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Book Playlist: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

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“Are you happy with your life?”

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

From the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human—a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of.

~Playlist~

War (Part 1) – Raury

  • “Is it possible to out-think yourself?”

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Book Playlist: The Revenant by Michael Punke

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The year is 1823, and the trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Trapping beaver, they contend daily with the threat of Indian tribes turned warlike over the white men’s encroachment on their land, and other prairie foes—like the unforgiving landscape and its creatures. Hugh Glass is among the Company’s finest men, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker. But when a scouting mission puts him face-to-face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive.

The Company’s captain dispatches two of his men to stay behind and tend to Glass before he dies, and to give him the respect of a proper burial. When the two men abandon him instead, taking his only means of protecting himself—including his precious gun and hatchet— with them, Glass is driven to survive by one desire: revenge.

With shocking grit and determination, Glass sets out crawling inch by inch across more than three thousand miles of uncharted American frontier, negotiating predators both human and not, the threat of starvation, and the agony of his horrific wounds. In Michael Punke’s hauntingly spare and gripping prose, The Revenant is a remarkable tale of obsession, the human will stretched to its limits, and the lengths that one man will go to for retribution.

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Book Playlist: Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov

Lolita When it was published in 1955, Lolita immediately became a cause célèbre because of the freedom and sophistication with which it handled the unusual erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Vladimir Nabokov’s wise, ironic, elegant masterpiece owes its stature as one of the twentieth century’s novels of record not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author’s use of that material to tell a love story almost shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

Awe and exhilaration–along with heartbreak and mordant wit–abound in this account of the aging Humbert Humbert’s obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze. Lolita is also the story of a hypercivilized European colliding with the cheerful barbarism of postwar America, but most of all, it is a meditation on love–love as outrage and hallucination, madness and transformation

 

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Intro – UNKLE

From Eden – Hozier

My Type – Saint Motel

Moon – Little People

Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) – Florence + The Machine

Paper Girl – July Talk

Lolita – Lana Del Rey

Line of Fire – Sucre

Guts – Alex Winston

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books that Pair Well With Vivaldi

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week has a new theme and you can participate however often you choose!

This week’s topic was a freebie, so I decided to have some fun with it! As you all know by now, I love books and music, so what could be better than to putting them together?

So without further ado — ten books that pair well with Vivaldi ( ♡) (Click the cover to open the youtube link with the Vivaldi piece!)

Seraphina (Seraphina, #1)The Thief (The Queen's Thief, #1)Revolution

 

Song of the SparrowA Company of SwansA Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1)Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely, #1)

 

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)The Night CircusA Man for All Seasons

 

 

‘Tis the Season of The Nutcracker

Every dancer knows that November through January is Nutcracker season. Dancers all over the world, from those who dance for a hobby to those who dance professionally, prepare to perform this beloved ballet.

The ballet is accessible, the music delightful, and the story enjoyable to watch, making it the most well-known ballet (which is quite funny considering it’s initial failure). It’s music is widely used in commercials and movies, so even if you’ve never seen the ballet you have certainly heard the music.

That’s why I thought it would be fun to make a winter reading list based off of major scenes from the Nutcracker (primarily from the second act – because let’s be honest, that’s the fun one!). With the days getting shorter and shorter and colder and colder, it is the prime time to get your reading done! So many of the texts I’ve included are classics that you always put off – not this year! I’ve also included classic Christmas texts that are fun to re-read and a few fun contemporary novels.

So without farther ado, let the curtain be raised on….

long-nights

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Gold Stitches in a Piece of Embroidery

This past week has been tumultuous to say the least. Many people are feeling scared, many people are frustrated, many people are worn down. No matter what side of the election you were on the world may seem like it is falling apart.

As a general rule I have avoided talking about politics online. It is not an area of particular interest to me, so I don’t feel I have the knowledge to really say anything of merit. But additionally, I find that so often views online (particularly Facebook, which has gotten a lot of flack this election season for showing people what they want to see), are so polarized, sweeping generalizations and fear-mongering. Largely unhelpful in my opinion. When I see updates from my friends I am shocked at the way they attempt to undermine those who are different rather than understand. Many people who I respect have expressed hatred I had thought them incapable of exuding. Many people who I find intelligent and informed have admitted their bias and failure to recognize others who don’t think like them. Many people who I considered my best friends have been acting in ways that is the antithesis of what I find beautiful in them.

This election has brought out the worst in people in so many ways. On November 9th I was driving out to western Pennsylvania to visit a friend. It was a grey, overcast day and as I drove it felt as though the world was caving in with anger, disgust, hatred, fear, pain, sadness, desperation…I could go on.

It is a terrible feeling to recognize the seemingly insurmountable ugliness that exists in the world. And I could feel myself on the verge of despair. Yet, I remembered something…a beautiful book I read last year about this time called Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry. At this time I was taking the capstone class for the honors college program I was a part of (which is a fantastic, beautiful great books program). This particular class was to prepare us for graduation, for the transition from college life to the “real world”, and did this in a variety of ways. We read Lewis and Pieper, articles on women in the workplace as well as women (and men) in the house, on the importance of manual labor and the importance of rest. The final work we read was Hannah Coulter which portrays an old woman reminiscing on her life and on the world.  In this beautiful work there is a line that stood out to me: (more…)

Romance and Music

It’s been a while since I’ve posted or even done anything with my blog. That’s my fault, my boyfriend was visiting (he’s living in London now so it’s been long distance for a while) and I was just a bit preoccupied.

So, in the wake of my romantic adventures the past week or so I thought I would do a slight variation on my normal playlist posts. Instead of creating a full playlist for one book, I’m going to pair a few of my favorite romance focused books with a song (be warned, I don’t read/love a lot of pure romances so a lot of these are a bit mixed).

  1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë – Winter Allegro – Vivaldi
  2. My Antonia by Willa Cather – Ye Honest Bridal Couple – Danish String Quartet
  3. The Awakening by Kate Chopin – Opening – Philip Glass, Martin Jacoby
  4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – Escualo – Astor Piazzolla
  5. Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich – The Promise of Living – Aaron Copeland

I tried to stick with a theme of mostly 20th century composers, though I had to include Vivaldi and Danish String Quartet.

Also just realized that 4 out of 5 of the books I used are American 20th century. Oops.

What are some of your favorite romantic books?  (because I clearly need some recommendations)

A Brief Introduction

To say I’ve been intending to start a blog for a long time is an understatement. For years I’ve toyed with the idea of blogging, have gone so far as to design and name a blog, yet never posted. Mostly because I was afraid of committing to such an endeavor, afraid that I would ultimately fail and it would be one of hundreds of dead blogs scattered across the internet.

However, after years of procrastination, I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to expand myself and part of this is to finally (finally!) start a blog.

So this is the result.

I’ve always loved and been inspired by books and music, and from when I started reading books (truly reading, not just reading for school) I always enjoyed connecting the books I was reading to the songs I would listen to.

That’s what this blog will be about – connecting literature and music. This will come in a variety of formats. Primarily, I will post playlists based on the books I am reading (or have read in the past), but I will also post other book and/or music related information that I find interesting. This can take the form of book reviews or music reviews, news from either industry, academic or media articles that relate, or even my own musings.

I’m excited to start in on this and crossing my fingers that I will hold myself accountable! But, it always helps to have others to keep me motivated, so if you come across this blog and like the content please comment, I love to share my love of music and books with others!

~Hope~