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Take 5: Love with a musical soundtrack (guest post by Kearsten)

Looking for a story about falling in love, but would prefer that it fits your musical tastes? Read on…

Do you see love in the neon colors and new wave sounds of the 80s? Try Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, an enchantingly sweet and sad story of first love between two high school misfits. Both Park and Eleanor are unsure of where they fit-in, and are cutely awkward as they bond over comic books, the Smiths, Joy Division, the Cure, and, of course, Star Wars references. And what book lover can resist one character telling the other she likes him because, “‘You look like a protagonist…You look like a person who wins in the end'”?!

Do you prefer to fill your iPod with Nirvana and Jimi Hendrix? Have you ever dreamed of leading a band to stardom? In Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John, eighteen-year-old Piper works to do just this, as she takes on a managerial role of Dumb, the most recent winners of a local battle of the bands. Yes, the band members don’t really know her, despite attending the same high school. No, she doesn’t know much about music. And yes, she’s deaf, but with force of will and a bit of musical education from an anonymous friend, she’s able to help the band find their own musical voices while finding her own strength in the bargain.

Do you harbor a secret (or not-at-all secret) love for the Beatles? Join British teen, Toby, in I am NOT the Walrus by Ed Briant, who just wants to play Beatles songs on his brother’s bass guitar with his best – and only – friend.Okay, so maybe he’d also like to play a gig and wow crowds of girls with his musical ability/sex appeal. But then he finds a note hidden his brother’s bass suggesting that maybe his brother stole the guitar.  And his new, female, and hot friend, Michelle, thinks he should try to find the original owner. Should he return the bass? Should he forget about the note and play the gig his buddy found for them? Should he spend the next two days wooing Michelle?  Or should he just focus on evading the seriously creepy and dangerous-looking dude that seems really want Toby’s bass, no matter what it takes?

**(These next two are for older teens, as they feature strong language and/or alcohol use and sexual situations)**

If you’re looking to find love in the audience of an underground punk rock show, you need to read Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. This is an older book, but features another sweet, but definitely saltier, love story, this time set in New York City. In one crazy, punk rock-filled night, Norah and Nick meet at a show, and, in a moment of unusual generosity (and some curiosity) agreed to work together to try to make their respective exes jealous. They spend the rest of the evening chasing a secret concert, meeting up with then losing track of their friends (who are hilarious), fighting with and then falling for each other…as often happens in all-night New York City adventures (or so I hope).

If you, like Esme, prefer rappers and hip-hop slang to be the background beat to your love story, try Sister Mischief by Laura Goode.  Esme and her friends are a bit unusual in small town Minnesota. As an out Jewish lesbian headlining an all-girl rap group, Esme feels she’s in a great place to start a hip-hop gay-straight alliance at her school, but is denied the opportunity by their conservative principal. Can a secret, surprise concert performed by their group, Sister Mischief, change minds, or will her new relationship with fellow rapper Rowie derail her plans?  

More Music and Books
Karen also highly recommends Guitar Notes by Mary Amato and Wise Young Fools by Sean Beaudoin 

Share your fave titles about music in the comments!

Book Review: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

This will be an interesting book review.  Let me give you a little context.

One week before I read This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales, I stumbled across this ad at Buzzfeed:

Basically, it launched an interesting discussion about sexism in the DJ community.  At the same time, EDM (Electronic Dance Music) is really gaining in popularity.  Coincidentally, Tegan and Sara spun some records just days later on the America’s Got Talent finale.  The Tween made me stop as we were flipping channels because it turns out she likes their song I Don’t Care.

Fast forward to a week later, when I sat down and read This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales.  I had no idea what it was about, although music was obviously involved.


The Recap

Ellie has not been able to find her tribe, she is a lost and lonely warrior in a world that just doesn’t get her.  One night she goes for a walk and finds herself invited into a club where a boy spins records, people dance, and for the first time ever she thinks she may have found a place where she doesn’t have to try so hard to be happy.  Soon she herself is invited to DJ, which it turns out she loves with a fierce, fiery passion.  Finally, she is home.  The only problem is that this life involves a lot of sneaking out late at night, which makes school hard the next morning.  But soon Ellie is making friends, falling in love(ish) and really becoming the person she feels she is meant to be.

The Review

Let me start with this: I loved this book.  I didn’t think I would.  In fact, in the beginning I didn’t like the introduction to our character and I almost put it down.  But I am a completionist, I am glad that I did.  Because this is genuinely a good book about finding your passion and yourself.

There are some major bumps along the way.  As Ellie starts a relationship with DJ Char, she alienates one of her first new friends.  She does an incredibly horrific thing to her precocious younger sister in what she believes is an attempt to protect her from the life that she has led; it is seriously devastating.  She lies, she sneaks around, and she hurts the family that truly loves her.  But she also ultimately finds support and acceptance, even from the very people she hurts.

Speaking of family, there are some very real and present parents here.  They are divorced, but they are both actively engaged, loving parents.  I appreciated this positive depiction and their part in the book.

Consent Watch: There is a very interesting scene in the night club where one character is blitzed out of her mind drunk.  Ellie and her friends stand nearby and when they see two men holding their drunken friend against the wall and “making out” with her, they intervene.  One of the boys says the friend is enjoying herself, and Ellie and her friends explicitly state that she can’t enjoy it because she is too drunk to be able to consent.  I appreciated this important scene and the way in which it was handled.

The best part of the book, however, is definitely seeing Ellie’s passion ignited and how it transforms her.  There is sex, drinking, language and a suicide attempt in this title, so it is definitely for mature teens.  However, it is also a touching yet simple story about one girl discovering her passion and allowing herself to open up to the world through it.  I also love that this book portrays a girl engaged in a nontraditional activity, DJing.  It was interesting to read this book about how DJing had literally saved this girls life and think that there are those in the industry who would like to deny girls like her this opportunity because of their sexist attitudes.  Thankfully, Sales has given us a positive example in this book to help fight these cultural attitudes.  Pair this with the movie Pitch Perfect or other music loving books like Wise Young Fool by Sean Beaudoin and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.  3.5 out of 5 stars, definitely recommended.

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales.  September, 2013 by FSG.  ISBN: 978-0-374-35138-0.

Bring the Power of Music Into Your Library: a guest post by Guitar Notes author Mary Amato for Music in Our Schools Month (March)

Although March is many things, like National Craft Month and Women’s History Month, it is also Music in Our Schools Month.  As school budgets get cut, music and education are some of the first to go, especially with today’s emphasis on STEM education.  But there are those who advocate STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.  By adding the arts, you increase creativity and innovation, along with innovation, problem solving and more.  Today, in support of music in our schools, Guitar Notes author Mary Amato writes a guest post about The Power of Music.  And for more information on how you can help Save the Music, stop by the VH1 website.

Listening to a song I love can turn around a bad day or make a great day even better. I love music, and about five years ago I made a promise to myself to actually learn how to play the guitar. Along the way, I kept imagining the powerful connection that two characters could make if they really started to share music together. That’s how Guitar Notes was born.

In the novel, a teen boy and girl challenge each other to write songs and start a duo called The Thrum Society. Instead of having the songwriting action happen “offstage,” I wanted to show them actually writing.  That meant I needed to write every song. I loved doing this. After I was done, I thought about how cool it would be for readers to hear the songs, not just see the lyrics, so I partnered up with a male musician friend, Bill Williams, and together we arranged and recorded the tracks. Readers can hear them on the book’s website: http://thrumsociety.com/.

Readers are sending me messages saying that, after reading the book, they are inspired to write their own songs. This is music to my ears! I wish more teachers would include songwriting as part of the English class curriculum, along with poetry. Students who struggle with writing or with literature can be turned on through songwriting. Lyrics use all the elements of writing that are taught in a great English class—metaphor, alliteration, rhythm, symbolism, personification, etc.—and it’s an expressive, relevant art form that gets kids exciting about writing. I’m trying to put lots of songwriting resources on the thrumsociety website to help—songwriting tip videos, a songwriting lesson plan for teachers and media specialists, blank guitar chord templates, and much more.

I would love it if teen media specialists would consider creating a “Songwriting Studio.” This could be simple: a carrel labeled For Songwriter’s with a copy of Guitar Notes and some blank songwriting journals (note to whoever puts this up…here’s the link for the blank songwriting journals). Or you could go crazy and devote a study room that contains: copies of novels that are about music, like Guitar Notes, books on songwriting, earphones, and a computer with garageband. 
Take 5: More Teen Titles About Music
The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr (review tomorrow)
Notes from Ghost Town by Kate Elliott
If I Stay by  Gayle Forman

Lemonade Mouth by Mark Peter Hughes

Somebody Everybody Listens To by Suzanne Supplee

More on Music at TLT:
The Power of Music, a guest post by Melissa Darnell
The Soundtrack of Your Books
Steph’s Take: Top 10 Titles Inspired by Music 

Does your school still have a music program? What are your favorite music themed YA titles to share with teens? And what do you think about Mary’s ideas for encouraging musical pursuits in public libraries? What ideas would you add?

Mary Amato is an award-winning children’s book author, poet, playwright, and songwriter. Her books have been translated into foreign languages, optioned for television, produced onstage, and have won the children’s choice awards in several states.  Her book, Guitar Notes, was published by Egmont USA in July of 2012. ISBN: 9781606841242.

The Power of Music, a guest post by author Melissa Darnell

Crave, book 1 in The Clann Series

Thank you for having me here today!

The recent movie premier of “Les Miserables” has made me really think about the power of music lately. I realize that for some, having music in their lives every day isn’t that big a deal. But for me, I have always been extremely drawn to music and have to listen to at least an hour or two of it every day or I just don’t “feel right”. Strangely though, if I were a superhero, music would be both my kryptonite AND my power enhancer. Different songs have the ability to instantly make me feel hopeful for the future (like “30 Seconds to Mars’” music video for Closer to the Edge) or make me sob like a baby (Katy Perry’s music video for “The One That Got Away” does it to me every time!). And while I still can’t manage to recall the entire basic multiplication table, I can somehow remember all the words to the classic old school rock n’ roll songs my dad used to play in his automotive repair shop when I was a kid! Maybe that stubborn, gaping disparity in the way my subconscious works explains why I always preferred dancing to trigonometry?
Although my competitive dancing days are long past, music still plays a huge role in my daily life, and this is never truer than when I write.  I’m one of those writers who needs specific music to listen to for every book I write so I can stay in the right mood for each scene…a challenge made even tougher when the hubby and kids do their best to crack me up (which usually happens right when I’m in the middle of writing extra tense conflict!)  So once I’ve plotted out a new novel’s outline, I always sit down and spend a day or two creating a unique playlist for it before I get going on the rough draft.
Consume by Melissa Darnell, book 3 in The Clann Series
Published by Harlequin Teen, 2013
In the case of Consume, book three in my Clann series, I included a few songs from the previous two Clann Series books’ playlists along with new songs. This helped me remember that this story is both a continuation of their romantic saga as well as its conclusion and helped emotionally bring it all around full circle, so to speak.
While the full length, official playlist for Consume won’t be revealed until the novel’s release in September 2013, I can give you a sneak peek at a few of the fairly eclectic mix of songs that will be included, which also hint at some of the major moments to come for Tristan, Savannah, Emily, and the entire Clann Series cast of characters. If you’re a movie soundtrack lover like me, you might also recognize the movies several of these songs were featured in!
“You Must Love Me” by Madonna
“Safe and Sound” by Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars
“Disenchanted” by My Chemical Romance
“I Don’t Care” by Apocalyptica featuring Adam Gontier
“No One Moves, No One Gets Hurt” by Bedouin Soundclash
“The Son Never Shines (On Closed Doors)” by Flogging Molly
“Ungodly Hour” by The Fray
“Falling” by The Civil Wars
“Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by Emily Browning
“Heaven” by O.A.R.
“Stand” by Rascal Flatts
“Vox Populi” by 30 Seconds to Mars
“Born to Die” by Lana Del Rey
“Without You” (piano/cello cover version) by The Piano Guys
Of course, the official playlist for Consume is much longer because I usually have one song for every scene and even two or three for the major ones.  But this sneak peek will give you an idea of what’s coming for Tristan and Savannah later this year. 😉
Want to suggest a song of your own for Consume’s playlist? Sometimes I discover the best new-to-me songs for my next book’s playlist because of readers. (For instance, “Bloodstream” by Stateless, the first song listed in Covet’s playlist, was recommended to me by a fan on Facebook.) If you’ve got a favorite song you think is the perfect fit for Tristan and Savannah, I would love to hear from you at www.MelissaDarnell.com, or on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/TheClannSeries) or Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/theclannseries).
Once Consume goes on sale in September 2013, its full length playlist, excerpts, and links to its print and ebook versions in the US and abroad will be posted at www.TheClannSeries.com, where you can already find excerpts, playlists, and sales info for the U.S. and international versions of Crave (Clann Series book #1) and Covet (Clann Series book #2), the histories of the Clann and vamp factions, and a whole lot more. Be sure to also follow me at Twitter or Facebook for updates on Consume’s release and full length playlist, which could include YOUR suggested songs too!
For more on book playlists, read this post on The Soundtrack of Your Books

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TPIB: Guitar Pick Jewelry (a recycled craft)

Several months ago, I bought my girls guitar pick necklaces at a local craft fair.  A few weeks later, Christie sent me an e-mail, she had found a guitar pick punch.  I didn’t have to buy the necklaces – I could make my own! And wouldn’t this be the best craft idea ever with my tweens and teens? Why yes, yes it would.

So, I bought the punch and had a program with my library teens where we made guitar pick jewelry.  You can purchase the guitar pick punch at Amazon.com or at ThinkGeek.

In addition to making guitar pick jewelry, I had it set up so that teens can play Guitar Hero in the background.  This helped them manage waiting to take turns for certain steps of the process.  And Guitar Hero – that’s an appropriate tie-in.

Available from Think Geek

Here’s what you’ll need
Guitar pick punch
Discarded magazines
Colored card stock
Clear contact paper
Jewelry findings for bracelets and ear rings
Cording for necklaces
Additional decorative beads
A sewing needle

A Quick Tip
The guitar pick punch is designed to be used with harder plastic items that can actually be used as a pick, like discarded credit cards.  Because the magazine pages themselves are too thin, we found it worked better if you reinforced the image you wanted to make your guitar pick out of by adhering it to card stock on the back and covering it with clear contact paper on
the front.  In addition, you can use a colored contact paper on the back and clear contact paper on the front so you don’t have to wait for glue to dry.

Breaking Down the Process

1.  Provide a template so teens have an idea of what words and images they can select out of the discarded magazines for their jewelry.  By placing the template over the image they will see if it fits or if too much will be cut off.

2.  Cut the image down to a smaller, more manageable size to use the guitar pick punch.  BUT DON”T PUNCH THE ITEM YET.

3.  Cover the front side of your image with clear contact to give it bulk.  The magazine page on its own is too thin and won’t cut well.  Cover the back side with colored contact paper to give it a solid back and to add to the bulk for cutting purposes.  You also want to give the picks weight so they hang correctly. Now you are ready to use the guitar pick punch.

4.  After you have your newly punched pick, use a small needle to put a hole in your guitar pick to attach to jewelry.

5.  Use your various “guitar picks” to make necklaces, ear rings and bracelets using the various jewelry findings you have purchased.  Basic finding can be purchases in bulk from places like Oriental Trading.

This is a great craft to do and clean out your craft supply closet, and it works well right after you have discarded all those older magazines that you are trying to figure out what to do with.

You can have a fun “The Library Rocks” program and play Guitar Hero and do other music inspired crafts.  Don’t forget to have a fun air guitar contest before your event is over.  This would also be a great craft to do while having a book discussion on Guitar Notes by Mary Amato, or any of the music themed books on this Top 10 List.

In the guitar pick jewelry I made, pictured at the beginning of this post, I made jewelry for my Tween daughter using her initial.  I made the necklace, which you see completed, and matching ear rings, which I have not yet finished.  You could also make a ton of guitar pick charms and string them on a charm bracelet.

My tweens and teens loved this craft.  It was inexpensive, quick and easy.

Book Review: Guitar Notes by Mary Amato

Teen librarian true confession: I have been in a reading funk for the past 2 weeks.  Seriously, I couldn’t find anything I wanted to start and started and stopped a lot of books. I was worried.  But in doing my check out the pub catalog rounds I stumbled across a little book called Guitar Notes by Mary Amato and it was just what I needed.  And it is just what your teens need too, let me tell you why.

“lucky, lucky me” – from Guitar Notes by Mary Amato
Guitar Notes by Mary Amato
July 2012 by EgmontUSA 9781606841242

Our story begins at the beginning of the school year where we meet Lyla and Tripp, two souls who couldn’t seem to be more different but soon find themselves thrumming (all is explained beautifully in the book.)  Lyla is a straight A, perfectionist soon to be professional cellist.  Tripp is a lost soul who finds comfort in nothing but his guitar, which his mother has taken away.

The two struggling souls sign up for a lunch time slot in the school music room to practice and end up having the same room on opposite days; she gets the even days and he gets the odd ones.  Annoyed when Tripp leaves some trash behind, Lyla leaves him a snarky note.  Tripp, of course, can only respond with his own unique brand of snark.  Soon, the two of them are leaving each other notes in the guitar case (see where the title comes from there?) and forming a unique friendship.  As the two begin to bond through their music, they take a magical journey of healing and self discovery – until life rears its ugly head and threatens to silence them both.

“Dear Odd Day Musician,
We are sharing this room. Please remove your trash from the music stand when you are done. Thanks.
– The Even Day Musician” – page 28

So let me tell you everything that is amazing about this book:

This is a beautifully written and engaging story about two teens learning, growing, and bonding over music.  It is a testament to music, self discovery, self expression, and learning how to be true to yourself.  Some of the book is written as notes, some as texts and e-mails, and some as short, traditional lay-out chapters.  It is an engaging story that is quick and easy to read, but does not sacrifice content, character development, thought or language for style or format.

“I just want to know, does playing the cello make you happy?” – page 66

Tripp and Lyla are such well thought out and admirable teen characters.  Lyla begins our story laying in bed almost paralyzed with the fear and stress that comes from having to be perfect, and she quite literally begins to blossom as she sets aside that which has been pressed upon her and embraces that which speaks to her soul.  And Tripp is a charismatic young man with deep thoughts about life and music, yet he has a fun, snarky, sarcastic wit (I love that he refers to his mother as The Termite in his head).

“Sometimes I imagine my cello exploding. And sometimes I look at myself in the mirror, and my own face looks like a mask to me.” – page 125

Tripp and Lyla develop a slow building, intimate friendship and musical partnership that may or may not eventually develop into something more, and that something more doesn’t matter.  This is just truly a beautiful friendship and musical partnership.  In ways they save each other, but they are also saving themselves by being true to themselves as they learn to be honest with one another through their music.  There is no insta love, no love triangle, no star crossed lovers – just a very organic and pure relationship that stems from mutual interests and shared experiences.

“Dear Ms. Even,
The guitar is crushed, It wants to be played. Thankfully, it has me.
– Mr. Odd” – page 49
Like the characters in The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, I love the way that Tripp and Lyla talk about music and thrumming and resonance and how souls are drawn to one another.  There are all these fun, quirky references to physics, pomegranates and a blasty carpet and how parents think they know what is best for you but never stop to ask you who you are or what you want.
“The other day, I walked out and saw the maple tree, you know, the one in front? And the leaves were so red, I had this feeling that they were actually singing.” – page 161

This book is really clean and appropriate for all ages.  It was a refreshing and uplifting read.  At the end, I felt satisfied and inspired and just . . . moved.  Guitar Notes by Mary Amato gets 5 out of 5 stars and I recommend that all libraries add it to their collections.  Now.  Go.  I’ll wait . . . Your fans of John Green and Sarah Dessen will eat this title up.  If you loved The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight or If I Stay, if you love books about music, if you love contemporary teen fiction that speaks to your soul, you will LOVE this book.

“Dear Mr. Odd,
You are indeed odd.
– Ms. Even” – page 61

Be sure and check out the accompanying website, thrumsociety, for samples of music from the book and information about song writing.  In the back of the book you can find chords and lyrics to all the songs written by Lyla and Tripp.

See the book trailer here.

This is the Valentine’s Day present The Mr. and Kids made for me this year.
They didn’t know about this book, but it sure does fit.
No one in this house plays the guitar, but I love this present.
They quote e e cummings on the guitar.
If I was making a Top 10 List of teen books about music (see Stephanie Wilke’s here), Guitar Notes would go on it!

Top 10 Tuesday: Steph’s Take

So, I don’t make cool pictures like Karen.  But one thing that I LOVE is music.  I love all kinds of music from rap to country, classical to indie rock, and I really dig German/Swedish rave music…I’m so weird.  So, since I don’t make cool pics, I decided to make my first ‘Top 10 List’ all about my ‘Top 10 Music Themed Books”, so in no certain order other than being my favorite 10, here we go…

Supergirl Mixtapes 
Want to learn more about the books mentioned above?  
Just click on the picture and it will take you to a Goodreads page so you can find out more!  
Check in to TLT for new book reviews, library information, Why YA? posts and more.  
You can read all of our 2012 book reviews here and find more books we love and think you should read ASAP. And if you have any other fav music books, leave them in comments below!
Note: Karen once did a post about book playlists and you should check it out.  It will rock your world! See what I did there?

The Soundtrack of Your Books: When Music and Books Collide

I recently finished reading Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride (which I loved and totally recommend).  The title is a play on the famous (and awesome) song Tiny Dancer by Elton John.  In fact, every chapter title in the book is a musical reference.  This book has a built in playlist, and it is not the only one.

Music is often a huge influence on literature.  When music and teen fiction intersect, and when they do it well, it is an enriching experience.  I’m not just talking about books where the protagonist is trying to be a singer or sings in the shower, but books in which the author has thought about the music and builds the work around a playlist in their minds.  As you read the book, a soundtrack unfolds much like a movie soundtrack.

The soundtrack can be real songs, or those created by the author.  In Where She Went by Gayle Forman, each chapter begins with a reference to lyrics from the album Collateral Damage which is not a real album, but one created for the purposes of propelling the narrative forward.  The lyrics highlight the hurt and anger and healing journey that Adam and Mia take one night in New York.  If You Stay and Where She Went by Gayle Forman are also excellent, moving reads that I highly recommend you read.

For an excellent example of a book playlist look no further then Just Listen by Sarah Dessen and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chybosky.

Just Listen is the story of Annabelle Greene.  Annabelle was raped and has lost everything, including her best friend Sophie.  When she meets brutally honest Owen, his love of music leads her on a healing journey.  The playlist plays an important part in helping to create the mood of Dessen’s novel and help to tell the story.  At her blog, Sarah Dessen talks about her playlist and why she choose the songs that she choose.  It’s a fascinating look into the mind of an author as she invites you in to this part of her writing process.
In The Perks of Being a Wallflower (coming soon to a theater near you), “Charlie” is a melancholy soul haunted by pain and secrets. Perks is a highly controversial book because of some of its content and subject matter, and it is one of the most frequently stolen book at my old library, but it is a moving story and it speaks to teens.  If you google it, you will find tons of fan art inspired by the book.  And like Just Listen, Perks has a built in playlist which teens discuss and share online.  The playlist helps bring the reader into the story and provides a platform for continuing the discussion.  You can find the playlist for download at playlist.com.

Playlist is a place for teens, any music lover actually, to build an online playlist and share it with others.  It is the Internet version of the mix tape.  Although the methodology has changed, the message is still the same: music is a powerful force and we like to share what moves us with others.  When authors create a playlist in their books, they are building a soundtrack to their story.  Some readers go beyond the page and actually put the soundtrack together and continue the story.

For another example of an amazing intersection of music and books, look no further then Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.

A book doesn’t have to have a built in playlist for a reader to create a playlist.  Some songs may remind you of a story or the mood of a piece or personality of a character and you can create your own playlist.  I have always thought that this would be a fun activity for teens to challenge them to create a playlist of their favorite books and invite them to share them online.

More about book playlists and books and music
There is a list of books with playlists at YALSA
Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga playlist can be found here
And just for fun, here is a list of songs inspired by books.  It can go both ways
The Hold Me Closer, Necromancer playlist with videos at Just Your Typical Book Blog
Music related teen fiction booklist from Newport Beach
Reading Rants: Deadheads and moshpits – books about being in a band