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*) ]
Genre: historical fiction, romance
Year Of Publication: 11th February 2016
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
Pages: 312 ( paperback)
My rating: 5/5
Dawnay Price is a force to be reckoned with.
Alone in the world; she dreams of greater things – an education.
Education at a time when it’s considered frivolous for a woman to learn anything else other than housework – but she will not be deterred.
“Orphans are not to learn to write. And the idea of a girl receiving an education would never be borne. He has three daughters himself and no sons and has given them all the same sage advice in order to secure matrimony, namely, that they should hide any vestige of a lively mind if they are to catch a husband. Wives who are cleverer than their husbands are unnecessary, as are clever servants likewise. Thinking never cleaned a floor.”
I was lucky enough to get the chance to read “The Rose Within” ( you can read my thoughts about it here) – So obviously I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to interview Sana Pirzada- the brains behind the book.
Genre: mystery/thriller, historical fiction
Year Of Publication: 1st March 2016
Pages: 307 ( paperback)
My rating: 4/5
This book introduces us to a fictionalized version of Walt Whitman (the American poet). Set in the 1800’s New York city Walt Whitman finds that his dear friend Lena Stowe is to be hanged for the murder of her husband ; Abraham Stowe. To prove her innocence Walt (a reporter for the Aurora)sets out on a journey that will test his limits and make him question all that he believes.