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Winter
Winter: A Novel | Ali Smith
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From the Man Booker-shortlisted and Baileys Women's Prize-winning author of How to be boththe highly anticipated second novel in the acclaimed Seasonal series, which both continues the arc of the series and is also an extraordinary standalone read. In Winter, lifeforce matches up to the toughest of the seasons. In this second novel in her acclaimed Seasonal cycle, the follow-up to Ali Smith's sensational Autumn, Smith's shape-shifting quartet of novels casts a merry eye over a bleak post-truth era with a story rooted in history, memory and warmth, its taproot deep in the evergreens: art, love, laughter. It's the season that teaches us survival. Here comes Winter.
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Nicos
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I‘ve had to give up trying to listen to this audiobook - I just can‘t stay focused enough to listen. Real books in my hand is the only way for me. Also the narrator was slightly grating - every line, no matter how mundane, was spoken as if it was a profound statement from The Matrix. Also, audio quality wasn‘t as good as it could have been for the ‘High‘ setting.

emilyhaldi I would imagine Ali Smith is very hard to follow on audio!! 8h
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emilyhaldi
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Well, I was saving this book for the #future to read when it would be cold and snowy to fit the theme... But apparently the future is now 🥶❄️
#movember

Cinfhen Such a pretty photo 😍 11h
Tamra Indeed it is! 10h
LeahBergen Pretty pic!! 💕 6h
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Nicos
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My first try at an audio book. Not sure I can keep attention in the same way as a physical book, but we‘ll see.

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sthenia
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when it‘s going to be under 30 degrees this week.....

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Moll
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I've just moved into my new flat in London and I've already found the library haha - dipping into this book for a while!📚😊

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sakeriver
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‪I had trouble with this book a bit insofar as I found two of the main viewpoint characters to be not just unpleasant, but tragic in having become so banally insensitive. Yet each is also allowed moments of grace and growth. I do love Ali Smith‘s writing‬, and I think there is a fundamental hopefulness to this book. One that I hope can exist in real life as well.

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sakeriver
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Currey
Winter (Seasonal) | Ali Smith
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What at first appears to be a simple tale of a mother, her sister, her son and a temporary substitute girlfriend gathering for Christmas, managed to evolve to encompass a whole world of transformation. Puns, Dickens, heads, Shakespeare, the dead, become a seasonal word feast. Such a delight in these first days of summer.

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Christinak
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Mehso-so
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Christinak
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I‘m having difficulty getting into this book and I think it is simply because the title is Winter and it‘s so darn nice outside

Gissy 😂 5mo
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kathedron
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Better than Autumn (more "of a piece") but I still prefer How To Be Both. It's a slice of life in contemporary Britain, much of which relates to behaving shittily (to varying degrees) towards people at a remove, and finding ways past that when thrown together by circumstances. Potentially interesting story lines aren't developed and I'm none the wiser as to the meaning of the floating head! I was happy to be carried along by the writing though.

charl08 Oh I *loved* Autumn! How good that everyone likes different stuff. 5mo
BarbaraBB Is your hair short? I imagined you with long hair! 5mo
kathedron @charl08 It's one of the great things about Litsy, isn't it? 5mo
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kathedron @BarbaraBB It is short now! It used to be long and tangle-curled but I felt the need to cut it short since I've started feeling well again (I had a lengthy episode of depression/anxiety). 5mo
BarbaraBB It must feel like a new start. And from what I can see, it suits you. Happy to hear you feel better 🧡 5mo
kathedron @BarbaraBB Thank you! 😘 5mo
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Graywacke
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Ali Smith has left me here thinking. If I could put what it is I‘m thinking into words, I would. Art, nature, politics, plastics, messaging, googling, Dickens maybe, and Psyche, which happens to vaguely tie in to the Shakespeare I‘m reading through Eros/Cupid, but also Shakespeare too. And, of course, relationships. She always seems to leave me just maybe following by grasping a thin fragile thread.

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Graywacke
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{over the phone}
Her father is saying he has never forgotten how much it mattered to her and that he‘s phoned her because he thought she‘d like to know what he‘s just read, today, in today‘s paper —
she can hear him shaking the paper about down the phone to get to the right page —

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This random inconveniently-timed parental phone call just made me smile.

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HannahPolly
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Beautifully written but with largely unsympathetic characters. Felt like looking into a brief window of people's lives. Not an easy read.

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Graywacke
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Not that they should be compared, but this is so far a heck of a lot more fun than Plutarch. I just started today.

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andrew61
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If this was just a story about family + relationships it would be beautifully drawn novel abt 2 diff srs who share so much but clash at the drop of a hat, iris taking sophia to the cinema bookended with sophia slipping into her sisters bed are wonderful scenes but within the tale is a stunning piece of satire and picking apart of the stupidity of brexit and creation of immigrants as pariahs, and of course wordplay - see below quote of the book ⏬

andrew61 "The literature doctor, she says. The man who wrote the dictionary. Johnson. Not Boris. The opposite of Boris.A man interested in the meanings of words, not one whose interests leave words meaningless" - brilliant - role on spring. 7mo
CarolynM Great review. I totally agree. 7mo
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andrew61
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What's to day? I had forgotten how much i enjoyed autumn so picked up winter in the library with anticipation and trepidation but i am loving Ali Smith's writing and the story yet again . This is one of several examples of her playfulness with words. Brilliant.

CarolynM Agreed. She's a joy to read. 7mo
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Kalalalatja
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I might be reviewing a book called “Winter”, but my living room is filled with Spring flowers and I got sunshine (aka lemon curd) on my bread, so all‘s gooooood 👌

There‘s something about Smith‘s books which makes me feel like I‘m not smart enough to get it, but I love the way Smith writes, so even if I don‘t get everything, I‘m still enjoying the reading. And that‘s how I feel about “Winter” - Clever, insightful, tough

#MarchMadnessChallenge

Grrlbrarian Om nom lemon curd! 😋 7mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 I‘ve read books like that. I can‘t remember the last one, but I understand not quite “getting it” yet getting it...Like my mind may not fully grasp, but something on a cellular level does. Lol 7mo
RealLifeReading Those flowers are so lovely! 7mo
ephemeralwaltz Yummy! 7mo
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Emilymdxn
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This was every bit as good as everyone said! You were absolutely right @Naj

I don‘t trust anyone other than Ali Smith (yet) to incorporate brexit into subtle, powerful, non-basic novels like this. It was just pure catharsis to read and I think it‘s exactly what we need right now. It complemented Lanny so well as a poetic meditation on Englishness and how to think of my own Englishness right now

Naj Yayyy!!! It truly is a masterpiece. Can't wait for Spring to come out. 7mo
Emilymdxn @Naj I just downloaded it! It came out here last week and I‘m gonna listen to it when I finish Toni Morrison! 7mo
Naj @Emilymdxn 👍🏾 It comes out next week here. 7mo
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Emilymdxn
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Morning all! I‘m sick in bed today with some kind of virus so you‘ll be hearing a lot from me today I think! Making a start on this one. I loved Autumn and I definitely want to read Spring while it‘s still new so I‘m very excited!

JennyM Feel better! 7mo
Crazeedi Get well soon, drink lots of fluids! 7mo
Theaelizabet Feel better! I loved Winter. 7mo
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saresmoore Boo! Well wishes to you. ♥️ 7mo
Emilymdxn @JennyM @Crazeedi @Theaelizabet @saresmoore thank you everybody! Litsy is such a wonderful thing to have when I‘m sick and kicking around at home! 7mo
Chrissyreadit Feel better! 7mo
cobwebmoth Hope you feel better soon! 7mo
Jas16 Hope you feel better soon 💐 7mo
SW-T Hope you feel better soon! 7mo
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Theaelizabet
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Four novels, published in consecutive years, focused on a particular season, and rooted in our current moment. From a lesser writer this would be no more than a stunt, but with Smith it feels like a funny and thoughtful friend is joining us in discerning a way forward through the morass. I await Spring....

Christinak My book club is reading winter this year... should I read autumn first? 7mo
Theaelizabet @Christinak No, I don‘t believe so. Each book tells a different story with different characters. They‘re linked by themes. My guess is that Summer, when it comes, might need to be read last. Either of these would make for a good discussion. Lucky you! 7mo
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JennyM
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#Booked2019

I‘ve done a bit of season hopping so far...and have read so many good books. Thanks for hosting guys, I‘m having lots of fun 📚

Cathythoughts Well done & I second that ..I too have read so many good books that I would not have otherwise 👍🏻thanks from me to guys 8mo
JennyM @Cathythoughts quite a few 5 🌟 reads already that I don‘t think I‘d have gotten to if not for the challenge (edited) 8mo
erzascarletbookgasm 👏 You‘re doing so well. I‘m all over the seasons too. Am enjoying myself and reading some great books. 8mo
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4thhouseontheleft I‘m glad you‘re enjoying the challenge! I‘m hopping around seasons this year too. 8mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Wow! Love the spreadsheet! 👏🏻👏🏻📚📚♥️♥️ 8mo
valeriegeary I missed the memo that we could hop seasons! 🐇 I suppose I could start doing that now... Anyway...wow! you're doing great! Keep up the good reading! I might have to steal some ideas from you! 🤗 8mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @valeriegeary Some folks choose to hop seasons, and others don‘t. Either works! 8mo
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Aimeesue
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On sale today in US ebook stores
#KindleDeal

thebluestocking Ooh. I might have to grab Winter. Though I have Autumn and have not read it. 😊 8mo
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bedandabook
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There were loads of things I should have been doing on this wintry, rainy day but I gave in to temptation and declared it a sofa reading day! I always love Ali Smith, so this book is a real treat. #currentlyreading

RachelO I think this was a good decision! 8mo
bedandabook Best decision I could have made, @RachelO. The cat‘s just joined me! 8mo
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shawnmooney
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saresmoore Ali Smith, you beautiful, magical word sorceress! 8mo
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melissajayne
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Thanks to @BookishTrish for the lovely gifts. #bookmail

wordzie 💌🎉 9mo
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AlizaApp
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I liked this one more than Autumn. A man pays a young woman to pretend to be his girlfriend to fool his aging mother on Christmas, but really a meditation on family and growing up and obligations. Rom-com premise but not really the point here. Really enjoyed it. #HalfBloodBingo

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rmaclean4
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People there is a give away on Goodreads for my most anticipated book it for the year!!! Can't wait to read the next in Smith's quartet!!

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Morr_Books
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1. 59 degrees ( I'm still a wisconsinite but days like this I'm pretty happy to not live there anymore )
2. 80 degrees
3. 75 degrees
4. Reading on the beach or by the pool in 80 degree weather with sun and a light breeze
5. I tagged an obvious choice but I'm more of a summer seasonal reading than a winter seasonal reading
#hellothursday
@wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 💜 9mo
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Naj
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This book is truly a work of art. I have no words to describe how perfect this was. It'll force you to slow down, think, feel, and lose yourself in its pages. It may sound weird but there's a purity to this book, like watching a thing of true beauty, something pristine untouched by humanity, and yet it talks about all the ugliness of our lives – past and present. Okay that definitely sounded weird. But this one will stay with me for a long time.

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Magslhalliday
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This was captivating. Memory, identity and the stories we tell ourselves.

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Naj
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You never stop being yourself on the inside, whatever age people think you are by looking at you from the outside.

gradcat This is so true...I feel nothing like my actual age mentally, only in my joints can I find the tree rings! 😂 9mo
Naj @gradcat Same 😂😂 9mo
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Naj
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That's one of the things stories and books can do, they can make more than one time possible at once.

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Naj
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Halfway through and I'm loving this book. It's beautifully written, topical, atmospheric, and simply wonderful.

Emilymdxn You‘re making me so desperate to read this 😍 9mo
Naj @Emilymdxn You need to read this! I'm now left with less than a hundred pages and I think it'll be a 2019 favorite. If you've read and liked Autumn, then you'll love this even more. 9mo
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Magslhalliday
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Emergency book buy whilst travelling. Struggling to put it down.

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Naj
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1. Winter
2. Slytherin 🐍
3. Wild Wild Country

#weekendreads
@rachelsbrittain

Kayla.Adriena Wild Wild Country was mind boggling! 10mo
Naj @Kayla.Adriena It was! I was watching the entire thing in utter disbelief. Truly wild lol. 10mo
rachelsbrittain Thanks for joining in 💚💚 10mo
Naj @rachelsbrittain 💜💜 10mo
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Lindy
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I blogged about my top 18 of 2018. https://lindypratch.blogspot.com/2019/01/top-18-books-of-2018.html?m=1

Jenny, we have some overlap! @ReadingEnvy

Lcsmcat 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 10mo
readordierachel Wow! 10mo
kspenmoll Incredible!!!‘ 🎉🎉🎉 10mo
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Gezemice Wow! 🤩🤩 That‘s amazing! 10mo
Lindy @Gezemice @kspenmoll @readordierachel @Lcsmcat Thanks. Books are my thing. 😏 10mo
ReadingEnvy Yes and the year I read Pond it was on my final list, just loved it so much. 10mo
Redwritinghood Wow! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 10mo
batsy 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 10mo
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EmilyM
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I enjoyed this book--it was the perfect Christmas read. The timeline of the plot jumps around, so you have to be prepared for that, and there are places where I definitely had to suspend my disbelief. I enjoyed the atmosphere and characters. ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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erista
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My bookish Christmas haul. I got ALL 7 Harry Potter shirts from @outofprint , but some have been worn already and are not pictured.

Lmstraubie FANTASTIC! 11mo
mrozzz Wow!! 😄🎄📚 11mo
erzascarletbookgasm What a haul 👍 11mo
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Felso @erista your sister is SO awesome!! 11mo
erista @Felso So is yours!! 11mo
DivineDiana So nice! 👏🏻📚👏🏻 11mo
staci.reads Oh wow! Love those shirts! 😍😍 11mo
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mrozzz
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My second time through proved that Ali Smith writes with magic. There‘s a lot going on (and many allusions to The Christmas Carol) but it was just right. Flashbacks/forwards happen mid-paragraph, sometimes mid-sentence, as grumpy Sophia recalls her past life with her husband, her sister, & her son while in the present a weekend together with Art's "girlfriend" goes an unexpected way.

Anyone else going to have a white Christmas? ❄️

AmyG It‘s snowing here in Vail, CO. (edited) 11mo
Redwritinghood Just woke up to snow! It was a surprise to me. 11mo
britt_brooke Perfect photo! No snow in Nashville. Just damp and gloomy. 11mo
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EmilyM I‘m currently reading this one... I read Autumn in....you guessed it....Autumn. 11mo
kezzlou85 Nope sadly no snow in England. 11mo
CouronneDhiver Not here... we got a dusting today but most of it is gone now 11mo
mrozzz Lol and we can read Spring when it‘s out in the spring! @EmilyM 11mo
mrozzz Woooooo!!! ❄️ @AmyG 😄 11mo
mrozzz It was for me as well! @Redwritinghood it only lasted a couple hours here though. It‘s all gone now. Do you still have a nice blanket of snow today? 11mo
mrozzz Thank you!! ☺️ @britt_brooke hope you still have a great day today 11mo
mrozzz Awwww well I hope you still get to enjoy the holiday @kezzlou85 😊 11mo
mrozzz @CouronneDhiver it didn‘t stay here either. Nice while it lasted 🙃 11mo
kezzlou85 @mrozzz thanks I'm sure I will and it never snows at Christmas here. 11mo
Redwritinghood @mrozzz Unfortunately, it was gone by the end of the day yesterday. Hope you had a great holiday. 11mo
EmilyM @mrozzz Ok....I have to talk to you about this book. There WAS so much going on, you are right. What was the deal with the floating head? I feel like that HAS to symbolize SOMETHING. Maybe it is just the English major in me, but the fact that it changed from having human features to being a stone? I'm confused...ideas? 11mo
mrozzz Let me tell you @EmilyM I reread this for a writing course and we spent the entire 3 hours discussing and we have no sophisticated reasoning or any explanation whatsoever. We all thought it was weird and helped us dive into the story. I didn‘t mind not knowing, seems just like an Ali Smith quirk I could get behind! Do you have a theory??? Art kept referring to it as... land? 11mo
DivineDiana I own Autumn, but it‘s on the #TBR. Do you know if there is a sequence to reading these books? If not, I like the idea of starting with Winter! 🤔 11mo
mrozzz Having read the 2 I‘d say it doesn‘t matter, though Spring could be the game changer! @DivineDiana 11mo
DivineDiana Thank you! 11mo
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Kenny
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My Favorite Books of 2018.

9. Winter by Ali Smith. You should write a dystopia in which you create a world where Ali Smith writes a book that isn‘t a masterpiece. That premise is so implausible, but if you pull it off you will win so many awards. But yeah, Winter is another masterpiece. #BestBooks2018

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CarolynM
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#WinterWonderland #WinterKills
Ali Smith's Winter kills me with its insightful exploration of the bitter fall out of family disfunction and political disagreement.

Cinfhen I‘m not sure why but I have difficulty with Ali Smith‘s writing 🙄😬 I‘ve tried several of her books and they just don‘t hold my attention 🙈 11mo
JennyM Argh, great choice!!! 11mo
Cathythoughts Nice one. 👍🏻 @Cinfhen I‘ve only tried Autumn but I didn‘t take to it 😬 11mo
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TrishB @Cinfhen @Cathythoughts I can‘t get into them either....she makes me feel stupid!! 11mo
TrishB I love the cover though 😘 11mo
readordierachel Sounds excellent. I really need to read Autumn already. 11mo
CarolynM @readordierachel I loved Autumn too🙂 11mo
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tina_b.ooks
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Home-made ginger bread latte ☃️

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JenniferP
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Snow in DC in November is very rare! But I just happened to be reading this appropriately titled book. 😁

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tina_b.ooks
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I already bought this one last year, but since the paperback has recently been published and people have been asking about it, I thought it was time I read it.

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CarolynM
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I love Ali Smith's take on the current divisions in the western world. While she is dealing with specifically British concerns, the underlying principles are ones affecting us all. Who's version of events is the true one? We don't know, but who we are more inclined to believe depends on our attitude to their world view. I think I enjoyed the characters in Autumn more, but the themes continue to fascinate me. PS Check out the latte art😂

Kalalalatja 😻😻😻 13mo
Cathythoughts Is is a tiger 🐯 great latte Art ❤️😋 13mo
LeahBergen That latte! 13mo
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JennyM Ali Smith is a queen. I love her books. Beautiful latte ☕️ 13mo
LeeRHarry If both you and @JennyM like Ali Smith I‘m thinking I need to read her 😊 13mo
JennyM @LeeRHarry I think you‘d enjoy her. She‘s very astute and I find her quite funny in her uncanny way of capturing real life. 13mo
LeeRHarry @JennyM sounds good 😊 13mo
CarolynM @LeeRHarry I'd recommend her. I agree with @JennyM - she's insightful and funny in an understated way 13mo
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ladyonequestion
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Not my favourite season so far! I think I preferred Autumn, but then I found the re-occurring motif? Character? Thing? of the floating head a bit strange and didn't get why it appeared. I don't necessarily need an explanation for it, but huh? Otherwise the characters were well drawn and I liked the humour in the book.

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SealedWithInk
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New book for the beginning of a new week. Loved Autumn so I'm looking forward to seeing what Winter is like.

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pgh.femme
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So beautiful. I began thinking it was too clever, too wordy, too mysterious. I then remember I like those things and allow myself to be immersed. I finish thinking I‘ve been intimate with ... the characters? Smith? Words? Story? Imagery? Ideas? I finish feeling utterly moved and unable to say exactly why or how.

Emilymdxn I‘ve really been wanting to read this one! I worried I‘d find the style offputting, I struggled with how to be both but the more I think about it the more I think I should give it another chance 1y
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Abailliekaras
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Sophia waits in Cornwall for her son Arthur to join her for Christmas. Taking A Christmas Carol as a jumping off point & rejoicing in Shakespearean-like comic dialogue, Ali Smith is an enchanting story-teller. She shows the absurdity of human behaviour, the power of resistance & the beauty of art & nature. Characters are real, the humour dry & the prose is masterful, light, richly layered, but not showy. I loved this.

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