Welcome to my December Wrap Up. I had a great reading month, finishing 18 books (8 from my TBR). I got a pretty good book haul for Christmas and I participated in Bookmas which helped with my overall reading total.

I have reviews up for most of 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 December Wrap Up...

Miss Peregrine's Home for peculiar children/Hollow City/Library of Souls/Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs. I started December with a Peculiar marathon. These books are absolutely fantastic, the story is engaging, the characters are relatable (excluding the peculiar abilities), and the addition of the photographs really enhances these books. I couldn't put these books down. As for Tales of the Peculiar, the companion book to the trilogy, it was perfect. It really captured the feel of the series while being different enough to be a stand alone companion. I can't recommend these books highly enough.

Aragog/Buckbeak/Dobby by Jody Revenson. These books are from the Incredibuilds collection, and they truly are incredible. With each book you get a model to build, as well as a great little book. The models have easy to follow instructions and just click together. The books are filled with great photos and illustrations as well as information about how these creatures were brought to life in the Harry Potter movies. These books are a must have for Harry Potter fans.

Dot and the Kangaroo by Ethel C. Pedley. A beautiful book about a little girl who gets lost in the Australian bush and is rescued by a Kangaroo. I havent read this story since I was a child and im so glad I picked up a copy. It was beautiful, heartfelt and a perfect book to read in summer in Australia. Every Australian should read this book at least one in their lives.

Gumnut Babies/Snugglepot and Cuddlepie by May Gibbs. May Gibbs is a national treasure. The Gumnut Babies and Sugglepot and Cuddlepie are much-loved Australian books. I was raised on these books and absolutely loved them. Reading them as an adult was a wonderful experience. It is easy to see why these books are Australian Classics. A must read for all Australians.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I read this book during bookmas, a few chapters a night over the 12 days. I really love this story and it never fails to put me in the Christmas spirit. I will be definitely be reading this next bookmas and every books after that.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss. Aww I love the Grinch. I read this book during bookmas also, I then followed it up by watching the movie. I love Dr Seuss and the Grinch is one of his greatest. Perfect to read at Christmas time.

My Special Christmas Adventure by Julia Wilson. This is one of my all-time favourite books. it was a gift from my Nan and Pop when I was a kid and I read it every year on Christmas eve. It is a personalised stories and I will forever cherish it.

Santa Is Coming To Sydney by Steve Smallman. I picked this book up last Christmas and I love it. It's a children's Christmas book set in Sydney. There aren't a lot of Christmas stories that are solely set in Sydney/New South Wales. This has a great story with a modern twist and fantastic illustrations. I know there are other books set in various cities so if you find one for your area buy it. You wont regret it.

The Twelfth Night by Timothy Knapman. This book is a modern English retelling of The Twelfth Night. It is easy to read, with great illustrations and it kept important quotes from the original story. This is the perfect book for young people interested in Shakespeare or readers who are new to Shakespeare.

The Western Front by Peter Cochran. This book is a beautiful and haunting collection of photographs from the Western Front take during WWII. The book has photos, quotes and diary entries by and of Australian soldiers on the front lines. A must have for anyone Interested in Australian War History or great photography.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer. Heartless is a back story of the Queen of Hearts. I loved this book. It follows the queen of hearts before she becomes the queen of hearts. Detailing to back story and the events that let to her becoming The evil Queen we know today. This book was a great read. I highly recommend.

Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets: Illustrated Edition by J K.Rowling and Jim Kay. I love Harry Potter. Jim Kay has done a marvelous job with this illustrated edition. The magic of J K. Rowling's story is beautifully completed by Jim Kay's fantastic illustrations. This book is a must have for all Harry Potter fans.

Well that's it for my December Wrap Up. Reviews for most of these books are already up so check them out. Untill next time, Happy Reading.

<3 Gem

Published by Geramie Kate Barker