Welcome to day four of Blogmas here on Matilda’s Library! Today I shall be giving you book recommendations based on my personal favourite Christmas songs. These are in no particular order and I’ve limited myself to just five festive tracks because I am secretly an elf trying to spread Christmas cheer and if I had no limitations there would be over a hundred songs on here.
Anyway, let’s hop to it!
1. My Only Wish (This Year) by Britney Spears
This song is fully out there with it’s festive cheer and longing for love. It’s romantic, cutesy and above all, fun. For this reason I’m going to go with The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon. I was late to the party on this one and had put it off for a really long time because I hadn’t enjoyed Everything Everything all that much. However, I read The Sun Is Also A Star in a few hours and became seriously wrapped up in the story. It’s heavy on the romance but also heavy on the longing. Natasha, our female protagonist is due to get deported on the same day she meets love interest, Daniel – who doesn’t want the life his parents have pushed him towards. Overall, a meaningful, soppy romance novel set over one day.
2. Christmas Lights by Yellowcard (Originally by Coldplay)
Once again, this is a Christmas song very focused on romance, however it’s actually a really sad song tinged with a little bit of hope. The book I’d recommend to accompany this song would have to be What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera. The book maybe a lot more fun than the song itself, but the themes are still there. Breakups, love, hope and also a little bit of sadness too. The story has dual perspectives from two teen boys. Arthur – a Broadway loving hopeless romantic who’s only in New York for the summer and Ben – a boy who’s recently gone through a bad breakup and thinks destiny is a sham. It was quite a predictable novel, but it was a lot of fun and definitely a must read if you like either of the authors previous works. A hopeful, diverse and fun read.
3. Don”t Shoot Me Santa by The Killers
This is a VERY silly track. However, it’s also a little bit dark and the character that lead singer Brandon Flowers has created has an air of manipulation about him. For this reason I’m going to go with one of my favourite reads from last year Cure For The Common Universe by Christian McKay Heidicker. It follows a sixteen year old boy named Jaxon on the day he gets sent to video game rehab. The reason I’ve picked this one is because it IS very silly, but it’s also oddly a very realistic novel. Jaxon isn’t all that likeable as a protagonist and at times, I would say he is indeed manipulative. As well as that, he’s also socially awkward and people don’t like him in reality all that much, hence once of the reasons why he’s addicted to playing someone else all day long. I think it’s the perfect fit for the track, and urge you to read this underrated YA contemporary ASAP.
4. Merry Christmas, Kiss My Ass by All Time Low
So, combining the two elements of all previous three songs, we’ve got heartbreak, love and silliness but also with the addition of fiery anger and sass. My instant thought was to put something like Divergent, The Hunger Games etc..but no, instead I’ve gone for the first book in a lesser known YA trilogy called Ascension by Victor Dixen. The story follows eighteen year old Leonor as she embarks on the trip of a lifetime – a one way ticket to Mars. She is one of few participants taking part in a reality show following a group of twelve – six boys and six girls – heading to colonise the planet for the first time. By the time their feet touch down on Mars, they’ll have decided with member of the opposite sex they want to spend the rest of their life with. Obviously, things are not always as they appear and things get a little intense. I’ve chosen this book because yes, the plot is a little ‘out there’ but Leonor, our fiery red haired protagonist is sassy, intelligent and easily angered. The perfect book for this song.
5. Fairytale Of New York by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl
I think everyone knows this song by now. It’s a Christmas classic. The overall theme of the song is the breakdown of a marriage and dreams you never got to fulfil. This was definitely a difficult track to recommend a book for but I’ve gone with All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth. It follows a girl named Charlie, a privileged teen attending an upper class boarding school. Unfortunately for her, she’s well known for being the daughter of Grace Fairchild – the mother who abandoned her and her family when she was only seven. However, no one knows where her mother actually disappeared to. When Charlie attempts to get accepted into a secret society at her school, things begin to unravel and she begins to wonder whether or not her mother really left voluntarily or if that’s only what she’s been led to believe. It features flashbacks written from her mother’s perspective and ultimately discusses a lot of the things that Fairytale Of New York is about. An absolutely gripping read that I’d highly recommend as one of my favourite thrillers of all time.
So, that’s all for the fourth day of Blogmas! What are YOUR favourite Christmas songs? Have you read any of my recommendations or planning on picking them up? Let me know! As always, I hope you enjoyed this post and I look forward to seeing you again tomorrow!