Indulgence Insider #24 – I LOVE TWITTER

March 22, 2015 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | Books, Features, Indulgence Insider


Indulgence Insider is our version of Stacking the Shelves and the Sunday Post, bringing you this week’s haul, bookish news and discussion posts from around the blogosphere!

Welcome to another Indulgence Insider! Gosh I had such an eventful week, where do I start?

So first I watched the Insurgent Movie advanced screening which was totally hilarious from all the fake, over the top CGI effects. It was good for a bit of a laugh, entertaining, but not what I would call a good movie. Check out my thoughts here, if you haven’t already.

Remember how I was telling you last week that I  did my first aid course? Well I had to put it into practice this week. While I was walking to my bus stop after work, there was an old man slumped over in his chair and having trouble breathing. I was able to calm him down, get him to take a few breaths and by the time the ambulance arrived, he was feeling better. That’s the reason why I did first aid, even if I can help a little bit or at least know what to do in those sort of situations, then it has been invaluable already.

I know Twitter gets a lot of flack for the drama it causes sometimes, but I had some really fantastic interactions with authors this week:

  • Marianne Curley commented on my Insurgent review!! I found out that she reads the blog, I am just so incredibly honoured and flattered!


  • Tweeted Becky Albertalli on how much I loved Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda, and she is the sweetest author ever!


  • Had a fun conversation with our favourite NZ YA author, Rachael Craw, the beloved Ellie Marney and the friendly Sean Williams. And then this happened:


TWITTER IS OFFICIALLY THE BEST. I encourage you guys to tweet your favourite authors and take the time to provide feedback to them if you loved their book! They are lovely people and I’m sure they’ll appreciate your reaching out!

Posted the latest version of Read Play Blog about single player and multiplayer games. What is your preference? I couldn’t pick one.

Read Play Blog 2Read Play Blog is a gaming meme posted on the 16th of each month. Next month’s question: Do you own any gaming merchandise? Show them off, or tell us what merch you would most love to have! – post your answer, recommendation & currently playing on the 16th or anytime during the month

Book Haul


Review Copies

Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
What If by Rebecca Donovan
We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach – I’m participating in the blog tour for this thanks to the Aussie YA Bloggers Group!

Thank you to Penguin Australia and Simon and Schuster Australia for sending me these review copies. 


Nerd Do Well by Simon Pegg – Got this from this month’s Nerdblock Classic, what a nice surprise! I love Simon Pegg.

Reading Update

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  • Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli is absolutely amazing. It’s such a romantic, touching and feel good LGBT book and everyone should read it.
  • Confess by Colleen Hoover was only a 3 star read for me. It’s the first CoHo which I’ve rated less than 4.5 stars.
  • The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes I actually quite enjoyed the profiling and the snappy writing in this book, it was refreshing to say in the least.

Reviews coming up in the following weeks!

Book Photography

Here’s some of my photos from Instagram in the past week: (click on the photos to go to the original):

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Discussion Posts

Posts I enjoyed in the last week:

Bookish News

  • The Duff movie will be released in Australia next week, it sounds like a lot of fun! I wasn’t planning on watching it, but I’m swayed by the early reviews.
  • Cover reveal: Soundless by Richelle Mead. This cover reminds me of the historical Chinese dramas from my childhood.


You May Have Missed…

Insurgent Movie Review: Cheesy and Illogical
The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand Review: Moving on after suicide
Read Play Blog #9 – Single Player or Multiplayer games?

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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70 responses to “Indulgence Insider #24 – I LOVE TWITTER

  1. danielleisbusyreading

    Becky is one of the SWEETEST people on Twitter! I love talking to her. And omg Simon!!!! That book is just so so perfect. I'm gonna push the hell out of it. 😀
    Soundless – not crazy about the cover, but the synopsis sounds great. I'm excited to see what RM does with a standalone.

  2. Shannelle C.

    I've seen Becky being a cool author in general just about everywhere, but an author following me back would have me dead. It would make a perfect tombstone. "Here lies Shannelle, who died because her favorite author followed her back."

    Honestly, though, I love how there are so many authors who are so responsive to their fans. The smallest acknowledgment is enough to make my day.
    My recent post Book Review: Geek Girl by Holly Smale

    • Oh, she is so awesome Shannelle! I know right, I was just fangirling crazily that whole day hehe. It really is, and I mean the time that they take to write back too!

    • I know, I\’m so glad I\’ve recently gotten into IG a lot more, it\’s so much fun! You\’re definitely right with the personal touch on Twitter. So much fun!

  3. Faye M.

    I agreeee, Twitter can be such a useful and amazing social media tool. I interact with you and many other people there mostly and it's do fun when an author tweets you saying these amazing comments. I'm looking forward to watching DUFF as well. I haven't read the book, but I watched the trailer and it looked AMAZING.
    My recent post ARC Review: 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger

    • I know, I really enjoy the little chats we have on Twitter Faye! And it\’s so amazing being able to connect to an author personally. The trailer looked like so much fun!

    • I know, it really is lovely to chat with authors! Same here, I really should pick up her books too Charlene.

  4. I really love Twitter, and it seems like you had a fabulous week on there, Jeann 😀

    Becky is seriously the most adorable author, ever. She is never anything but kind to anyone who tweets her, and I'm pretty certain she's my favourite ^.^ And I'm so glad you loved SIMON! It's definitely one of my favourites of 2015, and I read it towards the beginning of the year. But it's so special. Can't wait to read your review, lovely!
    My recent post Double Review: The Bridge + Havoc by Jane Higgins

    • I know, it's the best thing right? I love our chats as well! My gosh, Becky is so amazing and so sweet! I LOVED IT

    • Thanks, honesty is the only way to go hehe! Glad to hear you enjoyed Confess, even though it wasn't my favourite I still enjoyed it.

  5. fangswandsfairy

    I pay little attention to books coming in that I don't request and that would describe everything I got this week. Glad you got recognized by an author you respect! Cool!

    • Definitely, and I love it when some great things come out of it! Hope you get the chance to read Simon Rachel!

  6. THE NATURALS. I am so so pleased you liked this and that we can get more notice out for this series because by god is it good, triangle aside obviously, although I quite like it. I'm so excited for all the positivity around Simon vs, but also worried, because so much good stuff, but still.. Great news on the first aid usage too, I'm sure you were a great help and I would be proud if I were you too. You've had a great week, good luck for the next!
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    • Yes, I feel like it was quite underrated actually! There were a few problems I had, namely the love triangle as well, but the writing and idea behind it was done really well. Simon is fantastic, but yeah, I know what you mean about books being overhyped! Thank you Amanda!

  7. I absolutely adore both Rach Craw and Ellie Marney, they're both two of the nicest and most down to earth authors aren't they. Isn't it funny how we end up all fangirly when they follow us. I tell you, I felt the same when Neale Whitaker followed me (being the massive home interior design and Block fan that I am).

    Looking forward to seeing what you think of What If. I mostly enjoyed her Breathing series and looking forward to comparing the two.

    Everyone needs basic first aid, especially those with kids. My certificate is about to lapse as well, so need to take a refresher. What happened with you during the week only proved how important it is. Not to save a life, but to keep someone from losing theirs until the paramedics arrive.
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    • I know right, I just love how accessible our Aussie authors are. Oh man, that would have been like total fangirl moment Kelly! Glad to hear you've enjoyed the author's books before. I totally agree about the basic first aid, I mean it seems like an essential thing.

    • I know right! I totally agree, I can't believe I've been doing some things wrong all this time! Thanks Kimba, you too!

    • I know, that's what I really love about Twitter, the personal touch and how easy it is to reach out. Thanks Megan!

  8. I haven't seen the Divergent movie yet, so I probably won't watch the Insurgent movie either.
    And that's amazing you could help that old man by what you learned about first aid! I am sure he was happy you where there for him.

    The cover of Soundless is so pretty! I am really excited about that book and was surprised it is a standalone as Richelle Mead usually writes series.
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    • Fair enough, I guess you're in no rush to see them. I was so glad Lola that I could do something to help. I'm excited about the asian protagonist in Soundless!

  9. What an honor that Marianne reads your blog 😀 and what a sweet tweets from her. It's great to see all these sweet authors on Twitter. I love the cover from Soulless.

  10. Wohaaa girl that is so amazing. It's amazing when authors respond to your tweets but comment on the blog!! You totally deserve it girl. Anyhow you've got some really interesting books and I cannot wait to see what you think of them. Great post, Jeann 🙂
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  11. redizabzh

    I never use my Twitter account – of course, I miss the possible interaction, with authors as much as readers, but it's so time consuming ! I can see how hearing straight from authors you love have made you feel so good and I'm happy for you 🙂 Yet I can't be everywhere on the net (and in real life), so choices have to be made… Thanks for bringing my attention on Naturals, I never heard about it before but it does look great ! And that Richelle Mead cover is absolutely gorgeous, you can't not want to read this book when you see it. Enjoy your sunday, Jeann !
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    • I totally know what you mean, it IS time consuming and hard to keep up with it all. I hop in every once in a while and sometimes interact, sometimes not. Depends on what's happening at the time. Thanks, I hope you have a lovely week!

  12. OMGOSH JEANN, I saw your post about the first aid on Facebook – can I just say I'm so very impressed with your quick reaction. I'm so glad that he ended up being okay!

    YES WATCH THE DUFF. Omg I went in with very low expectations and ended up laughing my ass off and loving the movie.

    I've been so out of the loop with blogging this week, I need to catch up asap! So intrigued by the Simon book, it looks amazing!

    • Thanks Joy, I was so lucky that I just came out of training! Just read your Duff review and yep, I think I'll have to line up a movie date with my sister! Awww Joy it happens sometimes, don't stress <3

  13. If only my week was half as eventful… xD So awesome that you were able to help that guy out and that you put your first aid training into good use. <3

    BECKY IS THE SWEETEST, ISN'T SHE? All the hugs for her. ;D And when authors follow you, it's just like your entire brain explodes and you want to stand up on a table and do a happy dance! <3

    PRETTY BOOKS. I can't wait for Simon to come out so I can have a physical copy. 🙂 Really curious about We All Looked Up as well.


    Thank you for sharing our posts, Jeann! <3 Have a fabulous week!
    My recent post Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

    • I know right? She is just so sweet! I literally DID do a happy dance this morning hehe ^_^ I CAN'T WAIT FOR SOUNDLESS. You too, Aimee!

  14. Lola @ Hit or Miss Books

    Wonderful! I always tweet authors to tell them that I enjoyed their book!!! Sometimes a little too much ahahha. That is amazing, congrats! I wish I had time to create myself an instagram but being a student and blogger isn't easy lol! I'm surprised… I LOVED Confess when, usually, my rating for CoHo's books is 3 stars or less. 😛 Fantastic post!!
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    • That's fantastic Lola, I bet you've had some really awesome interactions with them! Hahah you don't need to stick to Instagram all the time, it's so much fun! 😉

  15. BASICALLY: YAY FOR TWITTER!! It is so incredible. xD I had a small heartattck when AG Howard followed me. Like, that is my single claim to knowing someone awesome/famous. lol xD *fangirls just remembering* ELLIE MARNEY IS AWESOME I LOVE EVERY BREATH SO MUCH I CAN'T BREATHE WHICH IS IRONIC TO SAY THE LEAST.
    I love that cover for Soundless! Just another reminder that I still haven't read a single book by Richelle Mead…oops. >_<
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    • I know right? There's some times that I really enjoy it, and other times when I hate it lol! My gosh, that is so incredible! I know how much you love AG. Howard's books so that must have been like AHHH FANGIRLING. I need to read the Every series soon! WOAH you haven't, how is that even possible? Hopefully Soundless will be your first 🙂
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