{Mirror, Mirror} Holidays, Hauls & House Sortings

Posted July 16, 2016 by Rachel Lightwood in Memes & Features / 12 Comments

Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror is our feature that replaces the old Stacking The Shelves/Weekly Recap posts. Bieke decided to make her own original feature because it was more than just a STS or recap post.

In My Life:

  • Most importantly, I have two weeks of holidays from school. Yay! It’s not a true holiday – more of an “absent study” situation – but it’s better than nothing. I’ve been itching to clean out and re-organise my room for the last month or so, but schoolwork got in the way. I’m trying to only do a little a little bit and save the majority of it for my longer, end-of-year holidays (once my schooling is completely over), but I cannot help myself. I’m on a mission!
  • We had the fifth The YA Circle meet this past Tuesday and the wild, windy weather we’ve been having lately scared most of our members off. There was only a handful of us or so – and we have to brave hail and thunder to get to the store! – but as always, it was wonderful to see everyone. This month we read The Program by Suzanne Young – which I loved. Our mods were lucky enough to actually Skype with the author, and they filmed it for us, so we could watch too! Suzanne was so, so sweet. She answered some of the questions we’d Tweeted her, and it was nice to learn some behind-the-scenes goss on her writing process.  Our mods have also planned a few extra bookish events in the coming months so we have so much to look forward to, including a HP release party on the 31st that I’m considering attending.
  • The internet exploded when Pottermore released the Ilvermorny sorting ceremony thing. Of course, I did as soon as I heard. I got sorted into Horned Serpent which I was expected since I’m a Slytherin. I love this description of the house: the Horned Serpent represents the mind, and means that you are analysitcal and make decisions based on what you think is the most logical answer. We definitely need more information before I go buying my merch, though!
  • Pentatonix is coming to my city in September, and I’m not coping. Seriously. I’m not sure I’ll make it. Their music is all I’ve been listening to for at least two months now, and just… I’m not sure my heart can take this waiting any longer. I need to see them live! If you didn’t know, I’ve been obsessed with them for years so it’s kind of a big deal… *sobs*
  • Supanova released the first draft of November’s guest list and Nathan Fillion is coming! We rarely get major stars in my city – they tend to hit up Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and occasionally, Perth, but never my city – so I’m dying. I’ve been a massive fan of Castle since I was little, and I have a feeling I’ll be a mess if I get to see him in the flesh. I’d definitely like to volunteer at the convention this year. It falls just days after my final exam so *fingers crossed* that turns out well.


What I’ve Been Reading:

  • Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira | 4 stars – This was such a fluffy and hilarious read. If you love bookish and relatable characters & adorable romances, this is the book for you.
  • The Prey & The Capture by Tom Isbell | 1 & 2 stars – A cliched and pretty bland dystopian series. Both the characterization and romance were just appalling!
  • Getting Wild by Sarah Barrie | 3.5 stars – A solid read with great characters and a swoony romance, but the ending was a little too rushed and Ryan was borderline abusive.
  • Y: The Last Man – Vols 1 & 2 by Brian K. Vaughan | 4 stars – Another brilliant graphic novel series from Vaughan. Feminist and thought-provoking, perfect for dystopian fans.
  • This is Where the Worlds Ends by Amy Zhang | 3.5 stars – This was one of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever read, but the storyline had a lot of ups and downs and I didn’t quite connect to the characters.
  • The Program by Suzanne Young | 4 stars – This was so much better than I expected! I loved the characters and the romance, I honestly swooned so much. James just was sarcastic and perfect,  and the plot was just so perfectly engaging.
  • A Spark Unseen by Sharon Cameron, narrated by Fiona Hardingham | 4 stars – I complete mMy third audiobook! It only took me, what, three months to finish? Oops! But it was worth it. These characters are just my favourite, and the writing and narration is on point.

What I’m Currently Reading:

  • The Sky so Heavy by Claire Zorn – The writing is so beautiful! I love that both the characterization and plotline is realistic, but it’s also kind of slow and… dare I say, dull? I want to like it so much more than I am!
  • Binge by Tyler Oakley – I don’t know why I’ve been putting this one off for so long! I love Tyler’s videos. He’s hilarious and sweet and so damn relatable so it’s about time I get to this. I’ve already laughed out loud multiple times.



Frankie by Shivan Plozza is my book club’s book of the month for June/July. My book club friend lent me her edition of Black by Fleur Ferris because she said it was the worse book she’d ever read and I was curious! I won The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone from Hatchette Australia’s Twitter page and Burning by Danielle Rollins was a surprise from Allen & Unwin Australia, one that I cannot wait to dive into. The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig and The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon were both on sale for $2 each, brand new, at this pop-up bookstore I went to in Rundle, so I literally just couldn’t resist picking them up. With Malice by Eileen Cook was another win from my book club’s Twitter page. I was pretty lucky this month!


 I may have, umm, also gone op-shopping these holidays and picked up a few too many books (none of which cost me more than $4 so it was so damn worth it): Playing With Fire by Derek Landy, The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead, Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein, Prisoner of Night and Fog & Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman, Brusier by Neal Shusterman, The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry, and Soundless by Richelle Mead.

Rachel Lightwood


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12 responses to “{Mirror, Mirror} Holidays, Hauls & House Sortings

  1. I’m so glad your book club is reading Frankie because I absolutely loved it! I hope you all enjoy it too 🙂 You’ve got such a great haul there, Rachel! I really loved The Passion of Dolssa and I have a few of the others on my shelf too. I’m not usually one for psychological thrillers but I got a copy of With Malice and it sounds super good! I’ll be checking that one out soon!

  2. ROSE UNDER FIRE IS SO SO GOOOOOD. And by “good” I mean sob-worthy omg. <3 Love it. And Bruiser is amazing too!!! Also I'm laughing that the reason you'e reading Black is because your friend told you it was super bad.😂 I've done that too honestly. hahah. Sometimes we just need to experience the pain for ourselves right?!? YAY for this wonderful haul! 😀

  3. Nathan

    What is the Pottermore released the Ilvermorny sorting ceremony? I have not heard of it before, but am curious. I hope you have a good ‘holiday’ and your sorting. It seems you’ve already been sorted into Slytherin 🙂 You have an impressive book haul and seem to have big things ahead of you. Happy reading.

    • You haven’t heard!? Nathan, where have you been? 😉 Joking, joking. Ilvermorny is the North American wizarding school (pretty much America/Canada’s equivalent of Hogwarts). If you go onto the Pottermore site, JK released the history of the school and you can get sorted into the different houses of the school (their equivalent of Slytherin, Hufflepuff etc.).

      Thanks! I definitely have a lot of exciting new books to dive into.

  4. YAY for your ‘holiday’ and Ilvermorny sortings! I got Horned Serpent too which surprised me since I’m a Gryffindor BUT I always thought I’d be a Ravenclaw and the Horned Serpent is all about the mind so it made me feel happy LOL! Love the cover for Bookishly Ever After, I’m glad you enjoyed it. I still need to read The Program but I’m glad you enjoyed that too 😀

    • *Horned Serpent buddy hi-fives*! I always, always, always thought I was a Ravenclaw until the Pottermore sorting (and like every online quiz, ever) put me into Slytherin so I think Horned Serpent is some sort of combination of the both. It’s the scholar so it definitely sounds like me! I thought most Gryffindor were getting Thunderbirds but who even knows! We don’t know that much about the houses yet.

      The Program and Bookishly Ever After definitely get my stamp of approval! I loved them both and yes, their covers are gorgeous too.

    • I haven’t heard many good things about Soundless at all, so hopefully, I’ll love it as much as you did! I do adore Richelle Mead’s other books so figures crossed thats the case. And eep, This is Where the World Ends was good but definitely not as good as her debut. I think it’s the kind of book you’ll love or loathe so hopefully you’ll fall into the love category.

  5. I’m really happy to see you liked The Program, Rachel. It’s such an underrated series and all the books are pretty amazing. But James and Sloane are my favorite!
    With Malice is on my TBR and I’m really excited to read it myself.
    I haven’t taken the new Pottermore quiz yet, but I have to! The new names are really weird though!
    Have a wonderful week, Rachel! 🙂

    • It is such an underrated series but the characters and world are just so, so good. I don’t see why more people aren’t reading and loving it! I haven’t read the rest of the series yet, but I have a feeling Sloane & James are going to be my fave too.

      The new HP names are quite weird – especially Wampus, what even is that? – but I’m sure the Hogwarts houses sounded foreign and peculiar at first too. Hopefully, they’ll grow on us. You have to let me know what you get when you do the sorting!

      And thanks, Nick, you too. <33

  6. I LOVED LOVED LOVED The Fire Sermon when I read it. And then waited for book two….and waited, and waited, and….was drastically let down. Book two didn’t quite live up to book one, in my opinion–but The Fire Sermon! SO GOOD, that first book!

    Here’s hoping you enjoy your recent acquisitions! Also, here’s my Stacking the Shelves this week, if you’re interested in checking it out–no worries if you’re not, though! Happy book-ing to you!

    • I’m scared to hear that you weren’t a big fan of the sequel, but hopefully, I’ll love The Fire Sermon too. I’ve been hearing some mixed things about it though so I’m trying not to have too high expectations.

      Thanks, Beth! I’ve already dived into Black and it was just as awful as my friend promised. Hopefully, the others will be pleasant surprises! Happy booking you too. <3

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