2022 is almost over and we’ve had our Spotify Wrapped playlists! This is always a lot of fun, even when you do have a good idea of what you’re gonna get, ha! My playlists have started to change this year so it certainly has made this tag a little more difficult for me.
The idea of this challenge is to put your 2022 playlist on shuffle, and for the first five songs, you need to pick a book you read in 2022 that fits that song. It doesn’t have to be a perfect fit. You just have to explain why you chose that book for that song. Obviously, you will not have a book match for every song, so you can skip if you need to. But the idea is that you at least need to try, even if it is embarrassing. This was a lot of fun last year, and I’m excited to be doing it again. I hope you all will too!
Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing by Set It Of ft William Becket – Only a Monster by Vanessa Len
I got to this book way later in the year than I wanted to but Only A Monster was a firm favourite. I gobbled it up so fast and was fascinated by the characters. When this song came up, I knew I had to pair Nick with it.
Nick is Joan’s crush and he seemed like such a nice guy. And he’s a hero, so he should be, right? Only Joan and her family are monsters and he wants to kill them up. Joan spends the book questioning her feelings for him and mad that he would be so willing to kill people just because they’re monsters.
Shinjidai by Full Throttle 4 and Lip Lip – Idol Burning by Rin Usami
I mentioned there were some changes to my music and that’s I’ve started to add a lot of Japanese music to my playlists. One of my discoveries this year were HoneyWorks and Full Throttle 4 are my favourite group to come out of that. Lip x Lip are fun too and the first group I’ve discovered. Lip x Lip are also an idol group.
So what better pick then the book that came out recently about Japanese idols? I really want more Japanese idol books and stories in English. There are so many Korean and though there are similarities, there are definitely differences. Idol Burning wasn’t my usual sort of pick but it was a must-read for me.
Super Psycho Love by Simon Curtis – A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson
A Dowry of Blood is a very gothic romance that features abusive relationships and a lot of drama. I didn’t think I listened to Super Psycho Love that often, but it definitely puts me in mind of these sorts of relationships when I do. The way Dracula treated his partners…yeah, it was interesting to read and both sad and infuriating.
I wouldn’t say that this song is a perfect fit as the book isn’t from the perspective of Dracula but his partners. But it was the closest that I was going to get. I’m not really into yandere or toxic romances so…
Shapeshifting by Taylor Acorn – The Honeys by Ryan La Sala
I obviously didn’t choose this book in the more literal sense though Mars have to change the way he presents to attend the summer camp that his missing sister had been out when she seemingly broke down and attacked him. But I more meant this song in how the majority of the time, he’s trying to seem like he’s coping even as he’s grieving. He’s doing things maybe he should regret in trying to solve what happened to his sister and it’s all so emotional.
This is definitely been one of my favourite songs of this year and it’s definitely one I use for the characters I often write.
Grade Skipping by Sakura Yanagi – Once Upon A K-Prom by Kat Cho
Another Japanese song! I did have other Japanese books but this time I went with a K-Pop read that I enjoyed. They’re kinda similar. I’m not even sure if the series this song from is anything musical, it was just recommended to me by a friend as the character is voiced by their favourite VA. But I liked it and it’s gone on my Japanese playlist.
The song feels like a boy trying to impress the girl he likes in school. Once Upon A K-Prom was such a cute contemporary read and one I highly recommend.