Top Ten Books Assigned a Theme Song by Moi!

In their weekly bookish meme, The Broke and the Bookish asks which books we would give a theme song, and which song, and why.

This is definitely one of the harder topics for me. I love books and I love music, but I am terrible at remembering the names of books, authors, songs and artists. But hey: I’ll give it a try.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld: I wish I was a punkrocker (Sandi Thom) – it seems to fit in with what the uglies yearrn for.

The Shack by Will Young: Tears in Heaven (Eric Clapton) – a total tearjerker, amd appropriate to the storyline.

Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twang Eng: (book tour coming 9 April!) Adiemus (Spirits). Read the book and you will see. It will be great for the gardening scenes.

Life of Pi by Yan Martel: Save Tonight (Eagle Eye Cherry) – seems it could be cool, no?

An Episode of Sparrows by Rumer Goden: Mama Said (Dionne Bromfield) goes so nicely with Lovejoy’s life views and experiences. And it is almost (but not entirely) in keeping with the era.

Shades by Marguerite Poland: Everybody (Ingrid Michaelson) This would be lovely for scenes with Frances on her way through the veld to the little school, and Frances with Walter. It is also in keeping with her free spirit.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins: Resistance (Muse) should be the overarching song for the entire trilogy!

Spud by John van de Ruit: Paradise (Coldplay) is such a perfect song and reminds me of the wonderful country I live in (and so does Spud).

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: Don’t Be A Girl About It (Kelly Clarkson) would make it so fun in some of the angry scenes.

Fallen by Lauren Kate: Ballad of Mona Lisa (Panic! At the Disco) – not one of my favourite books by far, and the lyrics aren’t completely congruent with the plot either, but I think it would be an excellent soundtrack nonetheless.


  1. I agree–this list was really challenging! You came up with some unique choices, though! I loved that Eagle Eye Cherry song when it first came out, and Kelly Clarkson is still one of my favorite “rocking out in the car” artists! 🙂

    1. Thanks for visiting – Kelly Clarkson gets better every time!

  2. Christina says:

    I dig the muse/mockingjay connection!

    1. Thanks! They make me feel powerful and resistand 😉

  3. Zo says:

    I have to admit, I haven’t heard of some of the songs/books (but I have heard of some!)…Tears in Heaven is definitely a good sad story song…

    1. Don’t worry, I struggled to recognise a lot of the songs when browsing through other TTTs… good opportunity to get to know more music, yay. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  4. TrishaDM says:

    Tears in Heaven is a perfect choice for The Shack! I am also a big fan of Save Tonight for Life of Pi. Love all of your picks! I haven’t heard of a few of these books. Oh boy, more to read!

    1. Thank you! I struggled a little with song choices, I guess my taste in music is still quite mainstream.

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