So I’ve been on a total Laurie R. King kick lately, working through audio books of the 7th and 8th Mary Russell novels. I love these books enough that when I get to the end of the series I may very well start over. They are perfectly English in all the best ways, witty mysteries with eccentrics, glorious details, tons of wit (my mentor Dee recommended them when I was in grad school). They are absolutely perfect during the chilly months of the year, but when we had our little cold snap here the past week or two (it dropped into the 60s!) I kind of had a hankering for them.

However, since most of my listening happens in the car with a certain toddler present, she has been voicing her own opinion about what we listen to. Loudly. And her opinion is that it’s too hot for intellectual genre fiction. She wants beach tunes, with the occasional song thrown in just to up her street cred.

These are the songs that keep her from yelling at me in the car, from her Spotify playlist.

Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines
Zedd – Clarity
Daft Punk – Get Lucky – Radio Edit
Pitbull – Give Me Everything
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Same Love – feat. Mary Lambert
Robyn – Call Your Girlfriend
Lana Del Rey – Young And Beautiful
The Barden Bellas – Pool Mashup: Just The Way You Are/Just A Dream
Ne-Yo – Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)
Jay-Z – No Church In The Wild
Moby – Extreme Ways (Bourne’s Legacy) – Original Version
The Lumineers – Stubborn Love
MIKA – Happy Ending
Florence + The Machine – Cosmic Love
Shontelle – Impossible – Main
Young the Giant – My Body
Imagine Dragons – Hear Me
Usher – DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love
The Naked And Famous – Young Blood
David Guetta – Titanium – feat. Sia
Jason Derulo – Fight For You
Mike Posner – Please Don’t Go