Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Playlists

Hey, ladies!

It's time for The Broke and The Bookish's Top Ten Tuesday! This week's topic is all about music and books; soundtracks/theme songs, songs you wish were books, anything music related.

I am so excited for this topic! I often find myself thinking "you know, this song would be perfect for this scene" while I'm reading, and fully admit to bookmarking my page, finding that perfect song on my phone, and then reading again with the perfect soundtrack playing.

I love seeing where other people have listed what music they think corresponds with a book, or when an author shares the music they wrote to. Hell, Karen Marie Moning had two CDs written for her Fever series (Shadowsong and Bloodrush), and they are so perfect for the series. Same with the Maybe Someday soundtrack for Colleen Hoover's Maybe Someday. I highly recommend checking those out on YouTube!

There have been several books I've thought of entire soundtracks for, but for this week's TTT topic, I've kept it to five songs for each of my books. EDIT: I was going to do 10, but I put off writing this post and my sleepy brain isn't functioning well enough to finish. :p

In no real order.....

9. Addicted series by Krista and Becca Ritchie
Addicted to You
Addicted for Now
Addicted After All

This series is one of the heaviest, most angst-ridden (legitimate angst, but still) stories I've read, but I can't help but adore it. The characters are so well developed, the topics tough and intense, and the character arc of pretty much everyone involved is amazing to see.

Addicted Series Playlist

Walking After You - Foo Fighters
I Need Some Sleep - The Eels
A Lack of Color - Dashboard Confessional 
Love Song - The Cure
What It's Like - Everlast

8. Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones
First Grave on The Right
Second Grave to The Left
Third Grave Dead Ahead
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet
Fifth Grave Past The Light
Sixth Grave on The Edge
Seventh Grave and No Body
Eighth Grave After Dark
The Dirt on Ninth Grave
The Curse of Tenth Grave (June 2016)

I've just gotten back into reading this hilarious, sexy and addictive urban fantasy/paranormal romance series, and it's definitely going on my all time favorites self. Charley and Reyes are scorching together, the side characters crack me up, and the mystery aways keeps me on the edge. Currently on book 7, but I couldn't resist throwing a few songs together for the series so far.

Charley Davidson Playlist

Pocketful of Sunshine - Natasha Bedingfield
Friday I'm in Love - The Cure
Drops of Jupiter - Train
Desperately Wanting - Better Than Ezra
Don't Fear The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult (I couldn't help myself!)

7. Crossfire series by Sylvia Day
Bared to You
Reflected in You
Entwined with You
Captivated by You
One with You (April 2016)
There is so much wrong with this couple, and the hero in particular, but I can't help being addicted to the series. It's my guiltiest of guilty pleasure read; full of romance, angst, and some off the charts hot smut, these books keep me enthralled with the story of Eva and Gideon.

Crossfire Series Playlist 

Dirty Little Thing - The Adelitas Way 
Mr. Brightside - The Killers
Addicted - Saving Abel
Slow Dancing in a Burning Room - Michael Henry and Justin Robinett 
Crazy in Love by Sofia Karlberg 
(actually, the 50 Shades of Grey soundtrack works for the entire story. Great soundtrack for a shit movie.)

6. Nocte series by Courtney Cole
This twisted, twisted young adult/new adult...something (Romance? Dark? Mystery? Paranormal?) is a complete and utter mindfuck. If you like it dark and weird, check it out!

Nocte Series Playlist

Running Up That Hill - Placebo
I'll Take Everything - James Blunt
Take Me to Church - Hozier
Wherever You Will Go - The Calling
Letters from The Sky - Civil Twilight 

5. Shadowsong by Karen Marie Moning

One of my favorite series of all time, though I stopped after Shadowfever (I cannot stand Dani, and felt the series ended well in Shadowfever). 
Full of amazing world building, fae mythology, character development, action, snark, and the sexiest book boyfriend alive (Barrons...sigh <3), this series is fast paced and not one to miss!

Shadowsong Series Playlist

Never Too Late - Three Days Grace
Tears Don't Fall - Bullet for My Valentine
Insatiable - Daren Hayes
Help is on The Way - Rise Against 
Pussy Liquor - Rob Zomie

4. Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost
Halfway to The Grave
One Foot in The Grave
At Grave's End
Destined for an Early Grave
Outtakes From The Grave
This Side of The Grave
One Grave at a Time
Up From The Grave
This series is in my top 5 all time favorites, and is one I can reread over and over and still enjoy it as much as I did the first time. Full of vampires, ghouls, kick ass secondary characters, a bad ass heroine, a to die for British bad boy and plenty of sex, this story is a wild ride. 

Night Huntress Playlist

Monsters - Hurricane Bells
Come Alive - Foo Fighters
If You Could Only See - Tonic
My Beloved Monster - Eels
Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding 

3. Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren

One of my favorite books I read in 2015, and arguably my favorite contemporary. Sizzling chemistry, the sweetest hero, sex, humor, and a dash of angst all set to a Parisian background, Sweet Filthy Boy is the perfect mixture of just that: sweet and filthy. ;)

Sweet Filthy Boy Playlist

Dark Blue  - Jack's Mannequin 
Sugar - Maroon 5
For You - Bare Naked Ladies
Overwhelmed - Tim McMorris
All About You - McFly

2. The Artists Trilogy by Karina Halle
Sins & Needles
On Every Street (novella)
Bold Tricks
Shooting Scars

One of the best best romantic suspense books I've ever had the pleasure of reading! This is not your typical romance. It's dark. It's gritty. It's intense, painful, wild and captivating. There's some off the charts chemistry between people that are so wrong, and yet so right for each other. There's violence, sex, lies, danger, and some of the best character development ever. One of my very few 6 star reads!

If you've never tried a KH book, I highly suggest starting with this series. 

The Artist Trilogy Playlist

On Every Street - Dire Straights
Angel - Massive Attack
Pain - Jimmy Eat World
Time of Dying - Three Days Grace
Better Than Me - Hinder

1. November 9 by Colleen Hoover

My new favorite Hoover book! I was swept away by Ben and Fallon's love story, rocky as it was. The way we only saw those November 9ths was something I really enjoyed, and while I guessed some of the big plot twist, it was still a wonderfully enjoyable book.

November 9 Playlist

Demons - Imagine Dragons
Beautiful Disaster - John McLaughlin
If You Ever Come Back - The Script (I don't especially like this song, but it's so fitting!)
She is the Sunlight - Trading Yesterday
A Drop in The Ocean - Ron Pope

All done!
What about you? What books would you set music to?


  1. Drops of Jupiter is one of my favorite songs of ALL time!! This is a really fun post. Some songs I'm unfamiliar with. Unfortunately, even though I love music, I never match up songs to books I'm reading. Very rarely does a song make me think of a book and vice versa. My brain just doesn't work that way I guess. But still, I'm enjoying seeing what everyone else is pairing up!

  2. I NEED to read Sweet Filthy Boy Amanda! I need to read all of Christina Lauren's books really, but I'm starting with that one:) And just seeing a Cat and Bones book makes me happy. LOVE THEM!

  3. Great post! I love figuring out songs that fit books. I try and share them with my review if I can, but sometimes I just don't come up with anything.

  4. Fun prompt! I probably would've struggled had I made one. :)

  5. Stop. Stop making me love you more. I mean it. lol Great music picks! I'm constantly putting songs with books and have been working on a meme for just that, but I can't get the formatting right. Grrrrrrr. Awesome post!

  6. I've heard so many great things about the Addicted series, and your mini playlist makes me even more intrigued to read it. I think I have the first book on my Kindle app, so I need to check it out!

    Here's my TTT.

  7. I loved November 9, and of course Charley always makes me smile. Awesome playlists!!