What to read based on your favourite song from 1989 (Taylor’s Version)

With the release of 1989 (Taylor’s Version), we couldn’t help but recommend the best books to read based on your favourite tracks!


Welcome to New York

Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk and Nicola Yoon

A love letter to New York, Blackout is the perfect companion to Welcome to New York.

When a heatwave plunges New York City into darkness, sparks fly for thirteen teenagers caught up in the blackout. When the lights go out, people reveal hidden truths, love blossoms, friendship transforms and new possibilities take flight.

Never Ever Getting Back Together

Blank Space

Never Ever Getting Back Together by Sophie Gonzales

If you love revenge, scandal, and nightmares dressed like daydreams, Sophie Gonzales’ Never Ever Getting Back Together is the book for you.

Eighteen-year-old Maya dumped her cheating ex-boyfriend Jordy two years ago. So, when she receives a call to participate in Second Chance Romance – a reality show in which the now-famous Jordy re-dates his ex-girlfriends. She isn’t interested… until she realizes she can use this opportunity to exact her revenge.

I Was Born for This


I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman

With a famous boyband, teenage heartthrobs, and the ultimate IT couple, I Was Born for This is a must-read if Style is your favourite track.

For Angel Rahimi life is about one thing: The Ark – a pop-rock trio of teenage boys who are taking the world by storm. Jimmy Kaga-Ricci owes everything to The Ark. He’s their frontman – and playing in a band with his mates is all he ever dreamed of doing. But dreams don’t always turn out the way you think and when Jimmy and Angel are unexpectedly thrust together, they find out how strange and surprising facing up to reality can be…

The Giver

Out of the Woods

The Giver by Lois Lowry

If you’ve ever felt like the rest of the world was in black and white, yet you were in screaming colour, then The Giver is the book for you.

It is the future. There is no war, no hunger, no pain. No one in the community wants for anything. Everything needed is provided. And at twelve years old, each member of the community has their profession carefully chosen for them by the Committee of Elders. Jonas has never thought there was anything wrong with his world. But from the moment he is selected as the Receiver of Memory, Jonas discovers that their community is not as perfect as it seems.

The Hunger Games (adult edition)

All You Had to Do Was Stay

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

If you love the heart-wrenching All You Had to Do Was Stay, then discovering Peeta and Katniss’s relationship in The Hunger Games will hurt in the best way.

Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called The Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed. When Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her younger sister’s place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

Black Flamingo

Shake It Off

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

Shake It Off is about not caring what others think, and discovering who you are – and so Dean Atta’s The Black Flamingo is the perfect choice for fans of this song.

Michael waits in the stage wings, wearing a pink wig, pink fluffy coat and black heels. One more step will see him illuminated by spotlight. He has been on a journey of bravery to get here, and he is almost ready to show himself to the world in bold colours…

The Raven Boys

I Wish You Would

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The magic, mystery and will-they-won’t-they romance of The Raven Boys makes it the ideal book for I Wish You Would fans.

Part of a clairvoyant family, Blue has spent sixteen years being told that if she kisses her true love, he will die. So when she meets Gansey’s spirit on the corpse road, Blue knows that either he is her true love – or she has killed him.

One of Us is Lying

Bad Blood

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Revenge, secrets, and a breathtaking twist – One of Us is Lying will have Bad Blood lovers gripped from the first page.

Five students walk into detention. Only four come out alive. Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you’ll go to protect them.

The Summer I Turned Pretty

Wildest Dreams

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Centred around the thrill of first love and teenage crushes, The Summer I Turned Pretty is the quintessential romance novel, pairing perfectly with Wildest Dreams.

Every year, Isabel spends a perfect summer at her family friend’s house. There’s the swimming pool at night, the private stretch of sandy beach… and the two boys: Conrad and Jeremiah. Unavailable, aloof Conrad, who she’s been in love with forever. And friendly, relaxed Jeremiah, the only one who’s ever really paid her any attention. But this year something is different.

She Gets the Girl

How You Get the Girl

She Gets the Girl by Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick

This swoon-worthy, enemies-to-lovers romance is the ideal companion to How You Get the Girl.

Alex and Molly are two girls who don’t belong on the same planet, let alone the same college campus. When the girls’ paths cross unexpectedly, and Alex discovers Molly’s hidden crush, they realise they might have a common interest after all. Because maybe if Alex can help Molly to get her dream girl, she can prove to her ex that she’s serious about love.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

This Love

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Now a major film, this classic example of the fake-dating trope will compel any romance-obsessed reader.

Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. One for every boy she’s ever loved. When she writes, she can pour out her heart and soul and say all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control!

If This Gets Out

I Know Places

If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich

If This Gets Out is a joyful, queer YA romance that explores the pressures of dating under a spotlight, which pairs perfectly with I Know Places.

Ruben Montez and Zach Knight are two members of the boy-band Saturday, one of the biggest acts in America. On a whirlwind tour through Europe, Ruben and Zach come to rely on each other more and more, and their already close friendship evolves into a romance. How can they hold tight to each other when the whole world seems to want to come between them?

Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai


Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai by Debbie Michiko Florence

Like the healing message of Clean, Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai is a beautiful story about getting past heartbreak, and finding the strength to let someone in again.

When Jenna Sakai gets dumped over winter break, it confirms what she learned from her parents’ messy divorce: Relationships are risky and only lead to disappointment. So even though she still has to see her ex-boyfriend Elliott at newspaper club, Jenna is going to be totally heartless this semester – no boys, just books.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (NE) (C&F) (DO NOT FEED OUT)


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

What else could pair with the magic of Wonderland than Lewis Carroll’s classic tale? Go down the rabbit hole with Alice and escape into a whole new world.

This is the story of Alice, a girl who falls down a rabbit hole into an amazing world known as Wonderland. Here she will have the most marvellous adventures including meeting a rabbit with a pocket watch, playing croquet with the queen and going to the Mad Hatter’s tea party.

Heartstopper: Volume One

You Are in Love

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

This beautiful song about realising you’re in love can only be matched with Heartstopper, the bestselling story of first love between Nick and Charlie.

Charlie and Nick are at the same school, but they’ve never met… until one day when they’re made to sit together. They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance.

Family of Liars

New Romantics

Family of Liars by E. Lockhart

Wealth, secrets, and betrayal – Family of Liars is the book for you if New Romantics is your favourite track.

A windswept private island off the coast of Massachusetts. A hungry ocean, churning with secrets and sorrow. A fiery, addicted heiress. An irresistible, unpredictable boy. A summer of unforgivable betrayal and terrible mistakes.

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