Indulgence Insider #24 – Blogger Meetups and Hauls

April 12, 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!

It’s been a few weeks since my last Indulgence Insider and I have so much to update you on!

As you all know, last week I visited Sydney and met up with some wonderful book bloggers! Such a wonderful time fangirling, shopping and chatting. It was such a fun trip despite the gloomy weather, I definitely shopped until I dropped and sampled some of Sydney’s finest food (DUMPLINGS).

Here’s some pics! Below we have Laura, Jess, Jaz, Joy, myself and Francoise <3 over food, and at the bookstore.



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Book Haul

Review copies


Pandora Jones: Reckoning
Half Wild by Sally Green 
Becoming Rain by K.A. Tucker
Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren

Thanks to Simon and Schuster Australia, Penguin Random House and Allen and Unwin for sending me these review copies.


sydney book haul 2

This is what happens when a bunch of bloggers get together trawling bookstores. It was my chance to get the Fables series that I’ve wanted to read for ages after playing The Wolf Among Us game. I love Kinokuniya, wish we had one here.



Shadows by Paula Weston – After hearing great recs from Rashika and Chiara I really wanted to pick this one up, especially since the author will be visiting Supanova next week.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – You know I love a good thriller.

The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons – Heard great things from Rashika again, and I love fantasy!

Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff – Need to review this one on Edelweiss.



Every Move by Ellie Marney – I won the giveaway from Books for a Delicate Eternity, thanks Chiara and Allen and Unwin for the giveaway!

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas – I got these 3 lovely books from the generous Hannah on the Aussie YA Bloggers Facebook group. Thank you so much for the generosity!

Crewel by Gennifer Albin 

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Reading Update

readyplayerone nightfilm buryingwater fortheforest

Reviews to come.

Book Photography

Here’s some of my favourite photos I posted on Instagram last week: (click on the photos for the original)

brokenstars1 bluebooks1 bookfalling

Discussion Posts

Here’s some discussion posts I’ve enjoyed over the past few weeks:

Bookish News 

  • I blogged 6 Emotional YA Contemporary Books You Should Read on Brisbane Libraries.
  • YA thriller writer James Patterson is coming to Sydney and Melbourne next month! Book your tickets here.
  • Aussies, have you entered my Confess by Colleen Hoover giveaway? It ends on Friday 17 April 2014.
  • Writers Jessica Shirvington, Will Kostakis and Gabrielle Tozer will be speaking in Sydney about their upcoming books on 22 April 2015. Book your tickets here.
  • The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials is being released into one Collector’s Edition with bonus content. It will be available on April 14, 2015.
  • Cover reveal: Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman (Interview & Giveaway here.)

illuminae mazerunnerscorch

You May Have Missed…

Chatterbox: Tribute to My Fellow Bloggers where I got super emotional about my fellow bloggers

A Breath of Frost by Alyxandra Harvey Review: Friendship, Magic and Murder (Thanks Bec for the review!)

Blog Tour: We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach Review & Giveaway (AUS) where I shared my apocalyptic bucket list

How was your bookish week? Tell me below! 

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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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57 responses to “Indulgence Insider #24 – Blogger Meetups and Hauls

  1. danielleisbusyreading

    This is an amazing book haul! Love so many of these books – The Burning Sky, Shadows (I'm binge reading the series this month and I'm on book 3 – loving it!), The Glass Arrow, and Don't Look Back. I hope you enjoy your new reads!

    • Hehe it was really an amazing experience Aimee! I mean I was going to be there for a few days, so why not. I can\’t wait to read Shadows!

  2. Great book haul! I am curious to know what you think of The Glass Arrow! I have read that one and personally I enjoyed it a lot, although it was very different from what I was expecting.
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  3. Look at you lot, lovely little poppets! It's lovely to be able to get together and talk books and food, which seems to be another thing we all have in common. I'm so jealous of that bookstore they have up there, I wonder if they'll ever expand into other states at all. Would be incredible! We've got some great bookshops in Melbourne, but sometimes you have to go back and forth looking for a few different titles, and I'd love to find them all under the one roof.

    Fantastic haul this week Jeann, I'm reading Pandora Jones at the moment and loving the sequel. You're in for quite the treat with Every Move as well, you'll love that series!

    Have a fabulous week of reading Jeann and thanks for sharing <3
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    • It was definitely a lovely experience and we had so much in common! Man Kino was really amazing, even though it wasn\’t the cheapest one around it definitely had the best selection. I was impressed that their Dymocks had board games in it! Lol Glad to hear you loved Pandora Jones.

  4. inlibrisveritas

    Wow! I'm jealous of your awesome haul! I'm actually reading volume three of Saga right now, it's not my favorite comic series but a ton of people adore it. Ready Player One was amazing! I can't wait for the movie to come out, and the fact that Spielberg is directing is making me extremely hopeful.
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    • I know, there goes my book buying ban outside the window whoops. Ah, I still have to read the first volume! My bf read it and he really enjoyed it. Glad to hear you\’re still enjoying it later on. I\’m super hopeful about Ready Player One as well, an instant favourite! SO GOOD.

  5. AAAAAH JEANN!!!! IT WAS SOO NICE TO MEET YOU!!!! One day our paths will cross again!!

    Super stoked that you enjoyed Night Film! I'm still looking for a book that will give me the same thrill, tbh.

    And I spy Burning Sky and damn, that book was good. Worldbuidling, not so much (aka not at all, it was horrendous LOL) BUTTT characters were A PLUS.

    • It was definitely a wonderful experience Jess! <33 Knowing how much I travel no doubt I\'ll see you some time again soon! NIGHT FILM my gosh, sooo good. I love subtle thrillers. I\'ve seen House of Leaves recommended as well, but I haven\'t really read much about it. YESSS ABOUT BURNING SKY!

    • It was sooo much fun Cyn! Yes I've got too many books I know what to do with lately! I'll be sure to keep some tissues close by while reading CNV.

  6. Zoe

    Jeann, can't wait to see what you think of Code Name Verity – it's one of my favorite historical fiction reads. Just make sure you have a box of tissues next to you. You'll need them. 😉 And I'm curious to see what you think of Half Wild & The Merciless too. xD

    And ahh! That blogger meet up looks like it was a TON of fun! <3 Glad you ladies were able to get together. *sighs* I wish all us bookish folks lived close together – it would be so amazing.

    Thanks for sharing, and happy reading! <3
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    • I've heard so many great things about it Zoe, definitely about how emotional it is too! thanks for the tip, I'll keep tissues closeby. It was so much fun Zoe! Have a lovely week <3

  7. Faye M.

    Wow! I'm so jealous of you, guys! I would have loved to meet each and every one of you lovely people, too. I've never been to a blogger meet-up before… we Filipino ones wanted to do one last April 11, but plans changed and we'll have to wait till May for another potential meet-up. Hopefully it pushes through and I can show off some pictures too 😉 BAhahaha!
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    • One day we will meet Faye, I promise! You have met Dre and Aimee which seemed pretty awesome too. Make it happen so I can see pics! <3

    • It was definitely a fun time Katherine. I\’ve heard so much about both of those books, I can\’t wait to pick them up!

    • It was so much fun Pili, I really enjoyed it! Finally picking up First Grave makes me excited <3 Thanks Pili!

  8. Wow there's so much to comment on. I still need to start the Sally Green series. I have liked the Burying Water series just okay at this point. I hope the next book is better for me. I LOVED Code Name Verity and These Broken Stars much more than I expected. Looks like you had a fun trip. Hope you have a great week!

    SP & STS
    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

    • It was definitely a fun few weeks Amanda! I\’m looking forward to reading Half Wild because I know how much you loved it! Thank you so much lovely.

  9. Shannelle C.

    Hooray for meeting up with other bloggers! I've met up with a few others before during book signings, but I would love to meet up with other bloggers for that purpose. And you seem like you had fun! And YES to Ready Player One. I hope the movie is as good as the book.
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    • I had so much fun Shannelle, how awesome those book signings would be! Mannn, I think the movie will be awesome, it's directed by Spielberg.

  10. Grace @ RebelMommyBB

    Yay to the meet up i Sydney – sounds like fun. Great week in books – I just borrowed The Girl on the Train as well – I can't wait to start it!
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  11. Kara Terzis

    Oh, isn't Kinokuniya just brilliant!? For some reason I'd never been there before this year (crazy, right??) but now I am absolutely in love with it! (Still. No matter HOW hard I try to pronounce it I can never get it right.) I've heard SUCH good things about The Girl on the Train but I know it's going to be awhile since I'll be able to read it. There are literally about 50 reserves on it at my library, it's that popular. xD Enjoy your books!
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    • Mannn, I loved it so much! It had the most massive YA section ever! I waded through that many reserves too and finally got my turn after a few months hehe. I'm excited to read it!

  12. It sounds like you had a truly wonderful time in Sydney, Jeann! Meeting up with other bloggers sounds like heaven, and the food, the books, and the conversations seem like they were amazing as well 🙂
    I was not blown away by Burying Rain, either, and I'm perversely a little happy to not be the only one…
    I hope you'll enjoy your new books! Have a wonderful week and happy reading.
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    • It really was awesome and the food, the conversation and the company was pretty awesome! So glad to hear I wasn't the only one with Burying Water, I feel like it's super hyped. Thank you Lexxie, have a great week as well.

  13. YESS you liked Ready Player One!! That book is so fabulous, especially if you're a gamer!
    I definitely wish there was a Kino in Adelaide as well- I remember it was freaking amazing when I went to Sydney. I went to this MASSIVE one in Dubai as well, and the YA section alone was basically the size of the entire Adelaide Dymocks store. Crazy!
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    • SOOO GOOD NARA. I loved it so much I want to read it again! Mannn that's super exciting about Dubai too lol!

  14. I am so in love with that Illuminae cover I cannot even. I didn't know it was all going to be written in like transcripts and "videos" and stuff I AM SO WICKEDLY EXCITED FOR IT NOW. AHHHH. Ahem. Okay. And, zomg, lucky you winning Every Move. I'm desperate to finish reading that trilogy. xD I'm totally looking up For The Forest of the Bird because I love me a good sad MG book. 😉
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