6 books about music that will resonate with you 🎶

Hello bibliophiles! Today, the 27th of October is a special day.

Why?

Exactly 238 years ago, a musical genius was born.

Niccolò Paganini, an Italian virtuosic violinist.

He started the violin at 7, started performing at 11 and became on of the greatest composers, having the reputation of composing the hardest and most impossible violin repertoire, which included many insane hand positions (he had an unusually wide hand span), various supersonic speed passages and a huge amount of techniques like left hand pizzicato.

His skill was unparalleled to the extent of people thinking he had made a deal with the Devil.

He was really an interesting composer with so much controversy about him… if this intrigues you, I highly recommend checking out this article.

Thus, in celebration of Paganini’s birthday, I bring to you my first book recommendation post, six books about music that will resonate with you. Not all these books are solely about music but have an important theme of music through them and they range in genres from historical fiction, to fantasy and to contemporary fiction…

These books truly did strike a chord in me and I hope some interest you! Let’s go…

1. A Thousand Perfect Notes (C.G. Drews)

genre(s): cotemporary fiction, romance

my rating: ★★★★½

A Thousand Perfect Notes tells of Beck, who is resentful and holds a deep hatred towards his whole life. His abusive mother forces him to play the piano. Every mistake warrants pain. But he doesn’t dare to stand up.

This book was truly a heartbreaker. Seeing how music became a pain for Beck when it had elements of passion was heart-rending. I loved the exploration of the meaning of music to Beck which was deeply meaningful for a musician like myself. This book also touched on themes of family love and hope despite how dark it may sound and reduced me to an ugly state of tears.

2. The Kingdom of Back (Marie Lu)

genre(s): historical fiction, fantasy

my rating: ★★★½

The Kingdom of Back is from the perspective of Nannerl, the sister of the famous Mozart (a classical composer). As a women in the 18th century in Europe, Nannerl is stripped of the opportunities her brother gets. She can’t compose, is not supposed to perform. She is equally talented but her younger brother far outshines her. That is, until a beautiful and mysterious stranger from a magical, fantastical world gives her a offer.

This book was a lot to take in. I felt injusticed by the treatment Nannerl got, I was touched by the bond between her and her brother, I was astounded by the vivid imagery of the magical realm Nannerl found solace in and my perspective was changed as I saw an overshadowed girl trying to make her mark in the world.

3. Daisy Jones & The Six (Taylor Jenkins Reid)

genre: historical fiction

my rating: ★★★

Taking a turn from classical music, Daisy Jones & The Six tells of the rise of an iconic band during the 1970s and the mystery behind the break up when they were at their peak.

Don’t let my lower rating deter you. Because the music part of this novel was just awesome. I loved learning about the dynamics in the band, witnessing how music could connect people (even enemies) and most importantly, how out characters used music as a way to express their hopes, dreams and promises… something I found really meaningful.

4. Sparrow (Sarah Moon)

genre(s): contemporary fiction

my rating: ★★★★

Sparrow is a girl who is just lonely, having trouble making friends and only able to confide in the librarian… until she is gone too. Which leads Sparrow to an attempted suicide. She is shattered, until Rock & Roll begins to seep into her life.

This book was another emotional rollercoaster, dealing with hard topics like suicide and loneliness and Sparrow’s apparent pain was so heartbreaking to read about. It was truly touching as to how music changed her life, that raw and rough music giving voice to her pain and emptiness. And infinitely hopeful as well.

5. This Savage Song (Victoria Schwab)

genre(s): fantasy

my rating: I haven’t read it yet!

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. (from goodreads)

I haven’t ventured into this book yet. But one look at the cover. And the fact that one of the characters can steal a soul with music, is enough to intrigue me.

6. Lovely War (Julie Berry)

genre(s): historical fiction, romance

my rating: ★★★★★

Lovely War is told from the perspective of 4 Greek Gods and follows 4 young people through a difficult time of WW2. It is so rich in themes of love, guilt, hope and of course music. (yeah, I know I talk about this too much)

We see both classical music and jazz/ragtime music in the form of piano playing and singing. It is just mesmerising how music became a way to bind people together, untie them and something of value and something like a reprieve whilst the war rages on. It is simply beautiful.

So, those are 6 books which revolve around music that I would highly recommend to anyone! You don’t need a musical background in order to appreciate them… the words will just whisk you away.

Have you read any of these? Any other books with a strong musical theme?

33 thoughts on “6 books about music that will resonate with you 🎶

  1. Cherelle I love this post so much!!!! I’ve never heard of Paganini before so I learned something new from this as well — he sounds like a super fascinating figure and I’m going to have to check out the article you linked!!

    And the recs!!!! ATPN was so heartbreaking 😭😭😭 And This Savage Song has been on my TBR for what seems like decades — Victoria Schwab is one of my favorite authors and I don’t even know why I haven’t picked up that series yet! And the rest of these all sound incredible as well 😍😍😍

    Amazing post Cherelle — Ican’t wait to see more of your book recs if they’re all going to be as brilliant as this one 🤩

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    1. Aww thank you Abby! ❤ I’m glad you’ll be finding more about Paganini as he is really an intriguing and prominent figure in the musical world…
      Ahhh I’m so heartened that Victoria Schwab is a favourite of yours, I hope get to you pick up This Savage Song soon and share your thoughts because I’m a little hesitant to go into it because I’m unsure about the extent monsters and all (scaredy cat me!)…😅

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  2. this is such a creative list of book recs, i loved it! I’ve read about three of these–a thousand perfect notes (i loved this too!), this savage song (i actually don’t remember this one), and lovely war (i liked this one okay). i love both of cg drew’s books and will recommend them forever 🥺 i can’t wait for her next one to come out! great post ❤️

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    1. Thank you Katie! YES A Thousand Perfect Notes was so so so good and Beck is a character I am now super protective haha! I actually have not read The Boy Who Steals Houses yet oops, but I’m glad you loved it and I am looking forward to it so much ahhh.

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        1. Ahh I would love to! ❤ Though it would take about a month or so for me to get my hands on the book from the library due to loaning.

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    1. Yay! And thank you, Paganini is really an interesting and “scandalous” musician who intrigues me haha. 😊

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    1. Glad you think so. 🤪

      Haha, I also have many hidden gems that have been hiding in my tbr for ages so I can relate!! Thanks for dropping by. 😊

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  3. This was such a wonderful post! Thanks so much for this recommendations 😊
    I actually haven’t read any books concerning music though but this ones will surely be added to my never ending TBR list. Can’t wait to start reading them! Lovely War looks really interesting. ❤️🙂

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    1. Awww thank you! ❤ It means a lot to me that you will be adding some to your tbr as this is my first discussion post so I’m a little unsure! 😊 AHHH YESSS THANK YOU! I really hope that you enjoy Lovely War because it is one of my favourites. 🥰

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  4. such great recs, cherelle! i’ve heard of ‘lovely war’ and i’ve heard it’s amazing!! hopefully, i’ll check that book out soon. recently reading the PJO series makes me more interested because there are greek gods.
    ‘daisy jones and the six’ has been on my tbr for so long and i don’t know if i should read it or not since there are some up and down opinions about the book. but nonetheless, every review says the music is everything in the book 🎵

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    1. Thank you Linda! YES LOVELY WAR IS SO SWEET… ahhh I can relate, I gravitated towards it because of the Greek Gods too! Though they don’t play that much of a huge role, their presence is unforgettable…
      Oooh indeed there are so many who love and hate Daisy Jones & The Six haha… glad to know that everyone agrees on the music portion. I would say to give it a go if the music part interests you but it’s your choice!

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  5. Absolutely love this list, thank you for the recommendations!😀 I’ve only read Daisy Jones and the Six on this list so I will definitely be adding the others to my TBR. I’m really interested in The Kingdom of Black as I have heard mixed opinions about it.

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    1. Aww thank you so much for the affirmation… Yes I agree, The Kingdom of Back has been receiving a lot of mixed reception, partially due to the fact that it is incredibly slow at times but when the magic comes in, it is irresistible… hope to hear your own opinion about it someday? 😊

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    1. Ahhh I’m glad you enjoyed This Savage Song because VE Schwab is an author I hope to read more of. Just a question: how scary would you rate it on a scale of one to ten with one being normal? (Haha, it is because scaredy-cat me dearly wants to read it is afraid of being afraid 😅)
      Ooh yes, please get into A Thousand Perfect Notes, the characters will stick with you. ❤

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  6. This is such a creative list idea! I haven’t read any of these yet, but will be adding some of them to my tbr!! One of my favorite books with music as a central theme is More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn! Fab post!!

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    1. Thank you April… ooh More Than Maybe’s synopsis sounds interesting and I haven’t read a romance with music so I’ll add it to my tbr, thank you for the rec. 😊

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