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Review: Vital Organs By Suzie Edge
2024-02-08 05:12
Vital Organs - A History of the World's Most Famous Body Parts by Suzie Edge has a nifty concept to pull in readers eager to discover the quirky stories behind 'history's most famous limbs… Read More
Review: The Pulling By Adele Dumont
2024-01-31 04:46
* Copy courtesy of Scribe Publications *Opening with a disclosure about her fingernails, readers picking up The Pulling quickly discover that Australian author Adele Dumont is extending an i… Read More
Review: Magic Words By Jonah Berger
2024-01-24 04:53
Magic Words - What to Say to Get Your Way by Jonah Berger was an interesting audiobook and the author's research promises to reveal 'how six types of words can increase your impact in every… Read More
2024 Reading Challenge Sign Ups
2024-01-14 05:19
It's a new year and a fresh start for annual challenges and I'm signing up for two reading challenges this year. Non Fiction Reading Challenge 2024First up is the Non Fiction Reading Challen… Read More
Top 5 Books Of 2023
2024-01-08 06:14
2023 was an excellent reading year overall, and I read a total of 76 books with (weirdly) the same amount of 5 star reads as last year, with 19 books earning a 5 star rating. In previous yea… Read More
Review: The Bell Jar By Sylvia Plath
2024-01-02 04:28
I finally read The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and I'm sad to say it was a disappointing experience. Esther Greenwood is a 19 year old student from Boston and the first half of this slim modern… Read More
Review: You're All Talk By Rob Drummond
2023-12-22 04:28
* Copy courtesy of Scribe Publications *I've always been fascinated by language, accents and linguistic diversity. I have an Australian accent and my favourite accents to listen to are the K… Read More
Historical Fiction Challenge Completed 2023
2023-12-17 05:49
At the beginning of the year I signed up for the Renaissance Reader level of the 2023 Historical Fiction Challenge which required me to read 10 historical fiction books. As a comparison, las… Read More
Review: Kill Your Husbands By Jack Heath
2023-12-15 05:15
* Copy courtesy of Allen & Unwin *Australian author Jack Heath is back in the charts and on my reading schedule with Kill Your Husbands this month. Heath is known for writing gritty and… Read More
Review: Fierce Love By Susan Scott
2023-12-11 05:17
In 2007 I read Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott and remember being impressed with the knowledge imparted and trying to absorb and implement as many of the key points as I could into my da… Read More
Review: The Frozen River By Ariel Lawhon
2023-12-06 03:50
* Copy courtesy of Simon & Schuster *The Frozen River by Ariel Lawhon is an historical fiction novel set in Maine in 1789 inspired by the life of Martha Ballard. Martha was an 18th centu… Read More
Review: The Armour Of Light By Ken Follett
2023-11-17 05:44
* Copy courtesy of Pan Macmillan *The Armour of Light by Ken Follett is a 700+ page novel, but if you're concerned it'll be a slow burn or you'll have to suffer through a slow start, fear no… Read More
Review: What Lies Beneath By Peter Faulding
2023-11-08 05:30
Peter Faulding has had a stellar career, and in What Lies Beneath - My Life as a Forensic Search and Rescue Expert I was looking forward to reading all about it. Why the one star rating? I'l… Read More
Review: Maphead By Ken Jennings
2023-11-05 05:27
Maps are such a big part of our lives, I'm surprised I haven't read into the topic before now. I'm old enough to remember planning a journey with a road atlas or referring to handwritten dir… Read More
Bone Rites Winner Announced
2023-10-30 05:27
Thanks to everyone who entered my giveaway last week to win a signed copy of Bone Rites by Australian author Natalie Bayley. All entrants correctly guessed the name of Natalie's guest post A… Read More
Review: This Mortal Coil By Andrew Doig
2023-10-28 06:24
Our health has changed dramatically over the centuries, and in This Mortal Coil - A History of Death by Andrew Doig, the author explores the main causes of death we face today (heart disease… Read More
Review: If I Was A Horse By Sophie Blackall
2023-10-11 04:57
* Copy thanks to Hachette Australia *Sophie Blackall is back from her award winning picture book Farmhouse, with her new release If I Was a Horse.You might remember Farmhouse was based on th… Read More
4 Books About Sisters On My TBR
2023-10-05 05:10
I had so much fun putting together and publishing my post 8 Books on My TBR with Birds on the Cover earlier in the year, I decided to do another one. This time, I've recently notic… Read More
Celebrating 2M Page Views!
2023-09-29 08:04
Today I'm celebrating my biggest Carpe Librum milestone yet! (Drum roll)I've just reached 2 Million Page Views!In 2021 I reached 1.5M views and was ecstatic to continue enjoying an average o… Read More
Review: Don't Hang Up By Benjamin Stevenson
2023-09-22 06:11
Don't Hang Up by Benjamin Stevenson is an Audible Original available for free with my membership at the moment. Coming in at just over 3 hours in duration, this is a fast-paced Australian do… Read More
Review: Miss Austen By Gill Hornby
2023-09-20 05:19
I totally fell in love with the creative process behind the embroidered cover design for Miss Austen by Gill Hornby after watching this video created by Chloe Giordano. I've been stitching … Read More
Review: The Last Unicorn By Peter S. Beagle
2023-09-12 05:10
I thoroughly enjoyed this young adult fantasy novel and it may even be a Top 5 contender for 2023. Published in 1968, The Last Unicorn by American author Peter S. Beagle has become a modern… Read More
Review: And Away By Bob Mortimer
2023-09-05 06:22
My path to this book began with an unsolicited copy of The Satsuma Complex by Bob Mortimer earlier this year. Unfamiliar with his work, I came across some very funny skits on Would I Lie To… Read More
Review: Newes From The Dead By Mary Hooper
2023-09-03 06:24
A quick check tells me Newes from the Dead by Mary Hooper was published in 2008, added to my virtual TBR pile back in 2016, and it has taken me until now to finally get around to requesting… Read More
Review: Eartheater By Dolores Reyes
2023-09-01 05:43
August was Women In Translation (WIT) month and this year marks the tenth year of the project designed to encourage more readers to pick up books written and translated by women. I don't alw… Read More
Review: Badness By Gary Jubelin
2023-08-30 04:47
After dipping my toe back into the true crime pool again recently, I've roused an old curiosity regarding how people can become capable of hurting others emotionally, psychologically and in… Read More
Review: Zero Days By Ruth Ware
2023-08-11 05:55
* Copy courtesy of Simon & Schuster *Discovering The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware was a reading highlight of 2019 and the book made it onto my Top 5 Books of 2019 list. I'… Read More
Review: The Puzzler By A.J. Jacobs
2023-08-07 05:37
This audiobook was a sheer delight! With a smooth and uniquely distinctive voice, author and puzzler A.J. Jacobs takes us on a tour of puzzles and the people who love them in The Puzzler - O… Read More
Review: Bizarre By Marc Dingman
2023-07-27 13:45
I was in the mood for another engaging audiobook experience like Gory Details by Erika Engelhaupt recently, when I picked up Bizarre - The Most Peculiar Cases of Human Behavior and What They… Read More
Review: Doomsday Book By Connie Willis
2023-07-25 07:28
Published in 1992, Doomsday Book by Connie Willis is now considered a modern science fiction classic. I'm not usually a fan of time travel novels, however the premise for Doomsday Book is me… Read More
The Skull Winner Announced
2023-07-17 07:21
Thanks to everyone who entered my giveaway last week to win a copy of children's book The Skull - A Tyrolean Folktale by Jon Klassen. All but one entrant correctly identified the brave… Read More
WIN A Copy Of The Skull By Jon Klassen
2023-07-07 04:33
IntroIt's winter here in Australia and the perfect time to snuggle in with a good book to read, or win free stuff! For those who want to do both, I'm warming my hands by the heater as I brin… Read More
Review: The Terrible Event By David Cohen
2023-06-30 05:51
* Copy courtesy of Transit Lounge *Sporting one of the best cover designs of the year so far, The Terrible Event by David Cohen is a collection of short stories promising 'death, destruction… Read More
8 Books On My TBR With Birds On The Cover
2023-06-28 12:56
I've recently noticed a trend in my to be read (TBR) pile, and it's the sheer number of books with birds on the cover. I don't know whether I have an unconscious bias towards books with bird… Read More
Review: Back Story By David Mitchell
2023-06-13 05:58
I've only recently discovered the work of David Mitchell, and I don't mean the novelist who wrote Cloud Atlas. In fact, the author comments on just how often the two are confused, well not b… Read More
Review: The Book Of Eve By Meg Clothier
2023-06-06 05:31
* Copy courtesy of Hachette *An historical fiction novel inspired by the Voynich manuscript? Yes please! For those needing a refresher, the Voynich manuscript is a handwritten book on vellum… Read More
Review: Cold People By Tom Rob Smith
2023-05-31 05:48
* Copy courtesy of Simon & Schuster *I read The Farm by Tom Rob Smith in 2014 and I can still remember the gasp I made when I realised the predicament the main character was in. In 2014… Read More
Drowning By T.J. Newman Winners Announced
2023-05-22 15:06
Thanks to everyone who entered my giveaway last week to win 1 of 3 copies of Drowning by T.J. Newman. Before she was a bestselling author, T.J. Newman was a flight attendant and fortunately… Read More
Review: Patch Work By Claire Wilcox
2023-05-15 05:31
According to the blurb for Patch Work - A Life Amongst Clothes, author Claire Wilcox has been employed as a curator for the Victoria and Albert Museum for most of her working career. Since v… Read More
Review: The Therapist By Hugh Mackay
2023-05-06 06:06
* Copy courtesy of Allen & Unwin *Australian Hugh Mackay is a psychologist and social researcher and he knows what makes us tick. Literally! Hugh Mackay is known for studying attitudes a… Read More
Review: Storm In A Teacup By Helen Czerski
2023-04-24 08:16
Reading Storm in a Teacup - The Physics of Everyday Life by Helen Czerski is akin to dipping your toe into the world of physics and thankfully Czerski provides a steady hand for the layperso… Read More
Review: Homecoming By Kate Morton
2023-04-11 07:43
* Copy courtesy of Allen & Unwin *Homecoming by Kate Morton is one of my most highly anticipated releases for 2023. This distinctly Australian historical fiction novel starts strong with… Read More
Review: Shoes By Rebecca Shawcross
2023-03-28 02:34
* Copy courtesy of Bloomsbury *I've always been interested in shoes, and as each year passes I find an increasing interest in history and social history in particular. Fortunately, these int… Read More
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

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