Musing About Things: Music and Books


Hi guys, welcome to Book Munchies’ Musing about Things: A Discussion (Post). Inspired by memes such as Should Be Reading‘s Musing Monday & Caffeinated Book Reviewer‘s Caffeinated Confessions (etc.), this is a Book Munchies discussion post, where I’ll be rambling about (mostly) book-related things and hopefully you guys will join in on the fun too (:

So today’s topic is: Music and Lyrics Books!

Okay, so when I was younger I use to listen to music alllllllll the time when I was reading. It just went hand in hand (I mean who doesn’t want an awesome soundtrack to their life for their book, right!) And of course than you (or at least I did) start to associate certain songs with that book and what not.

It’s quite funny, because during my Harry Potter reading time, I was also in super-de-duper listen to Japanese pop phase. So still to this day, associate the Japanese boy group NEWS with Harry Potter. Like I think Hermione and Ron actually got their own song, haha.



I have a lot of ska-punk-pop music associated with a lot of chick lit novels, lol. My combinations were a bit weird.


Lately however I seem to have grown out of listen to music while reading. I tend to be so absorbed into reading that I just end up tuning out the music most of the time ): (which is kinda of a good thing – since I’m obviously really enjoying the book, and bad thing – no more awesome soundtrack).Or if I do listen to music while reading, it’s usually instrumental. This is probably from my habit of listen to music while studying (instrumental is usually less distracting).

Though, I guess a few of my reviews do come with music, haha.

Anyway, on the internet there’s always those amazing people who do the fan-mix for all the books/OTP etc etc. I don’t usually listen to them, but I’m always really impressed, because I’m terrible at actually picking music to go with the book/characters. I usually only associate by chance.

So question time guys!

Do you listen to music while you read? Any certain types?

Does the songs become associated with the book (etc.)?

Do you make / or listen to fan-mix?

Author: Cyn

noun. a bum OT, procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

0 Replies to “Musing About Things: Music and Books”

  1. I’ve never really been one to listen to music while reading something fictional. I don’t know, I guess I just get so absorbed into the story that the music just kind of annoys me. If I am in the bus or at the university or some kind of public place though, then I usually listen to music while reading, just to kind of show people that they shouldn’t bother me 😀
    I do have some songs that I associate with certain books, but that’s mostly because the song might have been mentioned in the book or I just might have listened to it after reading it the book.
    I love fan-mixes and listen to them all the time – not so much for books than for different TV shows. I’ve made one fanmix (for Emery Lord’s ‘Open Road Summer’) and I still repeatedly listen to it from 8tracks or from my ipod 🙂

  2. There’s no way I could listen to music while reading, I’m too easily distracted!

  3. I don’t need it to be totally quiet when I read, but I do get distracted more easily if I’m listening to music with lyrics. If I have music on at all when I read, I prefer something light and instrumental that won’t be fighting for my attention!

  4. I actually don’t think I’ve ever tried listening to music while reading, but I’ve recently been wanting to. People keep posting soundtracks to certain books and I really want to try it sometime. But I’ve been hesitant because I really think I would hate it. I get distracted so easily while reading, and it’s really hard for me, for example, to read while my boyfriend is playing a video game or something because of the background noise. So I just have a feeling that I wouldn’t like it.

    This is a really interesting discussion…I bet a lot of people do listen to music while reading. It’s kinda cool how different we all are about that stuff.

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