Ah, music: either people like listening to it while they’re reading, or they see doing so as sacrilege. While we think either is fine, we believe both parties can agree on the benefits of having a pump-up song to get you in the mood to read. We’ve shared some of our favorites that we think will get your imagination going and your fingers itching to crack open a YA book.
1. “Feeling Good” by Michael Bublé
This song never fails to get our blood pumping. It’ll get you feeling good and excited for any occasion, reading a YA book included.
2. “Go the Distance” by Michael Bolton
There’s just something magical about songs from Disney movies. This classic is from Hercules. How could you go wrong with a tune that was used to pump up a god?
3. “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers
This is a song perfect for anyone in need of a pick-me-up. Bill Withers’s calming voice will make you reach for the nearest novel.
4. “Little Talks” by Of Monsters and Men
There’s just something about this song that always makes our imaginations whirl. Whether it’s the upbeat melody or the thought-provoking lyrics, there’s magic in it that never fails to put us in a reading mood.
5. “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
This instant classic from A Star Is Born has millions singing along to its heart-wrenching lyrics. It’s also a great song to listen to before sitting down to read.
6. “Something Wild” by Lindsey Stirling
Lindsey Stirling’s music is evocative, making anyone feel like they could do anything. This song is no exception.
7. “Somewhere Only We Know” by Keane
This song reminds us of exploring new areas and taking long walks through parks. There’s something about it that we never fail to connect with, and it has that special, imaginative quality that always makes us want to read.
8. “Something Just Like This” by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay
Coldplay has great music to put you in a reading mood. This song is one of our favorites.
9. “This Town” by Niall Horan
This is the kind of music people like listening to on a quiet night around a campfire, roasting marshmallows with friends. It’s also great to listen to when you have a good book to look forward to afterward.
10. “1234” by Feist
Certain music goes hand in hand with reading. This song is gentle, calming, and just right to listen to before reading a book.