Happy Friday Book Music Day! I had no plan for this week of guest DJ-ing until I was on my way to a gathering of book people a week ago, and suddenly it became obvious what I needed to do. So I'm curious, do the rest of y'all have song/book pairings you'd suggest? Also, please drop your lists.
I was recently reminded of the fabulous comments generated by this song, so I decided to check out whether Sleigh Bells had any live songs about topics other than A Machines and B Machines. Turns out, there were a bunch of options to choose from.
I wasn't expecting to really like what I found, but I actually like it quite a lot.
Book Pairing: Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derek Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James
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DG played something else by this quartet last year, which let me to this wonderful piece composed by Gabriella Smith.
And if you're curious (as I was), according to their website, "the Aizuri Quartet draws its name from 'aizuri-e,' a style of predominantly blue Japanese woodblock printing that is noted for its vibrancy and incredible detail."
Book pairing: Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown.
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The jalapeño's baseball season came to an end last Monday with a loss in the first round of the playoffs. On Tuesday, he volunteered to be 3rd base coach at his brother's t-ball game, on Thursday he went to the championship game for a team a bunch of his friends were on, and last night he watched Field of Dreams for the first time. The season may be done, but the obsession lives on.
I've been reading memoir in verse recently. In June I read Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson and immediately after that picked up This Is the Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy, both of which were excellent.
I don't always think poetry is a great fit for nonfiction topics--poetry is often works well to distill a topic to its essence and prompt readers to see something from a fresh perspective. I don't think poetry is typically good at conveying background information and putting events in a larger context, which is often what I want from nonfiction. But in the case of memoir, poetry can get to the heart of a story and keep things moving along--because even a really interesting life surely contains plenty of mundane details that readers won't really care about.
The latest books I have from the library are not poetry, and every time I look at them, I think about how very many words are on each page. I should probably start one of those books soon, though.
What have you been reading? Have you encountered books that you thought you wouldn't like that surprised you?