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!
Hello clouds and cloudettes, so many exciting things to share with you! I’m starting a new job at the start of October, and I have a bit of a break before then. I’ve been binge reading, relaxing and finally working on my blog. I’ve also started wedding planning (seriously considering eloping from all the drama lol) and ordering some furniture for the house, yay! I ordered a new steam mop for the house and some brand name frying pans. Hey that might be boring to some but it’s life changing lol.
It’s been a rollercoaster of the year that’s been emotionally draining, hopefully this will be the fresh start I need to get myself into a better place.
I’ve been binge watching How to Get Away with Murder and I’m onto Season 2, what a crazy ass series. It’s like a better, adult version of Pretty Little Liars? Anyway, I’m totally loving it.
- Win a signed copy of Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar (ends 2 October)
- Win a preorder of Gemina on Twitter (ends 9 October)
The delight of being home is that I get my book mail as soon as the postie drops it off (usually I have to wait until the weekends to pick it up at the post office). I was lucky enough to get a visit from the postman everyday this week!
Here I Stand by Amnesty International UK / Cell 7 by Kerry Drewery
The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee / The Assassins Creed: Last Descendants
The Bad Decisions Playlist by Michael Rubens / Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George
Skyfire by Michael Adams / Artie and the Grime Wave by Richard Roxburgh
Something in Between by Melissa De La Cruz / Swarm by Scott Westerfield, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti
Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers / Goldenhand by Garth Nix
The Call by Peadar O’Guilin / The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
Thanks Harlequin Teen Australia, Allen & Unwin, Scholastic, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House Walker Books, Bloomsbury and Hot Key Books for the review copies!
So I read Miss Peregrine’s and got hooked and have been binge reading the series, I also preordered Tales of the Peculiar which is SO gorgeous.
Jenna sent me Bone Gap which I’ve been wanting to read for ages and the YA Fan Fest extract preview from Allen & Unwin.
I also ordered the limited edition Empire of Storms from Target, the cover is this beautiful Rowaelin poster on the back! It also has an exclusive short story with Rowan & Aelin.
I also ordered some gorgeous watercolour bookmarks and book boyfriend lipbalms from Behind the Pages! Sooo beautiful.
Culturally Diverse Book Recs
Diversity is everywhere at the moment, and instead of criticising books that aren’t diverse, why not support diverse books and authors who are out there already?
I put together this video with heaps of culturally diverse book recommendations, check it out!
Some great discussion posts I’ve enjoyed recently:
- CW @ Read Think Ponder talked about no representation vs misrepresentation of diversity
- Sign up to the CritYourFaves blog event on important discussion posts by Read at Midnight!
- Ava @ Bookishness and Tea writes about why we need diversity in YA.
- Puput @ Sparkling Letters on diverse representation and shares some great recs.
- Marie @ Drizzles & Hurricane Books talks about what defines a successful blogger.
OZYAY on Air – 2 October
Our next #LoveOzYA reads are Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley and Special by Georgia Blain! Tune in on 7 Aug 7-8pm AEST on your local ABC radio station, the ABC radio app or at radio.abc.net.au!
- Looking for some diverse recommendations? Check out #diverserecs on Twitter!
- Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda has a director! AND THE THRONE OF GLASS TV SERIES IS COMING TO HULU.
- The cover reveal for Always and Forever Lara Jean is out! It’s so, so gorgeous!
How was your bookish week?
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Great haul! I hope you love all of these. Can I have that Chaol lip balm?
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NO the lipbalm is mine, but you can get yours on the etsy link 😉
OMG I feel like I haven't been on your blog for aaaaaages so look forward to the comment spam 🙂 🙂 First of all, congrats again on your new job!! I hope it's a lot less stressful. And new frypans, fuck yeah. You go.
I also really want Tales of the Peculiar just because of the cover, let's be real. And I've heard soooo much hype about the movie. The company I'm interning with is kind of a competitor, because their client is Universal Sony, so it's very interesting to see how they compete lol.
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YAY! Thank you for visiting Em, I've missed your comments hehe. Yes, I hope so too, I have a good feeling about this one! I used my new frying pan this week and it was the best thing ever. It helped that they were easy to clean too. YES I saw the Tales of Peculiar paperback and yeah no. Go the hardback, so gorgeous! It sounds like your interning is going really well!
Ooh! Ooh! Have you found Intisar Khanani's books yet? She's a diversity badass, let me tell you.
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Ohhhh I haven't heard of them! Thanks for sharing.
I'm so excited for your new job, Jeann! I really hope that it is incredible and amazing, and that it makes you happy <3 I also totally feel you on the domestic things, haha. We got the stairs recarpeted in July and it was the best thing ever XD
SO many books, as always! I wonder how you get around to them all, I really do :O But they all look awesome, so i hope you love them all!
I think it's so weird how many different editions of books are released (especially Maas books). I think it would be almost impossible to own them all O.o
Good luck on your radio show on Sunday <3
Thank you so much Chiara! Ohhhh new carpet is actually the best feeling, so luxurious hehe. Yeah….I probably won't get through all of them tbh. I get so many every month! Yeah it makes it hard when I want to collect THEM ALL but then they just keep on getting released. Xx
I've been wanting to read The Thousandth Floor! I've only heard amazing things about Words in Deep Blue so I've been looking forward to it!
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I know, I need to read Words in Deep Blue this week! The Thousandth Floor I can't wait to read too!
Now is a good time to be binge reading Miss Peregrine's with the movie coming out soon! And I love he Tales of the Peculiar cover, I've been eyeing it myself… one day!
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OMG I can't wait, I'm watching it tomorrow! The Tales of Peculiar is SOOO PRETTY
So many exciting things happen..and yes weddings are tine consuming and a pain in the arse…but a day you will remember forever!
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Yesss I know it will be worth it but the pain. THE PAINNN
Ohhh good luck with the new job and wedding planning! I heard that planning a wedding is the best and worst time a girl could experience 😛 but I hope everything goes well, Jeann! <3 anyway, that Rowaelin poster is SO GORGEOUS!! I don't even have the physical copy because it's not available yet in my country 🙁 ebook would have to do haha I was just gonna start reading To All the Boys I've Loved Before and the third book is coming out? Well then I could binge read all of them 😛
Thank you for featuring one my post Jeann that's so sweet of you! <3
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No problems Puput, I loved your post it was so thought provoking and important! Yeah, wedding planning hasn't been fun so far and I've only just started lol. I hope you'll be able to get a copy when it comes out soonish! You probably could binge read that series, it's a quick light and fluffy contemporary.
Thank you Emily <33 yesss lots of awesome book mail! I definitely love the book mail, lucky I got new shelves lol.
I know, I'm always excited everyday to see what's going to arrive hehe. I didn't get anything today other than my exciting new frying pan set 😛 Thank you lovely, I hope so too!
I didn't like book 2 as much as book 1, although it was good to see that Lara Jean had matured slightly. Thank you Cait, it's always been so hectic for me so I'm really glad about it! Thank you, yeah there's always drama unfortunately lol everyone wants to have their say. How exciting for your sister though!
You have beautiful photographs of books. I am looking into getting into bookstagramming myself.
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Thank you so much! Bookstagram is so much fun, I hope you pick it up 😀
Oh I loved and hated wedding planning. SO much drama. Cograts on the new job. So glad you are loving HTGAWM. Season 2 gets a bit off the rails but still good. I am hoping season 3 is great. So many great books!! Enjoy them all and have a great week!!
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HAhaha man I am totally feeling the same right now Grace! Thank you, I'm watching S2 as we speak and it's like way too scandalous for dramatic effect? So much sex and unnecessary drama lol. Have a lovely week yourself!
I just recently read Ms.Peregrine's and omg it was so unique and cool! Can't wait to read the rest of the series and see the movie. Also that cover of Always and Forever is so pretty! I'm honestly obsessed with Lara Jean's story.
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I KNOW! I loved Miss Peregrine's so much, I binged the next book! But I'm reading Library of Souls atm and it's sooo slow. I don't have patience for it atm lol. Lara Jean is amazing and I can't wait to read the next one.
Oh wow look at that haul! some beautiful titles up there. A new job can both be exciting and scary. I hope you enjoy it 🙂
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Yesss definitely a lot of good stuff hehe. Thank you Lily, I'm really looking forward to this one! Hoping it goes smoothly.
The Thousandth Floor is one I am hearing a LOT about lately and it sounds pretty promising so I am looking forward to reading it when I can finally get around to it. And another thing here are those gorgeous bookmarks <3 I have so much love for them right now!
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I know, I've heard so much about it and I can't wait to read it for the amazing concept alone! If only the cover was as pretty as the US version lol. Gorgeous bookmarks are my life, but they're too pretty to use lol!
Wow, what a great post! I loved the video and added each new-to-me book on Goodreads as you were talking. I also enjoyed the links you shared regarding diversity in books.
And I would LOVE new frying pans. Enjoy!
That is awesome, I'm so glad that you enjoyed the diversity recommendations! I hope you can find some new favourites 🙂 YES my new frying pan set arrived and I can't wait to use them!
Oh! I love the bookmarks you got for ToG. I might have to check out that site too.
You also got a nice haul of review copies! I hope you enjoy them Jeann 😀
Yesss the bookmarks are definitely gorgeous especially with the other series! The shop is down at the moment but I'm sure she'll be back soon. Thanks so much Jesse <3
Yay for book mail! And every day? I'm jealous, I need more bookish mail. 🙂 Congrats on the new job! Sound like a lot of good stuff going on. And I've never seen How To Get Away With Murder, but it sounds great and now I'll have to check it out.
Have a great week!
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Thanks Greg, it's cos I have so much time on my hands to order stuff LOL that's terrible I know. It's SO ADDICTIVE you have been warned
Wow, you had a busy week. Wedding planning can be very stressful. I have learned that, strangely, the whole thing is really for the family, not the bride and groom! it is a gift to the ones you love so they can send you off properly. I hope this experience is one you cherish and try to enjoy. Have a great week.
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Yeah, it's always busy on this side of town lol. Oh man, that's what I've learnt as well, everyone wants to send us off and see us happy, I'm sure we'll enjoy it on the day but so much hassle to plan and organise in the meantime.
Oh my goodness, how did I not visit your blog before! It's absolutely gorgeous. You three are amazing.
And what an incredibly informative post!
Thank you so much for your recommendations on cultural diversity, Jeann. This video is perfect for me! A lot of books are new to me, which I always appreciate.
I will be sure to visit more frequently. <3 And I have now subscribed to your Booktube channel!
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I know right, I can't believe I hadn't visited yours either. Thank you so much for watching, sharing my video, it's so important to spread the word on these awesome reads. And for subscribing! YAY
Lol never feel bad about buying house appliances. They are indeed life-changing!
Such beautiful bookish swag! *makes grabby hands*
And I'll definitely be checking out some of the recs you've mentioned. Happy reading!
YES my new frying pan set arrived so I'm excited to use it hahah! Definitely life-changing! Bookish swag is my second favourite thing next to books. Thank you!
I'm so curious about The Thousandth Floor! Just hearing you mention your wedding plans is exciting, although I know it's very stressful. Just make sure it's the wedding you and your fiance want, not the one everyone else wants. Good luck with you're new job!
I know, Jenna loved A Thousandth floor so I requested it lol. That's good advice, everyone wants to be involved lol. I'm looking forward to it all!
I really like the Always and Forever, Lara Jean cover! Can't wait for that book. And omg that Target edition of Empire of Storms is AMAZING I WANT IT (even though for the wrong reason. Rowan looks like Thranduil and I just can't) Congrats on the new job and the wedding planning, I hope you'll enjoy them! I can't wait to see the dress and venue and everything aaahh <3
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Ooh wow, SO MANY BOOKS! That's awesome!! 😀
And wow, thanks for sharing those links – I can't believe I missed out on some of them!!
Also, the stuff from Behind the Pages is gorgeous – checking it out now!! 😀 Thank you 🙂
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YESSS it has been crazy lately with the new releases and the review copies! I hope you enjoy Geraldine!
Wow, a stack of new books there Jeann! You'll be kept busy for a while.
Has Georgia Blain got a new book out? I'm not sure I knew that but must check it out.
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I definitely will Debbish! Yup, Special just came out a couple of months ago, check it out!
What a wonderful book haul, I'm eager to know your thoughts about all of these books, especially The Thousandth Floor and Bone Gap! 🙂 I am SO excited for the next book about Lara Jean, that cover looks absolutely GORGEOUS, I love it so much <3
Congratulations on the new job, I hope you'll enjoy it, A LOT, and before it starts, enjoy the little break you have! And good luck for all of the wedding planning, it must be quite stressful, but you can do this, and it will be WONDERFUL <3
Thank you so much for featuring one of my blog posts, I feel honoured <3
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Thank you Marie! There are so many wonderful books to read, I'm looking forward to reading the next Lara Jean book. Thank you, I'm having a great break but I'm eager to get back into work lol. I'm looking forward to getting the wedding stuff over and done with! You're welcome, it was such a great post Marie!