Book and Music Pairings Volume 1


(Images found on Google Images)

All of these books have been previously featured on my other lists!  I couldn’t come up with songs for all of them, so I picked a couple from each list.

Some of the music relates to the atmosphere of the book, as in background music to listen to while reading, while some relates to the characters/plotline.

I will include YouTube links if you are interested in hearing the music; if you are interested in purchasing any of it you can follow the links attached to the videos.

All of the music selected here is either instrumental or contains only clean lyrics.


Book: The Life and Death of Zebulon Finch Volume One: At the Edge of Empire by Daniel Kraus

Song: Fur Elise-1920’s Gangster Style by Ethan Uslan

Why They Go Together: The book’s about a 20’s gangster and is written in very fancy words, like a good piece of piano music.


Book: This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

Song: Flawed Design by Stabilo

Why They Go Together: The themes of moral conflict and coming of age in this song fit the story quite well–even though it’s happening in the 19th century.


Book: Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata

Song: The Vengeful One by Disturbed (Note: I did not include the official music video due to some simulated violent images that viewers may wish to avoid.)

Why They Go Together: From the line, “justice falls upon you at first Liiiight” and forward, this song perfectly describes the motivation of the main character of Death Note.


Book: HIVE by Mark Walden

Song: Villain by Skarlett Riot

Why They Go Together: This dynamic rock song by Skarlett Riot would probably play in the background if this book were a movie.


Book: The Lumberjanes

Song: Princess Pat as recorded by The Learning Station

Why They Go Together: Nothing suits a story about a Girl Scout-like camp like a classic Girl Scout camp song!


Book: Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Song: Little Red Riding Hood by Derek and Brandon Fiechter

Why They Go Together: This fairytale-style music with a creepy twist is the perfect background for this terrifying journey through the forest.


Book: The Secret Circle by L.J. Smith

Song: Salem’s Secret by Peter Gundry

Why They Go Together: Peter Gundry composes a wide range of witch-themed music, which suits the atmosphere of this book perfectly.


Book: Blue is For Nightmares by Laura Faria Stolarz

Song: Hiding in the Dark by Peder B. Helland

Why They Go Together: This music is very creepy, evoking the feeling that you aren’t alone.  Incidentally, the characters in this book experience the same thing, only in real life.


Book: Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

Song: Russian Winter by Derek and Brandon Fiechter

Why They Go Together: Vassa in the Night, despite taking place in modern times, is based heavily on Russian folklore and has a plotline which definitely suggests a song in the minor key such as this one.


Book: Death Cloud by Andrew Lane

Song: “Sherlock” Season 1 theme (The Game Is On)

Why They Go Together: The book’s Sherlock story has a very similar feel to the episodes of the show, with dramatic chase scenes and other action bits not always included in Holmes adaptations.


Book: Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams

Song: A Dangerous Mind by Within Temptation

Why They Go Together: This song illustrates the suspenseful, tense plot of the story.  To say any more would give away major details. : )


Book: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Song: Ghosts of Twilight by Derek and Brandon Fiechter

Why They Go Together: Any book about ghosts in London needs an eerie Gothic soundtrack.


Book: The Iron Prince by Julie Kagawa

Song: The Forest Queen by Peter Gundry

Why They Go Together: This atmospheric music will take your imagination straight to an ancient fairy kingdom.

Happy (musical) reading!




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