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.
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”
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’.”
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*) ]