Top Ten Tuesday: Books As Song Titles

Top Ten Tuesday #56

Happy Tuesday, book nerds!

Hubby was occupied with football on Sunday, which means you get more than one post for me this week!! 🎉🙌🎉

Jokes aside, it’s been a hot minute since I participated in a TTT post, and there’s no time like the present, right?

Screen Shot 2020-01-01 at 9.33.04 PMLet’s dive into another round of TOP TEN TUESDAY!Hosted by Jana at ThatArtsyReaderGirl, this week’s topic is “Book Titles That Would Make Great Song Titles.” Now normally I deviate from the weekly topic suggestion, but this prompt sounded new and fun, so I’m joining in y’all!

Scroll down to see which titles I think could jump off the bookshelves and onto the charts!

Check out my Top Ten Books As Song Titles!

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1) The Martian by Andy Weir

Released: 02/11/14 Current Rating: 4.40 Stars No. Of Ratings: 820,557

Full disclosure: I’ve never read this award-winning sci-fi novel (shocking, I know!), but it doesn’t mean I can’t see it as a rock track from Foo Fighters or a crossover Kanye hit. Plus, he’s apparently got some time on his hands now so…😂

2) It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Released: 08/02/16 Current Rating: 4.40 Stars No. Of Ratings: 213,605

Beyond the fact that this tearjerker practically destroyed me in 2016, I think it would make a killer track for a pop diva. I could see an Ariana Grande or Lady Gaga slaying a ballad or dance track with this title.

3) Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Released: 04/04/17 Current Rating: 4.36 Stars No. Of Ratings: 22,817

This YA contemporary was my first foray into Kemmerer’s books and it quickly became a favorite. And because it’s beloved, I’d be stoked to have an equally awesome song I could jam along with from a Fall Out Boy or My Chemical Romance-esque band.  

4) Haunting The Deep by Adriana Mather

Released: 10/03/17 Current Rating: 4.29 Stars No. Of Ratings: 4.227

This paranormal twist on Titanic was a fun & fitting conclusion to the How To Hang A Witch duology. And while I don’t expect the song would cover the same material, I could totally see an Adele belting it out on a track like this.

5) Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Released: 03/13/18 Current Rating: 4.51 Stars No. Of Ratings: 36,126

I should have asked the authors when I met them at the Obsidio launch party who they think would make a good book-to-music creator for their title, but since I didn’t I’m going with Muse. Or Tool. You can see it, right?

6) Catch & Kill… by Ronan Farrow

Released: 10/15/19 Current Rating: 4.44 Stars No. Of Ratings: 65,036

Not only would this true crime book be a great selection for #NonFictionNovember, but I also think it could be a big hit for Post Malone or Coheed & Cambria. Probably more Posty, but either way it’s ending up on my playlist.  

7) Betty by Tiffany McDaniel

Released: 08/18/20 Current Rating: 4.48 Stars No. Of Ratings: 1,841

Obvious reasons are obvious. I’m sure you’ve all played Taylor Swift’s “Betty” a few times this year. Or read a fan theory about the meaning behind the track. And if not, go ahead and click that link for a soundtrack for the rest of this post. 

8) Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson

Released: 09/15/20 Current Rating: 4.40 Stars No. Of Ratings: 3,487

Inspired by a musical artist, this YA contemporary seems like the perfect song title. I could easily see a power anthem from Sara Bareilles or an under-appreciated bop from Justin Bieber. 

9) The Kindest Lie by Nancy Johnson

Released: 02/09/21 Current Rating: 4.39 Stars No. Of Ratings: 66

One of two unreleased novels on this week’s post, The Kindest Lie seems like a track Sheryl Crow would drop in the early 2000s. Or that a modern-day John Mayer would release if he’s still writing music. Does anyone know? Has anyone checked on John Mayer? 

10) Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury

Released: 06/15/21 Current Rating: 5.00 Stars No. Of Ratings: 38

Wrapping up the list is Sambury’s highly anticipated fantasy debut Blood Like Magic. And maybe I’m being influenced by similarly sounding tracks, but I think this is an obvious play for Bruno Mars or Red Hot Chili Peppers. Admit it, you’d listen to it either way!

Screen Shot 2020-01-01 at 9.33.04 PMI had a lot of fun coming up with the artists to match these books, but I’d love to know if you agree or disagree. Who could you see bringing these tracks to life? Let me know below!


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11 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books As Song Titles

  1. LairOfBooks says:

    But why did I get Florence & the Machine when I scrolled down to Haunting the Deep?!?! LOVED that book lol. Also, I can absolutely see Kanye writing a song called The Martian smh, This was a fun post! now you have me opening up my Spotify cause I’ve never listened to Betty 🙂

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    • Nerd Narration says:

      Ohhhh I could totally see Florence with a song like “Haunting…” very good call! And I’m glad you agree with the Kayne reference lol. I figured adding artists in made this prompt a little more fun! 😁


  2. Dedra @ A Book Wanderer says:

    Obsidio totally sounds like a Muse song!! And John Mayer has seemed to disappear these last few months. Hopefully that means he’s off writing a new album, right?? 😉

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