Book Recs Inspired by Taylor Swift’s “Reputation”

Hey, everyone! So today I’m here with a post I’ve never done before, inspired by Madeline over at reveriepages.com. She did a post on book recs inspired by Melodrama by Lorde, which is one of my favorite albums. It’s also a great post, and you can check it out here. This inspired me to do my own post, but this time about Taylor Swift’s latest album, Reputation!

If you know anything about me, you’ll know I love Taylor Swift. At first, I was a little nervous about this new album, because I didn’t really like the promo singles, but I was so wrong. The album is incredible, and even if you don’t like Taylor, I highly suggest checking it out, because she’s really outdone herself with this one. So without further ado, let’s get started!

01. …Ready For It?

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

To me, Ready For It reminds me of a relationship that starts off with one of them being wild and how love can tame you. It is the beginning of something, the start of something new.

“baby, let the games begin / let the games begin / let the games begin / are you ready for it?”

In the beginning of the Infernal Devices, Will is a bad boy, but as he and Tessa fall in love, she tames his wild side. She doesn’t change him, but when he first meets her, it is clear that everything begins to change, hence the line baby, let the games begin.

02. End Game

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

End Game is all about how people’s reputations can get in the way of relationships, and how Taylor wants to be more than just another girl to him. In my opinion, that’s a big theme in Where She Went.

“big reputation, big reputation / ooh, you and me would be a big conversation / aah, and I heard about you”

Adam definitely has a reputation in Where She Went, and it’s not exactly for being a nice guy. Plus, him and Mia had a past, which is why they would be such a big conversation. She doesn’t want to be another one of his girls, she wants to be the real thing to him like she was all those years ago.

03. I Did Something Bad

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

This song, without a doubt, reminds me of Shatter Me. It’s about the feeling you get when you do something bad for the first time, and I always think about Juliette when I listen to the lyrics.

“they say i did something bad / then why’s it feel so good? / most fun i ever had / and i’d do it over and over and over again if i could / it just felt so good, good”

When Juliette learns how to control her powers for the first time, she learns that she actually likes the way it makes her feel. After being neglected for so long, she likes being in control.

04. Don’t Blame Me

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Once again, I’m reminded of a book in the Shatter Me series, this time the third one. This time, it reminds me of Warner, and how far he will go for his love for Juliette.

“don’t blame me, love made me crazy / if it doesn’t, you ain’t doing it right / lord, save me, my drug is my baby / i’ll be using for the rest of my life”

05. Delicate

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

This reminds me so, so much of Thirteen Reasons Why. Granted, I haven’t read the book in a long time, but I did watch the TV show recently. Hannah definitely has a bad reputation at her school, but Clay likes her anyway.

“this ain’t for the best / my reputation’s never been worse, so / you must like me for me”

06. Look What You Made Me Do

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

This song reminds me a lot of The Young Elites. I haven’t actually finished the book, but I know that Adelina is something of antihero, which is why these lyrics remind me a lot of her.

“ooh, look what you made me do / look what you made me do / look what you just made me do”

07. So It Goes….

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

This song reminds me so much of The Hating Game. It tells of a sexy but sweet relationship, and it just reminds me so much of Josh and Lucy, who happen to be one of my favorite book couples. The song sounds just as steamy as the book, and I just love it.

“i’m yours to keep / and i’m yours to lose / you know i’m not a bad girl / but i do bad things with you”

08. Gorgeous

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

This song reminds me so much of Anna and Etienne, because it’s just so fluffy and cute. The song talks about having a crush, and it’s also similar because both Taylor and Anna already have somebody else. They’re just so in awe by this guy because he’s just so gorgeous and perfect.

“you’re so gorgeous / i can’t say anything to your face / cause look at your face / and i’m so furious / at you for making me feel this way / but what can i say? / you’re gorgeous

09. Getaway Car

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Even though this song is probably my favorite on the album, it’s actually so hard to find a book similar to it. Probably because I haven’t read many Bonnie and Clyde-inspired books, but I guess I’d have to go with Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, because of the heist and robbers feels that Kaz and Inej and the story gives me.

“you were drivin’ the getaway car / we were flyin’, but we never get far / don’t pretend it’s such a mystery / think about the place where you first met me”

10. King of My Heart

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

This song reminds me so much of Cath and Levi from Fangirl, one of my favorite books of all times. The song, which is so romantic and cute, talks about finding your soulmate after being on your own for so long, and I just love it so much.

“and all at once, you are the one i have been waiting for / king of my heart, body and soul / and all at once, you are all i want, i’ll never let you go / king of my heart, body and soul”

11. Dancing With Our Hands Tied

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

This song reminds me a lot of Feyre and Rhys from ACOMAF, mainly because of how Feyre was so broken after she escaped the Spring Court and how Rhys helped her find herself again, and through that, him.

“my love had been frozen / deep blue, but you painted me golden / oh, and you held me close”

12. Dress

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

This is probably the most steamy song on the album, which is why I had to hand it to The Hating Game again. It also happens to be one of my favorite songs, which makes it so much better that it reminds me of Josh and Lucy.

“say my name and everything just stops / i don’t want you like a best friend / only bought this dress so you could take it off”

13. This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

This was another difficult book to pick, mainly because I don’t really read that many revenge books. The only one I could think of was the Burn for Burn trilogy by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian, where revenge is a major theme, similar to this song.

“this is why we can’t have nice things, darling / because you break them / i had to take them away”

14. Call It What You Want

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

This is one of my favorite songs on the album, because it’s just so sweet and romantic, which is why it reminds me so much of Everything, Everything. Plus, the featured lyric (my favorite lyric on the album) reminds me of a direct scene from the end of the book, which is just perfect.

“i recall late November, holding my breath / slowly i said, you don’t need to save me
/ but would you run away with me? / yes”

15. New Year’s Day

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

This song reminds me so much of Ron and Hermione. The lyrics depict a relationship where the two stick with each other throughout everything, and it really talks about how much the two mean to each other, which is why I thought of the original ship: Ron and Hermione.

“you squeeze my hand three times in the back of the taxi / i can tell that it’s gonna be a long road / i’ll be there if you’re the toast of the town, babe / or if you strike out and you’re crawling home”

So that’s it for this post! What’s your favorite song from Reputation? Let me know in the comments below, and I’ll see you next time!

-Dana

 

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