The Crappiest book I’ve ever read

I’m a big bookworm! From my Takealot wishlist having over a 100 books waiting for me to press “add to cart”. To my Pinterest board called Book Porn which I pin to almost daily.

Not that I have any more space on my bookshelves or anywhere for that matter for any extra books.

Luckily this book, like I mentioned in my title, is a book that I got from someone who thought it was “the best book ever”. Or something I might be interested in. And I can say with all honesty that it’s not…

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A million little pieces by James Frey

Ever heard of the term “grammar nazi”? Well, let me introduce myself… haha just kidding. Or am I? I have the biggest pet peeve of people who don’t care to spell their, they’re or there correctly. So if you are anything like me, throw this book in the fire! It will irritate you just as much as it irritated me. I really hated the writing style. It was little picky things like repeats of a sentence or a word just to make a point and capitalized letters in the middle of a sentence. Sentences without commas. It just irritated me to no end.

But did I stop reading? Nooo. I said I hated grammar mistakes, not that I’m a quitter.

So I only read up on this book after I was finished with it. And imagine my disgust to find out it was all lies. This author even went as far as going on The Oprah show and telling Oprah how this all really happened as A Million Little Pieces and the followup My Friend Leonard was supposedly his memoirs.

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Don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with a good fiction.

At no point in this book did I feel like congratulating Frey for overcoming his addictions. I just didn’t care. He explains in the book over and over again how he is apparently the only person on earth that could overcome addiction without the twelve steps. Even quoting the book: “It won’t work James, no one has ever stopped being an addict without the twelve steps.” Well isn’t James just a walking miracle?  He is also so cool that he can go to a crackhouse while still in rehab and not do any crack. Great job! Not…

I have no clue why anyone would think this was worthwhile reading material. Especially for me. I found it to be vapid, self-aggrandizing bullshit from start to finish. Frey making himself out to be the hero.

“If there was a God. I would spit in his face for subjecting me to this. If there was a Devil, I would sell my sould to make it end. If there was something Higher that controlled our f***ing fates, I would tell it to take my fate and shove it up its fu*king ass. Shove it hard and far, you motherf***er. Please end. Please end. Please end.” – James Frey (a quote from A Million Little Pieces)

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While researching James, I saw that he is the author of quite a few books. But it would take a whole lot of convincing to get me read any of his other books if his writing style is anything to go by.

So why am I writing this you may ask? Just in hopes that you will decide not to read this shit! You would have a much better time reading the operating manual for your toaster or kettle.


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My January Favourites


Happy Monday! I can’t believe we are going into the third week of January already. I hope you have been enjoying this heatwave we have been experiencing here in Gauteng. Nothing like the weather our friends over in the UK have had for the last month or so.

I thought I might share with you all my favourite things for the month of January.

Weekend Destination: Hennops Hiking Trail and Picnic

With the extremely nice weather we’ve been having this summer, we decided to pack a few things and opted for a day out somewhere to braai and swim. It’s not even a 25-minute drive from our home in Centurion. With a beautiful hiking trail, loads of areas for a picnic or braai and 2 swimming pools. It was a great choice.


Style: Speaking of said heatwave, I got all my dresses out from the back of my closet. I love me some lightweight, comfy and flowy maxi dresses. The right fit will look gorgeous and flattering on almost all women, any shape and size. Pulling a dress over your head is so easy, making the only thing you need to worry about, your makeup melting off your face. Haha!

Here are 2 maxi dresses that I’m in love with at the moment.

This one is from Spree and won’t hurt your budget either, at only R340! Click here to go shop this dress.

The second dress I love is from Superbalist. I like how it looks super comfy. This one will also not take a bite out of your budget at only R449. Click here to shop this dress.  

Both these dresses will look great with some metallic jewellery and a wide-brimmed hat. Making them perfect for the Summer. I have shopped at both online stores that I mentioned and can honestly recommend them both.


Movie: Jumani: Welcome to the Jungle.

I’ve recommended this movie to all my friends already. I can’t remember the last time we laughed from almost the very beginning till the end of a movie. This is hilarious. And as a bonus, it has Jack Black in it too. And who doesn’t love Jack Black! I liked the original Jumanji from 1995 too and this might be my favourite movie this year. That’s saying a lot, as we are still in January. Why are you still reading this? Go book your tickets online NOW to watch it in 3D!!!



Instagram Account to follow: Braeden Mckay

If you love beautiful travel photos, then give his account a follow. He is based in Canada and loves travelling. You won’t believe how young he still is, which amazes me with the amount of talent he has regarding photography! I’m looking forward to seeing where his talent takes him in the future.




Read: Dead Gods: The 27 Club

If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen that I’m currently reading this beaut. I’m a huge lover of music and got this book from the hubster for Christmas. And I can’t put it down. As the title states, it’s all about the famous legends that died at the age of 27. And all the music, sex, drugs and scandals that went along with it. I won’t get into it too much here, as I would love to do a full book review post on this book, as I feel it deserves a lot more than a measly mention in my favourites post.

Drink: At the moment my favourite drink is coffee. In my favourite unicorn mug. One teaspoon decaff, no sugar with skim milk. No fancy cocktails or beers this month as I just came off a week of treatment and am taking things slow.


TV Show: Stranger Things.

If you don’t know what Stranger Things are, then I only have one question for you… Have you been living under a rock?? This show captivated me since the very first episode! And I’m not sure if it is the set design, the music, the storyline or actors, but this show is currently my number one series of all time! Kicking Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead from their first place on my list. And that’s saying a lot! I’m currently taking my time to watch season 2 on Netflix as Millie Bobby Brown said on her Instagram that they haven’t started filming on season 3 yet.




Designer Dupe: If splurging is one of your New Year’s Resolutions, then I have just the investment you have been looking for. This classic black shoe is from Gucci and will cost R4150. Investing in classic pieces that you can wear with everything is always a good idea and will last you a very long time. You can shop this patent leather Gucci sandals at The Changing Room online. They sell second-hand designer goods at a very good price.


If saving sounds more like your thing this year, then these designer dupes would be perfect. I know “trying” to save is definitely part of my goals this year. I say trying because it’s not always easy. You know a sale can distract a girl! But check out these black block heels from Spree for only R349.


This was just a few of my favourite things this month! As you can see I’m all about chilling this month and shopping online. I would love to hear what some of your favourites are in the comments below.