Indulgence Insider #74 – Love YA Event, Fantasy Book Club & March Wrap Up

April 2, 2018 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | Books, Monthly Recap, Monthly Wrap Up, Videos


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

Can you believe Easter is here and it’s almost over? It’s been a while since I’ve done an Indulgence Insider, but I have so much news to share this time! Because I like to shove lots of things into one post, it’s going to be a long one.

Brisbane Love YA Event (I’m on a Panel!)

I’m excited to announce Brisbane’s first dedicated YA event – Love YA (held by Brisbane Writer’s Festival and #LoveOzYA), to be held on 12 May 2018. There are some amazing authors in attendance, with some exciting events planned, including a publisher showcase, trivia nights, a letter library and nail art. Here’s a rundown on the panels that are happening:

This is the first time bloggers have been included on a panel at Brisbane Writer’s Festival, and being such a big part of the book industry, I’m so glad that we’ll get a chance to talk about book blogging and reviewing. I’ve also been lucky enough to be a part of the Advisory Panel and also the Brisbane Writer’s Festival YA Ambassador this year which has been a really rewarding experience.

Get your tickets to the event here! I hope to see you there, otherwise I’ll also be vlogging about the event on my Youtube channel.


New Fantasy & Sci-fi Book Club

So I’ve teamed up with some amazing book bloggers and youtubers – Catriona, Piera, Sofia and Elspeth and we’ve started a new monthly fantasy book club. We’ll be discussing a dedicated fantasy read (whether it be YA, middle grade, adult fantasy) each month with physical meetings in both Brisbane and Sydney. For those who can’t join in person, we’ve got monthly live shows on Youtube. For all the details, check out the announcement video below:

Event details

  • We’re reading Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb for the first book!
  • Book your free tickets to the Brisbane book meet here. We’re going for a casual picnic vibe, so bring your own picnic blanket and snacks! I hear there may be a famous doggy guest star 😉
  • Tickets to Sydney sold out in the first 24 hours, but make sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as we’re currently hunting for a bigger venue.


March Wrap Up

I read 10 books in March, with some ABSOLUTE FAVOURITES of the year! I’m lucky to have had two great reading months in a row, let’s hope it lasts.

5 stars

Obsidio – This book made me cry in my review and that says it all really.
Children of Blood and Bone The hype is real.
Draekora – My favourite book in the series so far, time travel + dragons = SO GOOD. Review to come!

4.5 stars

Hunting Prince Dracula – I’m trash for this series. Fight me if you disagree. Review to come!
White Night – Such an addictive #LoveOzYA thriller about cults. Review coming this week!

4 stars

Hero at the Fall – Great series ender, I originally gave this 5 stars and changed my mind.
Eleanor Oliphant is Fine  Listened to the audiobook about this brilliantly funny main character who is on the spectrum.

3 stars

P is for Pearl – Beautifully written #LoveOzYA on grief.
Between Us – An important read about understanding refugee life.
Rat Queens Volume 2Had no idea what was going on and it lost the charm of the first book.

For mini reviews on these books, make sure to subscribe to my youtube channel for my upcoming wrap up.

What was your reading month like in March? Link me to your wrap ups 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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20 responses to “Indulgence Insider #74 – Love YA Event, Fantasy Book Club & March Wrap Up

  1. AHHH CONGRATULATIONS, so many exciting things happening for you this month, Jeann – well, technically, last month since we’re in April now haha. I’m thrilled to hear about this panel, it’s so great that they are thinking of including bloggers <3 And that book club news is amazing as well, I hope it will have tons of success 😀
    I can't wait to read both Obsidio and Children of Blood and Bone, both sound incredible 😀
    I hope you'll have an amazing April 🙂 x
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  2. YOU’RE ON A PANEL BEING FAMOUS I’M SO PROUD OF YOU GO JEANNNN! And also I love that Toby is sneaking like half an ear into your photo. Just in case we forget him. :’)

    And how have I not heard of Draekora omg?? Dragons = I need in my life.

    I’m glad you’ve had a great March!! I read SO many 4 star books which was pretty amazing for my picky self.
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    • OMG I am dying though there is so much excitement happening this year (FOR BOTH OF US!) And I’m so glad you spotted Toby haha, I’ll let him know that he wasn’t forgotten. YESSS THE AKARNAE series just got so good omg I’m addicted.

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