These next two eras show a grown-up Taylor and the books reflect that, too.
Next up is “Red (Taylor’s Version.)” This one is Taylor’s most recent re-recording and what an excellent job she did. However, we’re going to be focusing on the original tracklist. It features the quintessential breakup song in “All Too Well” along with more songs about being excited about new love and being excited about going from being an adolescentnce to an adult.
Personally, this one was another tough choice but the obvious choice would be an adult romance book and a 2021 release to boot. “Neon Gods” by Katee Robert does an excellent job of showcasing the nativity of Persephone while featuring just how excited she is to be out from under her mother’s thumb. It’s a retelling of the classic myth and features some incredibly sexy scenes especially because of the sex bargain the two strike up. It’s dark yet delightful which can describe a lot of the songs on “Red.”
Moving onto the next album, “1989” is Taylor’s foray into mainstream pop music and her growth from being a country superstar to just a plain superstar. Given the title due to Taylor Swift’s birth year, she explores all different concepts in the album including moving to a new place, finding love, and feeling the lightness of a new beginning. Of all the albums, this one is arguably the one I’ve listened to least. But as always, there’s a romance book to connect with it.
For the “1989” era, the romance book I’m choosing is “Stripped” by Zoey Castile. This is a romance between a teacher and a stripper she meets at a bachelorette party. With the backdrop of New York, the book features the hustle and bustle of life. It also features some sexy moments, moments of personal growth for both characters, and new beginnings for both the hero and heroine.