What I’ve Read – August 2022

This year is going way too quickly. I can’t believe it’s September 1 already. This means there’s just over a month until my birthday and, I’m reliably told, 25 sleeps until my nephew turns 6!

August found a pile of picture books I hadn’t read, both print and ebooks, as well as me being on the road enough to listen to three audiobooks.

I finished the section Magical Misfits audiobook, and the third. This series by Neil Patrick Harris has been quite enjoyable. There’s adventure and magic, and regular breaks to teach to magic tricks. I’m keeping my eye out for the fourth one to be available on the Borrow Box app. I also listened to Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire by Nat Amoore. This is the first in a series I’ve been listening to backwards! All three of these were excellent and a great way to pass the time on a long drive.

The Last Quarter by Nicki Johnson is another book I started in July and finished in August, and really enjoyed it. I think this is the last of hers that’s out (other than ebooks). I might have to find the others and read them again!

For chapter books, I read Dragon Stones by Carolyn Watson-Dubisch, an ebook that was a free download. I dusted off GummShoes by EJ Gore from my kids’ bookshelf, one I’ve been talking about but hadn’t read. For a quick read, I picked up Marshmallow Pie The Cat Superstar on TV by Clara Vullimay, a fun chapter book that had been floating around the house for a while.

Now to picture books. A Dinosaur Came to my Birthday Party by Frances McKay, You’re One in a Melon by Katrina Liu, and When Someone You Love Has Died by Stephanie Seidler were all free downloads. The dinosaur one would have been in our library if it had been around 16 years ago, and the puns in the melon book were bad, but funny. The last one is an excellent resource for children experiencing a loss, no matter who it may be.

Earlier in the year, I went to a market & picked up awesome books by Jo Rothwell & I read more in August including The Big Hungry TreePenelope Plume, and Aloysius the Ram at the Chateau de Lalande. These were all fun stories.

I started reading The Nurses’ War by Victoria Purman. This is quite a thick book, and one I’ve been looking forward to and enjoying so far.

This brings my total to 60 books for the year. I’ve increased my goal for the year to 70. Given the number of picture books I’m yet to read, I’m sure I’ll make it.

How was your reading in August?

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About Melissa

Melissa Gijsbers started writing when she was in High School during the 1990s, even winning some awards for a short story and a script. For many years, life got in the way of creative writing, however she did start blogging around 2006.

She currently lives in Melbourne, Australia with her two sons and a pet blue tongue lizard.

Melissa Gijsbers, Author, Speaker & Booklover
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