Tuesday, 28 February 2012

"I wrote this song for you..." (Ten on Tuesday)

Ten on Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's theme is: Top Ten Books I'd Give A Theme Song To.

This took me quite a long time, mostly because I love too many books and too many songs and yet none of them seemed to want to fit together... Eventually, though, I came up with ten choices, and wasn't even forced into using Cher's Turn Back Time to represent The Prisoner of Azkaban, which struck me as something of a small victory.

Here is my list:

1. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour (Morgan Matson) - You & Me Song, The Wannadies

Joyous, fun, all-we-need-is-each-other pop gem. 

2. High Fidelity (Nick Hornby) - I Want You, Mugison

I want you / And guess what / I've shaved off my beard / Why go? / And I need you here / Listen / I could be that boy / That you...

3. Anna and the French Kiss (Stephanie Perkins) - Can't Get You Out of My Thoughts, Dum Dums

4. Harriet The Spy (Louise Fitzhugh) - Shoe Box, Barenaked Ladies

Was it something I said / Or was it something you read / That's making me think that I should never have come here / I can offer you lies / I can tell you goodbye / I can tell you I'm sorry / But I can't tell the truth / And what if I could / Would it do any good / You'll still never get to see the contents of my shoebox

5. The Virgin Suicides (Jeffrey Eugenides) - Most of The Time, Bob Dylan

I don't even think about her / Most of the time ... Most of the time / She ain't even on my mind / I wouldn't know her if I saw her / She's that far behind / Most of the time / I can't even be sure / If she was ever with me / Or if I was ever with her / Most of the time

6. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (J. K. Rowling) - Little Miss Can't Be Wrong, Spin Doctors

Mostly just for the scene where we meet Hermione, and she tells Ron he has dirt on his nose.

7. Stargirl (Jerry Spinelli) - I Will Dance (When I Walk Away), Katzenjammer

Maybe my favourite song of the moment.

8. A Game of Thrones (George R. R. Martin) - Not A Pretty Girl, Ani DiFranco

For my new favourite pint-sized kick-ass heroine, Arya Stark, who will rescue herself, thank you very much.

9. Looking For Alaska (John Green) - I'll Find You, Hundred Reasons

This one just seemed to fit.

10. Naive. Super (Erlend Loe) - Indifference, Pearl Jam

It is best just not to get me started talking about Pearl Jam. But: I will scream my lungs out / 'Til it fills this room / How much difference / Does it make?

Bonus points for getting The Beautiful South into the title of this post? No? ... Okay.


  1. Of course you get bonus points, I love that song! haha! :D

    Great choices, I'm definitely going to have to check out some of these!

    Thanks for stopping by! :)

  2. Great picks! i had the same problem. i could think of too many songs and too many books but making them gel together was a little tricky. Congrats on making it to ten!

  3. Little Miss Can't Be Wrong! Amazing! Great list =)

  4. I love so many of the books on your list, but I haven't heard of most of the songs =) I'll have to give them a listen for sure!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog to comment on my review of Wither. You should seriously read this book -- if you like dystopians, this one just blew my mind. I'm anxiously waiting for the new one (Fever) to arrive in the mail!


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