Until a few weeks ago, I had never even heard of Ali Smith, but this week I think the money I spent to visit the Frankfurt book fair (a.k.a. die Frankfurter Buchmesse) was absolutely worth it. They eventually sold off books cheaply because I went on Sunday, the last day of the fair, and I suppose the publishers didn’t want to have to take all their books back with them. So, in the last hour of the book fair, I bought three books for a total of 10 EUR:
1. Girl Meets Boy: The Myth of Iphis by Ali Smith
2. Hollywood Undercover: Revealing the Sordid Secrets of Tinseltown by Ian Halperin
3. Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member by Kody Scott
Number 1 and 2 aren’t even officially out yet, so I’m especially excited about those. I already read Girl Meets Boy and it only took me three days, which is quite quick for me (I’m a slow reader). I completely enjoyed this book. Ali Smith is a discovery for me and I will be reading more of her books in future. I really enjoy the way she writes, how her characters talk and think, how they interact. I enjoyed the humor in it and the politics and the love story and I felt the book was a real page turner. I also enjoyed the “pop culture” references. I enjoyed it as a whole. I don’t know what else to say about it (I’m bad with reviews) other than get it when it comes out.
I think I’ll be reading Hollywood Undercover next, although it is a big book, and big books are not as enjoyable in crowded subway trains as small books are. But it sounds interesting and might be a quick read.
As always, by the way: reading suggestions are welcome.