Hey, there everyone, and welcome to this week's Soundtrack Saturday post!
So anyone who might be new to my blog (or oblivious to this meme) might be thinking, "What on Earth is Soundtrack Saturday?" Soundtrack Saturday is a bookish meme that I created so I could share my love of books and music. Each Saturday, I choose a book and post a playlist full of songs based on the characters, the plot, and the themes in the book.
But that's not all. You can participate, too! I'm inviting all interested book bloggers to participate in this meme! Each week, I'll be posting a linky at the bottom of my post so that you can share your Soundtrack Saturday playlist for other bloggers and blog readers to find.
As with all bookish memes, there are a few easy steps to follow to help you create your own perfect Soundtrack Saturday post:
- Choose a book that you've read or are currently reading - any book is fine as long as you can create a playlist for it
- Create a full (10+songs) or a mini (four songs) playlist for the book of your choosing
- For more detailed instructions on the different types of soundtracks and how to make them, please visit the meme's homepage.
- Please credit me somewhere in your post. It can be as simple as "Soundtrack Saturday is a weekly meme that was created by Erin at The Hardcover Lover."
- Leave a comment on my blog post if you enjoy the feature
- Add your name to the link-up tool at the bottom of the post
Eleanor & Park
by Rainbow Rowell
If you've read Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, you already know just how important a role music plays in Eleanor and Park's lives. If you haven't read it, you can probably figure out from the book's cover that shows Eleanor and Park both wearing headphones that music is featured in the book in some form or another.
Now it's been a while since I've read Eleanor & Park, but that doesn't mean that I've forgotten everything about it. I did take a few moments to look through the book (and my 80s playlist on iTunes) to see a few of the songs mentioned and to become a little bit more inspired.
I'm honestly surprised at myself for not making a playlist for this wonderful book sooner, but without further ado, my Soundtrack Saturday playlist for Rainbow's Eleanor & Park.
1. "How Soon is Now?" by The Smiths
2. "Dear God" by XTC
3. "Manic Monday" by The Bangles
4. "American Without Tears" by Elvis Costello
5. "The Killing Moon" by Echo & The Bunnymen
6. "867-5309" by Tommy Tutone
7. "Summer of 69" by Bryan Adams
8. "Alison" by Elvis Costello
9. "Bad" by U2
10. "Forever Young" by Alphaville
11. "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" by The Smiths
12. "I Wanna Know What Love Is" by Foreigner
13. "You Give Love a Bad Name" by Bon Jovi
14. "Never Say Goodbye" by Bon Jovi
15. "Both Sides Now" by Joni Mitchell
16. "There is a Light That Never Goes Out" by The Smiths
17. "Big Yellow Taxi" by Joni Mitchell
18. "What Difference Does it Make" by The Smiths
19. "I Hope You're Happy Now" by Elvis Costello
I know a lot of these songs are actually mentioned in Eleanor & Park, but the ones that aren't just felt right to add. I really like including a few songs by the same artists, especially for playlists with books with a specific time period, and the 80s has some of the best music. I know the book was written and published a while ago, but I think just seeing the music included in this book is enough to make anyone who was a teen in the 80s (or anyone who loves the 80s) read this book. Anyway, I really hope that you enjoy this (much longer) soundtrack, and I'd love to know if there are any other 80s songs that you would add to it.
As always, feel free to leave a comment to let me know what you think and so we can talk about 80s music, and bloggers, be sure to link up below if you posted your own Soundtrack Saturday post this week.