Friday, November 17, 2017

Reading Recommendations: Books Featuring Some Form of Music

Reading Recommendations:
Books Featuring Some Form of Music

I feel as if I've read so  many books in which music is a rather prominent component, whether it is because one of the main characters either sings beautifully or masterfully plays an instruement, or whether it is part of the magic system of a book. In the list below, I've compiled a short list of some of the ones that have stood out most to me. Enjoy! Let me know what books you would add to this list, as well! 😊

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)Wintersong (Wintersong, #1)The Queen of the Night

Kvothe is an exceptionally skilled lute player, which has quite a bit of importance in the story.

Liesl is a talented composer and dreams of playing the piano and composing for the rest of her life. 

The Queen of the Night is all about opera, so of course singing plays a huge role in this, which is what the main character, Lilliet, strives to do.

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)Songs of Insurrection (The Dragon Songs Saga #1)The Silmarillion

August's violin-playing is not only one of his prized possessions and favorite things to do, it also plays a fairly large role in the events of this story.

Songs of Insurrection uses music and singing as a core part of the ancient magic system--it's done in a really unique and interesting way that I really enjoyed.

Music plays an incredibly important part in the creation story of this work by Tolkien, along with various other moments throughout.

Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy, #1)Seraphina (Seraphina, #1)The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic (Grisha Verse, #0.5, #2.5, #2.6)

Cécile, the protagonist, has a lovely singing voice, which is something she--and her mother-- are both very passionate about.

Seraphina herself is an incredibly talented and gifted musician that joins the royal court. Her musical talents are extremely important in her own character development and the story itself.

This is a beautiful short story that features the sildroher Ulla, whose singing voice is one of the best of those among her. The sildroher in general use music as one of their strongest forms of magic. 

What books would you add to this list? Have you read any of these? Let me know!


  1. Cool list! I have one to add - The Mermaid's Daughter is a Little Mermaid retelling that is centered around opera. It was a good story!

  2. I've always wanted to play a musical instrument, but never got around to actually learn it, so I love when music is featured in books. When Water Sang Fire was truly beautiful - and heartbreaking - and so very creative, as well. Also, the way music was incorporated in Wintersong was something I loved, because we usually get singers or people who play on instruments, and rarely composers - it was fun to see a main character whose main talent was composing, especially when she was writing music for her brother. I can't really recall any examples, but Mia in If I Stay - she played the cello, and as that is a rarely featured instrument in books or movies, I loved reading about it. Great post!

    Veronika @ The Regal Critiques

  3. I always fangirl when I see Stolen Songbird listed. FAVEEEEEEEE ♥ I cannot wait to read The Language of Thorns! Hopefully before the year ends. ♥ I would add Noteworthy by Riley Redgate & You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon to this list. Both are great YA contemporary reads!

  4. So many of these are on my TBR so I'm glad to see they come highly recommended by you. And yes, I adored This Savage Song. I got Our Dark Duet for my birthday and can't wait to read it.