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Hotel World
Hotel World | Ali Smith
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Woooooooo-hooooooo.Five people: four are living; three are strangers; two are sisters; one, a teenage hotel chambermaid, has fallen to her death in a dumbwaiter. But her spirit lingers in the world, straining to recall things she never knew. And one night all five women find themselves in the smooth plush environs of the Global Hotel, where the intersection of their very different fates make for this playful, defiant, and richly inventive novel. Forget room service: this is a riotous elegy, a deadpan celebration of colliding worlds, and a spirited defense of love. Blending incisive wit with surprising compassion, Hotel World is a wonderfully invigorating, life-affirming book.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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AnneCecilie
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We meet Sara, Elsbeth, Lisa and Penny. Four women with nothing in common except Hotel Global, and a tragic incident that happened there. A talented swimmer, a receptionist, a beggar and a journalist. Together they show different aspects of the modern urban life.

Buechersuechtling Oh, your description of the book sounds so lovely that I‘d like to read it. 🙂 1mo
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AnneCecilie
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Next up.

Cathythoughts Sounds good ... look forward to your thoughts 1mo
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blondie
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This book sounds super interesting since I work at a hotel!
I don't even know what it's about, but count me in.

BookMaven407 You would probably like this book, if you haven't read it yet. 2y
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MicheleinPhilly
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I mean...

LeahBergen Sigh... 2y
DivineDiana Perfect! ❤️ 2y
EvieBee Wow. Swoon. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️ 2y
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Moray_Reads
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Is there anyone who can write #bittersweet to match Ali Smith and Virginia Woolf? #quotsynov17

emilyhaldi I love this quote from Ali Smith ❤️ 2y
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emilyhaldi
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BarbaraBB Great quote! 2y
Reviewsbylola I️ May have to borrow this if you like I️t. 2y
Reviewsbylola Maybe we should all wrap up some of our books that we have read and do an exchange. 2y
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emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola I love that idea! Maybe a little family Thanksgiving swap?? (edited) 2y
Cinfhen Can't believe you haven't done that yet?!? #HappyBooksGiving 2y
emilyhaldi @Cinfhen I mean, it's a no brainer!! (edited) 2y
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emilyhaldi
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I leave for New Orleans tomorrow to celebrate my 10 year college reunion!🍹🎷📿 And I‘m only bringing #ONE book ... this is a trip where I can say confidently that I don‘t think much reading will be done! 💃🏻

#Novemberbythenumbers

saresmoore Awesome! I‘m coming up on the ten year mark, too. Enjoy! 2y
Moray_Reads I loved this #one so much. Have a great time! 2y
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merelybookish Have fun! 2y
batsy Enjoy! 🍻 2y
Reviewsbylola Have fun and post some pics! ⚜️⚜️⚜️ 2y
Pamwurtzler Have fun!! 2y
minkyb Great photo! 2y
mrozzz How conservative 😲 Have a great time! 2y
Blaire I‘m in New Orleans right now too! 2y
mrp27 Exciting, love New Orleans! Safe travels. 2y
BarbaraBB Reunions can be such fun! Enjoy! 💃🕺💃🕺 2y
LeahBergen Perfect city for a reunion. 💃 🍻 🍷 🎶🍸🍹🎺 2y
youneverarrived Have fun 😘 2y
Cinfhen So fun! Enjoy...sounds fab 2y
Cinfhen How was your trip???? You've been AWOL 2y
emilyhaldi @Cinfhen the trip was amazing!!! I fell off the grid for a few days partying in New Orleans with all of my best friends 💃🏻 so much fun! Ofcourse I didnt read a word, so I am excited to get back to it this week! Missed you & Litsy! 2y
Cinfhen So glad you had fun! Nothing like old time friends ...they're actually better than books 😜happy to have u back on Litsy...missed you 😘 2y
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Viji
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This will be my first Ali Smith. Who's read it?

emtobiasz I absolutely love this book and Ali Smith in general-- though I've never tried her on audio! 2y
Redwritinghood Love her stuff but this one‘s still on my tbr. 2y
Billypar This was my first Ali Smith too and I loved it. Definitely let to some 😭 , which is pretty rare for me. 2y
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Moray_Reads
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Well, Ali Smith, here we are again. It's over and I'm weeping. I don't know how you do it, how you create these characters and recreate the fleeting, tangential but oh-so-important encounters of everyday life. I feel bereft with the loss of them, which is fitting because this is all about grief and loss and losing yourself and others. But as ever there's a lightness of touch and a hope that makes it sparkle and ache. You're my hero.

saresmoore Gorgeous review, Moray! I am itching to read some more from Ali Smith. 2y
vivastory Fantastic review!! 2y
Moray_Reads @saresmoore @vivastory this one's a heartbreaker but it's right up there with There But For The and Autumn. 2y
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Megabooks Great review! 2y
saresmoore I'm using a hefty force of willpower to keep myself from reading Autumn until autumn, but I can read Hotel World anytime! 2y
Moray_Reads @saresmoore you definitely can and should! I cannot wait for Winter (even if it comes out in September which isn't exactly wintery!) 2y
vivastory @Moray_Reads That's high praise! I'm with @saresmoore I'm going to wait until autumn for Autumn. I'm going to read Hotel World soon. I'm happy for you that you'll be seeing her this weekend! 2y
Moray_Reads @vivastory @saresmoore oh, me too, I have my copy of Autumn ready and primed for a signature and I'm going to give myself a stern talking to so that I don't replicate this review to her face and fawn uncontrollably 😬 Or, you know, burst into tears 2y
vivastory @Moray_Reads Haha. I always feel either really nervous & anxious or overly confident when I meet writers I admire. It's usually the former. I'm sure it will go great for you! 2y
SharonGoforth Love Hotel World ❤️ 2y
Lindy It makes me happy to find other readers who love her work as much as I do. Great review. 👍 2y
saresmoore Hahaha! Must. Keep. Composure. I would love to hear about it if you have an interaction with her! 2y
Suet624 Autumn was the first and only book I've read of hers. I was stunned. I still remember all the emotions I felt as I read it. I need to read more by her. 2y
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Moray_Reads
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AlaMich That's apt...and depressing. 2y
Moray_Reads @AlaMich it is. But sort of beautiful too 2y
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Moray_Reads
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Well. That's an image 😝
I'll be seeing Ali Smith at the weekend so it seemed a perfect time to pick something from her back catalogue 🙌❤

scripturient Hahaha, 'wonderful' image. 😂 We'll be at different events at the same time. I had to ditch Ali Smith in favour of Joe Hill as he's on at 5:45. I figured there's a bigger chance of her coming back next year than him. :-( (edited) 2y
Moray_Reads @scripturient it's so hard to prioritise! I haven't read any Joe Hill but I've seen so much on Litsy I added a couple to my tbr even though it's not usually my genre 2y
scripturient @Moray_Reads It is so hard, yes! :( But hey, maybe I'll see you around that evening. :) 2y
andrew61 This is the only ali smith ive read when i think it was nominated for the orange prize, i recall really enjoying it so wonder why i haven't read her since. 2y
Moray_Reads @andrew61 I absolutely recommend There But For The (my favourite), Autumn, Girl Meets Boy, Public Library and How To Be Both. I didn't enjoy The Accidental as much but I have such high standards for her Meetswriting now! 2y
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Billypar
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The first ghostly narrator has a very memorable #SoulMeetsBody moment. Although I wouldn't have picked this for #Obsession , on further reflection, the last narrator (sister of the first) really shows grief to be a form of obsession- every single thought you have seems to be about the person you lost. #junetunz @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Nicely done 🙌🏻well played 2y
Cinfhen Sounds like a great read! 2y
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CherylDeFranceschi
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Beckys_Books That's a LOT of books 3y
Suzze Big Boy! 3y
saresmoore Love! 3y
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Grimscythe Whyyy hello there, gorgeous. 😻😻😻 3y
Reviewsbylola Omg I wish that were my room! 3y
britt_brooke 💚💚💚 3y
mcipher So jealous!! 3y
EllieDottie I love overflowing bookshelves! 3y
Sassy_Steph Wow!! 2y
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TheLondonBookworm
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Just booked in to see Ali Smith at Charing Cross library talking about the importance of libraries and how to help save them! 💙💚💙💚 can't wait! 🙂🙂

scripturient Oooh lovely! When is that?? 3y
Zelma That sounds really interesting! 👍 3y
LeahBergen Lucky you!! 😍 3y
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vivastory That sounds awesome. Have fun! 3y
TheLondonBookworm @scripturient Monday 6th Feb I think! Can't wait 🙂🙂 3y
TheLondonBookworm @Zelma 🙂🙂🙂 let's hope so! 3y
TheLondonBookworm @LeahBergen 🙂🙂🙂 thaaanks I'm really looking forward to it! 3y
TheLondonBookworm @vivastory ☺️😊☺️ I think so too! Thanks! 3y
MrBook 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 3y
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DeborahSmall
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Lovely hotel, all the rooms have photos of famous Glasgow landmarks This tardis is topped with a Tunnocks Tea Cake, a popular chocolate and mallow cake 😍

Libby1 I'm glad you're getting the chance to visit home. 🙂 3y
Moray_Reads I wondered what it was on top. I prefer the caramel wafers 😉 3y
LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
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TheSloanRanger Made my Glaswegian grandad a mini Scottish hamper this year (we've lived in Australia for a few years now!) and Tunnocks and photos of the 'Weeg featured pretty heavily! Oh and copious amounts of Irn Bru, the best drink in the world 👌👌👌 3y
Bette 😍 3y
DeborahSmall @picklebacksandpaperbacks I'm the only one in my family that doesn't like Irn Bru! @Moray_Reads I love Caramel Logs and so hard to get in Ireland @Libby1 @LeahBergen @Bette 💕💙 3y
TheLondonBookworm Nom nom I love a tea cake!!!! Cravings! 3y
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ScrappyMags
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Qemorio I want to go to there. 3y
Hooked_on_books I'm in! 3y
LeahBergen @shawnmooney Have you stayed here? 3y
ultrabookgeek *ugly cries in happiness that this even exists* 3y
shawnmooney @LeahBergen No, I don't think I knew about it before! I'm going to find out more and report back! 3y
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emtobiasz
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Ali Smith got a lot of attention for her latest, How To Be Both, but you should check this one out too for #underhypedbooks . It's silly and heartbreaking and one of my favorites. #augustofpages #bookphotochallenge

BethFishReads I love everything I've ever read by her 3y
Lindy Oh yes! More love for Ali Smith. 3y
SharonGoforth She's one of my favorites 😊 3y
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CherylDeFranceschi
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TBR Tuesday. Sigh.

Matilda Chop-chop! 😂 3y
rachelm I'm getting a little bleary-eyed just looking at that! 3y
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Hooked_on_books You're making me wish I didn't have to work and could just sit home and read my own giant stack! >Sigh 3y
Merethebookgal The Miniaturist is a quick read! 3y
CherylDeFranceschi @Merethebookgal Thanks! I'll pull that for @24in48! 3y
SistaPip There are SO many books in the world SO many things to read!! Sometimes I feel a little sad that I'll never be able to read everything. But then I feel happy cuz there will ALWAYS be something to read 😌 3y
Bkwurm Decisions decisions! I second @Merethebookgal's recommendation of The Miniaturist. Also, Battleborn is nice because you can dip in and out without committing to the whole thing at once. Good luck! 3y
Well-ReadNeck So, are you doing the 24 in 48??? Might make a dent. #lookingfor company #toreadornottoread 3y
CherylDeFranceschi @Well-ReadNeck Yes. My first time- I can't wait! 3y
TheExpatFiles Hmm I'm one of the few who didn't like The Miniaturist but I loved The Cartwheel! 3y
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