I don’t tend to listen to music while reading (it’s too distracting for me) and I don’t really think about how songs totally relate to this or that book. There are books that come to mind when I think about music though, so here are those:
- The Hunger Games Series by Suzan Collins – My last project in college was very open ended so I composed music to the songs in the series (Lullaby, The Hanging Tree, the four note song of Rue’s, the Anthem). It was really fun. I hope to do more of that one day.
- The Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien – Peter Hollens does amazing covers of these songs from the movies. They’re gorgeous! Check him out on YouTube.
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – This book is full of mixed tapes and song references.
- The Heir Series by Cinda Williams Chima – the last two books in this series has musicians.
- If I Stay by Gayle Forman – Again, the main characters of this book are musicians