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The Midnight Playlist

Sometimes reading the book isn't enough. During this recurring blog segment, Book Interrupted members share songs that made their playlist and why.

If the space between life and death was a playlist, this would be it! This one is inprired by our first Season 2 fan book The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. Listen to the full Spotify playlist here or watch it here on YouTube.

What's on your playlist?

The Reasons by The Weakerthans


"I was driving to record the very first podcast for Midnight Library with the crew at Book Interrupted and this song came on the radio. I’ve always cranked it up when I’ve heard it. Mainly, I was drawn to it for the upbeat chorus and the line “you might roll your eyes at this, but I’m so glad that you exist”- it’s just so sweet and it reminds me of how I feel about all my favourite people on this planet. When I heard it on the radio that day and listened to each lyric, I realized it perfectly encapsulated the book Midnight Library. In my interpretation of the lyrics, it is like looking back on your life thinking how parts of it went wrong or didn’t quite turn out how you thought it would, but in the end it doesn’t really matter. You may never really know the impact you have on people’s lives and vice versa and in the end, you’re just glad certain people came into your life.

Another huge shout-out to Frank Black’s Headache! The Pixies are the greatest band of all time. That is all.

Living by Bakermat featuring Alex Clare


“I chose "Living" by Bakermat featuring Alex Clare because it's quite literally the upbeat company piece to the book "The Midnight Library" - it could be the main character's anthem after everything she's been through & is on the other side. This song pumps me up, motivates & inspires me - it gives me energy to be resilient & reminds me that I have grit. I'd drive in the summer with the windows down cruising along, signing out loud to this song ALL DAY LONG."

Lost by Frank Ocean


“I chose Lost by Frank Ocean because I can't stop Playing it. Such a good song. It feels sad and speaks to the tone of the book.

It's also covered by so many different artists. Check out Elijah Woods versions. So great."

Let It Rain by Amanda Marshall


"I love this song and have owned the album since its release in 1995. I thought this was a very fitting song for The Midnight Library because it was raining when Nora went to the library which I thought was very symbolic. The song is also about regrets, living with them and the desire to be released from them. I think it’s very fitting for the beginning of the book. There is also something magical about letting the rain absorb you and giving yourself permission to let go.”

Je Ne Regrette Rien by Edith Piaf


"This one should be pretty obvious: it's a song about regret, or rather regretting nothing. Plus it's a fantastic, powerful song by Edith Piaf. What else do you need?"

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