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Musical Moments: Song of the Month: Chosen by Gayle Forman

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It is a HUGE honour to welcome Gayle Forman to Book Angel Booktopia today to share the song of the month for January. Coinciding with the release of I was Here.

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This characteristically powerful novel follows eighteen-year-old Cody Reynolds in the months following her best friend’s shocking suicide.

As Cody numbly searches for answers as to why Meg took her own life, she begins a journey of self-discovery which takes her to a terrifying precipice, and forces her to question not only her relationship with the Meg she thought she knew, but her own understanding of life, love, death and forgiveness.

A phenomenally moving story, I Was Here explores the sadly all-too-familiar issue of suicide and self-harm, addressing it in an authentic way with sensitivity and honesty.

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I Was Here song: “Fireflies” by Bishop Allen

I seem to have a thing about fireflies. I don’t think you have them in Britain, and we didn’t have them where I grew up in California but in summer on the east coast of the US, they arrive, these ugly little insects that would be entirely unremarkable, except their backsides light up a yellowish green colour. There is something magical about them. Fireflies have become a recurring motif in my work – you’ll find references in Sisters in Sanity, Where She Went, and in my short story in the anthology, My True Love Gave To Me. So, yeah. I’m a little obsessed. Apparently I’m not the only one. There are a lot of great songs about fireflies or featuring fireflies.

Fireflies have found their way into my latest book, I Was Here, but with even more significance than before. Early on Cody’s best friend Meg, becomes kind of obsessed with Firefly songs after she comes across the Heavens To Betsy song “Firefly.” (Look it up; it’s fantastic.) I decided Meg would compile a list of Firefly songs and as I was searching for more songs, I came across the Bishop Allen song “Fireflies.” I was already a fan of the band, but I’d never heard this track before. When I listened to it, I knew it was the song of the book. The  lyric “oh so brief and bright,” perfectly describes Meg’s life (and was on the shortlist of titles). But it was the line “It says you can still forgive her, and she will forgive you back, ”(which is quoted in the book)  that really hit me in the gut. It speaks to the heart of this book: forgiveness. It also happens to be a beautiful, haunting song.

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There are a number of brilliant songs mentioned throughout the book that I have put into a playlist on Spotify. I’m not sure I managed to pick up all the songs mentioned, please let me know if I have missed any.

While Gayle doesn’t have a specific playlist for her books she does have a wonderfully eclectic selection of music. You can follow her playlists on Spotify HERE

Musical Moments: Song of the Month: December 2014: Chosen by Lia Riley

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I am so excited to welcome Lia Riley to Book Angel Booktopia today to share the song that ties the Off the Map series together. Enjoy :)

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If I had to distill the Off the Map series to a single song, my vote is for “Hopeless Wanderer” by Mumford & Sons. The lyrics remind me of a conversation between two young hurting lovers. There is acknowledgement of the fear and self-doubt that has haunted their journey, but passion infuses every word and there’s a wild hope for the road ahead. That’s Talia and Bran to me.

I also happen to have a major Jason Bateman crush so love the music video.

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Musical Moments: The Stall of Second Chances Play-list by Dana Bate

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Book Angel Booktopia is delighted to welcome Dana Bate today to share the musical accompaniment to The Stall of Second Chances.

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Playlist for The Stall of Second Chances

The Stall of Second Chances is a book about love, heartbreak, trust, and second chances, so with that, I give you a brief book-inspired playlist!

1. “Song for the Dumped” Ben Folds Five

2. “I Knew You Were Trouble” Taylor Swift

3. “An Honest Mistake” The Bravery

4. “Take Five” Dave Brubeck

5. “Trusted” Ben Folds

6. “Sabotage” Beastie Boys

7. “Passenger Seat” Death Cab for Cutie

8. “Somebody That I Used to Know” Elliott Smith

9. “Hear Me Out” Frou Frou

10. “Don’t Stop Believin’” Journey

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The book is about a young woman named Sydney Strauss, who was dumped years ago by her high school sweetheart and is still smarting from her emotional wounds. When she finally meets Jeremy, the first person with whom she has felt a connection in years, she is dismayed to find he has a shady past. But she cannot deny her attraction to him, and through their relationship, she stumbles across a story that could be the big break into food journalism she’s been looking for. Pursuing the story, however, might mean betraying Jeremy’s trust. So this playlist focuses on broken hearts, mistakes, self-belief, and trust (in addition to “Take Five,” a jazz favorite of Jeremy’s). As Ben Folds sings in “Trusted”: “It seems to me if you can’t trust, you can’t be trusted.”

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Musical Moments: A Darker Past by Jus Accardo – Jessie Darker’s Soundtrack

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Book Angel Booktopia is delighted to welcome Jus Accardo today to share the music behind her latest book – A Darker Past.

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Music is a huge part of my writing process. I wouldn’t get past the first page without it. For me, it inspires everything from wicked fight scenes, to those gut-wrenching tear-your-heart-out moments.

My books all have playlists. Most scenes have at least one song tied to them inside my head. And sometimes, a character is so vivid to me, they get their own. In the case of Jessie Darker, one of the main characters from the Darker Agency series, the list practically made itself! Here are a few of the songs from Jessie Darker’s soundtrack.

 Marilyn Manson – Personal Jesus

Jessie is a good person. She loves that the agency helps people in trouble—even if her moral compass is sometimes just slightly askew. In her eyes, the agency is the thing that stands between the things that go bump in the night and the good people of Penance. She and Klaire are the self appointed saviors of their beloved hometown.

Christina Perri – Human

Jessie is one tough cookie. She’s faced down creatures from the deepest depths of the Shadow Realm—AKA Hell—without even breaking a sweat. But she’s also a teenage girl. Even if she isn’t 100% human. There’s a scene in Book one where she says she wants Lukas to see her as more than a Monster Masher. She wants him to see her as a girl. This theme is carried throughout the series, the song playing a prominent role in a scene from book two as well. To me, it screams vulnerability. Sure, Jessie can kick ass with the best of them, but she’s also just a girl. One who, like everyone else, has limits and a breaking point.

Imagine Dragons – Radioactive

This one is on Jessie’s list because she’s a fighter. She gets up, pushes on, and does what needs to be done despite the challenges and obstacles in her path. Everyone hears music in their own way. To me, this is all about the fight. Getting the job done and overcoming the struggle.

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Musical Moments: Song of the Month: Chosen by Christina Lauren

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Book Angel Booktopia is extremely excited to welcome the dynamic duo Christina Lauren today to share the song of the month to coincide with the release of Dirty Rowdy Thing on the 4th :) I for one cannot wait to read it ;)

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SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS

Despite their rowdy hookups, Harlow and Finn don’t even like each other…which would explain why their marriage lasted only twelve hours. He needs to be in charge and takes whatever he wants. She lives by theWant-something-done? Do-it-yourself mantra. Maybe she’s too similar to the rugged fisherman—or just what he needs.

We’re going with Take Me To Church, by Hozier because the lyrics and music are completely unreal, but we are switching it up a little and choosing the Ed Sheeran cover for obvious Ed Reasons. This song definitely has Finn/Harlow feels, with “should have worshipped her sooner” and, of course:

If I’m a pagan of the good times
My lover’s the sunlight
To keep the Goddess on my side
She demands a sacrifice
To drain the whole sea

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 What do you think???

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