1989 (Taylor’s Version) Book Recommendations

What you should read based on your favourite song from 1989 (Taylor's Version)

As the cool winds of nostalgia sweep in with the release of 1989 (Taylor’s Version), it’s time to match your reading to the rhythm of your heart! Whether the ethereal notes of “Wildest Dreams” transport you to a different world, or the catchy tunes of “Shake It Off” inspire you to turn a new page in life, we’ve got you covered! Tune in to find the book that sings the same song as your favourite 1989 (Taylor’s Version) track!

 

 

Much Ado about Nada by Uzma Jalaluddin

“Welcome to New York (Taylor’s Version)”

If you love the big city glamour of this 1989 (Taylor’s Version) track, try Much Ado About Nada by Uzma Jalaluddin, a sparkling second-chance romance inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion and set in Canada’s biggest city–Toronto!

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The Hurricane Wars by Thea Guanzon

Blank Space (Taylor’s Version)”

Love a romance with the potential to go down in flames? The Hurricane Wars by Thea Guazon is the perfect companion to this 1989 (Taylor’s Version) tune, in which the fates of two bitter enemies with opposing magical abilities are swept together in a fantasy romance set in a Southeast Asia–inspired world ravaged by storms.

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The Blackwoods by Brandy Colbert

“Style (Taylor’s Version)”

The 1989 (Taylor’s Version) of “Style” is the perfect song to pair with The Blackwoods by Brandy Colbert, the story of a famous Black Hollywood family and an unforgettable tale of ambition, fame, struggle, loss, and love in America.

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One Night in Hartswood by Emma Denny

“Out of the Woods (Taylor’s Version)”

All about escaping the wrong relationship, the 1989 (Taylor’s Version) reimagining of “Out of the Woods” is tailor-made for One Night in Hartswood by Emma Denny, a Medieval queer romance debut filled with snow-capped forests and a spellbinding love story.

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Unfortunately Yours by Tessa Bailey

“All You Had to Do Was Stay (Taylor’s Version)”

If you loved the original and the 1989 (Taylor’s Version) remastering of “All You Had to Do Was Stay” try Unfortunately Yours by Tessa Bailey, the hilarious follow-up to Secretly Yours, in which a down-on-her-luck Napa heiress suggests a mutually beneficial marriage-of-convenience to a man she can’t stand… only to discover there’s a fine line between love and hate.

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Never Been Better by Leanne Toshiko Simpson

“Shake It Off (Taylor’s Version)”

If you’re ready to shake off struggle and strife with the 1989 (Taylor’s Version) of “Shake it Off” try pairing this track with Never Been Better by Leanne Toshiko Simpson, an offbeat, heartfelt comedy about a seaside wedding reunion where no one can stay afloat.

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How to End a Love Story by Yulin Kuang

“I Wish You Would (Taylor’s Version)”

Is the tragedy of the past holding you back? Try pairing the 1989 (Taylor’s Version) of “I Wish You Would” with How to End a Love Story by Yulin Kuang, the brilliant contemporary romance novel debut from the acclaimed screenwriter of Emily Henry’s People We Meet on Vacation and director of the forthcoming Beach Read feature film!

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Yellowface by R.F. Kuang: A Reese's Book Club Pick

“Bad Blood (Taylor’s Version)” 

Can you say frenemies?! If the 1989 (Taylor’s Version) of “Bad Blood” speaks to your soul, try Yellowface by R.F. Kuang, a chilling and hilariously cutting novel in which bestselling sensation Juniper Song is not who she says she is, she didn’t write the book she claims she wrote, and she is most certainly not Asian American.

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A River of Golden Bones by A.K. Mulford

“Wildest Dreams (Taylor’s Version)”

Featuring a dangerous sleeping curse that’s sure to inspire some wild dreams, if the 1989 (Taylor’s Version) of “Wildest Dreams” is your jam you’ll love A River of Golden Bones by A.K. Mulford, the first book in the all-new Golden Court romantasy trilogy that begins a journey of self-discovery, romance, and adventure for a young heir as she/they comes out of hiding to save her sister from a malicious, powerful sorceress.

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“How You Get the Girl (Taylor’s Version)”

A masterclass in how to get the girl, if this 1989 (Taylor’s Version) song sings to you, try The Fiancée Farce by Alexandria Bellefleur, a steamy Sapphic rom-com about a quiet bookseller and a romance novel cover model who agrees to a modern-day marriage-of-convenience.

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The Scarlet Veil by Shelby Mahurin

“This Love (Taylor’s Version)” 

A love that’s alive and back from the dead? The 1989 (Taylor’s Version) of “This Love” is our official soundtrack to The Scarlet Veil by Shelby Mahurin, a dark and riveting enemies-to-lovers vampire romance—set in the same world as the blockbuster Serpent & Dove series!

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Champion of Fate by Kendare Blake

“I Know Places (Taylor’s Version)” 

If the guiding the 1989 (Taylor’s Version) of “I Know Places” Taylor knows Try Champion of Fate by Kendare Blake, an epic duology starter following a girl is taken in by a group of female warriors who train her to shepherd a hero to victory—so long as she doesn’t get her heart broken in the process.

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Nigeria Jones by Ibi Zoboi

“Clean (Taylor’s Version)”

If you love this bold song about heartbreak and healing, try Nigeria Jones by Ibi Zoboi, a bold new coming-of-age story exploring race, feminism, and complicated family dynamics.

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Don’t Want You Like a Best Friend by Emma R. Alban

“Wonderland (Taylor’s Version)”

Fall down the rabbit hole and get lost in Emma R. Alban’s wonderland, Don’t Want You Like a Best Friend, a swoon-worthy debut queer Victorian romance in which two debutantes distract themselves from having to seek husbands by setting up their widowed parents.

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Time to Shine by Rachel Reid

“You Are In Love (Taylor’s Version)”

Nothing says I love you AND you’re my best friend quite like the bromance turned romance in Time to Shine by Rachel Reid, a sexy opposites-attract winter romance between a shy goaltender and his charming All-Star teammate!

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Imogen, Obviously by Becky Albertalli

“New Romantics (Taylor’s Version)”

All about the whimsical nature of young adults’ approach to love and life, if you loved this track, try Imogen, Obviously by Becky Albertalli, a nuanced story about sexuality, identity, and friendship in which Imogen starts to wonder if her truth was ever all that straight to begin with…

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