Bookstr’s Weekend Lit Playlist, Vol. 3

Happy friday, reading fiends! It’s that time of the week again – the end part, the sweetest slice of the cake. But before you put on your raincoat and march out into whatever weather’s heading your way, ask yourself…are you caught up on this week’s book news? Of course you are! But if you’re not in a position to read through all our articles once more, we’ve made yet another mix of our favorite songs, each one corresponding to an article. Prepare yourself for a double-shot of Bond, Atwood and sad songs. Enjoy, and see you next week!


The musical rundown of this week’s top stories:

“History (Love Mix) by Groove Armada – This seductive tune, while not historical in itself, reminds us of Signature Reads’ top historical romances list

“Real Deal Momma” by White Denim – A knock-down, drag-‘em-out rock song for the newest edition of pulp-violence comic Real Deal, which we noted as a highlighted release at Comic-Con San Diego

“Save the Children” by Gil-Scott Heron and “Save the Children” by Joey Bada$$ – Two distinctly different tones discussing what young life should be like, resembling the argument over banned and controversial children’s books

“Midnight Market” by Hong Kong Express – A spooky, mysterious piece to reflect on the risks taken by standing up to censorship at this year’s million-strong Hong Kong Book Fair

“Eden” by Lakes of Canada – The opening track of an album inspired by The Handmaid’s Tale, the Margaret Atwood novel that is also the subject of our newest podcast episode

“Soul Suckin’ Jerk” by Beck – An ode to George R.R. Martin, who continues to toy with our emotional investment of Game of Thrones with his cruel trolling

“The James Bond Theme” by Count Basie – The best rendition of the famous theme pairs well with our picks for the best Bond books – and a martini

“Lights, Camera, Action” by Dena – A catch-all for this movie-manic week! Orange is the New Black’s Samira Wiley has been cast in The Handmaid’s Tale; The Les Miserables miniseries announcement; and Samuel O’Brient’s list of authors who adapted their own books to movies

“Boxing” by Ben Folds Five – A song written from the perspective of Muhammad Ali, who was also revealed this week to be the subject of an upcoming graphic novel

“Present Tense” by Radiohead – A choice downer song from a satisfyingly morose band, out of many, for you to listen to while you read these novels that help you through grieving

“Exile Vilify” by the National – Another downer song for the authors that, for whatever reason, wrote in exile

“I’m Ready” by Muddy Waters – A classic artist to help you get ready for reading a classic book

“Remember” by Air – A sentimental tune (for any downtempo fans out there) to soundtrack our staffers passing along their nostalgic book memories

“Two Can Win” by J Dilla – A groovy tribute to the winner of the Hemingway lookalike contest: Dave Hemingway

“Space is the Place” by Sun Ra – Jazz’s ambassador to the stars  the finest in spacey fiction


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