Books from the Backlog #266

Posted May 18, 2023 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 12 Comments

Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

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This week’s neglected book

Books from the Backlog #266Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Published by Ballantine Books on March 5, 2019
Genres: Fiction / Women
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER • OVER ONE MILLION COPIES SOLD! A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, revealing the mystery behind their infamous breakup—from the author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Malibu Rising, and Carrie Soto Is Back

“An explosive, dynamite, down-and-dirty look at a fictional rock band told in an interview style that gives it irresistible surface energy.”—Elin Hilderbrand

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: NPR, The Washington Post, Esquire, Glamour, Real Simple, Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire, Parade, Paste, Shelf Awareness, BookRiot

Everyone knows DAISY JONES & THE SIX, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock ’n’ roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.

Why did I add Daisy Jones & The Six to my bookshelf?

I picked up a copy of this book at one of the local book fairs several years ago. I have only read a couple of books written by Taylor Jenkins Reid so far but I have liked what I have read so I thought that this would be a good bet. Plus, this book seems to be loved by a whole lot of people. My daughter had the show on not too long ago and while I didn’t watch enough to spoil anything in the book it looked like it was well done. Even though I have a physical copy of the book, I am probably not going to be able to resist the full-cast audio when I do get around to reading it.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it?

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12 responses to “Books from the Backlog #266

  1. I remember seeing a lot of buzz over this book when it first came out! Then the recent movie/show version of it just released not too long ago! It’s usually when it’s about to become a show/movie that I make myself read it asap just so I can go in with no book spoilers! I did this before You came out the first time around on whatever cable channel that was…Lifetime maybe? Lol. I might have even read the first 2 books…then I had to read book 3 before season 3 came out but then season 4 released before book 4 and by that point I saw season 3 take a different route than the book so I figured I was safe!

    Hope you enjoy this one once you get to read it!

  2. This is on my list and I’ve almost bought it a few times but like you I think I’d prefer the full cast audio. I haven’t read anything by this author but I’m really looking forward to trying her books.

  3. I have read or rather listened to that book and it was amazing! I think it’s a book meant to be listened to rather than read to be honest.

  4. This is on my backlog too. I even pulled it out when the series was released wanting to read it before watching it. I’ve managed not to watch the show yet but I also haven’t picked up the book. I’ve read a few others by this author and enjoyed them and I’m a huge music fan so this should be a good read for me. I need to make time.

  5. I read one book by her (After I Do) and hated it and since I’ve been wary of reading her again. I should give her another shot, since everyone seems to love her, but her stories seem very angsty. Not something I’m a big fan of. Hope you enjoy this one. The audio sounds like the way to go.

  6. I was curious about the show too, and the book actually since I heard it was at least somewhat loosely inspired by Fleetwood Mac, and I always liked them.

  7. I read this one right when it came out and loved it! I’ve heard the audio version is fantastic and I’m not surprised. TJR’s audio versions always seem to have top-notch production.