Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Six started off as a successful band, but when joined by Daisy Jones and her voice, they rocketed to stardom. However, after a short run as one of the most popular bands in the world, they famously broke up in the middle of a tour.

Historical Fiction, 355 pages, published in 2019

The Six started off as a successful band, but when joined by Daisy Jones and her voice, they rocketed to stardom. However, after a short run as one of the most popular bands in the world, they famously broke up in the middle of a tour.

Spoiler Free Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I have read all of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books, so I was pretty sure I was going to like this one, even if the premise was a lot different than what I normally read. I definitely enjoyed it overall, though I was a little underwhelmed by the ending.

I wasn’t expecting this book to follow so many people! All of TJR’s previous books have really focused on one or two characters, but this book followed the whole band. I definitely thought the focus was going to be Daisy Jones, but I definitely got a good feel for the rest of the band as well.

This book was honestly really stressful for me to read. There are so much alcohol and so many drugs, as well as people doing questionable things because of the drugs and alcohol. Daisy had so much chaotic energy, so I was just always waiting for something wild to happen. Billy, the main man of The Six, also stressed me out a lot. I really didn’t like him because I didn’t agree with how his relationship with his wife went. His wife, Camila, was a favorite of mine, though I did get frustrated because she was too forgiving of Billy, in my opinion. I also really loved Karen, another member of The Six. She was the most relatable character to me, especially at the end.

I was really interesting to hear the story of this band, knowing that they do break up and trying to figure out what lead to that happening. My one issue with this book was that I didn’t really think the reason for the break up was that intense, so I definitely felt underwhelmed. I kept expecting it to be a huge surprise, and it really didn’t end up that way.

As with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, I kept thinking that all of these characters were real! I kept wanting to look up their Wikipedia pages, but they are totally fictional. I also really wanted to hear the songs they were writing! Billy and Daisy have a ton of song writing scenes, so I always wished I could just listen to their album.

I don’t think this was a favorite TJR book, but I definitely enjoyed it! She has a writing style that is just so easy to get sucked into. I read this whole book in one day, and I’ve also heard that the audiobook is fantastic. It wasn’t what I would normally pick up, but I’m still glad I read it!

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My Favorite Female Authors!

Happy International Women’s Day! To celebrate, I wanted to chat about some of my favorite female authors! To be honest, most of the books I read are by women, so most of my favorite authors are women, but they still deserve a shoutout.

There are definitely more that I could have added to this list, but I wanted to include only authors that I’ve read multiple books/series from.

Happy International Women’s Day! To celebrate, I wanted to chat about some of my favorite female authors! To be honest, most of the books I read are by women, so most of my favorite authors are women, but they still deserve a shoutout.

There are definitely more that I could have added to this list, but I wanted to include only authors that I’ve read multiple books/series from.

CHRISTINA LAUREN

I have read 10 of Christina Lauren’s books and honestly, they are hit or miss for me. Looking back, I have loved less of them than I’ve disliked, but still, the ones I’ve loved are absolute favorites of mine. Their books don’t feel formulaic to me, so each book stands out in my mind. I can’t wait for the release of The Honey Don’t List later this month!

AKEMI DAWN BOWMAN

I was drawn to Starfish initially for the cover, but the main character ended up being very relatable to me because of her social anxiety. I loved the book and all the other issues that were dealt with. Her second book, Summer Bird Blue, was quite different than her first, but was so emotional. I just adore both of these books and I can’t wait to read anything and everything she writes in the future!

TAYLOR JENKINS REID

I’ve loved every book that I’ve read by Taylor Jenkins Reid, starting from when I read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. She comes up with such heart-wrenching ideas for her stories and they always impact me.

ALICE OSEMAN

I broke my rule with Alice Oseman, since I have only read Heartstopper from her, but I just love it so much. It is so pure and heartwarming and I love it so much. Eventually, I would love to read some of her proper novels.

MARGARET ROGERSON

Both of Margaret Rogerson’s books were just such enjoyable reads! She does standalone fantasy so well and I love the worlds and characters she creates. I don’t know what she has planned in the future, but I will read it for sure.

LAINI TAYLOR

Laini is the queen of beautiful writing! Thinking about Strange The Dreamer still does things to my heart. I’ve read both of her series, and while I didn’t love the end of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, she is still an exceptional writer and her stories stay with me.

LEIGH BARDUGO

Leigh Bardugo is another author where I don’t necessarily love everything she’s written. The Shadow and Bone series wasn’t for me (though I have been feeling like rereading it lately…) and King of Scars was one of the most disappointing books I read in 2019, but I love Six of Crows. I think I will continue to read anything she comes out with.

SARAH J. MAAS

It feels controversial to have Sarah J. Maas be among my favorite authors, but truly, I love her books. They are fun and addicting and mean a lot to me. I’ve read and loved pretty much everything she’s written and now that I have House of Earth and Blood in my possession I can’t wait to dive in!


Who are some of your favorite female authors?

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Books I Plan to Reread This Year!

One of my goals this year was to reread a lot, so I’ve come up with a lot of books I want to try to get to this year. I was originally going to make a schedule of when I wanted to reread everything, but that’s really not who I am.

One of my goals this year was to reread a lot, so I’ve come up with some books I want to try to get to this year. I was originally going to make a schedule of when I wanted to reread everything, but that’s really not who I am. These are in no particular order!

A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES

I had lukewarm feelings about the first and third book of this series, and with the next book coming out soon-ish, I want to give these a reread. ACOMAF was an all-time favorite of mine, so I want to see if my opinion has changed on that.

THE BOOKS OF BAYERN

I’ve read The Goose Girl probably close to 10 times, but I’ve only read the other books in this series once, maybe twice. I finally bought them all when they came out with these gorgeous new editions! They are gonna be super quick reads.

SIX OF CROWS

I really loved this series when I was reading it, though I do remember being confused by Crooked Kingdom. I would like to savor these a little bit more this time around because I was definitely rushing the first time.

MISTBORN

As I am writing this, I just started reading The Eleventh Metal, a short story to go with this series, and it gave me a HUGE rush of nostalgia for these books! The atmosphere, the characters, the magic, I loved it all! I can’t decide if I want to reread the second era as well. I think I would enjoy them more the second time around because I know what to expect.

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO

I seriously adored this book the first time around! I want to feel that way again. This book is unlike anything else I’ve read before.

STRANGE THE DREAMER

Laini’s writing is absolutely stunning and I want to experience it again! Also, these books just speak to my soul, okay I need to reread them.

AKEMI DAWN BOWMAN BOOKS

I related to Starfish when I read it more than any other book I had read before. Both of her books are beautifully written and are so powerful. I can’t wait for her next book!

THE LUNAR CHRONICLES

I read this series right when I started getting back into reading and I loved it! I know I got a little burnt out on them by the last book, so I may try and space them out a little more this time.

THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS

This book is absolutely gorgeous! I don’t normally love books of short stories, but the artwork combined with the creative and memorable stories makes this one of my favorites.

Do you have any goals to reread this year?

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One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Emma marries her high school sweetheart Jeese, but on their first wedding anniversary, he goes missing in a helicopter crash. He is presumed dead, so Emma must move on. A few years in the future, she has reconnected with her high school acquaintance Sam, and has made a new life for herself. Just months away from her and Sam’s wedding, she gets a call that Jesse is still alive and is coming back to her.

Contemporary, 352 pages, published in 2016

Emma marries her high school sweetheart Jeese, but on their first wedding anniversary, he goes missing in a helicopter crash. He is presumed dead, so Emma must move on. A few years in the future, she has reconnected with her high school acquaintance Sam, and has made a new life for herself. Just months away from her and Sam’s wedding, she gets a call that Jesse is still alive and is coming back to her.

Spoiler Free Review:

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This is my fifth book by Taylor Jenkins Reid, so I was somewhat prepared for the emotions this book would put me through, but it still made me really emotional.

At the beginning of the book, Emma is sure her husband is dead. Seeing her go through that pain was absolutely heartbreaking. It was even harder knowing that her husband was actually alive because you get to see her become stronger and build a life for herself, all based on the fact that her husband is dead.

Once Emma meets Jesse again, things get really awkward. All Jesse wanted was to pick up where he left off with Emma. He made her feel really terrible about moving on with Sam, even though the whole world assumed he was dead. He actually annoyed me a lot because he kept trying to invalidate how Emma was feeling and who she had become in his absence. The reasoning he had made sense, but there was no excuse for the way he made her feel so guilty.

I had no idea how this book was going to end. I really couldn’t predict if Emma was going to end up with Jesse, Sam, or neither of them. I was happy with how it ended though! I liked how the main conflict was resolved.

I really did love this book, even if it made me cry! For the record, I think all of her books have made me cry. I think one of the things that draws me to Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books are the raw emotions that are so prevalent in her stories.

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Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Synopsis: After a whirlwind romance, Elsie and Ben are married. Just nine days after their wedding, Ben is killed in an accident and Elsie must deal with not only her grief, but dealing with Ben’s mother, who she never met, and justifying her pain to people who think she didn’t know Ben long enough.

Contemporary, 352 pages, published in 2013

Synopsis: After a whirlwind romance, Elsie and Ben are married. Just nine days after their wedding, Ben is killed in an accident and Elsie must deal with not only her grief, but dealing with Ben’s mother, who she never met, and justifying her pain to people who think she didn’t know Ben long enough.

Spoiler Free Review:

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I was honestly so scared of this book because I had heard that it was just so sad…and I will confirm, it is so sad! It starts sad, it ends sad, and the entire middle is sad. Be prepared.

The interesting thing about this book is that it is told from two different times. The first is the “present”, where Ben dies and Elsie must cope. The “past” recounts their entire relationship, which was only six months long. This made the book particularly tragic because you get a glimpse of a place or object important to them in the past, then immediately afterward, you see Elsie seeing it alone.

I don’t know what its like to lose a husband, or even someone particularly close to myself, so I know that I have no right to judge, but I didn’t really like Elsie because she was so rude to people sometimes. I understand that what she went through was absolutely terrible, but some things that she did or said really crossed the line, especially when it came to the people trying to help her.

I absolutely loved the relationships in this book, particularly Elsie’s relationship with Susan, Ben’s mom, and Mr. Callahan, a regular at the library that Elsie works at. They just learned so much from each other about life, love, and grief, and those were my absolute favorite scenes in the book.

A supernova is a short burst of extraordinary energy… I like to think you and Ben were like that… that you ended abruptly, but in that short time, you had more passion than some people have in a lifetime.

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One big problem I had was how young adult books were treated in this book. Ben loved YA books, and it felt like Elsie never took that seriously, even as a librarian. She kind of made fun of him for liking them and made fun of the books themselves. It just rubbed me the absolute wrong way, especially as someone who reads a lot of young adult books.

This book was so heartbreaking, but I really enjoyed the experience of it. It has got to have one of the saddest last lines in a book that I’ve read. When looking for the quote above, I saw the last line and started crying again, that’s how much this book hurt me. It isn’t all about hurt though, it’s also about healing, acceptance, and moving on. If you are looking for a sad book, definitely check this one out!

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Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Synopsis: Hannah goes back to LA after roaming the country after college. On a night out with her friends, she has two choices: go home with her friend, or stay out with her high school ex-boyfriend. Alternating chapters show her life after each decision.

Genre: Contemporary

Published: July 7th, 2015

Pages: 342

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Synopsis: Hannah goes back to LA after roaming the country after college. On a night out with her friends, she has two choices: go home with her friend, or stay out with her high school ex-boyfriend. Alternating chapters show her life after each decision.

Non-Spoiler Review:

I will have a spoilers section of this review! This is one of those books that I think it is good to go into kind of blind, so I will try to be as vague as possible.

I LOVED The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, so I did not want to be disappointed by this book, and I am happy to say that I wasn’t! I love how Taylor Jenkins Reid puts interesting twists on stories by using new formats and I think she has just an overall interesting writing style.

One problem that I noticed was that this book is advertised as a romance. It definitely isn’t a romance in a traditional sense, although there is romance, so I think many people could be disappointed if they were expecting something else.

I absolutely loved how the two stories diverged. When I heard about the premise, I didn’t really think a simple choice could effect so much, but it really does. It was really interesting to get information from one plotline that hadn’t come into play yet in the other plotline. I have seen reviews where people have thought this is repetitive, but I didn’t really get annoyed by it until the very end.

I definitely found myself rooting for one plotline over the other. I won’t say which, but in the one I liked, I just felt like Hannah accomplished her original goal more. She moved back to LA to basically find purpose and change her life, and I think she did that much more than in the other plotline.

Without getting too much into spoilers yet, I think this book has so many important themes and messages that I took away from it. I loved the friendship aspect of this book so much, and even more so because we get to see it twice. I think the book really questions fate, soulmates, and the power of our choices.

The one thing I didn’t love about this book was that at times, the format was confusing. There was no way to distinguish between which chapter was which plotline, so sometimes I got confused. They were alternating, but if I just picked the book up, then I would have to take a second to orient myself.

Overall, I really loved this book. I definitely want to check out most of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books because they leaving me feeling some kind of way.

SPOILERS

Oh man, I liked the Henry plotline! I didn’t think anything was wrong with Ethan, but we as readers didn’t get to see their relationship develop, so I wasn’t very invested in it. I also liked Henry’s plotline because of what I said above about Hannah accomplishing her goals, as well as it challenged the idea that you could be fated to end up with someone.

I absolutely adored Hannah and Gabby’s friendship. When Hannah said that her home was with Gabby, I lost it. I think that Gabby is Hannah’s soulmate, because I don’t think soulmates have to be romantic. Going into the book, I thought that Ethan was going to be Hannah’s endgame, no matter the plotline, but it was Gabby.