With what little that is left of my brain today ...
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan made me think about Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco to the point that I want to re-read it this summer. The whole idea of novices and secret societies, secrets hidden in books and the almost monastic vibe.
Goth Girl and the Ghost of A Mouse by Chris Riddell made me think of the theme song for Ruby Gloom, which has to be one of the catchiest theme songs I have ever heard for a kids cartoon. I mostly has to do with the color scheme and the cute goth vibe - lovable ghosts and the like.
And Ready Player One by Ernest Cline has pretty much kept Oingo Boingo's Dead Man's Party stuck in my head for weeks now, since he talks about the song in the first few pages of the book.