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What if I say that an excellent book is a perfect musical composition?
What if the story is a diligent student trained by a skilled teacher?
To master the notes of our essence is the final exam before the graduation. Have you already guessed who the judges are? Yes, we are. We come to our reading nooks like to the music-hall to evaluate the conductor’s work, to rate the opus, to be captured away as long as the student doesn’t play fake notes, let the music take our breaths away and shatter us. This is what a good book does with me as long as it plays on the strings of my soul.
Our libraries become the orchestras, the musical accompaniment to the chorus of the main characters. And here I have to stop pouring forth the rain of metaphors. That is enough for your understanding.
All I want to say, that most books I’ve read have the soundtracks; the worthiest get main themes. Of course, all this incidental music is a subjective readers tracklist. I want to share with you the melodies of 4 of my favorite books, the way they sound to me.
Sound on! Listen and enjoy, my melomaniacs.
Providence by Jaimie McGuire Main Theme: Lamb 'Angel Gabriel' Soundtracks: Yeah Yeah Yeahs 'Sacrilege'; Sia 'Breathe Me'
“I wasn’t sure what I’d done to deserve such a wonderful gift, and I wasn’t sure if it was insolent, but I thanked God for fallen angels.”
“Time will make it worse! You’re…the other half of his soul. He’s never going to get over you. And no matter how much you hope that you will… you’ll never get over him. You’re going to wake up one day and realize what you’ve done, and you’re going to regret the time you wasted apart from him for the rest of your life.”
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare Main Theme: 30 Seconds To Mars 'Night of a Hunter' Soundtracks: Alex Clare 'Too Close' (Hannah Trigwell acoustic cover); Seether and Amy Lee 'Brocken' (Madilyn Bailey feat. Jake Coco piano cover)
“Lex malla, lex nulla,” said Julian with a regretful wave of his hand. It was the Blackthorn family motto: A bad law is no law.
“I wonder what other family mottoes are,” Emma mused. “Do you know any?”
“The Lightwood family motto is ‘We mean well.’ ”
Julian looked over at her. “No, really, it actually is.”
“Seriously? So what’s the Herondale family motto? ‘Chiseled but angsty’?”
He shrugged. ‘If you don’t know what your last name is, it’s probably Herondale’?”
Emma burst out laughing. “What about Carstairs?” she asked, tapping Cortana. “ ‘We have a sword’? ‘Blunt instruments are for losers’?”
“Morgenstern,” offered Julian. “ ‘When in doubt, start a war’?”
“I need to be whole again. Even if it doesn’t last.”
“It can’t last,” she said, staring at him, because how could it, when they could never keep what they had? “It’ll break our hearts.”
He caught her by the wrist, brought her hand to his bare chest. Splayed her fingers over his heart. It beat against her palm, like a fist punching its way through his sternum. “Break my heart,” he said. “Break it in pieces. I give you permission.”
Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor Main Theme: David Usher 'Black Black Heart' Soundtracks: IAMX 'S.H.E'; Dalilliah 'Insecure'
“Once upon a time, an angel lay dying in the mist.
And a devil knelt over him and smiled.”
“She craved a presence beside her, solid. Fingertips light at the nape of her neck and a voice meeting hers in the dark. Someone who would wait with an umbrella to walk her home in the rain, and smile like sunshine when he saw her coming. Who would dance with her on her balcony, keep his promises and know her secrets, and make a tiny world wherever he was, with just her and his arms and his whisper and her trust.”
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas Main Theme: Disclosure 'You and Me' Soundtracks: Kings of Leon 'Closure'; Portishead 'SOS' - Tamlin version.
“I’m thinking,” he said, following the flick of my tongue over my bottom lip, “that I look at you and feel like I’m dying. Like I can’t breathe. I’m thinking that I want you so badly I can’t concentrate half the time I’m around you, and this room is too small for me to properly bed you. Especially with the wings.”
“I heard every word between you. I knew you could take care of yourself, and yet … ” He went back to his pie, swallowing a bite before continuing. “And yet I found myself deciding that if you took his hand, I would find a way to live with it. It would be your choice.”
I sipped from my wine. “And if he had grabbed me?”
There was nothing but uncompromising will in his eyes. “Then I would have torn apart the world to get you back.”