Lyrics and Literature – Are They Good or Bad Together?

Hi guys! Lately I’ve been trying to come up with fun post ideas so reviews don’t dominate my blog, and after scrolling through some of my favorite book blogs, I found inspiration in one of Ava’s posts. πŸ™‚

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The title is just me trying to sound articulate haha. Basically I’m talking about listening to music while reading and/or blogging.

I love music, particularly Taylor Swift (and proud of it), Bea MillerΒ (check her out!), and Disney (no explanation needed). If I ever make song references in my posts, it’s to a song from one of the three above. I tolerate my sister’s music (Florence + The Machine and Poets of the Fall, mainly) and occasionally find something not-too-terrible on the radio, but those three are typically all I listen to. πŸ˜‰

But thinking of that made me think of something else: I’m very picky about what kind of music I listen to and at what times.

If you were wondering, no, I don’t listen to Taylor in the morning, a varying Disney movie soundtrack at two, and Bea at five as I make dinner – nothing like that.Β I doubt any of you were actually wondering that. It’s probably just me being weird. I just mean that sometimes I can listen to music and others I can’t.

Sometimes I think music is just a requirement: car rides, workouts, while doing homework, while blogging. Right now I’m listening to Bea’s album Not An Apology. Others I think silence is better, for whatever odd reason. But then there’s times when I’m not sure, like when I’m reading.

For most people, they can tolerate music/other noises while reading or they can’t. Then there’s me, and maybe some of you can relate: each situation is different. In my case, it depends on the book. If I’m completely immersed in the book, I tend to zone out and am most likely to listen to instrumental music, like movie soundtracks or classical. On occasion, though, especially if I haven’t played music in a while, I’ll listen to Taylor or Bea or a Disney soundtrack and sing along if I happen to come back to the real world momentarily. But if the book is more average or I haven’t gotten into it yet, music will distract me. If I were to put in headphones, there would be nothing playing and it would just be an attempt at concentrating.

Typically, I can read while people talk, no matter what book I’m reading. Other noises (like my sister’s video games) distract me and I either reread the same few paragraphs or stop trying altogether. But music, for some reason I can’t pinpoint, either helps or breaks my concentration. My best guess is that it depends on the book, but even that’s just a guess.Β I might just be a peculiar human. >.<

Do you listen to music while blogging? While reading? Can you read with any noise or does it have to be silent? Or are you just sort of odd, like me? Regardless, what kind of music do you like to listen to? I’d love to know! πŸ™‚


And that wraps up this post! I know it’s a little nonsensical and random, but it was on my mind and I want to personalize my blog more, so here we are. A personal blog to me means some random things sprinkled in with the bookish ones. But anyway, I hope you enjoyed it and I’d love to chat! πŸ™‚

I’m off to read more of Frostbite and go to a doctor’s appointment. I hope you all have a fabulous day/night! ❀

Until next time…

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7 thoughts on “Lyrics and Literature – Are They Good or Bad Together?

  1. That was a great post. With me, when I read, I can play music but I would have to make sure its really quiet so I can get into the book and have the music on in the background. I would normally listen to country while reading.

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  2. I don’t typically listen to music when I read, simply because it distracts. I like to have complete silence, so I can fully immerse myself into the world. However, if I decide that I want to read in the lounge-room, for example, I put my headphones in and listen to music like Adele or something instrumental, loud enough so I can block out the television or people talking. Great post! πŸ™‚

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  3. Sometimes I listen to music while I read, but I generally prefer silence. Most of the time, television or talking in the background distracts me, in which case listening to music is a better background for reading. I usually like to listen to more mellow music or instrumental when I read though. This one composer Sam Cushion has awesome book inspired instrumental music. Great post!

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