Top Ten Books We’d Give To Readers Who Have Never Read Books About or With Music

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

When we say “musical book”, we don’t mean a book with a musical – though for that, Will Grayson, Will Grayson is definitely a go-to choice. What we’re talking about are books with music in them. Either the main character is in a band, plays a musical instrument, loves to listen to music, or is even a secret DJ.

So, for those of you who have never read a book about or with music, here are some recommendations:


1. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
2. Exile by Kevin Emerson
3. Wildflower by Alecia Whitaker
4. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
5. Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
6. This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
7. Where She Went by Gayle Forman
8. The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta
9. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
10. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

What are some other YA Books with music? Tell us in the comments!

  • August 5, 2014 - 3:22 am

    Chrissi Reads - What a great idea for a list. I love books with or about music! I’m going to check out your recommendations.ReplyCancel

  • August 5, 2014 - 6:50 am

    Deb Nance at Readerbuzz - Here’s a fun one: Songbook by Nick Hornby. See what you think!

    Here’s my list of nonfiction you can’t resist!ReplyCancel

  • August 5, 2014 - 7:58 am

    Avery - This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen!ReplyCancel

  • August 5, 2014 - 8:01 am

    Heather - Or Just Listen!ReplyCancel

  • August 5, 2014 - 8:09 am

    Rachel - Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols!

    Music AND Hot Romance!ReplyCancel

  • August 5, 2014 - 12:35 pm

    Katie B - I’ve only read a few of these but I loved them all. I also loved Open Road Summer and This Lullaby. Oh and Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols. Those are all good books with music. I’ll have to check out a few of the ones you mentioned.

    Great list!ReplyCancel

  • August 5, 2014 - 1:01 pm

    Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - Lovely topic! I love books with music in them. If I Stay/Where She Went and This Song Will Save Your Life are some of my favorite books! And I have Exile and Audrey Wait on my TBR! Great list!

    Nicole @ The Quiet ConcertReplyCancel

  • August 5, 2014 - 2:50 pm

    Sarah @What Sarah Read - What a unique topic for this weeks TTT! I guess I never realized how many YA books I read with music as a important aspect. LOVED Amy & Roger and would recommend that book to anyone! This Song Will Save Your Life was one of my first ever YA books and of course If I Stay & Where She Went are just perfect! Great list!ReplyCancel

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