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!
I hope everyone had a lovely thanksgiving! We don’t normally celebrate it in Australia but it’s still a lovely holiday nonetheless.
Sooo it’s no surprise that I’ve been shopping with reckless abandon, with all the Black Friday sales at all (retailers in Australia seem to have adopted this as a Thing, although we don’t normally celebrate thanksgiving in Australia). In an effort to save myself some money, I’ve been placing lots of books on hold at our local library – which is AWESOME btw because we get so many of the latest YA releases when they are out – including the ones from the US!
I have got some exciting news – we’re getting a puppy next month! Owning a dog has been a lifelong dream of mine and I’m so excited to pick up our little golden retriever. We pick him up on our 11 year anniversary so it’s going to be a great way to celebrate.
Other than that, I’ve been planning for the wedding next year. So far we’ve set a date (23 September 2017) and have been trying to find a venue for it. I also went to the Hexenhaus book launch with local author Nikki McWatters, she was absolutely hilarious and it was interesting seeing how timely the book is with feminism at the forefront. It’s a witchy book set in three different time periods, where witches are tortured and branded as demons – definitely sounds up my alley!
- Win Heartless by Marissa Meyer (Australians only) – ends 4 December.
The Song From Somewhere Else by A.F. Harrold & Levi Pinfold
Valentine by Jodi McAlister
Lisette’s Paris Notebook by Katherine Bateson
The Petrified Flesh, Fearless, The Golden Yarn by Cornelia Funke
A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson and Robin Wasserman
Girl Online: Going Solo by Zoe Sugg
The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics
Thanks Simon & Schuster Australia, Hachette Australia, Allen & Unwin, Penguin Random House and Bloomsbury for the review copies!
I have been on a huge shopping haul lately when it comes to books, despite having a huge library stack. Someone save me from myself!
P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour – One of my favourite contemporaries of all time. Review here.
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
5 to 1 by Holly Bodger
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
The Sky So Heavy by Claire Zorn – one of my favourite post-apocalyptic reads, that felt so realistic. Review here.
Night Film by Marisha Pessl – a favourite thriller of mine that is done SO WELL. Film noir and mystery and intrigue. Review here.
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell – This special collector’s edition is SO GORGEOUS.
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova – Picked this up upon recommendation from Read Diverse Books.
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera – Just look at that cover.
Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell – reminds me of Cinder, so how could I not.
Here’s my library book haul from the start of November! I dragged Jenna to the library when she visited a few weeks ago. I’ve also read most of these books now, which I’ll review in my November wrap up coming soon.
- Jo @ Word Revel talks about consumerism in the bookish world
- Marie @ Drizzles and Hurricane talks about how commenting is the lifeblood of blogging but also the pressure that comes with it
- 10 ways that bookstagram is AWESOME by Cait @ Paper Fury.
- CW @ Read Think Ponder recommends books with fabulous female friendships.
- It’s Joey’s 3 year blogoversary (I refuse to spell it blogiversary). Go congratulate him!
OZYAY on Air – 4 December
I can’t believe it’s almost been a year of OzYAY! It’s been so much fun being live on radio and chatting about books with Sarah and Rhianna. We always have a blast even though we always have a difference in opinion over what we read. It’s been great exploring more Aussie YA reads through this forum too!
Listen to our last OzYAY covering Gemina & Swarm!
- I’m famous on Buzzfeed, with my Six of Crows picture on this Buzzfeed article (thanks Kelly for letting me know!)
- 5 YA Book Trends for 2016 according to Huffington Post
- There’s a #LoveOZYA Anthology coming out next year and it looks GORGEOUS!
- B&N recommended the best sci-fi reads of the year, I added so many to my TBR here.
- The trailer for the Before I Fall movie (by Lauren Oliver) is out! It looks sooo good.
- The Beauty and the Beast official trailer is out where I totally did not cry. Nope, not me.
- A Series of Unfortunate Events is coming out on Netflix, here’s the trailer!
In Case You Missed It
- We shared 12 bookish things we’re thankful for
- If you’re looking for a unique diverse fantasy, check out The Great Library series by Rachel Caine!
- Spontaneous combustion in a book? Yeah not Aila’s thing.
- I reviewed the highly anticipated Heartless by Marissa Meyer – and gave it a 3.5.
- Replica by Lauren Oliver is overhyped IMO.
How was your bookish week?
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Congrats again on the puppy Jeann! Omg that pic is just too cute :') :') It'll be awesome as an 11 year anniversary celebration. You know how much work they are, right? 😉
Thank you Aila! I can't wait to meet him next week, so excited omg.
AW PUPPPYYYYY! Congratulations! And also on setting a wedding date, my goodness, so much excitement! I am so happy for you, you deserve ALL the amazing things ♥♥ Also SOOOO many beautiful books! I may be completely jealoys, but that is okay 😉 Also, a year on OzYAY!? That is incredible! I really want to read The Sky So Heavy, but it is hard to come by here hahah. One of these days, I will splurge on Book Depository, especially if it is one of your favorites! Hope you have a fabulous week!
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Thank you so much Shannon, I’m having so much pain from setting the wedding date because half the venues we are looking at aren’t available. ANYWAY I am really looking forward to picking up our little puppy! Hehe it hasn’t been a year yet, I think March will be 1 year, but we’re almost there! Which is crazy by the way. I still remember both you and Nick listening into the first one, that meant so much to me!
PUPPIES?? WEDDING DATES?? A BILLION BOOKS? What more does this post need? Also I reeeeally want to know what you think about Labyrinth Lost, it looks great!
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YESSSS the only thing it’s missing is food haha but then the universe might implode from it’s awesomeness.
Yes yes, nice haul and everything but AAAWWW PUPPIES! <3 <3 My heart is melted now.
Yessss they are super cute aren\’t they? I can\’t wait omg
YOU'RE GETTING A PUPPY!!! AHHHH THAT'S SO EXCITING. You have to post lots of photos 😀 I love dogs so much!! Brilliant bookish haul too. I looooooove Night Film to pieces. Nimona is one of my favourites too. The Oz YA anthology looks gorgeous, I'm super excited for it!
Yessss I am super excited! I will definitely be posting heaps of photos hehe. Night Film is SUCH a brilliant book! I knew I had to have it for my collection. Looking forward to reading Nimona as well!
Oh my with the puppies. How cute!! Enjoy your new little guy. Aso have fun with the rest of wedding planning. It will go by quick. SO many amazing books! Have a great week!
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Okay, I'm confused… you're getting married?
Those puppies look so cute ^^
Thanks for the blog recommendations and I'll make sure to check out your video with Jenna! 😀
Yup, I got engaged this time last year and we're finally planning our wedding for next year.
PUPPIES <3 these are SO cute, and I'm hoping you'll want to post a picture on Instagram or something, haha, I love puppies so much <3
What a fantastic bookhaul! I bought More Happy Than Not as well, and could't stop staring at the cover for a while, it is stunning. Though I am not sure how ready I feel to read it right now hahaha, it sounds kind of heartbreaking.
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Hehe I will definitely be taking a lot of photos Marie! It's sooo pretty isn't it? Yeah that's what I thought too lol.
Of course, I've been preparing for it. Looking forward to it! Have a lovely week too.
It's so funny, we're the same way here in Canada – we don't celebrate Thanksgiving in November, but our stores are more than happy to jump on the Black Friday bandwagon. The really strange thing is that we already have our own Black Friday in the form of our Boxing Day sales, so now we have two crazy sales days (and two days for me to completely avoid the scary mall crowds)!
LOL that is hilarious, our Black Friday is also Boxing Day sales! I knew there was a reason why I loved Canada 😀
The Sun is Also A Star is such an awesome story!!
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Are you excited/nervous/scared???
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Thank you! I'm more stressed about the planning process than anything, it's a popular time to get married and everything seems to be booked out atm.
Good luck! I hope it all works out for you so you can enjoy yourBig day!!
Adorable puppies! Enjoy your books, and have a great week!
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Thank you Diane, have a lovely one too!
Awesome haul of books. Those Golden Retriever puppies look adorable. A puppy is a wonderful thing, I hope you know how much work that is going to be, but it's going to be wonderfully rewarding as well. Have a lovely week.
Grace @ Books of Love
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Congrats on getting a puppy!! That is totally awesome! I can't wait to see lots of adorable pictures. I too have been requesting more books from the library and its awesome!
Hope you have a great week!
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Thank you, I'm so excited to get it! Been preparing myself haha. Yay for the library!
*jenna's head bobbles*
Anyways, after double taking the puppies + your wedding date, I have confirmed that you should indeed RELEASE ALL THE PUPPIES at your wedding. Also, will gladly accept invite if invited.
Also also: thank you for your kind words re: three years blog[I]versary, Jeann.
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BLOGOVERSARY. Hahah I'll keep that in mind Joey, people have already put their hand up to minding the dog at the wedding lol.
I KNOW I JUST CAN'T WAIT CAIT! I'm not really up to date with the Shadowhunters so I'm looking forward to reading it. I mean look how pretty the cover is! Hahah TBH I buy books because of how they'll fit in my rainbow shelf too LOL.
DOGS!!! They're so cute, congrats on getting one!
And great video! That cover of Three Dark Crowns really DOES look odd but only probs because I've only seen the red one lol. It kind of reminds me of Wicked? Sleeping Giants piqued my interest the most, I'm definitely adding that to my TBR pile!
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Thank you, I\’m so excited to pick it up and I can\’t wait! I know, I\’m excited that it has a different cover, I haven\’t seen it before. It does have that same shade actually! I love Sleeping Giants, I\’ve just read it and will be reviewing it soon.
Oh yay good to know, I'm really looking forward to your review! 🙂
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Awww….those puppies are so cute!!! And you have a lot of awesome books!
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Yesss I\’m pretty excited 🙂
Wahhhh, that's an epic haul! With those library books too, you seem to have been swallowed by them whole! Happy reading! 😀
I know, I have so many books to get through lol.
Those dogs are cute! Love retrievers… congrats! Bet you can't wait! And that's so cool your library has the latest YA releases… mine doesn't lol. Anyway such a great stack of books… I definitely want to get A Closed and Common Orbit. I'm only halfway through The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet but love it so far, so I know I'm going to want the next book.
Congrats too on OzYay- a year is awesome. And thanx for the link too- more for me to go read lol. Have a super week. 🙂
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I'm looking forward to getting the puppy definitely lol! Not keen on the toilet training though. I know, I'm so lucky with our library! I'm so glad you love that book, it's one of my favourites that I've read this year! Thank you Greg, have a great one ahead!
Wow. That's some book haul! Oceans Of The Dead looks good. Happy Anniversary and have fun with your new puppy!
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Thanks Laura, I can't believe it's been 11 years nearly!
Puppies!!! Totally Adorable. And So many books! Looks like you had a good month. Thanks for the post.
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Yesss I'm looking forward to the puppy and getting through the haul lol!
It's great that YA's getting a lot of attention at the moment. I don't read much / any but see a lot of conversations on Twitter and Instagram here in Oz.
And a puppy will be so cute. Though my friend recently got one and could not get him toilet trained. He couldn't go outside until he was old enough for some vaccinations so she was constantly cleaning her carpets!!!
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I know, I'm loving how YA has such a vibrant community! There's nothing better than connecting over books hehe. Oh man, that's actually a good warning lol! I need to watch lots of dog training videos.