The Book Theme Meme | Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Hey, y’all, it’s Lila! I’m back again with a new segment of The Book Theme Meme, an original book blog meme (created by Yours Truly) which celebrates books and music. The gist of this meme is that once a month, you pair a book with a song and tell us why you think they go together (🎵like rama-lama-lama-da-hippity-dip-de-dot!🎵…hey, don’t look at me like that! this is a musical book blog meme after all! btw, ten points to your Hogwarts house if you can tell me what that’s from lol)! Here are the rules…


  • Link back to the creator (me, Lila @ Hardcover Haven)
  • 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.
  • Your posts should go up on the second Thursday of each month
  • Leave a link to your post in the comments of my monthly post so we can find your post!

So now that you know the rules, let’s get this party started! *hums “Let’s Get It Started” by The Black Eyed Peas*…Wait. Y’all young’uns do remember that song, right? Please tell me you do…I’M NOT THAT OLD!!! *runs away sobbing*

This week I’ve chosen to feature Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones and I’ve paired it with Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful”…

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones // “Scars to Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara

24763621She just wants to be beautiful
She goes unnoticed, she knows no limits
She craves attention, she praises an image
She prays to be sculpted by the sculptor

This entire section of verse reminds me of Liesl (the main character of Wintersongso much! Throughout Wintersong, Liesl’s biggest, deepest desire is for someone to see her as beautiful, talented, important, and worthwhile.

Oh, she don’t see the light that’s shining
Deeper than the eyes can find it

This is more up to interpretation, but I think the lesson that Liesl has to learn is that beauty isn’t just skin deep, it comes from inside.  But just like the girl in this song verse, Liesl has trouble understanding that.

But there’s a hope that’s waiting for you in the dark
You should know you’re beautiful just the way you are

These verses remind me of Liesl’s journey through The Underground with Der Erlkonig (The Goblin King). In the literal and figurative darkness of The Underground, Liesl finds a bit of hope and starts to realize that she’s beautiful just as she is.

She says beauty is pain and there’s beauty in everything

Again, this is a bit more abstract, but a big theme of Wintersong is love and darkness. Over her journey, Liesl kinda learns that love is painful. This line reminds me of that sentiment–that love is both beautiful and painful.

“…I could go a little while longer”, she fades away

This line is reminiscent of Liesl’s time in The Underground. She stays partly because she feels she has to and partly because she wants to and she tells herself she can bear it, but even still, the longer she stays The Underground, the more she fades away.

Listen to the Song

About The Book

24763621Title: Wintersong

Author: S. Jae-Jones

Goodreads SummaryBeware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

Have you read Wintersong? If so, do you think my song choice fits? If you haven’t read the book, are you interested in it? Also, don’t forget to leave a link to your post if you’re participating in The Book Theme Meme this month!

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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!)

7 thoughts on “The Book Theme Meme | Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

  1. I did read the book but to tell you the truth, I didn’t like Liesl much. I think you’re giving her too much praise by attributing such a beautiful song to her. I just finished Shadowsong and she was super whiny in it. The character I liked best was the Goblin King. He was heartbreaking.

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    1. fair enough. i too was not a big fan of liesl, but i think the song speaks to what liesl needs to hear, more than who she is. i haven’t finished shadowsong yet, though, so she could be worse in that one. i did love der erlkonig, as well, and i wish we could get more stories about him (tbh, i’d honestly be thrilled if we got a prequel series about his whole story)!


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