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<~

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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 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

Bookmas 2018 Day 7…

On the seventh day of Bookmas gemsbooknook gave to you…

2018’s 7 Quick Reads:

The Selection by Kiera Cass: I didn’t know what to expect going into this book, I didn’t think I was going to like it. Luckily I was wrong; I loved it. It was fun, easy to read and thoroughly entertaining. I honestly can’t wait to dive into the rest of this series. So glad I picked this book up.

Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely: This book surprised me. I didn’t know if I was going to like it. It was a little slow at the begin but once it picked up I was completely invested. It was such a new sort of book for me to read and I really enjoyed it. I hope this isn’t the last we see of these amazing characters. I want more.

The Mercy Seat by Elizabeth H. Winthrop: This book is an absolute masterpiece. The writing is superb, the story is captivating, and the characters are real. I couldn’t put this book down. It is one of the best books I have ever read. All I can really say is that everyone needs to read this book.

We Are Young by Cat Clarke: I really enjoyed this book. I was hooked from the first page. I was able to related to so many of the characters which made this story really captivating for me. I loved the story and the was it developed. I will definitely be reading this book again in the future.

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.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston: This was a quick cute read. I really enjoyed the characters and the plot of this story. I loved seen elements of Cinderella make their way into this story, it was really creative. I am really glad I read this book and I know I will be reading it again in the future.

Sleep Affirmations by Jennifer Williamson: This book was beautiful. I really enjoyed these wonderful affirmations and I felt really calm and relaxed the more I read. The layout of this book was great and the illustrations that accompanied the affirmations really added an extra layer to this book.

Well that’s it from me. Let me know your quick reads for 2018 in the comment section.

Until next time…

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem

 

Bookmas 2018 Day 6…

On the 6th Day of Bookmas gemsbooknook gave to you…

The 6 Best Covers of 2018:

The Key by Kathryn Hughes:

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This book started really slow. I was having trouble staying interested in it at the beginning. Just before the half way point it really picked up speed and I couldn’t put it down. I am so glad I stuck with it, because it was so worth it in the end. This book is definitely worth the read.

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King:

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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.

Happiness For Humans by P.Z. Reizin:

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This book was such a pleasure to read. It was joyful, funny and really interesting. I loved the concept of this book and I found myself really engaged with the story and the characters. I truly believe this is a book that everyone will get something out of.

The Other Sister by Elle Croft:

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This book took me by surprise. It took a few chapters for me to get into it but once I did I was hooked. I don’t love books that are told from multiple points of view but I got use to it in this book and by the end I wasnt really bothered by it. This book was creepy, intriguing and will stay with my for a long time.

Diagon Alley: A Movie Scrapbook by Jody Revenson:

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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 Elite by Kiera Cass:

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This book was amazing. After loving The Selection so much I was both excited and apprehensive about this book. Thankful it not only lived up to its predecessor but exceeded it. I loved getting a deeper insight it this world and these amazing characters and I am so excited to dive into book three.

Well that’s it from me, let me know your favourite covers of 2018 in the comment section.

Until next time…

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem

 

Bookmas 2018 Day 5…

On the 5th day of Bookmas gemsbooknook gave to you…

The 5 Best Sequels of 2018:

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.

Darker by E.L. James: I really enjoyed this book. After reading Grey, I was actually excited to read this book. I really enjoy reading this story from Christian’s point of view. I think I may prefer reading from Christian’s point of view over Ana’s. I also loved getting to see what was happening with Christian and his family whilst we were reading about Ana’s life. I looking forward to reading the next installment soon.

The One by Kiera Cass: They say ‘third times the charm’, in this case they are completely right. This book was amazing, I loved getting to learn more about the characters and palace life, and I really loved the darker and more emotional moments that were in this book. This series is fast becoming a favourite of mine and I can’t wait to read more.

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein: This book was an absolute roller coaster read. I laughed, I cried, and I held my breath. I went into this book will high expectations and this book well and truly surpassed them. It was equal parts heartwarming and heartbreaking. Everyone should read this book. I wont be forgetting it anytime soon.

Well that’s it for Bookmas Day 5. Let me know if you have read any of these books or what your favourite sequel of 2018 was.

Until next time…

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem

 

Bookmas 2018 Day 4…

On the 4th day of Bookmas gemsbooknook gave to you…

My 4 Most Anticipated Releases of 2019:

The Everlasting Rose (The Belles, #2) by Dhonielle Clayton: I was hesitant going into The Belles but it absolutly blew me away. I honestly didn’t want the first book to end so I am over the moon that I will soon have a second book to devour. I am so excited to see what Camille and the rest of the Belles do next.

Untitled (Stalking Jack the Ripper #4)by Kerri Maniscalco: I honestly can’t wait to get my hands on this book. I have loved every second of this series and I cant wait to see what trouble Audrey Rose and Thomas get up to next. I will be sad to see this series end but I am so glad that I get to read one more book before I have to say goodbye.

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas: After finally reading The Hate U Give not that long ago, I was very excited to see that Angie Thomas has a new book coming out. I know I am a bit late to the party but that hasn’t dampened my excitement about reading this book. I honestly can’t wait.

Sherwood by Meagan Spooner: I was really excited when I heard about this book. I read Hunter by Meagan Spooner last year and I absolutly loved it. It was honestly one of the best retellings I have ever read. I am so excited to see how she puts a fresh twist on the tale of Robin Hood. Looking forward to getting lost in this book.

Well that’s it from me. Let me know what books you are looking forward to most in 2019.

Until next time…

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem

Bookmas 2018 Day 3…

On the 3rd day of Bookmas gemsbooknook gave to you…

My 3 least favourite books of 2018:

Queens Of Geek by Jen Wilde: Even though I ended up enjoying this book, I kind of wish it was two individuals books. I didn’t like switching between narrators and I felt that both of these characters and their stories were strong enough on their own. I would love to see more stories on both Taylor and Charlie, even if they are only novellas. Great characters like these young women deserve to shine.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer: I didn’t really like this book. I went into it with high hopes, thinking that I may have a new series to read, but it wasnt really for me. While I enjoyed certain aspects of this book, overall I just didn’t love it. I just couldn’t get into the whole cyborg, hovers and AI aspects. I don’t think I will be continuing with this series.

Dude! by Aaron Reynolds: I didn’t love this book. The illustrations by Dan Santat’s were amazing and really made this book. There wasnt really much of a story so to speak, so if it wasnt for the illustrations there really wouldn’t have been a book to read.

Well that’s it for Bookmas day 3. Let me know if you have read any of these book or which books disappointed you in 2018.

Until tomorrow…

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem