Bookstr’s Weekend Lit Playlist, Vol. 2

Where did this week go? We don’t know either, but we’re not about to start complaining!

We – the writers of Bookstr/The Reading Room – are people of diverse interests. It’s our duty to expose you to some great books, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do that by way of some choice tunes as well! We’ve got another curated list of 25 songs that not only speak to us, but are also connected to the book and lit news that we’ve passed on through the week. Two birds with one stone!



Our weekly rundown of the top book articles:

“Quick” by William S. Burroughs & King Khan – The most tame (but still explicit) cut from the paranoid fiction writer’s posthumous “psychedelic spoken word” album

“Tainted Love” by Soft Cell – A classic song dedicated to authors’ conflicted attitudes about their hometowns

“Human Being” by Cat Power – An homage to Angel Catbird, the superhero in Margaret Atwood’s species-spinning new graphic novel

“Bad Boy” by Eric Clapton – The perfect track to listen to while taking the “Which Book’s Bad Boy Are You?” quiz

“You’ve Got a Friend” by Carole King – For Gaby Segal’s celebration of female friendships in literature

“Train Song” by Vashti Bunyan – The song we think should’ve been in the chilling new The Girl on the Train trailer

“Dropout Boogie” by Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – A song for the great college dropouts in literature’s canon

“Marvel” by Thumpers – For George R.R. Martin’s teenage letter to Marvel Comics 

“It’s a Sin” by Pet Shop Boys – The theme song for our writers as they confess their ‘book sins

“Fake Palindromes” by Andrew Bird – A two-for-one! One for palindromes (love ’em) and one for the real books written by famously fake authors

“Caught” by Florence + The Machine – To celebrate four years of the songwriter’s fan-driven book club (listen for the lyric “the books I’ve read said it’s the thing to do”)

“Chelsea Hotel #2” by Leonard Cohen and “Free Money” by Patti Smith – Two songs for the infamous writer/rocker and her affiliation with the New York hotel

“Believe Me Natalie” by The Killers – Natalie Portman and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close author Jonathan Safran Foer’s high-profile (and high-minded) email exchange

“Go!” by M83 – Adam Spera’s look at Pokémon Go and it’s beneficial impact on bookstores

“O-o-h Child” by the Five Stairsteps – A tribute the quirky child who painted a lovely book mural on her stairs

“Creepin’” by Stevie Wonder – Writer Emily Roese’s pitch that the literary romances we praise would actually be quite creepy in really life

“Death with Dignity” by Sufjan Stevens – Play this and play through our “What’s Your Literary Death?” quiz

“Overture” by the Original Cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer – A song to announce Buffy’s return in graphic novels


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