Top Ten Books I’d Give a Theme Song To

Um, this isn’t one I’ve ever really thought about, but I guess I’ll give it a shot?

  1. Intensity. This is a Dean Koontz novel I read wayyyy back over the summer that I was…15, I think. One of the few books I’ve ever borrowed from the library. (What can I say, I like to own my books!) I had just gotten my first iPod and was going through my Bowling For Soup obsession. There’s this one song they have called “Where To Begin” that I listened to a lot that summer and that I apparently must have had on a lot while I was reading that book, because I every time I hear the song I think of the book (and vice versa).
  2. 11/22/63. I’d give this one Glen Miller’s “In The Mood” because it’s referred to a lot in the book and Jake and Sadie swing dance to it and it’s adorable. Cheating? Too bad.
  3. Christine. This one gets “Bad To The Bone” by George Thoroughgood because in the movie, when it’s coming out on the assembly line, that’s the song that’s playing on the radio. Plus, at the end, when Christine is crunched into a 3×3 block of smushed metal, the camera pans in on it and you hear the opening riff of “Bad To The Bone”—and then the screen goes black. Decently creepy.
  4. Fall of the House of Usher. I had to do a CD project for this one in high school, and the only song I can remember putting on there is “Don’t Fear The Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult. Specifically, these lines: “Came the last night of sadness / And it was clear she couldn’t go on / Then the door was open and the wind appeared / The candles blew then disappeared / The curtains flew then he appeared…saying don’t be afraid / Come on baby…and she had no fear / And she ran to him…then they started to fly / They looked backward and said goodbye…she had become like they are…” It just reminds me of how at the end the sister who was buried alive bursts into the brother’s room and then falls down dead. I don’t know. I’m weird.

You know, I really can’t think of a single other book that I would give a theme song. I’m sorry. I can’t listen to music while I read because it distracts me. Books don’t generally remind me of songs—I don’t think it’s ever once crossed my mind while I was reading, “Hey! You know what this book’s theme song could be?” But hey, I tried.

In the meantime, enjoy some pretty pictures of libraries. The third one is from Boston College, where I went to school! I only went to Bapst once, though. I wasn’t good at getting things done in the library; it was easier for me to do my homework in my dorm.

George Peabody Library, Johns Hopkins University. Baltimore, Maryland. Who knew Baltimore could house something so totally gorgeous?

Trinity College Library. Dublin, Ireland. Maybe I should have studied abroad after all!

Bapst Library, Boston College. Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. This photo makes me wish I had spent more time in the library!

This weekly meme courtesy of the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish.

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