Welcome to my August Wrap Up. I had a great reading month, finishing 13 books (2 books off my TBR). I also received 12 ARC's this month, and I continued my new goal of reading 1 Shakespeare play and 10 Shakespeare Sonnets, as well as 5 Brother's Grimm fairy-tales, and 3 'books' from Les Miserable by Victor Hugo. I hope to keep this up every month for the rest of the year. I guess we will see if that actually happens.

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...

Oscar The Hungry Unicorn by Lou Carter and Nikki Dyson: This was a beautiful little book. With Unicorns all the rage at the moment this book is perfect. The story is strong and sweet and show young readers love and friendship, and the illustrations are absolutely beautiful. I don't have a bad word to say about this book.

Holiday Adventures by Enid Blyton: I was a little disappointed with this book. I have been loving reading Enid Blyton classics over the last few months bu this one just didn't live up to my expectations. Some of the stories is this collection were great but overall the books was a bit of a let down.

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon: This book was amazing. I am so glad I finally picked it up. I loved the plot, the characters, the writing. I honestly don't have a bad word to say about this book. I will definitely be re reading this one many times in the future.

The Marauder's Map Guide To Hogwarts by Erinn Pascal: This book was awesome. Filled with interesting information about Hogwarts and amazing illustrations, this book is a must have for all Harry Potter fans. It comes with a torch wand that reveals hidden messages when you shine it on the pages and an invisible ink marker so that you can write your own secret messages. I absolutely love this book.

Diagon Alley: A Movie Scrapbook by Jody Revenson: I adored this book. It was over flowing with fantastic information and behind the scenes secrets, as well as leaflets, stickers and really awesome fold out posters. This is another must have for all Harry Potter fans. I am totally in love with this book.

The Bulldog Track by Peter Phelps: This book was wonderful. I am really interested in Australian military History and I have read many book about the Kokoda Track so I was genuinely surprised that I had never hear of The Bulldog Track 'the other Kokoda'. I am so glad I have read this book and I cant wait to share it with my friends and family.

Forgotten Women: The Writers by Zing Tsjeng: This book was amazing. Reading about these amazing women was such a wonderful experience. I am so excited to delve deep into the women in this book. I am so glad I got to read this book and I truly believe this book is a must read for everyone.

Forgotten Women: The Artists by Zing Tsjeng: I loved this book. I don't know a whole lot about art or Artists, but I really enjoyed this book. Reading about these extraordinary women, and the lives they led was really inspirational. I am really excited to use this book as a starting point to learn more about these amazing Artists.

Queerstories by Maeve Marsden: I didn't love this book. I enjoyed it but it wasnt really what I expected. So of the stories in this book were beautiful and heartwarming as well as heartbreaking but that feeling just didn't continue on through all of the stories and I found it quite jarring. I also had an issue with all of the swearing. This book is definitely not for younger readers.

Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco: I absolutely loved this book. I love the two previous books in this series and I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. Thankfully it didn't disappoint. I loved getting to catch up with Audrey Rose and Thomas and I thought the idea of a floating carnival as the back drop was brilliant. I honestly don't have a bad word to say about this book.

The A-Z Of Wonder Women by Yvonne Lin: I loved this book. I was so excited when I got my hands on this book. It was amazing. Great information and wonderful illustrations combine to make a fantastic book that every child especially little girls should read.

When I Was A Child by Andy Stanton and David Litchfield: This book was utterly beautiful. The story was sweet and perfect for reading out loud and the illustrations were absolutely amazing. I cant wait to share this book with all of the young readers in my life.

That's Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger: This book was amazing. I honestly couldn't put it down and have already lent it to my sister. It was raw, emotional and at times confronting. The topic was perfectly handled and I truly believe this book should be read by everyone.

Shakespeare: I read 1 Shakespeare play and 10 Sonnets in August. I read the following Shakespeare Works This Month:

King Richard The Second

Sonnets 71-80

Les Miserable: For those who don't know this novel, it is broken up into character sections with each character section containing 'books'. Within each of these books are chapters. These 'books' come in various sizes, it is just the luck of the draw really. I hope to read 3 'books' each month. I have read the following 'books' this month:

The Idyll In The Rue Plumet And The Epic Of The Rue Saint-Denis:

- Book 6: The Boy Gavroche

- Book 7: Argot

- Book 8: Enchantment And Despair

Brother's Grimm: I am happy to say that I not only completed my goals of reading 5 Brother Grimm Fairy Tales in August, I doubled it. I read the following Tales this month:

The Water-Nix

Stories About Snakes

Knoist And His Three Sons

The Old Man And His Grandson

The Bittern And The Hoopoe

The Star-Money

The Stolen Farthings

The Flail From Heaven

The Old Man Made Young Again

Odds And Ends

That's it for my August Wrap Up. I hope you all had a great reading month. Let me know what you guys read this month in the comments section.

Until my September Wrap Up...

Happy Reading...

<3 Gem

Published by Geramie Kate Barker