This post is a little late because I fell asleep in the middle of typing it last night, and I’m just getting time to finish it up. Whoops. Sorry. Anyways, it was an extremely snowy weekend here, so I had a lot of down time. I spent a lot of time on Youtube, and I came across a few different Playlist Book Tags, and I remembered that it was pretty fun when I did my own rendition before so I decided to do another round. Obviously, you’ll be spared from my dancing and singing in this format, but you’ll still get the general gist. For anyone who is unfamiliar with this tag, you basically put your music on shuffle, and then pick a book that you think goes with whatever song comes up. You don’t explain the connection, so it’s left open for interpretation. This started on Booktube, and I’ve heard a few people credited for creating, but most people credit Little Red Reader. Without further ado, let’s get started.
Author: Christina Lauren
Genre: Contemporary Romance (Adult)
Publication Date: December 5, 2017
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.
Marriages of convenience are so…inconvenient.
Rescued by Calvin McLoughlin from a would-be subway attacker, Holland Bakker pays the brilliant musician back by pulling some of her errand-girl strings and getting him an audition with a big-time musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until he admits his student visa has expired and he’s in the country illegally.
Holland impulsively offers to wed the Irishman to keep him in New York, her growing infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves from awkward roommates to besotted lovers, Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway. In the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting, what will it take for Holland and Calvin to realise that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?
Wow, the universe *really* didn’t want this post to go up. This is my fourth (?) time typing this up, but I’m bound and determined to get this post published once and for all. I’m here today with another playlist, and this time it’s for Haven by Mary Lindsey, a book that I reviewed about a month back. This is a playlist I’ve been toying around with for a while, but I want to get it out into the world. Once again, my playlists almost never follow a certain aesthetic, so genre-wise, they’re all over the place. These are some of my favorite posts to do, as I love music just as much as I love reading. If you like this post and want to check out some of the other playlists I’ve published, I’ve shared one for The Becoming of Noah Shaw, The Infernal Devices Series, and the Shatter Me Series. Now, I will say that this playlist might be a wee bit spoilery about very general plot points, so if you don’t want to know anything at all about this book before reading, I’d avoid it. I think I’ve rambled enough, so let’s jump into the music.
My wifi seems to be finally back, so I can finally get this post written up. Some of you may know that I love music just as much as I love books. As a result, I make playlists for certain books, series, and characters from time to time. I’ve shared my playlists for the Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare and the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi on this blog before. I recently finished The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin, and I felt like this world needed a bit of a soundtrack. The inspiration for this playlist was The Becoming of Noah Shaw, but different elements of the Mara Dyer trilogy snuck into a few of the songs. My music taste is a bit all over the place, so my playlists never really have a solid genre or really much of a coherent theme, so there’s usually something for everyone. Like in my past posts, I’ll share some of my favorite lyric, and also link to Youtube so you can listen for yourself. Without further ado, let’s get started.
After the seriously awesome news about Tahereh Mafi continuing the Shatter Me series broke, I was immediately launched back into that world. I’ve actually been rereading the series in it’s entirety. While I was rereading, I got the idea to make a playlist to celebrate. Since the last playlist I made went over pretty well, I figured I would share this one also. The idea started off as a playlist encompassing the entire series as a whole, but the more I thought about it, almost all of my songs were more or less screaming WARNER WARNER WARNER sooooo… Whoops. Think of it as a Shatter Me series with a rather… intense focus on Warner’s character. Musically, it’s all over the board, with a few artists appearing more than once. However, in my opinion, it works.
A few days ago, I posted a playlist that I created for The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. If you haven’t checked it out yet, I’ll insert a link right here. Now that it’s been a day or two, I got to thinking about the fact that I have quite a few tracks that *almost* made that playlist, but I cut for one reason or another (or just forgot to include!). These are tracks that I felt like weren’t *quite* what I was looking for lyrically, or the genre just didn’t fit the overall feel of the playlist itself (or I may or may not be featuring them in a future playlist *wink wink*). With that said, I still wanted to share the songs that didn’t quite make the cut, just in case anyone was interested in checking them out. Plus, I’m adding some of my favorite instrumental tracks that remind me of the series for one reason or another at the end of the list, just as a little bonus. Just like in my main playlist, some of these songs might contain some mild thematic spoilers for the trilogy if you think hard enough on it.
Recently, I’ve been rereading The Infernal Devices for the millionth time. I’ve been going through with flags, marking each and every one of my favorite moments, so I can share them with my mom, who will be borrowing the series soon.
(We’ve been watching Shadowhunters on TV, and she wants to read TMI and TID)
Reliving this series again has brought back so many feelings and emotions (SO. MANY.). Some of you may know that I honestly suck with expressing emotion with words, so I’ll oftentimes assign different songs to different feelings or events. I do the same with books and characters. Since I’ve been mostly rereading TID, I don’t really have any new reviews to share, so I thought it’d be fun to share a bit of my playlist for TID. I’ve poured through this list, editing and tweaking it multiple times, trying to get it perfect. Buuuuuutttt… TID gives me so many feelings that it’s a bit difficult to contain that into a playlist. Some of the songs I’ve included might contain some vague thematic spoilers, so tread carefully. I’ll mark some of my favorites with an asterisk (*).
Today, I’m going to be doing the Playlist Book Tag! Now, I haven’t actually been tagged by anyone, but I’ve been loving watching all of these videos on BookTube. Obviously, I’m going to do it a bit differently as I’m not on camera. I’m going to put the music on my phone on shuffle, and once the song pops up, I’ll search my shelves for a book that the song makes me think of. Unless I end up getting a song that I honestly can’t think of a single thing for, I’ll stick to the song… I also won’t be explaining my choices for spoiler-y reasons. I’ll leave it up to you guys to interpret why I chose what! 😉 Well, prepare yourselves for my weird musical taste, because I’m about to start my phone…
I had a random thought that I wanted to share and discuss with you guys, so you get a bonus post today.
Seattle is in the rearview mirror and Kenzie Daniels wants to start a new life to pursue her musical dreams in Nashville. But it’s harder than she thought trying to make it on her own with no one to rely on but herself. Until a handsome customer shows up at her table and changes the course of her future.
Remy Martins wasn’t looking for anything but a good time and a creative outlet when he stumbled upon Hank’s Diner and discovered his muse. The moment he laid eyes on Kenzie, the beautiful waitress with a chip on her shoulder, he knew his luck had turned around. He’d been in a writing slump for months and she was the spark he needed, breathing new life into his lyrics. Now Remy is determined to have Kenzie and keep her in his life.
When a chance run-in at one of his gigs has Kenzie leaning on him for support, Remy is given the opportunity to make her an offer she’d be a fool to refuse.
Just as their relationship morphs into something more, fueling a deep physical need that neither of them can deny, Kenzie’s and Remy’s pasts collide – threatening to destroy their bond along the dreams they’d hoped to fulfill.
Can Kenzie rely on Remy to be there when she needs him the most? Will both their dark pasts ruin their chances at a bright future?