Record Store Day Reading

Record Store Day


Today is Record Store Day! My vinyl records always ended up scratchy back in the day, and I currently embrace the digital world of Spotify and whatnot.  However, I do have a lot of vinyl records in my house, since my husband (Movie Date Andrew) has an entire room dedicated to music. He even has a dj set coming up soon.

Vinyl is still really popular and collectible with cool limited editions, colored vinyl, and swanky turntables. On Record Store Day you can hit your favorite independent record store and find all kinds of specialty items. If you’re into that sort of thing hopefully you’ve already hit the shops since I know they sell out of the good stuff quickly. Here’s what’s on offer for RSD at local music mecca Amoeba – Andrew’s favorite record store haunt.

While Andrew is shopping today I took some pictures of some favorite music-themed YA in his music cave. Even if you aren’t a vinyl collector, if you’re a music fan you may dig these books:

Amplified, Beige, Audrey Wait

Amplified by Tara Kelly – Jasmine moves to Santa Cruz to prove she can make it as a musician.

Beige by Cecil Castellucci – Kay moves from Canada to Los Angeles to live with her dad, aka The Rat from punk band Suck.

Audrey, Wait by Robin Benway – What happens when the story of your breakup becomes a hit song?

Vinyl Princess, TSWSYL, DJ RIsing

The Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz – A teen works in a record store and moonlights as a music blogger known as The Vinyl Princess.

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales – A depressed girl finds solace in music and DJing.

DJ Rising by Love Maia – Marley has a stressful home and school life, but DJing provides a release.

Guitar Girl, Sorta like a rock star

I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone by Stephanie Kuehnert – An estranged mother and daughter have a punk rock bond- can it lead them back to each other?

Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick – Amber puts on a brave front, always looking on the bright side. Circumstances take a turn for the worse, and can Amber come out of it like a rock star? This book doesn’t have the major music theme that the other books on this list do, but Amber still has her own inner soundtrack of positivity.

Guitar Girl by Sarra Manning – Molly’s band The Hormones was supposed to be just for fun, but they unexpectedly rise to stardom.

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan – Before it was a movie it was a book! Music references galore.

Lovestruck Summer

Lovestruck Summer by Melissa Walker – A music-obsessed teen spends the summer in Austin for an internship at a record label.

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills – Gabe is a transgender teen who hosts a weekly radio show called Beautiful Music for Ugly Children. This book is a 2014 YA Stonewall award winner.


How do you listen to music? What is your favorite music-themed book?



6 thoughts on “Record Store Day Reading

  1. bookgoonie says:

    Great List. Can’t peruse my list without switching aps. But seeing vinyl always makes me think of my 45 of 38 Special, “Hold on Loosely”.

  2. I had no idea there was a day like this. I usually listen to my music on my laptop or ipod, but I do have a box of vinyls from my parents. I just need to buy a turntable. I haven’t read any of these but I have seen Nick and Norah

  3. This is a great idea! We still have my parents’ records in boxes in storage, I used to love using their record player! And this day reminds me of Empire Records. Also, my bf has a music room, too!

    I’ve read a couple of your picks (Lovestruck Summer is SO good) and I have a bunch more on my to-read list – music is such a great topic!

    Mands @ The Bookish Manicurist

  4. fishgirl182 says:

    What a fun post! i don’t usually participate in Record Store Day (for shame since I work in the music industry) but I know lots of people who are stalking all of their favorite stores this weekend. I have been meaning to read a lot of books on this list so thanks for all of the recs.

  5. Candice says:

    I haven’t read ANY of these but hear nothing but good things about them! Must remedy this soon!

    I like to listen to music in just about every situation, but the type changes for what I’m doing. I have playlists for writing, working out, stressful situations. I listen to the music stations on my TV when I’m housecleaning. There’s always a reason for music! 🙂

  6. […] you visit your local record store and snag some exclusive music? Last year I highlighted some of my favorite music-related books on this occasion. And this year I have a whole new crop of music books to share. YA books […]

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