Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: I Got the Music in Me!

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is...

I Got the Music in Me!

You know what I always associate with summer? Live music shows! This was my year. My daughter and I had tickets to see quite a few artists: Fall Out Boy, Green Day, All Time Low, Dashboard Confessional, The Get Up Kids, Weezer, The Maine -- I was really excited. But then 2020 was canceled. 😭

No live shows for me, but I still got a good dose of music in many books I have read. As always, I am trying to feature books I read within the past year and which were also highly rated. 
  • All Our Worst Ideas by Vicky Skinner - The bulk of this story takes place in a record shop, and these kids really loved music. The book abounds with musical references, and Oliver was apparently a 90s music scene lover, so many of my faves were name dropped. 
  • More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn - Parts of this story are set in a club, Loud Lizard, where live music is played, but there are many other connections to music as well. Vada ran a music blog, while Luke, the son of a famous punk rocker, was a musician and song writer. The book was packed with music and musical references and I just loved it. 
  • You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson - Liz was musician trying to earn a seat in the orchestra as well as a talent base scholarship.  
  • In the Key of Nira Ghani by Natasha Deen - Nira was an aspiring trumpet player, who had to play in secret. She loved jazz and could really blow, but had difficult time convincing her parents it was a worthwhile pursuit. She plays, performs, and waxes poetic about jazz throughout the book. 
  • I'll Be the One by Lyla Lee - Skye was a singing and dancer fighting for her place on a K-Pop competition show, and it was fun getting an inside look at this world. 
  • Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally - Jesse was a well establish country music star, while Maya was trying to break into the business. It was great seeing it from both sides, and a Miranda Kenneally book is always a pleasure to read. 
  • Lucky Caller by Emma Mills - Another book, where the musical influence comes in many forms. Front and center is the radio show, which was dedicated to 90s music, but then there was the mention of three different Emma Mills created fandoms, which added more music and more fun. 
  • Night Music by Jenn Marie Thorne - The two main characters are both classically trained musicians and the setting in a prestigious summer music program. Lots of playing, composing, and listening to music in this book. 
  • Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson - Jackson always writes these awesome books with a bit of mystery, and I loved the throwback to the late 90s in this book too. 
  • Somewhere Only We Know by Maureen Goo - Another K-Pop entry, and a book that sits on my favorites shelf. I loved the romance and the whirlwind tour of Hong Kong I got from this book.  

Favorite live music show you attended?
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