“Tuesday’s Tunes” is an occasional post containing a playlist I’ve made with a specific theme, often related to a book or books in general.
I haven’t done a “Tuesday’s Tunes” in what feels like forever. Since today just happens to be my Birthday, I figured I would share my Birthday playlist with all of you. Enjoy! 🙂
All of the songs on this playlist are sung/performed by women, and most of them come from the 80’s and 90’s. These songs were a major part of my musical upbringing, and will always be some of my favorites.
I’m gonna go eat ice cream cake now.
It’s been several months since I last did a “Tuesday’s Tunes.” Since this is the one month of the year when everyone is supposed to be sappy and romantic or the complete opposite, or celebrating Galentine’s, I’ve put together a playlist of love-related songs mentioned in books or on the soundtracks of movie adaptations. The only exception is “Where You Lead”, the theme song to Gilmore Girls. However, Rory was a true book addict, so I consider the song to be just as much a “Literary Valentine” as the others. There’s something to listen to, no matter your feelings about Cupid, relationships, or those chalky heart-shaped candies.
Bonus Life Hack: If you’re a chocoholic like me, wait until the day after Valentine’s Day to hit the stores and stock up on enough clearance chocolate to last until Easter.
For those of you who don’t know what 5HTP is, it’s one of the building blocks of serotonin, and a dietary supplement that is sold as an antidepressant. It also happens to be the title of my go-to playlist for anytime I’m feeling down. Since last week beat me up emotionally and mentally, I’ve decided to share it with you. In addition to taking breaks to read anything not related to WWII, I’ve been listening to this playlist quite a bit, usually on my commute to school, and it has helped tremendously.
What songs do you listen to that help you get out of the dumps?
Tuesday’s Tunes is the replacement for Tuesday’s Tunes and Things. The other half will be Thursday’s Things.
Yes, I know podcasts aren’t really “tunes”, but a Google+ community I belong to, as well as the Sword and Laser book club, have been discussing the podcasts the members listen to. One had an emphasis on bookish podcasts, and the other on Science Fiction and Fantasy, along with some general Science ones. Oh, the podcasts I discovered! I’ve listened to more podcasts than I have music since then, so I decided to share my favorites with all of you.
- Welcome to Night Vale – Lovecraftian fiction told as an evening talk radio show for the fictional town of Night Vale. You can start at the very beginning on their Youtube channel.
- Bookrageous – general bookish discussion.
- Overdue – a discussion of a different book each episode.
- Nerdette – Not really bookish, but they do discuss interesting topics every episode that often involve books and comic books.
- Sword and Laser – Companion podcast to the Sword and Laser book club on Goodreads.
- Dear Book Nerd – They answer a couple questions each episode about anything bookish you can think of.
- The Writer and the Critic – 2 different books are discussed each episode, which are apparently every 2 months, giving you time to read the books if you want.
- Literary Disco – “Writers talk about reading.”
- In Our Time – Not completely bookish, but the archives will let your History, Philosophy, Culture, and/or Science Nerd run free.
- The Readers – General bookish discussion.
- The Incomparable – Not entirely bookish, but they discuss all things in geeky media.
- The Functional Nerds – Also not entirely bookish, but they discuss all things Sci-Fi and Fantasy.
- Pseudopod – Horror stories.
- Podcastle – Fantasy stories.
- Escape Pod – Science Fiction stories.
- Drabblecast – “Strange stories, by strange authors, for strange listeners.”
I’ve been watching all my favorite holiday movies, and reading a couple of my favorite holiday books, while eating popcorn, drinking hot chocolate with marshmallows, and wearing my Hobbit Cardigan, favorite pajamas, and fuzzy socks. The playlist below is the much shorter version of the Christmas music I love to have on in the background until I get sick of it and take it off my mp3 player until next year.
- “A Very Dickens Christmas” – a great article about A Christmas Carol.
- Neil Gaiman reading A Christmas Carol – Because not all of us are able to get to Galveston, TX.
- How Your Favorite Characters Celebrate Christmas
- The Ultimate List of the Best Christmas Stories Ever
- 11 Christmas Presents Perfect For the Fictional Characters On Your Holiday Gift List
It’s getting closer to Christmas, but I’m not quite in the mood for Christmas music yet. So, I’ve included my “Winter” playlist in this Tuesday’s Tunes and Things instead. Also, since many of you might still be looking for that perfect gift or stocking stuffer (or you want to treat yourself to a little something), I’ve included a second bookish holiday gift guide (otherwise known as my wishlist part 2).
- Reading Journals – I love reading journals. I prefer using them to keeping digital notes on the books I’m reading.
- Old Book candle – yet another old book scented candle
- Book Safes – I, of course, want the Hobbit ones.
- Best of 2014: Book Riot Box – I subscribe to Book Riot’s Quarterly box, and they’ve never let me down.
- C.S. Literary Jewelry – The discount code BOOKGEEK10 gets you 10% off.
- Book Lovers key ring – I’d like to get one of these to show off my love of reading while I’m away from home.
- Scented Candles and Diffusers – If you love Edgar Allen Poe, Leo Tolstoy, Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, Emily Dickinson, and/or Mark Twain, there’s an inspired scent just for you.
- “My Weekend is All Booked” sweatshirt
Since it’s Book Week Scotland, and I’m hosting a read-along for Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott, I decided to dedicate this month’s playlist to Scotland. Below is a link to my Spotify playlist, “Outlander”, named for the book and TV show. I have a significantly longer version on my MP3 player that I listen to whenever I’m reading one of the “Outlander” books, or anything set in Scotland.
This month’s links are a bit all over the place. There’s something interesting for everyone who loves books:
- Òran Tàlaidh Na Mnà-Sìdhe – The lyrics in Gaelic and English to the 2nd song on the playlist.
- Literary Moments in Star Trek: The Next Generation – I love Star Trek TNG, partly for all the literary references.
- Literary Starbucks – Find your favorite author and see how they would order at Starbucks.
- Cool Stuff Librarians Do: Librarians Without Borders
- 32 Books Guaranteed to Make You Laugh Out Loud – I’ve read several of these, so I think this is a pretty good list for those times when you need a good laugh.
- Here’s the Scientific Reason You Get Lost in a Book
- “I’m No Yer Bonny Lass!” On “Outlander” & Scottishness – a critique of the narrow depictions of Scots and Scottish culture. As much as I love the “Outlander” series, I think it’s important to remember that there is more to Scotland than what is most often portrayed in pop culture.
- Never Wait for a Sequel Again: 17 Standalone Fantasy Novels – I’ve read a few of these, and added several of the others to my Wishlist.
- Dear Library by Jackie Kay
- Digital Archive of Scottish Gaelic
I’ve decided to start this new feature called “Tuesday’s Tunes and Things”. It will be a collection of literary links I’ve come across and a playlist of music I listen to while reading. I’m thinking it will be a bimonthly or monthly post, instead of weekly. Since it’s Horror October Fortnight, this one is Halloween themed.
While I’ve been reading Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes for the read-along, I’ve been listening to this playlist. Be warned: this book and music combo might keep you awake for fear of nightmares about Mr. Dark and the Dust Witch. For whatever idiotic reason, the album “Carnival of Lost Souls” by Nox Arcana isn’t on Spotify, so it’s not on my playlist, but you can find it here.
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The 50 Scariest Short Stories of All Time (Flavorwire) – I’ve read several of these, and judging from that, I can say this is a great list. What I love about it is the links to the stories so you have quick access to scaring yourself silly.
Literary Witches Quiz – Test your knowledge of witches in literature.
9 Creepy Books to Read Just in Time for Halloween – Unfortunately I won’t have time to read any of these this October, since I’m trying to finish the three books I’m already reading by Halloween. I’m adding a few of these to my list of books to read next October though.
5 Great Halloween Reads for Kids (Nerdist) – These are also great for those who prefer to keep their Halloween more fun than freaky.
21 Literary-Inspired Pumpkins Every Bookworm will Adore and 18 Literary Pumpkins for a Bookish Halloween – Sadly, I don’t have any artistic ability when it comes to carving pumpkins. Otherwise, I would definitely make several of these.
3 Ghostly Good Reads – Kim, over at Bookmark to Blog, has convinced me to add Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake and The Diviners by Libba Bray to my TBR for next year.