Welcome to my August Wrap Up. I have had a fantastic reading month, finishing 18 books (5 books off my TBR). I'm exceptionally happy with my reading this month, I was expecting my TBR to change as I usually get lots of books for my birthday and this year was no exception.

I have reviews up or coming up for these books so as usual this is just going to be a brief run down on each book I read.

Without further ado, let's get into my August Wrap Up...

The Mother Goose Diaries by Chris Colfer: A companion novel to The Land Of Stories series. I loved this book. As a huge fan of The Land Of Stories series I had high expectations for this book. Thankfully it lived up to my expectations. I loved getting to read a book from Mother Goose's point of view. This book is a must have for any fan of The Land Of Stories.

Queen Red Riding Hood's Guide To Royalty by Chris Colfer: A companion novel to The Land Of Stories series. Another great read from Chris Colfer. Not a good as The Mother Goose Diaries, yet a great book none the less. A must have for any fan of The Land Of Stories series.

If Birds Fly Back by Carli Sorosiak: I didn't love this book. I was good but it just didn't blow me away. The idea was great and the characters were okay, but overall it was nothing spectacular. It had some great elements, the start of each chapter had either a quote about physics or a scene from a screenplay depending on who was talking. But other than these additions this book wasnt really memorable.

Waltzing Matilda by Banjo Paterson and Freya Blackwood: This much-loved Aussie song and poem is perfectly illustrated in this book. I adored this book and it will have a presence on my book shelf for years to come. This book should be a staple in every Australian home.

The Paris Wedding by Charlotte Nash: I loved this book. The Paris Wedding transported me from an Australian Farm to the city of love and back. This book had it all. Amazing story, great characters and breathtaking descriptions. This book is not to be missed.

The Bear That Went Boo by David Walliams: David Walliams has done it again. This beautiful book is perfect for young readers. The amazing illustrations by Tony Ross really  help to enhance this book.

Leaving Ocean Road by Esther Campion: This book was amazing. Esther Campion did a fantastic job with this book. I laughed and I cried and I laughed again. This book was so relatable and had such real characters, I couldn't help but fall in love with this book.

Quidditch by Jody Revenson: An Incredibuilds book and model set. If you havent heard of Incredibuilds then listen up. These amazing sets come with a great book, filled with interesting information and a DIY model for you to build and decorate. This was the last one I needed to complete my Harry Potter collection.

By Your Side by Kasie West: This was my kind of book. Locked in a Library over the weekend with a hot guy, yes please. This was a great story, with funny moments and really interesting characters. I also loved that our lead character had mental illness and I love the way this affected her relationships. I will be reading this book many times in the future.

The World's Worst Children 2 by David Walliams: David Walliams can do no wrong. The World's Worst Children 2 had it all. This collection of great stories is filled with some truly awful children. Tony Ross' amazing illustrations perfectly compliment David Walliams' fantastic stories. This book is a must have for all young readers.

A You're Adorable by Buddy Kaye, Fred Wise, Sidney Lippman: OMG OMG OMG. I grew up hearing this song, so I was over the moon when my mum found this book. The book is perfect, the illustraions are fantastic and it comes with a CD performed by the amazing Justine Clarke. OMG OMG OMG.

Marge And The Great Train Rescue by Isla Fisher: The third book in The Marge In Charge collection. This book is just perfect. Three amazing stories with great illustraions. These stories are perfect for young readers but will also entertain adult readers.

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: Book two in the Illuminae files. This book, like its predecessor blew my mind. I was worried that this book wasnt going to be able to stand up against Illuminae, thankfully I was completely wrong. The only down side of reading this book is that I have to wait untill next year to get my hands on book three.

Our Souls At Night by Kent Haruf: I don't have the words to convey how wonderful this book is. I was so moved whilst reading this book. I laughed and cried in equal measure. This is a book everyone needs to read. Just make sure you have your tissues on hand.

The Inaugural Meeting Of The Fairvale Ladies Book Club by Sophie Green: This book is a masterpiece. With so many interconnected stories and characters, this book just flowed. With truly heartwarming and heartbreaking moments, this book will stay with you long after the last page.

To Siri With Love by Judith Newman: A beautiful memoir that everyone should read. Following a year in the life of a 13-year-old with autism and the people around him. This beautifully written book will change the way you look at autism.

Now Let's Dance by Karine Lambert: I didn't love this book. The story was sweet but something was missing. I didn't love switching between characters, I understand why we were doing it but it halted the flow of the story. I see that people will love this book but it just wasnt for me.

The Stinky Street Stories 2 Stinky by Alex Ratt and Jules Faber: I see this book being popular with young boys. I found it repetitive and a little boring after the first story. I understand that it's a children's book but I don't really see it being a favorite amongst youngsters.

That's it for my August Wrap Up. Let me know what you guys read this month. Until my September Wrap Up...

Happy Reading...

<3 Gem

Published by Geramie Kate Barker