Top Ten Tuesday: Music and Books

For this Top Ten Tuesday I wanted to do songs I associate with a particular book, but it turns out I can only come up with one:

“DOA,” Foo Fighters—New Moon, by Stephenie Meyer. When my roommates and I were reading the Twilight series back in the mid-2000s, we discovered that Meyer’s website contained playlists for each of the books. I feel differently about the books now than I did then, but I still enjoy the playlists, and I love Foo Fighters anyway so this is one of my favorites.

Since I couldn’t think of any others, I decided to list the five books that have been adapted into movies that I think have the best soundtracks.


The Hours, by Michael Cunningham—movie soundtrack by Philip Glass

Chocolat, by Joanne Harris—movie soundtrack by Rachel Portman

Memoirs of a Geisha, by Arthur Golden—movie soundtrack by John Williams

Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling—movie soundtracks done by different composers, but that theme everyone knows is by John Williams

The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien—movie soundtrack by Howard Shore

And an honorable mention, because obviously, but also because a lot of people probably didn’t know it was a book first:

Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory, by Mickey Rapkin—movie soundtrack by various artists.


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