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Autumn | Ali Smith
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ThatNewBookSmell
Autumn | Ali Smith
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Pickpick

Wow. This was mesmerising. Flashes of memory, inspiration, love mixed with themes of Brexit, inequality, and impotent rage at the world. All presented in this dream like haze. Totally blew me away. My first one by Ali Smith. It won‘t be my last.

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Mel01
Autumn | Ali Smith
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It‘s an autumn Sunday morning here. So what else is there to do but begin this book and snuggle with my cat listening to the rain. 🍂 ☔️

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fleeting
Autumn | Ali Smith

I wanna try Ali Smith's seasonal series of books but wondering if I'll enjoy it and will be able to relate to it. Also Rachel Cusk's series. I'm looking for something like Ferrante's tetralogy. I loved all of Ferrante's works. Any suggestions? 😊👯‍♀️👀

Megabooks I liked Autumn, but haven‘t read Winter yet. I found Cusk to be very cerebral and slow. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
fleeting @Megabooks thank you! I think I'll try Smith first, then. :) 2mo
Centique I can‘t think of anything very like Ferrante - but in terms of a series of books about growing up female, poor and overcoming, have you read Maya Angelou‘s autobiographies? They start with 2mo
fleeting @Centique I haven't read her, but it's about time! Thanks for the recommendation! ❣ 2mo
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Tonton
Autumn | Ali Smith
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I‘ve come late to Ali Smith, but will make up for it. Brilliant story of 32 year old Elisabeth and 101 year old Daniel, and their friendship, which began when she was a child. Arty-art, the importance thereof; mortality, despair, humanity, fearlessness in the face of political and bureaucratic falseness, love, and change so elegantly put together in a non-linear way. It‘s lovely, offering a glimpse of hope in a world gone crazy the past few years.

Graywacke I‘m late to her too, now ready to read anything she wrote. I read this in January. 2mo
sarahbarnes Great review. Love her and this book. 2mo
CarolynM Great review. I loved this one, and Winter. Looking forward to getting to Spring soon. 2mo
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Emilymdxn
Autumn | Ali Smith
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#frideas @SailorMoon

1. I genuinely love all of them but spring and autumn probably

2. Yellow roses, they were the first flowers my bf ever bought me

3. I already tagged this with my favourite season cause i wasn‘t paying attention sorry 😐

4. Yeah my hay fever is so bad but I try really hard not to let it keep me indoors

5. 💚💚💚💚💚 will do

SailorMoon Thanks for playing!!! 💕🤟🏻🌙 hope you'll be doing well this Spring 😉 3mo
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Emilymdxn
Autumn | Ali Smith
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I was sceptical about whether I could enjoy a book which involved brexit this much but I was pleasantly surprised! My favourite Ali Smith for definite. It was so sensitive and human, it didn‘t trivialise politics but it didn‘t feel like it was trying to be journalism rather than a novel (one of my biggest pet peeves). I can‘t wait to read Winter ( @Naj thank you for recommending!)

Naj Yayyy! So glad you liked it. It was my first Ali Smith and I hadn't read anything like this before. Your review is bang on; she manages to humanize politics which makes all the difference between a novel and a news report. I also liked the subtle humour - the passport office scenes were so funny. Hope you love Winter as well. 3mo
CarolynM Great review. I loved the book too. Politics can have such a big impact on the mood in people and place. I think this is what she captures so well both in this one and in Winter. 3mo
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Emilymdxn
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Starting this one today, I‘ve been hearing great things for so long!

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Graywacke
Autumn | Ali Smith
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Ali Smith is a new favorite author. Spent my sick day afternoon reading her take on Pauline Boty, immigration paranoia and Brexit, a bunch of fun and curious literary references, and a whole lot more. She is effortlessly clever and actually a quick sharp easy read.

kylienoele Wow! Our dogs look so similar!!! 4mo
Graywacke @kylienoele I found a picture of your pup and she is elegant and beautiful. Pepper got the German Shepherd anxiety 🙄 and few other features. We did genetic test on her once and results were entertaining and uselessly vague, but she might have some greyhound 🤷🏻‍♂️ 4mo
CarolynM Great review. You've summed up my feelings better than I managed. Winter is pretty terrific too. 4mo
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Graywacke @CarolynM Thanks! Definitely want to read Winter (and then Spring). 4mo
kylienoele Daisy has the nervousness as well! She‘s a German Shepard/ rat terrier mix, I actually got to see the parents! They just look so similar! 😂 4mo
Graywacke @kylienoele rat terrier and German ... 😮 Peps mom was a rescue and looked like a corgi/husky mix and my wife wanted a corgi. The puppy came out a little different. 😁 Our neighbors call her our corgi 🤣🤣 (while she‘s frantically barking at them, of course ) 4mo
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Graywacke
Autumn | Ali Smith
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Medicine for my flu-thing

Reviewsbylola Feel better! 5mo
BarbaraBB A good medicine I think 💕 5mo
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Graywacke @BarbaraBB it‘s fun, perfect. (Especially after the ancient philosophy 😬) 5mo
DivineDiana Feel better! I have this book waiting on the TBR. 5mo
Graywacke @DivineDiana thanks. I do! Then I don‘t again...it‘s getting old. 😐 The book is great, really liking Ali Smith. 5mo
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cariashley
Autumn | Ali Smith
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At the end of every year I move all the books I acquired but didn‘t read from the past year (excluding subscription books) from one specific shelf to my main TBR shelves. I call it the ”annual shuffling of the books” (and my husband calls me crazy!). The pile is so much bigger than usual this year... I‘m gonna need more wine 😳

SheReadsAndWrites I love this idea!! 6mo
cariashley @SheReadsAndWrites it‘s actually a great visual way to see progress on your original TBR stack from the start of the year! 6mo
SheReadsAndWrites I really want to get more organized with my books in 2019. I buy them faster than I can read them ? and I want to slow down...read...not "forget" any. 6mo
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BookishTrish I do this every Sunday 6mo
Zelma That is such a great idea. And I love the whole “moving of the books” tradition. 6mo
LiteraryinLititz Cool! After you read a book, do you reshelve it in a different place? 6mo
cariashley @Zelma I weirdly look forward to it and start itching to move them in early December. Only reason I let myself do it early is I‘m going away for New Years! 6mo
cariashley @LiteraryinLititz oh yes, my “read” bookshelves are in a totally separate location 😆 6mo
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EmilyM
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This book definitely had good parts--mainly the relationship between Daniel and Elisabeth. It also was confusing in some of its abstraction, which frustrated me. I am an English major and English teacher, so I typically "get" the abstract, but I felt like this was over my head in parts. Not sure if it is because there was a lot that was exclusive to a time period and history I am not familiar with. But, I enjoyed it enough that I will read Winter.

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Libby1
Autumn | Ali Smith
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My boy looking autumnal.

A strange, mesmerising, meaningful book. I was charmed by it.

Thanks again, @Moray_Reads . 🧡

Moray_Reads I am always happy to pass on the joy that is Ali Smith. I'm glad you enjoyed it 7mo
Libby1 @Moray_Reads - my first Ali Smith won‘t be my last. I hope you‘re well. 🍁 7mo
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Pamwurtzler
Autumn | Ali Smith
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Pickpick

Not a super successful photo, but that‘s what I get at 75 mph on the highway. I can‘t decide about this book- a lot of it was SO good, and then a lot of it was just so abstract. I‘m sure I missed most of it. #booked2018 #MCover70

Cinfhen Sometimes a book is wayyyy over my head too! But I‘m just glad I can enjoy bits of it😜 7mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Autumn | Ali Smith
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#FinallyFall
BUT is it where you live?! Our weather is all over the place!!! It‘s raining so I couldn‘t take a picture outside 🍂🍁😩

Happy Thursday everyone!!

#Fallintoreading

Lexeegee Oklahoma had about a week of autumn. Now it‘s raining and dreary. 🍂 ☔️ 7mo
Andrew65 I see a couple of Fredrik Backman books trying to arm their way into this picture! Autumn here but like a Spring day. However the remnants of a hurricane heading our way on Friday night and Saturday. 7mo
CarolynM It's spring where I live🙂 Great book for any season in our current world. 7mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Andrew65 I have to read them!!! So little time!! Be safe!! 💗 7mo
vkois88 It was really warm yesterday, today seems to be chillier but I haven't actually been out myself... today's the worst I've felt so far and my sister has the car, so we are lounging around for the most part 7mo
mrp27 Still warm in Southern California. 🙄 I miss the 4 seasons. 7mo
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Libby1
Autumn | Ali Smith
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“The ideal woman, a kind of faithful slave, who administers without a word of complaint and certainly no payment, who speaks only when spoken to and is a jolly good chap. But a revolution is on the way, all over the country young girls are starting and shaking and if they terrify you they mean to...”

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Libby1
Autumn | Ali Smith
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“Then the other person in the dialogue said, ‘well, you would say that. Get over it. Grow up. Your time‘s over. Democracy. You lost.‘

It is like democracy is a bottle someone can threaten to smash and do a bit of damage with. It has become a time of people saying stuff to each other and none of it actually becoming dialogue.

It is the end of dialogue.”

Thanks so much for this book, @Moray_Reads . ❤️

Moray_Reads It's fantastic but man, it's tough to read sometimes 💔 8mo
Libby1 @Moray_Reads - it is one that I will definitely read again. It is so rich in thought and meaning. I‘d heard good things about Ali Smith. Thank you for putting her work in my hands 7mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Autumn | Ali Smith
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#Autumnal #31bookpics
🍂🍁 🧡

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bedandabook
Autumn | Ali Smith
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Ali Smith on October 💕

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saresmoore
Autumn | Ali Smith
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Gratuitous picture of my kiddos looking all cute and autumnal with their freshly carved jack-o-lanterns.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa 💙 They are so precious! 8mo
britt_brooke Cuties! Love the pumpkins, too. 🎃 8mo
emilyhaldi Fun!! 🍁🎃 8mo
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AmyG Your girls are beautiful. 8mo
swishandflick Such cuties!!! 8mo
Bookzombie So cute! 🎃🎃 8mo
Tamra Sweet! 8mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage So stinking cute!! 🍁🍂🎃🎃 8mo
CouronneDhiver Awww - that‘s frame worthy. Great photo! 8mo
Eggs Adorable! They're keepers💖❣️❤️ 🎃🎃 8mo
Chrissyreadit Love your picture! The girls are adorable! 🧡🧡🧡 8mo
Joanielovesbooks 🎃💗🍁 8mo
Texreader Adorable! And so are the girls!! 8mo
RadicalReader @saresmoore better pumpkin carving than I could ever do it is remarkable how talented children are 8mo
Suet624 Sara, those girls are just too much. I love them so much. 8mo
erzascarletbookgasm Beautiful girls and lovely pic! 🧡💛🍂🍁 8mo
BarbaraBB Lovely. The left one looks just like you, I think 😉😘 8mo
LeahBergen Nope. I can‘t even. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 8mo
Branwen Sooooo cute! 💕🎃 8mo
Cinfhen My fairies are growing up 🧡💛🧡💛🧡💛🧡gorgeous photo 8mo
Kalalalatja What a great photo! 8mo
Cathythoughts Gorgeous girls 💕💕💕 8mo
batsy Precious cuties! 🧡🧡 The autumnal vibe of this photo is so calming. 8mo
saresmoore @BarbaraBB She does! We went to the library yesterday and she decided she wanted to dress as my twin, so she put on a black top and jeans (mom uniform) and even wore a similar necklace to mine. The librarian noticed we were matching, but then pointed out that he, too, was wearing dark jeans and a black shirt! Lucy was so embarrassed. 😅 8mo
BarbaraBB Haha, That‘s so funny. And embarrasing of course 😀💕 8mo
RealLifeReading What a great photo! 8mo
Moray_Reads @saresmoore more than just a uniform for mothers, clearly! 😂 8mo
tracey38 What a great picture. Your girls are beautiful. Love the whole autumnal atmosphere. 8mo
Christine 🧡🖤🧡 8mo
rubyslippersreads I 🧡🧡🧡 everything about this picture. 🎃 8mo
AlaMich That photo is awesome!! They‘re adorable!! 8mo
DivineDiana Frame worthy! I can feel the love! 🧡 8mo
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Pamwurtzler
Autumn | Ali Smith
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I think this is my line-up for the final season of #booked2018! Thanks to the Goodreads group for the suggestions.

BarbaraTheBibliophage Good stuff!! 8mo
Cinfhen Yay❣️❣️❣️and so happy the GoodReads group helped 😻😻😻 8mo
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bedandabook
Autumn | Ali Smith
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Today has been the perfect day, snuggled up reading with tea and a hot water bottle with the excuse of a cold. This book has sat patiently on my TBR since it was published, but I am determined to read it this autumn. I may be juggling three books already, but I‘m finally starting!

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Moray_Reads
Autumn | Ali Smith
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1. My bed or the armchair in the living room
2. I love reading snacks but tea is my essential
3. I'm not really a "warm and fuzzy" reader but Middle-earth is my fictional special place when I need a retreat, so Tolkien? Or Terry Pratchett.
4. Anyone else who is running late for #tuesdaytidbits! @JenlovesJT47

JenlovesJT47 🧡🧡🧡 8mo
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JillR
Autumn | Ali Smith
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Bailedbailed

I just can‘t do this one; my brain is frazzled this past couple of weeks and this isn‘t helping. I feel like there‘s a story in here I want to read - I loved the chapters about the Post Office and GP receptionist - but I can‘t do the writing style right now so I‘m moving on.

emtobiasz I love Ali Smith but her writing style definitely demands full attention. My brain definitely couldn‘t handle that all the time! 8mo
JillR @emtobiasz 🤯 = this is me 8mo
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JillR I love that hashtag @cinfhen - hate bailing but am trying to embrace it haha! 8mo
Cinfhen Sometimes letting go is the best thing to do.....😘 8mo
Cathythoughts I read this for Bookclub... but I was not a fan. I would have bailed , only for the Bookclub... 8mo
JillR @cathythoughts I enjoyed the Elisabeth based chapters but just couldn‘t do the David/David-Elisabeth ones. It‘s short at least, so I nearly pressed on, but then, life‘s short too! 🤷‍♀️ 8mo
Cathythoughts I‘m back in Thomas Cromwell land again ( 😳) ... reading Dissolution by Sansom. It‘s really really good murder mystery. (edited) 8mo
JillR @cathythoughts I‘ve got a feeling I might have tried that one some time ago but didn‘t finish...I have no recollection why. Maybe I need to do a Wolf Hall and try again! 8mo
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JillR
Autumn | Ali Smith
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Confessions: yes I‘ve had this a while but was saving it until Autumn properly hit, or at the very least I could get an autumn-y photo 🙈, and I‘ve never read this author before because she‘s one of the #authorsimscaredof. Anyway, this was a gift from my husband and I don‘t want him to stop buying me because because I don‘t read them, so I‘m diving in..!

emilyhaldi Oooohh I love Ali Smith and this book!!! Hope you like it 🤗 9mo
susanw This was my first of her books and I now want to read everything she wrote. Enjoy! 9mo
JillR @SusanW good news, hope I feel the same! @emilyhaldi I‘ve loved everything you‘ve given a 👍 to recently so hope it‘s the same here too! I‘m finding it a bit odd, but not in a bad way, so far... 9mo
emilyhaldi @JillR agreed, we have very similar taste in books I think!!! Ali smith is definitely a particular taste - very focused on nuance and stream-of-consciousness, not so much plot. I love her style but it‘s def not for everyone!! Excited to see what you think 😊 9mo
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Azar
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Well. While we're here,let's just always hold out hope for the person who says it.

Says what, Mr Gluck? Elisabeth said

Sure you want war? Daniel said
#autumn

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scripturient
Autumn | Ali Smith
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Autumn is coming. ❤️😍🍁🎃🧣

tracey38 🧡💛🍂🍁💛🧡 9mo
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hermyknee
Autumn | Ali Smith
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#hellothursday (almost Friday!)

1. Fall, usually
2. Oooh - Apple cider, I think.
3. Both set off my allergies, but I‘ll go with hayride!
4. I‘ve never lived somewhere where that‘s a possibility 😞
5. Sure! I‘m not a huge fan of the pumpkin spice latte, but I do enjoy a good pumpkin cream cheese muffin on occasion 😊

Fun questionnaire @wanderinglynn !

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 🍎🍁🌻 9mo
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Cathythoughts
Autumn | Ali Smith
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#septemberDanes #DejaVu I wasn‘t a fan of this book .. but I do love our present season of Autumn 🍂.. it brings up strong personal deja vu for me ❤️💔. Is it just me ? Or do people have a season that is particularly deja vu for them .. maybe a crazy question 🤷🏻‍♀️

TrishB Not a fan of the book either! I know what you mean about Autumn though..... 9mo
Cinfhen I tried this one but it wasn‘t for me either...and I totally get what u mean about seasonal #dejaVous 😉 9mo
Kalalalatja I think the book was okay, but I wasn‘t blown away 🤷‍♀️ and I love Autumn! 9mo
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TheWintergarden Yes there's an emotional shift with the dawn of every new season.🌝 9mo
Cathythoughts @cinfhen yes ! ThNkyou 😘 9mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB there really is something about it 👍🏻. And wait till the first fire gets lit ... I can‘t wait 😊 9mo
Cathythoughts @Kalalalatja Autumn 🍂❤️ 9mo
Cathythoughts @TheWintergarden beautifully put 💫💫💫 9mo
KateFulfordAuthor @Cathythoughts My favourite season too 9mo
Cathythoughts @KateFulfordAuthor yes 💫there‘s just something about it. 9mo
saresmoore Yes! For me, it‘s early spring. I think it has to do with the way the sun shines. 9mo
youneverarrived Autumn feels like that for me too. Something about that time of year 🍂🍁 9mo
Cathythoughts @saresmoore all the seasons are so lovely... my mother loved Spring too ❤️ 9mo
Cathythoughts @youneverarrived I‘m an Autumn lover as well 🍂 9mo
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dpbedford1
Autumn | Ali Smith
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Panpan

Disjointed and lacking purpose but occasionally liberating and ethereal. Underlying themes of Brexit, and divisions created through modern migration. The story of a girl becoming a young woman while trying to break down society‘s constraints. A friendship with a free-spirited old man. Some beautiful passages painting pictures but some that you gain as much from as staring at a collage. Arty escapism with a touch of pessimistic social commentary.

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scripturient
Autumn | Ali Smith
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It‘s started to feel very autumny in my neck of the woods. Will be sending out my #fallingforfallswap package as well as my #Litsyaroundtheworld and #screamsbymail parcels this week. :)

julesG It's strange how it went from scorching to cold within such a short time. 10mo
AmyG At night it‘s freezing here. I am very excited for my first Colorado fall. 10mo
Heideschrampf Oh my, still sitting on my #litsyaroundtheworld too! It just needs some goodies for the notebook. Oops 10mo
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Heideschrampf
Autumn | Ali Smith
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I got introduced to the works of Muriel Spark today by Ali Smith. After the lecture I went to have my edition of Autumn signed and asked her which Spark novel she‘d recommend to start with, she asked me what my all time favorite book was (pfff...) and recommendet to start with the first one. Then she gave me the printed lecture as a present!!! What a lovely, intelligent and kind woman. We‘re best friends now 😍😉

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Yossarian
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I loved this book! But I‘m pretty sure I missed half of what was going on.

In a novel without spoilers, since not much actually happened — what happened to Daniel‘s sister? What was the double level barbed wire fence? Was anyone ever a Nazi? Why was Christine Keeler on trial in Daniel‘s dream? Anything else I missed?

josie281 It was the most beautiful book with minimal action 10mo
Clare_Riley @Yossarian I loved this book, and it started my Ali Smith obsession. I think I need to read it again.... 10mo
dpbedford1 The double electric fence was a refugee detention center. Immigration, Brexit, and this unfortunate modern situation we find ourselves in was a main theme to the book. 9mo
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CarolynM
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Pickpick

I just loved this book. There may not be much of a plot, but there is so much humanity and wisdom in it. And it made me think. I loved the way the author folded the historical events and people into her fiction. I've not read Ali Smith before, but I think I'll be reading more of her work in the future.

JennyM I adored this book, too. The post office scene was hilarious and very true to life. Xx 10mo
CarolynM @JennyM Yes! I have dreams like that when I'm feeling stressed😫😂 10mo
emilyhaldi This is the book that first got me hooked on Ali Smith. ❤️ 10mo
Cinfhen I‘ve tried several of her books but I‘ve never gotten passed the first chapter. 🤷‍♀️ 10mo
Cathythoughts Thsts great you loved it ! so interesting too , our Bookclub was split on this one. I wasn‘t a fan ... I love a good old fashioned story. I wouldn‘t be inclined to read any more of her books 10mo
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CarolynM
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Me too

thegreensofa Omgoodness I guess she‘s tired then! 😁☝️ 10mo
BarbaraBB Great quote. Sad and true. 10mo
laurenbescoby I cried when I read that bit as it is exactly how I feel. 10mo
batsy I feel that. 10mo
Amiable Yes, yes, and so much yes 10mo
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DivineDiana
Autumn | Ali Smith
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Happy to find a “like new” copy of this book at the Library Book Store! Saving it for Fall!

readordierachel Score! 10mo
anwade88 Beautiful cover! 10mo
Tanisha_A Enjoy! 10mo
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DivineDiana @anwade88 I agree! ❤️ 10mo
DivineDiana @Tanisha_A Thank you! ❤️ 10mo
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CarolynM
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#AugustIsATrip #TBRStack
#AustenInAugust #TBR

This is the plan, anyway. I'm sure to get distracted as usual🙂

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great looking stack!!! 🙌🏻📚💕 10mo
Cathythoughts Looks interesting.. will look forward to your thoughts on Autumn. And I see Louise Penny is going on hollidays too. ( on my list ) 10mo
Cathythoughts Sorry, it‘s your TBR ! I thought it was your holliday stack. 10mo
CarolynM @Cathythoughts I'm going to need to keep the holiday stack to a minimum! 10mo
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TheBookstorePodcast
Autumn | Ali Smith
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$6 spent at my local library‘s book sale. I think Ali Smith‘s Autumn is the best find. The last day of the sale is $3 for whatever you can fit in a box/bag. I am tempted to go back then to see if I missed anything good. -Becca

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Hooked_on_books
Autumn | Ali Smith
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Pickpick

While a definite pick, I‘m struggling with what to say about this book. It is largely an exploration of character and society in the Brexit era, revealing similar divisions as are present in the US and in much of the (white) world. It was at times a bit too abstract for me, then there would be such a beautiful passage I would be floored. I‘ve never read Smith before, but I‘ll definitely be reading her again.

#dogsofLitsy #Gunther

Elle_Skeldon Oh my goodness that face!! 😘😘😘 🐶 ❤️ 11mo
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Cathythoughts
Autumn | Ali Smith
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Rated highest 9 & lowest 5 by my bookclub. Very divided. I really wanted to like it , but I love a good story with a plot & well developed characters. Autumn was fine , but I wouldn‘t rave about it. Some members felt Brexit was a convenient backdrop , maybe a gimmick to sell the book. The whole collage effect , like the artist Boty was good if that‘s the style book you like. The mother came out as the most likable character for some in BClub 👇🏻

Cathythoughts 👇🏻For a spirited BClub discussion it was a great choice. Some will read Winter.. some won‘t. I wasn‘t a great fan of this book , but I‘m really glad I read it. 12mo
TrishB Great summary 👍🏻 pretty much what I thought. Some of the writing was beautiful but I didn‘t feel fulfilled by the story. I did read Winter too. 12mo
arlenefinnigan I really liked it but I agree about the Brexit theme feeling a bit gimmicky. Especially the line "it was the worst of times, it was the worst of times" - really? Worse than 1918 when everyone was dying either in trenches or from Spanish flu? 12mo
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JillR I was bought this as a gift and it‘s languished on my tbr ever since as I‘m not sure I fancy it... At least it‘s short though, if I decide to give it a go (Wolf Hall flashbacks 😆) 12mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB thanks ! & yes, that‘s it , the story was wanting. Spirits were very high about it all last night ! @arlenefinnigan v good point ! & just felt too There was a lot of “ clever writing “ 🤷🏻‍♀️ @JillR oh no it‘s way shorter! Don‘t mention the war , Wolf Hall is still on my back burner , it came up at Bookclub, I can‘t remember why. ( to haunt me I‘d say) I have the guilt over that book ! I‘ll have to go back someday 🙄 (edited) 12mo
CarolynM I'm still hoping to get to Autumn sometime soon. If Wolf Hall wasn't doing it for you just let it go - it's really not worth feeling guilty over a book🙂 12mo
Cathythoughts @CarolynM thanks! That‘s always good to hear. I‘m usually a good bailer , 🤷🏻‍♀️. I‘ll be interested to see what you think of Autumn when you get there. 11mo
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Cathythoughts
Autumn | Ali Smith
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I‘m having a quick( v quick ) reread of Autumn for Bookclub . Just so I‘ll be on top of it for next Friday. That‘s my reading for tonight. My husband says : oh your a swat. ( he is joking , but I kind of like it ) ! I‘m the opposite of a swat ! But , I would take that as a compliment! ( if I was one ) . But I do like to have a fair idea of the book. Makes for a good conversation.... I wouldn‘t mind becoming a swat in my old age !! Why not !!

TrishB Carry on being a swat 👍🏻 12mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB I‘m only starting, it‘s a new departure... but thanks for the encouragement... not one I would have imagined 12mo
LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻 12mo
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Ms_T I believe being called a swat is the highest of compliments 😘 12mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen 😉😉😉 12mo
Cathythoughts @Ms_T 😘😘😘 12mo
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thebluestocking
Autumn | Ali Smith
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#bookoutlethaul

Top four are for me. The bottom ones are all on the #battleofthebooks list next year.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Autumn | Ali Smith
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vkois88 Me too! Lol 12mo
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Cathythoughts
Autumn | Ali Smith
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Next up for me is Autumn 🍂, Ali Smith. This is our IRL Bookclub book .. so I want to get it started. 🧡

TrishB I‘ll be very interested in your review 😁 12mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB I‘m interested to see what this book is like.... 🤞🏻 12mo
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shaynarae
Autumn | Ali Smith
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Are there actually words for how wonderful and brilliant Ali Smith is? I had held off on reading this because, despite getting great reviews, a story about a woman befriending her elderly neighbor and Brexit just weren‘t appealing. But what a fool I was to think for a second that Ali Smith wouldn‘t write something absolutely incredible. She‘s currently my favorite author. #readingandwine

Cathythoughts Oh that‘s great news ! Must read this soon for bookclub! Great review, so glad you liked it. 12mo
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shaynarae
Autumn | Ali Smith
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Starting my June reading with Autumn 🤔 But oh how I love Ali Smith!
#nerdalert: scoping out subject headings on ebooks because that‘s ❤️

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KOTK
Autumn | Ali Smith
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A litsy recommendation made me get this and so glad I did. Beautiful 3 dimensional characters with ambiguity throughout wondering where is this going (not in a bad way). Am going to read more by author now as this was like how an Anne Tyler book makes me feel and that is never a bad thing.

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shelf-devoted
Autumn | Ali Smith
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So excited by today‘s secondhand haul from the community book shed ❤️

Reviewsbylola I want to read Autumn! Great finds. 13mo
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jenniferheidi
Autumn | Ali Smith
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This book started the way all Ali Smith books start for me: in an infuriatingly slippery, ambiguous way, so that I couldn‘t quite work out what was going on and became frustrated that either I wasn‘t getting it or Smith was being obscure for the sake of it. Then, as always, I got sucked in and loved it, felt moved and inspired by it. I think she‘s just a magical writer.