Happy Thursday everyone! In a little twist today, I’ll be doing a tag that features not just books, but songs as well. I was tagged by Rebecca and I’m ever so grateful! While music doesn’t touch my soul the way it does for most people, I do think it makes for a lovely atmosphere. Sometimes the world is just too silent, so why not fill it with beautiful music?
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
Song: Uptown Girl by Billy Joel, but specifically the Glee Cast version by the Warblers. I downloaded it the Friday before the episode aired, and by Tuesday it was the most played song on my iTunes. It’s my absolute favourite.
Book: Easily Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I recently finished listening to the audiobook and immediately felt like starting it over again. I don’t get that feeling often and it was wonderful.
Throwback: A song that reminds you of the cringiest time in your life and a book you read that you wouldn’t like now
Song: I’m cringing just thinking about it. Kiss Kiss (ft. T-Pain) by Chris Brown. It’s so awful. It was so popular when I was in middle school and it was one of the first Top 40 songs that I liked. I thought. I listened to it again a few years ago and was taken back to an era of acne, awkward flirting, and not knowing how to properly find my bra size. I would never do it again.
Book: Earlier this year I listened to the audiobook for Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin. It used to be my absolute favourite. I thought it was a fascinating take on life after death. However, listening to the audiobook was a tragedy. I can’t tell if it was actually the book that was awful or the audiobook was particularly terrible, but I’m not in a rush to re-read and find out.
Replay: A recent song you have on repeat and a recent favorite book
Song: Anything from Troye Sivan’s newest album, truthfully. It’s such a bop and I’m obsessed with every single track. I could listen to it on repeat all day long.
Book: I haven’t really had too many favourite books recently, but I read Star-Crossed in September and my expectations were blown out of the water.
Gets Me: A song that is literally me and a book that is me in book form
Song: It’s been a few years since I identified with this song, but Here by Alessia Cara made me feel heard. I’m not actually a huge fan of her type of music but I really liked it when she performed it at the Juno Awards in 2016.
Book: Matilda by Roald Dahl. Matilda is literally me as a small child. I just wish I had her powers too!
Wut: A weird song that you liked anyways and a unique book that stuck out to you for some reason
Song: Um, has anyone heard The Hamilton Polka by Weird Al Yankovic? I thought I would hate it but when it was first released I listened to it three times in a row.
Book: Orlando by Virginia Woolf. In a nutshell, it’s about a man who lives through the centuries until he eventually turns into a woman. It’s mysterious and quirky at the same time and I enjoyed it a lot.
Let’s Go: Pick your best pump up song and a book that inspires you
Song: Since I’m in a Hamilton mood right now, definitely My Shot from the original Broadway cast recording. It was the first song I learned all the lyrics to from the show and it puts me in such a mood. You can’t help but feel incredibly accomplished when you finish all of A. Ham’s raps in that one.
Book: I know there are a lot of stories about quitting your job to travel the world, but Paris Letters by Janice Macleod was the first memoir I ever read about it. I felt like I was reading about myself and my own thoughts about the world. I really wanted to do the same thing she did – pack up and move to France. The best part was learning that she now lives in the same city I do, which never happens.
Chill: Your best chill or relaxing song and a book you’d curl up with on a rainy day
Song: I love to curl up with a good book with anything by Enya playing softly in the background. Her music is just so soothing and I could never tire of it.
Book: The Little Book of Hygge is perfect for a rainy day because it is all about learning how to make your life and home as comfy as it could possibly be. But it’s not all about home decor – hygge can be found in relationships and the environment and holidays and I absolutely love it. It’s definitely a rainy day kind of book.
Addicting: A Guilty Pleasure Song and a Light, Trashy Read You Can’t Help But Love
Song: I don’t really believe in guilty pleasure anything because I don’t believe you should feel guilty for what you love. However, for someone who isn’t a fan of Justin Bieber, I sure love Sorry a lot.
Book: I don’t really read traditionally “trashy” books, however I am a big fan of Sophie Kinsella because I can never resist good old fashioned British chick lit. Even if the term chick lit makes me want to hurl.
Nostalgia: A throwback song you look back on fondly and a book you read and loved when you were young
Song: (You Drive Me) Crazy is my favourite Britney Spears song of all time. I first heard it when a group of older girls did a routine for it in dance back in the early 2000s and I’ve loved it ever since.
Book: To prove that I’ve always loved magic and I’ll read any book about it, one of the series I loved the most in middle school was Magic in Manhattan. Its a contemporary series about two sisters who discover they have magic powers, and then use them to cut corners and get the boys they want in school. It’s not really fantasy, but I absolutely loved it.
I don’t think I’m going to tag anybody today, but if you see this tag and you want to do it, please do! I would love to see your answers as well, so please tag me so I can learn more about you 🙂 Thanks again to Rebecca for tagging me! I had a lot of fun coming up with answers and walking down memory lane.