I PLAY SONG-BOOK ASSOCIATION (+ RECOMMENDING MY FAVES)

Hello everyone! and welcome to song-book association! I might do a couple of these in the future, as I think it brings together the two main topics of my blog nicely! How this works is, essentially, I click shuffle on my playlist, and then I pick a book to fit the songs that come up! The playlist I used today was my “Repeat Rewind” playlist that Spotify curates for me.

You can definitely also take this as music and book recommendations, as both songs and books on here are all some of my favourites!


GOT7 Youngjae- Nobody Knows

“I will do exactly what you want, all the things you want.”
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After Dark by Haruki Murakami was the first full-length work I ever read by Haruki Murakami and it’s both weird and wonderful. All of the characters in this could relate to Youngjae’s lyrics about dealing with their problems alone, but I think Mari’s sister, Eri, in particular resonantes with this song and it’s feelings of sacrifice and loneliness and pain.

“She knows she will end up a mere conduit used for the passage of external things. Her flesh creeps with the overwhelming sense of isolation this gives her.”

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Books are an escape

I was thinking the other day about why I like books so much. As I’ve become older I’ve come to appreciate them as amazing pieces of work, and for the insight and knowledge which they can give me, but on a more basic, instinctual level, that’s not what draws me to reading. I came to the conclusion that books offered me an outlet and an escape from my life. They were a place of comfort when I wasn’t in the best place in my life, and when I am feeling good generally they are a fun pastime which allow me to let my imagination free.

In any case, today I thought I would share with you a couple of ideas about what you could read if you ever want an escape!


CHOICE 1: MAGICAL REALISM


Magical realism is great because it’s almost fantasy, but not quite, and will make you question basically everything. Because of the nature of this genre, magical realism books usually have gorgeous writing. A good place to start would be The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern or Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuireThey’re on the line between magical realism and fantasy, but I love them. Another good choice would be The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton.


CHOICE 2: FULL-OUT FANTASY


Magical realism not cutting it? Need dragons, magic and the lot? I’ve got your back. With a good fantasy book, you can forget the real world exists at all! I especially recommend Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas and Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. If you’re more into the adult fantasy genre, then Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson is excellent.


CHOICE 3: A GOOD LAUGH


When the world gets touch, maybe laughter is the best medicine! I don’t read comedy, but these books cracked me up. If you like some non-fiction occasionally Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari is excellent (Aziz Ansari is a well-known comedian, if you didn’t know). In search of something a little bit lighter? Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli deals with some important topics, but is also hilarious, or you could reread Twilight and (if you’re me) laugh at the old you who thought Bella and Edward were the most romantic couple ever.


CHOICE 4: CRY IT OUT


When I’m sad, one of my go-to things to do is to watch Les Miserables and cry for the whole two hours. It’s incredibly cathartic, so why not find some books to do the same! I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson is one of my all-time favourite books, The Icarus Show by Sally Christie is beautifully yet horribly sad and if you’re looking for some nostalgic tears, The Fault In Our Stars by John Green is definitely the way to go.


And that’s it!

What books do you like to read when you want to escape? Or do you have something else you prefer to do? Let me know in the comments!

I hope you enjoyed this post. Happy reading, Keira x.


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