The Last 4 Songs I Heard as Book Recommendations

This blog post is inspired by my friend Hannah's original Book Tag. I wanted to share my four most recent listens (songs) as book recommendations


K. D. Reid

11/2/2021 3 min read

How We Party by R3HAB & VINAI

I literally did not know what this song was. See, I'm someone who listens to playlists, and when I find a new song I like, it goes on the playlist. The other day as I was driving, playing my Jams playlist on shuffle just wasn't doing it for me, so I said fuck it and listened to one of YouTube Music's curated lists. I guess this was on it? I'm not sure! I had to listen to it before I could use it for the post.

It sounds like rave music if I've ever heard it. It reminded me of all the nights I danced (super appropriately) at the gay bar I used to frequent. So for the book recommendation, I'm going with Black Flamingo by Dean Atta. It won the Stonewall award, and the gay bar was called the Stonewall. (Google it if you don't get the reference; it's worth knowing.) Not to mention, my most vivid memories in that bar were the drag shows, so I think it's fitting.

Animals by Martin Garrix

I honestly think this is one that my second grader ended up playing for me. It's super techno-y, and it has a good beat. I had to listen to this one too as I was writing the post though because I had zero idea who Martin Garrix is. The only songs called "Animals" that I know of are about sex and debauchery. That said, the book recommendation I'd give for this song is probably Ready Player One. It's got some nice video game vibes. I'd listen to it while I played something.

Monsters (feat Demi Lovato & blackbear) by All Time Low

This one took me a minute. First of all, I love this song, so while I was writing the post and listening to the song, I kept having to remind myself that I'm supposed to be doing a thing! Demi Lovato is distracting. That's all I'm going to say about that. So the book... Hear me out...

I DNF'ed Bitten by Kelly Armstrong on page 20. It was a reread for me. My first time reading it, I think I was a teenager? Rereading it as an adult, the whole thing was problematic from the start. Clay and Elena are a train wreck, and I feel like it's pretty much the bottom line of this song.

Way Too by Big Burna Boy

I need to take a minute to brag on the ad that got me into Burna Boy. It was literally an ad that was this music video. I thought that was just too damn cool, so started looking into his music. Then I got to chat about him with Noria over at Chronicles of Noria (click the link, watch her vids, and come back - she's wonderful). Burna Boy is a Nigerian musician/rapper, and he's been popular in Nigeria forever. He's been working with some American artists recently like Ed Sheeran, and I've got to be honest with you, he's one of my new faves.

Books, Kat, we're talking about books. I interpreted this song as being pretty much all about empowerment. So it makes me want to recommend something like On Being Human by Jennifer Pastiloff. That would make me a hypocrite, though, because I haven't read it yet. I'm going with Love for Imperfect Things: How to Accept Yourself in a World Striving for Perfection by Haemin Sunim. I know I recommended this on Saturday when I talked about reminders for self-care, but it's a recommendation worth repeating.

My latest listens as book recommendations

My friend Hannah put together a BookTube Book Tag Once called the Repeat/Rewind Challenge. It was a really fun tag (you can see my video here on my channel)and I thought I would steal the idea and give it a twist for my blog. So for Music Monday, I'm giving you book recommendations based on my four most recent listens.