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If there is one thing better than a new Taylor Swift album, it is book recommendations based on said album. On Oct. 27, Swift re-blessed us with ‘1989 (Taylor’s Version)’ and there is no better feeling than to curl up and read a book based on the album this winter.
The books might not exactly match the song word-for-word but each of them fits as well as can be (sometimes it’s also about the vibes). Here are some book recommendations based on songs from ‘1989 (Taylor’s Version).’
Welcome to New York (Taylor’s Version): Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson
Two best friends, total opposites, sneak away from the suburbs to spend a night in New York and things don’t exactly go according to plan.
Lyrics that fit the book are: “The lights are so bright, but they never blind me, me. Welcome to New York, it’s been waitin’ for you!”
Blank Space (Taylor’s Version): The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Elusive movie star Evelyn Hugo, in a tell-all interview, narrates her life story and how she infamously married seven men to an unknown magazine reporter.
Lyrics that fit the book are: “Ain’t it funny? Rumors fly and I know you heard about me.”
Out of the Woods (Taylor’s Version): The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
After volunteering for her sister, sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, needs to fight in the annual Hunger Games.
Lyrics that fit the book are: “Are we out of the woods yet? Are we out of the woods? Are we in the clear yet? Are we in the clear yet?”
This Love (Taylor’s Version): We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han
We’ll Always Have Summer is the last book in the ‘The Summer I Turned Pretty’ trilogy. This was the song for the first season of the show and without spoiling the series, trust me that this is the perfect song for the end of the series.
This song fits the book, particularly because of these lines: “This love left a permanent mark. This love is glowing in the dark. These hands had to let it go free and this love came back to me.”
How You Get the Girl (Taylor’s Version): The Cheat Sheet by Sarah Adams
Nathan Donelson writes a cheat sheet to win over his best friend Bree Camden. If there was ever a book to fit what Swifties have dubbed her cheat sheet to win over a girl this would be it.
Lyrics that fit the book are: “I want you for worse or for better. I would wait forever and ever (Ever and ever).”
You are in Love (Taylor’s Version): People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
Emily Henry writes the perfect book to fit, what is arguably Swift’s most romantic song.
Lyrics that fit the book are: “And for once, you lеt go of your fears and your ghosts. One step, not much, but it said enough.”
I Wish You Would (Taylor’s Version): Better Hate than Never by Chloe Liese
A modern take on Shakespeare’s ‘Taming of the Shrew.’ Liese tells a story of childhood frenemies in the second book of the interconnected series.
I Know Places (Taylor’s Version): Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
A romance between the First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz and British Prince Henry is bound to increase international relations tensions and paparazzi attention.
Lyrics that fit the book are: “Somethin’ happens when everybody finds out. See the vultures circlin’, dark clouds. Love’s a fragile little flame, it could burn out.”
Clean (Taylor’s Version): The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith
This is a moving and emotional book. All Eden wants to do is rewind the clock and live the day she got sexually assaulted differently but she cannot, so she builds walls around herself. This book is heavy on trigger warnings, please do your research before picking it up.
Taylor sings beautifully about wanting to be clean from a past relationship and it relates perfectly to Eden, who just wants to be clean from that day.
Lyrics that fit the book are: “The rain came pouring down, when I was drownin’, that’s when I could finally breathe.”
Slut! (From the Vault) (Taylor’s Version): Beach Read by Emily Henry
Another Emily Henry work to fall in love with and relate to Taylor Swift. On a beach, two authors — Augustus Everett and January Andrews — bring each other to their literary worlds and learn more about themselves, each other and life.
Lyrics that fit the book are: “The wrong place at the right time. And I break down, then he’s pullin’ me in, in a world of boys, he’s a gentleman.”
New Romantics (Taylor’s Version): The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Things are not exactly as they seem in the Hawthorne House and Avery, a normal teenager turned heiress, will soon find out. This is the first book in a trilogy filled with teenagers solving mysteries in the Hawthorne House.
Lyrics that fit the book are: “We’re so young, but we’re on the road to ruin. We play dumb, but we know exactly what we’re doin’.”
Suburban Legends (From the Vault) (Taylor’s Version): From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata
Jasmine Santos teams up with Ivan Lukov, also known as an enemy, for what is possibly her final chance to compete at the Olympics as a figure skater in this novel.
Lyrics that fit the book are: “I didn’t come here to make friends. We were born to be suburban legends.”