Bookish Playlists

Bookish Playlist: Songs for when you’re alone in space

Hi bookworms! I have been planning this bookish playlist for so long and as mentioned in the previous post, I haven’t had the chance to post this. So, here is my bookish playlist for The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James. Since it has been a while since I’ve read the book and certain details are a little blurred now, this one will definitely be spoiler-free.

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I absolutely loved this book and if you haven’t read or heard of it, I definitely recommend it if you like space operas or books set in space. This book centers on Romy Silvers, the daughter of two astronauts, as she travels through space on the hunt of a new habitable planet. After the deaths of her parents aboard the ship, her only contact is her therapist on Earth until she hears news of a new ship that will be joining her on this journey. She soon begins contact with J on this new ship, but not all is what it seems and then being alone is the least of her problems.

Space Oddity – David Bowie | Every time I hear this song I get emotional with how it starts out fine and then you realize things are not fine. That’s how this book is in a nutshell. I can also picture Romy drifting in her spaceship while this song plays with beautiful imagery of space and galaxies.

God Knows I Tried – Lana Del Rey | Throughout the book we get the sense that Romy feels some kind of guilt (for the sake of maintaining spoiler-free I will not say why). You know she’s trying her best, but she is struggling and that’s what reminded me of this song.

Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd | Being all alone in space I’m sure Romy must have experienced some depression and I can’t speak for the character but personally, I become numb during major depressive episodes. This is one of the songs I tend to listen to at a high volume while trying to work out what I am not feeling.

Who Wants to Live Forever? – Queen | The book reminded me of this song on a much deeper level. To start off, the slow build of the song. It starts slowly, has some peaks, until the it hits the climax and it’s just a bunch of emotions and feelings of despair then ending with a pretty serene tune. This is exactly how the book was for me. It had that slow build up before hitting you with this climax that’s like a punch to the gut and ending off with a hint of hope. (note: people will say the climax is a bit predictable and it is but it still hurts)

Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd | As mentioned before, Romy finds out about a new ship joining her on this journey and she meets J. I thought of this song when you can sense that Romy is longing to meet J in person and how eager she is to finally have contact with another person who isn’t her therapist.

Honeymoon – Lana Del Rey | This book also gives me some retrofutrism vibes much like this song. I think of it as retrofuturism with a hint of art deco. It’s hard to explain, but I hope I did my best.

Across the Universe – David Bowie cover | The way David Bowie covers this song is hauntingly beautiful and that’s how I imagine the imagery in space to be like for Romy.

Hey You – Pink Floyd | Once again we know that Romy is alone in space until she finds out about J. So to me, this song felt like a way Romy was reaching out to J or for any human contact.

I hope you enjoyed this bookish playlist and if you have read this book, let me know what you think! 😊 There were a few more songs, but I completely forgot why I chose those songs, so I opted to not include them. Hope you have a wonderful day 😊

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