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Swing Time
Swing Time | Zadie Smith
An ambitious, exuberant new novel moving from North-West London to West Africa, from the multi-award-winning author of "White Teeth" and "On Beauty "Two brown girls dream of being dancers--but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either... Dazzlingly energetic and deeply human, "Swing Time" is a story about friendship and music and stubborn roots, about how we are shaped by these things and how we can survive them. Moving from North-West London to West Africa, it is an exuberant dance to the music of time.
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jack777
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First Zadie Smith read. Interesting style and quite engrossing. Want to check out her earlier novels and shorts.

TheKidUpstairs It looks like you're new to Litsy - Welcome! I hope you enjoy this community as much as we do. I love Zadie Smith! My personal favourite is 5d
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TheEllieMo
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new. Don‘t judge me - I have a lot of books. Join in if you want!

#ABookADay2023

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andioop
Swing Time | Zadie Smith
Mehso-so

Decent story, irritating narrator

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shortsarahrose
Swing Time | Zadie Smith
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April is ready to tackle her tbr #catsoflitsy

dabbe Hello, Adorable April! 🩵🐾🤍 6mo
Leftcoastzen Tortie! So cute!😻 6mo
RaeLovesToRead April!!!! 🥰🥰🥰 6mo
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BekaReid
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Pickpick

I love Zadie Smith's essays but always struggled with her fiction. That wasn't the case with Swing Time. I got lost in it and the many themes presented - girlhood, female friendships and how they drift and morph over time, mother-daughter relationships, motherhood (or choosing not to be one), expectations, race, class, education, finance, dance and the love of dance, longing to belong, choices and the lack of choices, the bubbles we all live in.

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jhod
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@Mrs_B @jenniferw88

Any of these that you haven't read or that you fancy? Ward and Walker are essays/short stories. I probably have others on my shelf if none of these work :-)

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jenniferw88 Well, Alice Walker is mentioned in my intro to Their Eyes Were Watching God, so if we want to be really specific that would be a good one to choose 🤣! Out of the others, American Marriage or Purple Hibiscus for me. 2y
Mrs_B I second an American Marriage! 2y
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Hooked_on_books
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Mehso-so

This one is a tough call, as I like the story and appreciate what all the characters bring, but I didn‘t think the structure worked at all. Often I like a book that jumps around in time, but this wasn‘t done well. I do appreciate the juxtaposition of different races, socioeconomic statuses, and places of origin of many of the characters.

#ReadingAfrica2022 #Gambia

Cinfhen I liked the beginning SO MUCH but then the book completely fell apart for me. 2y
Cinfhen I forgot all about the Africa connection 2y
Leftcoastzen I like her work generally, but fear I would feel the same way about this one so I haven‘t tried it. Strike a doggy pose!🐶 2y
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merelybookish I have a (untested, undeveloped) theory about this book - that she was experimenting structuring a novel like dance choreography. It was the only way I could make sense of its strange structure. 2y
BarbaraBB I bailed on this one while I really enjoyed her other books. This one made no sense to me. 2y
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB I feel like she spent too much time in the beginning on her childhood story to suddenly start jumping around. I think that structure works best when it‘s established at the start. I was frustrating for sure. 2y
Hooked_on_books @Leftcoastzen Bindi is usually a good sport about modeling with books, but wasn‘t super happy to pose for this picture! 😂 2y
Hooked_on_books @merelybookish I like that idea! It fits the story as well. I think you‘re on to something. 2y
quanners It felt somehow unfinished to me. I‘ll reread it at some point. I never thought about her experimenting with the structure. 2y
Librarybelle This one has been on my radar, but now I‘m reconsidering… 2y
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Rachel.Rencher
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Panpan

I wanted to like this one a lot more than I did. 😕 I loved the first half, but then it just tanked for me. The narrator became annoying and childish and I just couldn't stand it.

ChaoticMissAdventures Same! It just didn't work for me either but I want to like Zadie Smith so bad. I love her in interviews. 2y
Megabooks This was a bail for me. I just don‘t get her fiction. I‘ve bailed twice and panned one. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
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Rachel.Rencher
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Good morning! I have about one week of summer vacation left and I am soaking it up 🌞📖

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jenniferw88
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BarbaraBB I bailed on that one but might try again because Togo seems hard to find books set in. 2y
Librarybelle Thanks for posting! 2y
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Rachel.Rencher
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What a Sunday night looks like when you have Monday off. 👍

Lucas and I asked the salesperson at the furniture store for a good reading couch. I think she hit the nail on the fraking head. (The middle piece folds back up to make it a 3-seater and it reclines. 😉)

Jennick2004 Looks incredible to me!!! 2y
DGRachel I hope yours lasts longer than mine. 😔 It looks exactly like the one I just replaced. 2y
Librariana This looks like absolute, delightful perfection! 🥰 2y
Cathythoughts Perfect 👍🏻 2y
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#bookspin #bookspinbingo
Second June bingo and on my way to a 3rd before the month ends!
@thearomaofbooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Looking great!!! 2y
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Panpan

Is it the heat? Am I cranky? This book gave me nothing. This is my second Zadie Smith and both I felt completely deflated after. It was a slog to get through and my mind kept wondering because none of these characters are interesting.
Happy to have it off my TBR and into my pile for when I get my little free library complete!
#bookspin #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

BarbaraBB I felt so too and know many do 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
TheAromaofBooks At least it's off the list!! 2y
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#weeklyforcast
Some repeats from last week because reading didn't go so well then. Hoping to finish at least three of these this week for #bookspin and #bookspinbingo!

Hooked_on_books I love your space! 2y
thegreensofa Oh my god your cat! 😻🧡 2y
ChaoticMissAdventures @Hooked_on_books thanks! I am bordering on maximalist and loving the colors! @thegreensofa isn't she hilarious, it is her favorite spot 😹 2y
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TheNookOfKnowledge
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Mehso-so

I wouldn‘t read this Fiction Novel again, however I loved how compelling this storyline was majority of the way through, although losing its touch somewhere just after the middle, it was still a read. Still a book for betterment, a book of race, poverty, love, hurt, abuse and budding friendships. It was a good first read of the author Zadie Smith and it made it to my book journal.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#bookspin& #doublespin!
Excited to get to these.
#bookspin (5) is Swing Time
#doublespin (6) Death of Vivek Oji

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Texreader
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Pickpick

Doing some catching up on reviews.

I‘ve read different descriptions of what this book is supposed to be about: dance, immigrant experiences in the UK (which is the reason I picked this book)...it dabbles in these topics & others. There‘s no plot (I wish there was): it‘s about a part of a woman‘s life from elementary school to her 30s. Not very interesting but not completely boring. Doubt I‘ll read more by Smith. #authoramonth @Soubhiville

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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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Panpan

I'm not really sure what Smith wanted me to take away from this book. There's a lack of focus, like someone threw some vague plot points at her & challenged her to write a story including dance (but not too much), a famous Australian pop star, the Gambia, and no less than 2 preachy characters.

I have zero connection or interest in our unnamed narrator. Her childhood friend was annoying but interesting and sadly her timeline was underexplored.

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Pop star Aimee has to be one of the most bland celebrities I could imagine and was 100% useless here. A few of the side characters were interesting, but mostly there to further along drama. The writing shows promise, but ultimately things felt to meandering to develop anything of note (says a regular Joe to the fancy renowned writer). 3y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3y
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Texreader
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Audiocrafting (making shaker cards) while listening to the tagged book.

Tamra So creatively fun! 3y
Texreader @Tamra Definitely. I love audiocrafting, getting to do two of the things I love the most, reading and crafting 3y
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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Here's Zadie Smith's Swing Time summing up my feelings so far about Zadie Smith's Swing Time. 🤣
At 54%, I'll finish it, but I still don't love it.

#authoramonth @Soubhiville

Mitch This was a book of two halves for me - half I loved and half I didn‘t! 3y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @Mitch Please tell me you loved the second half! 🤞 3y
Cinfhen Hahahaha!! #TRUTH 💕🙌🏻 3y
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Cinfhen Heads-Up....second half of swing time will not redeem this story 😜 3y
Soubhiville 🤣 that‘s great! 3y
Jadams1776 🤣🤣🤣 3y
Sleepswithbooks I thought it got better toward the last 3/4 of the story .... maybe...🤷🏻‍♀️ 3y
Megabooks Truth!!! 👍🏻👏🏻 3y
Apostcardlife Hahaha when I was reading the line I thought "this sounds like her review of the book" ? 3y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @Apostcardlife Hey, Zadie basically handed this to me on a silver platter. I couldn't leave it be. 🤫🤣 3y
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Texreader
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Started this audiobook tonight for #authoramonth @Soubhiville

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Jadams1776
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Mehso-so

Well, I made it through this one. I thought from the blurb that I would like it more but it just fell flat for me. I really want to like Zadie Smith‘s books, but I haven‘t found the one that speaks to me yet. #AuthorAMonth

Sleepswithbooks I‘m reading this one right now.... 3y
Jadams1776 @Sleepswithbooks I hope you enjoy it! It‘s very different from my usual reads. 3y
Sleepswithbooks It‘s a little slow going. I‘m pushing through though 🙃 3y
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Andrew65 Just finished this and feel the same. 3y
Jadams1776 @Andrew65 I want to like everything I read - it makes me sad when I go outside my comfort zone and I‘m disappointed. 3y
Andrew65 @Jadams1776 Exactly the same for me. Have tried two of her books and not really enjoyed either so time to cut my losses. 3y
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Sweettartlaura
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Pickpick

3.5 ⭐️

So... Aimee is Madonna, right? She‘s totally Madonna.

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staci.reads
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Panpan

There were sections that I found compelling and portions of the writing that I could appreciate, but, man, I just could not find it in me to care - not about the characters nor about the story. I slogged my way through to the end just wanting to get it over with. This was one of those times I wish I could make myself abandon a book. Definitely not going to be near the top of my favorite #AuthorAMonth books 😔 @Soubhiville

Daisey I recently read her book On Beauty and felt similarly. 3y
BarbaraBB I did bail on it and that felt so good 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3y
SamAnne This one didn't wow me either. Need to try another one from Zadie Smith. 3y
Andrew65 I struggled through this too. 3y
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Skygoddess1
Swing Time | Zadie Smith
Pickpick

I enjoyed this story better than I did White Teeth. I found the relationship between the characters held my attention and kept me wondering how everything would turn out. #AuthorAMonth

Andrew65 Didn‘t really enjoy this one and had lined up White Teeth, on this basis may need to think again. 3y
Skygoddess1 @Andrew65 Zadie Smith is definitely a hit or miss author for sure. She won‘t be an auto buy author for me 3y
Andrew65 Read two, not really enjoyed either so now will call a halt on her books here. 3y
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Q84
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Bailedbailed

I so tried to finish this. I read half but it is not for me.
#AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville

BarbaraBB I bailed on it too. 3y
Ladygodiva7 White Teeth by her was her pretty bad... (edited) 3y
Vansa Zadie Smith is one of the authors I find the most absolutely overrated. Her characters are absolute clichés and talk in ways no real humans would. I've tried so hard to get the hype and have now given up! 3y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Uh oh! This is the one I have to try. I'll be a sport and give it a try. 3y
Andrew65 Finished but could have bailed. (edited) 3y
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Sleepswithbooks
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Darn library sticker 😋 Starting my #authoramonth read “Swing Time.”

#ZadieSmith #Authoramonth #loverofbooks #readajourney

@Soubhiville

Cortg Ugh! I hate when library systems put the stickers on the front. Ours are mostly on the back, but they've started putting them on the front of DVD's, which is really fine by me. I feel your pain. 3y
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arlenefinnigan
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Pickpick

This is a real page turner (I stayed up far too late last night finishing it). The story opens with the narrator in hiding after being disgraced, and it's quite a journey finding out what happened, jumping back and forth between different points of her life. A great reflection on race, class, gender, and power dynamics in relationships, as well as how friendships can become toxic and go wrong.

CarolynM Great review! 3y
arlenefinnigan @CarolynM it's a great book! 3y
arlenefinnigan One thing to ponder about this: as with White Teeth, North London is almost a character in itself, and I wonder if it would have been as well received by the press/critics if it had been set in Hull or Birmingham. 3y
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Addison_Reads
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Mehso-so

#AuthorAMonth2021 @Soubhiville @BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

Although this one was a little better than the other Zadie Smith's I've read, I was still underwhelmed. She definitely has a way with words and writes well, but her stories just feel disconnected to me.

This book follows two friends both with dreams of being dancers. I enjoyed the parts when they were kids, but as adults, I thought the story took too many tangents.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3y
bthegood So - so seems to be the opinion of many on this one 😕 3y
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ValerieAndBooks
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Have I changed? Or has Zadie Smith changed? I really liked White Teeth & On Beauty but read those years ago. I pulled out of my TBR, NW & Swing Time for #authoramonth and bailed on NW almost immediately. Too stream of consciousness for me. Thought I‘d like Swing Time because of my past “dance mom” experience but am not really engaged with the characters or the slow storyline & am pretty sure I‘ll bail 😓. Any of you have this experience? 👇

ValerieAndBooks With Zadie Smith or any other author you really liked at first but then not? 3y
The_Penniless_Author Maybe John Irving, but with him there were decades of truly great novels followed by about 15-20 years of mediocre imitations of those earlier novels. I suppose he just ran out of stuff to say. But the later stuff in no way affects my opinion of him as a writer. After so many chunksters the guy deserves to coast by for a bit. 3y
Moray_Reads I've only read two Zadie Smith. At first I hated NW but by the end I thought it was fantastic. For me Swing Time was a mess, the two storylines didn't make sense together. I remember thinking it might work as two separate novels, but not one 3y
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Ruthiella Excellent question! I read and loved White Teeth when it came out. But I recently read On Beauty and found parts of it brilliant but overall just OK. I think it‘s me as a reader changing in this particular case. 3y
andrew61 Bizarrely I haven't read white teeth but have read NW which I enjoyed, swing time so so I liked the UK story but hated the pop star aspect, I read autograph man years ago and enjoyed. I think I need to read white teeth now. I definitely think tastes change as a reader. 3y
ValerieAndBooks @The_Penniless_Author funny you mention John Irving. I read Owen Meaney many years ago and loved it but was not been able to get into any of his other books, even Garp or Cider House. 3y
ValerieAndBooks @Moray_Reads yes, when I got to the second storyline I started wondering where is this going and not sure I care enough to find out. As for NW , maybe it‘s more appreciated by those more familiar with the setting? 3y
ValerieAndBooks @Ruthiella yes to changing as a reader, especially lately for me — less patience. Blame it on this pandemic?? I feel like NW and Swing Time are such departures in style than the other two I read by her. 3y
Moray_Reads @ValerieAndBooks there is a lot of London but I've only visited a few times myself 3y
ValerieAndBooks @andrew61 I‘m thinking maybe Zadie is an author that focuses on place so much, that those familiar with her neighborhoods, etc probably appreciate it more than me, an American. I don‘t know. What do you think? I did visit London briefly years ago but only the tourist must-sees and no opportunities to experience the real London. Maybe someday I can 😊 3y
andrew61 @ValerieAndBooks yes those bks of hers I have read are very good on London which may be why I wasn't so keen on swing time when it shifted place. I live in North of England but love visiting London but don't do it often enough , I hope you get chance to visit again 🙂 3y
MsMelissa I‘ve stopped reading Stephen King, Diana Gabaldon, and a few others. It‘s not so much that their writing is the issue, but rather that my tastes in what I like to read has changed. Mind you, I do plan on reading the first book of King‘s Gunslinger series to see if I like it. 3y
Liz_M I thought they post was going to be about the physical size of the books--they keep getting taller 😂 3y
ValerieAndBooks @MsMelissa I know what you mean about changing tastes. I liked SK but then stopped for many years. Now I have been occasionally reading him, mainly because my youngest likes him. I remember you saying you read some of Gabaldon but didn‘t continue. Funny thing is, I just started reading the second book (Dragonfly in Amber) 😊 3y
ValerieAndBooks @Liz_M lol 😂! The smaller ones are paperbacks. But yeah, inconsistent sizes are a pet peeve! That and changing the spine design before a series is complete!! 3y
ValerieAndBooks Note: I decided to bail on this. 3y
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TheBookHippie
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#authoramonth I started reading Zadie in 2016

Finishing up book four of my Zadie stack here, then I‘ll have read all her books!

🤍I had to start early as library holds came in.

It‘s still snowing it‘s pretty and we are staying in ❄️

Soubhiville Very pretty! 3y
TheBookHippie @Soubhiville I‘m so glad you picked this author it pushed me to finish her books 🤍 3y
Soubhiville Oh good! Actually we voted on the authors in November, so you have all of Litsy to thank 😁 3y
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Texreader
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Planning my February audiobooks. Swing Time for #authoramonth and The Mountains Sing for #foodandlit #Vietnam and #readingasia2021.

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Those are my picks, too! 😁👍 3y
Librarybelle 😁❤️👍 3y
Texreader @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I‘m telling ya, great minds... 😃 3y
Catsandbooks I'll have to look into The Mountains Sing 😊 3y
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arlenefinnigan
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Next up.

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looseleafbooks
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What‘s on your #tbr for 2021? Swing Time is high on my list!

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BarbaraBB
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Bailedbailed

I‘m calling it quits. I enjoyed Zadie Smith‘s earlier works but this book is just boring. Two not so interesting girls doing nog so interesting things in a world of music and glamour. I know that the story will move on to West Africa and that might add a lot but I can‘t be bothered any longer.

#Booked2020 #BottomOfTBR

JennyM Sometimes you just have to move on. I‘m a bit hit and miss with Zadie, and haven‘t felt drawn to this one 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3y
BarbaraBB @JennyM Me too. I liked White Teeth and On Beauty but this one didn‘t work for me at all. 3y
ephemeralwaltz I love this photo, though! 3y
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Cinfhen Love the photo too😍This book was a snooze and I did a lot of audio fast forwarding.....it wasn‘t worth the hours I spent listening/ reading 😞Bailing was a good call 3y
Megabooks Agree!! I bailed too. Not her best. 3y
SamAnne I‘m with you. Fan of her other work. This one did not do it for me either. 3y
BarbaraBB @SamAnne @Cinfhen @Megabooks I combined audio and print to check if the other forward worked better but both were equally boring and dwelling I‘m sorry to say. Can‘t believe it was nominated for the #Bookerprize. 3y
Sace I've heard this often about this book. I have White Teeth, but I still haven't read it. 🙄 3y
BarbaraBB @Sace I did like White Teeth but my favorite is 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I really struggle with Zadie. And that‘s okay with me. We should bail if it feels right! 3y
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Heideschrampf
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Pickpick

I‘m super glad I found the time to finish my #DoubleSpin for this month, cause I really enjoyed it. Aside from the very (very) multi-layered persepctives on being a black woman in a western-oriented world, I‘m afraid to say I found so many of my own flaws mirrored in our protagonist. The ending was a bit abrupt, but this was a coming-of-(adult)age-story after all, not a whole life-story. Cannot understand why this got so many bad reviews.

PandaPanda Great review. I loved this too. 3y
BarbaraBB Glad you liked it. It can‘t keep my attention somehow! 3y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3y
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BarbaraBB
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#WeeklyForecast 43/20

I am in the middle of Swing Time (which can‘t hold my attention) and just started Death in her Hands.

Malice is my #bookspin and The Dud Avocado the #NYRBBookClub choice.

If I read them all I‘ll finally have some results on my #bookspinbingo card!

britt_brooke Curious to hear what you think of the Moshfegh! 3y
BookwormM I loved Swing Time but know a lot of readers don‘t get on with it 3y
BarbaraBB @britt_brooke So far I am loving it, have you read it? 3y
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BarbaraBB @BookwormM I love the writing but the plot is a bit boring - but that might be just me! 3y
britt_brooke @BarbaraBB Yes - I loved it, too! I just love her writing. She‘s so different. 3y
Megabooks I bailed on the Smith and loved the Moshfegh! 3y
readordierachel I felt the same about Swing Time: loved the writing, didn't care so much about the plot 🤷🏽‍♀️ 3y
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TheEllieMo
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This one by #ZadieSmith has been on my radar since 2017. Too many books, too little time!!

#AugustAuthors
@OriginalCyn620
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚👍🏻 3y
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Heideschrampf
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Here‘s my #BookSpin / #DoubleSpin TBR for next month! I hope there‘ll be a #BookSpinBingo again, too. This method really helps me pick what to read next and keeps me motivated. Thanks for making it happen, @TheAromaofBooks !
1-3 are my current reads (i‘m not sure if that‘s cheating, but who cares), 4 is last months DoubleSpin that I didn‘t get round to.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Glad to have you back for another round, and yes there will be more Bingo this month!!! 3y
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Cinfhen
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Mehso-so

This was a two star so-so 😬I really wanted to like this book (my first Zaide Smith) so I stuck with it, but the payoff was weak and this story never really delivered. I get what Zaide Smith meant to do, dissecting privilege and biases but she had so many side tangents and her overwhelming amount of words....torture. Did anyone else think Aimee was a nod & wink to Madonna??! I own On Beauty, so I‘ll try it & hope for a better reading experience.

Cinfhen I combined audio & print...while narration was good, I was able to speed read and move the book along quicker in print 😉 (edited) 3y
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 3y
Cinfhen Thanks @TrishB Feels good to get this book off my TBR 3y
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BarbaraBB I did like some books by her but review of this one are always very mixed. I won‘t nominate it (see my email) 😀 3y
literacassandrature I've heard of Zaide Smith. I haven't read her yet. 3y
Cinfhen This was my first Zaide Smith @literacassandrature and I don‘t think her best work. I‘ll try her again because the writing was really good. 3y
Cinfhen Just saw the email @BarbaraBB ....you‘ve got some good suggestions and THANK YOU for all those graphics and editing💗🙌🏻 3y
Kalalalatja Yeah, she does like her words 😅 I have only read NW, beside this, but I wasn‘t a fan of that, either 3y
emilyhaldi I really enjoyed On Beauty but that‘s her only book I‘ve read 🙃 3y
SamAnne I was a bit underwhelmed by it as well, but I plan to try another of her books. 3y
quietlycuriouskate Sadly, I have to agree. It was my first of hers, too. I wondered at the time if I just didn't get into the audio for whatever reason, but I've no wish to try again in print. 3y
Cinfhen Maybe in the Fall I‘ll try On Beauty @emilyhaldi @Kalalalatja @SamAnne @kathedron I feel like Zaide Smith deserves a second chance 😂 3y
SamAnne @Cinfhen agreed. And I‘m also intrigued by her new collection of essays Intimations. 3y
Cinfhen Yes, I saw that @SamAnne and think it sounds really powerful and relevant, especially now 3y
BarbaraBB I am reading this one now and disappointed as well. On Beauty is good though and so is White Teeth! 3y
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Cinfhen
Swing Time | Zadie Smith
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I‘m starting to understand the low Litsy rating 🙄it‘s not that this book isn‘t good, I think it is BUT....geez , Zaide Smith is long-winded. She loves to preen. So MANY words!!!! And you‘re right @charl08 LOTS of storylines going on...every time I think the book is moving forward, it takes 5 GIANT steps backward🙈6 more hours to go🎧

Megabooks Lol! Yeah. I‘m a very efficient person in my everyday life. (It‘s a family joke 😂) Anyway I can rarely abide long winded authors!! 3y
Ruthiella I love stories that have lots of background usually. I think this is why I love Dickens. I‘ve not read this book but I did read and love White Teeth. 😀 3y
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Cinfhen Yup @Prairiegirl_reading it‘s becoming painful 😖 I‘m disappointed @Ruthiella hopefully it‘ll all tie up nicely 3y
TrishB I haven‘t got on with most of her books. 3y
Cinfhen I think I‘m forcing it @TrishB but at this point I have less than 3 hours to go and I‘m curious how it wraps up/ I do think I‘ll try another 3y
TrishB You have more patience than me! 3y
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Cinfhen
Swing Time | Zadie Smith
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Look at my new listening speed @squirrelbrain I‘m getting there!! Not nearly close to @Megabooks or should I call her #MegaSpeed 😊😘😂 I‘m enjoying both book & audio @Kalalalatja not sure why this has a low Litsy rating ?!? 🤔

squirrelbrain Yay! You‘re getting there! I think @Hooked_on_books listens on double-time too.... #speedfreaks 3y
Cinfhen Hehehehe @squirrelbrain GREAT HASHTAG 💕😁🎧😆 3y
Megabooks I bailed on this book years ago, tbh. And yes, my minimum listening speed is 1.7, often I listen at 2.1 or 2.2. I don‘t like Libby/overdrive/scribd as much because you can‘t go above 2. Congratulations on your speed upgrade!! And I love the hashtag #megaspeed! 😁😁😁 3y
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Megabooks @squirrelbrain I like #speedfreaks as well!! 👍🏻👍🏻 3y
Kalalalatja I think the problem for me was the writing style. I feel like Zadie Smith writes a bit pretentiously, and emotionally distant. But tbh, I can‘t really remember if I liked the book or not 🤷‍♀️ 3y
Hooked_on_books @squirrelbrain Yup, 2x for me! 😂 I do sometimes wish I could go even faster. 3y
charl08 I remember it as a good book, but there was an awful lot of stuff covered in it... 3y
Cinfhen I think #megaspeed and #SpeedFreaks are both awesome @Megabooks @squirrelbrain @Hooked_on_books but for now I‘m still #TurtleClass 😉Upgraded from #snailspeed 3y
Cinfhen I like that there‘s several story arcs @charl08 but I‘m still at the beginning of the book ( maybe 150 pages in) so we‘ll see if my interest starts to wane @Megabooks @Kalalalatja I‘m not finding it pretentious....Thank God 🙏🏻I‘ve had plenty of that last week 🙄 3y
Deblovestoread Love #speedfreaks! I now listen at 1.5. I had both of my brothers riding along with me and my Harry Potter book automatically started...they thought I was listening to someone speaking in tongues. 😂 3y
Cinfhen I‘m slowly getting there @kgordon18 / I‘m not sure I‘ll ever reach #SpeedFreaks status though 3y
marleed I think about all the years I listened to audiobooks and never thought to adjust the speed. Litsy taught me to consider speeding things up. My typical at home doing home stuff is 1.5 (1.25 if the narrator has a strong accent I‘m unaccustomed to). I‘m at 1.75 if I‘m out walking and singlely focused on the book. And 1.75 -2x if I‘m reading the book and listening simultaneously (my favorite thing to do!). 1x is now comically slow! 3y
Cinfhen Yeah, 1 is SOOOOOOOOOOOO SLOOOOOOOOWWWWW @marleed but I still can‘t get used to 1.5 or higher 🤷🏼‍♀️ 3y
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Centique
Swing Time | Zadie Smith
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Pickpick

This book gets mixed reviews but I enjoyed it. We follow an unnamed protagonist who gets pulled along in the wake of bigger personalities. As a young half caste girl in a working class suburb of London she is a shadow beside her driven academic mother, a competitor with her dancing obsessed best friend and finally a willing acolyte to her famous pop star employer. In all these situations Smith points out how class, race and/or gender become ⬇️

Centique ... a foundation for inequality, and talks about power and powerlessness with sharp observations. The story of the nameless protagonist does seem to wander aimlessly at the end - which I think made it a less fulfilling read. But there‘s so much interesting insight that it‘s well worth a read! Particularly when wealthy Aimee tries charity in a third world country - and is blind to so much but her own narrative of “goodness” 3y
Centique Images from some of the swing movies in the book. Jeni LeGon is a black dancer the girls admire and the way she is cast as a maid or a stereotypical “native” in these movies is one of the inequities Smith observes. 3y
Cathythoughts Great review & great pictures ✨ 3y
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merelybookish This wasn't my favourite book by Z Smith but I appreciated that she seemed to be pushing at the boundaries of the novel. It felt ambitious. 3y
Centique @merelybookish yes, I agree! I felt there was a lot of thinking that had gone into it, you could almost feel the wheels whirring. 3y
merelybookish @Centique My untested theory is that the novel is structured like a dance. 😉 3y
Centique @merelybookish oooooh! Now that makes a lot of sense! It would explain the fact that the structure feels oddly weighted at times. I like that theory. 3y
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Red wine, good book and woolly bed socks (crocheted by my mother 30 years ago) Also not featured - gas fire and potatoes roasting in the oven. Hub is about to brave the cold and cook large steaks on the bbq because apparently he has Neanderthal leanings and the rented cottage doesn‘t live up to his Steak Standards. 😂😂

TrishB Sounds lovely ♥️ 3y
Tanisha_A Sounds sooo good. Enjoy the most, you! ❤️ And, your husband is funny. 3y
Tanisha_A I'll look out for your thoughts on Swing Time. 3y
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CarolynM That sounds divine. Enjoy. 3y
Centique @TrishB 😘thanks Trish 💕 3y
Centique @Tanisha_A he IS funny. 😂 He doesn‘t read so he has to be good for laughs. 3y
Centique @CarolynM thank you Carolyn 😘 3y
Cathythoughts Oh how cosy &🍷&📚 I have this book too on my shelf, look forward to your thoughts. Enjoy ❤️👍🏻 3y
JennyM Bed socks all the way!!! 😂 🧦 ♥️ 3y
batsy That sounds perfect! Enjoy your time! Also socks crocheted by your mum 30 years ago 🥺❤️ 3y
SamanthaMarie Awww wow! That sounds like heaven!!!! ♡♡♡ 3y
Reggie I‘m digging the socks! 3y
Lindy Those socks! 😍 3y
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bookandbedandtea
Swing Time | Zadie Smith
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For the first time in ages I spent much of the day #audiostitching which made me very happy. 😊
This was my first Zadie Smith novel & I'm of two minds. The language is beautiful throughout but, while this starts as an exploration of identity, friendship, & power, it loses focus midway & by the end the narrator doesn't seem to have grown much. She's the least interesting person in the story. Maybe that's the point but it's frustrating.

Texreader Beautiful 3y
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MinnieTimperley
Swing Time | Zadie Smith
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This has become my favourite of Zadie Smith's novels. She hooks you from the first page and transports you to different time periods concurrently, following her nameless protagonist. Never confusing, this allows Smith to contrast and compare the experiences of her characters. Race, class, privilege, power, fame are a few of the many themes brought under the spotlight but with skill and subtlety that make the moral messages all the more powerful.

Cortg I‘ve been wanting to read this for a while now! I really need to pick it up! 3y
BookwormM I loved this one although a lot of readers seem to hate it 3y
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MinnieTimperley
Swing Time | Zadie Smith
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#popsugarreadingchallenge2020: A book with only words on the cover, no images or graphics

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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
Swing Time | Zadie Smith
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Pickpick

Another book that was saved from forever languishing on my TBR through the magic of Overdrive. I love Zadie Smith, I loved this, even when one or two elements didn't work so well for me. She covers so much so well. Her characters are honest and flawed and real. ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2

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ladygrey
Swing Time | Zadie Smith
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First read of 2020!

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