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Never have I been so in love with an author as with Taylor Jenkins Reid. Of course, there are other authors whose books I will always read. Ruth Ware’s thrillers, Talia Hibbert’s romances, and Angie Thomas’ YA novels are just a few of my favorites. But my love for Taylor Jenkins Reid is still unmatched. She is my “Auto Buy” author.

Why she? Well, honestly, I can’t figure it out. Maybe it has to do with his use of two timelines, or how there’s always at least one (unpredictable) twist. Maybe that’s how well-constructed his plots are. Or maybe it’s his characters that I constantly fall in love with. Whatever it is, I can’t get enough of it.

I first discovered TJR in 2017 when I picked up The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. It’s the book that really put her on the map both in my world and in the real world. It’s the title that made me choose it, but after a few chapters, I was won over. Then in 2019 I read Daisy Jones and the Six. And last month, I had the pleasure of diving into his latest novel, Malibu on the rise, my favorite of the three. It is so rare to find an author whose books are getting better and better.

Looking at the release dates, she publishes a book every two years. For most people, and probably for Taylor herself, that’s more than enough. But for me? I need distractions. Counting the days until its next release, I read its backlist. If his backlist is less known, the quality is still there. Now let’s hope she’s been writing books since college, otherwise I’ll be done by 2022.

Below are a few of my favorite Taylor Jenkins Reid novels, all of which are perfect summer reads.

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I believe a lot in the idea of ​​going into a book knowing as little as possible. I try not to read the summaries or reviews too much as most of them are too split. My pitches below are short and sweet just for that reason.

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Let’s start with my favorite and the most recent of the bunch, Malibu on the rise. Set in sunny Malibu during the summer of 1983, the four famous Riva siblings throw their annual late summer party. It is the story of an unforgettable night with the family.

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If you like 70s rock, Daisy Jones and the Six is the book for you. We follow the rise and sudden breakup of a 1970s rock band. Through a series of interviews with band members years later, we uncover the real reason for the breakup.

This book is a spectacular audiobook and features a full cast of voice actors.

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If you’re looking for something a little glamorous, look no further than The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. We follow a young reporter, Monique, who is offered the opportunity of her life: a revealer with recluse Hollywood icon Evelyn Hugo.

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Have you ever wondered how much a decision can affect your life? Maybe in another life attacks the idea of ​​fate and how much of it is really in our control.

Pro tip: make cinnamon buns. You’ll want one, trust me.

Reply to this email and tell me who is the author of your “auto buy”.

Good reading!

Your loving bookworm, Emily

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