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What I’m Reading: Autumn

Welcome to What I’m Reading Valentine’s Day edition! You might be thinking “The book was called Autumn but it’s February” and well get to that!

Over break I went into Boston and while I was on Newbury Street I stopped by Trident Books. It’s right next to Pure Barre and I don’t know how I never stopped there before!

They have this cute bookshelf at the front of the store called Blind Date with a Book! Ta-da! So I’m writing today to tell you all about my blind date. How this works is that all of the books on this shelf are covered in paper bags and have pictures drawn on them so you have no idea what’s underneath.

The shelf was filled with so many books and I was so torn on what to pick until I saw this:

If you haven’t picked up on it yet I’m a huge fall fan so this was just calling my name!

I took the commuter rail in to the city and on the way home I finished the book I was reading at the time and so I was left with a decision: open the book now and risk tearing the paper or wait until I could show my mom (she’s also a huge fan of Trident Books). Still having 30 minutes left on the train I opened the book. Very. Carefully.

The cover was absolutely stunning. I fell in love with the book almost immediately.

So now onto the real deal…

Autumn by Ali Smith is the first in a series of 4 seasonal novels. Summer has not been released yet which is fitting as it seems summer is years away at this point.

At first glance, I had no idea what I had gotten myself into. Smith’s writing can be overwhelming until you get used to it. She alternates between the story and another narrative that took me awhile to pick up but I’m so glad I did.

If you like linear plots, this is one you should put aside (unless you want to challenge yourself and expand your bookshelf of course). Smith switches between past, present, and everything in between. This book covered everything from intergenerational friendships, a pop-artist, feminism, and Brexit.

The wise people of Goodreads have put my feelings into words and I will share that with you know: I’m not exactly sure what I’ve read. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed what I read, I’m just not exactly sure I picked up on all of the references she included. I think Smith is a brilliant writer and I will definitely be picking up the other two, and eventually a third, but I don’t think there’s anyway I could have possibly picked up all of the things Smith addressed.

While I was able to understand the relationship between Elizabeth and Mr. Gluck, and I fell in love with it, the Pauline Body part was just too much for me. If there had been less Body I think I would have enjoyed it more but it tied together Elisabeth’s childhood to finding her thesis. It’s just that it kept going on and on and on.

That being said, I am very excited to pick up the next few books in her series. Something I find extremely interesting about this series is that it’s called a “series quartet” in that they’re stand-alone books that relate to each other as seasons do.

Let me know what you’re reading in the comments!

xox,

Marissa

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What I’m Reading: Hope Never Dies

I found this book in Bunch of Grapes in Vineyard Haven and the “An Obama Biden Mystery” that pulled me to pick it up. Once I picked it up I was hooked. I needed to know what happens. It was just published in July of this year and I think it’s bound to be a hit. In an NPR interview with Shaffer, the author, he says he’s working on a sequel that takes place in Chicago, I’ll be counting down the days. Personally, I’m hoping for a movie with Obama and Biden playing themselves in 2020. I couldn’t imagine a better way to spend the election year.

This book actually had me laughing out loud. It doesn’t matter if you’re an elephant, a donkey, or something in between you’ll either be laughing at the BROTUS (Bromance of the U.S.) or at how he appears like he doesn’t know what’s happening. The Bidenisms in this book are endless and I think I spoiled all of the funny parts for my mom when I kept sharing every line that was eve the slightest bit funny.

The story starts with regular Joe, “Amtrak Joe”, in his house following the 2016 election. He’s been living low-key since he left the office while Obama is having the adventure of a lifetime partying with the most high profile celebrities. A death brings Obama to Wilmington and then the two find themselves as the next Sherlock and Watson.

This is a thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat while taking you through the bad parts of Wilmington. It is full of bromance, motorcycle gangs, and even the Presidential Medal of Freedom. What more could you ask for?

If you’re looking for a light hearted murder mystery go pick up Hope Never Dies, you won’t regret it!

Up next on my reading list: Crazy Rich Asians

xox,

Marissa