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Tune in Tuesday: Sweet Summertime Sounds

Summer soundtracks are just as important as vacation and a good book. Magan and I are teaming up with Ginger (GReadsBooks) and Tara (Fiction Folio) to bring you some of our favorite tunes for the warm months with today’s Tune in Tuesday. (A lovely feature that is constantly causing us to buy new music.)

By the way, if you are a Spotify user, be sure to check out the Sweet Summertime Reads playlist we have been perfecting for quite some time!


I’m a huge country fan. Country/pop, I guess? But I absolutely love Luke Bryan. I think his voice is so sexy and his songs would make for a great YA book. Here’s one I can’t stop listening to:

Drunk on You by Luke Bryan (I also love “I Don’t Want this Night to End” if you want another recommendation.)

I don’t want to overwhelm you with country so here instead is a theater song. Bonnie & Clyde is a musical that played for about a month on Broadway. I saw it and absolutely loved the music. In fact, I am constantly humming it. (It closed because of bad reviews… ridiculous reviews.) Anyway, Jeremy Jordan is now in Newsies on Broadway but I still absolutely love this song he & Claybourne Elder sing from Bonnie & Clyde. I want to sing it in my car.

“When I Drive” from Bonnie & Clyde the Musical.


When it comes to music, I am ALL OVER THE PLACE. I listen to just about everything. I haven’t heard “the song” for summer to pop up on the radio yet, but I’ve been paying attention to songs that have made me really happy as I’ve listened to Spotify / Pandora / the radio / my iPod.

“Under Pressure” by Queen – this song just makes me want to get up, jump around, and shake my butt ridiculously. I can’t help it – it just puts me in a fantastic mood every time I hear it.

“We Are Young ft. Janelle Monáe” by Fun.

Okay, yes. If I’m being completely honest, I’ve only listened to this song 100,000,000 times. Actually the entire album. I’m in love with it. My husband and I turn it up so loud every time we play it.

All right, y’all, tell us what your favorite summer picks are!

July 11, 2012 - 6:07 pm

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June 18, 2012 - 3:50 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Love your picks! These songs are fun to listen to – and now I’m going to have to go and download them so I don’t need to be online to hear them 😉

June 10, 2012 - 5:28 pm

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June 10, 2012 - 2:54 pm

Estelle - I made a tiny squeal when I read you loved Jeremy Jordan. Okay fine, I’ll share him with you.

June 10, 2012 - 12:20 pm

Estelle - Sandra, He is the best. Really. I can’t get enough of him.

June 10, 2012 - 12:11 pm

Estelle - NEWSIES music is the best too! You should look at the new cast album for some summer tunes. Catchy and energetic!

June 7, 2012 - 10:28 pm

LitzaLou - I’m not a fan of country music, but I really do love fun. and Queen! Can I just say that I would LOVE to see Newsies on Broadway?! That has been one of my favorite musicals since I was a kid! LOVE IT!

Thanks for sharing!

June 6, 2012 - 6:20 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - We Are Young is such a summer anthem!! I love it. I wanted to add “Indian Summer” by Benjamin Gibbard to our playlist, but spotify didn’t have it 🙁 pooey.

June 6, 2012 - 8:49 am

Hemborgwife - I am also totally in love with the song We Are Young like listen to it all the time in love!! It is also on my husbands and I’s summer 2012 playlist!!

June 5, 2012 - 11:59 pm

Sandra - I love both of those Luke Bryan songs. Great picks.

June 5, 2012 - 11:53 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - OMG — I’ve totally heard that song on the radio before, I just didn’t know who sang it. And it gets CRANKED whenever it comes on the air!

June 5, 2012 - 11:48 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I don’t really know any of these songs (although the Queen song sounds a little familiar). I absolutely love the freeze frame of the guy in the “We are Young” video — it just convinced me to hit play and see what it’s all about.

June 5, 2012 - 6:14 pm

VeganYANerds - Yes, music is such a big part of summer! I’ve stopped listening to the radio here because I’m sick of hearing crappy music so it’s always good to hear suggestions from other people to find new music! I’m going to check out these artists, thanks ladies! <3 Queen!

June 5, 2012 - 1:49 pm

Brittani - I love Luke Bryan! I love country music. I grew up on it. And Magan, I do the same this with We Are Young! I blast that as loud as I can and as often as I can. Lol.

June 5, 2012 - 1:00 pm

BecAlora - OMG! You have “We Are Young” by FUN and also JEREMY JORDAN. I’m absolutely in LOVE with Jeremy Jordan.

Great picks girls.

Here’s MINE

June 5, 2012 - 12:31 pm

Bianca - I love We Are Young by Fun! I already have Summer Love stuck in my head (One of Gingers picks) and now I will probably be singing Under Pressure all day. Love all your picks though 🙂

June 5, 2012 - 11:01 am

elena - I’m not a very big fan of country music but I can see why you like it! Drunk On You sounds like a song my friend would love (she’s a big country fan) and I think I recognise the blonde actress in the video! Also YES to Queen!

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