This is YOUR Song – book playlist #4
Welcome to This is YOUR song
a brand new book meme hosted by Lizzy’s Dark Fiction.
Meme name is inspired by the Elton John song. Here, I’ll pick 5 books from different genres or age groups and match them with the song that I think describes the book the best.
1) Representing mystery, we have My Dead Friend Sarah by Peter Rosch.
Mere months into recovery, Max, an alcoholic with twisted control issues, meets Sarah – the same woman that for years he’s habitually dreamt will die after a botched abduction. “Doing the next right thing,” a popular AA phrase he’s picked up in the rooms, means befriending Sarah long enough to warn her and hope she takes him seriously. But when Sarah falls in love with Max, his newly sober thinking drives him to choose his overly devoted wife, and he abandons Sarah – even when it condemns her to death. When Sarah goes missing, the NYPD suspects Max’s dream may have been a pre-crime confession. The truth, all of it, lurks inside of Max, but only by drinking again does he recapture the nerve and clarity vital to free his wife, sponsor, and himself from a life imprisoned by lies.
Song Match: Burden in my Hand by Soundgarden
Lyrics: Close your eyes and bow your head, I need a little sympathy / ’Cause fear is strong and love’s for everyone who isn’t me / Kill your health and kill yourself and kill everything you love / And if you live you can fall to pieces and suffer with my ghost
Reason: Max is an alcoholic who wants sympathy for his situation, but he’s the prime suspect in the death of his friend’s death. Plus, he’s not so sure that he wasn’t the one to kill her.
2) Representing fantasy re-tellings, we have Wicked by Gregory Maguire.
In Baum’s land of Oz, animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. Green-skinned Elphaba, future Wicked Witch of the West, is smart, prickly and misunderstood; she challenges our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.
Song Match: What It’s Like by Everlast
Lyrics: God forbid you ever had to wake up to hear the news / ’Cause then you really might know what it’s like to have to lose / Then you really might know what it’s like / To have to lose…
Reason: The Wicked Witch shares her side of the story. Walk a mile in her shoes and then “you might know what it’s like”.
3) Representing YA, we have The Faults in Our Stars by John Green.
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
Song Match: All the Right Moves by One Republic
Lyrics: It can’t be possible that rain can fall / Only when it’s over our heads / The sun is shining everyday, but it’s far away / Over the world it’s said, they’ve got, they’ve got
Reason: Hazel is a teenager with terminal cancer. She will never be able to do the things most teenagers take for granted. She knows she will probably never grow up. The life she has to live is shitty, but it’s the only life she has. It’s true that misery attracts company and she starts to appreciate what she does have when she meets Augustus, who also has cancer.
4) Representing horror, we have Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice.
In 1976, a uniquely seductive world of vampires was unveiled in the now-classic Interview with the Vampire . . . in 1985, a wild and voluptous voice spoke to us, telling the story of The Vampire Lestat. In The Queen of the Damned, Anne Rice continues her extraordinary “Vampire Chronicles” in a feat of mesmeric storytelling, a chillingly hypnotic entertainment in which the oldest and most powerful forces of the night are unleashed on an unsuspecting world.
These narrative threads wind sinuously across a vast, richly detailed tapestry of the violent, sensual world of vampirism, taking us back 6,000 years to its beginnings. As the stories of the “first brood” of blood drinkers are revealed, we are swept across the ages, from Egypt to South America to the Himalayas to all the shrouded corners of the globe where vampires have left their mark. Vampires are created–mortals succumbing to the sensation of “being enptied, of being devoured, of being nothing.” Vampires are destroyed. Dark rituals are performed–the rituals of ancient creatures prowling the modern world. And, finally, we are brought to a moment in the twentieth century when, in an astonishing climax, the fate of the living dead–and perhaps of the living, all the living–will be decided.
Song Match: Bring Me to Life by Evanescence
Lyrics: All this time I can’t believe I couldn’t see / Kept in the dark but you were there in front of me / I’ve been sleeping a thousand years it seems / Got to open my eyes to everything
Reason: Lestat goes against the advice of every other vampire. He goes public as a vampire rock star and his music awakens the lair of the queen of vampires. He’s brought her back to life and spawned a romance that’s everything he’s every dreamed of – however, the price of keeping her is high. His queen is determined to destroy every vampire except Lestat.
5) Representing dark fiction, we have The Color of Snow by Brenda Stanley.
Can a troubled young girl reenter society after living in isolation?
When a beautiful 16-year-old girl named Sophie is found sequestered in a cage-like room in a rundown house in the desolate hills of Arbon Valley, Idaho, the entire community is shocked to learn she is the legendary Callidora–a baby girl who was kidnapped from her crib almost seventeen years ago and canonized in missing posters with portraits of what the fabled girl might resemble. Authorities soon learn that the cage was there to protect people from Sophie, because her biological father believes she is cursed.
Sophie is discovered after the man she knows as Papa, shoots and injures Damien, a young man who is trying to rescue her. Now, unsocialized and thrust into the world, and into a family she has never met, Sophie must decide whether she should accept her Papa’s claims that she is cursed and he was only trying to protect others, or trust the new people in her life who have their own agendas. Guided by a wise cousin, Sophie realizes that her most heartbreaking challenge is to decide if her love for Damien will destroy him like her Papa claims, or free her from past demons that haunt her mind.
Song Match: Because of You by Kelly Clarkson
Lyrics: Because of you / I find it hard to trust / Not only me, but everyone around me / Because of you, I am afraid / I lose my way / And it’s not too long before you point it out / I cannot cry / Because I know that’s weakness in your eyes
Reason: Sophie has lived in isolation for most of her life. Her papa has taught her that outsiders cannot be trusted. When Damien comes to “rescue” her, she finds herself conflicted between believing what her Papa taught her and believing what the rest of the world says.