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This is an Australian book blog containing book reviews, giveaways and author interviews.
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
Review: Verity By Colleen Hoover
2022-02-16 03:30
* Copy courtesy of Hachette Australia *Colleen Hoover is the bestselling author of more than 20 books, but would you believe this is my first? Verity by Colleen Hoover is a standalone thrill… Read More
Review: The Hill We Climb By Amanda Gorman
2022-02-07 04:38
On 20 January 2021, I was incredibly moved by Amanda Gorman's address at President Biden's Inauguration. Gorman was the youngest presidential inaugural poet in US history and she definitely… Read More
Review: Adrift In Melbourne By Robyn Annear
2022-02-03 05:55
* Copy courtesy of Text Publishing *I'm a proud resident of Melbourne and live close to the CBD where I've witnessed extraordinary changes to the city over the years. I've seen the tallest b… Read More
Review: Vanished By James Delargy
2022-01-19 02:30
* Copy courtesy of Simon & Schuster *Vanished by James Delargy is a thriller set in outback WA with an engaging premise. The Kane family move to an abandoned mining town in WA with their… Read More
2022 Reading Challenge Sign Ups
2022-01-10 05:12
Sign ups for the 2022 reading challenges have been open for weeks now, but I like to sign up when I've finished wrapping up the previous years' challenges and reviews. In 2022, I'm aiming to… Read More
3 Reading Challenge Wrap Ups For 2021
2022-01-05 03:36
It was close, but I successfully completed all of my reading challenges during 2021 and read 75 books in total. You can see my wrap up of the Australian Women Writer's Challenge here an… Read More
Review: Kill Your Brother By Jack Heath
2022-01-04 03:45
* Copy courtesy of Allen & Unwin *Disgraced athlete Elise Glyk finds more than she bargains for when trying to locate her missing bother Callum by posing as a private investigator in Jac… Read More
Top 5 Books Of 2021
2022-01-01 05:32
It's time to reflect on my year of reading in 2021 and select the best 5 books from a total of 75 titles read this year. Last year my Top 5 list contained only review titles, and this year I… Read More
In 2021...My Life In Books
2021-12-30 04:18
Celebrating my life in books was so much fun last year I decided to do it again in 2021 thanks to Shelleyrae from Book'd Out.The idea is to complete each of the prompts below by selecting a… Read More
Review: The Sentence By Louise Erdrich
2021-12-27 06:15
* Copy courtesy of Hachette Australia *A book set in an independent bookshop in Minneapolis, with a ghost? Sign me up!! Louise Erdrich is a native American author and Pulitzer Prize winner a… Read More
Review: Never By Ken Follett
2021-12-20 05:21
* Copy courtesy of Pan Macmillan *Carpe Librum readers will know I'm a fan of Ken Follett's historical fiction Kingsbridge series which began with The Pillars of the Earth, but the author ha… Read More
Guest Review: Spacecraft By Timothy Morton
2021-12-19 05:14
* Copy courtesy of Bloomsbury Australia *IntroIt happens to the best of us.... we pick up a book with the hope of being transported, yet it completely fails to take off. We're coming to the… Read More
Review: The Plot By Jean Hanff Korelitz
2021-12-06 04:44
* Copy courtesy of Allen & Unwin *Jake is a creative writing teacher suffering from self doubt and writer's block following the enormous success of his debut novel. When one of his stude… Read More
Review: The Housemate By Sarah Bailey
2021-11-19 05:10
* Copy courtesy of Allen & Unwin *Successful Australian crime writer Sarah Bailey is back with a standalone thriller, The Housemate. Olive Groves is a journalist in Melbourne and worked… Read More
Review: Devotion By Hannah Kent
2021-11-05 04:23
* Copy courtesy of Pan Macmillan Australia *Devotion by Australian author Hannah Kent tells the story of a Lutheran family in Prussia who flee religious persecution in the early 1800s and se… Read More
Review: Naked By David Sedaris
2021-10-24 04:41
Fresh on the heels of listening to Calypso by David Sedaris, I went back in time to a collection of his essays published in 1997 entitled Naked. This is a very short audiobook coming in… Read More
Review: Mother May I By Joshilyn Jackson
2021-10-17 03:54
* Copy courtesy of Bloomsbury Australia *Having thoroughly enjoyed Never Have I Ever last year, I thought I'd give Joshilyn Jackson's newest domestic thriller Mother May I a try. When the no… Read More
Review: Calypso By David Sedaris
2021-10-11 04:52
I'm new to David Sedaris and despite being well aware of his many books and essay collections, this is the first time I've dipped a toe into his literary ouevre, and let me tell you, this gu… Read More
2021-10-06 04:41
I loved reading The Au Pair by Emma Rous in 2019, and I was really excited to read The Perfect Guests this year, hoping for more buried family secrets, plot twists and flawed characters.In 2… Read More
Review: As Swallows Fly By L.P. McMahon
2021-09-28 05:37
* Copy courtesy of Ventura Press *In As Swallows Fly by L.P. McMahon, Kate is a plastic surgeon living in Melbourne and Malika is an orphan from a remote village in Pakistan. Their lives une… Read More
Review: Nineteen Days By Kath Engebretson
2021-09-15 06:09
* Copy courtesy of Atlas Productions *Genevieve and her husband Peter are recovering from a family trauma and have decided to go on a cruise in an effort to heal the rift between them. Genev… Read More
Review: Silence By John Biguenet
2021-09-13 05:45
* Copy courtesy of Bloomsbury Australia *It's time for another book from the Object Lessons series by Bloomsbury Academic and this time it's Silence by John Biguenet. By far, the most enjoya… Read More
Review: The Lost Girls By Jennifer Spence
2021-09-06 05:49
The Lost Girls by Australian author Jennifer Spence is a family mystery with a time slip at its core. Stella gets on a bus in Sydney in 2017, however when she steps off, it's 1997. Without k… Read More
Guest Review: Hyphen By Pardis Mahdavi
2021-08-26 04:59
* Copy courtesy of Bloomsbury Australia *IntroIt's time for another instalment in my series of book reviews from the Object Lessons series by Bloomsbury Academic. This time, Neil B&eacu&hell…Read More
Review: The Ex-Husband By Karen Hamilton
2021-08-23 05:28
* Copy courtesy of Hachette Australia *In The Ex-Husband by Karen Hamilton, married couple Charlotte and Sam work together on cruise ships to befriend rich guests and con them out of their m… Read More
Review: Billy Summers By Stephen King
2021-08-18 05:58
* Copy courtesy of Hachette Australia *Stephen King is at the top of his game and Billy Summers is an unforgettable character, as well as the title of his latest book. A war veteran and one… Read More
Review: The Inner Self By Hugh Mackay
2021-08-06 07:44
Australian Hugh Mackay is a psychologist, social researcher and bestselling author, and is known for studying attitudes and behaviour. In 2015, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Au… Read More

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