Thursday, June 23, 2011

Booking through Thursday: Soundtrack

Booking through Thursday asksWhat, if any, kind of music do you listen to when you’re reading? (Given a choice, of course!

In general, I find that classical music is an excellent complement to reading -- softer pieces, generally, nothing bombastic. However,  when reading some specific genres and books, I like to take advantage of my diverse music collection and play appropriate tunes.  While reading Bernard Cornwell's Napoleonic adventures, for instance, I'll play the fife-and-drum version of The British Grenadiers and other period marching tunes. I listened to nothing but fifties/sixties hits while reading Stephen King's Christine, and the fact that I played only the songs Christine played went far to make my reading experience all the more creepy. Jazz plays if I'm reading police novels ("Harlem Nocturne" is so very noire), a pairing I tried for the first time while reading the Harry Bosch mysteries, since Bosch is obsessed by jazz. There are other obvious matches: Star Wars/StarTrek novels get music from the movie soundtracks, and "La Marseillaise" plays during any work set in France. It helps that I keep my music organized by genre, though my particular way of sorting music ("Eighties Pop", "50s/60s/70s Pop and Rock",  and "Rock" are three different folder I use) may confuse others.


  1. Great answer! I'm the same way, in that I like to listen to a wide variety of music! :)

  2. Wow, you really create the scene for your reading! It sounds good.


  3. Good answer, nice relaxing music.

    here's mine:


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