10 Dec 2018

#Discussion: Top Listens Paired with Top Reads!

I saw a few people on social media posting about getting numbers to discuss their top listens from Spotify, which gave me an idea to pair my top listens with books! Small disclaimer: my top listens vary wildly because I fell in and out of love this year so ... take that as you wish. I hope you enjoy the songs and the books!

Click on the song to be taken to Spotify to listen to it! Not an affiliate link (lol I wish!! Spotify sponsor me!!!) Also, the number next to the song is where it falls on my playlist - the higher the number, the more times I listened to it!

21. Kindly Unspoken by Kate Voegele

"But I won't let melancholy
Play me for a fool
Oh, no I'm on my way somewhere new"


Author: Amanda Lovelace
Series: Women Are Some Kind of Magic #1
Source: Purchased from Indigo
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication Date: April 23, 2016
Rating: 3.5/5 stars


"Ah, life- the thing that happens to us while we're off somewhere else blowing on dandelions & wishing ourselves into the pages of our favorite fairy tales."

A poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. the princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while you serves as a note to the reader & all of humankind. Explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations.

08. Black Magic by Little Mix

"Take a sip of my secret potion
I'll make you fall in love
For a spell that can't be broken
One drop should be enough"


Author: Morgan Rhodes
Series: Falling Kingdoms #1
Source: Giveaway win from Indigo Teen
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: December 11, 2012
Rating: 3.5/5 stars


In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed... and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that's certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It's the eve of war.... Choose your side.

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.

Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people's revolution centuries in the making.

Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword....

32. Arabella by Arctic Monkeys

"My days end best when this sunset gets itself

Behind that little lady sitting on the passenger side"


Author: Connie Willis
Series: N/A
Source: Audible
Publisher: Del Rey
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Rating: 3/5 stars


Science fiction icon Connie Willis brilliantly mixes a speculative plot, the wit of Nora Ephron, and the comedic flair of P. G. Wodehouse in Crosstalk, a genre-bending novel that pushes social media, smartphone technology, and twenty-four-hour availability to hilarious and chilling extremes as one young woman abruptly finds herself with way more connectivity than she ever desired.

In the not-too-distant future, a simple outpatient procedure to increase empathy between romantic partners has become all the rage. And Briddey Flannigan is delighted when her boyfriend, Trent, suggests undergoing the operation prior to a marriage proposal - to enjoy better emotional connection and a perfect relationship with complete communication and understanding. But things don't quite work out as planned, and Briddey finds herself connected to someone else entirely - in a way far beyond what she signed up for.

It is almost more than she can handle - especially when the stress of managing her all-too-eager-to-communicate-at-all-times family is already burdening her brain. But that's only the beginning. As things go from bad to worse, she begins to see the dark side of too much information, and to realize that love - and communication - are far more complicated than she ever imagined.

19. Put Your Records On by Corinne Bailey Ray

"Blue as the sky, sunburnt and lonely
Sipping tea in the bar by the road side
(Just relax, just relax)
Don't you let those other boys fool you"


Author: Anna-Marie McLemore
Series: N/A
Source: ARC via Publisher
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Rating: 4/5 stars


Love grows such strange things.

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

67. Haunted by Taylor Swift

"It's getting dark and its all too quiet
And I can't trust anything now
And its comin' over you like its all a big mistake"


Author: Kendare Blake
Series: Three Dark Crowns #1
Source: ARC via Publisher
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Rating: 4/5 stars


When kingdom come, there will be one.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

23. Love Yourself by Justin Bieber

"For all the times that you rain on my parade
And all the clubs you get in using my name"


Author: Alyson Noel
Series: Beautiful Idols #1
Source: Library
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: May 10, 2016
Rating: 3/5 stars


Everyone wants to be someone.

Layla Harrison wants to leave her beach-bum days for digs behind a reporter’s desk. Aster Amirpour wants to scream at the next casting director who tells her “we need ethnic but not your kind of ethnic.” Tommy Phillips dreams of buying a twelve-string guitar and using it to shred his way back into his famous absentee dad’s life.

But Madison Brooks took destiny and made it her bitch a long time ago.

She’s Hollywood’s hottest starlet, and the things she did to become the name on everyone’s lips are merely a stain on the pavement, ground beneath her Louboutin heel.

That is, until Layla, Aster, and Tommy find themselves with a VIP invite to the glamorous and gritty world of Los Angeles’s nightlife and lured into a high-stakes competition where Madison Brooks is the target. Just as their hopes begin to gleam like stars through the California smog, Madison Brooks goes missing. . . . And all of their hopes are blacked out in the haze of their lies.

Unrivaled is #1 New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noël’s first book in a thrilling suspense trilogy about how our most desperate dreams can become our darkest nightmares. 

01. Hurricane by Halsey

"I'm a wandress 
I'm a one night stand
Don't belong to no city
Don't belong to no man"


Author: Rebecca Phillips
Series: N/A
Source: eARC via Publisher
Publisher: Kensington
Publication Date: June 30, 2015
Rating: 4/5 stars


When Lexi Shaw seduced Oakfield High's resident bad boy Tyler Flynn at the beginning of senior year, he seemed perfectly okay with her rules:

1. Avoid her at school.

2. Keep his mouth shut about what they do together.
3. Never tease her about her friend (and unrequited crush) Ben.

Because with his integrity and values and golden boy looks, Ben can never find out about what she’s been doing behind closed doors with Tyler. Or that her mom’s too busy drinking and chasing losers to pay the bills. Or that Lexi’s dad hasn’t been a part of her life for the last thirteen years. But with Tyler suddenly breaking the rules, Ben asking her out, and her dad back in the picture, how long will she be able to go on faking perfect?


97. Everytime by Simple Plan

"We talked about our lives
Until the sun came out
And now I'm thinking about
How I wish I could go back
Just for one more day
One more day with you"


Author: Marisha Pessl
Series: N/A
Source: Indigo Staff Picks from Indigo Teen
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: June 5, 2018
Rating: 3.5/5 stars


Once upon a time, back at Darrow-Harker School, Beatrice Hartley and her six best friends were the cool kids, the beautiful ones. Then the shocking death of Jim—their creative genius and Beatrice's boyfriend—changed everything.

One year after graduation, Beatrice is returning to Wincroft—the seaside estate where they spent so many nights sharing secrets, crushes, plans to change the world—hoping she'll get to the bottom of the dark questions gnawing at her about Jim’s death. But as the night plays out in a haze of stilted jokes and unfathomable silence, Beatrice senses she’s never going to know what really happened.

Then a mysterious man knocks on the door. Blithely, he announces the impossible: time for them has become stuck, snagged on a splinter that can only be removed if the former friends make the harshest of decisions. Now Beatrice has one last shot at answers... and at life.

And so begins the Neverworld Wake.

51. The Boys of Summer by The Ataris

"Nobody on the road,
Nobody on the beach
I feel it in the air
The summer's out of reach"


Author: Sarah Dessen
Series: N/A
Source: Purchased from Indigo
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers 
Publication Date: April 6th 2006
Rating: 3/5 stars


For fifteen-year-old Haven, life is changing too quickly. She's nearly six feet tall, her father is getting remarried, and her sister—the always perfect Ashley—is planning a wedding of her own. Haven wishes things could just go back to the way they were. Then an old boyfriend of Ashley's reenters the picture, and through him, Haven sees the past for what it really was, and comes to grips with the future.

33. Daddy Lessons by Beyonce and Dixie Chicks

"Came into this world
Daddy's little girl
And daddy made a soldier out of me"


Author: Courtney Summers
Series: N/A
Source: eARC via Publisher
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: September 4, 2018
Rating: 4/5 Stars


A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial―like podcast following the clues she's left behind. And an ending you won't be able to stop talking about.

Sadie hasn't had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she's been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie's entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister's killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.

When West McCray―a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America―overhears Sadie's story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie's journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it's too late.

Courtney Summers has written the breakout book of her career. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page.
Amazon | Chapters | TBD

Honourable Song Mentions...

Here are some of the songs people requested after I had filled up my 10!

What were some of your top songs of this year?

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