The Book Theme Meme | Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Hello and welcome to The Book Theme Meme, my weekly meme which pairs a book and a song! Everyone is welcome here so here’s how to participate:

  • Link back to the originator (me, Lila @ The Bookkeeper’s Secrets)
  • Choose a book or book series.
  • Choose a song you feel like represents the book (fyi: it doesn’t have to have words, it can be classical or a score).
  • Post the book/series and the song.
  • Tell us what about the song reminds you of the book. Is it a particular lyric/s? Is it the general feeling of the song? Explain a little.
  • Leave a link to your post in the comments of my weekly post so we can find your post!

This week I chose the book Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo and have paired it with the song “Spectrum” by Florence + The Machine. This song reminds me in particular of the scene when our protagonist, Alina Starkov, is first introduced to the royal court. The song just sounds like the bending and refracting of light and I imagine that particular scene as Alina walking into the court in a burst of light (if I’m remembering correctly). That scene is particularly well described by the song lyrics,

Say my name

And every color illuminates

We are shining

And we will never be afraid again


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Lila is a 27-year-old college student studying physics and a lover of literature. When she's not busy reading or saving the world through science, Lila can be found singing jazz and blues and obsessing over hedgehogs (a.k.a. the cutest animals in the multiverse!)

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