I’m obsessed with Taylor Swift’s newest album, folklore. Honestly, it’s unhealthy. The songs are so atmospheric and are simply perfect for these gloomy fall days. If anyone needs me, I’m exchanging my entire wardrobe for oversized sweaters and fleeing to a cottage in the forest.
I’ve been a longtime Taylor Swift fan, and listening to her most recent release inspired me to go back and listen to the rest of her records. And honestly? They stand the test of time. Tay knows how to put together an album, my friends.
What I also love about her music is that each collection so clearly marks an era in her music; they’re all so distinct.
So today, I’m bringing you book recommendations based on your favorite Taylor Swift album. Keep reading to find out your next favorite read!
#1: Taylor Swift
The classic album that started it all! Fans of Tay’s first album will love The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. This Southern novel about a young girl’s search for her mother’s memory features powerful bonds between women and a sweet romance that feels like it’s straight out of a Taylor Swift song.
Fearless is all about being bold, brave, dancing in a storm in your best dress. For anyone looking for an extra shot of courage, I recommend Paper Towns by John Green. Q finds himself on a cross-country search to find Margo Roth Spiegelman, his lifelong crush.
#3: Speak Now
Speak Now’s titular track totally made me wish I could barge into my true love’s wedding to save him from an unhappy marriage. Keeping with the matrimony theme, I recommend Once and For All by Sarah Dessen. Main character Louna works for her mom, who’s a renowned wedding planner, but is cynical about love until she meets Ambrose.
For fans of Red’s rollercoaster of emotions, I recommend The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Elusive movie star Evelyn Hugo commissions nobody writer Monique to pen her life story, including the scandalous stories of her seven husbands.
For fans of 1989 and anyone who’s nostalgic for the good ole days, I recommend Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. I loved the early 80s aesthetic of this book, which beautifully balanced the story’s discussion of heavy topics like body image and racism in the US.
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If you’re looking for a story about powerful, morally gray characters, I recommend the Renegades series by Marissa Meyer. Main character Nova goes undercover as a Renegade to bring down the corrupt system that killed her family, but finds her loyalties tested.
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Lover is perfect for lovers of romance and whimsy. It’s also one of my personal favorite albums, so it’s only fitting that I recommend one of my personal favorite books: Fields Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith. This sweet romance features two strangers who travel by train across the country together, discovering themselves and a lovely budding romance as they go.
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If you’re open to running away to the forest and spending the day writing quirky novels, definitely pick up Beach Read by Emily Henry! This book was all over my Instagram feed this summer, and rightfully so: it’s amazing. Authors January and Augustus decide to combat their writer’s block by writing a novel in the other’s genre while living at neighboring lake houses. Cue a forest montage and plenty of hilarious banter.
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What’s your favorite Taylor Swift album? Have you read any of these books? Which would you recommend?