More Songs About Books!

Need some inspiration for the new, super-awesome playlist contest we’re sponsoring with I Heart Daily? (You know, the one where you can win an iPod shuffle and $50 worth of music?) Check out the soundtracks authors Alecia Whitaker and Nina LaCour put together for their newest books, The Queen of Kentucky and The Disenchantments, respectively. Click here to listen to Alecia’s entire playlist, and click here to listen to Nina’s entire playlist.

Of her song choices for The Queen of Kentucky, Alecia Whitaker says:

“Most of these songs are mentioned in the book, especially when the Fabulous Four girls introduce Ricki Jo to the concept of ‘make-out jams’ at a slumber party. And some of the songs represent her big, country spirit.”


Little Big Town, “Boondocks
Justin Timberlake, “What Goes Around
Leona Lewis, “Bleeding Love
Alison Krauss, “When You Say Nothing At All
Dixie Chicks, “Wide Open Spaces
Taylor Swift, “Our Song


Of her song choices for The Disenchantments, Nina says:

“Music was a central part of my high school experience, but when I was working on my first novel, Hold Still, I went out of my way not to mention band names. I wanted the book to feel timeless, so I only named bands that were already vintage. The Disenchantments, though, is a book about music. It’s also about love and friendship and that terrifying, exhilarating time when you are out of high school and finally free—but if it weren’t for the eponymous band, there would be no story. I resisted at first, but then I gave in and embraced all the band name-dropping I was going to do. I spent hours and hours watching YouTube videos of girl bands, from the fabulous Motown ladies to the badass Riot Grrrls, and as I wove them into the story, they became part of my characters and their journeys. Some of these songs are mentioned by name in the novel, many are alluded to, and all provided me with inspiration as I wrote. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!”

The Supremes, “Come See About Me
Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, “Shake a Shot
The Runaways, “School Days
Sleater-Kinney, “Modern Girl
Ages and Ages, “Alright You Restless
Bon Iver, “Skinny Love
The National, “Fake Empire
Camera Obscura, “Forests and Sands
Heart, “What About Love?

Stay tuned for more fabulous book-inspired playlists from your favorite authors, and enter our playlist contest in the meantime. Click here to see Melissa Walker’s picks for her newest book, Unbreak My Heart.

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