What she reads if she loves music

What she reads if she loves music

Let’s be real, does anyone not love music? If you’re looking for a book to remind you of your love for music both new and old, these are the eight books you’ll want to settle in with this weekend.

When the Beat Drops by Anna Hecker

In this new YA novel by Anna Hecker, a 17-year-old girl must find her way in the face of a tough decision: playing classical music or DJing. Mira always did what she thought was right in life, pursuing a potential career playing trumpet for a highly-esteemed music school. But her life plans are thrown off course when she attends her first warehouse party with her sister, quickly becoming entranced in the new music scene. Quickly finding a love for DJing, Mira will have to decide where she wants her life to lead in this novel about growing up and finding your rightful path.

A Song for the Road by Rayne Lacko

Carter Danforth is only 15 when a tornado destroys his home in Tulsa. With his mother in the hospital nursing injuries from the storm, she requests he goes to stay with his sister in Reno. But having spent his mother’s hidden money stash on a guitar his dad once hawked, he decides to instead road trip to California in search of his father – a man who took of six years ago. This full-hearted read seamlessly blends a YA coming-of-age story with the power of music.


On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

In this new novel from the author who brought readers The Hate You Give, a young girl will find out what it’s like to really support her family by going after her dreams. After losing her father, 16-year-old Bri knew that she wanted to follow in his hip-hop footsteps, quickly working to make a name for herself. Can Bri achieve the things she’s always wanted and support her mother financially at the same time?


Zayn by Zayn

In this crossover photo book collection from One Direction alumni, Zayn Malik, readers get an inside look at what it’s like to live the life of a rock star. Filled with personal photos from the singer’s travels and prose explaining the meaning behind his lyrics and what he’s learned from his experiences with fame, this book brings you inside the head of one of the world’s most popular artists.


A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

This intriguing novel from Jennifer Egan is the perfect book for fans of both fiction and music. This book is intertwined with bits and pieces of music lingo and even a playlist to listen to alongside the book. Once upon a time, Bennie was a punk rocker and is now a record exec who works alongside the troubled Sasha. This book brings about a whole cast of characters who all intermingle with one another in new and surprising ways.


Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl: A Memoir by Carrie Brownstein

Carrie Brownstein never expected to be an international rock star in a feminist punk-rock group but after her move to the Pacific Northwest, she became fully immersed in the new and exciting atmosphere. This telling memoir digs deep into Carrie’s background as a woman as well as an artist and what led her to be one of the most important music figures of the 90s.


Testimony by Robbie Robertson

This New York Times bestseller tells the life story of beloved rocker Robbie Robertson and his music group, The Band. Influencing other musicians and the world around him, Robbie recounts what it was like to work with some of music’s most popular artists and the exciting life he led through the 60s and 70s.


Dave Hill Doesn’t Live Here Anymore by Dave Hill

Dave Hill is both a musician and comedian whose 2016 release details the life of a man who just couldn’t seem to find his way. Still living with his parents at almost 30-years-old, he decided to get his life together, moving to New York City and living in an apartment that was less than satisfactory. This book is an exploration of figuring out life when all you want to do is lounge around mom and dad’s house in your undies.

Ashley Johnson

Content Editor + Producer

Ashley has always been a writer at heart, receiving a diary from her mother at a very young age. Supportive book-buying parents influenced her love of literature and storytelling as she grew up. Her love for songwriting led the way to creating short stories and the start of her own blog where she documented her life as a college student. A fan of dark plot lines, Ashley picked up Stephen King’s It and never looked back. When she is not working on her first novel or new story ideas, Ashley can be found curled up with her rescue chihuahuas or exploring breathtaking locations throughout the US.

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