Talking Between Reads (TBR): Playlist… What Music Genres Put You in the Mood for What Book Genres?

Posted July 11, 2016 by Jennifer in Talking Between Reads | | 8 Comments



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Playlists: What Music Genres Put You in the Mood for What Book Genres?

Authors talk about their playlists as in what music they listen to when they’re writing. Others talk about what music they listen to while reading. I can’t listen to music while I read. The lyrics distract me and I starting singing with the music instead of reading.

But lately, I’ve been listening to music and thinking, this song, artist or genre of music puts me in the mood to read a certain book genre.  More specifically Country music. I’m not a big fan of Country music or I haven’t been since high school (graduated in 1996). I work part-time at a clinic and they use Pandora as their music system and they shuffle between the 50s & 60s “rock” and 80s & 90s Country because it’s “safe” music for patients and most of our patients are over 70 (lol).

Listening to the “rock” makes me play guessing games as to what movie soundtrack I’ve heard the songs. Like Dirty Dancing, Beetle Juice and others. But the Country music is different. Most of them tell a story. About lost love, cheating and the one that got away. (Yes there’s songs about sexy trackers but those don’t count LOL)

Many of the ones I love are like listening to the plot of a Contemporary Romance story and this puts me in the mood for reading that genre. Some of the really good songs make me wish I was a writer so that I could try my hand at writing a novel based on a George Straight or Conway Twitty song.

Ok after you stopping laughing at the hair and clothes. Take the lyrics in consideration. It’s a great story about a one night stand with a cowboy and a rich girl. (yes, yes a cheating rich girl but I still like it!)

I won’t put you through another video but look at the lyrics to George Strait’s “Baby’s Gotten Good at Goodbye”.

 “Baby’s Gotten Good At Goodbye”

What a rotten day this turned out to be.
I still can’t believe she’d leave so easily.
She just got all her things, threw ’em into a pile,
Then she loaded her car and said after a while,
She’d done this before, but this time she didn’t cry.
That’s why I’m sittin’ on the front steps,
Staring down the road, wond’rin’ if she’ll come back –
This time I don’t know.
After she packed, when she looked back
There were no tears in her eyes,
And that’s got me worried thinking
Maybe my baby’s gotten good at goodbye.All the times before she’d break down and cry.
She’d make her threats, but her heart wasn’t set on goodbye.
She just wanted me to hear what she had to say.
Now I’m lost for words, since she went away.
She may not return for this time she didn’t cry.
[Chorus 2x]


Dude is heartbroken over his gal leaving him for the last time. How many heroes in romances have been burned by a woman leaving them? We watch them war over finding love with a new woman through the plot.


So what music genres get you in the mood to read? What genres do you pair together?

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I coexist with my husband of 15 years, our 11-year-old son and two chilled cats in the Deep South.

After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.

While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).
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8 responses to “Talking Between Reads (TBR): Playlist… What Music Genres Put You in the Mood for What Book Genres?

  1. Nathan

    I normally don’t listen to music at the same time as reading, but music can put me into the mood for a certain book.

    • Yes! I don’t listen while reading either but yeah that’s what this post is about… music putting me in the mood for certain kind of genres.

  2. For me it’s either old school R&B or some of the 90s and a little bit of today’s R&B that works really well while I’m reading. Sometimes when the song hits its climax I almost always find myself hitting the climax of the story without fail. I haven’t tried listening to country though while I’m reading, but it’ll definitely have to be something I’ll try.

  3. Great post. I listen to music all the time when I read. If I have no noise, my mind wanders more away from the book. When I first started reading, I needed songs without words. I would get scores from movie soundtracks, but now, I can listen to words with music, but it can’t be loud. I will admit that I do have to stop for specific songs every now and then. The one that got me this weekend was Shoop by Salt & Pepa. Once that song was over, I could go back to reading.

    • I’ve never been able to listen to music while I read. I can do the instrumental music sometimes but I prefer not to have music or tv on when I’m reading.

  4. Jonetta (Ejaygirl)

    Lol! Great post, Jennifer. I never listen to music while reading and don’t think of songs while I’m reading. However, if I’m reading a well written story involving music, I do hear it. Ava Miles’ Country Heaven and the Lost in Oblivion series by Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliott are two great examples. The first was country music (I heard Blake Shelton) and the second was rock (definitely Aerosmith).

    • Yeah I don’t listen while reading either. It’s not that I think about music while reading, it’s the other way around. I will hear a song and think of a genre.