Books to Celebrate International Music Day on Oct. 1

All around the world, people connect with music, and this is celebrated on Oct. 1 with international music day. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite books that highlight this love and leave us hearing sweet melodies.

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

A gripping tale of unexpected connections and beauty in the face of adversity as opera and terrorism collide.

Light From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki

Dive into a world of violin prodigies, deals with the devil, and the power of human connection, all set against a backdrop of interstellar intrigue.

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Experience the rise and fall of a legendary rock band through a tale of music, love, and the allure of the ’60s music scene.

The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb

Join Ray McMillian on his journey to become a world-class violinist and the thrilling quest to recover his priceless Stradivarius.

Swing Time by Zadie Smith

Explore the complexities of friendship, race, and identity through the intertwined lives of two aspiring dancers.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Venture into a post-pandemic world with The Traveling Symphony, a group dedicated to preserving art and humanity in a changed world.

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

Join Rob, a record store owner, on a hilarious and relatable journey through love, music, and the challenges of adult life.

The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos

Experience the golden era of mambo through the lives of two Cuban musicians in the vibrant backdrop of New York City.

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Follow the inspiring story of Bri, a young rapper determined to rise above stereotypes and make her mark in the hip-hop world.

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

Delve into the introspective world of Toru as he navigates love and loss through the lens of music and independence.