Books for Tortured Poets

By Kat La Mantia | April 19 2024 | AdultsGeneralAllPop CultureBlog

Happy new Taylor Swift album release day to all who celebrate! The Tortured Poets Department has officially dropped, and Swifties are rejoicing. After much speculation about the album’s mysterious library-themed pop-up in Los Angeles, and with Swift’s reputation as a master lyricist, this record is set to be her most literary release yet.

While this makes for a perfect tie-in to any Taylor Swift book, listeners looking to have a summer inspired by poetry, dark academia, and romantic agony will find plenty to resonate with on our tortured poets title list! Featuring our bestselling poetry books, novels with feminine “coquette” covers from women writers, swoony romances, and dark academia classics, consider this list your brooding literary summer starter pack.

Tortured Poets Title List
All Things Taylor Swift

Home
978-0-14-313800-6
From Tiktok phenomenon Whitney Hanson, a revised edition of her bestselling Home, now with a new introduction and more than a dozen new poems
$18.00 US
May 09, 2023
5-5/16 x 8
Paperback
352 Pages
Penguin Life

Life of the Party
Poems
978-1-9848-0190-6
i'm a good girl, bad girl, sad girl, dream girlgirl next door sunbathing in the drivewayi wanna be them all at once, i wanna beall the girls I've ever loved--From Life of the Party by Olivia Gatwood
$17.00 US
Aug 20, 2019
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Paperback
176 Pages
Dial Press Trade Paperback

God I Feel Modern Tonight
Poems from a Gal About Town
978-0-593-31833-1
Tragicomic verses from the award-winning comedian and millennial renaissance woman.
$18.00 US
Feb 02, 2021
4-1/2 x 7
Hardcover
80 Pages
Knopf

Books and Libraries
Poems
978-0-593-32019-8
An enchanting book about books: a beautiful hardcover Pocket Poets anthology that testifies to the passion books and libraries have inspired through the ages and around the world
$20.00 US
Nov 02, 2021
4-1/8 x 6-1/4
Hardcover
272 Pages
Everyman's Library

The New Me
978-0-14-313360-5
"A dark comedy of female rage" (Catherine Lacey) and a biting satire of the false promise of reinvention, by a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree and Granta Best Young American Novelist
$17.00 US
Mar 05, 2019
5-1/16 x 7-3/4
Paperback
208 Pages
Penguin Books

My Year of Rest and Relaxation
A Novel
978-0-525-52213-3
From one of our boldest, most celebrated literary voices, a shocking and tender novel and a New York Times bestseller.
$18.00 US
Jun 25, 2019
5-1/16 x 7-3/4
Paperback
304 Pages
Penguin Books

The Secret History
978-1-4000-3170-2
NATIONAL BESTSELLER--Donna Tartt's riveting classic about an elite group of students at a private New England college and the terrifying secret that binds them together. First time in Vintage. VINTAGE CONTEMPORARIES
$18.00 US
Apr 13, 2004
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
576 Pages
Vintage

Feel Your Way Through
A Book of Poetry
978-0-593-49708-1
The personal and poignant debut poetry collection from the award- winning singer, songwriter, and producer revolves around the emotions, struggles, and experiences of finding your voice and confidence as a woman.
$25.00 US
Nov 16, 2021
5 x 7-1/2
Hardcover
144 Pages
Ballantine Books

What to Miss When
Poems
978-1-59376-697-9
Poems about pop culture, mortality, and the internet, written during the Coronavirus pandemic—for readers who are more likely to double-tap Instapoems than put their phone down long enough to read The Decameron.
$15.95 US
Aug 10, 2021
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Paperback
128 Pages
Soft Skull

I Love You, Call Me Back
Poems
978-0-593-18587-2
From one of the most-viewed spoken word poets of all time, a poetry collection exploring themes of loneliness, anxiety and longing, while also celebrating the gifts that come with being alone--the chance to live on your own terms, to learn to love yourself without any distractions, and to become your own biggest champion.
$16.00 US
Oct 19, 2021
5-1/16 x 8
Paperback
144 Pages
Plume

Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head
Poems
978-0-593-13435-1
Poems of migration, womanhood, trauma, and resilience from the celebrated collaborator on Beyoncé's Lemonade and Black Is King, award-winning Somali British poet Warsan Shire.
$17.00 US
Mar 01, 2022
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Paperback
96 Pages
Random House Trade Paperbacks

Love Poems
978-0-679-42906-7
A gorgeously jacketed hardcover anthology of passionate love poems from around the world and through the ages.It has often been said that love, both sacred and profane, is the only true subject of the lyric poem. Nothing better justifies this claim than the splendid poems in this volume, which range from the writings of ancient China to those of modern-day America and represent, at its most piercing, a universal experience of the human soul.This collection includes poems by John Donne, Christina Rossetti, W. H. Auden, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Robert Graves, e. e. cummings, Dorothy Parker, William Shakespeare, Sappho, Bhartrhari, Anna Akhmatova, and W. B. Yeats, among many others."Everyman's Library pursues the highest production standards, printing on acid-free cream-colored paper, with full-cloth cases with two-color foil stamping, decorative endpapers, silk ribbon markers, European-style half-round spines, and a full-color illustrated jacket
$20.00 US
Nov 02, 1993
4-1/8 x 6-1/4
Hardcover
256 Pages
Everyman's Library

The Breakup Tour
978-0-593-63864-4
A rising star musician has a second chance at love with an old flame she remembers all too well in this swoony romance from the acclaimed authors of The Roughest Draft.
$17.00 US
Jan 23, 2024
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
352 Pages
Berkley

Meet Me at the Lake
978-0-593-63847-7
A random connection sends two strangers on a daylong adventure where they make a promise one keeps and the other breaks, with life-changing effects, in this breathtaking new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Every Summer After.
$28.00 US
May 02, 2023
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Hardcover
336 Pages
Berkley

A Novel Love Story
978-0-593-64099-9
A professor of literature finds herself caught up in a work of fiction…literally, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Seven Year Slip and The Dead Romantics.
$30.00 US
Jun 25, 2024
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Hardcover
384 Pages
Berkley

The Playlist of My Life
A Music and Lyrics Journal
978-0-593-67389-8
Your life has a soundtrack, and a playlist that is uniquely yours. In this guided journal, you will collect your favorite songs, artists, and concerts; revisit amazing musical memories, and create your ultimate playlists for every occasion.
$14.00 US
May 16, 2023
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
160 Pages
Driven