Hour 23 Mini-Challenge: Share a Song

HUZZAH!! Welcome to Hour 23 of Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon! Give yourself a pat on the back, because you’ve done an awesome job making it this far. I’m glad you decided to take a pause and stop by here. My challenge features music. Take a moment to listen to a song or two, maybe get up and dance around a bit to keep awake! So, what’s the challenge? In the comments below or in a tweet (please @ reply fallingletters), share a song featured in a book you’ve read during the Read-a-thon. If no music is mentioned in your story, choose and explain why a song fits one of your reads. To kick things off, here’s a catchy tune that Jeff VanderMeer listened to while writing Annihilation, my first read today.

The prize will be one book of your choice from The Book Depository, value up to $15. This challenge will run through the end of the Read-a-thon. A winner will be randomly chosen from all entries (blog comments and Twitter combined). The winner will be contacted by Monday morning. Only one entry per person – please comment or tweet, but not both.

Enjoy your final hours of reading!

  • Ooh, Annihilation was on my readathon list but I'm not going to get to it this time.

    I couldn't think of a song for a book I've read tonight… but… in the spirit of sharing songs, how about the official theme song of John Scalzi's Redshirts?


  • Hippycrite

    I just finished "As You Wish," by Cary Elwes, which is really about "The Princess Bride." But Elwes writes a lot about Rob Reiner and his other projects and the fact that he'd recently done "This is Spinal Tap," which also starred Christopher Guest. And so, STONEHENGE! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETOEhMXEkdI&spfreload=10

  • thetangledwebweweave

    my first readathon read was Every Day by David Levithan. There are songs in this book but I don't know/can't remember what they are, I finished it waaaay back in hour 9 I think. Anyway, the song I'd pick to fit this is Every Day by Buddy Holly, the lyrics also make a lot of sense with the storyline of the novel!

  • LOVE Annihilation!! Wonderful.

    Here's a song that Enid and Rebecca make fun of in Ghost World as it plays in a diner!

  • I'm reading Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins, and her boyfriend Max starts singing Lola by The Kinks when they first meet.


  • I'm currently on page 340 of Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. Whenever I read a book about people planning a rebellion or any dystopian book really, I like to think of really upbeat songs. So for Uglies at the moment I'm gonna go with Kids In The Dark by All Time Low =)


  • Kristina Eyre @theklonkur

    I'm still reading the biography on the eccentric, Swedish singer Thomas di Leva. And he talks about his career, his music and one of his most controversial songs: "Everyone is Jesus". Here it is, listen and decide for yourself what you think of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GllR1WyDzJc

  • Angelica Rodarte

    The first song that come to my head was Take me to church by Hozier and it fits perfectly with the graphic novel I read in this marathon, Blue is the warmest color by Julie Maroh, specially with the first part of the story
    Here is the song if for a strange reason you haven't read it https://youtu.be/PVjiKRfKpPI

  • Trine229

    Well, I can't remember any songs in the books (other than that they mentioned a classic, violin "thingy" in Me before you.. It is just not something I pay attention too. But I thought I could share a song from Skammerens Datter (The shamer chronicles 1) as I am currently reading the 2nd book in the series. https://youtu.be/vbxlDpIZ6rk

  • Elin

    I read A Clockwork Orange and there's a lot of classical music in it, this is the most important one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3217H8JppI&ab_channel=AnAmericanComposer

  • Maria

    The first book I read for the readathon was "A Dip in the Ocean" by Sarah Outen. "Don't Stop Me Now" from Queen was mentioned several times and packed quite a punch each time.
    Maria @ abookgeek.blogspot.com (maria.elmvang at gmail dot com)

  • Sadaf Hassan

    Oh my god this is perfect! This has never happened to me before but this time while reading The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, I could not stop humming Michael Jackson's Thriller! Coincidence? I think not!

    The setting of this book reminds me of the scene from the music video when the dead begin to rise to corner Michael Jackson and his ladylove.

    Night creatures call
    And the dead start to walk in their masquerade……….

  • Georgiana

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKk1u5RMTn4 for Beautiful ruins because every life of the characters is like a carnival of rust. The song has the same feeling.

  • Irene

    One by Metallica is mentioned in Playlist for the Dead. It was a really good book btw, and so was the playlist!


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  • Avery Hartling

    Participating in mini challenges to keep me awake…! I finished El Deafo (and it was very good, btw!) which featured The Lumberjack Song by Monty Python

  • Danika Scevers

    I JUST finished Rick Riordan's The Lightning Thief, and there's a scene towards the end where Percy is riding an elevator up to Olympus. It reads:
    "I pressed [the button] and waited, and waited.
    Muzak played. 'Raindrops keep falling on my head…'"

    I thought it was hysterical, so I've linked it here for your own elevator adventures! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdJWZxPW45c


  • Mayra

    Jut finished reading Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik, which happens to be a retelling of Pride and Prejudice. the whole time i was reading this book Miley Cyrus- 7 things was in my head and it fits perfectly


  • Melody Moonchild

    I'm currently reading An Abundance of Katherines, and while Colin and Hassan are driving around they listen to some country music playing on the radio. Colin sings along to Deana Carter's "Strawberry Wine". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Up06CryWQpE

    (I'm participating in the readathon over at http://atimeladyvictorious.tumblr.com/)

  • debnance

    Music is used in Middlemarch to contrast Rosalind and Dorothea. Shallow Rosalind plays "low music" like "Last Rose of Summer" but kind Dorothea plays nothing at all.

  • Sofieeloves10

    I read Sex Criminals… in the comic Suzie sings "Fat Bottomed Girls" by Queen. It's a very funny comic 😛

  • Triona

    I'm currently reading The Princess and the Goblin, so here's Curdie's song.


  • Ana @ fishinfog

    I'm reading All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris right now and I think there's only a fictional band mentioned so far. I'm choosing Little Less Conversation by Elvis Presley, because of Bubba.

    [SPOILER ALERT: Bubba is actually Elvis turned into a vampire, but something went wrong so he's a bit weird and awkward in the Sookie Stackhouse series.]

  • Jenna Colby

    Broken arrows by Pixie Lott is the song I keep thinking about whilst reading Angelfall.

  • No music in any of my reads, but The Coffee Song by The Arrogant Worms fits the book I read "Coffee Gives Me Superpowers" by Ryoko Iwata.

    The song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kW3KMySAHCI

    Thanks for hosting 🙂

  • Jess Hearts Books

    Shakira-She Wolf the main character in my current read The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance dances to her and does an impression! Can be contacted @JessHeartsBook on Twitter if I win!

  • Melissa

    After reading Crow Call by Lois Lowry, I kept thinking about the song Blackbird by the Beatles. It's a perfect fit!

  • debnance
  • I don't think there was any specific song mentioned in anything I read, but Karine Polwart's 'We're All Leaving' sort of fits Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan; it's about Darwin and the insights he gained through his work as a naturalist, and the heroine of Voyage is a naturalist and beginning to understand evolution.

    -Nikki, from breathesbooks.com

  • Tim

    In one of the short stories written by Saki, a parrot sings parts from Gilbert&Sullivan- The Yeomen of the Guard.

  • Isa

    I read Yes Please by Amy Poehler and I know she references several songs but the one that stood out to me is Sir Mix-a-Lot – Baby Got Back. I know its quite random, she also mentions one she'd like to play as she gives birth but I can't recall it, ugh.

  • Strina

    I read Antiquities, an anthology by Nina Kiriki Hoffman, and in The Curse Tablet, a slave joins in on a hymn to Apollo with two buskers and he then receives a godmark.

  • MollieVX

    I'm reading Inuyasha and Ellie Goulding's Little dreams has been my song to this series ever since I first started reading it. Some of the lyrics just fit so well with how much I get lost in this story and this world each time I revisit it. And some of the lyrics and the music just fit well with the story itself.
    So the book is now open and the song is now playing and that's how it feels perfect.

  • Lena

    I read "Of Mice and Men" and no one is listening music there, but while I was reading I kept playing Tom Waits' "Hold on" in my head.

  • I'm reading A Robot in the Garden by Debirah Install. And my song is Born to be Free as it's Tang's fav song. Which is ironic as he was manufactured to obey instructions!

  • Kristen H.

    I'm reading Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A Nielsen and I think of the song Prince Ali from Aladdin because the main character is a thief. 🙂

  • Olga Starenky

    I'm thinking of Puttin' on the Ritz because I'm reading the Great Gatsby and it has all the spirit of the twenties 🙂

  • kai charles

    I'm reading Lock In by John Scalzi and I think the song Weird Science goes well with it ! fictionstateofmind@gmail.com

  • Cat in a Cradle is mentioned in Harlan Coben's STAY CLOSE.

  • Elena

    There are quite a few songs mentioned in All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher (surprising I know) so I decided to chose the first one: her cover of The Only Exception by Paramore.


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