I just finished a book one of my book group buddies gave to me, NO ONE YOU KNOW, by Michelle Redmond. I liked it a lot, it's a women's fiction story that is about sisters and has a murder mystery entwined. Nice. At the back, as part of her reader's guide, she included a couple of coffee cocktail recipes and her playlist for the book. Though she says she writes in silence, the songs listed helped her as she developed the story.
Curious, I listened to a few of the songs. Some I knew and enjoyed. Some just didn't match the rhythm of the story as I felt it. I confess, I really enjoy Top 40, classic rock, just Regular-Jane pop-type stuff so some of her list wasn't to my taste. Surfer Guy was a music major in college and he appreciates different types of music more than I do (though he's resisting enjoying any of the rap/hip hop that Son2 is exposing him to, while I like some of it). In the end, the author's playlist didn't add to my enjoyment of the book (which again, I liked a lot).
I have my own playlist for each manuscript which I listen to as I write. Some songs are just made for the book. I listened to Jason Mraz's "If it Kills Me" which is about a friend wanting to be a lover, which matches the secondary storyline of my next book, CRUSH ON YOU. Right now I'm listening to the Glee cast version of "Taking Chances," along with other songs for the manuscript-in-progress. I'm still searching for the exact right mix. I thought about putting my playlists on my website, but am waffling. Maybe it's too personal? What I like might turn off someone else (or expose me as the complete music tweenager that I am--I have Hannah Montana stuff on my iTunes!).
To readers: Are you interested in the author's playlist if they have one? Do you think it might enhance your reading experience--or diminish it?