Listening to Music While Reading

Today I thought it might be nice to share a few of my favourite pieces of music that I like to listen to while reading.

Typically when I am choosing music for reading I like to find instrumental pieces. I am not too fussy about the genre; the music can be anything from pure classical movements to ambient electronica to film scores.

I do sometimes like to listen to singer songwriters but that is a less frequent occurrence as I find that hearing a voice singing words can really take me out of my reading zone.

My absolute favourite piece to listen to is The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto written by He Zhanhao and Chen Gang. I love this so much that I purchased it for my own use at home. It’s a long piece of music clocking in at nearly thirty minutes which makes it absolutely perfect for reading to.

Another of my favourites is called Revive by Akira Kosemura and Haruka Nakamura from an album I own called Note of Seconds Schole Compilation Volume Two. I stumbled across this album while I was studying at uni and was looking for music that I could play in the background while I studied and carried out assignments. I recommend that whole album to anyone who wants peaceful background music to play but likes a little more depth to the tunes than typical meditation style music.

One of my favourite pieces of film music is from a film that I actually have never seen! It is called ‘Welcome Chris’ by Andrea Guerra and is from The Pursuit of Happyness (that spelling always irks me lol!).

Another piece of film music that I constantly have on rotation when I am reading is ‘City of Angels’ written by Gabriel Yared from the film of the same name.

One of my favourite contemporary reads is One Day written by David Nicholls and while I did like the film adaptation starring Anne Hathaway it isn’t quite as good as the book. However, the film is beautifully scored by Rachel Portman and the track ‘We Had Today’ is another one that I listen to a lot when I am reading.

Peter Bradley Adams is one of my favourite singer songwriters but on his album Leavetaking he has this beautiful instrumental piece called Song for Viola that fits perfectly onto my reading playlist.

And lastly, it would be remiss of me to not include some Vangelis in this post. La Petite Fille de la Mer is one of my personal favourites.

If anyone is interested I have a YouTube playlist that includes these tracks and a few more of my instrumental favourites that I like to listen to while I read and it can be accessed at this link.

Do any of you like to listen to music while you read? If so what type of music? And have you got any recommendations for me? Let’s chat in the comments below.

26 thoughts on “Listening to Music While Reading

  1. Great post! I always like to listen to music when I read; I usually end up shuffling my music (most of what I like could be classified as various types of rock), but I always wind up skipping songs because they don’t fit the mood of the book 🀣

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  2. I like to listen to instrumental music while reading too. I go with classical and film scores. Since I use Pandora or pre-made Amazon lists for this, some pretty cool stuff, like The Piano Guys, sneaks in.

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  3. Ooh, I will definitely be checking out your playlist!!!! Most of the time listening to music with vocals distracts me because I end up singing more than reading 🀣If I’m not listening to whatever was last playing on my Spotify, I love to open up this one classical music playlist (it’s called classical music for reading on YT) that I always listen to while reading. It’s got some of my favorite pieces and it always relaxes me πŸ’ž

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    1. Omg exactly Dini!!! Those vocals just creep into my ear and BOOM I’m singing along πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I use Spotify playlists too. I’m always making my own ones for reading because the Spotify created ones aren’t long enough!!! NEED THOSE PLAYLISTS FOR READING MARATHONS LOL!!!!!! <33333

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  4. Whoaaa!! THIS IS SUCH A COOOOL
    POST!! 😍😍😍😱😱😱 I don’t really listen to music while reading novels. While studying yeah…but not reading..but WITH SUCH A BEAUTIFUL COLLECTION OF MUSIC, HOW CAN I REFUSE!?! I HAVE GOT TO GIVE IT A TRY NOW, don’t I!? 😘😘😘😍😍❀️❀️ I am going to add these songs to my playlist and listen to them asap! ❀️❀️ Thank you sooo much for sharing these with all of us, hon! SUCH A LOVELY POST! 😍😍❀️❀️

    Ps: Do you listen to BRUNUHVILLE? 😍😍❀️

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    1. I never used to listen to music while reading until i realised when I was in uni that certain types of music while studying helped me to focus. Always instrumental though. Because I don’t like conflicting sounds of words going into my brain when I’m reading words on a page!! It gets too much.
      So I find that if I’m very tired or stressed and really want to just zone out with my book that a relaxing instrumental playlist is just the ticket to make the experience just that bit nicer for myself. Funnily enough it’s only if I read on the sofa though…reading in bed during the wee small hours of the morning I demand quiet πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      I’ve never heard of that artist but I’m going to google right now to check them out!!!!! <33333333333 THANK YOU RAIN :)))))))))))

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      1. Me too! I listen to instrumental music while studying! And most of Brunuhville’s music is instrumental so yeah…My favorite one is Riverlands, though! 😍😍

        Wow! That’s quite a specific quirk! 🀣🀣 But i agree, it’s amazing to read in the quiet of the dawn! 😍❀️

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