Reviews

Daisy Jones & The Six

“I had absolutely no interest in being somebody else’s muse. I am not a muse. I am the somebody. End of f*cking story.”

Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.

I take back anything I’ve said before, this book has been my biggest surprise of 2019.

I loved Daisy Jones & The Six. I can’t even describe how much I loved this book, its hands down one of my favorites of the year. I can’t stop telling people about it. Your turn!

This book is written like a great segment of VH1’s “Behind the Music,” so much so that I could visualize huge parts of it like I was watching it on a screen. I am absolutely crazy about the format, which I thought at first might be a struggle for me. Nope! The interview/stream of thought writing format is so compelling, in physical or audio form. I listened to the audio myself and I was blown away by how quickly I was swept up into this story. The full cast did a great job of really immersing you in their lives and story and if you have a chance I definitely recommend listening to this one.

I liked so much about this book. The characters were raw and real and flawed and gut-wrenchingly honest. And they evolved over time, which had a mesmerizing effect of shrinking years into an afternoon. I could have listened to hours and hours more of this novel and not even noticed it was long. Every single one of them, lead singer or bass, told a gritty and compelling story that I could not turn off.

Now, I don’t know about you but I wasn’t sure if Daisy Jones & The Six was a real band or not when I started this haha. I know, I know! But I hadn’t read anything by Taylor Jenkins Reid at that time (how?!) and the book was marketed so well as a “behind-the-scenes, groupie memoir” that I totally bought it. The funny thing is, as much as it is fiction, it felt so real and tangible to me that I almost kind of believe it again. That’s what kind of book it was.

This novel is beautiful from start to finish. I don’t know how to describe the feeling exactly, but there was something so incredibly beautiful about the shades and facets of humanity that this book shines a light on. Humor, love, betrayal, compromise, ugliness, self-sacrifice, determination, empowerment, music, I felt and related to so many human moments in this book that it felt less like a book and more like an experience.

I recommend Daisy Jones & The Six whole-heartedly and with enthusiasm. If I could I’d buy a copy for every person I love, even the ones who say that this wouldn’t be their type of book. Yeah, I once thought that too, and now I’m so glad that I took a step out of my usual reading zone and experienced this great story. You’re all in for one hell of a ride with this one, but I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

“Music can dig, you know? It can take a shovel to your chest and just start digging until you hit something.”

“Don’t count yourself out this early…you’re all sorts of things you don’t even know yet.”

Read and loved this book too?? Let me know in the comments!

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Reviews

Mini-reviews!

That’s right, kiddos! It’s time for some mini-reviiiieeeewwwsss!

I spent all weekend reading, writing, posting updates, and generally getting as involved as possible in the 24 in 48 Read-a-thon! Because of which, I’m exhausted. So instead of one, big, long review, you get these!

Honestly, I love mini-reviews because I don’t get to fully review everything that I read and want to tell people about. So let’s do this!

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This. Book. Was. Spectacular. I read Daisy Jones and The Six, by the same author, last week and after falling in love with Reid’s newest phenomenon, I immediately had to pick this one up too. I can’t believe what I was missing!! This book follows journalist, Monique, on the assignment of a lifetime: interviewing timeless Hollywood starlet Evelyn Hugo about her scandalous and luxurious lifetime of fame. The book was phenomenal. I found myself exclaiming and talking out loud when things happened that I didn’t want to happen, when characters grabbed much-deserved victories, when hearts broke. I laughed and cried, and the last sentence of this book made my heart grow three sizes. After these two fantastic novels, I can safely say that I am a hardcore Taylor Jenkins Reid fan. I may do a full review of this one just for the sheer love of it, and I’ll be reviewing Daisy Jones and The Six sometime this week! Wholeheartedly recommend them both.

The Voice of My Mind by T.A. Fish

I hate giving bad reviews, especially when its clear the author worked so hard, but this one didn’t do it for me. This book of poetry was provided to me through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review, and it was…okay. I love poetry and consider myself pretty lenient, though I do have one bias and this book hit it right on the head: everything rhymed. So is that really a critique or just a personal preference? Eh, both, honestly. I can get past any bias of mine if the work is stellar, but this just didn’t move me or touch me emotionally the way I expect poetry to do. The author explores themes of darkness and death, as well as feeling at home in your own mind and trying to understand the world. The work was clear and clean and if you like poetry that rhymes and reads quickly, you may love this way more than I did.

Small Spaces by Katherine Arden

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This was fun! Excepting the first couple of Harry Potter books, I haven’t read anything considered “Middle Grade” in SO LONG. It was fun to jump back into that childlike mindset! Small Spaces is an eerie little ghost story about a scrappy young girl, Ollie, and the history of the town she lives in. This book was sweet, creepy, and all about the power of strong friendships in the face of evil and selfishness. I had a lot of fun reading it and would recommend it to any kids looking for a fun, new book to enjoy over the Summer.

Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris


Oh, what to say about Bring Me Back. I liked this, but it wasn’t exactly what I wanted. I’m a big B.A. Paris fan, I’ve loved her previous two novels, Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown, so to be fair to this novel– my expectations were high. And it wasn’t bad. But it wasn’t as deliciously, spine-chillingly, satisfying as her others. The ending left something to be desired for me. If you’re someone who likes their Thrillers a little gentler and more domestic, this might be for you. If you’re someone who likes a long, slow burn, this might be for you. Don’t take it from me, check it out and you can decide for yourself.

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

Oh, this was great. I had a funny time reading this: I borrowed it from my library’s digital audiobook lending service, and then…I had to return it before I was finished. So after that brief intermission of two weeks, it’s finally done! And I really enjoyed this new adventure in the city of Luthadel. This is the second book in the Mistborn trilogy. I loved the first and this one was just as brutal, character-driven, complex, and satisfying as the first. Maybe even more so, if I’m being honest, but I can’t decide. This book broke my heart open, but only because Sanderson does such a good job of making you love and care for the characters in his books. I can’t wait to read the final installment of this series, and I highly recommend the first two!

The Invited by Jennifer McMahon

The Invited was a really good time. I read the bulk of this while on long, monotonous drives and it was my saving grace, haha. The Invited was creepy, startling, interesting, and just perfectly weird, in my opinion. I loved the characters and, even though I kept yelling “Why would you bring haunted things into your house on purpose!!” at them, I can’t say that I didn’t enjoy that part too. The Invited is not an “in your face” jump-scare kind of a novel, instead its a slow unwinding of the historical ghost story that lives in this town and how those stories change with time, judgement, and blame. This book was about family and believing in what you see, and also in reaching out to help someone even when you’re afraid to do it. Definitely a fun read, perfect for dark, Summer nights around a bonfire. But- is that a shadow in the corner of your eye?

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Last but certainly not least, Gilded Wolves was a fun read that I didn’t expect! While a little derivative sometimes, the sources of inspiration it draws from are some of my favorites and they all come together to create something…more original than I thought it’d be. I was not disappointed! I’ve seen such mixed reviews for this novel that I avoided it for a while, but I can’t deny now that I really enjoyed it. It has so many wonderful facets to the story that just drew me in: magic, mythology, A HEIST, a whole bunch of misfit characters. The world inside this book is so rich and luxurious, so easy to immerse yourself in. And if that wasn’t enough, have you seen this book? It’s gorgeous. The cover is gorgeous, the book under the cover is gorgeous, its beautiful. Regardless, I had a lot of fun reading this, and I think if more people gave it a chance they would too.

And that’s that! What have you been reading lately??

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Challenges

#24in48

Wow. What a whirlwind of a weekend. I had so much fun!

For those of you who aren’t familiar, I participated in a read-a-thon this weekend called 24 in 48. It runs for 48 hours and hundreds of readers all over the world try to read as many hours, up to 24, in just those two days. It’s crazy, insane, totally unadvisable, and it’s really really fun.

This Summer’s 24 in 48 started at midnight on Saturday morning and ended at midnight last night. Whew! I’m beat, honestly. And that means its time for some stats!

Hours read: 20 hours spent reading

Number of books read: Six

Number of pages read: 2,194 pages

Number of breaks taken because the cat needed attention: 8

Number of times I lost my bookmark: Every time I took it out of the book.

Number of times I reset my timer accidentally: Too many.

Missed the updates? Here’s a peek!

I had such a fun time AND I got to put a dent in the stack of books that’s been sitting on my desk to be read this month. What did I read, you ask?

Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

I was a quarter of the way into this book when I started, and I had so much fun rereading it! It’s been years and this book is just as good as it once was.

Sabrina: Season of the Witch by Sarah Rees Brennan

This was fun! I read this in anticipation of a Blog Tour I’m participating in for this title and I enjoyed myself! It’s short, sweet, and a fun homage to the Netflix show, which I’m a fan of. Look for the review and tour on my blog soon!

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Agh, I’ve already gushed about this book enough in my mini-reviews, and I may even write up a full review for it. I loved this. SO much. Taylor Jenkins Reid has proven herself an outstanding storyteller.

Small Spaces by Katherine Arden

This was fun and not at all what I usually read, so even more fun for that fact. This is a Middle Grade novel provided to me through Netgalley and I knew nothing about it going in. Turns out it’s eerie, fun, and a sweet, sweet story.

The Voice of My Mind by T.A. Fish

Eh, I didn’t love this book of poetry. Mostly for personal preference, it just didn’t vibe with me. But it was definitely a nice break in between novels this weekend!

The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

I won this ARC from BookishFirst and I was SO EXCITED when I did! I needed to get this read so I could review it and I’m glad that I got the chance this weekend! Even though this is a YA fantasy, its outside the topics I usually gravitate toward (recently, anyway) so I was worried. No reason to be! This was such a lush, rich, fun read.

What did you read this weekend?? Any more #24in48 survivors?? Let me know in the comments!

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WWW

It’s “What are you reading?” Wednesday!

I’ve seen a lot of bookish memes and list ideas here on the book-blogging circuit, and I wish I could do all of them! One of my favorites has been a trend of bloggers posting their current reads on Wednesdays.

This week I’ll be taking inspiration from Taking On a World of Words, and trying out their “WWW Wednesday!”

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What I’m currently reading:

Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

The re-read continues! I love getting to this part in the series, when things are getting darker and the trio is getting older. Harry is so angsty in this one, not that he doesn’t have a few good reasons why. Agh, this one always gets me too because we lose one of my favorite characters, and my heart breaks every time. Looking forward to it! Haha.

Before I Disappear by Danielle Stinson

This little YA mystery/fantasy has all of my nostalgia feelers activated. It’s been driving me crazy because I remember a story about this town that only existed for a day, or something like that, when I was a kid. It was a book or a movie…? Gah! I can picture it vividly and yet I can’t remember the name of it for the life of me. That’s what this book reminds me of though! Atmospheric and mysterious, full of drama and urgency, Before I Disappear is turning out to be a really fun read. Look for this one touring on my blog soon!

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

Okay, I literally started this one today after finishing its prequel at like…three AM, haha. I’m buddy reading this series with two friends from my book club and it is sooo gooood. Damn, I have not read anything like this series so far. I’ll save all my praise for my review, but safe to say that I am already deeply invested and, if you’re a fan of dark, gritty Adult Fantasy, you should check it out too.

What I’ve recently finished:

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

This was my favorite of the Harry Potter books as a kid for a long time and…I think it is now, too. I had so much fun reading this again. Goblet of Fire is one of those books that is full of “did that just happen??” moments and I was hooked as a kid, I remember taking each and every twist and turn as a complete surprise, and they were just as wonderful to appreciate from the other side this time around. Might type up some thoughts about this one for you guys.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

I have so much to say about this book! I’ll probably do a review, since I’m buddy reading this series right now in preparation for the release of Darkdawn (the third book in this series) this fall! This ADULT fantasy, and I emphasize that because it is often confused with YA and it contains a lot of things that would never be found in YA, is brutal, dark, manipulative, visceral, and sometimes all too much. But it’s so damn good too, and right up my alley. Check it out and enjoy, but fair warning: this one’s not for the faint of heart.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I LOVED THIS BOOK. Okay, I’ll stop yelling now, but seriously I loved this book. And I was so surprised that I loved it! I know, it’s gotten amazing reviews and everyone is talking about it, but for some reason I never thought it would be one of my favorites of the year. Told like a VH1 documentary on one of your favorite bands from the 70s, Daisy Jones is part memoir, part family story, part self-discovery, and an absolute celebration of music. Look for my review on this one soon, and in the meantime pick up a copy of your own! You won’t regret it.

What I think I’ll read next:

Meet the Sky by McCall Hoyle

I’m participating in a tour for this one coming up soon and was lucky enough to be able to interview the author! (Look for that on 7/25) This book takes place during a hurricane, as I understand it, and it follows two young people as they try to survive and find each other, in more ways than one. Looking forward to this one being an emotional read!

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

I’m so excited to read this. I’ve heard so much about it from my book club, from booktube, I’ve seen it all over bookstagram, I get it already! I’ll read it! Fine! But honestly, I’m really looking forward to it. This looks like another fun YA Fantasy but, if you believe the hype, there’s something special and original about it. I can’t wait to find out for myself and report back.

What are you reading this week??