Notes from a Teens’ Top Ten Book Group Participant: Playlist for All the Bright Places

TeensTopTen_winner_WMTeens across the nation vote each year for the Teens’ Top Ten book list and the results are eagerly anticipated during Teen Read Week every October– but did you know how the books are nominated for this list in the first place?

Books are nominated by members of Teens’ Top Ten book groups in school and public libraries around the country. To give you a glimpse of some of the teens behind this process, we’re featuring posts from Teens’ Top Ten book groups here on The Hub. Today we have a playlist created by Sarah Liang from the Mount Carmel Academy Book Club, to go along with your reading of All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.

Reading has always been a way to escape reality for me, whether it’s through a cute romance novel or a suspense thriller. I don’t think I’ve ever spent a day away from a book! Sometimes it just helps to be able to curl up with a good novel on a nice day and let your imagination run free. Along with books, I have always had a deep connection with music. I’ve found that my love for music and books overlaps constantly. I am always thinking of songs that go along with a scene in my current read, and certain novels often come to mind when I’m listening to a good tune.

The galley program is one of my favorite things about the MCA book club and library. I really enjoy reading the unpublished books and giving my feedback on them. I have discovered some of my favorite new books through the galley program, and I can’t wait to discover even more! 

Last month, I picked up All the Bright Places as a galley from my school’s library, and I instantly fell in love with it. As I read this book, I found many songs that related to the lives of Theodore Finch and Violet Markey. These are some tunes I thought of while reading this wonderful novel:

1. “Cough Syrup” by Young the Giant

2. “Let’s Dance to Joy Division” by the Wombats

3. “Oh, What A Life” by American Authors

4. “Cecilia and the Satellite” by Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

5. “Rollercoaster” by Bleachers

6. “Hear Me” by Imagine Dragons

7. “The River” by Manchester Orchestra

8. “Thought Wrong” by Bear Hands

9. “Leave It Alone” by Manchester Orchestra

10. “Truce” by Twenty One Pilots

-Sarah Liang, Mount Carmel Academy Book Club