I can’t listen to music and read a book. I can read for hours on a noisy train, tube or bus and never look up. But add noisy music with lyrics and/or TV into the mix? No chance. That is, until I discovered instrumental music. Here are a few playlists that I listen to when I fancy a soundtrack to my reading!
This is my current favourite playlist, which I’ve had on repeat since Christmas. It’s a large playlist, with 143 songs on it for you to devour.
Listen to: Together We Will Live Forever, I Promise, Wanderlust, Comptine d’un autre été, l’après-midi.
The Theory of Everything OST
This is my favourite movie score at the moment, by Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson. I’ve listened to over 300 songs – it’s just stunning. I urge you to check out his other work, too.
Listen to: Camping, Epilogue, The Theory of Everything.
Piano + Strings
This was one of my favourite playlists for few years, previously called Piano Moods, but they changed the name recently and updated the songs. It’s still lovely, but I wish I’d made a copy before they removed some of my favourite songs from it!
Listen to: Atlantico, Islands, Arrival.
Like Crazy OST
I only discovered this score recently (despite having watched the movie a couple of years ago) when my friend Kara told me to check it out after chatting about our shared love of piano music.
Listen to: Arrivals, Fragile, We Move Lightly.
Piano in the Background
I haven’t listened to this new playlist very much yet (it was previously called Piano at Christmas), but it has some beautiful songs on it, enabling you to immerse yourself in your latest read.
Listen to: Pacific Sunrise, Debut, Lost and Found.
And lastly, two of my favourite songs that used to be on the Piano Moods playlist. They make me feel like my life is a movie. Perfect.
What do you listen to whilst reading?