Indulgence Insider #44 – Artwork & 1500 Instagram Followers

December 13, 2015 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | Books, Features, Indulgence Insider


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

OMG MY HEART. Aila surprised us with some amazing artwork of our co-blogging adventures! This is totally perfect and depicts me being a chirpy morning person and Jenna being a night owl! Being in Florida, Aila talks to us during all hours of the day!


I’m so excited, I have 2.5 more days until I’m officially on Christmas holidays! It’s been a pretty big year at work, and I’m keen to just kick back, relax, take a break from house hunting and read more books! It’s our 10 year anniversary with the boyfriend next week, so we’re going to a tropical island at the Whitsundays (on the Great Barrier Reef) to celebrate for a few days. I’m really looking forward to it!

On the house hunting front, we almost put in an offer for a house that we weren’t 100% happy with. We’ve decided to take a break for the rest of the month and give it a fresh start in January. Our lease runs out in February though, so we have to weigh up our options on what to do soon. I hope something comes along soon (after viewing 30 houses over the past 3 months!).

Happy Indulgence reached 1500 followers on Instagram! Thank you so much for your support! I love the bookstagram community so much, it’s just so supportive, drama free and relaxing to browse through beautiful pictures of books.

Read Play Blog 2 The next Read Play Blog topic to be posted on the 16th is: What games are you looking forward to this holiday season? This is a unique meme for gamers that is posted on the 16th of every month! To participate, post your answer, recommendation & currently playing on the 16th or anytime during the month and link up!

Book Haul 


Review copies 

This Raging Light by Estelle Laure – I’ve been sent this YA contemporary from Hachette Australia three times lol! I think I’ll host some giveaways soon. Thank you!

Liquidator by Andy Mulligan – A book centred around an energy drink and a rock concert. Thank you to Scholastic Australia for sending me this!


Chasing River by K.A. TuckerGot a $10 voucher to spend at Big W so I bought the next in the Burying Water series, which is a NA romantic suspense series. Check out reviews for Burying Water and Becoming Rain.

Reading Update 

TWATD themartian chimera LadyHelen

  • Currently reading The Wrath and the Dawn which is as amazing as the raves! I love the Arabian setting and Shahrzad is fiesty and fearless.
  • I really enjoyed The Martian with all of its’ heart, humour, survival and space goodness! I read this after watching the movie and it was fantastic. 4.5 stars.
  • Chimera was a horrific continuation of the tapeworm zombie series, and it wrapped up nicely (but not without tense moments and hard decisions). 4 stars. Review to come.
  • Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club took a rather slow start. I’ve passed this onto my co-blogger Aila because the regency era wasn’t for me, and I’ll be interviewing the author tomorrow.


On #bookstagram I’m doing the #allthebooksof2015 challenge, which lists the “best of” books for the year. Here’s some of my pics! Follow @happyindulgence to see more pics!

bookshelf (Custom) qos (Custom) pikachu (Custom)

Bookish News

  • Fierce Reads revealed redesigned covers for The Winner’s trilogy by Marie Rutkoski and we’re not happy, because apparently you can’t be kickass in a pretty dress.
  • Jillian’s Books’ Blogger Positivity Campaign has come to an end, after spreading lots of wonderful posts and positivity throughout the blogosphere. Check out the wrap up here.
  • Everyone likes compliments, that’s why Project Serendipity is here, to be matched up with a blogger and give them compliments!
  • Download these beautiful phone graphics by the lovely Aila at her blog, One Way or An Author!


Discussion Posts

Here’s some discussion posts I enjoyed this week:

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How was your bookish 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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42 responses to “Indulgence Insider #44 – Artwork & 1500 Instagram Followers

  1. nereyda1003

    I feel like a slacker after looking at your pretty shelves. Mine are just thrown in wherever they fit right now. I really liked The Wrath too, glad you're liking it too!

  2. Jade @ Bedtime Bookworm

    I'm also counting down the days till my holiday vacation ( you beat me because I think yours already started LOL). Congrats on being together so long! Me and my hubby have been together 9.5 years and have been married for one of those 🙂 House shopping can be so stressful but you'll find something!

    I still haven't read the Wrath and the Dawn but I really want to. And the Mira Grant series too!!
    My recent post TTT: Best Books I Read In 2015

  3. Congrats on 1.5k followers Jeann! You absolutely deserve it! <33 And that picture is so cute! xD Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous recap! xx

  4. Happy anniversary! I hope that you enjoy your break 🙂

    The Winner’s trilogy covers are staying the same in Australia, at least that's what the publisher said on twitter (I can't remember which one it is, but I saw it! lol) maybe it's just a USA only thing. They do strange things over there sometimes :/
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  5. Aw the picture is the absolute cutest! I love! Aila is quite talented 🙂 Congrats on the Instagram followers too, you definitely deserve every one of them, I adore your pictures! So glad that you didn't end up going through with the house. It is so stressful, but you definitely don't want to end up saddled with a place you don't love, so you made a very wise choice. I think it's hard right now, and maybe after the new year you'll even see a lot of new places being available.

    I am laughing that you've been sent that same book 3 times! I have one book in 3 different formats somehow, but to just keep sending you that book… well, guess they really want you to read it hahah. Glad you're enjoying Wrath, it is absolutely one of my favorites of the year!
    My recent post December New Release Giveaway Hop!

  6. I am still freaking out over the AWESOME AWESOME gift from Aila. I need this as my screensaver, my phone wallpaper, an oversized poster in my bedroom, an oversized poster at my office desk… BEST GIFT EVER *CRIES*

  7. Glad to hear you're keen on reading it – it's out today! I love The Martian! I actually think it gets better after the first 30% because of the science, it kind of focuses on the survival more.


    also, I lovelovelove the raging light. it's really so good. (I did have a little bit of a problem with it but it's so well-written! I'm so excited for your review!) and rainbow bookshelves! my fave!

    oooh. the emery lord quote. I'm tempted to make that phone wallpaper. congrats on 1500 followers! 😀
    My recent post Review: Blackhearts

  9. paperskiesya

    Oooh, this is all wonderful. Aila, your drawing is ADORABLE <3 And wow I will forever be envious of those phone graphics. Pwetty Pwetty. I loved the Wrath and the Dawn so much this year, and This Raging Light is also a good read, and woah those pictures are beautiful.

    I agree, the bookstagram community is wonderful, and congratulations on getting so many followers! I'm still relatively new lol, but I hope to get there one day as well.
    My recent post Review: The Book of Ivy // Wherein It’s Hidden Agenda of Torture is Discovered

  10. Grace @ RebelMommyBB

    That picture is great!! When I was in Australia we went to the Whitsunday islands and it was so beautiful! Have a great time and enjoy your time off! Glad you enjoyed the Martian! Have a great week!!
    My recent post Weekly Rewind ~ 12.13.15

  11. That's such a cute pic!! Great job Aila!

    I have to agree with the disappointment on the new covers for The Winner's Curse series… I raged quite a bit on Twitter myself, and I'm now happy I hadn't yet preordered the US HC because I'm NOT buying it! I'll be getting the UK paperback instead…

    Glad to hear you really enjoyed Chimera! I still need to get it, hopefully next month!

    Big congrats on the anniversary and have a blast on your vacation! I do hope taking a break for the house hunting will be exactly what you guys need and then you can find the RIGHT house very soon!
    My recent post Friday Reads: Empire of Sand by Teresa Yea!! #DiverseDecember

  12. Aww, sorry The Dark Days Club didn't quite work for you. I'm really excited about it!

    I started listening to The Martian on audiobook, and I was really enjoying it but I put it down because all the science-y explanations were just boring me, lol. I think I may pick up the physical book in the future and just skim past those bits. xD

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  13. Bec

    Congrats on 1500 followers! That's amazing. Also happy early anniversary. I hope you have an amazing holiday 😀

    I just started reading Lady Helen and I'm okay with the slow pace haha. It usually comes with historical novels I read (I love anything set 1800s or earlier) so I'm used to it. Plus I expected a slow build because Alison Goodman's Eon also took a while to build.

    I'm glad you're enjoying The Wrath and the Dawn! I want to read that someday.

    OMG the Winner's trilogy cover change. The covers themselves aren't terrible and I can understand the theory behind the change, but when you compare them to the gorgeous original covers and other problematic elements it's disappointing. Plus WHY DO THIS FOR THE LAST BOOK?!?! Why not wait for the US paperback release or boxset release or something?!
    My recent post 5 Things about Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

    • Thank you Bec! I'm really looking forward to some time away and relaxation time! I'm glad you're keen on Lady Helen, I'm interviewing the author today but unfortunately it wasn't for me. I look forward to picking up Eon though! TWATD is SOOO GOOD. I don't understand why they changed the cover, it's so frustrating!

  14. Ahhh Christmas holidays! I can't wait for mine either. Though I have a couple of more weeks left of work before I can relax. Congratulations, Jeann! You're Instagram account rocks. 😀


    Thanks for the ping back!

  15. Awk, I'm RAGING about the Winner's Curse switchover. Plus they now look generic and cliche and, zomg, who says you can't do everything in a dress?!?! PLUS Kestrel doesn't actually go out and punch people. Which is 1000% okay, but gah, I'm pretty angry. &gt;_&gt; I hope Australia still comes out with the Winner's Kiss in the original dress covers. *heavy sigh*
    Zomg thank you for linking to my post. :')
    And that picture is Aila drew is SUPER CUTEEE.
    I have Liquidator too and not really sure what to think. XD I did like Trash though, so maybe it'll be good?! 😛
    Hope you have a happy start-of-your-holidays soon and lots of relaxing time!! 😀

    • I know right, I don't think anyone is happy about them! And why do they have to switch in the middle of the series? Grrr…I think we will actually have the old version. Hopefully. Yeah, I don't know about Liquidator either…not too sure it's my sort of thing. Thank you Cait! I can't wait!

    • No problems Aila, I am so grateful that you are a part of it too! Your graphics always deserve to be shared lol! Thank you, it's going to be so much fun! I can't wait <33

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