Books + Music 2009

I look for any reason to spend time throwing together playlists, and pairing a song with some of my favorite books that I read in 2009 was an obvious idea to avoid doing actually relevant life things. Of course it’s all completely subjective – just music that, in my own head, compliments these 20 books through it’s lyrics and/or melodies.

Zip file!

1. Dinah Washington – “That’s All I Want from You”
(Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates)

2. Sanders Bohlke – “Bring Your Weary Soul to the Alter”
(The Road by Cormac McCarthy)

3. Yann Tiersen – “Sur Le Fil”
(The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro)

4. Danny Elfman – “Moon Dance”
(The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman)

5. Emily Loizeau – “Comment Dire”
(Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris)

6. Vetiver – “Rolling Sea”
(Cannery Row by John Steinbeck)

7. Sea Wolf – “The Traitor”
(A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz)

8. Jon Hopkins – “Small Memory”
(The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby)

9. Regina Spektor – “Time Is All Around”
(Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant by Jenni Ferrari-Adler)

10. Peter Gabriel – “We Do What We’re Told (Milgram’s 37)”
(The Hunger Games + Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins)

11. Castanets – “Lucky Old Moon”
(The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann)

12. David Berkeley – “Love’s the Only Thing That Shuts Me Up”
(An Abundance of Katherines by John Green)

13. Elliott Smith – “Angel in the Snow”
(Chilly Scenes of Winter by Anne Beattie)

14. Portland Cello Project & Justin Power – “Hungry Liars”
(Birds of America by Lorrie Moore)

15. Gregory Alan Isakov – “Crooked Muse”
(The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder)

16. Owen Pallett – “E Is for Estranged”
(Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier)

17. Brooke Waggoner – “Come Love, See My Hands”
(Astrid and Veronika by Linda Olsson)

18. Laura Veirs – “Little Deschutes”
(Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson)

19. James Yorkston & The Big Eyes Family Players – “Rufford Park Poachers”
(Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner)

20. Beach House – “Better Times”
(Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld)


About bunkercomplex

My name is Andrea, and I'm a 23 year old Southern California girl and a newly minted Speech-Language Pathologist. When I’m not high-fiving 8-year-olds for finally producing a good /r/ sound, I fill my time with Peter Gabriel, Ayn Rand, Phil Hendrie, bicycles, Korean stationery, movie marathon nights, and baking. You can email me at
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