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!
Phew, January was a busy month, but I managed to get away to the country for a long weekend! I celebrated my birthday and started planning our wedding. With only 7 months to go, it’s a tight timeframe so there’s definitely lots to do! That means I’ve been pretty lazy with blogging, much less taking instagram photos and interacting on Twitter. I also haven’t read as much as I’m used to, but that’s a given. Thanks for everyone who still leaves comments on our blog posts, I really appreciate it and I’ll stop by your blogs when I get the chance.
Toby also keeps us busy, early mornings and nights. He has grown SO much and graduated puppy preschool today! He looks pretty proud in these pics. He starts obedience training tomorrow, which we’re pretty glad for tbh. Owning my first dog, much less a puppy has definitely had it’s challenges but I wouldn’t give it up for the world, he’s so well behaved and absolutely adorable.
Also Jenna has us all obsessed with planner stickers. Send help.
Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken
Reckless, Fearless and The Golden Yarn by Cornelia Funke
Who’s Afraid & Who’s Afraid Too by Maria Lewis
How Not to Fall in Love Actually by Catherine Bennetto
This Beats Perfect by Rebecca Denton (finished copy)
Trouble Tomorrow by Terry Whitebeach & Sarafino Enadio
Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
Wing Jones by Katherine Webber
Thank you Hachette Australia, Allen & Unwin, Walker Books, Simon & Schuster Australia and Bloomsbury for the review copies.
Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer
Kingdom of Sleep by E.K. Johnson (also known as Spindle in the US)
The Case of Fantastic Beasts by Mark Salisbury (not pictured)
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- The Aussie YA Bloggers February Newsletter is out, featuring the latest #LoveOzYA releases, news & events! Sign up here.
- It’s the 20th Anniversary of Harry Potter & The Philosophers Stone and these gorgeous 8 house editions are out *whispers* I need all of them.
- On the January edition of OzYAY on ABC Radio, we covered our favourite YA books in 2016, and the 2017 books we’re looking forward to.
- Leigh Bardugo has announced a collection of fairy tale stories in the world of Grisha! Can. Not. Wait.
- To celebrate Chinese New Year, I recommended my favourite festive reads on Read Think Ponder.
- The cast for the Simon vs The Homosapiens Agenda movie has been picked and they are adorable.
- The final book in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas has been delayed until 2018. But instead, we get a full length Chaol novel!
- This Harry Potter quiz has been making the rounds. I’m 30% Ravenclaw, 28% Gryffindor, 27% Hufflepuff, and 15% Slytherin – and completely shocked. I’ve never had Gryffindor so high up in the list before…but it makes sense TBH.
In Case You Missed It
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- A magical mystery with an extremely gorgeous cover, but did it meet expectations? See Aila’s review on The Book Jumper.
- My giveaway for Lisette’s Paris Notebook is open to Aussies, ending 13 Feb.
- Jenna wrapped up the 11 books she read during January.
- Aila can’t stop raving about this diverse YA romance! We’re so keen to read it.
How was your bookish month?
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Congratulations to Toby! He definitely looks proud. I had no idea there would be Simon vs The Homosapiens movie. It looks like I’ve been living under the rock.
Omg puppy school! Toby is the cutest. I wish I had made my dog go to puppy school when she was young because now she basically walks all over everyone in my house *sighs* But I love her anyways.
I see you got a lot of great books! That's awesome. I want to read Wires and Nerve!
Aww, look at his beautiful little face. He's such a handsome boy and well done Tobes on graduating from preschool! What kind of obedience training will he be doing next? We didn't bother taking our furbaby, once he was house trained and would listen to basic commands we just left it at that. He doesn't listen anyway and is determined to be his own boss. We don't have a dog, our dog has people.
You'll be run off your tootsies this year and might need to scale back for your own sanity. Have you thought about just doing mini reviews to free up a bit of time? I wouldn't worry about commenting on other blogs so much, we stalk you regardless.
I hear such good things about Wayfarer!
Enjoy all your books 🙂
My Book Haul
Me too! I'm really looking forward to reading it!
Toby looks so cute and proud! I want more Toby pics, Jeann!! 😉
Thank you Pili! Have you followed his insta on @tobyindulgence? 😀
Yay for Toby!! I'm really glad you've decided to continue the training. Well trained dogs are the best, plus training is a good way to establish a relationship and bond with Toby. So many people tend to stop after puppy preschool (if they even go at all).
OMG THE STICKERS!! I somehow managed to not buy any after being bombarded by you and Jenna but only just. The fact that I'm broke due to paying to fix my phone screen helped a lot.
Yeah, quite a lot of people don't bother with any type of training for their puppy but we think it's so important! Gosh obedience training was full on last night and little Toby was knackered! That's what we want though hahaha.
YOU HAVE AN IRON WILL BEC. I just can't stop buying.
1. Good luck with the wedding planning! It must be such an exciting time for you.
2. Toby makes the world a better place. That is all. <3
3. I'm so looking forward to Wires & Nerve and Wayfarer – happy reading to you!
Thank you so much! There is definitely lots to do but I'm trying to enjoy it for now. Lots of exciting books to read, I flicked through Wires & nerve and it looks so good! Yes he does <3
Puppy preschool?! I've never heard of such a thing, but oh my goodness it sounds adorable!
I know right! The puppies just get together and play pretty much lol. I started obedience training with him too and it's more structured.
Love that pic of Toby and his graduation certificate. Very cute.
And exciting that the wedding's getting closer. You don't sound too stressed so planning must be going well and I'm sure you'll get it all done!
Hehe yes I was laughing cos he was totally posing lol. I guess there's just a lot to do with the planning, trying to take it easy and have fun (even though I don't have much time lol).
Awww….your puppy looks so cute!!! Glad you had a wonderful time in the country!
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Hehe is definitely an adorable doggie hehe!
Happy birthday! And what a cute dog! Nice book haul too… hope all your planning goes well, and that you have a nice february. 🙂
Thank you Greg! I hope February treats you well too!
Hehe thank you Emily! It's an addiction omg I did not know what I was getting myself into. Have a lovely week ahead!
Heheh it's because of all the treats and praise he had. Straight into secondary school for him now LOL. Yesss I preordered it and can't wait to read it! Too late I've already melted.
Best of luck with all the wedding planning, it has to be a bit stressful at times, but also, well…It's quite awesome when you pause to think about it, so take care of yourself, Jeann! <3 Also, Toby is SO adorable!! <3 Have a wonderful month!
Thanks Marie, I definitely have to stop and remember to take a break every now and then, so thank you for that reminder! Yesss Toby is a cutie hehe.
Nice haul Jeann! And yay for the pup! He's so cute. <3
Thanks Bee! I hope you've been well!
Awesome haul of books. Yes, Toby is adorable. I would want to cuddle with him as well. Hope you love your new books.
Grace @ Books of Love
Hehe he's definitely a cuddly little bugger! Thank you Grace, have a great week!
Toby is so adorable! And he looks so proud of himself for graduating puppy school. Those bookmarks you got are really cute!
Hehhe he's hilarious isn't he? I knowww, I love them!
Yay for getting away. Good luck with all the wedding planning. It can be so stressful. Toby is adorable!! So many great books. Enjoy and have a great week!
Hehe yeah I was really glad I got the chance too. It is definitely stressful, especially trying to do everything at once. Thank you Grace, have a lovely week ahead!
Oh my gosh, Toby is too adorable. Good luck with the wedding planning! I was glad we didn't do a large wedding back in 2014 so we had little to plan. I would have been so stressed out otherwise, haha.
Hehe thank you! Yeah, I never really wanted a huge wedding but we put our list together and it keeps on getting bigger everytime.
Your puppy is adorable!! You must be so excited for your wedding. Both my dad and brother get married this year and my sister is planning her wedding. So much wedding things in my life LOL. I am so excited for the Harry potter editions I need the ravenclaw ones. I am going to take the quiz to see what percentage of each house I am. Have a great week.
Hehe I am definitely excited now, it's just a bit stressful though with so much to do! So much joy in your life, I always cry at weddings lol. Have a lovely week Megan.