Last night, I was reading (I finally found a book I like!!!) and listening to music when Falling Slowly from Once the Musical came on, and I realized that it is probably one of the most perfect songs for a romance novel.  The opening lines alone represent so many romance novel relationships.  They are:

I don’t know you
But I want you
All the more for that

How many times have you read these exact sentiments?  Then later there is this:

Take this sinking boat and point it home
We’ve still got time
Raise your hopeful voice you have a choice

You’ve made it now
Falling slowly sing your melody
I’ll sing it loud

Boy sees girl, boy falls instantly into lust/love, boy meets girl, who might need convincing, boy and girl live happily ever after.  Of course there is most always a BIG MISUNDERSTANDING of some kind in the middle there–maybe the girl has a lot of guy friends and the boy thinks that she’s involved with one of them, maybe the girl thinks the guy is a jerk because of something someone convinced her he did, or maybe there’s an evil family member trying to keep the two apart by telling lies to both of them.  Whatever it is, it is there and it causes major conflict for both hero and heroine.

All that aside, I started to wonder if anyone actually listens to reading playlists to match the stories that they’re reading.  I know that there are some authors, such as Lauren Willig, who writes the Pink Carnation series, that even include playlists of the songs they listened to as they were writing.  Personally, I tend to listen to whatever is on–either on the radio or my Ipod, sometimes on Pandora.  The only times I tend to tailor my playlists is if I’m reading something that takes place earlier in the 20th century.  For instance, when I was reading 11/22/63 by Stephen King, I listened to music from the 1950s and 60s because it just felt too weird to be reading about that time period while listening to Bruno Mars or even Madonna.

What about you?  Do any of you have specific playlists for when you read?


Romance novels have been a part of my life since I was 14 years old and one of my neighbors dropped off a laundry basket full of Harlequins. From that day on, my nose was always in a book. I started my first review site in 2013, but took some time off for personal issues in 2018.

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