3 Book Recs for Music Loving Ladies (And Guys Too, I Suppose)

So, I love to read. Really. I will lose sleep over trying to finish a book because I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS RIGHT NOW to the characters in it.

And I figured, hey, if I’m going to spend that long with my nose in a book, I might as well share what I’ve been devouring, eagerly, with the rest of you. I can’t promise this will be a regular or continuing thing, though I’d like it to be, but I can promise that I have here, for you, three books starring ladies who love music, either listening to it or making it.

The Vinyl Princess by Yvon Prinz

16-year-old Allie loves vinyl records, working in a used music store on Telegraph Avenue that sells vinyl records and talking about vinyl records with other people. When she sets up her blog and ‘zine, going only by the name “The Vinyl Princess,” she begins to think she’s going to find her tribe. But can she survive a robbery spree, her mother’s new boyfriend AND her own hormones? Only time will tell.

Read if: you’ve ever wanted the kick in the pants to start your own blog or zine, you like heroines who know too much about music for their own good, you’ve watched Empire Records so many times that your copy of the DVD is going bad.

I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone by Stephanie Kuehnert

Emily Black loves punk rock. Emily Black has been playing guitar since she could hold one. Emily Black lives and breathes music.

Louisa Black walked out on her daughter when she was four months old.

Emily Black really has a lot of mother issues. But can you blame her?

Read if: you don’t mind a TON of melodrama mixed in with your punk rock, you ever wanted to start your own band but feel like you missed the bus on that one, you miss the 90’s as much as I do.

Beige by Cecil Castellucci

Katy is not happy when she ends up having to spend two weeks during her summer with her absentee punk-rock drummer father in LA. And when her only “friend” for the summer, Lake Suck, dubs her “Beige” it only gets worse. How does a Beige girl survive in a punk world?

Read if: you don’t want me to come to your house and MAKE YOU READ IT, you like seeing heroines learn to love themselves more than seeing them learn to love a guy, you find yourself nodding in agreement with this:

So, that’s it for round 1 of my recs. Maybe next time I’ll tackle some non-fiction? WHO KNOWS?