I’m trying out yet another book meme. Don’t hate; I love memes, lists, and books. It was inevitable that I eventually start participating in Top Ten Tuesday at The Broke and the Bookish. For the record, I at least started writing this on Tuesday, even if I didn’t post it until Wednesday. I’m not super broke, but I am most certainly bookish.
Top Ten Books I’d Give a Theme Song To
Just for a challenge and for the love of the band, I’m going to try to do this with all Switchfoot songs.
- The Hunger Games: The first CD I listened to on the new stereo I got for Christmas was Switchfoot’s Eastern Hymns for Western Shores EP. “We Are Bound” is the perfect soundtrack to those moments when Katniss acknowledges that the Games are not about death or victory. They’re about power, and his song expresses the hopelessness of the people of Panem.
Roam in a bitter bliss … / Throw in the timeless fist … / We are bound / We are falling through
- Saints Behaving Badly: This book was all about how men and women who had really dark pasts became role models of faith. Sounds like a bunch of “Dark Horses” to me.
I made my mistakes / I’ve seen my heart cave in / I got my scars / I’ve been to hell and back again / Born for the blue skies / We’ll survive the rain / Born for the sunrise / We’ll survive the pain
- Bumped: One of my absolute favorite SF songs is one that was never a single. It’s from the breakthrough Beautiful Letdown album, and it’s called “Ammunition.” So much of what Melody, Zan, and Harmony experience is an explosion based on the world they live in.
We’ve been blowing’ up, we’re the issue / It’s our condition … / We are the fuse in the ammunition… / Look what a mess we’ve made of love … / We’ve got ourselves to blame
- Unplanned: Abby Johnson’s story was a great presentation of how she wanted to help women and find justification for her past choices. Instead, she found herself trapped when her heart changed. I’ve always thought “Circles” would be a perfect movie soundtrack song, and her story is just waiting to be dramatized on film.
Am I alive? / Am I on purpose? … / Spinning out in circles … / I’ve lost all that I wanted to be
- How to Find Your Soulmate Without Losing Your Soul: This was the best book about love I’ve read in a very long time. SF writes a lot about God, so it’s hard to choose just one. I’ll go with “Restless,” for its chorus centered around Augustine’s famous declaration of the restlessness of our hearts looking for God, even when the best we can have on Earth is a husband or wife.
I am restless, I am restless, I am restless looking for you
- Beauty Queens: I had mixed feelings about this book, but it was extremely culturally relevant. SF songs that speak to the culture are usually reaching for deep themes (loneliness, the media, the search for God), but “American Dream” takes a good stab at a general distastefulness at the way the world is today.
Maybe we’ve been caught singing red, white, blue, and green, / but that ain’t my America / This ain’t my American dream … / I wanna live and die for bigger things
- The Giver: Jonas wants to experience everything his world has to offer, not just what the government decides people are strong enough to handle. He tries to make a splash, but the only way he can get out is to flee. He wants to get big and “Rise Above It.”
Just another lemon into lemonade job / Just another rust and dust facade … / Oh come on! / It feels so typical / Guess I’m looking for a miracle / Rise above it / Rise above it / I don’t care what they’re telling me/ We could be what we want to be / Rise above it / Rise above it
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Harry and Ginny’s relationship was never fantastically developed, but it was much better in the books than in the movies. Since Harry has to be the hero, any girl who’s with him has to be willing to let him do his “saving-people thing” and still love him when he rises from the ashes. He practically asks the lyrics of “Enough to Let Me Go.”
Do you love me enough to let me go? / To let me follow through, to make me fall for you, my love / Do you love me enough to let me go?
- Orthodoxy: Aside from being witty and brilliant, Chesterton walks us through his journey from skepticism to faith. For him, it’s not about make-believe, but about logic and truth.
When I look at the stars, I feel like myself … / When I look at the stars, I see someone else
- The Princess Diaries: Mia is only concerned with being exactly who she wants to be, and she is delightful and endearing in the process. She is “The Original.”
Yeah, no one can do it / Free yourself / Yeah, there’s nothing to it / Free yourself / Yeah, don’t let nobody try to steal your soul / You’re the original
Hooray! I made it through all ten! This meme might be a keeper.