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Discover insanely good Taylor Swift book recommendations for your “era” as a super fan of the pop star, who, per Ancestry, is actually a distant relative of the famous poet Emily Dickinson!

It’s hard to deny the popularity of Taylor Swift right now, from her sold-out concerts to her omnipresence in the soundtrack of Amazon Prime’s adaptation of The Summer I Turned Pretty.

But, did you know that Taylor Swift herself is an avid reader inspired by books in her music?! And that her music has also inspired some of the most popular books today?!

Explore a few of Taylor Swift’s favorite books, books that inspired specific songs of hers (with corresponding lyrics), and books with Taylor Swift references for every super fan to devour below.

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Quick List of All Taylor Swift Book Recommendations

Taylor Swift’s Favorite Books:

Books That Inspired Taylor Swift Songs:

Books Inspired by Taylor Swift:

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Taylor Swift’s Favorite Books

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

One of Taylor Swift’s recommendations in “You Are What You Read,” Charlotte’s Web, is one of the most beloved and most popular award-winning books of all time for children.

It’s the story of a friendship that blossoms between a spider and a little pig, and the love they have for the young girl who saved the pig when he was a runt.

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Another one of Taylor Swift’s recommendations in “You Are What You Read,” Eat Pray Love is the iconic travel memoir of a seemingly successful (but unhappy) American woman on a journey of self-discovery in Italy, India, and Bali, where she finds truth in food, faith, and love.

Books That Inspired Taylor Swift Songs

Next, let’s talk about books that directly inspired Taylor Swift’s songs. You’ll see their literary influence in the corresponding lyrics quoted below, which tell their own unique stories.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Flashing lights, and we
Took a wrong turn, and we
Fell down a rabbit hole

– Taylor Swift, “Wonderland”

Beyond the name of the song, the lyrics of Taylor Swift’s “Wonderland” directly confirm it takes inspiration from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the beloved children’s classic book in which a young girl falls down a rabbit hole and into a whimsical world.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

It was so nice throwing big parties
Jump into the pool from the balcony
Everyone swimming in a champagne sea
And there are no rules when you show up here
Bass beat rattling the chandelier
Feeling so Gatsby for that whole year

– Taylor Swift, “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things”

Taylor Swift’s lyrics and music videos are littered with references to the classic The Great Gatsby, about the opulent life of a wealthy man in America’s Jazz era. The above lyrics almost identically depict what a quintessential “Gatsby” party was like.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

But now we’ve stepped into a cruel world
Where everybody stands and keeps score

Keep your eyes open

– Taylor Swift, “Eyes Open”

Taylor Swift read The Hunger Games book series to prepare for composing “Eyes Open” for the movie adaptation.

This bestselling dystopian trilogy centers on Katniss Everdeen, a teenager who is forced to fight for survival and endure the effects of war as she competes in gladiator-style games in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic community with a totalitarian government.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë 

And isn’t it just so pretty to think
All along there was some
Invisible string
Tying you to me?

– Taylor Swift, “Invisible String”

Taylor Swift references the classic Jane Eyre in a few Folklore songs, including “Invisible String” (above), which almost directly reflects Jane’s conversation with Rochester, describing their bond as “a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly knotted to a similar string in you.”

In “Mad Woman,” Swift also references “the madwoman in the attic,” which is pulled directly from the plot.

If these lines are sounding dark to you — they are! Jane Eyre is a gothic coming-of-age novel about an orphan in Victorian England who has a complicated relationship with a mysterious man.

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

I knew you
Tried to change the ending
Peter losing Wendy

– Taylor Swift, “Cardigan”

In her hit “Cardigan,” Taylor Swift directly references the classic characters Peter and Wendy from the coming-of-age book Peter Pan — the fantastical tale of the eternally young Peter Pan, his fairy Tinker Bell, and the Darling children, including Wendy, who have adventures in the magical world of Neverland.

Rebecca by Daphne duMaurier

I know my love should be celebrated
But you tolerate it

– Taylor Swift, “Tolerate It”

Taylor Swift has specifically said that the moody thriller Rebecca inspired her song Tolerate It”: “When I was reading Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier and I was thinking, ‘Wow, her husband just tolerates her. She’s doing all these things and she’s trying so hard and she’s trying to impress him. He’s just tolerating her the whole time.'”

In Rebecca, the main character is NOT the beloved Rebecca, but rather a servant who meets and quickly marries the wealthy older widow of Rebecca. Upon her arrival at his Manderley estate, it quickly becomes clear that Rebecca lingers in the memories of the staff.

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

[Y]ou were Romeo, you were throwin’ pebbles
And my daddy said, “Stay away from Juliet”

– Taylor Swift, “Love Story”

Even way back in one of her earliest song releases, Taylor Swift called upon the timeless love story Romeo and Juliet to inspire her aptly titled “Love Story.” You likely already know the story of these young lovers, who have fallen madly in love but are kept apart by feuding families, with tragic consequences.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Why for years I roam
Free as these birds, light as whispers
Carolina knows

– Taylor Swift, “Carolina”

Taylor Swift wrote “Carolina” for the movie adaptation of the massive bestselling phenomenon, Where the Crawdads Sing, a coming-of-age tale of a woman raised in a marsh, including both a mystery and a love story. You can feel both the spirit of the protagonist and her home in these haunting lyrics.

Books Inspired by Taylor Swift

Lastly, here are some authors and books inspired by Taylor Swift. Since Swift is such a masterful storyteller, and since so many authors listen to music while they write, it’s no surprise they find inspiration in her tunes — and sometimes even refer to them in their books.

The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager

Riley Sager’s thriller The House Across the Lake begins with the epigraph, “I think he did it but I just can’t prove it.” This quote hails from Taylor Swift’s “No Body, No Crime.”

This book is a supernatural thriller about a recently widowed actress who passes time at her family’s Vermont lake house, watching the glamorous couple in the house across the lake through binoculars.

When she befriends the woman across the lake, it becomes clear that the marriage isn’t perfect after all. And when the woman suddenly vanishes, she becomes consumed with finding out what happened to her, uncovering even darker truths in the process.

The Summer of Broken Rules by K.L. Walther

The Summer of Broken Rules is completely and utterly layered with Easter Eggs for fans of Taylor Swift’s songs, including “Bad Blood” and “Hey Stephen” (on which it is based).

Meredith is a teen coping with the loss of her beloved sister when she visits the family’s Martha’s Vineyard island farm for a week that will culminate in her cousin’s wedding.

In the days before the wedding, the family plays a competitive game of Assassin and, in an attempt to win it all in memory of her sister, Meredith allies with a cute groomsman named Wit.

But it’s not all fun and games when their adventures around the island stir up romantic feelings. The question is whether Meredith can still focus on the game… and what will become of this whirlwind romance when the week concludes.

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

It’s no secret that The Summer I Turned Pretty author Jenny Han listened to a lot of Taylor Swift music while writing this book series. She also succeeded in getting more Swift songs than I can count into the Amazon Prime TV adaptation.

(I personally blame both her and this indulgent adaptation for my listening to “Cruel Summer” on repeat all last Summer.)

The Summer I Turned Pretty begins a trilogy of Summer romance novels that follows teenager “Belly” as she and her mom and her brother visit their shared Summer beach house with her mom’s friend and her two sons, who are both like brothers and crushes to her. As life in the beach house takes a difficult turn, the course of Belly’s teenage life changes.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Taylor Swift’s favorite book?

Taylor Swift is an avid reader who has read and recommended many books, including the popular titles Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, and both Normal People and Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney. She has also called John Green her favorite author.


These Taylor Swift book recommendations help you embrace your “era” as a super fan of the pop star. If you’re undecided on where to start, I recommend both The Summer of Broken Rules and The Summer I Turned Pretty since they are so heavily influenced by her music and since they are such great reads for both Young Adults and adults alike.

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