A Tale of Two Kitties
To love Taylor Swift is to also appreciate her love of cats! When she’s not actually becoming a cat in the movie version of the musical “Cats,” she’s sharing stories about her own feline friends Olivia Benson, Meredith Grey, and newest addition Benjamin Button. And if you love cats as much as Taylor does, the perfect read for you is Sofie Kelly’s A Tale of Two Kitties. Like Taylor, librarian Kathleen Paulson trusts the instincts of her two magical cats—Hercules and Owen—whose powers of detection help her solve a local twenty-year-scandal-turned-murder mystery. Sofie Kelly’s entire New York Times bestselling Magical Cat series is perfect for any cat lover—and self-respecting Swift fan!
Waiting for Tom Hanks
So many of Taylor’s fans fell in love from the beginning, when she scripted her way through heartbreak and heartache with hits like “You Belong With Me” and “Love Story,” which we know she wrote on the floor of her bedroom, fantasizing about meeting the man of her dreams and running away together. The same is true for Annie Cassidy in Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey. Annie dreams of being the next Nora Ephron—she is rom-com obsessed and writes screenplays while re-watching Sleepless in Seattle. If she could only find her very own Tom Hanks—a sweet, sensitive, unassuming hero. Her dreams may actually come true when a movie starts filming in her neighborhood and Annie gets a job on set. The only problem is, the leading man of the film, Drew Danforth, is a snobby, cocky actor who couldn’t be any less like her beloved Tom Hanks…or is he more of a romantic than she thought?
Taylor Swift is often in the news, but maybe one of the best reasons was because of her landmark court case against a radio dj who inappropriately touched her during a photo op after an interview. The #MeToo era has brought awareness to the most heinous of toxic male aggression towards women, and Swift effectively gave a voice to the issue of underreported sexual harassment—in the workplace or otherwise. In The Swallows by Lisa Lutz, a new teacher at a New England prep school ignites a gender war when she inspires the young women to question the prevailing “boys will be boys” attitude. But resistance will be met with deadly consequences in a novel that shows what happens when silence wins out over decency for too long.
Evvie Drake Starts Over
The release of Lover marks a new, positive era for Taylor Swift. We all know that after 1989, things took a particularly dark turn for our favorite girl in the media, and, well, the “Old Taylor” had to die. With the snake-vibes of the Reputation Era behind her, a new man in her life, a new record label, and surrounded by a new pastel color palette, Swift proves that you can start anew—anytime. In Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes, Evvie Drake planned to divorce her husband—but gets the shocking news of his death by car crash on the very day she decides to leave him. While she’s hiding from the world, former Major League pitcher Dean Tenney is hiding from the media (sound familiar, Swifties?) since he seems to have lost his talent to throw straight. Both Evvie and Dean need to hit the reset button for their futures—and work through the disappointments and mistakes of their pasts. And what starts as an unlikely friendship just might be the very thing they both need to find happiness and hope again.
Taylor Swift has long been silent on the political front—until recently. Her new single off of Lover, “You Need to Calm Down” addressed her allegiance to and support for the LGBTQ+ community head-on. The corresponding music video included cameos from Ellen Degeneres, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ru Paul an “Drag Race” alums, the “Queer Eye” guys, and was even co-executive produced by Todrick Hall. Earlier this summer Taylor dropped by iconic Stonewall Inn for a surprise Pride performance to help commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, and started a petition on Change.org to urge the Senate to support the Equality Act—which has about 500,000 signatures to date. In Stonewall: The Definitive Story of the LGBTQ Rights Uprising that Changed America by Martin Duberman, learn about the pivotal moment on June 28, 1969 when a police raid at the Stonewall Inn resulted in days of riots—and see in vivid detail through the lives of six LGBTQ activists who were there how this revolutionary moment in history culminated in the first ever gay rights march.
Calling all Taylor Swift fans! The much-anticipated, Easter-egg-hyped, pastel-colored 7th studio album, Lover, is now in our Spotify playlists and daily rotations. While you jam out to her album, check out these books that are perfect to add to any Swiftie’s TBR pile!
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