It’s reading Love & Other Words for the first time and craving a love like Elliot Petropolous and Macy Sorenson. It’s opening a flower shop because that’s what Lily Bloom did in It Ends with Us. It’s the exact moment you listened to Midnights for the first time and heard Taylor say “sexy baby” in the second verse of Anti-Hero. It’s curling up on the couch with a bowl of popcorn & a box of tissues watching the All Too Well Short Film. It’s a hug between our favorite authors and Taylor Swift’s entire discography.
These are the moments that define this podcast: Death by a Thousand Books. We target book lovers, Swifties and everyone in between. Each episode starts with a book review and ends with a Taylor Swift song. We deep dive into characters, plots and our best moments from our favorite books. We then breakdown songs & lyrics in relation to whatever book we are talking about that episode. For our newbies who are just getting into reading, this podcast might be the perfect place to start your addiction. Grab your headphones and enter into the✨lavender haze for books lovers.✨
Hosted by Cierra Smetana and Delainey Koons - book enthusiasts & lifelong swifties.
“It is the best day ever! So was yesterday, and so is tomorrow, and every day from now until forever!” That is becauseee we’re doing a crossover episode that is completely unmatched by any other! The fact that The Man isn’t on the Barbie soundtrack is honestly a crime. This song and movie represent each other perfectly in the world of double standards for women in society. To set the record straight: we aren’t going to drill feminism into your brain in this episode. Barbie is the film of the summer, hands down - something about it is so nostalgic & strategic at the same time. It puts a new twist on some of our favorite childhood memories growing up with Barbie (and Polly Pockets). We had so much fun talking about everything associated with this movie! Seeing the characters in the film and the outfits of the press tour mirror actual dolls from decades ago makes us believe that Greta Gerwik is actually a mastermind. We want to talk about some of the laugh-out-loud moments, our thoughts on casting and the overall production of the film. We wanted to pair it with the Lover era & The Man because they share a similar message. In the second half of this episode, we attempt to breakdown all of the easter eggs hidden in The Man music video, (and there are so much more than you realize) including the iconic graffiti wall that is tied to the order of Taylor Swift’s rerecording. It wouldn’t be a complete episode if we didn’t talk about Karma the missing album… So much information packed into one 30-minute episode, we hope you enjoy it! #noscootersallowed "A man does something, it's 'strategic'; a woman does the same thing, it's 'calculated.' A man is allowed to 'react'; a woman can only 'over-react.'" - Taylor Swift CHECK OUT DBATB PODCAST ON SOCIALS🦋Instagram & Tiktok: @dbatbpodcast🌻Facebook group: https://m.facebook.com/groups/1663199677446072/?ref=share&mibextid=aE13LE🏰Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1Eeb4vlpy6SA9TYMkpGiFs?si=qGFdhdefSeiwy8C27NzGXA🏹Email: email@example.com
If you need proof that Jenny Han & Taylor Swift are in kahoots with each other, this episode will only break the surface. If you have been with us for a while, you know that we live for Jenny Han & The Summer I Turned Pretty on this podcast; but, we are taking these episodes back to our PK & LJ era. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. These books are a trilogy set that were turned into Netflix movies in 2018 (yes we will be covering all 3 on this podcast). It’s a fun, light hearted, contemporary romance but also includes side plots of family and loved ones. It’s also an amazing fake dating read for all of our Jenny Han girlies. We added this book to the Lover era so we could talk about the parallels of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before & All of the Girls You Loved Before. While we are so incredibly happy that Lover was the first album to be fully owned by Taylor Swift, but we would die for the Lover (from the vault) tracks. We got a glimpse into what these tracks would be like with the Lover “more chapter.” So in the second half of this episode, we want to talk about one of our favorites from this EP and how it’s a song we dedicate to Laura Jean & Peter Kavisnky. We hope you love it!CHECK OUT DBATB PODCAST ON SOCIALS:🦋Instagram & Tiktok: @dbatbpodcast🌻Facebook group: https://m.facebook.com/groups/1663199677446072/?ref=share&mibextid=aE13LE🏰Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1Eeb4vlpy6SA9TYMkpGiFs?si=qGFdhdefSeiwy8C27NzGXA🏹Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If asked to choose between the Death by a Thousands Cuts bridge OR the Cruel Summer bridge, which one do you choose? We think the better question is: how do you choose? These are the kind of thoughts we have going into this episode. If DBATB had to pick it’s favorite era, Lover would steal the entire show (the name of this podcast is literally inspired by this album). We knew it was the first album we wanted to talk about in these new episodes because it was the first album to be fully owned Taylor Swift.From being released in 2019 to Cruel Summer becoming a radio single in 2023, Lover is an era that is known for it’s cozy, pastel, romantic aesthetic (and also it’s poppy, upbeat songs). The jump from the Reputation era to Lover is truly like night & day. She hid from the outside world for years, had to defend herself for lies, and ultimately had her music stolen. She came back from that downfall with an album that you could tell she was proud of, that she truly put her entire heart into, and put out the music that she truly wanted to. She spoke out about things that mattered to her. She wrote about the things that happen in the real word. She went from an artist to an activist. Her music has always been relatable to girls with boy drama, but in this era, her music packs a powerful message (while also being relatable to girls with boy drama). In this episode, we are breaking down music videos, easter eggs & revealing our top 5 favorite songs from the album.Check out the feature episodes for this era - Barbie (ft. The Man) & To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (ft. All of the Girls You Loved Before).CHECK OUT DBATB PODCAST ON SOCIALS!🦋Instagram & Tiktok: @dbatbpodcast🌻Facebook group: https://m.facebook.com/groups/1663199677446072/?ref=share&mibextid=aE13LE🏰Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1Eeb4vlpy6SA9TYMkpGiFs?si=qGFdhdefSeiwy8C27NzGXA🏹Email: email@example.com
Calling all nerds to tune in on this episode.🤓 Leave it to us to somehow tie neuroscience with the Reputation era. This episode is going to be a very interesting one. Love on The Brain is extremely nerdy but if we can still follow the story, then so can you. It’s your typical enemies to lovers plotline with copious amounts of scientific terminology and a bonus trope: cats. It’s giving girl boss & male wife energy. Bee Königswasser is such a quirky main character and Levi will melt your heart faster than an ice cream cone on a hot summer day. I mean just look at the cover - it’s Gorgeous!Ali Hazelwood is a neuroscience professor by day and a romance author by night. She’s another name that you’ll hear pop up in this podcast again and again. Women in STEM is a common theme around her stories. Her debut novel, The Love Hypothesis, was a New York Times best seller (which we are featuring as the June book of the month and talk about in episode 12) Her third book - Love, Theoretically - is OUT NOW so you already know we’ll be talking about it in episode 14😉Check out @dbatbpodcast on instagram for episode updates, giveaways and so much more fun! Ask about out Facebook group Swifties & book lovers become instant friends. As always, thank you for your support - we hope you have as much fun as we do. Happy weekend🪐
Wowowowow, if there were ever a moment for an emergency episode…it’s right now🤯 We just have to talk about the season 2 trailer for The Summer I Turned Pretty immediately. So many clips, so many emotions, so many thoughts!!! From the opening hairshake, the infinity necklace, the tears - this trailer did not disappoint. We watched the entire thing about fifty times in 0.5 speed so that we could recap and talk about every little detail. You know how much we love TSITP on this podcast, and we look for any reason to talk about it more. In this episode, we breakdown the trailer, discuss our thoughts on season 2 and predict what other songs Jenny Hann is going to break our hearts with this summer. We covered all 3 books in this series in previous episodes on this podcast, so make sure to listen to those too (if you haven’t already)!!Check out @dbatbpodcast on instagram for episode updates, giveaways and so much more fun! Ask about out Facebook group Swifties & book lovers become instant friends. As always, thank you for your support - we hope you have as much fun as we do. Happy weekend💋
It’s been a long time coming… Friends to lovers AND fake dating AND a sports romance? Yes please, sign us up!!! This book is fun and light, perfect for a younger audience of readers. With that being said, there is a lot for us to say reading it as 25 year olds - but don’t let that deter you from reading it💚In this episode, we are turning Bree & Nathan’s relationship into the wild love story of Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince. The fame, the publicity, the rumors make this song a perfect representation of the love hurdles that our couple has to face in The Cheat Sheet. The sports plot line was a fun one to throw into the mix. For all the NFL girlies out there, Nathan is giving Justin Herbert vibes, and we LOVE a humble, lovable quarterback🥵Check out @dbatbpodcast on instagram for episode updates, giveaways and so much more fun! Ask about out Facebook group Swifties & book lovers become instant friends. As always, thank you for your support - we hope you have as much fun as we do. Happy weekend 🏈
Happy Place has little something for everyone: an intense soulmates, second chance love trope, a story of friendships and growing up, a melancholy feeling of losing someone that was once your everything, and that only breaks the surface of what this book is about. What we thought was going to be a fun, fluffy romance turned out to be gut wrenching, desperate and heartbreaking. It makes you laugh, cry and curse every other page. It bounces between the “Happy Place” and “Real Life” chapters which brings the entire book full circle. This book is a combination of every emotion and every era combined. The Archer from Lover, Right Where You Left Me from Evermore, This Is Me Trying from Folklore - all songs that almost got a full feature in this episode. In it’s entirety, this book is Midnights with Wyn being the sunshine and Harriet being Midnight Rain (another honorable mention song). When asked what song on the Midnights album this book fit best with, Emily Henry said Maroon. Once you hear it, you can’t unhear it. Check out @dbatbpodcast on instagram for episode updates, giveaways and so much more fun! Ask about out Facebook group Swifties & book lovers become instant friends. As always, thank you for your support - we hope you have as much fun as we do. Happy weekend🍷
This episode is part three of three in the Summer I Turned Pretty series and probably the most controversial ending to be discussed. By this point in the series, we’ve all taken sides - Team Conrad or Team Jeremiah. You made it through the first two books and you have to complete the series regardless of how you feel. So in the end, you’re either let down and hate them entirely OR you’re happy with the ending and this book remains one of your favorites of all time. As much as we hate to admit it, we fall into the latter category. We ended the second book with Conrad and Belly on the outs and now Jeremiah being thrown into the love triangle (which let’s be honest we all saw that coming). We finally get a glimpse into what the “Jelly” relationship would look like. It’s fun, lighthearted & adorable… until it’s not. Their relationship is put through the ringer and it’s unclear what the future looks like for Belly and the Fisher boys. In the end, love comes out on top. In this episode, we honor Taylor Swift’s first re-recorded song from the 1989 album which is also featured in the PrimeVideo TV series of The Summer I Turned Pretty. It’s the best song to wrap up this trilogy. Here’s to This Love.Check out @dbatbpodcast on instagram for episode updates, giveaways and so much more fun! Ask about out Facebook group Swifties & book lovers become instant friends. As always, thank you for your support - we hope you have as much fun as we do. Happy weekend💜
This episode is part two of three in the Summer I Turned Pretty series. If you haven’t listened to episode 7, it is highly recommended before listening to this episode. At first read, this entire series is super cheesy and childish. It’s Not Summer Without You is honestly really annoying at times. Sure it’s not for everyone. For book lovers out there like us that see this series for more than a YA novel, there is still so much that it has to offer. You either love this series or you hate it, and you already know we love it.We left off with our two favorite love birds finally confessing their feelings for each other. We pick up book 2 continuing to follow the love story between Belly and the Fisher boys but there’s some more plot twists and sub plots that we get along the way. The story continues about not only love, but also loss, growth & family. We get to hear from dual POV’s and see characters deal with things that are out of their control. That’s why the song featured in this episode isn’t a clear love song - it’s a really sad song, apologetic and regretful that deserves a lot more appreciation. It’s called Coney Island from the Evermore album but ironically enough it’s not about an amusement park. I guess you’re just gonna have to listen to the episode to understand this beautiful metaphor. Check out @dbatbpodcast on instagram for episode updates, giveaways and so much more fun! Ask about out Facebook group Swifties & book lovers become instant friends. As always, thank you for your support - we hope you have as much fun as we do. Happy weekend🎡
This episode is part one of three in the Summer I Turned Pretty series - sponsored by the Jenny Han fans that read this book before Noah Centineo stole our hearts in the Netflix original, To All The Boys I Loved Before. We’re talking circa 2009 - just three years after Taylor Swift’s Debut album. For the swifties that have been fans since Tim McGraw and Our Song, this is your time to tune in. This book is a hidden gem that wasn’t discovered for everything that it is until Jenny Han herself began to climb the social ladder. It makes you think how many books, authors and artists are overlooked in the beginning of their careers just waiting for their viral moment. This book is severely cute, cheesy and light-hearted. Being 14 and in love for the first time isn’t a foreign feeling to anyone. Whether you fell for the wildly charismatic best friend, Jeremiah or the stand-offish bad boy, Conrad, there are parts of this book that are relatable for us all. A majority of the story is told in present time by Belly, with alternating flashbacks to Belly’s childhood and her summer life growing up with the Fisher boys. This book is represented by a song from Taylor’s Debut album because they are both underrated but so so good and meaningful to their original fans. The song itself, I’d Lie, is an ode to our one and only, Belly Conklin.Check out @dbatbpodcast on instagram for episode updates, giveaways and so much more fun! Ask about out Facebook group Swifties & book lovers become instant friends. As always, thank you for your support - we hope you have as much fun as we do. Happy weekend🦋