Friday Favorites: Reading Music

Well, hello there my dear bookish people! This post is coming at you from Emerald City Comic Con! I just finished my first day at the con and it was a blast! The last panel I went to for the day was a sing along for Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog and it was AMAZING! Getting to sing along with a whole room full of other fans was awesome and it gives me a great segue into this week’s Friday Favorites topic: Reading Music!

I know that this is a love it or loathe it topic but I LOVE music while I read. I live in a fairly noisy neighborhood and I find the sounds of my neighbors distracting (and highly annoying, but I’ll refrain from a rant).

And quickly, before I dive into my favorite reading music, I wanted to say that since I am at con tomorrow I wont be able to make a link list of any Friday Favorites as early as I normally would. I will definitely pull any Friday Favorites post links that you drop in my comments and make the list at the end of the day when I am home from con. I really appreciate everyone who posts and I try to maintain the link list through the day, but it just wont be possible tomorrow. SORRY!!


Two Steps from Hell, specifically the following albums: Skyworld, Battlecry, Unleashed, and Vanquish – I stumbled upon this group on Pandora about 3 years ago and it was one of the best musical discoveries I’ve had in ages. They are neo classical and TOTALLY EPIC! You’d think they’d only be good for fantasy book reading, but I read the Illuminae Files with Skyworld and Battlecry as my background and it was awesome. I specifically recommend Cannon in D Minor from Battlecry.

Anything by Bear McCreary – Bear McCreary is my favorite. I was first introduced to his work from the Battlestar Galactica soundtrack. He goes from rhythmic drums for battles to heart wrenching violins for emotional scenes with such masterful grace. After BSG, I would start new TV shows and think “Hm, I like this score, I wonder if it’s Bear” and it almost always was. He has also worked on Black Sails, The Walking Dead, Da Vinci’s Demons, Outlander, and many more. His ability to evoke strong emotions pairs well with reading for me. I specifically recommend Roslin and Adama from Battlestar Galatica Season 2 soundtrack.

RetroWave/Outrun playlist on Spotify – I need to say right now that I am so happy I got a Spotify account finally. Their curated playlists are a thing of beauty. The RetroWave/Outrun playlist is synth-y perfection and is awesome for science fiction reading. I specifically recommend Gutterpunk Kids by Sami Matar.

Claissical Noir playlist on Spotify – Hooooooo boy, I love this playlist. Another one that I stumbled upon randomly through Spotify. It is rich and dark and everything I need for reading. I think it pairs better with more in depth fantasy stories, but it really could be good for anything. I specifically recommend They Being Dead Yet Speaketh by Jóhann Jóhannsson.

The Lord of the Rings Complete Recordings soundtracks by Howard Shore – I mean, is there music more perfect for fantasy reading? These soundtracks take you all through Middle Earth, but they blend nicely to whatever story you are reading. I also like the Hobbit soundtracks, but I feel like the LOTR soundtracks just fit reading better. I specifically recommend The Plains of Rohan from the Two Towers soundtrack.

So, do you listen to music when you read? And if yes, what is your favorite music to listen to?

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