Book Playlists

Book Playlist – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Book: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

This is one of my favorite books, and I’ve decided to create a playlist inspired by it. I constantly listen to Aristotle and Dante playlists, and I’ve put together songs that I feel truly fit the book’s themes and characters.

Listen to it on 8tracks!


  • Summer Skeletons – Radical Face 
    We were sun-burned and shoeless kids. It was the dead of July.
  • From Afar – Vance Joy
    It shouldn’t come as a surprise, what I’m feeling, what I’m feeling now.
  • Bright – Ecosmith and Lindsey Stirling
    I think you and the Moon and Neptune got it right, ’cause now I’m shining bright.
  • Only Love – Mumford & Sons
    And I rage and I rage, but perhaps I will come of age and be ready for you.
  • Heart of Glass – Blondie
    Love is so confusing there’s no peace of mind.
  • Talking Bird – Death Cab for Cutie
    It’s all here for you as long as you choose to stay.
  • Viento – Caifanes
    Viento, amarranos. Tiempo, detente muchos años.
  • Wild – Troye Sivan ft. Alessia Cara
    Never knew loving could hurt this good and it drives me wild.
  • Ends of the Earth – Lord Huron
    There’s a world that was meant for our eyes to see.
  • These Streets – Bastille
    These streets are yours, you can keep them.
  • Pasa El Tiempo – Caloncho
    Paso el tiempo asi, y no recuerdas que era tan feliz.
  • Featherstone – The Paper Kites
    And my love is yours, but your love’s not mine.
  • 16 Years – Phantogram
    Summertime is a whirlwind away and I know that the lights won’t invade.
  • Photograph – Ed Sheeran
    So you can keep me inside the pocket of your ripped jeans.
  • We Belong Together – Los Lobos
    You’re mine and we belong together.

Writing Playlist

Writing Playlist #8-Growing Up

Innocent by Taylor Swift

Wasn’t it easier in your lunchbox days?/Always a bigger bed to crawl into/Wasn’t it beautiful when you believed in everything?/And everybody believed in you?

Playground by Sia

I don’t  wanna grow old/Bring me all the toys you can find/You don’t wanna grow up/You can be my partner in crime

Landslide by Fleetwood Mac

But time makes you bolder/Even children get older/And I’m getting older too

Livin’ On a Prayer by Bon Jovi

Take my hand and we’ll make it/I swear/Whoa, livin’ on a prayer

Growing up (Sloane’s Song) by Macklemore and Ed Sheeran

Times are changing/I know/But who am I/I’m the person you become/If I’m still growing up, up, up, up

My Wish by Rascall Flatts

My wish for you is that this life becomes all that you want it to/Your dreams stay big/Your worries stay small/You never need to carry more than you can hold

Lonely World by Limp Bizkit

Life is just a big fat riddle/So figure it out/Always thinking that you know/But you don’t really know/You know?

Dammit by Blink 182

But everybody’s gone/And I’ve been here for too long/To face this on your own/Well I guess this is growing up

Wake Up by Arcade Fire

Someone told me not to cry/But now I’m older/My heart’s colder/And I can see that it’s a lie

All These Things That I’ve Done by The Killers

Another head aches/Another heart breaks/I am so much older than I can take

What’s My Age Again? by Blink 182

Nobody likes you when you’re 23/And are still more amused by TV shows/What the hell is ADD?/My friends say I should act my age/What’s my age again?

High School Never Ends by Bowling for Soup

And then when you graduate/You take a look around and you say, “Hey, wait!”/This is the same as where I just came from/I thought it was over/Oh, that’s just great

Writing Playlist

Writing Playlist #7-Teenagers

Dancing Queen-Abba

You are the Dancing Queen, young and sweet, only seventeen

Edge of Seventeen-Stevie Nicks

I went forth with an old age/Desire to please/On the edge of seventeen

We are Young-FUN

Tonight, we are young/So let’s set the world on fire/We can burn brighter than the sun

Smells Like Teen Spirit-Nirvana

I’m worse at what I do best/And for this gift I feel blessed/Our little group has always been/And always will until the end

These Streets-Bastille

Oh we have stained these walls/With our mistakes and flaws/But even if we won’t admit it to ourselves/We’ll walk upon these streets and think of little else

Fifteen-Taylor Swift

When you’re fifteen and somebody tells you they love you/You’re gonna believe them/And when you’re fifteen feeling like there’s nothing to figure out/But count to ten/Take it in

Anna Sun-Walk the Moon

We got no money, but we got heart/We’re gonna rattle this ghost town/This house is falling apart

Kids-Mikky Ekko

Taking on the wind cause we never learn/Start a fire just to watch it burn/Over and over/Kids, Kids/Kids are gonna do what they want

Under Pressure-Queen

It’s the terror of knowing/What this world’s about/Watching some good friends/Screaming, “Let me out!”

I’m Just a Kid-Simple Plan

Everyone’s got somewhere to go/And they’re gonna leave here on my own/And here it goes/I’m just a kid/And life is a nightmare/I’m just a kid/I know that it’s not fair

Power Hungry Animals-The Apache Relay

Everyone’s tellin’ me what to do/And I, I can’t choose/And everybody wants control/To hang me up by their noose/But if they only knew/They’d laugh and dance like fools


I’m a troublemaker/Never been a faker/Doing things my own way/And never giving up

Teenagers-My Chemical Romance

The boys and the girls in the clique/The awful names that they stick/You’re never gonna fit in much, kid

Perfect-Simple Plan

And now I try hard to make it/I just wanna make you proud/I’m never gonna be good enough for you/I can’t pretend that I’m alright/And you can’t change me

Another Brick in the Wall-Pink Floyd

We don’t need no education/We don’t need no thought control/No dark sarcasm in the classroom/Teachers leave them kids alone


I’m feeling overwhelmed, overwhelmed/It’s getting out of line, line, line/I know I’m not alone/Just adolescents, you and I/It doesn’t make me feel any better

The Anthem-Good Charlotte

Go to college, a university/Get a real job/That’s what they said to me/But I could never live the way they want

Writing Playlist

Writing Playlist #6- Self Love

Christina Aguilera- Beautiful

I am beautiful no matter what they say/Words can’t bring me down/I am beautiful in every single way

Estelle- Do My Thing

I wear my clothes like this because I can/I wear my hair like this because I can/I walk around like this because I can/And I do my thing like this ’cause this who I am

Jessie J- Masterpiece

I still fall on my face sometimes/And I can’t color inside the lines/’Cause I’m perfectly incomplete/I’m still working on my masterpiece

Beyonce- Flawless

You woke up, flawless/Post up, flawless/Ridin’ round on it, flawless/Flossin’ on that, flawless

Bruno Mars- Uptown Funk

Gotta kiss myself I’m so pretty/I’m too hot (hot damn)/Called a police and a fireman/I’m too hot (hot damn)/Make a dragon wanna retire, man

Pink- Raise Your Glass

We will never be, never be anything but loud/And nitty, gritty, dirty, little freaks/Won’t you come on and come on and raise your glass

Destiny’s Child- Survivor

I’m a survivor (What?)/I’m not gonna give up (What?)/I’m not gonna stop (What?)/I’m gonna work harder (What?)

Nicki Minaj- Feeling Myself

Kitty on fleek, pretty on fleek/Pretty gang, always keeping them niggas on geek


Writing Playlist

Writing Playlist #4- Mental Health

The Smiths- Asleep

Don’t try to wake me in the morning/’Cause I will be gone/Don’t feel bad for me/I want you to know/Deep in the cell of my heart/I will feel so glad to go

Seether- Plastic Man

Why don’t you let me be/And I’ll pretend I’m well/Cause your too blind to see/And I’m too tired to tell

Sia- Breathe Me

Help, I have done it again/I have been here many times before/Hurt myself again today/And the worst part is there’s no one else to blame

Blue October- Hate Me

You made me compliment myself when it was way too hard to take/So I’ll drive so fucking far away that I never cross your mind/And do whatever it takes in your heart to leave me behind

Fall Out Boy- 7 Minutes in Heaven

The only thing worse than not knowing/Is you thinking I don’t know/I’m just having another episode/I just need a stronger dose

Papa Roach- Scars

My weakness is that I care too much/And my scars remind me that the past is real/I tear my heart open just to feel

Plumb- Cut

I’m tired of feeling so numb/Relief exists I find it when/I am cut

Starset- My Demons

I cannot stop this sickness taking over/It takes control and drags me into nowhere

Saliva- Lost

Endless fight and I am the enemy/Save me from what I’ve become/I’ve awaken but I don’t know how I’m alive

Sia- Chandelier

Party girls don’t get hurt/Can’t feel anything/When will I learn/I push it down, push it down

Marina & the Diamonds- Teen Idle

I wanna drink until I ache/ I wanna make a big mistake/I want blood, guts, and angel cake/I’m gonna puke it anyway

Matchbox 20- Unwell

Hold on/ Feeling like I’m headed for a breakdown/And I don’t know why/But I’m not crazy

Gorilla Zoe- Lost

I’m losing my mind/Losing control of the wheel/And I’m serving/On and off the road

Green Day- Basket Case

Sometimes I give myself the creeps/Sometimes my mind plays tricks on me/It all keeps adding up/I think I’m cracking up

Three Days Grace- Never Too Late

Even if I say/It’ll be alright/Still I hear you say/You want to end your life


A List of Our Favorite Female Protagonists

  • Eleanor Douglas (Eleanor & Park): One of the most memorable, beloved female characters of mine is Eleanor. I adored her from the start. This girl was sassy. She was unique. She had struggles but she didn’t whine. She survived. She was lovely and inspirational.
  • Penryn Young (Angelfall): Wow this girl is so cool she puts angels to shame. I cannot state how badass she is. She’s strong and feisty and brave. She’s completely independent and intelligent. She’s determined. She has direction. She’s what every young girl should look up to. This girl should be a superhero.
  • Mia Hall (If I Stay): I think my favorite thing about Mia is her passion for music. I thought I loved music, but Mia makes my love for music seem microscopic. She’s so loving and she’s sweet. She’s a great friend too. I felt so much for Mia. I always understood her.
  • Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice): This woman surprised me in the best ways. She stood up for herself. She was so bright and confident. She considered everyone her equal, no matter the gender or society status. She was so amazing that I didn’t know if I liked her or Mr. Darcy more.
  • Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games Series): It took me a while to really love this girl, but when I did, it was the kind of irreversible love. I obviously admired her. But her hard shell exterior–and often, interior–really didn’t impress me. I get it. She was in a tough situation. But I wanted more feeling from her. And when I got it, it killed me. I love her so much.
  • Scout Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird): An innocent child experiencing not-so-innocent events. It’s hard not to like this little girl.
  • Cather Avery (Fangirl): Socially anxious people are usually hard to read, but only because their anxiousness spreads to the reader. Cath, as she likes to be called, is very passionate about Simon Snow and fanfiction. She loves her family, and often has to be the pillar of strength.
  • Regan (Luna): She is a typical sixteen year old, awkward and self conscious and moody. She resents her parents, and loves her sister.
  • Eileen Tumulty (We Are Not Ourselves): From a poor immigrant family, all she wants is to make it big. She pushes herself and her family around her even when it isn’t exactly what she or they wants. She is a very strong woman, a little distant and cold, but she loves her family and wants the best for them.
Writing Playlist

Writing Playlist #1- LGBTA

Coming Clean-Green Day 

Seventeen and coming clean for the first time/I finally figured out myself for the first time/I found out what it takes to be a man/Well, mom and dad will never understand

Brave-Sara Bareilles

Honestly I want to see you be brave/With what you want to say/And let the words fall out

Everyone Knows-Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

If it feels this strong/It can’t be wrong/And I don’t care/If everyone knows

Cocksucker Blues-Rolling Stones

Well, I asked a young policeman/If he’d only lock me up for the night/Well, I’ve had pigs in the farmyard/Some of them, some of them, they’re alright


Get on board and have some fun/Take what you need to turn you on

My Sweet Prince-Placebo

Me and the dragon can chase all the pain away/So before I end my day, remember/My sweet prince, you are the one/My sweet prince/You are the one

It Gets Better-Fun.

Like starlight crashing through the room/We’ll lose our feathers/Yes, I know it hurts at first but it gets better

I Was Married-Tegan and Sara

They seem so scared of us/I look into the mirror/For evil that just does not exist/I don’t see what they see

Take Me to Church-Hozier

Take me to church/I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies/I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knives

Flesh-Simon Curtis

Hold my hands above my head/And push my face into the bed/I’m a screamer, baby, make me a mute


Love is a pharaoh and in front of me/I thought let him be where he want to be/Love is a pharaoh and he’s boning me

All the Girls Love Alice-Elton John

Tender young Alice they say/If I give you my number/Will you promise to call me/Wait ’til my husbands away

Transgender Disphoria Blues-Against Me!

You want them to see you/Like they see every other girl/They just see a faggot/They’ll hold their breath not to catch the sick

Girls/Girls/Boys-Panic! at the Disco

And never did I think that I/Would get caught in the way you got me/But girls love girls and boys/And love is not a choice

Bad Religion-Frank Ocean

This unrequited love/To me it’s nothing but/A one man cult/And cyanide in my styrofoam cup/I could never make him love me