Review: Artful – Ali Smith

artful-by-ali-smithI love Ali Smith, she is one of my favourite authors and this book has been one I’ve debated reading or not reading because I didn’t really know what it was.

It’s fiction. But it’s also essays. It’s a hybrid that you can’t quite distinguish between what’s real and what isn’t. It doesn’t really have any one genre, it is just a mix of literary criticism, essay and fiction. But the line is fine between what is essay/lecture and what is fiction as it’s just so beautifully interwoven. Once you get over the initial confusion it is just such a pleasure to read. It is by no means easy to get over that initial feeling and it does often require a sentence (or entire passage) to be read twice.

I’ve never read the essay form before and I thought maybe this would be a good introduction to it as it’s a more gentle dip rather than a full on plunge in to the waters of the essay! I’m so glad I finally read this. There are some bits, particularly where she’s talking about trees and it was just something I had to read two or three times because it was beautiful. I think actually there were several botany interludes and it was just so seamlessly integrated, it had such poignant relevance and this book, this book.

This is definitely not the place to start with Ali Smith – the prose is beautiful (possibly some of her best) but it’s just very difficult if you’re not familiar with her general style. Ultimately though is amazing – 4/5.

Tag: The TBR Tag

I found this tag via the absolutely lovely Lydia. It was actually my inspiration to try and do a blog tag so woo!

This tag does what it says on the tin – it’s basically evaluating my TBR. Genuinely, I’ve kept my head in the sand for far too long about the enormity of my TBR so this has been a bit of an eye opener & mighty also fun!

  1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile?
  2. Is your TBR mostly print or eBook?
  3. How do you determine which book to read next from your TBR?
  4. A book that’s been on your TBR the longest?
  5. A book you recently added to your TBR?
  6. A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover?
  7. A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading?
  8. An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for?
  9. A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read but you?
  10. A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?
  11. A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read?
  12. How many books are on your Goodreads TBR?

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