Stacking the Shelves #29: A visit to the library

May 11, 2014 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | Books, Features, Haul, Indulgence Insider


So I went to the library this week to pick up Dorothy Must Die and some other books I had placed on hold, which was pretty exciting. I hope you enjoy weeks STS.

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I had a pretty rough time this week, came home the other night to find that someone had broken into our house and rummaged through our stuff. Lucky nothing got stolen, but it was pretty scary discovering it when I came home alone. We are pretty shaken, alright but safe which is what matters. It will be a while before I’ll be about to sleep through the night again though.

Book Haul 


Review copies – physical


8: The Last Thirteen by James Phelan
Searching for Sky by Jillian Cantor
Flirty Dancing by Jenny McLachlan

Thank you to Scholastic Australia and Bloomsbury Australia for sending me these review copies.


Slammed by Colleen Hoover – I LOVE CoHo and have been wanting to read this one forever!


A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – Thank you to the wonderful Kelly at Diva Book Nerd for sending me a beautiful illustrated hardback of Of Monsters and Men! I get your clue now 😛



Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – Finally get the chance to read this one after all the raves, plus I’ve heard the sequels are just as good.

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige – I reserved this at my library as soon as it was on order and raced to the library when it arrived! The hardback is beautiful and there’s something special about reading the first library book 😀 reading this now and it’s pretty awesome.

Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle – I love books that touch on different people’s perspectives and have been wanting to read this forever!

World After by Susan Ee – I can’t believe I haven’t read this yet. I bought the Kindle version but perhaps the paperback will inspire me, because I’ve heard and know that it is awesome.

Awesome Discussions

Pili @ In Love With Handmade shares her amazing Splintered inspired cupcakes. 

Kelly @ Diva Book Nerd urges you all to sign a book bloggers pledge to respect, be kind, and supportive of other bloggers and to stand up to bullying.

Stuck on a discussion topic about books, blogging or reading? Amanda @ The Book Badger shares a range of discussion topics you could write about.

Melanie @ The Daily Prophecy shares the upcoming fairytale inspired stories that she’s looking forward to, be prepared to add to your TBR!

Steph @ These Paper Hearts posts up a simple tutorial to customise your email subscription button (WordPress).

Bookish News

PTA Live Sydney – Melbourne and Brisbane have gotten their share of fangirling and new books to the TBR and now it’s Sydney’s turn! PTA Live will be held at 6pm on Monday 16 June, make sure you RSVP here. Not sure what it’s all about? Check out my recap post. 

#OzYAChat on Twitter – Speculating on SpecFic and The Bookish Manicurist have teamed up to deliver a fortnightly chat on Twitter about Australian YA books. Check out how the first chat went here.

Aussie bloggers tweeting today – Looking for a chat on Twitter? I’m always up for a chat but now to make it easier for Australian bloggers or book lovers to tweet, use the hashtag #AusYABloggers while tweeting and Kelly or I will join into the conversation.

What Tomorrow May Bring Box Set – Get a 10 pack of YA dystopians for only $2.99 on Amazon! I think this is a pretty awesome deal myself, and I love LOVED Moon Dwellers by David Estes.


Features the following titles:

Open Minds, by Susan Kaye Quinn 
The Moon Dwellers, by David Estes 
Prison Nation, by Jenni Merritt 
daynight, by Megan Thomason 
Stitch, by Samantha Durante 
The Annihilation of Foreverland, by Tony Bertauski 
The Girls from Alcyone, by Cary Caffrey 
The Narrowing Path, by David J. Normoyle 
The Rain, by Joseph A. Turkot 
Virulent: The Release, by Shelbi Wescott 
External Forces (Bonus Chapters!), by Deborah Rix

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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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83 responses to “Stacking the Shelves #29: A visit to the library

  1. The What Tomorrow may bring boxset looks quite interesting. Dorothy Must Die sounds twisted enough that I want to check it out. I hope you have been enjoying all these. Sorry for the late visit!
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  2. Thank you Marianne, luckily it was a good week this one. I really enjoyed more Than This by Patrick Ness, and have heard so much about A Monster Calls! Thank you lovely <3 I appreciate it.

  3. Oh gosh, that IS scary! I hope everything gets better for you! Great haul! I have yet to read a book by Patrick Nees, but the cover for A Monster Calls is so intriguing! Enjoy all your books! And I hope you're safe 🙂
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  4. I just finished Dorothy Must Die and I loved it! Though it wasn't what I was expecting, but either way, the cover is gorgeous and the plot is so fun!

  5. It was so scary that someone broke in your house, hope police could arrest the suspect! Glad you're okay and they didn't take anything.

    Monster Calls in hardback is soo pretyyy! You have a great haul, World After is my favorite, Dorothy Must Die also sounds good! Enjoy the books, Jeann! 🙂
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  6. Glad to hear that your okay after the break in, that's so scary!!

    I havent read Shatter Me yet either, but I hope to soon because everyone seems to love that series! And Colleen Hoover is AMAZING, I've loved all of her books that I've read, and hope to read slammed as well! And I've heard so much buzz for Dorthy Must Die, hopefully it lives up to they hype!
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    • Thank you Amy, it definitely was scary but I'm glad we were lucky. I just love Colleen Hoover, I've heard a lot about Slammed. I just read Dorothy and it was amazing!

  7. I hope you're okay, Jeann! <3 I get the unable to sleep at night thing–I should stop watching horror movies.

    A Monster Calls looks awesome and my friend recommended Slammed to me. Dorothy Must Die is soooo pretty. I want my own copy. 😛 Shatter Me was great, but I didn't like the sequel (and DNFed it), but maybe you'll be part of the Shatter Me fanatics. 🙂 Angelfall was a boring read for me as well.. why am I so nitpicky? LOL
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    • Thank you lovely, I totally know what you mean about horror movies too! I love them but find them disturbing lol!

      Dorothy Must Die is sooo good, I think I'll end up getting a paperback when it's out too. Woah, can't believe you DNF'd it! Interesting….lol Aimee it's a good thing when it comes to reviewing!

  8. I'm so glad you're safe! A break-in sounds really scary. D:

    I've been wanting to read Slammed forever too! For some reason, I just haven't bought a copy yet. Shatter Me is a favorite of mine. 🙂 I'm glad you're liking Dorothy Must Die! I can't wait to read that one. I haven't read World After yet either, but I bet it's just as great as Angelfall.

    I hope you enjoy your new books!
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  9. OMG, so sorry about the break-in, Jeann…at least you're ok! I would not be able to sleep either…on the bright side, you now have a copy of DOROTHY MUST DIE, which I am very envious of:-) I will probably end up buying a copy because it looks so good. Enjoy your books!
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  10. That sounds scary that someone broke into your house! Especially when you come home alone! Glad to hear nothing was taken though. I hope you enjoy your new books!
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  11. I haven't read Shatter Me as well and I really want to get a copy (just because the covers of the entire series are soooo beautiful). and I've also been thinking about Dorothy Must Die and Let It Snow since I've been reading good things about them although they're not really at the top of my tbr list…
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  12. I love/d Let It Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle and Maureen Johnson. It was really great seeing the different styles of writing and how they all meshed together so well!

  13. *hugs* So glad to hear you guys are safe and okay, but what a scare!

    You really NEED to read Angefall ASAP, Jeann! It is a fantastic book, and will make you change your opinion on angel's books!! I cannot wait to hear what you think of Dorothy Must Die, cause I'm still a bit on the fence about that one…

    And thank you soooo very much for linking and sharing my Ink & Batter post! You're awesome! =D
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    • Thank you Pili, it was really scary *hugs back* I've read Angefall but I haven't read World After yet, but I loved it when it was out! Dorothy Must Die is fantastic 🙂 No problems!

  14. Oh you had many books that"s nice! I only know about your borrowed books but I heard great things about them. Happy reading!

  15. Word After was an epic sequel in my opinion. Hope you end up picking it up soon and loving it! I loved Shatter Me, the sequel and conclusion? Not so much.

  16. Oh my. Thank goodness that nothing was stolen and that no one was hurt. Hopefully, this won't happen again. I love your haul Jeann! 😀 Slammed was the best and the Shatter Me series is one of the best dystopian series I've ever read! Hope you enjoy your books. Keep safe!

  17. How are you feeling now hun? That's a terrifying experience being broken into. Any word if they've been caught? I'm surprised their crime spree hasn't got any media attention, maybe if the local papers had word of it, the police would pull their finger out.

    Ohhhh, Dorothy Must Die *swoons and faints*
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    • I think it will take a while before we stop thinking about it and start feeling safe again. Today I went out for groceries and came home alone again and had my heart pounding in my throat. Haven't been caught yet, but it's the same guy for around the area. I saw on the crime alert that there's a wave going through our area, unfortunately burglaries and break & enters must happen a lot for it not to get media attention 🙁

  18. Slammed is the only book by Colleen Hoover that I've read so far and I enjoyed it. I'm normally against teacher/student relationships but I thought she handled it well – and the book inspired me to go to a poetry slam competition. It was an experience.

    I'm going to be waiting to see your review for Dorothy Must Die. It's one I'm eager to read but want to see what more people I follow think before I take the plunge.

    Enjoy your books from this week, Jeann 🙂
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    • I'm glad you enjoyed Slammed, I have heard lots of great things about it! Dorothy Must Die was brilliant, I'll be reviewing it soon. Thank you Kate, have a lovely week.

  19. Aw no that must have been awful – I'm so sorry! But hey, getting to read Dorothy Must Die must make up a little bit for it 😉

    I hope you love it, you have no idea how many times I have almost bought it! I hope you love it!
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  20. I heard about your break in and I'm so sorry. I know there's nothing I can say that can help you, but just if you want to talk to someone about it, I'm always around. Thank you for linking my post too, it means a lot to me, and before I forget, I read Flirty Dancing and I just want to say, don't expect a huge amount from it. I personally loved it, but it's quite simply written, focuses a lot on dancing and romance and should be read with a light heart, so I hope you enjoy it! Great haul Jeann, and I hope this week is much better for you! 🙂
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  21. YAY for Dorothy! And you are totally right: being the first person to read a library book is aaaawesome. I'm having trouble borrowing library books at the moment, because I really really really don't want to give them back. 😐 Which the library doesn't approve of (for weird reasons of course). Anyway! I won Dorothy, but it's not top of the TBR atm, unfortunately. Can't wait for your review. 😉 I got Search the Sky too and at first I was like, "What the heck is this awful cover?" And I ranted on to Mime about how covers were taking a dive these days….aaaand then I flipped it over and you know it shows a miniature of the REAL cover and all that. -_- ha. Wash my mouth out. XD I'm too cover judgy at the moment.
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    • Hahah you naughty cover judge Cait! Lucky it's only an ARC version with an unfinished cover lol. I'm more picky about how a book is to read, I dislike some of these ARCs that have a really stiff spine. Or books that have too big writing. Guess we're all picky readers in a sense. HAHA Cait I could not imagine your overdue library fines lol! With ours, every day that it is late we rack up 25c or something like that. Thanks lovely!

  22. WOW! What a great haul you have this week Jeann! I absolutely loved Shatter Me, World After and Dorothy Must Die, so I'm SUPER excited to see what you think of them as well! I've heard a lot of great things about The Last 13 and Searching for Sky, so I hope you enjoy them as well! And thank you SO much for sharing all those wonderful links!

    Happy reading and thanks for sharing! <3
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  23. That must have been so scary, I know I would totally freak in that situation. Glad nothing was stolen and you're safe. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on Shatter Me, the series gets so much better. Dorothy must die is a book I want SO BADLY!!! Need it, hope you enjoy it 🙂
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    • I know, my heart totally dropped when I saw the open smashed window, ugh. It was the scariest thing ever. Thank you Sunny! Glad to hear Shatter Me keeps on getting better.

  24. Aw, that sucks your house got broken into. At least nothing was stolen. I remember we came home from a New Year's or Christmas party or something to find our garage door up. Went inside, there was stuff everywhere. They'd gone through my room and my parents' room, taken my SCHOOL BAG and various more expensive things :/ (and then with the insurance money my parents bough the most irritating clock to have ever existed)

    I have A Monster Calls sitting on my tbr shelf, waiting with 100+ other books… I hope you enjoy Shatter Me and World After though!!

    Also, since when did the council library get such a good range of books? I swear when I went online last there was NOTHING (that is a lie, there were still a few things I was surprised they had. But they did not have every YA new release I wanted 🙁 )
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    • I know, we caught them on camera as well which is fantastic. I hope they do catch the guy because it seems to be a wave going through our area at the moment. It's the worst feeling when it happens though, you just feel so violated. And oh nooo, what a hassle with your school bag! That's kind of disturbing.

      I totally know what you mean about the massive TBR shelf lol! I swear I haven't even touched most of the books on my actual bookshelf yet.

      I know right? I was just searching some books on their catalogue because I haven't used them in ages and was like OMG YES! Some YA books are still missing but you'd be surprised, they have a pretty good collection! Maybe you should borrow Dorothy Must Die too 😉