Book Review: Daisy Jones & The Six by Tayor Jenkins Reid

40554141Edition: Hardcover, 368 pages
Published by: Hutchinson, March 2019
Genre: Fiction, Historic-Fiction, Music, 60s, 70s
Rating: 5 stars
Completed: 31st August 2019

For a while, Daisy Jones & The Six were everywhere. Their albums were on every turntable, they sold out arenas from coast to coast, their sound defined an era. And then, on 12 July 1979, they split. Nobody ever knew why. Until now. They were lovers and friends and brothers and rivals. They couldn’t believe their luck, until it ran out. This is their story of the early days and the wild nights, but everyone remembers the truth differently. The only thing they all know for sure is that from the moment Daisy Jones walked barefoot onstage at the Whisky, their lives were irrevocably changed. Making music is never just about the music. And sometimes it can be hard to tell where the sound stops and the feelings begin.

Why didn’t I find out about this book when it was first published?! I guess better late than never.

When it comes to music and fashion, the 60s and 70s is my favourite era and when I heard about Daisy Jones & The Six, it just sounded right up my street and what a rollercoaster of a read this was! It literally had me finding every opportunity possible to sit down and read this book, devouring it in less than a week. Needless to say, I’m in denial that this is fiction! I want to listen to the Aurora album so bad! This is my first Taylor Jenkins Reid and I was not disappointed.

Set in the sixties in LA, the story follows the rise and fall of Daisy Jones & The Six, which is led by Billy, a talented frontman and they were on the brink of success but when they met Daisy, they became even bigger than they ever could imagine and thus making a masterpiece of an album called Aurora. They were at the peak of their fame becoming one of the most iconic bands in the 70s before their sudden infamous split in 1979 after their performance at the Chicago Stadium.

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Book Review: Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

UntitledEdition: Paperback. 368 pages
Published: Penguin Classics (3 Jan. 2013)
Genre: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Historic Fiction, Politics, Classics
Rating: 3.5 stars

Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. While 1984 has come and gone, Orwell’s narrative is more timely than ever. 1984 presents a “negative utopia”, that is at once a startling and haunting vision of the world — so powerful that it’s completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of entire generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions — a legacy that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time. Continue reading “Book Review: Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell”

Book Review: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

9357704Edition: Paperback, 148 pages
Published: Vintage Classics
Genre: Classics, literature, historic fiction, academic
Rating: 3 stars

This is a late review. Ever since the Great Gatsby film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan was released in 2013, I have been meaning to read it but I decided for not to read it because I’m not really a classics reader, so I didn’t think it was for me. But then my friend actually brought me the book as a gift, so it gave me the opportunity to finally read it.

This is probably my favourite line in the book and also a fantastic opening paragraph. (I have this obsession with amazing opening paragraphs.) Continue reading “Book Review: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald”