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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: 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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Musical Moments: Song of the Month: October 2014 – Chosen by K A Tucker

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I cannot tell you how excited I am to welcome K A Tucker to Book Angel Booktopia today to share the key song to go alongside Burying Water. Believe me when I say that you are going to love this book, full of romance, symbolism, character growth and karma ;)

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Synopsis from Goodreads

Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him?

Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried.

The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.

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This song was on repeat for days on end while writing Burying Water. Everything about it—the tempo, the lyrics, the mood—helped get me into Water’s head space while she picked up and started her life over in Sisters, Oregon. The lyrics are both poignant and hopeful, much like Water’s past and present.

Classics Carnival: Musical Moments: Song of the Month – September 2014 Chosen by Erin Butler

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It’s my pleasure to welcome Erin Butler to Book Angel Booktopia today to share her choice of song to go alongside the release of her new book Finding Mr Darcy: High School Edition. Dang it – I want my own Mr Darcy :)

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Release Day 16th September 2014

Finding Mr Darcy: High School Edition Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Liza Johnson takes fangirl to a whole new level of crazy when she decides to take dating advice from her literary hero: Jane Austen.

With the help of her best friends, Liza sheds her ancient-speak and complete Austen wardrobe for something a bit more modern in an attempt at finding her very own Mr. Darcy.

Enter Will, the new kid and Liza’s Darcy incarnate. Add her BFF’s ex to mix and the sexy Brit who kisses with an accent, and Liza is in trouble. 

So, what’s a girl to do? Without her mom to go to relationship advice, Liza turns to the only person she can truly trust with matters of the heart via her mother’s copy of COMPLETED WORKS OF JANE AUSTEN. 

It’s too bad Austen’s heroines have never played Spin the Bottle or Seven Minutes in Heaven. Liza’s determined to find her true Austen-esque happy ending, but if she can’t trust herself instead of books, she just might end up in her own tragic love story.

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To me, this song is all about those first crush feels and boy does Liza get them–several times. :) When she realizes who was perfect for her all along, she gets Boom Clap times a thousand! This song is just so much fun and it’s what I hope readers get out of Finding Mr. Darcy: High School Edition.