can push yourself to the end and you might be flagging a bit. But don’t worry. You will get through it, just remember to relax, eat some yummy snacks and have fun!

Whilst you’ve been reading I wonder if you’ve felt a particular musical connection to a book, or a character. I want to know what songs remind you of that character, or connect you to something you’ve read today.

For this hour’s mini challenge please tell me the name of the song, and the connection you feel to it.

Here are some hints to help you:

  • Why does it remind you of a character?
  • Does it symbolise something in the book?
  • Are your emotions reflected in the music?

If possible, please link me to the song. You can name as many or as few as you’d like, I will do my best to listen to them all.

The winner will be chosen randomly and will win anything up to the value of $20 from Book Depository however I will also be giving out some smaller prizes to a couple of other people, so make sure you check back to see if you’re in luck today.

Please leave your response in the comments on this post and feel free to share it on your own blog also. You can either post your full response as a comment, or link me to your blog post.

In 3 hours, at the start of hour 18 I will be choosing a winner.

Good luck and most of all have fun!

  1. Danika left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 2:08 am

    Uptown Funk. Hear me out – I just finished Alice in Tumblr-Land by Tim Manley and for all that it was cute and well-illustrated and an easy read, it was both hysterical AND hard-hitting, and by the end I felt like all the characters should be strutting to some self-loving Bruno Mars!
    It’s also a great pump-up song for this late in the readathon 🙂

  2. Chelsea left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 2:09 am

    I’m currently reading Vicious and I’m going with the song “Mirror” by Robots Don’t Sleep. It’s a sort of future-y, dark-sounding song, so I’m going with it mostly because it matches the tone of the book. Here’s the URL for a youtube video of the song:
    And if you need it, my email is! Happy reading! 🙂

  3. Karen Gill left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 2:09 am

    I read Sandman Volume 1 so, of course Metallica Enter Sandman seems to fit the bill.

  4. Mike Wassel left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 2:10 am

    For me it’s “Godsmack” “The Oracle” for the Kate Daniels books. Not really for the things that are said in the song, it’s mainly just instruments with some clips thrown in there, but I’ve always felt that it kinda describes the Kate Daniels books. It build up, goes really fast, slows down, and repeats. Theirs plenty of action in these books, and then it’s got it’s slow points. But the ending of the book always seems to work with the ending of the oracle.

  5. Avery Hartling left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 2:11 am

    My fav book that I’ve read today is Lumberjanes, and the first song that popped into my head is Rebel Girl by Bikini Kill! First of all, GREAT song. And it’s sort of a feminist anthem, and Lumberjanes is filled with feminism and kick-butt womenfolk!

  6. Emma left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 2:11 am

    My first book of the readathon was Hyperbole and a Half and it was a fun book that made me laugh quite a few times. This tune has been going through my head since hearing it in a YouTube video a few days ago, and it matches the overall humorous tone of the book.
    I apologize if it gets stuck in your head, because it can get annoying.

  7. Tary Taillon left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 2:11 am

    The song that reminds me most of Elphaba from Wicked by Gregory Maguire is Defying Gravity. Yes, it is from the musical based on the book. I think this song represents Elphaba more than any other song in the musical, or any song at all, is because this song talks about her need for freedom. She doesn’t seem to believe that she deserves it. She is free and yet she is not. Elphaba has many layers, many that are represented in this song, and many more that I will discover as I continue reading.

  8. Kristen H. (@bookgoil) left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 2:11 am

    I’m reading a book that reminds me a bit of Aladdin for some reason so I’m thinking of One Jump Ahead from the Disney movie. The book is Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen.

  9. Aileen left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 2:12 am

    I’m listening to penderwicks in the spring. This whole series for some reason makes me think of the 50s, not sure why exactly, perhaps the family dynamics. Given this, I think of 50s pop music, nothing specific just in general, as I’m listening to this story.

  10. Samantha Lane left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 2:13 am

    Oh wow I do this all the time while driving and listening to music. Frequently I associate songs with couples from books as well. Some of mine:
    1.) Elastic Heart by Sia for Celaena Sardothian from Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
    2.) Still Here by Digital Daggers for Alina Starkov and The Darkling from the Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
    3.)We Might Fall by Ryan Starr for Celia and Marco from The Night Circus
    4.)Wonderland by Taylor Swift for The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
    5.)Ready Aim Fire by Imagine Dragons for The Hunger Games series

    I could go on but I’ll stop there 🙂

  11. Shania left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 2:15 am

    Song: Something I Need by One Republic

    I chose this song because the lyrics of the song fit perfectly to the book Ignite Me! The song lyrics tells us how the singer desperately wishes to stay with his better half forever, the lyrics makes me think of Warner’s feelings towards Juliette!

    It also symbolizes how Warner needs Juliette’s loving and how he would do anything to keep her safe.

    I played this song when I was reading Ignite Me and the song helped me connect to their relationship even more and I can feel the love reflected in both the book and song and it helped me while reading the book!

  12. Melissa left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 2:16 am

    The song “A Change is Gonna Come” has always been one of my favorites and always makes me think of the characters in The Help. There’s such hope in the song, even though the change hasn’t happened, he knows it will come.

    The song and the book break you heart when you think about having to have faith that one day things will be different.

  13. Jen left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 2:17 am
  14. MollieVX left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 2:17 am

    The book I’m currently reading is Book 1 of A Song of Ice and Fire Series, A Game of Thrones.
    And the song that I have chosen is Iron by Woodkid.

    There is not one particular character that this song reminds me of but just the overall feel of the book as I near the ending. The fighting, the imprisonment, the cunning, the coming war, all the struggles the characters are facing are somehow reflected in that song. Just give it a listen and you will know what I mean!

    • Book Bunny left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 2:19 am

      I am reading the same book!! But choose a different song, check mine out too 😉

  15. Book Bunny left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 2:17 am

    I really welcomed this challenge at this hour! Thank you for hosting it and making it up 🙂

    Here is my answer:

  16. Isabel Larsen left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 2:20 am

    I made my post through my Goodreads thread:

  17. Kirsten left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 2:20 am

    I’m reading Dorothy Must Die, and while I worried that another retelling of a story of Oz might be too much like Wicked, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the quality of the writing and the approach to the story.
    While Wicked the book was okay, I really loved the musical adaptation. So I’ve had that soundtrack kicking around in my head as I read. Here’s a bit of one of the songs, No One Mourns the Wicked:

    Thanks for hosting!

  18. J.P. Bebbington left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 2:21 am

    I’ve got two choices:
    Tiffany Aching from the Discworld series by Sir Terry Pratchett. The song is “We Shall Wear Midnight” by Steeleye Span (
    I feel this may be cheating because it is sung from Tiffany’s perspective to Sir Terry, but who cares? Since Sir Terry died it has made me cry every time I’ve heard it. It talks about how she is mature and never had a proper childhood, but that she won’t become old until it is her time. It’s sung like a love song, and it is beautiful.

    The second choice is also cheating, but Hester Shaw and Tom Natsworthy from the Mortal Engines Quartet by Philip Reeve. The song is Howl’s Moving Castle from the Studio Ghibli film of the same name (
    Aside from being an absolutely beautiful song, it reminds me of the two of them for a few reasons. It is a fairly classical piece that conjures images of a Victorian world, but one that is fast paced and filled with technology. While Mortal Engines is not exactly Victorian, it is very steampunk and has influences from this era.
    It is a waltz, which makes me think of the constant motion and machinations of the people around them who shape their lives and drive them apart. The minor keys exaggerate this, but the harmonious but swift resolution conjures the impression of a reunion tinged with sadness – much like Tom and Hester’s final reunion with (spoiler alert) each other and their old friend Anna Fang before they die in each other’s loving embrace, having saved the people they love.
    It’s sad and crooked, but romantic.

  19. The Reading Wench left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 2:22 am

    Rebel Girl by Bikini Kill – this song is my all time favorite Bikini Kill song, and the lead singer, Kathleen Hanna was also the writer of the “Riot Grrrl Manifesto”, which is one of the pieces in The Essential Feminist Reader. I was a teenager during the Riot Grrrl movement and it heavily influenced my personal politics. Because of Kathleen Hanna, Bikini Kill, and other Riot Grrrl bands, I became a Third Wave Feminist.

  20. Nikki left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 2:23 am

    Sarah McLachlan’s music has often connected with characters for me. Particularly ‘Full of Grace’ with Paul and Kevin from Guy Gavriel Kay’s The Fionavar Tapestry.

  21. Heather DeFilippis left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 2:23 am

    I’m currently reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Charlie, the main character, mentions a bunch of songs in the story, but they aren’t ones that I’ve heard. The first song that comes to mind when I think of Charlie is “Ground Control to Major Tom” by David Bowie.

    The book is written like a journal and Charlie sounds like he’s got everything together, but there’s an underlying tone of loss and confusion that reminds me of the tone of this song. For all that he thinks he knows, there’s so much that the full weight of it would crush him. I feel that same intensity when I listen to David Bowie.

  22. Irene left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 2:24 am Thank you for the chance 🙂

  23. Georgia left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 2:25 am

    I’ve just finished Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and Holst’s Planets Suite provides some great atmosphere (that really can apply to any book, there’s a planet for every genre!) and doesn’t have any distracting lyrics so it’s great to read by. Here’s a link:

  24. Tara @ Running 'N' Reading left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 2:32 am

    i just finished DEPT. OF SPECULATION by Jenny Offill and then I saw this challenge posted; the first son that popped into my head was “Wear Me Out” by Skylar Grey. There is a particular verse that I think is so appropriate for one of the novel’s characters:

    Well who are you to judge, miss accidental wife?
    Who was the genius that brought me to life?
    Well you’re such a hypocrite, to think me so unwise
    I’m just trying to see the world
    Through my own eyes

    I love this song, and I loved the book! Thanks for another great challenge!

  25. Mayra Sigwalt left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 2:34 am

    This song:

    I know it’s from a movie, but the melody connects me with something else entirely. I’s so melancholic and at the same time it reminds me of childhood some how. So the book that I directly remember listening to this song is Lovely Bones.

  26. Mayra left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 2:36 am

    Currently reading Epic Fail, its a retelling of Pride and Prejudice and the perfect song for this book is Miley Cyrus – 7 things

    1. The song reminds me of the main characters because they in a love hate relationship.

    2. The song symbolizes the whole book.

    3.I would say my emotions do reflect in the song because i love the characters one minute then i want to shake them the next.

  27. Sally left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 2:41 am

    Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran reminds me of Will and Tessa’s relationship from the Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare, no spoilers though 😉

    Just One Yesterday by Fall Out Boy reminds me of Alina and The Darkling from the Grisha trilogy. The song is definitely about a toxic relationship and although I absolutely love the Darkling, even I have to admit their relationship was a bit toxic. Irresistible by Fall Out Boy is also another song I would pick!

  28. Triona left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 2:42 am

    For Vicious by VE Schwab, some songs I think fit well are Numb by Marina & the Diamonds (both for Victor’s abilities and how his emotions are kind of numbed after [spoiler]) and Celebrity Status by Mariana’s Trench (if you replace celebrity with EO. Also for Victor and Eli’s relationship, Victor’s attitude, and I think it fits well with the tone of the book).

  29. Sabrina left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 2:43 am

    My first book today was The Old Child’ by Jenny Erpenbeck. It’s about a girl, found on a street with nothing but a bucket in her hand. She can’t remember anything about her past, only that she is 14 years old. The gloomy vibe of the book somehow made me think of “What Else Is There?” by Röyksopp feat Karin Dreijer Andersson.

  30. Hallie Eichelkraut left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 2:47 am

    this is where I posted it.
    I chose Mowgli’s Road by Marina and the Diamonds.

  31. Emma Davis aka Artemisathenafowl left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 2:48 am

    Right now I’m on Dracula and the Mina/Jonathan romance is just so much like Christine and Raul from Phantom of the Opera, so for that: All I Ask of You. I mean, she just dropped everything to be at his side after all the castle drama and nurse him and he’s just so sweet and loyal…
    For said Count Dracula, pages ago, he was sorta Mother knows Best from tangled. Like, not outright evil at first, but manipulating an innocent guy who didn’t know better for his own reasons.

  32. Isa left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 2:49 am

    This is a great challenge. Here’s my post:
    You might have to scroll down a bit. Thank you! 🙂

  33. Ashley Coleman left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 3:08 am

    Today, I read a few of the Stefany Plum books by Janet Evanovich. When I saw this challenge, i new that I wanted to talk about one of the main carrictors. Her name is Lula, and she is, to many people, a “sexy chick.” She’s got grit, she’s got guts, and she’s a diva. She dresses in clothes that are seven sizes to small for her. The clothes show a lot of Lulla, and Lulla likes to use this to her advantage.
    Here is Lula’s song:

    Ashley, who is struggling to write complete sentences.

  34. Christina @ You Book Me All Night Long left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 3:53 am

    LOVE this challenge! Figuring out the right songs to pair with my books was so much fun! My entry can be found here:

  35. Brooke B. left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 3:54 am

    I’ve just started Getting Out of Hand by Erin Nicholas, and as soon as I started reading, “I Knew You Were Trouble” by Taylor Swift popped in my head. I love when that happens and music immediately connects itself to something else happening in your life. 🙂

    Happy Readathon!

  36. Elodie left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 3:58 am

    I’m listening to the Order of the Phoenix, and Harry Potter is currently spewing teenage angst and anger at anything that moves (leading to much eye rolling on my part). The song that came to mind is Slipknot’s Left Behind, an anthem to my own angsty youth, all ferocity and hatred with just a taste of melancholy. And lots of yelling, which I’m sure would please Harry.

  37. Trine229 left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 4:04 am

    Welcome to the black parade by My Chemical Brothers ( still, so many years later, reminds me of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It doesn’t really symbolise something, it was *just* the song I was listening to at that time – and overall the song reflects alot of the frustrations I had over the book.
    I STILL get a little sad, wherever I am, when that song pops up!

  38. celeste quintana left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 4:08 am

    Today I’ve read Scarlet and just started Cress by Marissa Meyer and the song that keeps popping into my mind is ” Mallrats (la la la)” by The Orwells. even though this song probably has no correlation to the book whenever an exciting or action filled scene happens this just starts playing in my head.

  39. JennRenee McDaid left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 4:13 am

    here is mine.

  40. Christina Noll left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 4:16 am

    I read Pirates of the Caribbean:Jack Sparrow, The Coming storm and it sucked me back right to when the PotC movies were in the theater. I remember what I even wore when I went to see ‘At world’s end’ and I also read C.S. Lewis’ The Voyage of the Dawn Treader which speaks of ‘world’s end’ so I have to go with; Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, One Day. You can see my share of it here on twitter.

  41. Amber @bookstacksamber left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 4:19 am
  42. bahnree left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 4:20 am

    I’ve been listening to “How Soon is Now” by The Smiths because it was significant in the first book I read today, Eleanor and Park.

    It reminds me of Eleanor the most, because she feels like she’s worthless because of her dysfunctional family and upbringing. “I am the son and heir
    Of nothing in particular” is a lyric that reminds me of Eleanor, and also the lyric “I am human and I need to be loved
    Just like everybody else does” is very evocative of her love and need for Park.

    It’s a very melancholy song to me, which reminds me even MORE of Eleanor. It makes ME even more melancholy and sad like Eleanor.

  43. Erin left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 4:21 am

    This was a fun challenge, thank you! I posted my song under Update #5 on my readathon blog post here:

  44. Carmen Harris left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 4:32 am

    Here’s mine:

    I’m busy reading a book called ‘Neighbors’ by Maureen S Pusti, and one of the characters has just annoyed me, and the song ‘Brat’ by Green Day immediately popped into my head. And yes, Green Day is one of my favourite bands, so I listen to them frequently. ; ) Here’s the link to the song:

  45. Carmen Harris left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 4:35 am

    Sorry, forgot to post my website in the website section. So here’s another post with my website added! ; )

  46. Leah left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 4:36 am

    I remember back in high school when I was reading The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge I was also listening to Panic! at the Disco’s album Vices & Virtues on repeat because it had just come out. To this day when I listen to that album I think about that book. Both the book and album had steampunk elements to it and they seemed to go together quite well. I can’t really remember if the lyrics necessarily go with the book, but the overall style and feel of the album sure do. I don’t know if I can choose a whole album or not, but I’m choosing a whole album.

    If you really want to you can find the album in its entirety here;

  47. Tina S left a comment on April 26, 2015 at 5:00 am

    When I read One Day by David Nicholls sometimes Emma’s situations reminded me of Amy Winehouse’s “Back To Black.” There was this toughness in Emma, this need to keep up appearances + friendship, but at the same time you could tell that she would be so broken up over Dexter.

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