May 11, 2018

Tunes & Tales 2.0 | April 2018

Back in the day, Tunes and Tales was a series I enjoyed featuring some of my favorite albums alongside books each song reminded me of, but it ultimately ended up having an expiration date as I don't fall head over heels in love with a lot of albums in their entirety (though I will have posts coming up for my three favorite albums of 2017, which I'm excited about!). Anyway, I've decided to tackle this feature in a slightly different way going forward. I'll be sharing my five songs on repeat for each month, each paired with a relevant read, and including a link to my monthly playlist on Spotify (as I'm constantly adding to it up until the very last day). Happy reading and listening, friends!

Song: One Kiss by Dua Lipa & Calvin Harris
Book: The Offer by Karina Halle
Lyrics: "Something in you lit up heaven in me/The feeling won't let me sleep/'Cause I'm lost in the way you move, the way you feel/One kiss is all it takes/Fallin' in love with me/Possibilities/I look like all you need"

Alexa's Thoughts: First of all, I've got to admit that I loved The Offer, so I knew I wanted to feature it for this month's T&T post. That being said, I thought it worked perfectly for this song, since Bram and Nicola don't necessarily have the most ideal beginning but as their feelings start to fall into place and their undeniable attraction continues to grow, well, it's unsurprising that their relationship begins to develop as well.

Song: On the Low by Tove Styrke
Book: North to You by Tif Marcelo
Lyrics: "I don't wanna hold up/I don't wanna slow down and try to like you less/It don't make sense to me/I don't wanna wait up/I don't wanna waste time/Just want you and I with no space in between"

Alexa's Thoughts: North to You was such a pleasant surprise of a read, and On the Low was the same experience, albeit in the musical sense! In this new adult read, Drew clearly has feelings for Camille and doesn't want to pretend they're anything other than what they are... though he'll do it because Camille seems to want that. I just feel like this song perfectly embodies his feelings for this girl!

Song: Sky Full of Song by Florence and the Machine
Book: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Lyrics: "Be careful, oh, my darling, oh, be careful what it takes/From what I've seen so far, the good ones always seem to break/And I was screaming at my father and you were screaming at me/And I can feel your anger from way across the sea"

Alexa's Thoughts: I'll admit that it's more the vibe of this song that made me want to pair it with Sky in the Deep, but these lyrics work perfectly with Eelyn's point of view. There's a lot of conflict, a lot of shifting emotions and situations in this story, and there's something about this part of the song that just works perfectly in describing Eelyn's experiences.

Song: No Tears Left to Cry by Ariana Grande
Book: In Ruins by Danielle Pearl
Lyrics: "Right now, I'm in a state of mind/I wanna be in, like all the time/Ain't got no tears left to cry/So I'm pickin' it up, pickin' it up/I'm lovin', I'm livin', I'm pickin' it up"

Alexa's Thoughts: I immediately loved No Tears Left to Cry from the first time I heard it, and it already had me brainstorming what book would work as a pair for it. I've settled on In Ruins, as it's the story of a second chance romance a couple of years after they break up due to some complicated circumstances. By then, both characters believe they've moved on, and they sort of have... but running into each other again brings back those feelings they've always had for each other...

Song: Babe by Sugarland feat. Taylor Swift
Book: From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon
Lyrics: "And it's strange how your face doesn't look so innocent/Your secret has its consequence and that's on you, babe/I break down every time you call/We're a wreck, you're the wrecking ball/We said no one else/How could you do this, babe?"

Alexa's Thoughts: I really enjoyed From Twinkle, With Love! One aspect of the plot is about the budding relationship Twinkle has with Sahil Roy, but there's a secret that threatens to tear them apart in the end. Even though the circumstances that are alluded to in Babe are definitely different, the vibe I got from this particular set of lyrics just suited the Twinkle/Sahil dynamic.

If you're interested in seeing what else made it onto my April playlist, you can check it out on Spotify or use the player below to give it a listen. What songs do you have on repeat?


  1. Love this post :D Thank you for sharing Alexa. <3 Yess for great new music. And sigh. Sky in the Deep. Sounds like a great song to pair it with :D


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