Hello, dear readers! A few days ago I was browsing through my newsfeed when I found an interesting book tag that I wanted to share with you. There are 10 song titles and you have to choose a book you’ve read to match a certain criterion. Here is my list of books and my argumentation for each criterion.
1. Guns N Roses “November Rain”
Pick a book with a sad/tragic ending
Dumnezeu s-a născut în exil/ Dieu est né en éxile/ God Was Born in Exile by Vintilă Horia. Though it is an apocryphal journal of Latin poet Ovid’s exile on Scythian shores, the writing style is so intimate and poetic that it makes you empathise with Ovid’s suffering, longing for Rome and long-term journey to self-awareness. I won’t say how the novel ends, but it left a bitter taste in my mouth.
2. Queen “Another One Bites The Dust”
Pick a book with a lot of killing in it
Song of Roland/ La Chanson de Roland as any ancient or medieval epic, it has betrayal, hatred, a lot of violent scenes and killings in it. After reading the first half of the book, you feel as if you could sense the smell of death.
3. Britney Spears “Oops I Did It Again”
Pick a book you’ve read more than twice
Ciuleandra by Liviu Rebreanu is definitely one of my favourite books. I’ve read it three times and I’m sure I could never get tired of it, due to the social, psychological and pathological issues tackled in this novel. It is also fast paced, so it won’t take long to explore it.
4. Pink Floyd “Wish you Were Here”
Your most anticipated book
I don’t have a most anticipated book because there are many classics and genre fiction books I want to read. However, I would like to explore someday The Clash of Civilisations by Samuel P. Huntington which deals with conflicts between the Western and Eastern World, their cultures and beliefs in post-Cold War era.
5. Florence and The Machine “No Light No Light”
Pick a book that was just so bad you’d like to lock it away in a dark corner and never look at it ever again
Basmul Prințesei Repede-Repede by Emil Brumaru and Veronica D. Niculescu is a book I would definitely lock away because it had puerile erotic content mixed with fairy-tale-like adventures. I’m sure that the poet and the writer tried to create something out of the ordinary due to the alternation of poetry and prose, but this experience was a waste of time for me.
6. Skylar Grey “Final Warning”
Pick a book with a kickass protagonist you wouldn’t want to piss off
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë has a badass protagonist with whom you wouldn’t want to mess. Heathcliff is loyal to the ones he loves, but if his trust is shattered to pieces, he becomes obsessive, revengeful and merciless. Though Heathcliff is sometimes cruel and heartless, he is one of my favourite male characters.
7. My Chemical Romance “I’m Not Okay…I Promise”
Pick a book that deals with a hard topic
Disgrace by J.M Coetzee is a novel that deals with serious topics such as the post-apartheid era in South Africa, the vulnerable state of women in a male-dominated society, rape, violence and racism.
8. Linkin Park “Breaking the Habit”
Pick a book that you read that was outside your comfort zone but you still enjoyed
The Satyricon by Petronius it’s a book out of my comfort zone not because of the sexual and LGBTQ content, but because it shows the how elder masters used teenage boys as their sex slaves and little girls are ‘initiated’ in becoming priestesses in Priapus’ Temple. However, overall the book is hilarious and sometimes grotesque in a manner that inspired Rabelais’s works.
9. Troye Sivan “Happy Little Pill”
Pick a book that makes you happy
Pride and. Prejudice by Jane Austen is an enjoyable book about an important problem that kept the minds of girls and of their parents preoccupied for centuries – marriage. Yes, this novel makes me happy that I didn’t live in that era. Well, besides that, what can be funnier than a love-hate relationship à l’anglais?
10. Ladyhawke “Dusk Til Dawn”
Pick a book that you read in one night/one sitting
Confessions of An English Opium-Eater by Thomas de Quincey was also a book out of my comfort zone, not so much for its theme, but because of the erudite writing style mixed with Latin and Greek terms. Though the beginning was not too appealing, the protagonist’s journey from addiction to recovery and the depictions of his hallucinations kept me reading for hours and hours – from dusk to dawn and beyond.
How would your list look like? Feel free to write it in the comment section below.