2018 In Review…

Well as most of you know, 2018 was the third year of gemsbooknook… I set some goals for the year and I am so excited to say that I have reached them all. I hoped to write 70 book reviews, get 150 followers and 3000 viewers. I have achieved these goals and more. I also reached my Goodreads goal of 100 books. So im pretty happy with how 2018 turned out.

I have kept up with my Facebook page, Twitter account and Instagram account to accompany my blog. I have been kept pretty busy with all of these accounts, but I have loved every second. I even participated in my third Bookmas, now that was awesome, hard work, but awesome.

I also started a few new things reading goals that I have loved doing. I have been reading a Shakespeare play every month, along with Shakespeare sonnets and poems. I have been making my way through Les Miserables by Victor Hugo by reading 3 ‘books’ a month , and I have been re reading an Enid Blyton classic each month.

Along with my new reading goals, I added a new post to my blog. Sunday Sessions is a post that I started doing towards the end of the year that I have really loved writing. It is a bit of a wacky idea where I just write what ever I want. From rants, to poetry or whatever else takes my fancy. I am hoping to keep it up in 2019.

If you follow me on Instagram you will have noticed that I have been posting everyday. I have Instagram post to accompany my blog posts but I have also been posting Instagram shots on days where I don’t have a post going up. They are usually accompanied by a quote by and author and I have loved doing it.

Not only have you all helped me to achieve my blog goals of 2018 but your likes and comments have kept me motivated to do my best with every post or review.

I love being a member of Hachette Books Bloggers database, and I have also continued my work as a contributor on My Trending Stories website.

After years of floundering I feel like I have finally found something that makes me feel good about myself. That focuses me and helps me connect with others.

gemsbooknook wouldn’t be what it is without all of you. Thank you so much for your support in 2018, it really has meant the world to me. I look forward to bringing you more content in 2019.

Happy New Year.

❤ Gem

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December Wrap Up…

Welcome to my December Wrap Up. I had a great reading month, finishing 12 books (4 books off my TBR). I also received 4 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 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 December Wrap Up…

Bat vs Poss by Alexa Moses: This book was beautiful. I loved getting to see all the Australian animals in this story. I also loved the message or sharing and community that this story teaches. The illustrations in this book perfectly compliment the story. This book is perfect for all young readers and their families.

Dear Santa by Samuel Johnson: This book was awesome. I laughed, I cried and I laughed some more. I loved the whole idea of this book and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Let me tell you it didn’t disappoint. These wonderful letters were perfectly written and made for a truly wonderful reading experience. This book is a must have for every Australian.

The Tales Of Beedle The Bard: Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling: This book was everything I had hoped it would be. These amazing stories were perfectly complimented by Chris Riddell’s illustrations. I didn’t think this book could get any better but the addition of the illustrations really added an extra layer to an already awesome book.

A Map Of Days by Ransom Riggs: I loved this series, so I was equal parts excited and nervous about reading this book. Turns out I didn’t need to be, it was fabulous. I loved getting to catch up with the peculiar’s and seeing them journey through America was awesome. Setting this book in America made for a fresh new adventure for the reader. I am so glad I read this book. If you havent read this book. Do it now.

A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle: I have mixed feeling about this book. I didn’t enjoy it, just not as much as I thought I would. I didn’t love the characters and it was very fast paced so I found it difficult to connect with the story. The writing was beautiful, so I really enjoyed that. Like I said mixed feelings. I am planning on reading it to see if my opinion changes.

The Tattooist Of Auschwitz by Heather Morris: This book was utterly amazing. It was an emotional roller coaster of a read but so worth the journey. This is easily one of the best books I have every read and I truly believe everyone should read this book at least once in their lives. A must read for everyone.

The O’Sullivan Twins At St Clare’s by Enid Blyton: This is the second book in the St Clare’s series and I loved it. I actually enjoyed this book more than the first one. I liked the characters more and that made it easier to stay interested in the story. Enid Blyton’s books are a classic for a reason and this book really proves why.

The Naughtiest Girl In The School by Enid Blyton: I loved this book. I have been making my way through Enid Blyton’s classic and as I had never read this book I kept putting it off. Now I wish I hadn’t. It was wonderful. Great characters, funny story and beautiful writing. I cant wait to read more books from this series.

Brer Rabbit Short Stories by Enid Blyton: The last of my Enid Blyton books and unfortunately I didn’t love it. I was into it at the beginning but then it just got boring. The stories were all the same and it just didn’t have to magic of the other Enid Blyton stories I have read this year.

Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall: This book was absolutely beautiful. Sophie Blackall did a fantastic job with this book. The story was wonderful and easy to read and the illustrations were utterly perfect. I don’t have a bad word to say about this book. This book is a must have for all young readers.

Calm The F**k Down by Sarah Knight: I really enjoyed this book. As somebody who suffers from anxiety I could really relate to the situations in this book. I found the who layout of this book and the tips and exercises to be really accurate and I cant wait to put them into practice.

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo: I can believe I finally did it. After what feels like forever I have actually finished Les Miserables. Let me tell you it was so worth the many many reading hours. This book is truly a masterpiece. Everything about this book was perfect and I can understand why it is named as a book to read at least once in your life. Utter perfection.

Shakespeare: I read 1 Shakespeare play and 31 Sonnets in December. I actually finished reading Shakespeare’s Sonnets this month. I read the following Shakespeare Works This Month:

The Third Part Of King Henry The Sixth

Sonnets 135-154

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 was lucky enough to finish Les Miserable this month. I have read the following ‘books’:

Jean Valjean

– Book 5: Grandson and Grandfather

– Book 6: The Sleepless Night

– Book 7: The Bitter Cup

– Book 8: The Fading Light

– Book 9: Supreme Shadow, Supreme Dawn

Brother’s Grimm: I am happy to say that I not only completed my goals of reading 5 Brother Grimm Fairy Tales in December, I well and truly surpassed it. I read the following Tales this month:

Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs

The Shoes That Were Danced To Pieces

The Boots of Buffalo-Leather

The Six Servants

The Lord’s Animals and the Devil’s

How Six Men Got on in the World

The Two Travelers

The Ungrateful Son

The Three Languages

The Poor Man and The Rich Man

The Stolen Farthings

The Shroud

The Valiant Little Tailor

That’s it for my December 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 January Wrap Up…

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem

The Ice Monster by David Walliams

‘This is the story of a ten-year-old orphan and a 10,000-year-old mammoth…

Read all about it! Read all about it!

ICE MONSTER FOUND IN ARCTIC!

When Elsie, an orphan on the streets of Victorian London, hears about the mysterious Ice Monster – a woolly mammoth found at the North Pole – she’s determined to discover more…

A chance encounter brings Elsie face to face with the creature, and sparks the adventure of a lifetime – from London to the heart of the Arctic!’

This book was amazing.

In my humble opinion, David Walliams can do no wrong. In his biggest Middle Grade novel yet, David Walliams takes the reader on an epic adventure.

David Walliams has an uncanny knack of not only creating amazing stories but absolutly wonderful, diverse characters. The characters in this story are truly a mixed bag. From sweet and kind, to weird and wacky, there is a character in this story for everyone to relate to.

Unlike his previous books, The Ice Monster takes place in 1899. I wasnt sure how I felt about this when I first started this book, but after a few chapters I absolutly loved it. I loved getting to learn new things about a time and place that was unfamiliar to me.

One of the greatest things about the characters in this book is that they prove that heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Adult, Child, Male and Female, these wonderful characters not only entertain the reader but surprise them as well.

The Ice Monster is perfectly Illustrated by Tony Ross. His illustrations perfectly compliment David Walliams’ story and add an extra layer to this already fantastic book.

I honestly don’t have a bad word to say about this book and I cannot wait to see what David Walliams comes up with next.

The Ice Monster by David Walliams is a joy to behold and a must have for all Middle Grade readers.

Christmas Haul…

Merry Christmas!

For those of us living in the Southern Hemisphere it is Boxing Day. What better time to post about all of the amazing things I got this year for Christmas.

As usual I was very spoilt by my friends and family and of course Santa. I had a wonderful Christmas Day surrounded by Family, Food and Fun. Nothing beats the joy that I feel on Christmas Day.

Instead of going into detail about my Christmas Haul I am just going to list all my amazing gifts.

Here goes nothing:

Stay Gold Bracelet

LitBalm –  Thomas Cresswell

LitBalm – Audrey Rose

LitBalm – #Bookstagram

Happily Ever After by Kiera Cross

The Librarian Of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

My Family And Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

Harry Potter Hogwarts: The Movie Scrapbook

A Keeper by Graham Norton

Kaleidoscope Colouring: Animals and More

Kaleidoscope Colouring: Magnificent Creatures and More

Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit

The Book Of Daniel by Jeff Apter

2019 Day Planner

Harry Potter Slippers

Harry Potter: Hagrid Light

Harry Potter Niffler Pop Vinyl

Harry Potter Hogwarts Crest Christmas Decoration

Personalized Maltesers Bucket

Friends For Christmas by John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John CD

2019 Diary

Journal

Reading Tracker Journal

Pocket Planner

Sons Of Anarchy Season 1-5 on DVD

Avengers Infinity War DVD

Riot DVD

2 Pillows

U Shape Pillow

Socks

Toiletries

Gift Cards

Like I said, I was spoilt this year. I want to say a massive thank you to all of my Family and Friends for the amazing gifts.

I hope you all had or are having a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones. Eat, Drink and be merry my friends.

Merry Christmas One and All.

~>GEM<~

The Tales Of Beedle The Bard: Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling

‘The Tales of Beedle the Bard contains five richly imaginative stories of adventure, cunning, heartache, and, of course, magic. They are to the wizarding community what the tales of the Brothers Grimm are to Muggle families.

This lush new illustrated edition has been translated from the ancient runes by Hermione Granger and is presented here with extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore. With an introduction and notes by J.K. Rowling, this collection will thrill and delight Muggles and wizards alike.’

I loved this book.

As a massive Harry Potter fan it shouldnt surprise anyone to hear that I loved this book. I loved the original version of this book so when I heard we were getting an illustrated version I was overjoyed.

J.K. Rowling did a fantastic job with this book. The stories were weird, wacky and utterly captivating. I don’t have a bad word to say about these stories. I was genuinely surprised by how amazing Chris Riddell’s illustrations complimented J.K Rowling’s stories.

Chris Riddell not only captured the stories being told but he added an entire new dimension to them. His illustrations were bright, bold and absolutely beautiful. Chris Riddell’s illustrations are something I didn’t know I needed and now I can’t image reading this book without them.

I honestly can’t describe how truly magical this book is. I will treasure this book and it will one of those books that I will continually read over the years.

If you are still questioning whether or not to buy this book, you should know that for every sale of this book, Scholastic will donate 15% of the suggested retail price to Lumos, an international nonprofit organization founded by J.K. Rowling that works globally to end the institutionalization of children.

The Tales Of Beedle The Bard: Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling is a must have for all Harry Potter fans, and the perfect book to introduce new readers to J.K. Rowling’s magical world.

Bookmas 2018 Day 12…

On the twelfth day of Bookmas gemsbooknook gave to you…

My Top 12 For 2018:

Now some of these books were included on other lists this Bookmas, but given that this is the Best of 2018 I couldn’t resist repeating some of these amazing books.

So without further ado lets jump in…

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.

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: This book was mind-blowing. I honestly can’t describe just how amazing this book was. This whole series was an absolute joy. This book was everything I had hoped it would be and more. I laughed, I cried and I spent the entire book on the edge of my seat. I absolutely loved this series and I am genuinely sad that this is the final book.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: This book was fantastic. I can’t believe I waited so long to read it. This book is an absolute must read for everyone. It is brilliantly written, powerful and utterly gut-wrenching. If you havent yet read this book you need to do it now.

Wundersmith: The Calling Of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend: I honestly don’t have the words to describe how much I loved this book. It was absolutely Wunderful. This was one of my most anticipated releases of the year and it didn’t disappoint. I am totally in love with this series. I want more.

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.

Sisters And Brothers by Fiona Palmer: I absolutely loved this book. This is the second book I have read by Fiona Palmer and she is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. This book is both heartwarming and heartbreaking, with a fantastic plot and truly wonderful characters. I will be reading this book many times in the future.

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King: I honestly don’t have the words to describe how amazing this book is. Masterpiece is the only word I can think of. I am a massive King fan and this book is the reason why. It was perfectly woven, with amazing characters and a really wacky plot line. If you havent read this book yet, do it now.

Differently Normal by Tammy Robinson: I absolutely loved this book. I was engaged with the story and the amazing characters from the start. This book is equal parts heartwarming and heartbreaking. I couldn’t put this wonderful book down and I am still sad that it ended. This book should be on the top of everyone’s TBR.

Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer: I absolutely loved this book. I honestly couldn’t put it down. I was captivated from start to finish. I honestly can’t describe how this book made me feel. It was so emotional, real and heartbreaking. This is a book that I believe everyone should read.

Floodline by Kathryn Heyman: This book was absolutely fantastic. I was captivated from the first page and I didn’t want it to end. The story being told was so emotional and utterly human, that it was easy to forget you weren’t actually living it. I honestly don’t have a bad word to say about 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.

Millionaire Mountain Climber by Laura Boon: I loved this book. It had a great plot, awesome characters and a breathtaking setting. It really is everything you want in a romance novel; sweet, sexy and fun. I didn’t just read this book I devoured it. I am so excited to read the next book in the Romancing The Alps series.

Well that’s it from me. Let me know your favourite books of 2018. I hope you enjoyed this years Bookmas posts, I definitely had fun creating them for you. I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas, filled with lots of books.

Until next time…

Happy Reading…

MERRY CHRISTMAS…

❤ Gem

 

Bookmas 2018 Day 11…

On the eleventh day of Bookmas gemsbooknook gave to you…

11 Australian Reads:

Sisters And Brothers by Fiona Palmer: I absolutely loved this book. This is the second book I have read by Fiona Palmer and she is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. This book is both heartwarming and heartbreaking, with a fantastic plot and truly wonderful characters. I will be reading this book many times in the future.

Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer: I absolutely loved this book. I honestly couldn’t put it down. I was captivated from start to finish. I honestly can’t describe how this book made me feel. It was so emotional, real and heartbreaking. This is a book that I believe everyone should read.

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.

The Desert Nurse by Pamela Hart: This is the second of Pamela Hart’s books I have read and it didn’t disappoint. Her writing is amazing, her characters are three-dimensional and relatable and her descriptions are breathtaking. I don’t have a bad word to say about this book and I cant wait to see what Pamela Hart comes out with next.

The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross: I absolutely adored this book. As a massive fan of Beauty and the Beast, I am very critical of people touching that particular tale, but this book was absolutely amazing. I honestly don’t have the words to describe how wonderful this book was. I think the best way to sum it up is… The best retelling I have ever read.

Hollywood Heartbreak by C.J. Duggan: The fifth standalone book in The Heart Of The City series, and it didn’t disappoint. I absolutely love this series and I absolutely loved this book. With wonderful characters, a great storyline and a fantastic setting, this amazing book will transport the reader to Hollywood and take them on a roller coaster ride through glitz and glamour. This book is not to be missed.

Get Remarkably Organised by Lorraine Murphy: This great book is filled will tips and exercises to help you get organised and live your best life. Some of the tips in this book didn’t really relate to me, but I have taken note of the ones that I think will benefit my life. If you are struggling with staying on top of all the tasks you have to get accomplished or you want to be more productive than this is the book for you.

Millionaire Mountain Climber by Laura Boon: I loved this book. It had a great plot, awesome characters and a breathtaking setting. It really is everything you want in a romance novel; sweet, sexy and fun. I didn’t just read this book I devoured it. I am so excited to read the next book in the Romancing The Alps series.

Floodline by Kathryn Heyman: This book was absolutely fantastic. I was captivated from the first page and I didn’t want it to end. The story being told was so emotional and utterly human, that it was easy to forget you weren’t actually living it. I honestly don’t have a bad word to say about this book.

Esme’s Wish by Elizabeth Foster. I loved this book. I am so glad that I decided to read it and I am so excited knowing that it is going to be a series. The characters were interesting and relatable so it made it really easy to fall into this story. I loved the magic and mystery in this book. The writing was beautiful and had a really lyrical quality about it. I cant wait to continue with this series.

Dear Santa by Samuel Johnson: This book was awesome. I laughed, I cried and I laughed some more. I loved the whole idea of this book and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Let me tell you it didn’t disappoint. These wonderful letters were perfectly written and made for a truly wonderful reading experience. This book is a must have for every Australian.

Well that’s it from me. Let me know if you read an Australian books in 2018 in the comment section.

Until next time…

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem

 

Bookmas 2018 Day 10…

On the tenth day of Bookmas gemsbooknook gave to you…

The 10 Best YA Books of 2018:

It Ends With You by S.K. Wright: I really enjoyed this book. I wasnt sure about it when I picked it up, but I was wonderful. I couldn’t put it down and ended up reading it in one sitting. I built slow but once it sped up I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. I am so glad I decided to read this book.

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.

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton: This book was fantastic. I will admit it took me a few chapters to get into it, but once I did I really enjoyed it. I love the whole concept and the way the characters looks at themselves and beauty. I am glad that there is more coming because I definitely havent had my fill of the Belles.

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins: I really enjoyed this book. I haven’t read anything like it in a long time, so I really got into it. It had great pacing, interesting characters and a pretty freaky plot. I didn’t guess who the killer was, I was surprised when it was revealed. I also loved that the story continued after the killer was revealed so we were able to learn more about the killer and the victims. If you are looking for a really engaging read, this is the book for you.

Out Of The Easy by Ruta Sepetys: I loved this book. This is the second book by Ruta Sepetys that I have read and I am in love with her writing. This book had amazing characters in a great setting and an unbelievable plot. I wish it hadn’t ended. I cant wait to read more books by Ruta Sepetys.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: This book was fantastic. I can’t believe I waited so long to read it. This book is an absolute must read for everyone. It is brilliantly written, powerful and utterly gut-wrenching. If you havent yet read this book you need to do it now.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green. You have to read this book. I honestly didn’t know what to expect going into this book. It turns out I should have expected awesomeness. This book had an amazing plot, fantastic characters and wonderful writing. I am so glad I read it an I cant wait to share it with my friends and family.

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver: This book was fantastic. I wasnt sure about it going into it, but after a few chapters I was hooked. I loved the emotional pull this story had, the mess that was left behind and how people try to move on after a tragedy. The characters and their interactions with each other really grounded this book and made me excited to find out more.

The Astonishing Colour Of After by Emily X.R. Pan: I had mixed feelings about this book the entire way through it. I think I was concerned that there was so much going on and I didn’t know how it was going to come together. I really didn’t need to worry, it was a wonderful book that I am so glad that I read.

A Map Of Days by Ransom Riggs: I loved this series, so I was equal parts excited and nervous about reading this book. Turns out I didn’t need to be, it was fabulous. I loved getting to catch up with the peculiar’s and seeing them journey through America was awesome. Setting this book in America made for a fresh new adventure for the reader. I am so glad I read this book. If you havent read this book. Do it now.

Well that’s it from me. Let me know your favourite YA books of 2018.

Untill Next time…

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem

Bookmas 2018 Day 9…

On the ninth day of Bookmas gemsbooknook gave to you…

Top 9 Middle Grade books of 2018:

The World’s Worst Children 3 by David Walliams: I loved this book. I was so excited when I found out there was going to be a third book in this series and it didn’t disappoint. The brilliant partnership of David Walliams and Tony Ross has once again delivered an outstanding book. This book is a must have for all young readers.

Quark’s Academy by Catherine Pelosi: This book was amazing. The concept of this book made for a really entertaining read. I loved the diverse yet relatable characters, and I though the science in this book was amazingly written. This book is perfect for young readers and their families.

The Boy At The Back Of The Class by Onjali. Q. Rauf: This book was beautiful. I honestly didn’t know what to expect from this book. it was equal parts heartwarming and heartbreaking. I honestly believe that this book could change lives and should be read by everyone. Children and adults alike.

Wundersmith: The Calling Of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend: I honestly don’t have the words to describe how much I loved this book. It was absolutely Wunderful. This was one of my most anticipated releases of the year and it didn’t disappoint. I am totally in love with this series. I want more.

Treasury Of Bedtime Stories by Enid Blyton: This book was magical. I have been makin my way through Enid Blyton’s classic books this year, so I was over the moon to get my hands on this book. This amazing book is filled with wonderful stories and beautiful illustrations. I don’t have a bad word to say about this book.

Laugh Your Head Off 4 Ever by Various Authors: This was a really fun book. With 9 different stories written by 9 different authors, there is something in this book for everyone. I had a smile on my face from start to finish and some genuine laugh out loud moments. I can see this being a favourite for middle grade readers and a great book to read aloud at bedtime for those younger readers.

Favourite Enid Blyton Stories by Enid Blyton: This book was absolutely amazing. It was filled with some of Enid Blyton’s most awesome stories, with introductions by various famous people and breathtaking illustrations. I am so happy to have this amazing book to add to my Enid Blyton Collection. This book will be adored by everyone who reads it and is a must have for all good bookshelves.

Marge And The Secret Tunnel by Isla Fisher: This book was great. I really love the Marge In Charge books. They are fun, sweet, and thoroughly entertaining. These books are perfect to read aloud with kids at bed time. I can easily see Marge And The Secret Tunnel being a favourite for young readers and their families.

The Ice Monster by David Walliams: This book was fantastic. I am a huge fan of David Walliams’ books and this didn’t disappoint. With awesome characters and a beautiful story, this book is a must have for all young readers. With amazing illustrations by Tony Ross, this book is overflowing with awesomeness.

Well that’s it for Bookmas day 9. Let me know if you have read any of these books or what middle grade books you read this year.

Until next time…

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem

Bookmas 2018 Day 8…

On the eighth day of Bookmas gemsbooknook gave to you…

The 8 Best Picture Books of 2018:

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.

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.

What’s At The End Of This Piece Of Rope by Tania Cox: This lovely little children’s book is perfect for reading out loud with young children. With a nice array of animals for children to follow along with. This book is amazingly illustrated by Jedda Robaard. If you have young children in your life, this book is the perfect addition for their bookshelf.

Little Whale by Jo Weaver: I can’t get over how beautiful this book was. I would like to say that the illustrations perfectly complimented the story but it was honestly the opposite. The story perfectly complimented the breathtaking illustrations. This book is a must have for every bookshelf.

Aussie Easter Hat Parade by Colin Buchanan: This book was absolutely beautiful. I have never seen an Aussie themed Easter book, so I had to buy this book when I saw it. This beautiful book had a great little story with fantastic Australian Illustrations. I’m so glad I own this book.

Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol by Tony Mitton: This book was absolutely beautiful I am a massive fan of A Christmas Carol and this book was the perfect retelling. This is the perfect book to read aloud with children and the amazing illustrations by Mike Redman perfectly compliment the story and give an extra layer to an already wonderful book.

Santa Bruce by Ryan .T. Higgins: This book was beautiful. Written and illustrated by Ryan T. Higgins, this book was absolutely perfect. The illustrations brought to life the wonderful story being told. Every page of this book was stunning and oozing joy. This book is a must have for all young readers.

Well that’s it from me. Let me know your favourite Picture books of 2018.

Untill Next time…

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem