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Recommending books based on Taylor Swift’s Fearless vault tracks

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. ūüôā

You All Over Me: Beautiful & Dirty

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 m√©nage between the three of them.

Bye Bye Baby: The Roommate

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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.

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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.

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Lover Book Tag

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Happy Valentine’s Day to you and because of that, I decided to do a romance tag…well a somewhat romance book tag. I saw that Sara posted this tag a while ago and I decided that I was going to do it for Valentine’s Day. While I’m not a huge Taylor Swift fan, I thought this would still be a good one. Plus I love book tags that feature songs as prompts so let’s get into it.

Rules:

  • Link back to the creator, Sara @ The Bibliophagist!
  • Answer the questions!
  • Tag whoever you want and link back to the person who tagged you!


I Forgot That You Existed: A book from your childhood that you don’t remember anything about

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Honestly, I don’t even remember when I read this book. I know that when I was younger, I dressed up as Pippi Longstocking¬†for Halloween and won an award. Other than that, I don’t remember much about this book. Perhaps it’s time for a reread lol.

Cruel Summer: The worst book you’ve read this summer

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Looking back at summer 2019, the book I despised reading most was easily The Friend Zone. I know that a lot of people love this book but the last 25% really killed it for me and I couldn’t believe that this book took such a turn. I thought it was easily going to be a 4 or 5-star read but it ended up being 2 stars. Honestly, I unhauled this one as soon as I finished it.

Lover: A bookish relationship that’s perfect exactly the way it is

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Xeni and Mason are easily one of my favorite bookish couples. Despite being forced together, the two had such an honest and pure relationship. There was nothing I would change about their dynamic. Even though they went through some rough patches, I think that’s why they were so perfect as they dealt with things that irl couples deal with.

The Man: A book with a badass female main character

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Elisabeth was such a badass main character who dealt with so much during the course of this book. Somehow, she always picked herself back up and figured out a way to make things better. Plus she was incredibly determined and strong-willed especially when it came to the library. Honestly, I thought she was so great and I only wish that we were getting more of her story in future books.

The Archer: A book with great character development

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I’m pretty sure that I used this in a Top 5 Tuesday post to talk about something similar but it’s so fitting. I think that Cameron’s character development throughout the course of¬†If I’m Being Honest¬†is one of the best examples. She goes through so much whether it be with her family, her relationships or herself that she’s better when the story comes to an end. While she didn’t change as much, she was a better version of herself than when the story began.

I Think He Knows: Your fictional crush

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This one doesn’t need much explanation. I love Evan and I only wish that he was real so I could have a man like that.

Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince: A book set in high school

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Technically, this book is set in a boarding school but I’m counting that as high school because they’re the same grade level. Anyways,¬†The Vanishing Stair¬†was easily one of my favorite YA reads of 2019 and I can’t wait to read more of it when the final book comes off hold at the library. I’ve never read a book set in high school like this so this was an easy pick.

Paper Rings: A book with a happy ending

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In a lot of ways,¬†The Princess Trap¬†had a few happy endings. There was a happy ending for a side character, the main couple and the MC’s family. Honestly, the end of this book felt like a warm hug. I couldn’t believe how happy it made me when I finished it. ‚̧

Cornelia Street: A setting you’ll never forget

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His Royal Highness¬†is my first book by R.S. Grey and there is a reason why I started with it. This book is set in a Disneylandesque theme park and it was completely sold on it from that point. Everything felt like it had an extra layer of magic all over it. It was also pretty unique and I couldn’t believe that other romance authors hadn’t jumped on the chance to do something like this.

Death By A Thousand Cuts: A book that broke your heart

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While this a romance book, don’t get it confused as it’s a super emotional book. It will tear your heart out and step all over it. This book broke my heart multiple times as it dealt with a lot of tough topics so gracefully. It was such a difficult read but ultimately rewarding at the same time.

London Boy: A setting that plays a big role in the story

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The book I chose for this one was Damaged Goods by Talia Hibbert. In a lot of ways, I think the setting is almost as important as the romance. This book is set in a beach town in England and honestly, it was such a huge part of the story. Everything about it felt so quaint and cozy which is how I felt about this romance. Considering how much Laura loved the beach, it made complete sense as well.

Soon You’ll Get Better: A book that made you cry

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I read this book towards the end of 2019 and it made me cry a handful of times. It was such a powerful yet emotional read. I won’t give anything away, but it’s a vastly underrated book. I only wish that more people were picking it up.

False God: A book with a well-written sexy scene

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Jasmine and Jafar smut, that’s all I’m saying.

You Need to Calm Down: A book featuring an LGBT romance

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I think this is my own LGBT romance of 2020 so far but honestly, what a way to start off the year. This book was a hate-to-love f/f romance that I couldn’t get enough of. I know that Chelsea M. Cameron has a pretty extensive backlist so I’m excited to see what else she’s written.

Afterglow: A great second chance romance

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This was my favorite book in 2019. Need to say more? Lol

Me!: Your all-time favorite book

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Once again, no surprise here!

It’s Nice To Have A Friend: Your favorite friends-to-lovers book

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Easily one of my favorite friends-to-lovers books has to be¬†Dark Wild Night¬†by Christina Lauren. Of all the books in the series, this one is probably my favorite. It’s a friends-to-lovers romance between a comic book artist and a comic book shop owner. They’re just so precious and adorable together plus they had such a strong friendship that there was no way they wouldn’t eventually be a couple.

Daylight: A book with a positive message

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While I do think this book has its dark moments, this book does have a few positive messages about dealing with change, being passionate about a project and realizing that maybe you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be. This book gets dark at times too but I think this is one that gets slept on for having some positive messages.


Holy cow! That was a long tag so kudos to you if you read the entire thing. I struggled a bit when coming up with books but I made it. Lol

As for tagging someone, I’m going to tag: Sofia, Jenna, and Meeghan. ‚̧

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