Taylor Swift performing on stage
The Taylor Swift Reading List: 5 Of Her Favorite Books
Taylor Swift’s inspiration for songwriting comes from her love of literature. Her five favorite books reference the joy, messiness, and betrayals that come with being a woman.
From Laurence Leamer's biography "The Kennedy Women," Ethel and Robert Kennedy’s relationship influenced Swift’s song “Starlight” on her studio album “Red.”
"Rebecca" by Daphne Du Maurier was on Swift’s mind when she wrote the song “tolerate it.” She related to the main character’s emotions and channeled them into the lyrics.
'He can be my jailer/Burton to this Taylor' is a Swift lyric and an ode to "Furious Love" by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger, written about Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
Swift fell in love with “The Hunger Games” series by Suzanne Collins, especially with the female lead’s bravery. She went on to record music for the film adaptations.
Lastly, Swift deeply resonated with the coming-of-age novel “Stargirl” by Jerry Spinelli, which is all about staying true to oneself, even if you’re different from others.