Merry Swiftmas: A romance book for each Taylor Swift era

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Taylor Swift and romance go hand-in-hand. While most people point to her affinity to write breakup songs, Taylor Swift writes many beautiful and romantic songs. Many of her songs focus on the bliss and excitement of a new relationship or feeling happy in the relationship you’re currently in.

However, each era of Taylor Swift’s career has kept to a general theme. Her style has changed since the release of her debut album. Either way, Taylor has managed to both captivate the audience she’s loved her for years and introduce herself to an entirely new group of fans. It’s truly a testament to her talent as an artist.

If you’re a romance reader and love Taylor Swift, then this list is for you. Of course, if you’re just a Taylor Swift fan, then you might find a new favorite book. If you’re a fan of either, I’d love to know which books you would pick and what song you think embodies each of Taylor Swift’s eras.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before, Always and Forever, Lara Jean

TO ALL THE BOYS: ALWAYS AND FOREVER: LANA CONDOR as LARA JEAN. Cr: KATIE YU/NETFLIX © 2021

Taylor Swift’s debut album lends perfectly to a popular YA trilogy.

When looking back at Taylor Swift’s debut album, it’s obvious Taylor was a teenager when she wrote those songs. It’s a lot of angst, longing, and generally a time of coming into who you are as a person. That’s why I knew I had to pair this era up with a YA book rather than a traditional adult romance book. No book embodies that album more than Jenny Han’s “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” trilogy.

This series follows Lara Jean, who writes love letters to all of her former crushes as a way to get over them. It’s all fine until her letters get mailed out to them. From there, Lara Jean’s life turns upside down. Taylor’s debut album has a lot of songs that embody what Lara Jean is going through including “Tim Mcgraw,” “Should’ve Said No” and “Tied Together With A Smile.”

While there is plenty of YA romance worth picking, it feels like “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” embodies so many of the tales this album tells. It also doesn’t help that it has such an excellent film adaptation to boot.

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