Top 5 Wednesday -Book Theme Songs


Well this topic looks right up my alley.  I love giving books a theme song and usually post one right at the end of my reviews.  That being said, it’s not always easy to pick a theme song for a book. It can be so hard to get it just right!

Book: The Wise Man’s Fear

wise man

Song: Manchester by Kishi Bashi

This one is easy, the song is Kvothe.  The book is about the creation of a legendary hero.  He is an artist, musician, and gifted magician.  He’s wonderfully young and horribly wounded.  A part of the book is about his obsession/love for a woman named Denna.  This song personifies his musicality, his love for her, and the feelings that the book inspires.  It’s incredibly beautiful. I can’t just post lyrics though, because it’s the music and lyrics that makes this Kvothe’s song.

Book: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss


Song: The Story of Tonight – Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton)

I can’t take credit for this song association.  Lin-Manuel Miranda mentioned on twitter that the scene in the bar was inspired in part by a scene in The Name of the Wind. It’s perfect!

Book: A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

room view

Song: O Mio Babbino Caro – Sylvia McNair / Gianni Schicchi

I blame the movie! I can’t hear this song anymore without thinking about this movie and the book. Though it’s not the same song playing when she finds him in the field and he kisses her, it’s the one I always associate with that scene.

Book: The Paper Magician – Charlie N. Holmberg


Song: Level Up by Vienna Teng

The feeling and lyrics of this song fit the main character very well.  I love the way she throws herself into her new work as a paper magician.  She’s very wholehearted and earnest and it is how I perceive this song as well. It has a momentum to it that I also associate with her paper magic.

Book: Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson


Song: The Man Who Sold the World by David Bowie

Sooo creepy! I think it fits the other-ness of this world very well.  It also embodies the enigma that is the villain(?) of the novel, the Lord Ruler.  He is the supposed savior of the world, who in actuality sold it out.  The book has an overhanging atmosphere of mist and impending doom and this song really fits that vibe.

Phew! That was not easy!!  I hope you enjoyed it.  If you’ve got any other ideas please leave a comment.



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