Many of you might now know this, but I’m a big swiftie. I’ve been for many years now, and I just love all of her songs.
Recently I’ve been obsessed with her latest album, Midnights. It came out one month ago and I still have it on repeat on Spotify. I haven’t been able to listen to anything else!
Which is how I got this idea! Here are 13 book recommendations, based on each song from the album.
1 – Lavender Haze: A Pho Love Story
I just wanna stay in that lavender haze
A Pho Love Story by Loan Le is one of the cutest romantic YA I’ve read.
Not only is the cover lavender, but the story is sweet, with the perfect mix of romance and some drama. It’s the perfect book to read while listening to the opening song of Midnights!
Read more: Book Review: A Pho Love Story
2 – Maroon: Red, White, and Royal Blue
I see you every day now
and I chose you
Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston is the perfect enemies-to-lovers-secret-relationship trope that makes my heart flutter.
I loved this book so much because of how sweet and heartfelt it was. It honestly had everything I love in a rom-com. It was romantic and sweet, with good humor, some drama, and a good plot.
It’s the perfect book to match with Maroon!
3 – Anti-Hero: Renegades
I should not be left to my own devices
they come with prices and vices
I end up in crises
The renegades series by Marissa Meyers is one of my favorite book series.
The books take place in a world that is separated by superheroes and supervillains. All three books are exciting and interesting. They have action, drama, romance, and literally everything you could want.
What makes this book the perfect match with the song Anti-Hero is because of the main character, Nova. I won’t give you many spoilers, but she goes through such a transformation in the books. Lots of re-learning who she was and why she acts the way she does. I loved her character and I’m sure you’ll do as well.
4 – Snow On The Beach: King of Scars
Life is emotionally abusive
That has to be one of my favorite lyrics from the album, and it perfectly describes King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo.
This one is the third series in the Grishaverse, and it follows the life of Nikolai, Zoya, and Nina.
There are so many details about the emotional journey these characters take. It’s beautiful to see them grow and overcome hardships they’ve been fighting for years now, but it is also very painful.
I cried a lot with this book, but I loved every second of it.
5 – You’re On Your Own, Kid: Call Down the Hawk
You’re on your own, kid
You always have been
You’re On Your Own, Kid is my favorite song from the album. It is so heartbreaking it makes me ache, and I identify so much with it. It also reminds me of one of my favorite characters, Ronan Lynch.
Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater is the first book of the Dreamer Trilogy, the series that comes after the Raven Cycle. The books focus mostly on Ronan, but they also explore more about Adam and the other two Lynch brothers, while also introducing some new characters.
I’ve always felt so much for Ronan Lynch. He’s isolated, completely on his own while being surrounded by friends and family. There was something about him that always hit too close to home, and the song perfectly represents that.
I promise the books aren’t as depressing as I make them sound. While there’s a lot of that pain, there’s also so much more. If you loved the Raven Cycle, you’ll love this one because you’ll get the chance to learn more about the characters we already love.
6 – Midnight Rain: The City of Brass
He wanted a bride
I was making my own name
The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty is an amazing epic fantasy. The whole book series, The Daevabad Trilogy, is one of the most exciting and complex books I’ve read.
The song, Midnight Rain, makes me think of the main character Nahri, who is thrown into this new magical world and starts making her own way. She’s a healer, with big ambitions and dreams. She wants to help people, and make a big change while battling against prejudices and many enemies.
The books have various love storylines that are complicated and real. They’re not mushy or cliché, and that’s why it makes perfect sense with this song!
Read more: Book Review: The City of Brass
7 – Question…?: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Big city, wrong choices
we had one thing goin’ on
I swear it was somethin’
’cause I don’t remember who I was
before you painted all my nights
a color I have searched for since
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid.
This book is a fan favorite among many readers, and for good reason! It is emotional and it’ll pull at your heartstrings. The character is glamorous, yet ruthless and unapologetic, which makes the whole novel so interesting to read.
A relationship full of ‘what ifs’ and drama and speculation…if that doesn’t scream Evelyn Hugo, then don’t know what does.
I promise you, you’ll be obsessed with this book with the first chapter.
8 – Vigilante Shit: Six of Crows
Don’t get sad, get even
Vigilante Shit SCREAMS Kaz Brekker. Nothing will change my mind on this.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is a pretty well-known book, but in case you haven’t read it, then do it! Right now!
It is honestly my favorite YA book. It has fantasy, a heist, the main characters are all criminals, and there’s revenge, violence, and excitement…so many things that make this book amazing.
9 – Bejeweled: The Bane Chronicles
Best believe I’m still bejeweled
when I walk in the room
I can still make the whole place shimmer
Everything about Bejeweled reminds me of Magnus Bane. If you’ve read the books by Cassandra Clare, then you know I’m right.
Magnus Bane is unapologetically genuine. He’s a freewheeling bisexual that knows how to put up a show. He’s sparkly and dramatic and beautiful, and everything Bejeweled is.
The book of The Bane Chronicles tells different stories of the character. He’s an immortal warlock, which means he’s been around for thousands of years. Through this book we get to explore some of his stories throughout his whole life and get to know him better.
10 – Labyrinth: These Violent Delights
Uh oh, I’m falling in love
Oh no, I’m falling in love again
Oh, I’m falling in love
I just finished this book series and I loved everything about them.
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong is one of the best Romeo and Juliet retellings I’ve read. It takes place in 1926 Shanghai. Roma and Juliette are the heirs of rival gangs, but they’ve fallen in love.
There are so many other details to the plot of these books. Their relationship is a long line of complicated events, but it is honestly one of the best love stories.
11 – Karma: The Merciful Crow
My pennies made your crown
The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen is such an interesting fantasy novel. Set in a world where everyone is a type of bird, society is divided into castes.
The main character, Fie is part of the Crow caste. They’re the lowest of all castes, shunned by everyone. Yet, everyone relies on them since they’re the only ones capable of collecting the dead.
When the prince fakes his death, Fie helps him with the promise that he’ll protect the Crows when he reigns.
Fie’s story is the perfect embodiment of Karma. She becomes a key element to protect the kingdom and save everyone, even though she’s been treated badly her whole life.
12 – Sweet Nothing: We Hunt the Flame
All that you ever wanted from me was
This might be an unexpected recommendation for the song of Sweet Nothing, but I promise you it makes sense.
We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal is a fantasy novel that has adventure, fantastic world-building, and even greater characters.
While I liked many things about the books, my favorite part was the characters of Zafira and Nasir, and the relationship that blooms between them.
People lived because she killed. People died because he lived.
That’s the best parallel in new literature, I swear! Zafira and Nasir have gone through too much. Too many things have been taken from them, and they’ve lost and given so much of themselves for the sake of others…yet when they find each other, none of that matters to the other.
It’s the perfect match for the song!
Read more: Book Review: We Hunt the Flame
13 – Mastermind: A Court of Mist and Fury
What if I told you I’m a mastermind
and now you’re mine
it was all by design
’cause I’m a mastermind
The ACOTAR series by Sarah J. Maas is another cliché recommendation, but I don’t care!
The relationship between Rhys and Feyre is perfect for Mastermind. How much Rhys went through, knowing who Feyra was, and how he planned everything to rescue her and be with her…it has Mastermind written all over it.
So here they are! 13 books I’ve read for each song from Midnights by Taylor Swift.
What do you think? Are there other books you connect with the songs? Let me know in the comments!
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