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Tune In Tuesday: Soundtracking Anna and the French Kiss

March 13, 2012

This entire month Tune in Tuesday, hosted by the lovely Miss Ginger at GReadsBooks, is dedicated to sharing playlists or songs that remind you of a particular book or scene or what have you.

So this week I’m going to share the songs that played through my head while reading the adorable Stephanie Perkins’s adorable debut novel Anna and the French Kiss.

The book is set at a boarding school for international students in Paris, which is basically everything I ever wanted as a high school student. And because I lurve me some France, I speak French and listen to a good amount of French music. (I know. I’m one of those people.) So whilst reading this book the songs I thought of were mostly French tunes.

 1. A Cause Des Garcons—Yelle

This song is adorable and bouncy and a little bit whimsy, which is very much the tone of this book. (Not that there aren’t serious themes and moments. But, overall, it’s a fun read.) It might be a little too pop for the character of Anna, but something about this song just reminds me of being in high school and goofing off with friends.

2. C’est Si Bon—Preservation Hall Jazz Band & Anita Briem

Preservation Hall Jazz Band – C’est Si Bon <— Click this! It will take you to Spotify. 🙂

I ADORE this version this song. It’s light and airy and flirty and sung in both English and French. So, basically it’s perfect.

3. Quelqun’un M’a Dit—Carla Bruni

There is something so incredibly sexy about this song and Bruni’s voice to me. I love love love it and listen to it on repeat fairly often. Fun facts: This song is on the 500 Days of Summer soundtrack (it’s probably more appropriate on that soundtrack than this one, but OH WELL.) and, if you’ve seen Midnight in Paris, Carla Bruni is the gorgeous tour guide that Owen Wilson tracks down to help him translate the Marion Cotillard’s diary.

4. Love Like a Sunset, Parts I and II—Phoenix

So, I sort of feel like a cheater because I know Stephanie Perkins has both of these listed on her own Anna and the French Kiss playlists, BUT when reading these books I definitely heard lots of this song in my head. The way it builds and falls apart and gets a little confused at times and ultimately resolves is very Anna and Étienne.

So those are some of my Anna and the French Kiss picks! If you have any to add, or would like to turn me on to French musicians that you know and love, please do feel free! And also, if you’ve not read Anna and you’re looking for something that is light and fun, but still has a lot of heart and growth, I definitely definitely recommend it.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 14, 2012 2:55 PM

    Awesome picks for Anna and the… 🙂 I don’t understand a word of what she’s singing, but I love A Cause Des Garcons 🙂

  2. March 13, 2012 11:40 PM

    I love Carla Bruni even though I can’t understand what she says xD These are great choices for Anna, which I loved 🙂

  3. March 13, 2012 3:58 PM

    I love Quelqu’un ma dit! (I have the 500 days soundtrack). And A Cause de Garcons just makes me smile 😀

  4. elizziebooks permalink
    March 13, 2012 10:12 AM

    Whoooaaaa gotta love some French pop music 😀

  5. March 13, 2012 10:11 AM

    Im giving you all kinds of big love for using Phoenix in your post. ❤

  6. March 13, 2012 8:47 AM

    I did not know Phoenix was on her playlist, but I LOVE it!!

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