Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
My rating: ★★★★
Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.
After waiting what felt like 500 years, I finally got to read this book and it did not disappoint!
Daisy Jones & the Six is strictly told through interviews. You get to hear from each member of the band, plus many other people who were around them. At first, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this format, but ended up loving it. I know it will not be for everyone though. I think people will either love it or hate it. If you are physically reading this and you find yourself struggling, the best advice I can give you is to try the audiobook if at all possible. The audio is a full cast & it’s fantastic.
In this we follow the story of The Six and Daisy Jones….how they started, how they came together and how they broke up. It’s basically behind the scenes of a rock band in the 70’s. I loved getting to see the song writing & recording process. It was so interesting to learn how much really goes into making an album.
Huge trigger warning for alcohol & drug use. I wasn’t expecting addiction to play such a big role in this story. Looking back, maybe I should have known…it was the 70’s after all. The author tackles this tough subject matter in such a real way. She shows the harsh reality of addiction. How it effects not only you, but the people around you.
I get lost between the pages of a Taylor Jenkins Reid book. She knows how to write her characters in a way to make them feel SO real. If i didn’t know this book was fiction going into it, then you can bet your money I would have Googled Daisy Jones & the Six. I felt the same way after reading Evelyn Hugo. I don’t know how she writes like this, but I love it so much.
The reason I couldn’t give this book a full 5 stars was because of the ending. Everything leading up to this point was incredible. There was such a strong build up, but the ending fell pretty flat for me. I just expected more from it.
Overall, I really enjoyed Daisy Jones & the Six! I’m looking forward to the TV series. I CANNOT wait to hear the music!
Misadventures of a Curvy Girl by Sierra Simone
My rating: ★★★★
When Ireland’s Prius gets stuck on a Kansas dirt road and a massive storm rips through town, she’s left stranded with nowhere to turn but to Caleb and Ben. These two hunky country boys are impossible to ignore, but could they ever be interested in her as well?
Huge shout out to Julie Murphy for recommending this book on her Instagram. She said this is a book for 18+ & I can DEFINITELY say she is right. This story is super steamy. Like forget a fan, you need a bucket of cold water.
I was so surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I kind of expected it to be just a basic smutty read, but it was so much more than that. This book is about loving yourself, no matter what size you are. It’s about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about not caring about what others think of you. As a *curvy* girl myself, I really related to Ireland’s insecurities. At times, this story hit very close to my heart.
The relationship between Ben, Caleb and Ireland is unique to say the least. While Ben and Caleb are completely different people, they are both sweet, loving and caring….especially towards Ireland. I truly enjoyed seeing these three characters grow together. It was a whole bunch of instalove, but in this case, I didn’t mind that at all.
I have never read anything else by Sierra Simone, but if any of her other books are as good as this one?? Sign me up!
‘The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
My rating: ★★★
Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.
I am kind of bummed out about this one. I feel like I set my hopes a little bit too high. I loved The Kiss Quotient with my entire heart & was so excited when I heard there was going to be a companion. Unfortunately, The Bride Test didn’t live up to my expectations.
This was just an okay read for me. It was cute at times but for the most part I felt like there was a lack of chemistry between Esme and Khai. I mean, they never got the chance to actually get to know one another. It made it really hard for me to root for them. That wasn’t my biggest complaint though. I didn’t like the fact that Esme kept her daughter a secret for way too long. It just didn’t sit well with me. That part of someone’s life is way too important not to tell.
So while I didn’t love this book, I am happy that it exists. Helen Hoang, who is Autistic herself, does such a beautiful job showing that the Autism Spectrum is vastly different from person to person. No one’s experiences are the same and you can definitely see that with Khai and Stella from The Kiss Quotient.
I just learned that Quan, Khai’s brother is getting his own book and I am beyond ready for it! I cannot wait to see what he has in store!
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