Stacking the Shelves #28 – Diversity in Books & Eevee

May 3, 2014 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | Books, Features, Indulgence Insider, Weekly Memes


Hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, Stacking the Shelves is about sharing all the lovely books I added to my shelves this week! This week, Diversity in Books has been a huge topic with #WeNeedDiverseBooks trending on Twitter. I think diversity in books is an underrepresented thing and it looks like there’s a lot of demand for it. How often do you read books that have stereotypical protagonists? And even those from different cultures, LGBT, and subgroups are stereotypes. The trend shows that readers are over stereotypes and we want as many diverse books to represent diversity, and I personally support it.

There was also a lot of drama in the blogosphere again on Twitter, due to discovery of a young blogger plagiarising many popular bloggers posts. It was disappointing to see this get out of hand, when a matter can be dealt with privately by messaging or emailing the offender with airing it out all over the internet.

Just a quick reminder, if you enjoy reading Happy Indulgence please vote for my blog in the Best Australian Blogs 2014 competition, by clicking on the image below. It takes about 2 minutes! Thank you guys!


Onto the books…


Review copies – physical

Thank you to Thames & Hudson, Hardie Grant Egmont and Random House Australia for these review copies! 


Splintered & Unhinged by A.G. Howard
Everyone has raved about this Alice in Wonderland retelling and I’m so excited to finally read it!


The Fearless by Emma Pass
I really enjoyed the standalone dystopian, ACID by Emma Pass and I think this one will be amazing too. We need more stand alones!

The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry
I haven’t heard of this book before but when I opened the package, I spent a while just staring at the beautiful cover. A YA steampunk book? Sounds amazing.

The Truth about Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
A short book but a highly relevant one at that. This sounds like an emotional, heart-wrenching book.


Thank you to Nara at Looking for the Panacea for sending me these books via the Australian YA Bloggers group on Goodreads. I have wanted to read The Selection and Beauty Queens forever!

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The Selection by Kiera Cass
Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier
Raven Flight by Juliet Marillier
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Chasing the Valley 2: Borderlands by Skye Melki-Wegner
With All my Soul by Rachel Vincent

Great Discussion Posts

Here’s some discussion posts that I really enjoyed this week about reading and blogging.

Rachel @ Parajunkee talks about ways to create a beautiful, positive blogging community. 
Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer shares some tips on Comments, Replies & Socialising
Emily @ Forever Literary tells us to ignore the YA Scorner, because nobody wants to be judged 
Cait @ Notebook Sisters is sick of Hunger Games comparisons.
Trish @ Between the Lines talks about hateful characters affecting our enjoyment of books 
Jackie @ Book Munchies shares her reading essentials 

What did you add to your shelves this week?

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Jeann is an Aussie YA blogger and mum who loves to read and recommend books! You can usually find me fangirling about books on my various social media channels including Twitter @happyindulgence, Instagram and Youtube.

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82 responses to “Stacking the Shelves #28 – Diversity in Books & Eevee

  1. Such a great bunch of books! That steam-punk YA one definitely sounds like it could have potential, and I've really been wanting to find a steampunk novel to read, so I'll look out for your review and see what you thought before any further decisions- I hope it ends up being a great read, though! And Eevee is so sweet- okay, my love for Totoro is larger, but it's still very sweet.

    I hope you love Beauty Queens! I listened to it on audio and thought it was wonderful- can't wait to hear what you think!
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    • Thanks Romi, it sounds really interesting doesn't it! Totoro is so cute too, I really enjoyed that movie. I can't wait to read Beauty Queens, I love Libba Bray's writing!

  2. I did sadly. It was disgusting. Grown women not just picking, but borderline abusing this girl. Rather than having a quiet word to her about what she did. It goes to show how deplorable some bloggers are, believing they're part of some sort of elite pecking order. I know of a few bloggers that are having issues with a group who demean other bloggers, it's sad really. I'm so thankful we have a strong community here.
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    • I think this type of stuff usually revolves around the same crowd, and the rest of us on the sidelines usually get drawn into it somehow. But no there shouldn't be a pecking order, all of us are the same regardless of how many followers you have.

  3. Oh wow! I just kept staring at the cover for The Peculiars for a while. That is one pretty cover! I haven't heard of the book before so you're going to have to let us all know how it goes and I'm definitely up for YA steampunk.

    Enjoy your lovely reads, Jeann! 🙂

  4. I hope you'll love Splintered! I haven't read Unhinged yet, but I hope you like it as well. Yes it has been a very… eventful week in twitter. But at least its finished now 😀 Awesome haul 😀

  5. I did a whole post on not being a drama mama and feeding those type of "on-air" issues. Gads ..I saw it and felt bad for all parties involved. Nice haul, and the new cover for the Peculiars is nice. I read the book and enjoyed aspects of it. I still need to read Splintered but my oldest claims they rock! Enjoy Jeann and have a wonderful weekend!
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    • Ohhh I think I missed it Kimba I'll have to go and check it out. Things do tend to snowball on social media, especially since drama just attracts people like flies! Glad to hear you enjoyed Peculiars, I haven't heard many reviews on it. Thanks Kimba, you too!

    • Yeah, I'm starting to think that it's normal that it happens now which is sad. And YES! Definitely gets out of hand. Glad to hear it's a great read, I can't wait.

  6. The Truth About Alice is absolutely BEAUTIFUL and I really love the typography on the cover that you have 🙂 It definitely is emotional but not really in a gut-wrenching way, but more like a thought-provoking way. Also, I voted for you in the competition, good luck! It's a shame that there's more plagiarism happening though, I didn't even know that happened until when you mentioned it right now 🙁 Happy reading, Jeann! <33
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    • I know, look how gorgeous that cover is! Glad to hear it was a really good book Eileen, and thank you for voting for me! Yeah, it does happen, I guess all the drama happens on Twitter. Thank you!

  7. wow so many books, I'm so jealous! I heard so many great things about Splintered and I can't wait to try it! But you had other really interesting one and I hope you'll like them all. Happy reading!

  8. What went down on Twitter was absolutely horrid. I was on Goodreads when the plagiarism was discovered, but then it popped up on Twitter from a few Filipino bloggers and turned into a nasty witch hunt. Yeah, she plagiarized, she knows it's wring, but she's only fifteen and what they did to her was disgusting. I've never been so ashamed to be part of the book blogging community seeing that. I love our Aussie blogging community though, I'm glad we're a tight group that respect one another.

    Great haul, like Cait I love the Splintered series. Book two even more do. Can't wait to see what you think of them *shakes fist* you'd better like them, or I'm sending Cait round.
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    • Oh Kelly, did you find out what they did after that? That wasn't even the worse of it. There was a meme and a hashtag that was out with a lot of bullying going along. It just made me sick to see it happen.

      Thank you, Glad to hear you guys love the Splintered series! I can't wait to read them.

  9. Those review copies looks beautiful, especially The Peculiars, it's just so pretty! I've heard mixed things on the Splintered series, but if and when my libraries get them in, I might try them because I do want to see if my dislike of Alice in Wonderland will affect them. Also checking out the comparison to Hunger Games on Notebook Sister's because of you, so thank you for that too Jeann! Great month, hopefully May is great too! 🙂
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    • I know, there are some beautiful covers today! Hmmm I wonder if you didn't like Alice in Wonderland whether you would still enjoy it? Yay, thanks for checking out Notebook Sisters, they are awesome!

  10. I hope you enjoy Splintered and Unhinged, I am not in love with them, but the covers are gorgeous. I also got The Peculiars, and it looks pretty awesome.

    Happy reading, Jeann! <33

  11. Eeveee! So adorable!! Stuffed animals are the best!

    YAY for you finally getting Splintered and Unhinged to read, I cannot wait to hear what you think! Hopefully you'll love them!

    Happy reading, Jeann!
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  12. I got The Peculiars too! I'm a bit more…hesitant about it. x) I just haven't read my steampunk that I've been impressed with! But you never know till you try, right? 😉 Can't wait to hear what you think of The Selection. I liked it, but at the same time…heh, it's not startlingly fresh. 😉

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    • I've heard so many varied opinions about The Selection that it's time to try it out myself. I KNOW everyone loves Splintered & Unhinged and now it's my time hehe!

  13. I've been seeing the Diverse Books trending on Twitter as well, and I absolutely agree. Where are my asian MCs at?! Or just any Asian characters…

    Beautiful stack of books Jeann, I really want to read Splintered and Beauty Queens. And The Selection! Another series that is about to end but I have yet to pick up..sigh.
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  14. Wow, way to go, what a huge pile of books!! I loved Splintered and Unhinged, I can't wait for the next one. And The Peculiars looks really good. I'm adding that one for sure. I'm all for diversity in books as well! I try to read as many as possible, and I love finding books by authors of diversity too. Have fun with all your books, Jeann!
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  15. I've been seeing #WeNeedDiverseBooks hashtag all around but have never really thought too much of it. I do try to change up my reading choices once in a while so I think I'm at least keeping up to this recent trend. 😉 I haven't been around lately so I never know what kind of drama is going around on Twitter. I really should try and keep abreast of the situation…or not. Lol.

    Awesome haul again this week, Jeann. Wonderful pubs! I hope you'll enjoy these books.
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    • I kind of like not being aware of drama when it happens Joy. But yes, it does make you think that perhaps we do need more diverse books does it not? Thank you Joy!

  16. Eevee is my favorite Pokemon, haha! It's just awesome how she has so many evolved forms! And look at those books! Splintered was amazing, although I haven't read (finished) Unhinged yet. 🙂 I've always been wanting to read Beauty Queens! Let me know what you think of it after. 🙂 The Selection LOL. To me, The Selection = Throne of Glass. They basically felt a bit the same. Oh and I have to read the rest of the Soul Screamers books! <3

    *Voted for you in the Best Australian Blogs. 😀
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    • Awww thank you so much lovely for voting for me! Eevee is one of my favourites too, and her water evolution Vaporean. Glad to hear Splintered was amazing! Will definitely review Beauty Queens, I heard good things. Wow, I've never heard that comparison before. THank you Aimee!