Bookish Playlist Roundup
Hello everyone! How are you guys doing? It's been a while since I've made a blog post discussing the book playlists I create. I'm very particular about the books I choose to do a playlist for when I'm reading. Usually I pick those that somehow feel more impactful and receive 4 to 5 stars at a bare minimum. This has inspired me to make so many unique playlists over the course of the few years that I've been I the book community. You can find the majority of them on my Instagram in my Book Playlists highlight.
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Aphrodite in Bloom
Rating: 5/5 ★★★★★
Description: This erotic anthology has something for everyone and caters to many different tastes and proclivities. Discover what interests or excites you. Explore which is your perfect story. Return to it again and again. We dare you.
A virgin receives an especially satisfying gift at a masked ball...
A duke offers to settle a man’s debt for one night with his wife...
As an introduction to a secret club, a viscount’s heir is made over into a woman—and discovers her true self...
Plus nine more sensual stories of libidinous lust, catering to the tastes of varying sexual appetites. Whatever your fancy, Aphrodite in Bloom is ready and willing to serve…
About The Playlist: In the nature of Aphrodite in Bloom, I decided to make a playlist for it that is a bit more on the mature side. I typically don't make playlists for the erotic books I read out of personal preference, but I couldn't resist doing so with this one. And I can admit that I may have a stock pile of songs I've been dying to use for a story aimed at a mature audience. Songs that I can wholeheartedly say are only appropriate on a playlist for some type of erotic romance book.
Reading Aphrodite in Bloom was so much fun for me over the summer. The book features multiple stories separated by chapters and content warnings. The content warnings make it reader friendly in that people can pick and choose what content they will be viewing before diving into it. I'm someone who is a huge champion for the normalization of content warnings. And due to the fact that there is a story for everyone, the clear boundaries set makes it inclusive for all manner of individuals. While the setting is predominantly historical, there is nothing tame or decorous about the stories.
But I confess this playlist consists of entirely modern songs.
Favorite Songs: Fuck Up The Friendship by Leah Kate, Slumber Party by Ashnikko, Like That by Bea Miller
All Kinds of Other by James Sie
Rating: 5/5 ★★★★★
Description: In this tender, nuanced coming-of-age love story, two boys—one who is cis and one who is trans—have been guarding their hearts to protect themselves, until their feelings for each other give them a reason to stand up to their fears.
Two boys are starting at a new school.
Jules is just figuring out what it means to be gay and hasn’t totally decided whether he wants to be out at his new school. His parents and friends have all kinds of opinions, but for his part, Jules just wants to make the basketball team and keep his head down.
Jack is trying to start over after a best friend break-up. He followed his actor father clear across the country to LA, but he’s also totally ready to leave his past behind. Maybe this new school where no one knows him is exactly what he needs.
When the two boys meet, the sparks are undeniable. But then a video surfaces linking Jack to a pair of popular transgender vloggers, and the revelations about Jack’s past thrust both Jack and Jules into the spotlight they’ve been trying to avoid. Suddenly both boys have a choice to make—between lying low where it’s easier or following their hearts.
About The Playlist: I think the funnest part about reading heartfelt young adult contemporaries is the rediscovering of ones own younger years. It provides insight into contemplative youth that you don't often find outside of the YA genre. Young adult books give an author a unique opportunity to approach difficult topics from fresh eyes. That is what you will find within the pages of All Kinds of Other by James Sie. A book about a love story between a cis and a trans teenage boy.
For music, I wanted to choose songs with that very specific brand of youthful nostalgia. I think songs don't have to be sad and grim to discuss things of substance. A lighthearted beat paired with the discussion of the melancholy or bittersweet is so uniquely young adult in my opinion. There's a resiliency to teenagers that lets them approach agonizing topics with a buoyancy older individuals might not necessarily posses. An observation I hope is shown in this playlist.
Favorite Songs: Water Fountain by Alec Benjamin, The Author by Luz, Hope Ur Okay by Olivia Rodrigo
The Girls Are Never Gone
Rating: 5/5 ★★★★★
Description: The Conjuring meets Sadie when seventeen-year-old podcaster Dare takes an internship in a haunted house and finds herself in a life-or-death struggle against an evil spirit.
Dare Chase doesn’t believe in ghosts.
Privately, she’s a supernatural skeptic. But publicly, she’s keeping her doubts to herself—because she’s the voice of Attachments, her brand-new paranormal investigation podcast, and she needs her ghost-loving listeners to tune in.
That’s what brings her to Arrington Estate. Thirty years ago, teenager Atheleen Bell drowned in Arrington’s lake, and legend says her spirit haunts the estate. Dare’s more interested in the suspicious circumstances surrounding her death—circumstances that she believes point to a living culprit, not the supernatural. Still, she’s vowed to keep an open mind as she investigates, even if she’s pretty sure what she’ll find.
But Arrington is full of surprises. Good ones like Quinn, the cute daughter of the house’s new owner. And baffling ones like the threatening messages left scrawled in paint on Quinn’s walls, the ghastly face that appears behind Dare’s own in the mirror, and the unnatural current that nearly drowns their friend Holly in the lake. As Dare is drawn deeper into the mysteries of Arrington, she’ll have to rethink the boundaries of what is possible. Because if something is lurking in the lake…it might not be willing to let her go.
About The Playlist: The Girls Are Never Gone by Sarah Glenn Marsh has become one of my favorite books of the year and maybe even my favorite horror book ever. It contains all the spooks and scares you want around this time of year, Halloween right around the corner, without compromising good old fashion storytelling. It takes a sometimes drab genre and enhances it through the eyes of a rag-tag group of teens experiencing the story as adolescences .
While the book may be a well plotted mystery bordering on horror, it also displays a great sapphic love story. These love stories are almost non-existent in the horror and mystery genres so to see it here is a breath of fresh air. When I'm creating a playlist surrounding a WLW relationship I do like to include music by other sapphic artists. I think they more accurately capture what can be lost by a song written by a cis, heterosexual person.
Favorite Songs: Remember That Night by Sarah Keys, Fucked Up by Bahari, Stuck in My Head by Blu Eyes
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