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Musical Mondays: Where Books and Music Collide

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Welcome back to Musical Mondays! A blog about books and music.

Just to recap: A lot of books are now incorporating music in some way into the story. Some authors create music playlist for their books, other weave music into the story, and some are just about music in some way. The first blog post featured Books with Playlists. This blog will highlight books that weave music and songs throughout the novel.

Just like the last list, music isn’t necessarily the main focus of these novels, although it can be. Instead, many use music to help tell the characters’ stories, set the mood, or give the reader an extra layer to think about and interact with. One of my favorites of these is when songs are the chapter titles – like in Playlist for the Dead or Blackbird Fly.

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matsonbook Cover for Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly
Here is a road trip full of detours, connections, and music. Each chapter begins with the lyrics from a song and music playlists mark Amy and Roger’s journey across the country. The playlists are not online but are detailed throughout the book.  

Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly  Black Bird Fly Playlist
There is a lot of music in this book! And since Apple loves the Beatles, and thinks one of the albums is the soundtrack to her life, many songs are by them. Each chapter title is a song and Kelly has compiled a playlist of some of the songs throughout the book. 

Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
Music, especially drumming, is a central component of this novel. It uses drumming vocabulary through the story and it is a love of music that helps the main character get through some difficult times. No playlist yet, but there is a short video interview with Sonnenblick where he talks about the book, writing, and drums. And don’t miss the sequel After Ever After or this video where Sonnenblick plays the drums

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell  Eleanor and Park Playlist Book Cover for Guitar Notes by Mary Amato
Rowell works on her playlists while she writes. For Eleanor and Park she created mixed tapes for each character and ended up with four playlists! On her site she has the playlists, with links to the music, as well as her thoughts, commentary, and videos. 

Guitar Notes by Mary Amato Guitar Notes Playlist 
This book is filled with music and, since the two main characters write music together, sometimes reads like a fabulous, dramatic, romantic version of a music writing handbook! Amato has written and recorded all the songs for the book, making a unique playlist! Her website, The Thrum Society, contains the songs, song writing resources, a songbook for the novel, videos, and karaoke versions of the songs. 

If I Stay by Gayle Forman  If I Stay Playlist
If I Stay is infused with music. Forman put together a partial list of the songs in the book in the order they appear in the story, but there are many more throughout. Also, don’t miss the sequel Where She Went, which has original songs throughout. Forman has compiled the lyrics to these songs on her website. 

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen Just Listen Playlist Book Cover for The Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff
Music is a big part of this book, but the songs in it were actually made up by Dessen. But, after she wrote it she went back and created a playlist of the songs that were her inspiration for the book, that helped her get through writing, or that she just likes. 

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist Website 
This is a book filled with mixed tapes, a band’s secret show, and a whirlwind night of music and adventure! There are also 3 playlists to go with this book! The first playlist is a listing of the songs mentioned in the books. The other two are The Norah Soundtrack which are the songs Cohn imagines would be on Norah’s side of a soundtrack, and (T)Rainy/Dreamy which is a playlist of songs inspired by Norah’s wish to make Nick a playlist with the words rain or train in them.

Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff
Each chapter is the title of a song that appears on a playlist left behind by one of the characters. The reader, and the main character, are tasked with figuring out what message the song is trying to convey. There is no online playlist, but the songs from the chapter titles could be compiled together to make one and then listened to as you read.

That's it for this month.Come back for our last installment, Want to Join a Band?, for a look at books where the main characters are part of a band or write or make music. A few are even written by muscians!

Happy Reading (and Listening)!

 

 

What is Pride Month?

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month is celebrated in June in the United States. LGBT Pride has historically been celebrated in June to commemorate the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots. On June 28, 1969 police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular bar in New York City’s most liberal neighborhood, Greenwich Village.

Until the 1970s, the FBI kept lists of known homosexuals and frequently conducted raids on establishments catering to the gay community; in 1969 being gay was a criminal offense.

First person accounts of the June 28 riot, and subsequent upheaval in Greenwich, reported the atmosphere felt almost festive. For the first time in modern LGBT history, a group with no concrete mission or organization united without obvious leadership. Rather, onlookers and participants noted, it was instinctual. A community of oppressed people unified at that moment and said, “enough - we aren’t going away. We aren’t going to tolerate this abuse anymore.”

Following the riots, LGBT organizations formed across the country and became champions in the modern fight for LGBT civil rights. Over the last 50 years these groups have become more inclusive of racial diversity among the community as well as transgender, queer and other non-conforming gender and sexual identities. Various initiatives and growing support within LGBTQ+ communities and from the outside has propelled the LGBTQ+ struggle to the forefront of the United State’s modern civil rights movement.

As the civil rights movement gains attention and momentum, the LGBTQ+ interest genre in books for all ages has expanded. Authors of all orientations are writing stories for and about persons of non-conforming identities.

For especially popular and critically acclaimed works of Young Adult Fiction in LGBTQ+ interest, available at the Upper Arlington Public Library see the list below:

For a Non-Fiction book about the Stonewall riots written especially for teens:

For Non-fiction LGBTQ+ interest:  

Sign up now for Summer Library Club!

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Are you entering 6th-12th grade next year? Do you like to read? Would you like to score free pizza, chipotle, or cake? Then you're ready for Summer Library Club! Simply visit this website, register with your name and contact info, and keep track of the time you spend reading, and the activities you explore, between now and July 31st. Once you've logged 10 hours of reading AND completed 10 activities, come in to any UA library to grab a stack of coupons (this is where the free food comes in!). Then, keep reading–cause after you've read a total of 20 hours, and completed 20 activities, you've earned your second prize–a free book!–and an entry into the Grand Prize for a $200 gift card to Dick's Sporting Goods. 

Happy Reading!

Travel, Road Trips, and Adventure

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It’s summer! Time for traveling, road trips, and adventure! So, if you’re planning a trip and need some inspiration, are looking for a book to accompany you on your road trip adventure, or just want to live vicariously through the winding roads and travel adventures of others, check out some of these books. And for a sneak peek here is the book trailer for Let’s Get Lost by Alsaid.

Looking for Answers on the Road

Rebel Traveler

Love and the Road

Happy Reading (and traveling!)

Musical Mondays: Books with Music Playlists

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Welcome to Musical Mondays! A blog about books and music.

A lot of books now intertwine the story, characters, and plot, with music. Some have a music playlist designed to go with the book, some weave songs and music right into the story, and others focus on music as a major part of the plot or characters’ lives. Either way, it’s a celebration of two great things: stories and music! So, this summer I will be posting 3 blogs the first Monday of each month that highlight some of these books and their music. This blog will be the first, and then there will be one in July, and a final post in August.

To start us off I will jump right in with music playlists designed to go with the books or music the author was listening to as they wrote that inspired the story. Interestingly, a lot of these aren’t necessarily about music, they just have music playlists that the author has created to go with their book. 

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins  Anna and the French Kiss Playlist 
Book Cover for Boy21 by Matthew Quick Perkins has created a 15 track playlist to go with the book. Much of it is French Rock! She also has a separate “Spoilers” page where she shares the story behind the songs. 

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen  Along for the Ride Playlist 
These are the songs the author was listening to as she wrote and they evoke the feel of the characters and what happens in the story. 

Boy21 by Matthew Quick Boy21 Playlist 
This playlist appears in an article about music and books. It was designed by Quick to tell the story, as he put together the songs from the book in the order they appear in the novel and matched them to different parts of the story.

Divergent by Veronica Roth  Divergent Playlist 
These songs helped inspire the books and were what she listened too during the writing process. Includes notes about why each song is important. 

Book Cover fro Dove Rising by Karen BaoDove Arising by Karen Bao  Dove Arising Playlist 
The playlist for this dystopian sci-fi novel is unique – it actually has its own title! The title is: Music on the Moon. The site features the songs on the playlist as well as Bao’s explanations of how each relates to the book.

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger  DUFF Playlist
Keplinger puts together a playlist to go with all her books and it is usually made up of songs that remind her of the characters or story or that she was listening too when she wrote. The DUFF Playlist includes songs from the two main characters perspective. Also check out the sequel Lying Out Loud. It too has a Playlist.

Half Bad by Sally Green Half Bad Playlist
This is a playlist inspired by the book. Spoiler Alert: If you haven‘t read the book yet, skip the song descriptions until you’ve finished reading as their explanations give major parts of the book away! And don't miss Half Wild and Half Lost

Book Cover for Lumberjanes by Noelle StevensonLumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson
This is a collection of the Lumberjanes monthly comic. At the end of each issue is a track list of a mixtape that has been put together by one of the characters.  And if you are already reading and have gotten to issue #4 you’ll notice part of Jen’s list is covered in paint! For a full listing of Jen’s playlist check out the article Drawn to Comics

Mosquitoland by David Arnold Mosquitoland Playlist
Arnold began as a musician and some of his musical creations can be found on his site Cinema Cycle. There you can also find the music playlist, with his original songs, that are inspired by two of his novel, as well as a video he made for one of the songs.

Paper Towns by John Green  Paper Towns Playlist 
John Green’s first playlist for one of his books!

Relativity by Cristin Bishara Relativity Playlist
Book Cover for Relativity by Cristin BisharaBishara felt that if movies can have soundtracks, why not books? So, she created one for her novel!

Young Elites by Marie Lu  Young Elites Playlist 
This playlist is in an article about the Young Elite’s series and highlights Lu’s Playlist for Adeline from the series. Includes why she picked the songs. She also made a playlist for Champion which can be found on her Tumblr page. 

That’s it for this month. Come back for our next installment, Where Books and Music Collide, for a look at books that weave music and songs throughout the story.

Happy Reading (and listening)!