Escape into these reads that match the vibe of the surprise album folklore by Taylor Swift, especially if you adore cardigans, misty forests, worn-in boots, cozy socks, fresh laundry and the sound of wind through the trees with a babbling brook nearby. Choose your favorite Taylor song, we'll tell you what to read next (in this totally made up, completely unscientific blog).
With lyrics like "You know the greatest loves of all time are over now" and "And if my wishes came true / It would've been you," it's time to pick up these (spoiler) sad ending, bittersweet romances.
If the words "When you are young, they assume you know nothing" or "I knew you'd haunt all of my what-ifs" have struck a chord with you, it's time for some unrequited love, what-could-have-beens, and coming of age novels.
the last great american dynasty
With lyrics like "It must have been her fault his heart gave out" and "She had a marvelous time ruining everything," then pick up these books about refusing to let other people tell your story, making yourself happy, and finding a fulfilling life.
If the words "You're not my homeland anymore / So what am I defending now?" and "You never gave a warning sign (I gave so many signs)" hit you in the feels, then pick up these novels about complex, unhappy relationships.
my tears ricochet
With lyrics like "And if I'm on fire, you'll be made of ashes, too" and "And if I'm dead to you, why are you at the wake?" hit a nerve, these novels about revenge and betrayal may only add salt to your wound.
If you've ever felt like "I'm a mirrorball / I can change everything about me to fit in" and "I'll show you every version of yourself tonight" then these books all about no longer being a people-pleaser and discovering your true self instead of reflecting others may keep you "shimmering beautiful."
Are you nostalgic for childhood, the deep friendships and secrets that you shared? If lyrics like "Cross your heart, won't tell no other" and "I think your house is haunted / Your dad is always mad and that must be why / And I think you should come live with me" tug at your heart, pick up these novels that focus on childhood friendships and growing up.
If lyrics like "August slipped away into a moment of time / 'Cause it was never mine" and "So much for summer love and saying 'us' / 'Cause you weren't mine to lose" grab your heart, try these novels that focus on first loves and doomed romance.
this is me trying
Have you ever messed up a relationship and felt the weight of regret? If lyrics like "And it's hard to be at a party when I feel like an open wound" or "And my words shoot to kill when I'm mad / I have a lot of regrets about that" make you examine your life, then pick up these novels about anger and regret.
If you've felt these feelings, "You taught me a secret language that I can't speak with anyone else" and "Take the words for what they are / A dwindling, mercurial high / A drug that only worked / The first few hundred times" in your relationships, then these novels with themes of infidelity, affairs and heartbreak may continue to break your heart.
Hopeless romantics, if you love the lyrics "And isn't it just so pretty to think / All along there was some / Invisible string / Tying you to me?" and "Hell was the journey but it brought me heaven," then these romances will make you believe that something connects you to your soulmate.
If you've ever thought "No one likes a mad woman / You made her like that" or "And women like hunting witches too" then these novels that focus on themes of destructive madness, mischief and interference, and female empowerment may resonate with you.
If the hymnal lyrics of "epiphany" like "Just one single glimpse of relief / To make some sense of what you've seen" haunt you, then so will these novels.
Have you ever made a mistake? If lyrics like "But if I showed up at your party / Would you have me? Would you want me?" and "The worst thing that I ever did / Was what I did to you" then these novels about love triangles and mistakes might help you heal.
Have you done a lot of self-work and introspection about your past relationships lately? With lyrics like "But I'm a fire and I'll keep your brittle heart warm" and "But the rain is always gonna come if you're standin' with me," then these novels about flawed characters navigating their way through life will be your companions.
Have you ever felt that if you stop grieving then you're healed? Lyrics like "Don't want no other shade of blue but you / No other sadness in the world would do" and "Your faithless love's the only hoax I believe in" may reopen old relationship wounds, just like in these novels.