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This is an Australian book blog containing book reviews, giveaways and author interviews.
Confluence Giveaway Winners Announced
2023-02-06 07:47
Thanks to everyone who entered my giveaway last week to win 1 of 2 signed copies of Confluence by Gemma Chilton. It's true, Gemma is from Southern Tasmania and everyone answered correctly. E… Read More
Review: The Phantom Of The Opera Companion
2023-01-30 05:33
I absolutely love everything about the musical production The Phantom of the Opera: the gothic setting; the music; the operas within an opera and of course the cleverly constructed and often… Read More
2023 Reading Challenge Sign Ups
2023-01-16 04:15
I was sorry to learn that the Aussie Author Reading Challenge came to a close at the end of 2022 after 13 years. I'd like to thank Jo from Booklover Book Reviews for her time and generosity… Read More
Top 5 Books Of 2022
2023-01-10 05:29
In 2022 I read a total of 75 books and as always, it's difficult to curate a Top 5 list. Over the course of the year, a total of 19 books were 5 star reads for me in a nice healthy mix… Read More
Review: Just One Thing By Dr Michael Mosley
2023-01-06 05:40
Dr Michael Mosley is very easy to listen to and I've watched quite a few of his documentaries, however surprisingly, this is my first time reading any of his - many - books. Just One Thing … Read More
Historical Fiction Challenge 2022 Completed
2023-01-01 05:12
Happy New Year! Historical fiction remained one of my favourite genres last year and I enjoyed participating in the Historical Fiction Challenge 2022 hosted by Marg at The Intrepid Reader.I… Read More
Review: Collecting Cooper By Paul Cleave
2022-12-31 04:45
Paul Cleave is a bestselling kiwi author from New Zealand and Collecting Cooper is my first time reading any of his books. In 2012, Paul Cleave hit my radar and at the time, the blurb for Co… Read More
Review: Dark Skies By Lonely Planet
2022-12-17 01:45
I've always loved stargazing, and Dark Skies - A Practical Guide to Astrotourism by Valerie Stimac and Lonely Planet was given to me by my husband for Christmas in 2020. Given some of t… Read More
2022-12-15 05:29
I read 25 non fiction books in 2022 and it was the third year in a row participating in the Nonfiction Reader Challenge. The challenge is hosted by fellow Aussie book blogger Shelleyrae at B… Read More
Review: Why We Sleep By Matthew Walker
2022-12-13 03:51
Am I putting you to sleep with the number of books and audiobooks I review on the topic of sleep? I sincerely hope not, but I might need to acknowledge that this has become a comfort topic… Read More
Review: Headcase By Jack Heath
2022-12-07 05:25
* Copy courtesy of Allen & Unwin *My favourite fictional cannibal Timothy Blake is back in the fourth instalment of the Blake series that began with Hangman, and continued on with Hunter… Read More
Review: Dawnlands By Philippa Gregory
2022-11-25 05:08
* Copy courtesy of Simon & Schuster *Dawnlands by Philippa Gregory is the third book in the Fairmile series that began in 2019 with Tidelands (Book 1) and follows straight on after the e… Read More
Review: The Way It Is Now By Garry Disher
2022-11-18 02:24
* Copy courtesy of Text Publishing *The Way It Is Now by Garry Disher is set on the Mornington Peninsula an hour out of Melbourne, and our protagonist Charlie Deravin is staying at his famil… Read More
Review: The Journey By James Norbury
2022-11-10 06:35
* Copy courtesy of Penguin Random House *The Journey: Big Panda and Tiny Dragon is a charming book written and illustrated by the talented artist James Norbury. It's the sequel to the intern… Read More
Review: Cursed Objects By J.W. Ocker
2022-11-07 05:52
Cursed Objects: Strange but True Stories of the World's Most Infamous Items by J.W. Ocker was a mildly entertaining and interesting book, the kind of which is soon forgotten, but enjoyed whi… Read More
Review: Limberlost By Robbie Arnott
2022-11-03 05:17
* Copy courtesy of Text Publishing *Reading Limberlost by Robbie Arnott was an ethereal experience. Inspired by the real life experiences of the author's Grandfather, Robbie Arnott has attem… Read More
Review: Insomnia By Marina Benjamin
2022-10-26 05:31
Insomnia by Marina Benjamin is presented as a memoir, but it could be better described as a collection of vignettes exploring the topic of sleep and the author's insomnia.A slim read, journa… Read More
Review: The Body By Bill Bryson
2022-10-24 03:41
I enjoyed listening to At Home: A Short History of Private Life at the beginning of the year and decided to seek out more of Bill Bryson's work. The Body: A Guide for Occupants, written and… Read More
Review: Yours In Books By Julie Falatko
2022-10-16 05:09
Children's books that celebrate a love of reading will get me every time, and I couldn't resist purchasing a copy of Yours In Books by Julie Falatko. Our main character is Owl T. Fencepost a… Read More
Review: Runt By Craig Silvey
2022-10-12 04:42
* Copy courtesy of Allen & Unwin *Runt by Craig Silvey was a sheer delight to read, it felt like 'coming home.' Forget his earlier books Honeybee and Jasper Jones, Runt is completely dif… Read More
Review: Fairy Tale By Stephen King
2022-10-08 05:25
* Copy courtesy of Hachette Australia *Charlie Reade is a terrific kid! Charlie's Mum died when he was ten and his Dad became an alcoholic, forcing Charlie to learn how to take care of himse… Read More
Review: The Twisted Tree By Rachel Burge
2022-09-09 06:48
Reading the blurb for The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge and finding out the main character Martha can tell things about a person just by touching their clothes, I was immediately sold. D… Read More
Review: Farmhouse By Sophie Blackall
2022-08-31 04:40
* Copy courtesy of Hachette Australia *The impact time has on people, buildings and the environment is a constant theme in my reading, and Farmhouse by Sophie Blackall is based on the t… Read More
Review: The It Girl By Ruth Ware
2022-08-29 05:36
* Copy courtesy of Simon & Schuster *I absolutely adored the rich setting of The It Girl by Ruth Ware in the fictional campus college of Pelham College at Oxford University. Having… Read More
Review: Hydra By Adriane Howell
2022-08-18 03:58
* Copy courtesy of Transit Lounge *Hydra by Melbourne based author Adriane Howell is set on the Victorian peninsula in an area I was once quite familiar with. Our main character Anja is an a… Read More
Framed Giveaway Winner Announced
2022-08-15 05:07
Thanks to all of those who entered my giveaway last week to win a print copy of Framed by Australian author John M. Green. You all answered correctly, that JJ spied what she believes to… Read More
Review: The Brightest Star By Emma Harcourt
2022-08-14 07:24
* Copy courtesy of Harper Collins *Set in Florence, The Brightest Star by Emma Harcourt starts in 1479 with the birth of Leonarda Lunetta (Luna) Fusili. Luna is born with a misshapen leg and… Read More
AViVA Winners Announced
2022-08-09 05:33
Thanks to all of the Outsiders (AViVA fans) who entered my giveaway last week to win 1 of 2 signed double packs of Self/Less and Relentless by Australian author and artist AViVA. Relent… Read More
Review: Saved By The Siesta By Brice Faraut
2022-08-08 07:03
* Copy courtesy of Scribe Publications *I'm fascinated by the topic of sleep and never tire of talking about sleep, sleep habits, dreams and the science of sleep. Saved by the Siesta - The G… Read More
Giveaway: Framed By John M. Green
2022-08-05 06:06
* Copy courtesy of Pantera Press *IntroAustralian author John M. Green is no stranger to Carpe Librum. I interviewed John back in 2012 after reading and reviewing The Nowhere Man and Born to… Read More
Giveaway & Interview With AViVA
2022-08-01 04:48
IntroIt gives me great pleasure to welcome AViVA to Carpe Librum today! An internationally successful YA author, musician and fellow Australian, AViVA joins me today to celebrate the upcomin… Read More
Review: Atomic Habits By James Clear
2022-07-30 07:34
Keen to put an end to a newly formed self-sabotaging habit, I listened to the audiobook of Atomic Habits by James Clear. Despite being advertised quite heavily on GoodReads these last few we… Read More
Review: The Night Ship By Jess Kidd
2022-07-27 05:40
* Copy courtesy of Penguin Random House Australia *The Night Ship by Jess Kidd is an historical fiction novel about the Batavia. Nine year old girl Mayken is aboard the flagship Batavia, bui… Read More
Winners Of Once Upon A Camino Announced
2022-07-25 05:21
Thanks to everyone who entered my giveaway last week to win 1 of 5 signed print copies of Once Upon A Camino by Matthew S. Wilson. This was an international giveaway so we had heaps of entri… Read More
Review: Westography By Warren Kirk
2022-07-21 06:57
* Copy courtesy of Scribe Publications *Originally published in 2016 this is a re-release of Westography by Warren Kirk with the addition of new photographs from this Melbourne based photogr… Read More
Review: The Crimson Thread By Kate Forsyth
2022-07-05 05:40
* Copy courtesy of Penguin Random House *It feels like an abundance of historical fiction set in WWII has been published in the last 5 years and I'm close to reaching my saturation point, bu… Read More
Review: Treasure & Dirt By Chris Hammer
2022-06-24 06:40
* Copy courtesy of Allen & Unwin *I've read and reviewed all three of Chris Hammer's novels in the Martin Scarsden series (Scrublands, Silver and Trust) so it was refreshing to read a ne… Read More
Review: Unforgiven By Sarah Barrie
2022-06-14 05:24
* Copy courtesy of Harper Collins *I was hooked by page 2 of this Australian crime thriller Unforgiven by Sarah Barrie. Lexi Winter is a tough, kick ass character with the skills of a hacker… Read More
2022-06-06 06:24
Thanks to those who entered my children's book giveaway last week to win a copy of children's picture book Blobfish by Olaf Falafel. And it's true, Blobfish loves telling jokes!Entries close… Read More
Review: CSI Told You Lies By Meshel Laurie
2022-05-30 06:51
I walk past the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM) in Melbourne almost every other day, and I never stop wondering what goes on in there. With the Coroner's Court of Victoria on… Read More
Review: Project Hail Mary By Andy Weir
2022-05-22 09:30
I was nervous about reading this. On the one hand, I was an early reader of The Martian and it turned out to be one of my favourite reads that year (2014). Then there was Artemis, the most d… Read More
Review: Sundial By Catriona Ward
2022-04-27 06:10
* Copy courtesy of Allen & Unwin *It's almost a year ago since I read The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward and gave it 3 stars in my review, so I was a little surprised to… Read More
Review: What Makes Us Tick By Hugh Mackay
2022-04-20 05:42
Continuing with the theme of self discovery and personal reflection and exploration, it was time to return to the great Australian psychologist and social researcher Hugh Mackay for some mor… Read More
Giveaway: The Winter Dress By Lauren Chater
2022-04-18 05:57
IntroI trust you've been enjoying the Easter break and spending time with loved ones, and I hope you found some time for a little reading as well. I love adding to your growing TBR piles, so… Read More
Review: Killfile By Christopher Farnsworth
2022-04-13 05:29
In Killfile by Christopher Farnsworth, the main character can read minds and after a career in the military and the CIA is now a private consultant to the very rich. What could possibly go w… Read More
Review: The Tens By Vanessa Jones
2022-03-24 04:36
* Copy courtesy of the author *Do you ever just feel like reading a book about a cult? It's been a while since I last visited a cult behind the safety of a well written narrative, but Austra… Read More
Review: Revelations In Air By Jude Stewart
2022-03-22 05:12
Like sleep, smell has interested me for as long as I can remember. I've always had a keen sense of smell and I set out to learn more about the process of olfaction when I started listening t… Read More
Review: The Attack By Catherine Jinks
2022-03-18 03:16
* Copy courtesy of Text Publishing *Robyn's career as a school teacher ended 10 years ago and she's now the Caretaker on Finch Island, located off the coast of Queensland. One of Robyn's cli… Read More
Review: Greenlight By Benjamin Stevenson
2022-03-09 23:09
Being a fan of true crime documentaries myself, the premise for Greenlight by Benjamin Stevenson held immediate appeal. Jack is the creator of a true crime docuseries and succeeds in achievi… Read More
Review: The Leviathan By Rosie Andrews
2022-03-03 05:09
* Copy courtesy of Bloomsbury *The first page of this book completely blew me away and I'm convinced it was written purely and exclusively with me in mind! I loved it so much I insisted on r… Read More

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