Burn A Pure And Breathe The Ash: A Guest Post by Julianna Baggott

Occasionally I like to give authors space on my blog to post. YOU GUYS! I just read Pure by Julianna Baggott and it was PHENOMENAL. So, I am beyond ecstatic to have Julianna Baggottposting today. I’ve asked her to comprise a short playlist for Pure.

Pure Julianna Baggott Book Review Cover


Okay, I had some help on this, to be honest. PURE is, well, dark, post-apocalyptic, haunted by loss, yet also a kind of thriller, I think. There also two couples who are just starting to get to know each other in Book I of the trilogy — so I had to represent them here. In any case, I took it to the PEOPLE and the people (you know who you are) provided. I had to have a little crowdsourced action. That’s how it is sometimes. You just gotta take it to the people. So here’s a mix.

Choir of Young Believers, Action/Reactionfor Pressia and Bradwell, in particular. This was one that was brought to me and I love the desire to be some place else, the dark imagery and yet the hopeful sexiness.

Regina Spektor, Us for Lyda and Partridge, in particular. My 16 year old daughter brought Spektor into the house a while back and this song stuck for Partridge and Lyda within the confines of the Dome on the hill. There’s some match here and has been for a while.

The Smiths, How Soon is Now I wrote to this song a good bit industrial, though. When I wasn’t feeling it, I’d crank this song. I also love the video. So, yes. This is infused into the book one way or another.

Viva Voce No Ship Coming In from the 2011 album The Future Will Destroy You for mood. Again, this one was brought to me. It haunts.

Bruce Springsteen, Thunder Road,if you read the book, you’ve likely picked up on the references to this song.

There are songs in the novel itself that are little nursery-rhyme kinds of songs:

Burn a Pure and breathe the ash.

Take his guts and make a sash.

Twist his hair and make a rope.

And use his bones to make Pure soap.

And this one:

The deathy houses all fell down.

The deathy houses all fell down.

The sick souls wander round and round.

Watch out! They drag you underground.

I hear these songs in my head sung by children, voices floating and echoing as if in an alley.

Thank you SO SO much for stopping by to post here, Julianna! So, dear readers, do you know any of these songs, what do you think of them?

*all links open the song in Spotify!

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  1. FUN POST. JBaggott is really a ball of fun that can write a seriously bleak and crazy book, no? I never would’ve imagined a playlist for this one. But looky here, what I’ve found.

    And Viva Voce. Very nice, JBaggott. I have never before heard of anyone else that listens to those guys. You just gained another cool point. 😉

  2. LOVE playlists that accompany the book.

  3. The Smiths is definitely bleak enough for this playlist. These songs really suit the vibe of PURE–creepy, dark, and totally, wildly trippy!

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