Taylor Jenkins Reid’s 6 favorite books that share the same universe
Taylor Jenkins Reid new Roman, Carrie Soto is back, follows a tennis champion who appeared in Reid’s 2021 bestseller, Rise of Malibu. Below, the author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo recommends other books set in shared universes.
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout (2016)
It’s no secret that Elizabeth Strout is an amazing writer, but I’m always amazed at the depth she brings to the world of her Lucy Barton-centric stories. The four novels can be read in any order, but if you start with this one – the first – you’ll soon be ready for Strout’s last, Lucia by the sea. Buy it here.
Jasmine Guillory’s Royal Vacation (2019)
Guillory is the queen of romance these days. His wedding date the series does not need to be read in any particular order. I recommend the fourth book, about a belated romance involving an American woman who, during a chance stay at a royal castle, hooks up with the Queen’s private secretary. Buy it here.
Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert (2020)
If you want your novels to have a strong dose of comedy, turn to Talia Hibbert, who is laughably funny. Her stories follow the love life of the Brown sisters. I recommend you start with Dani Brown, just for the first line of the book alone. If this grabs you, you’ve come to the right place. Buy it here.
Stephen King’s Misery (1987)
Many Stephen King novels are set in the same universe, most in the fictional towns of Maine, Derry, or Castle Rock. One of my favorites is Miseryin which we learn that the main character, Paul Sheldon, grew up opposite Thisit’s Eddie Kaspbrak. Buy it here.
The Kissing Quotient by Helen Hoang (2018)
Hoang’s debut is a smart and steamy romance about a woman who hires a sex worker and ends up falling in love. It is the first of three interconnected novels, all featuring members of the Phan-Diep family and centering on neuro-divergent characters. I can’t get enough of Hoang’s writing. Buy it here.
The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams (2014)
Williams’ literary worlds have many entry points; choose the one that interests you and get started. The first one I read The Secret Life of Violet Grant, is part of the three-volume Schuyler Sisters series, in which each book follows one of the three sisters and explores a different time in the early or mid-twentieth century. The stories are delightfully transporting. Buy it here.
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