Top Five Wednesday | Theme Songs for Books

theme songsTop 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam. You basically get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. Head over to the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of Wednesday-ers if you’re interested in participating!

Today’s topic is “Theme Songs for Books,” and it’s basically a way to showcase some music that reminds you of a book or a certain character. This is such a great topic, because I’m not one of those people who definitively associates a song with a book- I don’t listen to any music while reading, or anything like that. But this gave me an opportunity to really scour my music library and see if a song stands out for a book, and I think I succeeded.

5. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury


Arsonist’s Lullabye by Hozier: “All you have is your fire, and the place you need to reach. Don’t you ever tame your demons; always keep them on a leash.”

When I first heard this song, about a young boy’s obsession with fire (which is probably a metaphor for something more sinister), I was immediately reminded of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. The book is set in the future and explores themes of censorship and the clamping down on freedom of thought. Our main character is a fireman, who’s job is to start fires that burn down libraries. Books are forbidden; it’s a true dystopia.

 4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn


Lesson Learned by Ray LaMontagne:That you never saw the signs, that you never lost your grip. Oh, come on now, that’s such a childish claim. Now I wear the brand of ‘traitor.’ Don’t it seem a bit absurd, when it’s clear I was so obviously framed?”

This may be a strange choice, since the song is so mellow and devastating and beautiful, but Gone Girl is one of the craziest, darkest books I’ve ever read. But LaMontagne utilizes the courtroom metaphor a lot, talks about framing and traitors, and it almost seems like the song is written by Nick for Amy. Perhaps when they were still in love and not playing games like they did in the book, but still…

3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky


Slow Show by the National: “Standing at the punch table swallowing punch, can’t pay attention to the sound of anyone. A little more stupid, a little more scared.”

For some reason, this reminds me of the dance scene in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Charlie’s character in general. He’s trying so hard to get out of his own head, but he just can’t. He has secrets even he’s not aware of, which make him nervous and scared to fully open up and be himself, even when he’s among his friends. Charlie is such a precious character, and I just want to wrap him up in blankets and keep him safe, but it’s hard to do that when the precious person makes no effort. (Yes, I know these characters are fictional, but I can’t help it – I’m too invested.)

2. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling


Instrumental: Down to the Cellar by dredg

Back when the Harry Potter movies were coming to an end and the eight movie was just about to come out, a legendary fan video was released, which remains – to this day – my favorite fan video of all time. There were three instrumentals used in said video, one of which was Down to the Cellar, and ever since then, I have not been able to listen to that song without thinking of the series and the characters it went along with. You should really watch the video if you haven’t.

1. Chaol and Dorian’s Bromance from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas AND Kell and Rhy’s relationship from A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

You & I by RHODES: “Think about all the foreign things in our lives, and how time can fly. Oh, is it still you and I? Forever?”

Okay, so here’s the deal. When I first heard of this topic, this was the only song I had in my head. This is the only song that when I heard it for the very first time, I connected it immediately to a book (or rather, characters.) I know it can be seen in many different ways: a love song, a sad song, or whatever. But it seems like a full-on friendship song to me, where things are being thrown at two friends from all over the place, and there are some doubts whether they’ll make it out in one piece, but it’s always been them… forever. That just SCREAMS Dorian and Chaol to me, and to some extent, even Kell and Rhy from A Darker Shade of Magic.


  1. Great post, you’ve introduced me to some new music to check out.
    I just listened to Rhodes – You and I and thank you for introducing me to this! I absolutely love it <3

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