If you are a Taylor Swift fan, you know that it is impossible to listen to her songs and not become absolutely obsessed with them. You listen to them a few times for fun and then you find yourself humming them in the shower, in the car and while trying to take a nap.
However, you forgive her since most of the songs are works of art.
I am sure you have heard a song after you have finished a book and associated the words you hear with the characters in the story.
This happens very often with Taylor Swift’s songs, which are full of emotion and engaging stories.
Therefore, we have selected a list of songs that you can listen to to give your imagination free rein over your favourite book.
Here you will find recommended books that convey the same kind of vibe as your favourite Miss Taylor songs.
From romantic novels to personal growth stories, these books will not only make you feel like you’re in a Taylor Swift song, but will also entice you to stay glued to the pages until the end.
Get your reading glasses ready, because these books with Taylor Swift-like vibes are a must for all fans of the singer and beyond.
You’ll definitely want to add these music-inspired books to your TBR (To-Be-Read) list!
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Little Women | Champagne Problems
“Little Women”, the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, has always enchanted readers with its stories of friendship and love, and there are many similarities between this book and the song “Champagne Problems” by Taylor Swift.
Here, as you have no doubt guessed, we are talking about the relationship between Jo and Laurie. In fact, it seems that the song was written especially for them. Two other Taylor songs that I would relate to little women are ‘Exile’ and ‘Enchanted’.
But back to the main song.
“Champagne Problems” is one of my favourite songs. It is about a rejected marriage proposal which is obviously followed by a broken heart. Taylor in the song shows that he loves the person he turned down very much in fact he wishes them to find the perfect person for him. The one who will never break their heart.
And Jo makes exactly the same wish for Laurie. She really loves them in her own way but needs to devote herself and has no intention of getting married, so she has to break her best friend’s heart.
Plus if you have read the books you know how certain phrases are spot on and reflect the feelings of the characters to the fullest.
For example this sentence ‘How evergreen, our group of friends. Don’t think we’ll say that word again‘ reflects to the utmost what Jo is most afraid of. Seeing time taking away everything she loves. A recurring theme in many writers that I also feel very close to.
The Song of Achilles | Anti-hero
The song ‘Anti-Hero’ and the book ‘The Song of Achilles’ share many similarities. Both explore the complex relationships between individuals and their place in society.
The song is about a person who feels he is worth less than others. Similarly, the protagonist of ‘The Song of Achilles’, Patroclus, feels like an outsider in his family and the society in which he lives.
In the book, Patroclus and Achilles develop a romantic relationship that is seen as inappropriate by the society in which they live.
Patroclus, like the protagonist in the song, has a low self-esteem due to the fact that he has always been shunned by everyone in his life.
The song Anti-hero by Taylor Swift could fit the point of view of both Patroclus and Achilles.
In fact, one of the phrases that fits nicely with Patroclus’ character is:
I wake up screaming from dreaming
One day I’ll watch as you’re leaving
And life will lose all its meaning
In fact, Patroclus is terrified at the thought of losing Anchille in battle and unfortunately we all know how that ends.
If, however, we take Achilles, the great hero loved by all until he rebels, the point of the song that refers to him lies in the chorus:
It’s me, hi (hi), I’m the problem, it’s me (I’m the problem, it’s me)
At tea (tea) time (time), everybody agrees (everybody agrees)
I’ll stare directly at the sun but never in the mirror
It must be exhausting always rooting for the anti-hero
Let’s say it could be a perfect duet between our two favourite tragic heroes.
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The invisible life of addie larue | Right where you left me
The song ‘Right Where You Left Me’ and the book ‘The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue’ share several similarities. Both explore the theme of time, memory and loneliness. I don’t think there is a more perfect song to represent what Addie feels during the course of the story.
In the song, the protagonist talks about a past love that has left her lonely and confused. Her mind is still trapped in memories of the past relationship and she cannot free herself from the pain. She sees everyone moving on around her while she remains there, standing still in a moment that will never return.
In the book, Addie LaRue is cursed by a god, she will live forever but can never connect with anyone because everyone forgets about her as soon as she is not in front of them. She is destined to leave no trace so she often goes back in her heart and mind to the past, to when she still had people who loved her.
Addie is forced to live in solitude, her life becoming a series of single moments without a sense of continuity.
Both works explore the concept of identity and the difficulty of finding a sense of belonging.
The whole song screams Addie Larue but the phrases that seem to have been written for her are these:
Everybody moved on
I, I stayed there
Dust collected on my pinned-up hair
They expected me to find somewhere
Some perspective, but I sat and stared
Did you ever hear about the girl who got frozen?
Time went on for everybody else, she won’t know it
She’s still 23 inside her fantasy
How it was supposed to be
Both the song and the book explore the theme of regret and the desire to go back in time to correct past mistakes.
The protagonist of the song wishes she could go back to correct her past relationship mistakes, while Addie LaRue wishes she could go back to being a normal person without the curse of eternal life.
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