I hope this tag is fun for everyone. I first saw this tag on Youtube where creators would lipsync the songs and play them. We aren’t lipsyncing on here, but we’ll post playlists to the songs we talk about. At least Chantel will. Oi, I (Caidyn) will, too. Well, not a playlist but I’ll put links around.
I, Chantel, saw this tag on Cece’s channel ProblemsofaBookNerd. Do I talk about her too much? Don’t care, she’s fantastic. I’ll link the video here if you want to check it out, it’s a lot of fun and will give you an idea of what the tag is like. The tag was created by Katesbookdate on Youtube, here is the original video.
Note: We will not be tagging anyone because we don’t usually do that anyway, but if you do the tag let us know!
The format of this tag is to pick a song and a book for each prompt. If there are no more formalities, let’s get started!
Chantel will be in purple.
Caidyn will be in blue.
1. MY JAM – a song you MUST listen to every time it comes on, no matter how old or how many times you’ve listened to it / a book you’ll never get sick of
Is it cheating to do Harry Potter? Because that’s the book I just never get sick of. The song, however, is a bit tougher. I have tons of songs that I have like that, but the one I’m doing is actually related in a very abstract way to Harry Potter. When I was a kid (aka, like, 12-13) I watched videos called Harry Potter Idol. There’s a single one like the show is and then duet. The song I’m picking is in the duet section. 4ever by The Veronicas. I just can’t not listen. I also adore the song Bodyline by Peaches.
Song: Africa by Toto, Latch by Disclosure feat. Sam Smith
I might go as far to say that Africa by Toto is my favorite 80’s song ever. It’s so good and has great vocals even if I don’t always know what they are saying. On the other hand, Latch features the angelic vocals of Sam Smith and has an electronic sound to it. It’s not a genre of music I normally listen to, but having Sam Smith there makes it great.
Book: I don’t re-read books often. Says the person who has re-read three books recently. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. It’s the book I’ve re-read the most.
2. THROWBACK – a song that reminds you of the cringest time of your life / a book that also reminds you of this time (or just something you wouldn’t like as much if you picked it up for the first time now)
Twilight. I actually liked that book when it first came out. It wasn’t a terrible book. I actually reread it and thought it was decent for what it was. I’ve read far worse books since then. Another song that links in with it is A Thousand Years by Christina Perri. I actually can’t listen to that song. I refuse to anymore. If it comes on, I will actively change it because it just puts me back in a mindset I don’t like and don’t want to relive.
Song: Teardrops on My Guitar by Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift is legit the only artist I get embarrassed about admitting I listen to. Seriously, I will own up to listening to old school Britney Spears before I admit to listening to Tswizzle but believe me when she finally released her music on Spotify I was stoked. I picked this song because it was the song I listened to when I was going through baby lesbian angst.
Book: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I feel like this doesn’t need an explanation. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t enjoy this book as much as I did when I read it. I mean, I’d definitely not cry now if I read it. When I watched the movie, I thought it was so meh. I definitely feel bad saying that about a book featuring teens with cancer. Sorry, everyone.
3. REPLAY – a recent song you have on repeat right now / a recent favorite book
Right now I have Lady Gaga’s recent album playing on repeat, but I suppose I can pick some songs off it. Warning: Some of them are inappropriate for young ears. A-YO, John Wayne, Dancin’ In Circles, Come to Mama, Hey Girl. A recent favorite book, though. Hm… I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
Song: Electric Lady by Janelle Monae, Style by Taylor Swift, Ex’s & Oh’s by Elle King
I don’t have much to say about these songs, but I wanted to include a few songs that aren’t as popular perhaps. And a Taylor Swift song. All three of these songs are upbeat and a lot of fun for me.
Book: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
As of me writing this post, I believe this is the last book I gave five stars and I just love the Wayward Children series so much. I love this book and I will push it on everyone. Just go read it.
4. GETS ME – this song IS ME / this book is me in book form
The most recent song I’ve identified as me is Save Myself by Ed Sheeran. I just connected deeply with it the first time I heard it, then promptly relistened to it a million more times to dissect it and yeah. It reminds me a lot of myself and how I am. As for the book, that’s a bit harder since I don’t actively identify myself in books. I save that for TV shows and movies. But… IT? I don’t know.
Song: Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen
If you’ve never listened to a Queen song, what are you doing with your life? Queen is such a great band and this song is fun and inspiring. It inspires me to be a lot more confident than I actually am.
Book: Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
This book was a favorite of mine this year. It was about three friends who go to a con. Taylor, one of the main characters has anxiety, especially in large crowds. While I don’t have two best friends to go with me, I go to comic cons as well despite feeling nervous around crowds. Plus it’s geeky and fun. Which is me.
5. WUT – weird but I like it? – a unique book that stuck out to you for whatever reason
So, the song for this one is one that I will listen on repeat for ages. And that’s saying something since the song is about 9 minutes long. The Mariner’s Revenge Song by The Decemberists is my choice for the song. It’s so weird, but it’s a classic song and actually has a damn good story, in the style of a sea chanty. The book I’m choosing is American Gods by Neil Gaiman. It’s so unique and weird and just perfect.
Song: Come Sail Away by Stix
This song is popular and well known, but it’s about aliens and that cracks me up. Only in the 70’s would a song like this be popular.
Book: More Than This by Patrick Ness
Patrick Ness is my favorite author. There is no question about it. This book is a total mind fuck and goes in several directions I wasn’t expecting. It’s by far the most unusual book I’ve ever read.
6. LET’S GO – best pump up song (for workouts or just life) – a book that inspired you
I hate exercising, but to get myself pumped up for the day (when needed) I have two go-to’s. The Pirate of the Caribbean theme or Queen of Peace by Florence + the Machine. As for the book that inspires me, The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak.
Song: Pumpin’ Blood by NONONO
Confession time: When I first heard this song, I thought they were saying Pumpkin Blood. Which makes total sense, right? No. Once I found out what they were really saying, I fell in love with this song. It’s a song about being alive, and sometimes you need a reminder of that when you are having a shit day.
Book: Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
This is extremely difficult because I couldn’t think of anything right away. I haven’t had a book strongly inspire me to do anything. I chose Everything Leads to You because it was a book I read earlier this year which encouraged me to actively read more LGBTQ+ books. I’ve said this before, but when I was a teenager there wasn’t a lot of LGBTQ+ books and I had to seek them out as if they were a dirty secret. This is despite my mom being super accepting of me and living in a liberal city. However, now LGBTQ+ books are everywhere in YA and are even being made into movies. So, I am definitely absorbing as many of those books as I can to make up for what I lacked as a teenager.
7. CHILL – fav chill, relaxing song / a book you’d curl up with and read on a rainy day
One song that I love to listen to for relaxing is Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. It’s an old song, but a goodie and is super sweet and relaxes me. As for the book, I curl up and read many books on rainy days. So, I don’t have one book, but a general genre and author. I love reading mystery books on rainy days. Especially mysteries set in rainy, English towns. Like Agatha Christie.
Song: Like a Star by Corinne Bailey Rae
This is such a beautiful song (and video) and it’s so subtle and relaxing. Just go listen. I don’t know how much more I can say about it.
Book: Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
I love this book. It’s about two princesses falling in love and that’s a story I want to curl up by a fire and read on a cold winter day.
8. ADDICTING – guilty pleasure song – one that’s catchy and addicting but not a whole lot of substance / guilty pleasure/trashy/fast/light read
Let’s just say it quick, like ripping a band-aid off. Look What You Made Me Do by Taylor Swift. There. I said it. I’m not a fanboy of hers, but I think that she’s a good artist at times. And I don’t exactly feel guilty about it. However, I don’t really read books that are guilty pleasures. The only thing I read of fast reads are plays, and usually, that’s me listening to them at work.
Song: Careless Whisper by George Michael
Let’s be clear, I don’t feel guilty about the music I listen to (except Taylor Swift) because I listen to such a wide variety of music, but George Michael has said that he doesn’t understand why people love this song. I think it’s a great fucking song and it only fits here. Dat sax tho.
Book: Looking For Alaska by John Green
Once again, I don’t get embarrassed about the books I read because that’s ridiculous. I picked this book because when I read it, I read it fast and went through all the feels. I haven’t re-read it, and I probably won’t. But there ya go.
9. NOSTALGIA – throwback you look back on fondly / a book you read forever ago that you look back on fondly or reminds you of a happy childhood time
I was a huge emo kid, so I absolutely adore Green Day, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Panic! At the Disco, etc. American Idiot, Helena, Thnks fr th Mmrs, I Write Sins Not Tragedies, etc. I love them and if I want to rock out, I go for my tested and true emo bands. However, I just don’t remember books that I read when I was young. I mean, I know I read a lot. Just can’t remember books. So, the closest I can say is Harry Potter since I have tons of memories from those books.
Song: Blueside by Rooney, Pieces by The Bridges
These are probably the most obscure songs on here despite Blueside being featured in The Princess Diaries. Briefly. However, I fell in love with Rooney and their concert was the first I ever went to. I was under 18 so I couldn’t stay for the whole concert, but that same concert was when I first heard The Bridges which is another obscure band. They only had one album, but I thought they were great. Pieces is their biggest hit, but that whole album is fantastic. I actually wrote a ten-page essay on that album and that was pushing the page limit.
Book: Kristy’s Great Idea (The Babysitter’s Club #1) by Ann M. Martin
I read these books when I was in middle school, not all of them as there are well over 100, but a good majority of them. They were all I read for a long time. They were definitely a part of me growing up and I just read one book after the other. Each book taking the POV of a different member of the Babysitter’s Club. There was even a movie I was obsessed with, but that’s another story.