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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Confessions Of A Weird Reader #4: Book Titles and Songs

Hey there book lovers! Happy Saturday!

Here's the thing. I love music. A lot. I probably know more lyrics and songs than I know books and authors. That's not bragging, by the way, that's just stating a fact. A sometimes annoying fact, because, honestly, who wants to have that much information clogging their brain? Except on those occasions when I can annoy other people with said information, which is gratifying as hell (teehee!), but that's not the point here. The point is that I know a lot of songs. Which gets me to books.

Authors sometimes do something incredibly awesome, which is to use song titles or lyrics as titles for their books. I usually love to see book titles being song-related, because it makes me feel like a smart cookie - thumbs up for self-esteem! - and I can say "Hey, I know that song". (I was also the slightly annoying kid in school that when I knew the correct answer, I waved my hand excitedly to be picked by the teacher. In middle school anyway.) But here's where the weirdness gets bigger. Two things:

  1. I sing the title in my head, I don't just read it like I would a regular text. If I make the connection between the title and the "correct" song, I sing the title in my head.

  2. Carlton Banks bailando It's not unusual

  3. Sometimes, I get an earworm because of it. Which is annoying as hell. I am one of those poor, unfortunate souls people that wake up with an earworm already there. (This could also be fate's way of punishing me for my very limited attention span).
 Please tell me I'm not the only one suffering here! Pretty please?!

Anyway, sometimes I end up adding those books on my TBR, because I must know why that song and why that lyric. I'm curious that way.

How about you? Are you attracted to books that have song-inspired titles?


3 comments:

  1. Ooooh you are NOT alone! This is a thing! The entire time I read I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre, I had that song in my head. And it didn't go away until LONG after I'd reviewed it. I sing the title too! And every time I look at Don't You Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn, SAME- only the entire Breakfast Club montage also starts going off! This is a real struggle! Also, thanks, because now I have Carlton singing "It's Not Unusual" stuck in my head too! :D

    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

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    1. Oh thank God! I was getting scared a little, here :P It is a real struggle, especially when the song gets stuck in your head. Don't You Forget About Me and I Want It That Way are two songs that I grew up with, so it's like I am designed to like them. I love Carlton dancing It's Not Unusual. It's soooo funny every time someone catches him doing it. Dang, now I want to see the tv show again. It's been AGES.

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  2. I love Patrick Ness. I love More Than This. But every time I see the cover or write the title, I get Roxy Music in my head.

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