A Song Title Book Tag

May 6, 2015

a song title book tag elitereHello, 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 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 empathize 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 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 trice 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 that I want to read. However, I would like to explore someday The Clash of Civilisations by Samuel P. Huntington that 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 (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 kick ass 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 broken 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 is a book out of my comfort zone not because of the sexual and homosexual content, but because it shows the use of teenage boys as sex slaves for their elder masters and also little girls who are ‘initiated’ before 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 and because 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 due to 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 our comment section.

by Alina Andreea Cătărău

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