Book Playlists: The Catastrophic History of You and Me

For the I Heart Daily playlist contest, we’re asking you to create a soundtrack for your favorite book–which could win you an iPod shuffle preloaded with $50 worth of musical goodness!

Want some inspiration? Check out Jess Rothenberg’s playlist for her novel, The Catastrophic History of You and Me.

Of her playlist, Jess says:

“All of the chapter titles in Catastrophic History are taken from some of my all-time favorite song lyrics—all of which work together to make up the big soundtrack featured at the back of the book. I listened to this soundtrack on repeat for weeks and weeks while writing, and they were all such a huge inspiration to the story. The ‘80s songs, in particular, really helped inform the tone of the book, given some of the secrets we eventually discover about Brie and her guide to the afterlife, Patrick … you’ll just have to push play below and read along to find out what those secrets are.  ; )”

Heaven is A Place on Earth” Belinda Carlisle
Don’t You (Forget About Me)” Simple Minds
Time After Time” Cyndi Lauper
California Dreamin’” Mamas & The Papas
Walking with a Ghost” Tegan & Sara
Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss)” Betty Everett
Every Breath You Take” The Police
Free Fallin’” Tom Petty
I Will Remember You” Sarah McLachlan
Bizarre Love Triangle” New Order
Always Something There to Remind Me” Naked Eyes
Listen to Your Heart” Roxette
Forever Young” Youth Group

Listen to Jess Rothenberg’s entire playlist here. Then feast yourself on all of our other great author soundtracks:

Melissa Walker’s Unbreak My Heart
Alecia Whitaker’s Queen of Kentucky
Nina LaCour’s The Disenchantments
Michelle Zink’s A Temptation of Angels
Lisa McMann’s Dead to You
Matthew Quick’s BOY21
Robin Wasserman’s The Book of Blood and Shadow
Sarah Ockler’s Bittersweet
Madeleine George’s The Difference Between You and Me

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