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iTunes Playlists for YA Books

Something interesting that I’ve seen a little bit of lately are music playlists that accompany books.

Lauren DeStefano, the author of Wither, previously tweeted songs that she knew her characters would be listening to. Even Stephanie Meyer has been very open in mentioning her favorite bands in the beginning of her books, citing that they were her musical muses.

Still, I was slightly surprised to find that at the end of Spellbound, Cara Lynn Shultz had listed an iTunes playlist for the book. She included a link to the “Brendan and Emma” playlist on iTunes, which can be found on her website under the Spellbound tab at the top of the page. Or, you can just click here.

The songs and bands for the Emma/Brendan playlist are:

1. Runaway- Linkin Park

2. Sound of the City- The Bouncing Souls

3. Carousel- Blink-182

4. Hurricane- Something Corporate

5. Stand Inside Your Love- The Smashing Pumpkins

6. My Life Inside Your Heart- Rise Against

7. Six Feet Under the Stars- All Time Low

8. Miracle- Paramore

9. Just Like Heaven- The Cure

10. What is it to Burn- Finch

11. Church on Sunday by Green Day

12. The Adventure- Angels and Airwaves

I like a lot of these bands (like The Cure, Angels and Airwaves and Paramore), so I wanted to be sure to share this! I really love the idea of adding another layer of enjoyment to the reading experience.

At the end of Spellbound, Shultz even lists when in the book Emma and Brendan might have been listening to these songs. By listening to this music, readers can feel that much more connected to the characters and the book.

If I had to pick one book to make a plyalist for, I think I pick Starcrossed. There’s so many moody romantic moments that thinking of songs that would “go” with the characters or scene would be a crazy, fun challenge.

What do you think about book playlists? What book would you most want to make a playlist for?

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Rise Against + ATL + Paramore? I’ve never even heard of this book and I want to read it, if that would be the hypothetical playlist!

  • BJ Rae

    I’ve been noticing that, too…it’s an interesting sign of how the internet is changing the way authors and readers interact, I think.
    The one book I’d love to know the playlist for – Falling Hard by J.K. Coi. Music is a huge part of the story, and I’d love a voice to match to rocker-hottie Gabriel.

    • I haven’t read Falling Hard, but I’ll definitely have to! I think music is the one thing that every person likes (in some form or another)! I definitely agree that it’s super interesting to the change of how we experience books.

  • oodlesofbooks

    I think this is cool! I love music and although none of the ones mentioned on this playlist are any of my favorites, I like that idea 🙂 Thanks for sharing this!

    • No problem!! I love this idea too! I might try and create one later this month. We’ll see how good it turns out…lol

      • oodlesofbooks

        There was a meme I used to participate in, Musical Mondays, in which you could post a song and a book you thought went well together. That sort of reminds me of this, except its not a whole playlist, just one song. Here’s an example of what I’m talking about in case you’re curious or confused: http://oodlesofbooks.blogspot.com/2011/01/musical-monday-my-name-is-memory-first.html

        And in response to your comment on my blog, I use paperbackswap.com mostly (although the YA selection isn’t all that great most of the time), but every once in a while I swap with fellow bloggers 🙂

  • I think books for me are second to only music, and I always have to have music on when I write so they’re pretty inextricably intertwined for me. I haven’t read it yet, but I might like to make a playlist for The Night Circus.I think it’d have a lot of variety, and maybe I could even throw in some of my favorite French songs. 🙂

  • Melissa Hayden

    I always find it neat to hear the playlists for books and characters. It seems as it’s a big thing anymore. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this one.

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