Ever since I read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, I’ve been enraptured by Taylor Jenkins Reid’s stories. With her popularity taking off after the success of the Daisy Jones series, we thought it was high time we created a complete guide to the Taylor Jenkins Reid books in order.
The early TJR books are contemporary romances set in the present day, but as she learned to stretch her literary wings, she quickly turned to historical romances many of which are set in the 70s.
Below you’ll find Taylor’s books in publication order and then our rankings of her books so you can figure out which is the very best and which might be lower on your to-read list.
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Taylor Jenkins Reid Books in Order
- Forever Interrupted (2013)
- After I Do (2014)
- Maybe in Another Life (2015)
- One True Loves (2016)
- Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (2017)
- Daisy Jones and the Six (2019)
- Malibu Rising (2021)
- Carrie Soto is Back (2022)
Taylor Jenkins Reid Books Ranked
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Evelyn Hugo has asked an unknown reporter, Monique Grant, to write her life story in a no-holds-barred book. There is a bit of mystery around why Monique was chosen and Evelyn certainly has her fair share of hardships as she claws her way to the top.
The drama and suffering add dimension to the story that makes it so much more than fluff, though the inner workings of Hollywood were fun to read too. The story seems so candid that I honestly forgot that Evelyn Hugo was not a real celebrity.
Taylor Jenkins Reid slays with this story finding the perfect balance of glamour and grit. This was an easy pick for a list of the best romance novels of all time and might seem like an unusual pick for books like A Man Called Ove but, both Ove and Evelyn are seeking to change their lives and in doing so, change for the better. This is one of the older book for book clubs on the list and we have never found someone who didn’t like it.
March 2019 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
This best book of 2019 pick needs to be listened to, not read. Seriously, I think this might be one of the best audiobooks of all time.
I expect it to sweep the Audies this year for sure because full cast audiobooks can really take the story to the next level. The book is laid out in chronological order about the making of a band in the 70s, but the story is told in interview style from a dozen sources.
The audio version has a different narrator for each character and the performances the actors give are stupendous. I was overcome with emotion numerous times while I was listening.
This celebrity fiction story about the rise and fall of one of the hottest bands was so utterly fabulous – it’s pure sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll in all the best ways. This is one of the novels about music that isn’t for the faint of heart and is a feel-good book you will not want to miss.
Carrie Soto was the world’s most decorated tennis player who has come out of retirement to take back the title. Carrie was trained to be the best there was from a young age and has dedicated her entire life to winning- at the expense of everything else in her life.
I loved this book so much, that I could not put it down. I alternated between reading and listening to the book and have to say that the audio version was really fantastic. My heart was pounding with each and every game played.
Taylor Jenkins Reid has done it again with this book and we knew that it could not be left off a list of books like Daisy Jones and the Six. If you are looking for a book about women in sports from this list of summer reads 2023, this is a heart-pounding pick.
June 2021 Read with Jenna Book Club Pick
Nina Riva is having her annual summer party which is famous for its epic scale and exclusivity. But this year, the party will end with devastation.
Nina and her siblings are famous children of one of the biggest rock stars of all time and they each have their secrets. Perfect for a list of books about music, right?
I have loved the last two books by Taylor Jenkins Reid so much that I often recommend them to friends for their universal appeal. I had high hopes for this family saga but it didn’t quite live up to my expectations.
I enjoyed the book but I felt that it was a little drawn out at times. Still, I loved Nina’s character and her ability to surf puts her on our list of books about women in sports!
Inspired by the Gwyneth Paltrow movie, Sliding Doors, this story is about what would happen if Hannah Martin had gone home with her old flame or chosen to go home with her best friend after a night out in LA.
Unfolding into two vastly different narratives, we get to see which parts of Hannah’s life change and which would remain the same. I loved seeing how certain things were inevitable – though arrived at in different ways.
I also loved the way both stories ended. It’s such an optimistic ending.
This is Taylor Jenkins Reid’s debut novel, and while it is good, it’s clear that she has grown her craft a great deal from this book. In the story, told in a dual-timeline narrative, newly married Elsie loses her husband of 9 days.
As her timeline as a widow moves forward, we also get to see her romance with Ben unfold in the previous narrative. As she struggles to overcome her grief, Elsie connects with Ben’s mother who was unknown to her prior to the tragedy.
I found the story to be compelling, but it didn’t get me choked up the way TJR books can usually do.
Emma and Jesse are high school sweethearts to get married and move away from their small town. They spend their lives together traveling the world until Jesse is in a helicopter crash over the Pacific Ocean right before their one-year wedding anniversary.
Emma is completely devastated and, unable to function, returns home to start her life again. When she bumps into an old high school friend, Sam, she starts to think that maybe she can live her life again and be happy. Just when their life together is beginning, Jesse is found alive. He has been trying to get home to her for years. This book is heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. It makes you wonder, what would I do?
This was my least favorite of the TJR books because I just couldn’t get around the premise. Essentially, a couple unhappy in their marriage decides to try to save it by not seeing or talking to each other for an entire year.
While the concept was unique, I just couldn’t get behind that idea. Why not try therapy? Why not just divorce? This book wasn’t for me.
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Do I need to read Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books in order?
Nope! Each book is a stand-alone novel, so you don’t need to read the Taylor Jenkins Reid books in any particular order.
What order should you read Taylor Jenkins Reid books in?
The short answer is any way you like. But we prefer to start with the best – so try Daisy Jones or Evelyn Hugo first!
Are any of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books connected?
Yes but only by one character! Mick Riva appears in a minor character, appears in The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (as a husband), in Diasy Jones and the Six (as a fellow singer), and in Carrie Soto (in reference.) Malibu Rising is actually about Mick’s children, so we get his full back story in that book.
Which Taylor Jenkins Reid books are Movies or TV series?
Daisy Jones and the Six was adapted on Amazon Prime as a series in 2023.
One True Loves was turned into a movie in 2023.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is being turned into a Netflix movie.
Hulu has optioned Malibu Rising, but no updates have been given.
That’s our guide to Taylor Jenkins Reids Books in Order. Which TJR books are your favorite?
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