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A Playlist to Pair with Your YA Favorites (Part II)

If you love listening to music while reading, but struggle finding the perfect song to match the tone of your current YA novel, you’ll definitely find this blog post useful. Here is a fall playlist curated to fit your favorite Swoon Reads books!

"Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop" by Landon Pigg / Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale

What better book to pair Landon Pigg’s “Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop” with than Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale? Like the title suggests, this song is about meeting someone special in your local coffee shop. Pigg paints a romantic scene with his lush vocals, soft strumming, and slow beats. Similarly, Lillie’s debut is about the sweet love between a small-town girl and big-city guy. Set in a small coastal Maine town, Babe Vogel works as a barista at the local coffee shop, the Busy Bean. One summer day, she meets NYC-based artist, Levi Keller. As the summer dwindles to an end, the two have to decide whether this is just a summer fling, or something more. Talk about the ultimate coffee shop read—coming out in March, 2019!

"Best Part" by Daniel Caesar (feat. H.E.R.) / Surviving Adam Meade by Shannon Klare

This one’s a personal favorite of mine. Flirty, soulful, and a bit steamy, “Best Part” by Daniel Caesar is an intimate conversation between two lovers. The song is incredibly emotional, beginning with a tender solo featuring H.E.R. singing, “You’re the coffee that I need in the morning, you’re my sunshine in the rain when it’s pouring... if life is a movie, then you’re the best part.” The song portrays the solace and comfort that a relationship can bring—an ideal match for Surviving Adam Meade by Shannon Klare. In the book, Claire just wants to get into college and leave North Carolina behind. Adam always gets what he wants, until he meets Claire. It doesn’t help that Claire’s dad is the high school football coach, so the two just can’t seem to stay away from each other...

"Autumn Leaves" by Ed Sheeran / The Impossibility of Us by Katy Upperman

Slow dance into autumn with this song by Ed Sheeran. “Autumn Leaves” is about missing a loved one and the inevitability of change. Despite its slow-paced melody, Sheeran’s lyrics are hopeful. That’s why it’s the perfect tune to have playing in the background as you read The Impossibility of Us by Katy Upperman. Elise has to start over in a new town after her brother’s death in Afghanistan. When she befriends Mati during a beachside walk, they quickly grow closer. But things aren’t so easy for them. Elise’s family has one major concern—Mati is Afghan. This is a compelling story about racism, selflessness, and the means we go to be with the ones we love.

"Right As Rain" by Adele / To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin

Adele’s “Right As Rain” is the song you didn’t know you needed. Adele convinces us that it’s better off to be alone than giving yourself to a person and getting your heart broken. The song is surprisingly upbeat for its lyrics about heartbreak and having “enough of love.” To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin has that same lighthearted feel, even as the book dives into serious topics such as mental health, body image, and complicated family dynamics. After her sister and best friend leave for college, Savannah is dreading being home alone with her diet-helicoptering mother, who constantly pressures Savvy to be mindful of what she eats. When she meets George, the new kid at school, they help each other learn to live and love courageously. Grab this novel when you need a pick-me-up!

"Hunger of the Pine" by Alt J / The Soul Keepers by Devon Taylor

When you listen to “Hunger of the Pine” by Alt J, you’ll immediately notice the quiet, but eerie single note pulsing in the background. The lyrics compare the feeling of pining for someone to the physical pain of hunger. The melody is chilling, atmospheric, and haunting. It’s a great match for Devon Taylor’s The Soul Keepers, a high-stakes supernatural thriller set on a ghost ship. Rhett—who has just died in a terrible car accident—is recruited to join the Harbinger, a ship that ferries souls of the dead. Along the way, they must fight terrifying, soul-eating monsters. Both the song and the book get under your skin in the subtlest of ways.

Don't miss the first half of the playlist here!

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Erin Siu

Book lover, music geek, Californian. Always falling for books about multicultural experiences, family relationships, and first love.

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