Ten Books To Read Inspired By Nightwish’s Imaginaerum


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is both a film and a studio album by Finnish metal band Nightwish, who are my favourite band in the world and the inspiration for my non de plume Nemo Evermore.

In 2011 Nightwish released their seventh studio album Imaginaerum alongside a film of the same name (2012) featuring the music from the album.

It’s a spooky album: the cover is an abandoned theme park.


It’s a spooky, creepy, scary film: an elderly musician falls into a coma and, reverting to a child,  fights his dementia represented by a creepy talking snowman, and other scenes involve a man committing suicide and a gothic Snow White singing while the musician’s daughter saws open his head and removes his memories…


So, creepy.

But ever since I first listened to the album, I’m always led to think about particular books during particular songs.

So here we go. My Halloween themed Top Ten Tuesday post is:

Ten Books To Read Inspired By Nightwish’s Imaginaerum

  1. Taikatalvi – Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)

Link to a lyrics version of the song on Youtube

This song is in Finnish but the title means ‘Winter Magic’.


  1. Storytime – Peter Pan by JM Barrie

Peter Pan

I am the voice of Never, Never Land

The innocence, the dreams of every man

I am the empty crib of Peter Pan.


  1. Ghost River – Hereafter by Tara Hudson

Hereafter (Hereafter, #1)

Link to a lyrics version of the song on Youtube

He will go down he will drown drown, deeper down

The river wild will take your only child


  1. Slow Love Slow – Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Twilight (Twilight, #1)

This deep sigh coiled around my chest

Intoxicated by a major chord

I wonder

Do I love you or the thought of you?


  1. I want my tears back – Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Link to a lyrics version of the song on Youtube

Where is the wonder where’s the awe

Where’s dear Alice knocking on the door

Where’s the trapdoor that takes me there

Where the real is shattered by a Mad March Hare


  1. Scaretale – Fever by Lauren DeStefano

Fever (The Chemical Garden, #2)

“Ladies and gentlemen

Be heartlessly welcome!

To Cirque De Morgue

And what a show we have for you tonight!”


  1. Arabesque – Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton

Tiny Pretty Things (Tiny Pretty Things, #1)

Link to a version of the song on Youtube

This is an instrumental song and has no lyrics.


  1. Turn Loose the Mermaids – Waterfell by Amalie Howard

Waterfell (The Aquarathi, #1)

Link to a lyrics version of the song on Youtube

The mermaid grace, the forever call

Beauty in spyglass on an old man’s porch

The mermaids you turned loose brought back your tears


  1. Rest Calm – Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)

Link to a lyrics version of the song on Youtube

Every little memory resting calm in me

Resting in a dream

Smiling back at me

The faces of the past keep calling me to come back home

To caress the river with awe


  1. The Crow, The Owl and the Dove – Strange Sweet Song by Adi Rule

Strange Sweet Song

Fan made video that won 1st place in a fan contest


A crow flew to me

Kept its distance

Such a proud creation

I saw its soul, envied its pride

But needed nothing it had

Have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy the music?


About Nemo

A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo has a degree in English Literature and specialises in reviewing contemporary, paranormal, mystery/thriller, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She is especially drawn to novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, and assassins.

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