The Vegetarian by Han Kang

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Genre: Fiction, literary, contemporary
Year Of Publication: 23rd August 2016
Publisher: Hogarth Press
Pages: 188 ( Paperback )
My rating: 5/5

 

“Why, is it such a bad thing to die?”

After an unsettling dream, Yeong-hye decides that she will no longer eat meat.
What follows next is a tale of horrors told from varying perspectives.


“Life is such a strange thing, she thinks, once she has stopped laughing. Even after certain things have happened to them, no matter how awful the experience, people still go on ………. And sometimes they even laugh out loud. And they probably have these same thoughts, too, and when they do it must make them cheerlessly recall all the sadness they’d briefly managed to forget.”

It is very hard for me to form coherent sentences after reading this book- one of the reasons why I’ve been putting off trying to write this review.
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What I Couldn’t Tell You by Faye Bird

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Genre: Young adult, mystery, contemporary
Year Of Publication: 1st May 2016
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Pages: 406 ( Paperback )
My rating: 2.5/5

“That’s the thing about not being a talker; when you don’t talk that much you listen more. You see the gaps in the conversation.You can read them like the words in a book. I’m really good at doing that because I’m listening all the time. And when you listen, you hear everything. You hear things in the silences, in the sighs, in the blank spaces of the conversation too.”

This is the first book I’ve read about “Selective Mutism” and having no prior knowledge about what it was I decide to search online.
This is what the internet has to say about Selective Mutism:
Selective mutism(SM) is a severe anxiety disorder where a person (who is normally capable of speech) is unable to speak in certain social situations, such as with classmates at school or to relatives they don’t see very often. It usually starts during childhood and, left untreated, can persist into adulthood.It usually co-exists with shyness or social anxiety.


The main character in the book (Tessie) suffers from SM. Being unable to freely talk to people makes her an “ideal listener”.Everyone opens up to her instantly as they feel she is willing to listen to what they have to say and won’t judge them
(*if she can’t talk to you, doesn’t mean she won’t silently judge you -_- ) .

Her SM comes in handy when her sister (Laura) is assaulted and goes in a coma. No one has any clue about what has happened to her – although, all fingers point at her boyfriend (Joe) who was with her at the time when it happened and has been missing since.

Tessie; who’s dealing with her SM, getting bullied at school because of it, and trying not to freak out when her family is falling apart – tries to figure out what happened to her sister. Continue reading “What I Couldn’t Tell You by Faye Bird”

Where The World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean

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Genre: Young adult, historical fiction
Year Of Publication: 1st May 2017
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Pages: 336 ( Hardcover)
My rating: 5/5

“Every time a lad came fowling on the St Kilda stacs, he went home less of a boy and more of a man. If he went home at all, that is…”

It is the summer of 1727 and nine boys and three men from Hirta (an island with no trees) find themselves marooned on the “Warrior Stac” (a sea stac in the St Kilda archipelago ;the highest sea stac in Scotland and the British Isles. Originally known as “Stac an Armin”).

They believe the world has ended – the only explanation they can offer for being abandoned with no one to come and fetch them.

Hysteria gradually begins to set in and everyone is struggling to survive in the cold, harsh climate. They become delusional and start hallucinating.Only one boy ensures their sanity in this dire and strenuous time – Quill (short for Quilliam) spins stories out of thin air; doing his best to keep the small group preoccupied so they can take their minds off  their distressing circumstances.

“After the world ends,only music and love will survive”

He tries to restore some semblance of “normality” to their lives but, Quill too is human and soon things begin to get out of hand… Continue reading “Where The World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean”

Local Entrepreneurs in the limelight : Kitaabi Keera 

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A couple of months ago I came across this really unique account on instagram called @kitaabikeera – they sold bookmarks and pop up books and really cool book related paraphernalia.

So naturally I reached out to them and asked (pestered🙈) them with the various questions I had.

This is what they had to say: Continue reading “Local Entrepreneurs in the limelight : Kitaabi Keera “

Sometimes I’m a Bird, Sometimes I’m a Rock by Tine Paludan

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Genre: poetry,illustrations
Year Of Publication: 15th August 2016
Publisher: Mellemting
Pages: 90 (paperback )
My rating: 4/5

” In late January 2016 I set a goal for myself: write one hundred texts in one hundred days.

I promised not to think too much or spend too much time on each text. It had to be quick, even instant: moments put to paper.

By April, the pages held heartbreak, falling in love, memories sticking their heads out from the dark, reflections in forest lakes and broken mirrors, lost days, light days…

In the process of turning those texts into this book, some texts were left out, illustrations were added, and the chronological order disrupted.

The editing of the texts themselves has been kept to an absolute minimum.

Sometimes I’m a Bird, Sometimes I’m a Rock is an exercise in imperfection, in accepting the fragmented and incoherent. There’s not a full story told in perfect phrases. There’s just … this and whatever you take from it. ” Continue reading “Sometimes I’m a Bird, Sometimes I’m a Rock by Tine Paludan”

Mini-interview with Tine Paludan -author of “sometimes I’m a bird, sometimes I’m a rock”

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Tell us a bit about yourself.
“My name is Tine and I live in Copenhagen, Denmark.
My book Sometimes I’m a Bird, Sometimes I’m a Rock is my debut collection of illustrated
poetry, or lyrical prose. The texts in the book are about falling in and out of love, about dreams
and memories, mostly.
I’m half Danish, half Swedish. I grew up in a small town, or village, by the ocean. Besides being
right by the sea, the village also has a small lake and the woods grow around it. These are
scenes reflected in my book. I have always felt, and needed I think, a strong connection to
nature, and it probably shows in my writing.”
What made you decide to sit down and actually start writing something so personal?
“I had been sharing small pieces of writing on Instagram before, and what I decided was to
write a piece a day for one hundred days in a row. I set this goal for myself and set two rules for
my writing: One, that I had to write quickly with minimal editing, and two, that I had to tap into
something I had experienced or felt that day, making room for dreams and memories, that
came to me on that particular day.
So, what I started was a sort of one hundred days journal of ‘instant’ poetry, but the fact that it is
very personal was not a decision in itself, but it comes with the journaling aspect. I was mostly
interested in freeing myself from wanting my writing to be ‘perfect’. I like to call my book ‘an
exercise in imperfection’.”

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2016: Yearly Recap

2016 was a WONDERFUL year in books!

Not only was this the year I started my very first #BOOKSTAGRAM account (@zoeymuses.aboutbooks ) but this was the year when I took the plunge and began blogging for the very first time ; which provided me a valid reason to ask my parents to buy me tons and tons (and tons ) of books #sorrynotsorry.

[ Now I finally have a reason to host a  couple of GIVEAWAYS soon (*wink wink*) ]

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* don’t you just love goodreads? *

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