Are you the sort of person who has to have music on as they read, or do you prefer the peace and quiet to concentrate? I’m firmly in the must-have-music camp, and often spend ages scrolling through Spotify to find the perfect sounding music for a book I’m reading!
I wanted to share some of the soundtracks and playlists I’ve read along to while reading some of my favourite books – it may even spur you on to have a listen to music yourself when you’re reading!
With new books, I find it much easier to listen to something I either know already, or music that is really neutral. If I listen to a new album with a new book, I find myself concentrating too hard on listening to the music rather than what’s on the page, so I tend to go for playlists I’ve listened to a few times already. All of these playlists are instrumental only, as singing can also really distract me from the words. I’m going to make sure to include links to all of the playlists and albums too, so you can take a listen if you want to.
SIX OF CROWS DUOLOGY – THE WITCHER 3 SOUNDTRACK
I’d listened to The Witcher 3 soundtrack a fair bit before picking up Six of Crows – the disc came with the game and I really enjoyed listening to this dark, enchanting music. When I started reading Crows, this music fitted perfectly. Tracks like The Song Of The Sword-Dancer and Silver For Monsters… aligned perfectly for the tense, brutal fight scenes, and the track Aen Seidhe really got me into the headspace of the gritty, violent Ketterdam streets.
You can take a listen here: https://open.spotify.com/album/6pYNEn4tMc6gdv5fIZf5yn?si=CGn_UOzqSXSbESS7I81AeQ
KING OF SCARS – SPIRITED AWAY SOUNDTRACK
When reading King of Scars, I was really in the mood to listen to Studio Ghibli music, and luckily I was able to listen to the wonderful Spirited Away soundtrack. The tracks were surprisingly fitting, especially Procession Of The Spirits. The sadder songs also worked really well, particularly towards that middle section with Nina which we won’t talk about…
You can take a listen here: https://open.spotify.com/album/766a5fKJYFy9ii4Kz2bQy9?si=6q1wozrnRKau4XqcXeN_lw
AURORA CYCLE – DEEP SPACE CHILL OUT PLAYLIST
This playlist is AMAZING – and perfect for a sci-fi read! A lot of the tracks can blend quite seamlessly, so it isn’t too distracting when reading and becomes a perfect background listen. It’s also perfect for imagining you’re reading on a spacecraft flying through space, which is just what I wanted for reading the Aurora Cycle series!
You can take a listen here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3z9LQeNbB2vYzliUSqRTBd?si=msm5D9F8QyCNOAcHIrupQg
THE FOLK OF THE AIR SERIES – DARK FANTASY FOR READING PLAYLIST
You can take a listen here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1JHNMPqpiB9sxCXuka85XT?si=bxmnEUn2Rymiw3Cfe7uC0g
GENERAL CONTEMPORARY READING – SOUNDSCAPES FOR GAMING PLAYLIST
If I’m just reading a general contemporary book, this playlist never fails at being atmospheric, calming and interesting. It’s also familiar enough for me to have on no matter what book, but I find it works quite well with contemporary in particular. There are lots of mellow tracks that end up helping me drift off into the world of the book I’m reading.
You can take a listen here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1DWXpOtMyVOt4Q?si=m94nFmfST_mRhQygb9QJPw
GENERAL FANTASY READING – VIDEO GAME CHILLOUT COLLECTION
There are plenty of recognisable remixed tracks in this playlist that won’t make me stop and wonder what game it’s from, which makes it the perfect playlist for my general fantasy reads! I’m a huge fan of the track Blue Fields, as I find it fits so well with a lot of slower, tense fantasies. This playlist feels like a good playlist for world building, which might be why I like it so much for fantasy reads.
You can take a listen here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3gsSHCKgJ4jPU3qsitwJRB?si=L2Vi-6ViSJyjOu3H-2-UrA
So there you have it! A peek into my reading habits when it comes to settling down with a good book. Music is a must-have when I’m reading – especially when commuting as it helps to block out the outside world. I’d love to hear some of your favourite track, albums and playlists you listen to when reading!