I am so happy this is the Top Ten Tuesday this week, because I do this all the time. Be forewarned, though; most of these are total cheeseball songs. Also be aware that minor spoilers may be present for some of these books, so proceed with caution.
1. In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce with "A Time For Us" by Johnny Mathis
When I first read this book, I was so captivated by the somewhat tragic love story between Prince Jonathan and Alanna (reading it as an adult wasn't quite so tragic -- I understood where Alanna was coming from better). I had discovered this song in a big thick book of piano music, and I thought it fit with the characters' stories perfectly.
2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern with "Poison and Wine" by The Civil Wars
This is another story about loving someone who is an impossible choice for you, and the song talks about the contradictions in loving and hating someone at the same time.
3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling with "Stronger" by Britney Spears
Okay, I know. Britney Spears. But as I read the shocking finish to this book on a 5-hour road trip, in the ending scenes this song just kept going through my head. Every time I hear it I still think of that scene in Harry Potter.
4. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins with "We Found Love (In a Hopeless Place)" by Rihanna
To be honest, this one is totally my husband's. I was listening to the song while he was reading Hunger Games, and he got really excited and shouted, "This is Katniss and Peeta's song!!" and started spinning me around the room. I think it fits really well!
5. Kartography by Kamila Shamsie and "Where The Streets Have No Name" by U2
This is cheating -- the author basically says this is the theme song in the book. But it totally fits.
6. Nevermore by Kelly Creagh and "Smother Me" by the Used
"Smother Me" is my favorite "what-up-I'm-all-emo-with-my-long-bangs-and-my-dark-soul" song. (And yes, I have those moments). Also, this slow burn is the best slow burn of all the slow burns.
7. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova and "Roumanian Dance II" by Bela Bartok
This is a classical piece, and it is very dissonant and scary sounding (my husband begs me not to play it). This book was also pretty much terrifying and very dark, and I think they fit in well together.
8. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett and "Vivere" by Andrea Bocelli and Laura Pausini
So Roxane sang real opera, and this is pop Italian music. But it makes me think of the book.
9. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and any Enya song
I know Enya did the last song on The Fellowship of the Ring movie, but that is not why I chose her as the theme song for this trilogy. I think it might have to do with the fact that my sister got the Enya CD for Christmas the same year that I got the books, and so it was always on when I read them.
I'm out of songs for now! Hope you enjoyed.