7 Book-Inspired Spotify Playlists To Romanticize Your Summer

Whether you’re looking for a confidence boost or wistful romantic daydreaming, these playlists are sure to help you channel that main character energy!

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Do you ever finish a book and want to hold onto that feeling you had while reading it? Music can help us book nerds in that department, as it reinforces a personal and emotional connection to our favorite stories or characters. Here is a brief selection of book-inspired playlists to shuffle this summer.

1. Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman

Somewhere in Northern Italy, summer 1983…

“Italian Summer,” curated by Spotify user Eunice An, captures the dreamy aesthetic of this stunning novel. Made up of over 100 songs and boasting over 50,000 likes, this is the ultimate soundtrack for long summer hours lounging in the sun. It perfectly embodies the sheer beauty of Aciman’s book and its popular 2017 film adaptation starring beloved Timothee Chalamet.

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2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

For a peak 1920s vibe, throwing lavish summer parties, and pining after the dream girl from your past…

This playlist by Spotify user jules channels the essence of what makes this classic novel so magical. The eternalized aesthetic of glitz and glamor tempered with profound longing and sorrow makes for a wistful summer soundtrack. Of course, it includes the hallmark Gatsby track: Lana Del Ray’s “Young and Beautiful.”

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3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

It’s July 5th, and you’ve just faked your death to frame your husband…

This playlist by Spotify user Maddie is perfect for tapping into all the iconic vibes of the unhinged female protagonist. I’d call Amy Dunne a “cool girl,” but that wouldn’t do her justice. She’s smart and ruthless, and this playlist will boost your confidence in a pinch.

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4. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

Prefer a more dreamlike and existential vibe this summer? I got you. This playlist by Spotify user Liv channels the surreal nature of Murakami’s 1994 novel with an atmospheric musical lineup. Featuring the likes of Beach House, TV Girl, and Mitski, this playlist, much like the novel, will induce you to stare into space and have whimsical, reality-warping adventures like the protagonist, Toru Okada.

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5. Normal People by Sally Rooney

Relive all the ups and downs of these two beloved characters and their emotional bond to one another with this playlist by Spotify user legallyellebelle. It’s perfect for romanticizing a summer of quiet and meaningful reflection about love and relationships. Get in your feels with this musical selection that perfectly relates to the character arcs of Connell and Marianne.

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6. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Time to live out your rockstar fantasies with this playlist by Spotify user Lily Bond.

Music is at the heart of Reid’s acclaimed 2019 novel about a fictional rock band’s rise (and fall). Channeling the setting of 1970s LA, this upbeat playlist has plenty of staple rock tracks that will keep the good vibes flowing until the upcoming adaptation of the novel premieres on Amazon prime.

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7. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

Want to embody a pensive summer by the sea?

This playlist, by Spotify user rachael, is perfect for the summer writer who wants to sit back and ponder the depths of their mind and the world around them. Featuring artists like Phoebe Bridgers, Grouper, Adrianne Lenker, and Billie Martin, this playlist is built for introspection and reflects the emotional impact of Woolf’s stream of consciousness narrative.

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In the end, the joy of playlists is their personalized nature. If you think any of these playlists need updating or tweaking, you can use them as merely a baseline of inspiration and create one that speaks to your personal connection to your favorite reads.

Finally, check out this recent article for more Spotify playlists that fuel bookish escapism!

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