Hello friends and fellow book lovers! If you didn’t know, I’m a huge Taylor Swift fan. I loved her country music when she first debuted and then fell off of the wagon for a little bit. Now, I’m back on it and I don’t see myself jumping off anytime soon. In particular, I’ve really been loving her re-release of Fearless as that album is just iconic.
In addition to all of the original songs on the album, she also released some songs from “the vault,” which are basically songs she wrote and never released. While I’m not sure which one is my favorite yet, I knew I wanted to do something with this album and decided to recommend songs based on these tracks so let’s get into them. 🙂
You All Over Me: Beautiful & Dirty
The first vault song is “You All Over Me,” which actually features Maren Morris on back-up vocals. This song is about a person being with someone and realizing that they’ll truly never “be clean” of them even though they aren’t necessarily together. It’s a light and pretty song so it would make sense that I’d pair it up with Beautiful & Dirty by Katrina Jackson which is an incredibly dark book.
This book is about a girl who is on vacation and the tryst she has with a mafia boss who she can’t seem to stop thinking about after they pair. This book is incredibly dark as it features murder, cheating and torture. However, I feel like this song really reminds me of Shae as it feels like she can’t erase any mark that Sal left on her.
Mr. Perfectly Fine: Text Me Baby One More Time
I feel like of all the vault songs, this one is the most popular as it’s obviously a song she wrote about Joe Jonas after their breakup. Lyrically, I love the song but the instrumentals don’t really work for me. Honestly, this song really makes me happy and want to dance around even though it’s a bit of a depressing song. Still fun so I can’t really complain lmao.
As for the book I paired up with this song, it’s Text Me Baby One More Time by Teagan Hunter. This is a second-chance romance between Denver who is still reeling from Shepard being a jerk and he seems to be “perfectly fine” after they broke up. While this book does have an HEA, I feel like this song goes along with the tone of most of this story.
We Were Happy: The Devil’s Submission
This is actually an unreleased song that I used to listen to, a lot. She really didn’t change any of the lyrics either so I was all over it. It’s basically her reminiscing on an old relationship and how they used to be happy but the relationship fell apart. It’s such a beautifully sad song and the way she sings it now is just so much more heart-breaking.
The book I chose to pair up with this song is The Devil Submission which is another second-chance romance between a married couple. While they were happy at the start, things started to fall apart. Ultimately, we find out why it happened and then they’re able to come back together in the end. While it does feature an HEA, I feel like this book also has a lot of them reminiscing on their relationship.
That’s When: Miss Meteor
The next song is probably my favorite even though I don’t love Keith Urban’s vocals on this one but the lyrics are beautiful again. I don’t know why Taylor didn’t release some of these songs but the lyrics are just incredible. For this one, it’s basically about a couple breaking up and realizing they can come back together anytime. Personally, I feel like this song could be related to friendships too which is why I paired it up with this book.
Miss Meteor features an incredible friendship that needs to be repaired. Watching these two come back together and realize how important their friendship is was incredible. I also felt like there was a similar sentiment when it came to one of the relationships. Honestly, this book just hit it out of the park with me and I can’t believe it’s YA as I haven’t read much YA so far this year.
Don’t You: The Beast
The next song is called “Don’t You” and it’s basically about running into your ex and realizing that you still love them even though they’ve moved on. It’s a tough pill to swallow and I’m sure some of us can relate to that. This was one of the tougher songs to try and pair a book up with as it’s a pretty bleak and somewhat depressing song.
I decided to pair it up with The Beast as it feels like this song could be how either Beast or Gaeton would have felt, seeing the other with Isabella. It also could have been how Isabella seeing the two men she loved moving on. While I didn’t love this book, I feel like those conflicting feelings really make sense in this story although it does end up being a ménage between the three of them.
Bye Bye Baby: The Roommate
The last vault song featured is “Bye Bye Baby,” which is basically an ode to an old relationship that just didn’t work out. It’s basically them saying goodbye to everything in the relationship and closing that chapter in their life. Personally, I feel like this is a decent song but it doesn’t stand out like the rest of them. It’s a little too on-the-nose for me so maybe it’s a me problem with this song lmao.
As for the book I chose to pair with it, I picked The Roommate by Brandy Bush. This book is a short and steamy novella about a girl who hooks up with her roommate’s parents and that’s basically the whole story. There’s not really an resolution and it’s a little bit sad plus this one does not have an HEA. Either way, it does work out well with this song and it’s just a lot of fun.
Honestly, this was a lot of fun to do and it was a little bit challenging. I had a hard time, trying to connect the dots on some of these. Either way, I knew I wanted to do a post, focusing on the vault songs so hopefully someone enjoyed this. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.