And the Oscar goes to…

In relation to Leonardo DiCaprio finally getting that much awaited Oscar (aren’t we all just so happy for him, I mean he literally had to freeze his ass off in Titanic), I’ll be doing the same with awesome books that I keep on putting off reviewing.

So, without further ado… I give you Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn:

I read this book when there wasn’t really much hype about it, which was good for me as a had time to form my thoughts and not be bombarded by societies irrational (and unnecessary) thoughts. When I finished this book, the first thing I did was recommend it to anyone even remotely interested in reading. It was that good. The story kept me enthralled, I was biting my nails on the edge of my seat. The story follows Nick and Amy Dunne’s aesthetically tragic relationship as Amy disappears on the day of their fifth anniversary. The story unfolds with all sorts of lies, deceit and inner turmoil that is perfectly captured by Flynn. Flynn has a knack for writing complex and highly interesting characters and Nick and Amy were no exception. Definitely, giving it five gruesome stars.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

So, what’s my obsession with the dark world, you ask? This. These gems that are so perfectly horrendous. Flynn does it once again with her beautiful, beautiful writing and ability to capture my scrutinizing gaze. This one centers around Libby Day, the only member to survive her brother’s massacre of the family. She meets up with the underworld to conjure up what really happened that fateful night. Everything is questioned and of course in sordid detail as only Flynn can do.

Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult 

This is one of my first books of Jodi that I have read and that folks is how I became a fangirl of Jodi Picoult. This book had me so enthralled. I was young when this book happened upon my hands but I would never forget the lasting impact that it had on me. When an infant is found dead in an Amish community, the mother, an eighteen year old, unmarried, Amish girl is then arrested. A high-profile defense lawyer takes on the case, living there she becomes aware of some harsh realities and the value of family and the bond between mother and daughter.

There are many more books out there that are Oscar worthy but for now these are my old gems that are now finally getting their much deserved Oscar. What are your Oscar-worthy books?

~Poppie Tee

How about that summer fling?

I’ve done a lot of romanticizing over the summer break. Yip, you’ve guessed it, I have been reading. A lot.

There is nothing wrong with reading a lot, I do it all the time. Some might think that I am a nerd but in actual fact I’m not, not really anyway. It has been a while since I have written a book post so I suppose now is as good a time as any.

So here is the next edition of Poppie’s reading and biased, crappy, really bad but also oh-so good honest reviews:

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perk.

Okay…? I don’t know, I think this book would have been an unbelievably awesome read if I had maybe been a teeny-tiny bit younger. The characters were sweet, normal, bitchy teenagers who are struggling to cope with school, love and life in Paris, first world problems. I got so irritated with the main characters, with the plot and with how they are both so fucking dense like honestly? I don’t even know. One thing is for sure this book reeks of teenage hormones that is subtly being romanticized. If I could give it less than one star on Goodreads, I actually would. 

Kyland by Mia Sheridan

I really love Mia Sheridan’s work. This book had me bawling my eyes out, I had so many emotions while reading this that I couldn’t immediately place them.The main characters are so raw and real, stuck in a life filled with poverty and their only way out is through a scholarship that is only given to one student in their rural town. Doomed by poverty and difficult circumstance, is love the only thing that can save them?

Lev by Aurora Belle

I was laughing, crying and just having a ball of a time reading this little treasure. Lev is different, he can’t process or understand emotion so when he literally catches Mina red handed he is caught in a whirlwind that he doesn’t understand. This was my first book that I really enjoyed that didn’t exactly have a twist. Lev’s character is so unintentionally adorable that he just makes you laugh. Geez, I was either in stitches or in tears whenever Lev said something in the book. This is honestly an awesome read. Definitely looking forward to the next few.

Consolation and Conviction by Corinne Michaels 

These are two different books about the same character. This was honestly a sweet story although it would’ve been better if it was one book. Natalie wants something she can’t have, she’s distraught having just lost her husband to war, a cute little new born and friends just wanting her to carry on with life, enter Liam, helpful, funny and caring. The cliffhanger was, WOW but it seems that having two books were unnecessary. I loved all the characters, especially the Navy SEALS, they were hilarious with their code names, inside jokes and witty comebacks. This is a nice beach read to totally get lost in but also stay grounded.

The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon 

My first book that I read of her was A different Blue that my friend over at Read and Seek wrote a review on a while back. Harmon has a particular style of writing that I love, she has got all these little bits and bobs of moral in her story. It’s heartbreakingly beautiful. Moses was literally found in a basket, he is cracked, no one understands him and no one wants him, except Georgia. She understands him, his need to paint and she just wants to love him but he doesn’t want to let her in. Be prepared to have your heart broken a million times over.

Archer’s voice by Mia Sheridan 

And, we’ve got another one of Sheridan’s novels. Whoop, whoop! I’m really into this lady’s work. The lost Town boy that everyone forgot about, that is still stuck with a big wound that never healed. Bree Prescott has one horrifying night stuck on replay in her head and it’s only the love of Archer that can set her free. A story about love, loss, fate and the regaining of power. This is a tragically beautiful story that comes highly recommended.

For more reviews from me where my true emotions are not censored as much, follow me on Goodreads.

~Poppie Tee

Dude, do you even read?

Ever since exams has ended, I have felt that I need a bit of a break and as result I have been doing some light reading and catching up with some TV series. Here are a list of some of the books I have read since then:

Night Film by Marisha Pessl
This book is a literal page-turner. Thrilling? Suspenseful? Haunting? Sign me up. This book had me reeling in the end. I loved the way the author was so dedicated to the characters and the story line, the amount of research that went into this book is astonishing. The extra effort that was put into this book alone, will have your mind blown. Trust me, pick up a copy.

10 Steps to earning Awesome Grades (while studying less) by  Thomas Frank
Okay, I admit, I kind of read this before exams but I didn’t think you’d mind if I threw this in the mix because after all, this is a very good read for earning awesome grades. Informative, quick and fun. This book is a surprisingly quick read despite it having so much information that’s already broken into the most simplest form ever and it’s written by a recent college graduate himself. I really loved Frank’s wit and charm that was clearly evident in his writing.

Burying water, Becoming Rain, Chasing River and Surviving Ice by K.A. Tucker
I’m surprised and disappointed that these were my first Tucker books. Where have you been all my life, Tucker? I’m not going to lie, it took me a while to get into the first book but once I was through and I finished burying water, I immediately went and read the others in the series; Becoming Rain, Chasing River and Surviving Ice. Best quick reads ever.

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The butterfly house by Marcia Preston
I think that my genre of reading is slowly changing. It seems I have a penchant for suspense novels. Weird. Anyway, this is a lovely book. I consider it a nice holiday read. Intricately dealing with love and lost, past and present.


 

That’s it for now, folks. If you have any suggestions, let me know and I might just check it out and review it for you, if you want. Also, some of the books that I have read, have been reviewed on either Goodreads or Readers warehouse. Go check it out.

~Poppie Tee

Pure Bliss

Oh, what fun I had this weekend, chilling with my mates, going to rad parties and just living life on the edge…

Just kidding, I’m a total introvert and this weekend I have been my total booknerd-self. I participated in Dewey’s 24 hour read-a-thon. In my opinion, that was 24-hours of pure bliss. I managed to read a book and a half.

I know this post is supposed to be up eons ago but alas, I had to catch up on life (yes, I do have one, despite my introvert tendencies, *gasp* shocker!) and all things me, hope I’m forgiven seeing as the weekend is long past already. Yikes.

I must admit, I would’ve liked to read more than just a book and a half but I was distracted by general things like stressing over how I will be dying in a few days time because of exams and the Rugby World cup 2015. Yes, our Boys are in the semi-finals (Go Bokke. Whoop, whoop!). I’m proud of you guys!

Anyway, in addition to reading only a book and a half, this has been my first read-a-thon and I must say I have utterly enjoyed it and I’d like to think that I can do many more. With that being said, I’d like to participate in the next 24-hour read-a-thon which is happening in April sometime because I had such a blast live tweeting and Snap-chatting my (steady?) reading process with the world.

The amount of participants were tremendous, there were even kids participating and husbands that took over the household chores for the day. I loved the way the world came together just by reading. People from different spheres of the world were joined in the same experience, united as one. It made me as a single being in the world feel connected to a vast majority of people even though I had escaped into my own world of reading (I tend to do that a lot).

Nevertheless, I just wanted to share my experiences with my fellow readers and also a few odd pictures and things.

The beginning
The beginning
Oh, the high hopes I had for reading all of these.
Oh, the high hopes I had for reading all of these.
Good few hours in
Good few hours in
Yeah!! Go Bokke!
Yeah!! Go Bokke!
Shout out to my Momma!
Shout out to my Momma!
I got tired of thinking of sayings..
It’s busy getting dark and cold just like my soul, kidding, it’s perfect weather.
The book I finished.
The book I finished.
The book that I read half way through.
The book that I read half way through.

This pretty much sums up my weekend. Thanks for reading about my blissful weekend, guys. Oh, and follow me on Snap chat too: poppie_tee.

Oh, Congratulations to my fellow blogger, Nihaad of The Little Blog of Stuff for actually winning the prize for her participation, I’m so happy for you and proud of you. You go, girl!

~Poppie Tee

Read-a-thon

So, Dewey’s 24 hour Read-a-thon will be taking place in a few minutes and I’m crazy excited. I only decided to do this a few hours ago. I was inspired by The little blog of Stuff to take part in this challenge.

READ-A-THON!!
READ-A-THON!!

I know this post might seem rushed but I’m excited to read! So, this is the pre-party post which just requires you to answer a few questions. Here goes:

1.What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

Cape Town, South Africa. The Mother City. I got mad love for this city!

2. Which book in your book stack are most looking forward to? 

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. The book just looks super cool and the blurb! Oh and not forgetting the reviews; all good.

3. Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Apple and peanut butter sandwiches. Yum!

4. Tell us something about yourself!

Well, if you haven’t guessed it, I’m a major booknerd. I love my country. I tend to have really long explanations of things that are rather irrelevant. I’m a total girly-girl, so I really love shoes (Heels!) and make-up. I’d love to talk all day about me but I have to wrap this up now because it’s almost time. Eeeep!

5. If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s the one thing you’ll do differently? Or if this is your first time, what are you most looking forward to?

READING!! (And snacking but mostly reading.)

You can follow me on Twitter, which is the platform I’ll be using to updates my followers.

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~Poppie Tee

Somebody say Book Challenge?

Fairly recently I was tagged in post by the spectacular Nihaad author of The Little Blog of Stuff. The challenge is basically to name your 10 most awesome books of all time. So, because I am catching up on my ‘blogging career’, I decided to do this challenge and while I was at it I decided to add in a few my thoughts on these books, two birds, one stone, aren’t I smart?

Before I dive right into it, I just want to clarify that my favourites change all the time because I tend to love something today and hate it tomorrow or in a years time, there is no in-between. Also, I’ve got a wide range of genres that I read, so be prepared. Now, without further ado, I present my 10 favourite books:

#1. The perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

This is my exact thoughts after I was done with this book, which can be viewed on Goodreads:

“Everything about this book screams real life. It makes you think of the simple little things that we overlook and often regret in the end. Quite frankly, I never really wanted to read this book but the day I took the leap is the day this book changed my life. It made me open my eyes to things that I initially never wanted to open my eyes to.

It made me think of things that are beyond me, bigger than me. It made me stop questioning why things are the way they are, to just go with it and live it out, become infinite.

Things like worrying about first dates and first kisses was the order of the day in our youth. These trivial things were all we thought of in our teenage years. Things that if you look back on them now we’d think of them as petty. But, truthfully, it made us forget who we are at home, or what problem we are going to face at home because it gave us something to escape to, no questions asked. And these trivial, petty things are the things that makes us who we are and the scariest part of all is that we might not realise it…

“The perks of being a wallflower” really taps into what makes us human. A small little flaw distinguishes us to being a human being but that same little flaw is the one that separates us from the rest because in no way are we the same but then again there is no way we can guarantee that.”

#2. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I was a bit apprehensive going into this book, as this is not my normal genre, I don’t do scientific fiction but I freaking loved it! This book surprised me on so many levels and I still can’t believe that I fell in love with it. For me this book had everything in; politics, a love triangle (or is it quadruple? Well, I think it might be) and fantasy. All in all, it’s just an awesome book to read.

#3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I read this little gem when I was about 11-12 years old (young, I know) and it really stuck by me as it was a book that had all these different points of views of these four girls that are becoming women and struggling with domestic life, true love and work. It also deals with gender issues, wealth and hierarchy. It’s a cute story, that’s heart-wrenching and gives you insight into the realities of the past.

#4. Playing for keeps by R. L. Mathewson

Well, this book is one of the most awesome(-est) books I have read. This book is so dangerously funny that it had me in stitches nearly all the way through. This book is the first of a series of books of it’s nature. The love-hate relationship that these two have is hilarious. When I originally read this book I was raving about it for months on end, it’s that awesome. I highly recommend it to anyone with a sense of humor and a romantic side.

#5. Gone Girl by Flynn Gillian

I read this book way before I heard it was being made into a movie but I must say it’s probably the best decision I ever made. The way this book captivated me is something that is beyond me, the amount of planning and research that had to have gone into this book had me in awe. I was enthralled by the way Gillian had us empathizing with the characters and the story line was just beyond remarkable. This book got me into the genre of suspense and I’m so glad it did because I ended up loving this genre.

#6. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Obviously, a book by my all time favourite author is in check. I have already written a review on this book but of course I loved this book so much that it had to be in my top ten favourites. This is a very gripping tale of a lost little girl searching for her mother and coming to grips with harsh realities.

#7. I was here by Gayle Forman

I read this book recently and it really stuck with me, it actually inspired my first post. It is loosely based on a true story of a suicide. This girl searches for the truth about why her best friend who seemed happy, committed suicide. It’s not one of the best but it’s a really gripping tale that draws you in and makes you second guess everything that you do. The characters in this book seemed very real to me before I even knew that it was loosely based on a true story but it’s a good read, very revealing and touching.

#8. A different blue by Amy Harmon

This is a beautiful book that I think every person should read. It’s a palpable tale of finding yourself, finding love and acceptance in a cruel world that always stacks the odds against you. The story is grotesquely beautiful. The alluring nature of this story compels you from the get go.

#9. Rule by Jay Crownover

This book is the first in a series of books that I loved. I read this a while ago and if I read this now, my views would probably change but I would just like to stay in my bubble of naivety a little while longer. What drew me to this book in the first place is the character of Rule, he was just such an unpredictable guy that it made me fall in love with him and this book a little more as I got into it. Also, what drew me more was the bond that the group of guys in this book has, it is such a strong bond and I loved that about it, I think every person deserves a group of tight-knit friends such as the Marked Men.

#10. Dangerous girls by Abigail Haas

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

This was my most recent read and I, at first, never liked the beginning of the book as it dragged on but then I slowly started to get into it and I’m glad I did. This book threw me for a loop as I just got so into it that I thought I was watching a crime investigation channel on TV.

There you have it, these are my 10 books, hope you enjoyed me raving about them. I won’t tag anyone in this, if you want you can do the challenge and link me to it.

My inner book nerd

I am a person who reads a lot and because I read a lot, I like to write reviews and I have always wanted a review category in my blog, it’s just that I have never really had the time to do that. So, because I have a study break from university for a week, I will attempt to write as much reviews as I can, whether it’s old books, new books, suspense, romance or drama. If you would like to see even more reviews written by me where I go into even more detail about the books (all spoilers are hidden) you can follow me on Goodreads.

So, to start this off I will write a review on Leaving Time by my all time favourite author Jodi Picoult:

Jenna Metclaf, intelligent daughter of two scientists obsessively searches for her missing mother after she went missing in an incident that happened when Jenna was just three years old. The incident left her father in an institution, her mother missing and Jenna, searching among the hard truths for some closure on her mother. Jenna has two unlikely allies that help her in her search; the psychic Serenity Jones and the PI, Virgil Stanhope. The three of them set out to straighten what might have been a murder and the harsh realities of life.

Can we just give Jodi Picoult three cheers, please? No, wait, scratch that she needs a Goddamn standing ovation because each and every book that she has ever written is just pure genius. She is such a brilliant author, that constant praising (and I do a lot of it) of her will never ever do her justice. The amount of effort, research and sheer brilliance that she pours into her books are just amazing.

Okay, so enough of me fangirling. Let me get on with my review. Ever heard of the phrase dynamite comes in small packages? Well, Jenna Metcalf is the literal definition of that. She is intelligent, quick and has got a whole lot of fight in her. She obsessively studies her mothers research on elephants and tries with all her might to remember every detail about her mother so that she is able to track her down better. She really is just a little girl that is lost in a world with harsh realities, where fate just isn’t on your side.

“There are also some people who cannot forget.”

“Not only did the family of the elephant remember her voice, but for just a moment as they approached that speaker, I bet they hoped to find her.”

Jenna finds herself an ally in Serenity Jones, a psychic who doubts her ability but she can’t help feeling this strong pull to Jenna and her case that she really has no choice but to help her.

“…to hear anything – a whisper, a sneer, a hitch of breathe. Instead, there was utter silence”.

Virgil Stanhope is a jaded, retired cop turned PI who worked on Jenna’s mother’s case ten years ago and hasn’t been able to let it go. Now, his full-time job is to drink and reminisce on the pass. He is intelligent, has a grim sense of humour and doesn’t remotely believe in Serenity’s ability.

“Do you like raisins?”
“Not really”
“Then how about a date?”
I blink at him. “I’m a little young for you, creeper.”
“I’m not hitting on you. I’m telling you the pickup line I used on Tallulah, when she was cleaning my teeth and I ask her out.” Virgil pauses. “In my defence, I was completely trashed at the time.”
“That’s a defense?”

This is the most recent book I’ve read of Jodi Picoult and I’ve honestly loved it. I’ve got such high praise for Jodi and she has yet to disappoint. She blows you away with her plot twists and intense research on a particular topic that you have no choice to sit there dumbfounded and go:

If you haven’t read this book or it isn’t on your TBR list then slap yourself silly cause girl, you got problems. And, Jodi, kudos to you, girl. You deserve millions of awards. *slow clap*

Stay tuned for my next review and tell me what your thoughts are on this book, I would love to hear them.

~Poppie Tee

Hello? Book-boyfriend, are you out there?

I read. I read a lot. I prefer to live the life of a fictional character, to be honest. I mean, their lives just seem so appealing.

I read mostly contemporary romance, the good kind. Like any bibliophile out there I love having a date on a daily basis with fictional characters. It relaxes me.

So, in this genre of romance, mostly contemporary romance. The guys in the books all have a certain behavior, a certain way about them. They are either this broody, moody, masculine man or they are the nerdy guy who is a total klutz or they are this cocky man-whore with deep seeded issues that he hides. But we love them either way.

We are given lengthy descriptions upon lengthy descriptions as to the way they think, how they are, the way they behave and even how they look (yum, right?). In these books that we read, we dissect, evaluate and look at the finer detail of everything.

Now, my question is: Are guys really like this out there? I mean, in there heads, do they think this way? And if it is, why oh, why haven’t I found my Book-boyfriend?

Now, I’ve got guy friends, brothers and ex-suitors (ex-suitors? I clearly want to be a fictional character), and they don’t really come across as the touchy-feely type. They don’t like talking about their feelings and the characters are also portrayed like this. However, the difference is that in the book we get a glimpse of what goes on inside their head and in real life, well, in real life we have to sniff it out of them. But now, the problem lies in the fact that most of these books are written from the female perspective.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why my standards of guys would forever be tainted. That is why no physical guy that I come across will ever come close to my book-boyfriends (yes, I’ve got many, don’t judge).

Let me know if you guys have found the real-life version of your book-boyfriends or if you would prefer to stay loyal to your book-boyfriends (or girlfriends). And guys out there, will you please pick-up a contemporary romance and let us know if they have portrayed guys in the proper light.